Mr. Keshava Hegde, often called by his extended name Keshava Hegde Korse in professional circle, is the Director of CCBSD. He is accountable to Advisory Committee and Governing Council of CCBSD.
He is a professional Conservation Biologist with more than two decades of experience. While his doctoral research area has been the conservation of medicinal plants, professional expertise encompasses different dimensions of natural resources management based sustainable development. It includes biodiversity, ecosystem services, sustainability, livelihood etc., with special emphasis on Western Ghats of India, a global biodiversity hotspot. He leads the research, education & training (E&T), field conservation actions and policy advocacy programs from designing to implementation. He is responsible for developing and empowering institutional mechanisms, by collaborating with govt and non-governmental organizations. His ultimate professional goals have been to find realistic solutions for the complex conservation issues, by finding right mix of strategies, including community participation, market based tools, linking livelihood security, payment for ecosystem services etc.