Dr.K.V. Raghavan, a Chemical Engineer, with a Ph.D. from IIT, Chennai. After working in IICT, Hyderabad (then RRL) and RRL Jorhat joined CLRI during 1986 as Scientist F and then became Director, CLRI in February 1994. He has initiated and developed two important R & D divisions Viz. Chemical Engineering and Cell for Industrial Safety and Risk Analysis. During his tenure as Director, he made significant contributions for the growth of the Institute in terms of external cash flow and strengthening Institutes base as Technology Reservoir. He has published more than 75 papers to his credit and several honours/awards and he also served in many prestigious committees. He is currently, The Director, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) Hyderabad since 1996.