Dr. Dinesh Kaippilly is a recipient of World Aquaculture Society Fellow Award as on 2018; the second Indian to receive this prestigious award after (Late) Dr. MC Nandeesha. He has a professional experience of more than 25 years in aquaculture in various institutions including teaching experience of about 22 years in College of Fisheries and KUFOS. He was the Head of Fisheries Station, Puduveypu for more than 6 years where he has initiated the first Penaeus vannamei farm and hatchery with the support of Government of Kerala which has attracted the attention of the public and scientific fraternity across India. He has played a pivotal role in popularizing Vannamei shrimp culture in Kerala by training hundreds of shrimp farmers all over the State.
He has also propagated the concept of organic shrimp culture among the farming community. He has been demonstrating high academic standards throughout his career driven by passion and excellence. There are more than 60 publications of various sorts to his credit including 20 journal papers, 3 books and 6 popular articles. He has been an integral part of many research and social projects, worth more than INR 70 million, in the capacity of the Principal Investigator or Co Investigator. He guided/has been guiding more than 30 MFSc students and 8 PhD students. Having been visited more than 15 countries on various missions, he networked and made strong academic ties with many Universities and other educational-research organizations. He was the recipient of the prestigious NUFFIC Training Fellowship from the Government of Netherlands in 2008, NSC Training Fellowship from Government of Taiwan, ROC in 2013 and 2016 (2 times), Young Faculty Award from Kerala Agricultural University and more than 8 Certificates of Appreciation - both from national and global organizations.
He has hitherto organized many national and international events including the first Mangrove Festival of Kerala in November 2016 and was the Steering Committee Member of a series of meetings organized by KUFOS and World Aquaculture Society. He is a member of US, African and Asian Pacific Chapter of World Aquaculture Society. Dinesh is a part of an EU funded project on RAS shrimp farming operated in Italy, Malta and Norway.
He has been a responsible volunteer of Aquaculture without Frontiers (AwF), a charity since its inception and is currently acting as the Honorary Director of the organization. He has close contact with most of the legendary scientists in the field of fisheries and aquaculture across the world
Areas of research and collaborative interest include fisheries management, fisheries education, fisheries extension, carbon neutral aquaculture, water resilient aquaculture, alternative protein sources for aquafeed industry including guar meal, organic aquaculture, climate smart aquaculture, mangrove-based aquaculture. He has been designated by the Government of Kerala as the Nodal Officer to the Academic Exchange Programmes between Kerala and Norway. At present, Dinesh is also officiating as the Dean, Faculty of Fisheries Science, Registrar and Finance Officer of Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies, Cochin, Kerala, India.