Dr. Maheswar Rupakheti is a research group leader at the Research Institute for sustainability – Helmholtz Centre Potsdam (RIFS) in Potsdam, Germany. His group is conducting research to explore and investigate atmospheric science and air pollution issues in South Asia, and to facilitate transformation processes towards clean air solutions together with key stakeholders. Prior to joining IASS, he worked for the United Nations Environment Program’s Atmospheric brown clouds program. Currently, among other professional scientific contributions, he serves as a member of the working group 3 (Nutrition and Pollution) of the Earth Commission which is hosted by the Future Earth. He has over 80 peer-reviewed scientific publications to his credit. He holds a PhD in atmospheric science from Dalhousie University, Canada, an MSc in Environmental Engineering and Management from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand, and an MSc in Physics from Tribhuvan University, Nepal.