Prof. Venu Gopal Achanta obtained his Ph.D. (Physics) from TIFR, Mumbai and Ph.D. (Electronics) from Tokyo University. He is currently the Director of CSIR-National Physical Laboratory. He is on lien from Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai where he is a Professor. His research interests are in the application of nanophotonics to single-photon metrology including single-photon emitters, detectors, and detection methodologies. He has over 145 journal publications. He is a fellow of the Indian National Science Academy and an honorary fellow of the Metrology Society of India. He is elected to the International Committee for Weights and Measures (CIPM) in 2022 and to the executive committees of Asia Pacific Metrology Program (APMP), Optical Society of India (OSI), Indian Laser Association (ILA), and IEEE Photonics Mumbai Chapter. He is also a member of the Asia Pacific Physics Conferences, Condensed Matter Physics section.