Dr Dipankar Saharia heads TERI’s Administrative Services Division, TERI's Regional Centres and guides a few other research Divisions; earlier he was heading TERI’s North-Eastern Regional Centre. He was with the Government of Assam as an officer of the Assam Civil Services. He held the positions of Assistant Commissioner and later Officer on Special Duty at the Personnel Department and Science & Technology Department, Government of Assam from 1997 to 2009 and was also on deputation to TERI. Dr Saharia also worked with TERI from 1995 to 1996 for the Tissue Culture Pilot Project (now MTP) before joining Assam Civil Service.
Dr Saharia has a Masters in Science and Ph.D. from Guwahati University. His expertise lies in the areas of biotechnology, natural resource management and rural development where he has undertaken several projects and studies in the fields of watershed management, Micropropagation, Renewable Energy and Biofuels. Currently, he is a Board Member of ONGC TERI Biotech Ltd (OTBL). He has been the PI of several mission mode projects for the North-Eastern Region, including the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) Mission for Quality Planting Material Production and Utilization for the North East, DBT's Jatropha Micro Mission, DNA Club (DBT’s Natural Resource Awareness Programme Club) in North-Eastern Region and Mini Mission I under Horticulture Mission, ICAR.