Atulya Mishra is a senior IAS officer serving as additional chief secretary in the Tamil Nadu Government. Actively involved in Covid-19 containment, he has previously worked as principal secretary in the Department of Industries, Environment & Forests and Transport, as chairman of Chennai Port Trust, Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board and several other organizations. He is an alumnus of Scindia School – Gwalior, Hindu College – Delhi University, TERI University – Delhi as well as universities of Texas and Yale, USA, and Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, UK. He was awarded a doctorate by Anna University, Chennai, for his work on carbon footprints. He is passionate about the environment and strongly believes it’s time we wake up to the need of preserving our planet. He has authored two books on climate fiction, Oxygen Manifesto and Vultures of Paradise.