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Aaradhana Kohli
Enable India Foundation & Ravision Films
Uttar Pradesh

With over two decades of experience in developmental communication, Aaradhana has made myriad programmes on various subjects for many organizations both government and non-government. She has produced television serials, films, public service messages etc., and her endeavour has always been to make media products, which help create an environment conducive for change. However, women, children and environment are recurring themes!

She is of firm belief that all communication is purposive and is essentially about building bridges which Communication can and does empower, enable, inform, sensitize and entertain. Aaradhana endeavours to do just through her films and all other communication materials.

Some of her recent works include a film on the impact of militancy on the environment in Jammu and Kashmir-‘Un Possh teli yeli van posh’ - You will get your bread only if the forests last.

Abhay P Vaidya
Deputy Resident Editor
Daily News Analysis, Pune

Abhay Vaidya presently working as Deputy Resident Editor of Daily News & Analysis, in Pune. Earlier, he was Assistant Editor (Chief of Bureau) at Times of India, Pune where he leads a team of city reporters and outstation correspondents. He began his journalistic career in 1987 and since then has reported extensively on political and non-political developments in western Maharashtra.

In 1991, he was awarded the Rotary Foundation Journalism Scholarship under which he went to the United States for a graduate study program. He was the Times of India's Washington Correspondent during 1993-94. Abhay's current priorities are to report on a range of urban developmental issues such as traffic and transportation, urban growth, water supply and urban waste disposal. He has also worked in television and has produced a series of short television reports for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) on the problems of refugees in South Asia.

Dr Ajit Kumar Jha
GULF Tribune

Ajit Kumar Jha launched the GULF Tribune from Doha, Qatar in Feb-March 2006. He is the Editor of the new English-French daily, a fiercely independent editorially driven newspaper. Ajit looks after the strategic partnerships with other news agencies and newspapers globally and working out the editorial policy as well the layout and design.

Ajit had launched Oman Tribune and had been the Editor of the newspaper. Under Ajit's leadership, Oman Tribune turned out to be the number one editorial product of Oman. Ajit received Oman's most prestigious award for his series on the paradoxes of Omanisation and liberalisation.

In India, Ajit was a senior editor at India Today in New Delhi. He headed the election cell of the magazine and was the leading psephologist for the TV Today networks (Aaj Tak and Headlines Today). He has worked with the leading dailies of India like The Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times , The Sunday Express and has also launched the Lucknow edition of the paper and has been a Resident Editor of the Bombay Edition. He also taught at the Times School of Journalism and Management.

His areas of interest include international politics, democracy and economic development and the environment. Ajit received his PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, USA and has M.Litt in Politics from the University of Oxford, England.

Ajit has also taught at the UCLA for four years. He was awarded the Inlaks Scholarship and the Radhakrishnan Bequest while at Oxford, the American Institute of Indian Studies fellowship from the Smithsonian Foundation at the UCLA. He was also a Salzburg Seminarist. He attended the 10th World Report conference at the CNN headquarters in Atlanta and in New York.

Krishnendu Bose
Earthcare Films
New Delhi

Krishnendu Bose is the founder of Earthcare Films which makes films on wildlife and conservation and has produced many award winning documentaries in wildlife conservation. His film ‘Tiger- the Death Chronicle’ got the coveted Wildlife Conservation Award at the 4th Vatavaran Film Festival 2007 and Conservation Award at the International Wildlife Film Festival at Missoula, Montanna in 2008. ‘The Latent city’, his film in 2009 was awarded the Grand Prix, for the best film in Dokumenta Art Film Festival, Romania. He has also been presented with the highest award for documentary film making in the field of Environment and Wildlife in India- CMS-UNEP Prithvi Ratna Award in 2009.

He is also the founding member of ECO (Earthcare Outreach Trust) and its Managing Trustee. He has also been involved in conducting sessions on environment education in schools and colleges, using his films as a medium. He has been a guest faculty at Symbiosis and National School of Design.

Mr. Bose is also a member of International Union of Conservation for Nature. He has produced shows for Sony- AXN- Amazing Race Asia. He has also co-produced an award-winning documentary on pesticide deaths with Honrung Television, Hamburg Cycle of Poison. He has been line producer, CBS Network for their 9 time Emmy Awarded Series Amazing Race. Krishnendu has Masters in Economics from Delhi School of Economics (1985) and is a keen photographer and loves traveling and writing about it.

Mr Rahul Chandawarkar
Journalist and P R Consultant


Rahul is Journalist and PR Consultant in Goa. He has been a Resident Editor at Sakal Times based in Pune, India. Until recently, he was an Assistant Editor with the Daily News and Analysis (DNA) newspaper in Pune.

Rahul was recently awarded the Ramnath Goenka excellence in journalism award for environmental reporting by the Vice President of India, Hamid Ansari in New Delhi on January 16, 2012. The Goenka awards which are considered the foremost awards in the field of Indian journalism are given to 36 journalists across India every year. Rahul received the Goenka award for running multiple campaigns on the eco-degradation of the hill stations of Mahabaleshwar-Panchgani near Pune in the DNA newspaper's Pune edition.

Rahul - an MBA by training - has been writing for newspapers and magazines since the age of 16. He has the added benefit of having worked in the Indian corporate world for ten-full years (1987-97).

Ms Asha Ramachandran
Features Editor
The Statesman

Asha Ramachandran is a Features Editor with The Statesman. In this position, she handles the features pages of the newspaper, including supplementaries and in the main paper. She also reports on environment and economic issues. She was earlier Special Correspondent with Delhi bureau of the newspaper. Her writings cover major policy issues of the government as well as events related to environment. She was briefly with The Mint, a business daily and sister organisation of The Hindustan Times. There she was, in her capacity as Deputy National Copy Chief, responsible for the production process of the news pages.

She was previously Coordinator of Down To Earth, an environment and science fortnightly brought out by the Centre for Science and Environment. She has also been a senior environment correspondent with the economic division of Press Trust of India, a leading news agency, which she joined in 1986. In a previous position at the news agency, she coordinated the features division and wrote a number of articles exploring crucial environmental issues from a cross-section of perspectives.

She has a Bachelor's degree in Botany, Zoology and Chemistry. Her diploma in News Agency Journalism is from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication. She also holds an Advanced Diploma in French from the Delhi University and Alliance Francaise.

Ms K Ramya
Station Manager
Community Radio, Bangalore

Ramya has over ten years of experience in the community radio sector. Having started her career has a Radio Jockey in 2007; she has progressed to be the Station Manager at Radio Active- Bangalore's first community radio station. At the station, she is involved in documentation of the station's activities, coordination of volunteers, designing communication and promotional materials, in addition to handling and managing the technical set up of the station. Ramya co-assisted in the production of the Active women series in 2008 which has nominated for the Radio Duniya Awards 2008.

As an important component of the station's activity is outreach programme, she and her colleague spearheaded the RTE campaign which involved creating awareness on RTE in the slums, meeting with parents. Ramya was also a representative member of the RTE Task Force from the station. The activities of the Task Force included production of radio programmes, creating awareness, policy advocacy and documentation. As part of the Task Force she also had the opportunity to work on the design and documentation of the India Literacy Project on the implementation of the RTE task force chapters in Gulburga and Chikballapura. She has also worked on other projects like assisting students from Jain University on the National Entrepreneurship Network's E -week event in 2010 on the Aerobic Rice Plantation in Kolar.

Ramya volunteered to work on the Radio Mathematics project awarded to the station by the Department of Science and technology, Ministry of Science and technology, Government of India as the Principal Investigator. This project involves production of 180 episodes of radio series and conducting outreach activities. In 2014, when One World Foundation invited applications for Community Radio Facilitation Centre's internship program, Ramya applied and was selected for a four day seminar that focused on Community Radio licensing procedures and steps involved. Following the program, she was certified to assist potential applicants.

Pallava Bagla
Photo-Journalist, India Correspondent, PTI Reporter
NDTV Television, New Delhi
New Delhi

Pallava Bagla is an Indian science journalist, communicator & photojournalist for over 25 years and a well-known face on Indian television, showcasing Indian science & technology to the world.

In his almost two decades of continuous writing for Science, the prestigious weekly magazine of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Washington D.C., he critically analyzed India's prowess in S&T. He runs a weekly column on science, technology, health and environment for Press Trust of India (PTI). His daily photo blog titled `Enjoy Nature on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram is commendable.

He is the Science Editor for NDTV since 2006. His work show casing India's maiden mission to Mars - Mangalyaan in 2013 and earlier his decisive work on India's first mission to the moon, Chandrayaan-1 in 2008 has been applauded, broadcasting both in English and Hindi. His reporting on India's nuclear issues from locations forever hidden from cameras because of national security has been highly acclaimed. His recent work includes giving an insider's look into India's missile development program.

Simplifying complex science for the lay people is his forte. He is the immediate past President of the International Science Writers Association (ISWA) from 2015 & 2016 the world's oldest international body representing international science writers from over 25 countries.

An elected member of the Executive Board of the World Federation of Science Journalists, headquartered in Canada where he served a four year term from 2011-2015.