R. Prabhakar, is a PhD in Ecological Sciences from the Indian Institute of Science. He has over 20 years experience in GIS, Bioinformatics and Biodiversity Informatics. He is the chief architect of the India Biodiversity Portal, an open collaborative platform for biodiversity information of India. He has over 20 publications including peer reviewed journals, a book and vegetation maps of the Nilgiris and Central Himalayas. In addition to his responsibilities at Strand, he works on a CEPF funded project on building a collaborative information system for the Western Ghats.