Nuggehalli Jayasimha is the Managing Director of Humane Society International / India based in the city of Hyderabad. Jayasimha manages HSI’s programs in India related to farm animal welfare, wildlife, and animals used in research, as well as several country-wide campaigns.
Jayasimha has previously served as a Member-at-Large of the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) and the Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision on Experiments on Animals (CPCSEA) both of which are part of India’s Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change. He has also served as a member of the legal, editorial and drafting committee of the AWBI to suggest amendments to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act of 1960.
In addition to serving on several committees for various government ministries, Jayasimha has been an integral part of monitoring committee set up by the High Court of Bombay to control illegal trade in wildlife in India. In addition to this he has closely worked with various ministries of the Government of India where his roles have entailed drafting new codes and reviewing the existing codes to incorporate animal welfare measures for food and agricultural standards; ensuring animals were treated humanely on sets and depicted in the correct manner; and successfully drafting standards for animal transport, zoos and aquaria, and circuses.
Jayasimha received a law degree from Bangalore University and is enrolled as an advocate in the Supreme Court Bar Association and the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa.