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Name: Dr Abey George
Cohort 8
Current Organization: NRGEA Mission Commissionerate of Rural Development
Current Designation: Member
Region: South
Sector: Academia

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Dr. Abey George has been working in the field of development and environmental conservation for the past 16 years. During this period, he has been involved in different capacities with the government, non-governmental organizations, environmental movements, research institutes and so on. He is currently working as Assistant Professor with KILA ( Kerala Institute of Local Administration), Government of Kerala, India which imparts training to local governments in the state of Kerala and other parts of India and other SAARC countries. At KILA, he coordinates training programmes related to natural resource management, implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), environmental and conservation issues , climate change adaptation issues and use of the Right to Information Act and good governance accountability . He has been awarded the Commonwealth Professional Fellowship in 2008 to work on climate change and local governance.

Following his PhD from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), New Delhi, he was actively involved with the Save Narmada Movement (Narmada Bachao Andolan), an involvement which took him to working on issues of Development and Displacement at the Unit for Rural Studies, at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. Subsequently, he worked as the Coordinator of the Oceanic Circles Research Group at Sewagram Ashram,(established by Mahatma Gandhi), at Wardha in Maharashtra.

Subsequently, he has been engaged in research and consultancy work with institutions and forums such as the World Commission on Dams (WCD) with whom he conducted a study to assess the feasibility of micro hydel options for electricity generation in the state of Kerala; the Kerala Forest Research Institute atPeechi in Kerala, where he was part of a project coordinated and funded by the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the work being aimed at evolving a set of criteria and indicators for assessing Sustainable Natural Resource Management which were subsequently field tested; the Kerala Research Programme on Local Level Development at the Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum (CDS) on a project that looked into natural resource use and industrial development in Kerala, with the CDS, he also coordinated a project which aimed to explore pesticide use patterns by small and medium farmers in the tribal tract of Attappady in Kerala.

Later he headed the training and human resource development division of the internationally assisted watershed development project aimed at the eco-restoration of an extremely degraded tribal area (Attappady in the state of Kerala). He is also co-ordinating one of the Decentralised Resource Centres (DRCs) of Lead India, that works on the theme of Decentralisation and Natural Resource Management.

Dr. Abey George is a graduate in Physics, and a postgraduate in Gandhian Studies. His Ph.D. in Development Studies is from the Centre for Rural Development and Appropriate Technology, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), New Delhi.


Name: Dr Kulbhushan Balooni
Cohort-10
Current Organization: Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode
Current Designation: Professor & Director (In-charge)
Region: South
Sector: Academia

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Kulbhushan Balooni is Associate Professor in the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode in India. He teaches environmental management. He also has teaching experience in managerial economics and common property resource management. He undertakes interdisciplinary research on natural resource management with focus on socioeconomics, governance (policy and institutions), and property rights in South and Southeast Asia. Recent research interests include examining the role of the state and local elites in decentralized forest governance, effects of popular participation on forest conservation in the developing countries, changing forest tenure regime influenced by market-driven forest policies and local livelihood concerns in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, and sustainability issues in collective and traditional water harvesting systems.

Kulbhushan has published papers in international peer reviewed journals like Agricultural Water Management, Conservation & Society, Ecology & Society (forthcoming), Geoforum, Journal of Forestry, Natural Resources Forum, Society & Natural Resources, Unasylva and World Development and Indian journals like Agricultural Economics Research Review, Economic & Political Weekly and IIMB Management Review. Kulbhushan also has research and consultancy interests in the area of tourism-, health- and fisheries-management. In the past, he has undertaken consultancy projects for organizations like Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Kanagawa, Japan; Ministry of Forests & Environment, Government of India; Government of Madhya Pradesh; and Union Territory of Lakshadweep.

Kulbhushan is a graduate in forestry and post-graduate in economics from the University of Horticulture & Forestry, Solan. He was a Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Doctoral Fellow at the RBI Endowment Unit, Institute of Rural Management Anand and was awarded PhD in Economics by Sardar Patel University in 1998. He undertook postdoctoral research at the University of Tokyo during 2003-2005. He has had past work affiliations with the Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal and Institute of Rural Management, Anand. He has also been a visiting scholar at the University of Tokyo (2008), University of Copenhagen (2007), and University of Ruhuna (2006).


Name: Dr Madhu Verma
Cohort-12
Current Organization: Indian Institute Of Forest Management, Bhopal
Current Designation: Professor, Forest Resource Economics and Management
Region: North
Sector: Academia

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Madhu Verma has a Masters in Economics with specialization in Regional Planning and Economic Growth and PhD in Industrial Economics. Basically an Environmental Economist, she has done her post Doctoral research at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) and University of California (Berkeley),USA. She has been an academician and an economist for over 23 years. Currently she is Professor, Faculty of Forest Resource Economic & Management, IIFM, Bhopal.


Name: Dr Salim Javed
Cohort 7
Current Organization: Biodiversity Management Sector Environment Agency
Current Designation: Manager, Terrestrial Assessment and Conservation
Region: Abroad
Sector: Academia

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Sàlim Javed is currently Manager, Terrestrial Assessment and Conservation Unit at Biodiversity Management Sector of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD). He also looks after the Bird Programme at the Agency which he established in 2002. Salim has nearly 20 years of experience of working with government and non-governmental organizations in a variety of capacities, including research activities, project development, and management. Salim holds a PhD in Wildlife Sciences from Aligarh Muslim University and has published more than 30 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals, besides many short papers and popular articles. Before joining EAD, Salim was a faculty member at the Department of Wildlife Sciences, Aligarh Muslim University in India for eight years where he taught and guided PhD students. He has undertaken and completed several important projects on birds including satellite tracking of cranes and geese in India and has successfully satellite tracked many important species in the UAE. He has worked closely with several international organizations such as USGS and USFWS and is on the Executive Committee of the IUCN’s PQF Specialist.


Name: Dr Sanjay Deshmukh
Cohort-11
Current Organization: University Department of Life Sciences Mumbai University Vidyanagari
Current Designation: Vice-Chancellor
Region: West
Sector: Academia

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At the age of 37, Dr. Sanjay Deshmukh was selected as Professor of Life Sciences at the 154 year old University of Mumbai (estd. 1857). He is currently heading the University Department of Life Sciences, and the only Faculty of the University to hold recognition as PhD Teacher of the University in three Subjects, i.e., Botany, Life Sciences and Environmental Sciences.

Professor Sanjay holds a PhD Degree in Science, which he obtained at the age of 25 from the University of Mumbai. He was trained in China in 1991, under a fellowship from IDRC-Canada, in United Kingdom in 1993 under the Colombo Plan Award and at IIM - Ahmadabad in 1993 in areas of farm forestry, global biodiversity management, and management of CPR (common property resources) respectively.

Professor Sanjay has extensively travelled throughout the World (except Antarctica) spanning 43 countries for research and inter-governmental collaborations. He holds life memberships and elected fellowships of several prestigious Societies and Organisations.


Name: Dr Saroj K Barik
Cohort 9
Current Organization: National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI), Lucknow
Current Designation: Director
Region: North
Sector: Academia

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Prof. SK Barik, Director of CSIR-NBRI, Lucknow on November 03, 2016 prior to take over this position he was Professor and Head, Department of Botany, Centre for Advanced Studies in Botany, North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong

Prof. Barik is well known for his research in forest ecology. His works on impact of anthropogenic disturbances on plant species diversity and ecosystem functioning have been widely recognized. He developed sustainable land use models as alternatives to shifting cultivation for Eastern Himalayas and North-eastern India. His works on community forestry during the past 28 years have contributed substantially to sustainable forest resource management in north-eastern India. He established that gap size mediated micro-environmental heterogeneity plays an important role in segregation of forest species into different guilds during gap phase regeneration in subtropical forest. Thus, he explained the high species diversity in subtropical forests on the basis of niche segregation. He developed and demonstrated a workable protocol for categorization of threatened categories of species based on numeric population data. Using Ecological niche models, Population Viability Analysis models and multivariate statistical models, Prof. Barik’s group has been successful in predicting the distributional range and impact of climate change on several forest species belonging to threatened categories. Prof. Barik’s group has been active in diverse areas of plant science research such as plant diversity including its inventory, bio-prospection and conservation, ecological modelling, population and molecular ecology, chemical ecology, carbon sequestration and impact of climate change on species and ecosystems.

Prof. Barik has published 75 research papers, 10 books and 40 technical and research reports. Many of his research papers are cited world-wide. Fourteen students have been awarded Ph.D. degree under his supervision. He was selected as a LEAD Fellow by the Leadership in Environment and Development International, Rockefeller Foundation, USA in the year 2000. He is also a member of editorial board of Tropical Ecology and Journal of Biodiversity. He is the Chairperson/Member of several national expert committees/task forces constituted by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Planning Commission, Department of Biotechnology (DBT), and Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India.


Name: Dr Seema Mishra
Cohort-17
Current Organization: Indian Institute of Environment Management
Current Designation: Assistant Director SIES
Region: West
Sector: Academia

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Dr. Seema Mishra is presently working as Director at SIES- Indian Institute of Environment Management, Nerul. Before that she worked at Centre for Rural Development and Technology, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. She has successfully completed many research and outreach projects with funding from different government and non- government funding agencies. Her research interest is in the areas of Sustainable Waste Utilization, Biodiversity Conservation, Phytoremediation, Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change. At post graduate level she teaches Sustainable Environment Management, CSR and Natural Resource Management. She has been actively involved in the dissemination of technologies at both rural and urban interface in U. P., M. P., Haryana and Maharashtra states of India.
She has received Konark Memorial Award for excellence in research in biosciences in 2013 and Women Scientist Fellowship from Department of Science and Technology during 2004 to 2007. She has authored and editedtwo books and published number of research papers in International and National journals. She isExpert Memberfor Environmental Sciences in different organizations. She is Editor of International Journal of Environmental Sciences (ISSN 2249- 2127) published by IBH, Mumbai.


Name: Dr Shyam R Asolekar
Cohort 3
Current Organization: Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)
Current Designation: Professor and Head Centre for Environmental Science & Engineering (CESE)
Region: West
Sector: Academia

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Dr. Asolekar is professor of environmental Engineering at the Center for Environmental Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay. He combines his teaching and industrial consultation activities with research projects funded by various national and international agencies. Dr. Asolekar received his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Bombay and then continued on to earn his master's and doctoral degrees, both in environmental engineering in the United States. In addition, he completed post-doctoral research at Harvard University. Dr. Asolekar's interests include hazardous waste management, recycling and recovery, waste minimization in the chemical industry, the modeling of global atmospheric chemical dynamics, the disposal and transportation of toxic pollutants into aquatic ecosystems and the use of remote sensing for marine pollution monitoring. He has made conscious efforts for promoting environmental awareness using media, advising industrial workers , schools and colleges, addressing group meetings and arranging field trips.


Name: Dr Sujatha Byravan
Cohort 4
Current Organization: Independent consultant
Current Designation: Independent consultant
Region: South
Sector: Academia

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Dr. Sujatha Byravan’s interests are in the areas of climate change policy, development, science & technology and are grounded in her technical background and education in the biological sciences.

Her recent projects and publications have been on climate policy for India sea level rise, climate migrants and exiles, biotechnology policy, innovation, and science for sustainable development.

She is currently working independently from Chennai, India. She was until recently, Senior Research Scientist at the Centre for Study of Science, Technology and Development (CSTEP), Bangalore. Earlier she was President and Executive Director, Council for Responsible Genetics (CRG), Cambridge, Massachusetts, a non-profit/non-governmental organization devoted to fostering informed debate on the social, ethical and environmental implications of new genetic technologies. Previously, she was Director of the Fellows Program at LEAD (Leadership for Environment and Development) International from 1999-2002, and in that capacity was responsible for developing and executing the program for the graduates of LEAD, who number over 1,300 and work all over the world in various sectors.

Sujatha has a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of South Carolina and did her postdoctoral work at the University of California in Los Angeles, U.S.A. She has published extensively and received numerous grants. Her awards include the Bellagio Residential Fellowship (2007) from the Rockefeller Foundation, and the LEAD fellowship training (1995-1997).



Name: Dr. (Ms.) Divya Kirti Gupta
Cohort-15
Current Organization: Indus Business Academy, Greater Noida
Current Designation: Associate Professor
Region: North
Sector: Academia

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PhD in area of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) from WISDOM, Banasthali Vidyapith, Dr. Divya Kirti is involved in teaching, research, training and consulting in following areas – CSR, Organization Behaviour, Human Resource Management, Human Quality Development (HQD), Management Thought and Indian Management.

Dr. Divya Kirti has been co-drafter of ISO26000 (International Guidance Standard on Social Responsibility by ISO, Geneva) and was elected member in the drafting team viz. Integrated Drafting Task Force (IDTF) as Developing countries’ representative of SSRO Stakeholder Group. Currently, she is an elected member of ISO26000-Post Publication Organization Stakeholder Advisory Group.

In past, she has worked with not-for-profit organizations and was Master Trainer (MT) for capacity-building of Panchayati Raj Institutions in Rajasthan, the programme organized under the aegis of Department of Panchayati Raj, Rajasthan & UNICEF. She has several papers to her credit and has presented them at national and international conferences, within India and outside.

Dr. Divya Kirti is Associate Editor of IBA Journal titled, ‘3D- IBA Journal of Management and Leadership’ and Editor of IBA-Greater Noida Biannual Newsletter. She is also Life member of Indian Women Pilots’ Association (IWPA), Mumbai.


Name: Dr. Abhiyant Tiwari
Cohort-17
Current Organization: Indian Institute of Public Health, Gandhi Nagar
Current Designation: Research Assistant
Region: West
Sector: Academia

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Abhiyant Tiwari works at Indian Institute of Public Health at Gandhi Nagar as Research Assistant. He is a medical doctor with experience in managing clinicians and running health care facilities. Later, to develop his skills he studied a post Graduate level program in public health management and recently leading a team of international experts to strengthen the health system by developing a first of its kind Heat Action Plan in South Asia. The project Heat Health Action Plan is a comprehensive resilience action plan developed byIndian Institute of Public Health - Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, Natural Resources Defense Council - US,Climate and Development Knowledge Network - US and otherScientific and Development organizations as partners. He contributes as one of the key person in his project and helped in development and implementation of an evidence-based early warning system and preparedness plan for extreme heat weather events in Ahmedabad. He works on a variety of occupational and environmental health issues, environmental monitoring and evaluation. Helps in preparation of early warning systems and policy preparedness plans for heat wave related disaster events. Carries out Public Awareness activities. Capacity building of stakeholders in government, civil society and community groups. Dissemination of weather forecast through various channels including print, mass and electronic media. Organized Heat sensitization workshops/conferences for Ahmedabad traffic police, vulnerable population, health workers, and outdoor workers in partnership with Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation. He manages coordination and liaising with a variety of national and international stakeholders, follows up with City and State Health and Climate Change Departments and explores scale up and funding opportunities. He also has good experience of working on areas of Maternal Health issues and Health Insurance in India. He has also worked as an External Monitor for WHO -NPSP Gujarat State Office to do surveillance of Special Immunization Weeks carried out under Intensified Routine Immunization Activity of Ahmedabad District.


Name: Dr. Indrila Guha
Cohort-15
Current Organization: Basanthi Devi College, Kolkata
Current Designation: Principal
Region: East
Sector: Academia

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Dr. Indrila Guha is an Associate Professor in Economics in Vidyasagar College for Women, Kolkata & Visiting Researcher in Global Change Program, Jadavpur University. Her field of Interest includes Environmental Economics and Quantitative Techniques in Economics.She was the Principal Investigator of the Project “Estimation of Tourism Demand in Indian Sundarbans and its contribution to local economy" sponsored by The South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE). She is also advisor to WWF – Eastern India on their Sundarbans Program. She was Case Study Team Leader in the `Developing an integrated framework for science policy interactions towards enhanced management of coastal systems in South Asia’ project of Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN). Apart from this she is also the country ambassador for SSWG of Society for Conservation Biology (SCB), USA, member of INSEE (Indian Society for Ecological Economics) and ISEE (International Society for Ecological Economics. She has been selected by CDKN (CLIMATE AND DEVELOPMENT KNOWLEDGE NETWORK) in their Expert Roster.

She was graduated as Climate Change Leader from Climate Change Leaders Initiative program which was run by LEAD India in 2009.She is a LEAD Fellow of COHORT 15.
She is now Principal Investigator of an UGC sponsored project (Major) which deals with Sea level rise and displacement of residents in a island in Sundarbans.
She is also involved in a project funded by Asia pacific network (APN):
‘ Coastal Ecosystem and Changing Economic Activities: Challenges for Sustainability Transition along Chinese and South Asian Coasts.’


Name: Dr. Sudip Mitra
Cohort-13
Current Organization: Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati
Current Designation: Associate Professor
Region: East
Sector: Academia

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Dr. Sudip Mitra is an Associate Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati, Assam. Prior to this, he has served as regular faculty at various institutes/universities viz. Tezpur (Central) University, Assam; Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi; National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), New Delhi. He has earned his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi and carried out his Ph.D. thesis research at International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines with a specialization in greenhouse gases studies from agriculture ecosystems and rice paddy in particular. More than 15 years, Dr. Mitra has been working in the field of natural resources management, livelihood, climate change (Vulnerability & Adaptation) and greenhouse gases management. He has worked in various National and International Organisations viz. M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), Chennai; The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and TERI University; Division of Ecology and Natural Resources at the Centre for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Germany etc. Dr. Mitra also worked as a team member in one special international project coordinated by the Inter Academy Council-Amsterdam, the Netherlands. This project studied the Science and Technology Strategies for Improving Agricultural Productivity, Food Security and Environment in Africa and was carried out on request of then UN Secretary General Mr. Kofi Annan. Dr. Mitra has many years of experience in working with farmers and village communities and plays a significant role in connecting science with society. As a Fulbright Scholar (2012), he carried out a short study on greenhouse gas modeling for Californian rice ecosystem at University of California, Davis, USA, under the mentorship of Prof. Johan Six. Dr. Mitra also served as the Task Force Member of MNREGA convergence of schemes under Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India.


Name: Gopal Shankar Singh
Cohort-16
Current Organization: Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
Current Designation: Professor
Region: North
Sector: Academia

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Dr. Gopal Singh is currently working as Professor in Institute of Environment & Sustainable Development, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. Contributed in the fields of analysis of various extreme ecosystems at subsystems levels (forest, domestic, agriculture and livestock) through opting holistic and integrative approaches. Qualitative and quantitative analysis have shown substantial marked differences at subsystem levels/landscape levels.


Name: Kirit Patel
Cohort 4
Current Organization: International Development Studies, Winnipeg
Current Designation: Assistant Professor
Region: Abroad
Sector: Academia

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Dr. Kirit Patel began teaching International Development Studies at Menno Simons in Fall 2007. As an academic, policy analyst, and development professional, Dr. Patel’s teaching and research strive to seek a balance between theory and practice.
Dr Patel’s doctoral research examined how indigenous communities in Western India manage their crop biodiversity under a neoliberal policy environment that hastens change in the biophysical properties of farms and brings about fundamental shifts in sociocultural practices and livelihood options. It included comparative ethnographic work on indigenous and non-indigenous ethnic groups and computation of quantitative spatial indices of diversity using field-level GIS mapping. Dr. Patel’s innovative research won the Vavilov-Frankel Fellowship―an international scholarship awarded annually to two scholars worldwide by Bioversity International. He was the first social sciences researcher to receive this scholarship since its inception in 1989. Dr. Patel’s thesis was also awarded second prize in the PhD Dissertation Competition (2007-08) of the Canadian Association of South Asia (CASA).
The primary focus of Dr Patel’s current research has been sociocultural and ecological impacts of agrarian and climate change on small-scale agriculture and indigenous communities in the Global South. It includes loss of agricultural biodiversity and associated indigenous knowledge, change in food consumption and its consequences on nutrition security, rural-urban migration for seeking livelihood, and participatory technology development to promote cultivation and consumption of climate change-resilient indigenous crops, such as small millets. Recently, his work has been extended to examining the impacts of urban middle-class-led environmentalism on the poor and governance of common property resources in the Global South.
Areas of Teaching
Poverty and inequality, environmental sustainability and justice, development policy, environment and development issues in South Asia, and research methods.
Education
PhD (University of Guelph, 2008)


Name: MALAY R DAVE
Cohort 1
Current Organization: Fiji International Unviersity, Fiji
Current Designation: Professor, Faculty of Technology
Region: Abroad
Sector: Academia

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Dr. Malay Ramesh DAVE is Commonwealth Scholar and holds a British doctorate in the field of environmental engineering from Scotland. He has worked for over twenty years for Indian corporate sector, managing several industrial projects in India and across the World before diversifying into the field of higher education. In 2008, he signed MoU with University of London for delivery of their academic programmes in India. He was Director of a few engineering institutions in India before moving to Fiji National University, Suva, Fiji as Professor in Environmental & Sustainable Development.


Name: Mohit Dhai gude
Cohort 3
Current Organization: netcover online
Current Designation: BDM
Region: Abroad
Sector: Academia
Email: mohitdhaigude@gmail.com

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Name: Mr Pankaj R Sekhsaria
Cohort 9
Current Organization: Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Hyderabad
Current Designation: Assistant Professor
Region: South
Sector: Academia

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Pankaj Sekhsaria is a member of the environmental action group, Kalpavriksh and in based in Pune. His main responsibility is editing, publishing and distributing the Protected Area (PA) Update, a bimonthly newsletter that carries news from wildlife sanctuaries and national parks from India and South Asia.

He also signatory on behalf of Kalpavriksh is a petition in the Kolkata High and the Supreme Court of India aimed at protecting the forests of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands and the indigenous people that live there.


He works as a freelance writer and photographer, writing for the Indian media on issues related to to wildlife conservation, and people's livelihoods rights.

He is author of the book 'Troubled Islands - Writings on the indigenous peoples and environment of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands that was published jointly by Kalpavriksh and LEAD India in 2003.


Pankaj SEKHSARIA works with the Kalpavriksh Environmental Action Group in Pune where his main responsibility is editing, publishing and distributing the Protected Area (PA) Update, a bimonthly newsletter that carries news from wildlife sanctuaries and national parks from India and South Asia . He has worked extensively in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands and co-ordinates an active e-discussion group dedicated to the issues there. He is also author of the “ Troubled Islands ” on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands .

Pankaj Sekhsaria, works, additionally as a freelance journalist and photographer and has published nearly 150 articles and photo features in the mainstream Indian press on issues related to wildlife conservation, and people's livelihoods rights. He was awarded the National Foundation for India Media Fellowship 2006-07 to write on issues of the A&N Islands and the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) Media fellowship - 2008 to report on issues of human-wildlife conflict.

A graduate from the Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia, and New Delhi, he co-produced the investigative documentary, The Yellow Haze, which helped in getting a Supreme Court ban on the illegal use of the drug Quinacrine ( a malarial drug) used insitu for female sterilisation.
He has also assisted in wildlife film projects in Assam and in the Andaman islands.

Some of his work and pictures can be seen at www.pankaj-atcrossroads.blogspot.com


Name: Mr Rustam Vania
Cohort 8
Current Organization: Srishti School of Art
Current Designation: Design and Technology
Region: South
Sector: Academia

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Rustam Vania is an independent creative communications consultant. As a graphic designer and cartoonist, he is interested in the interface between educational needs and creative design/communication solutions. He has over a decades experience in creating popular creative communication strategies for science, environment and development education. He was the founder editor and designer of Gobar Times, a monthly magazine supplement to Down To Earth, the science and environment fornightly published by the Centre for Science and Environment. He is presently a faculty member at the Bangalore based Srishti School or Art, Design and Technology.

He has a special interest in using cartooning as a medium of communication in spreading the message of sustainable development.


Name: Ms Anuradha Chaturvedi
Cohort 8
Current Organization: SCHOOL OF PLANNING AND ARCHITECTURE
Current Designation: Assistant Professor of Architectural Conservation
Region: North
Sector: Academia

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Anuradha Chaturvedi is an assistant professor in the department of architectural conservation at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. In addition to teaching courses on heritage management and conservation of traditional building materials, she is working on compiling a database on building crafts & heritage buildings & isdeveloping a computer based cultural resource system for Nubra, Ladakh & Zanskar

For more than 12 years, Anuradha has worked as a conservation consultant with the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage on a number of heritage conservation and development planning projects in Ladakh, Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan. One of the projects currently being implemented is conservation of the Stok Palace Museum for INTACH in Ladakh.

She qualified with a B. Arch. from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, India (1985) and obtained her master's from the Centre for Conservation Studies, Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies, University Of York, UK. She also has a Certificate in Archaeological Conservation from the Institute of Archaeology, ASI in India; conducted research on conservation at Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music, Japan; and attended a course on use of the AutoCAD from CADCentre, New Delhi.


Name: Ms Mugdha Dhananjay Karnik
Cohort 2
Current Organization: Extra Mural Studies
Current Designation: Director
Region: West
Sector: Academia

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Mugdha Dhananjay Karnik is director of extra-mural studies at the University of
Bombay in India, where she also earned her master's degree in sociology.
As director, she has organized many educational projects and science-oriented
activities for rural children and women. She has also successfully completed two
projects involving local students in the study of their own village ecosystem.
These create a database of local bio-resources as well as build students'
awareness of environmental issues. Recently, she organized a three day lecture
series for women and school and college students on various aspects of
environment and development in a rural area which is in the process of
industrialization. She organizes other educational activities regarding women's
rights, women's health, the Indian system of medicine (the Ayurveda) and legal aid
for rural women. For urban students, her unit organizes nature study trails, marine
trails, painting, sculpture and pottery camps, aquarium camps and astrophysics
camps.


Name: Usha P Raghupathi
Cohort 4
Current Organization: Urban Infrastructure & Services
Current Designation: M.Plan Professor
Region: North
Sector: Academia

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Prof. Usha P. Raghupathi is an urban planner with over 33 years of professional experience in the urban sector. She has a Masters degree in Geography from Delhi University and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Planning from the School of Planning, CEPT, Ahmedabad. She has done short-term courses at the Institute of Housing and Urban Development Studies (Netherlands), Life Academy (Sweden), and USAID sponsored courses in U.S.A. She has conducted research on urban services (particularly water supply, sanitation and solid waste management), urban poverty, public-private partnerships in urban services, urban environment, amongst others. She is currently working on urban climate change and urban green growth issues. She has been involved in appraisal/evaluation of Government of India’s programmes such as JNNURM and AUWSP. She has conducted training programmes for municipal officials and is involved in capacity building efforts on urban climate change.
Prof. Raghupathi is a LEAD Fellow (Leadership for Environment and Development, initially funded by the Rockefeller Foundation). She has also been a member of the Board of Directors of LEAD India. She is an Associate member of Institute of Town Planners, India. She has written many research reports and published papers (national and international) on subjects related to urban affairs.