Dr. Koustubh Sharma has been involved in active research and conservation for 17 years. He is working with the Snow Leopard Trust, Seattle, USA as a Senior Regional Ecologist since 2007, and since 2014, has taken additional charge as the International Coordinator of the Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystems Protection Program (GSLEP) whose secretariat is based in Bishkek. As the International Coordinator with the GSLEP Program, Koustubh leads a small team with support from international organizations to coordinate this unique alliance that brings together governments of the 12 snow leopard range countries, International Financial Institutions and Conservationists. As Senior Regional Ecologist at the Snow Leopard Trust, he assists in field research, data analysis, and conservation and training programs across several countries. Koustubh obtained a PhD in Wildlife Zoology from the University of Mumbai in 2006 after pursuing his Masters in Physics in 2001. His conducted the first detailed study of the rare Four-horned antelope while working with Bombay Natural History Society in Central India. Koustubh’s academic interests lie in quantitative ecology, conservation biology, and ecological modeling. He has so far authored more than 20 scientific publications and has presented his work in nearly the same number of international conferences.