UNCLASSIFIED: APPROVED FOR RELEASE
Report of the Inquiry into Circumstances Surrounding the Disappearance of Professor Hari Dash.
By Special Counsel Kaveh Russo
Commissioned by the UN Office for Solar Radiation Management and submitted to the UN General Assembly on 29th November 2030
Hari Dash’s career history and background to the events of 2030
Professor Hari Dash was born in Mumbai in 1985 and attended the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology where he read Engineering. He was then awarded a scholarship to Cambridge University, UK, where he completed his Masters in Geological Engineering, followed by a doctorate and postdoctoral work at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Dash’s doctoral thesis, entitled ‘Mount Pinatubo as a prototype for Solar Radiation Management’, was awarded the US National Science Prize. In 2015 Professor Dash moved to the Sandia National Laboratory where he continued to specialise in climate change technologies; however his subsequent work was more focused on carbon capture and removal techniques. His projects were sponsored by several energy companies and wealthy individuals, and he travelled frequently to lecture around the world. In 2019 he was appointed as an Advisor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
IPCC and Solar Radiation Management
In 2024 the climate change threshold of a four degrees Celsius increase was breached, and that same year a series of catastrophic weather events occurred with severe flooding on the Indian subcontinent and widespread drought in Africa. The UN declared a state of global emergency and the Emergency Committee on Climate Change was established. Professor Dash was appointed as a Special Advisor to the Committee, and moved with his family to Geneva, Switzerland.
In a speech to the United Nations General Assembly on 20 November 2024, the US President quoted Dash’s early research work including his doctoral thesis. See Section 4 this report for the full version of this speech.
The speech led to the creation of the UN Office for Solar Radiation Management, and in April 2025 the UN Assembly voted to begin the process of stratospheric aerosol injection. Professor Dash was appointed Director of the UNOSRM, and became known colloquially as ‘Chief Veilmaker’. The project was funded by the US and UK governments and a consortium of private investors. The first sulphur dioxide balloon was launched in December 2025, the televised link watched by over two billion people.
A rapid drop in global temperatures was heralded a great success. However by the autumn of 2026 the unpredictable transboundary side effects were becoming clear, and a sub-committee on Mitigation and Reparations was set up. Costs began to spiral as claims were unexpectedly high, and in 2028 companies began to withdraw from the financing deal.
The Events of February 2029
On 7th February 2029 Professor Dash wrote a letter to the UN tendering his resignation and requesting to make a public statement. The redacted version of this letter will appear in Section 5 of this report. His resignation was accepted but his request was denied by the UN Security Council on the grounds that it was not in the public interest to cause alarm.
On 9th February 2029 a confidential memo from the US to UK government was leaked via the hacking website Aperture, detailing the covert operation which will be outlined later in this document.
The same day, Professor Dash disappeared from his home in Geneva. He left behind his passport and wallet, and no trace of him has been found on any security cameras. He left behind no note for his family or otherwise.