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Dhananjai Mohan, IFS
Professor
Wildlife Institute of India
Cohort 5
Region: North
Sector: Academia

Dhananjai Mohan is presently working as Professor with Forest Research Institute. Prior to this, he worked as an Associate Professor with Wildlife Institute and Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, Dehradun,. He is also an Indian Forest Service officer from Uttar Pradesh Cadre. His main responsibility is to train the freshly recruited Indian Forest Service Officers.

Previously, he was involved in planning and management in the Wildlife Wing of the Uttar Pradesh Forest Department, where he was actively involved in preparing the management plans for the four protected areas of Garhwal and the Himlayas. Later he also served as the Divisional Forest Officer at the bio-diversity rich Katarniaghat Wildlife Division in the UP Terai. He has also served as the Silviculturist where he was conducting and coordinating forestry research in the foothills and terai zone of sub-Himalayan Uttar Pradesh.

D. Mohan has published more than two dozen research papers, notes and articles related to the environment and development. As a college student, he established a nature club at IIT, Kanpur, and organized field outings, nature camps and talks related to nature and wildlife. He received his degree in electrical engineering from IIT, Kanpur. He received Associate of Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy diploma (honours) in the year 1990. His postgraduate work was in wildlife management and eco-development planning at Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun.


Dr K G Saxena
Associate Professor
Jawaharlal Nehru University
Cohort 5
Region: South
Sector: Academia

Krishna Gopal Saxena is a professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University in the School of Environmental Sciences, where he teaches research and technology development with a focus on opportunities and constraints in the use of natural resources for sustainable development. He has been involved in number of environment and development activities as a researcher and lecturer, and also as coordinator of a program on sustainable development of rural ecosystems. He is interested in the enhancement of scientific knowledge about how to include environmentally sound socioeconomic development in ecologically fragile and economically marginal areas such as mountainous and arid regions.

K.G. Saxena has a Ph.D. from North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong. His thesis was entitled: 'Studies on the Eco-physiology of Early Successional Plant Populations of Jhum Fallows'. In addition, he has participated in numberous training courses: 'Biofuels, Bioproductivity, and Photosynthesis'' (United Nations Environmental Program); 'Application of Digital MSS and Thematic Mapper Data for Quantification of Agricultural and Forest Resources' (Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay); 'Management of Soil Fertility in the Tropics' (Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility Program, Nairobi).


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

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).


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

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.


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

Salim 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 LEAD, 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 PQF Specialist.


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

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.


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

Prof. SK Barik is the Director of CSIR-NBRI, Lucknow. Previously, he had been the 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. Since past 28 years, he has worked on community forestry and 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. His 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 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.


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

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.


Dr Shyam R Asolekar
Professor and Head
Centre for Environmental Science and Engineering, IIT-Bombay
Cohort 3
Region: West
Sector: Academia

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.


Dr Sujatha Byravan
Independent consultant
Independent consultant
Cohort 4
Region: South
Sector: Academia

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).


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

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.


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

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.


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

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.’


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

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.


Girija P Pande
Professor & Director
Uttarakhand Open University, Haldwani 
Cohort 5
Region: North
Sector: Academia

Dr.Girija Prasad Pande is presently teaching History in Kumaon University, Nainital, India.He is the Sub-Editor of the most popular Hindi research journal on Himalayan Studies, Pahar.

He has been a Research Fellow of the Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi. Dr.Pande specialises on Economic History in the Himalayan region and is actively involved in issues related Mountain Environment. He is currently working on the History of Water Harvesting, Hydro Politics, History of Science and Technology and Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) wish to relate all his findings with present day policy planning. Dr. Pande is also collaborating with Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden, National Tree Growers Cooperative Federation (NTGCF), India and is associated with National Museum of Mankind, Ministry of HRD, Government of India, as its Project Director of the for Himalayan region too.

He has authored a book on Colonial Excise and some of his books are - Some Aspects of Indian Freedom Struggle, Himalayan Environment: A Scenario, Making the Iron and Selected Copper Plates of Chands of Kumaon.


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

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.


K V Devi Prasad
Professor & Dean
Department of Ecology & Env Sci. Pondicherry University, Pondicherry
Cohort 6
Region: North
Sector: Academia

Mr. Prasad has Doctorate in Physics from Purdue University in 1984 after getting Masters from IIT, Madras in 1979 and Bachelors from University of Madras in 1977 (Gold Medals; First Rank).

He had joined the then newly formed Pondicherry University as Officer-in-Charge of Academic Planning in 1986 and became reader in 1987 at the Department of Ecology & Environmental Sciences, Pondicherry University.

He was also elected to the Management Board of the India Chapter in 2006. He has worked as the Coordinator of Sustainable Development (Masters) Programme in Pondicherry University (2005-08). More recently (2008-June 2011), he served as a Counsellor (S&T), in the Embassy of India, Berlin.


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

Dr. Kirit Patel began teaching International Development Studies at Menno Simons in Fall 2007. As an academic, policy analyst, and development professional, Dr. Patel teaching and research strive to seek a balance between theory and practice.
Dr Patel 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 socio-cultural 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 innovative research won the Vavilov-Frankel Fellowship, an international scholarship awarded annually to two scholars worldwide by Biodiversity 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 socio-cultural 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.

He received his PhD from University of Guelph in 2008


Malay R Dave
Professor, Faculty of Engineering & Technology
Fiji International Unviersity
Cohort 1
Region: Abroad
Sector: Academia

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.


Malvika Vohra
Ex Head, Science Department
Vasant Valley School, New Delhi
Cohort 6
Region: North
Sector: Academia

Currently working as the Head of the Science Department of Vasant Valley School (VVS), New Delhi, Malvika Vohra teaches Biology to Classes 9-12. She has documented the Tree Wealth of Lodi Gardens, a 100 acre park located in the heart of Delhi, along with Professor H.Y. Mohan Ram of Delhi University. She was involved with writing of STL (Scientific and Technological Literacy) material for a UNESCO-CSEC (Centre for Science and Communication) Project.

In 2002, she initiated the Citizen’s Science program, aimed at making science more student friendly by sensitizing students to an array of scientific issues. Through talks on cutting edge technologies like Nanotechnology and Bioinformatics, film shows on Environmental Issues and photo-exhibitions on People living with HIV, she tried to connect science to our daily lives. Some of the events include Dr. Elizabeth Burns’s workshop on integrating Science with Art, Pankaj Sekhsaria slide show on the Environmental and Tribal Issues related to the Troubled Islands of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and Krishnendu Bose’s screening of his film, Tiger Chronicles. Other initiatives include organizing a teleconference between VVS students and Astronaut Sunita Williams, creating awareness about a natural aquifer, Neela Hauz in Vasant Kunj and the participation of Class 11 students in a 2- week long Science Summer School at the University of Melbourne.

She is in-charge of the HIV-AIDS Awareness program at her school and has conducted training programs on Laws of Nature, Innovative Methods of Teaching and Assessments and Hands-on Science Teaching for Primary School Teachers. She has been a resource person for the LEAD International Training program on Systems Thinking, Negotiation, and Leadership and Team Building skills.

In 2006, she was awarded the 2nd prize in an International Conference on Cognitive Systems for the Best Teaching Practices Showcase organized by NIIT. She has conducted Performance Audits for the Science Departments of New Era Public School, New Delhi and Scindia School, Gwalior. Recently, in 2008, she was nominated the 2nd best teacher in the country in the Senior School category of the TCS- Education World Teacher’s Awards.

Malvika became a fellow of the Carnegie Hall -Weill Institute program and attended a week long workshop at New York in May 2009 to Integrate Music into the School Curriculum.


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

Pankaj works with the Kalpavriksh Environmental Action Group based 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 .

He also works 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


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

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.


Ms Anuradha Chaturvedi
Assistant Professor, Architectural Conservation
School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi
Cohort 8
Region: North
Sector: Academia

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 & is developing 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.


Ms Mugdha Dhananjay Karnik
Director
Extra Mural Studies, University of Bombay
Cohort 2
Region: West
Sector: Academia

Mugdha Dhananjay Karnik is Director of Extra-Mural Studies at the University of Bombay 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.

She organizes many 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.


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

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 programs such as JNNURM and AUWSP. She has conducted training programs for municipal officials and is involved in capacity building efforts on urban climate change.

Prof. Usha has also been a member of the Board of Directors of LEAD India. She is an Associate member of Institute of Town Planners, India. Prof. Usha has written many research reports and published papers (national and international) on subjects related to urban affairs.