Dr. Biju Lekshmanan took the charge of director of SGTDS. Dr. Biju Lekshmanan has several years of experience in university education and governance in Kerala. He also serves as chairman and member in different academic bodies of Kerala, Calicut and Kannur Universities. Before joining SGTDS, he was Director General of the Institute of Parliamentary Affairs in the Government of Kerala. He focuses his teaching and research in the areas of Gandhian Studies, Human Rights, Development Alternatives, Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies, Rural and Urban Governance, Public Policy, etc.