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Name: Alexander Amirtham
Cohort-14
Current Organization: GREENS Biodiversity Santuary, Trichirapalli
Current Designation: Director
Region: South
Sector: NGO

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Alexander is currently the founder and Executive Director of the GREENS Biodiversity Sanctuary, a proposed modern botanical garden to be based in the Eastern Ghats of Tamil Nadu, a hitherto overlooked area for biodiversity and conservation activity. The main aim of the Sanctuary is to educate people on issues related to biodiversity conservation and climate change using innovative methods of communication.

Alexander has worked in conservation and related areas for the last 19 years. His main contribution has been the development of the Eco-Club concept, which educates, inspires and motivates children from the poorer communities to be more aware of their environment. In turn, the children educate and motivate parents and communities. So far more than 75 Eco-Clubs are operational in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry.

In addition, Alex has developed a genetic garden from scratch, conserving more than 300 species; has established education programmes; has built networks amongst teachers and traditional healers; and has published his experiences at various national and international congresses.

He has a postgraduate degree in Botany from St Joseph’s College, Tiruchirappalli following a Bachelor of Education from Bharathiyar University, Coimbatore. He successfully completed an International Diploma in Plant Conservation Techniques in 1999 and an International Diploma in Botanic Garden Management in 2006, both at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London.


Name: Aman Singh
Cohort-12
Current Organization: Krishi Avam Paristhitiki Vikas Sansthan, Alwar
Current Designation: Chief Coordinator
Region: West
Sector: NGO

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Aman Singh holds a M.Sc. (Master of Science) degree and Training in Environment Education‐ a post graduate Diploma in Environment and Development, and is also a graduate of the Environmental Leadership Program (ELP), University of California. He has taken part in several month-long courses, such as ‘Deep Ecology & Bioregionalism’ at Schumacher College, England. He is proficient in Hindi and English languages, and can follow and read several local languages and dialects like Rajasthani, Mewati etc.


Recent Achievements

Aman Singh is the Founder of “Krishi Avam Paristhitiki Vikas Sansthan” (KRAPAVIS), a voluntary organisation which works to revive orans or sacred groves of Rajasthan. In the past 20 years in KRAPAVIS, Aman Singh has overseen the regeneration of hundreds orans, and has taken initial steps to influence policy changes and legislation in the state. One of its most important results can be seen in the recently published Rajasthan State Forest Policy 2010, which includes the local population in the management of orans. Considering that “orans are islands of good forests and repositories of rich biodiversity. These orans are excellent examples of people’s religious faith linked with conservation,” the state authorities acknowledge the ideas that KRAPAVIS has been advocating for long.

The success of initiatives is evidenced by that Aman Singh receive numerous awards and Fellowships. Government of Rajasthan/ Forest Department has awarded his organisation as “Vraksha Vardhak Puruskar” (Tree Conservation Award) of the year 2008-09, for forest conservation through orans. Also, it has been awarded as finalists for the UNDP’s Equat¬or Prize¬ 2012. Aman Singh has been awarded “Asian Technical Award 2008” for orans renovation. In 2004, ASHOKA: The Global Association of Leading Social Entrepreneurs recognised Aman Singh as a leading social entrepreneur for his innovative revival of orans. He is also a LEAD Fellow. ‘Trees for the Future’ USA has also awarded him. He received several sponsorships/fellowships from different international agencies like UNDP, UNOCHA, IFAD/ ILC, UNDP/WISP, Schumacher College U.K., Ford Foundation and University of California etc.

He is the author of nine monographs (small books) and about hundred articles concerned with orans, rural ecology and pastoralism, as well as an editor of a quarterly newsletter “Devbani Re Baat” (i.e. news bulletin on sacred forests) publishes in Hindi language, so far 22 issues have been published of it. He has presented at international level in various meetings/ conferences/ workshops in different about a dozen countries like India (of course, own country), England, Ethiopia, Scotland, Tanzania, France, Indonesia, Kenya, Bulgaria and USA etc.

Name: Amba Jamir
Cohort 8
Current Organization: Sustainable Development Forum Nagaland (SDFN)
Current Designation: Founder Executive Secretary
Region: East
Sector: NGO

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Amba is a policy analyst and development advisor with over 15 years of multidisciplinary experience from policy formulation to project development. Professionally trained as an environmental lawyer and development communicator, he has experience working with grassroots organisations in the Asia-Pacific Region as a trainer, facilitator, and community leader in the areas of education, livelihood and policy advocacy. He has extensive experience working in local, national and international NGOs, the government and with advanced regional policy and research think tanks such as the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan. Currently, he is serving as the Executive Secretary of the Sustainable Development Forum, Nagaland.


Name: ANIL K AGNIHOTRI
Cohort 2
Current Organization: ONGC, New Delhi
Current Designation: Ex-Deputy General Manger, Corporate Safety Health and Envioronment
Region: North
Sector: NGO

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Anil K. Agnihotri is Ex-Deputy General Manager, Corporate Safety Health & Environment; New Delhi prior to that he was the Chief Chemist at Corporate Health, Safety & Environment, Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Limited, Mumbai, in India. Presently he is looking after the corporate environment of ONGC. He was also worked worked in the field of microbial enhancement of oil recovery. He received Ph.D from Lucknow University in 1979. He has authored various papers and a book on environmental management in the petroleum industry and is particularly interested in biotechnology, wastewater treatment, and landfill gas. Dr.Agnihotri enjoys reading and presenting lectures on the subject of environmental issues. He has extensively worked on energy recovery from municipal solid wastes in the U.P. province of India. He has been instrumental in development of various policy documents for the enactment of waste to energy projects in the state of Uttar Pradesh & commissioning of first municipal solid waste(MSW) to energy plant in the city of Lucknow(5 MW out of 300MT of MSW). Currently he is working as Independent Consultant.


Name: Bharat Kakade
Cohort 9
Current Organization: BAIF Development Research Foundation
Current Designation: Vice President
Region: West
Sector: NGO

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Association: Vice President of BAIF, an Indian NGO working for rural livelihood through sustainable management of natural resources for last 45 years with a spread of its work in 14 Indian states, 60000 villages covering over 4 million rural poor families. Fellow, Leadership in Environment and Development (LEAD) International; Member, Planning and Review Committee, National Institute of Hydrology, Govt of India; Member of Working Group on Water Mission, Dept of Water Resources, Govt of India. Managing the associate organizations of BAIF – DHRUVA and GRISERV (Gujarat), BIRD-Andhra Pradesh, BIRD-Karnataka, Dr. Manibhai Desai Management Training Center Pune and NRM division of BAIF Pune.
Significant Contributions: The important and replicable projects managed include conjunctive use of water resources in the Deccan Trap; Ravine land reclamation with equitable ground water utilization in Kanpur (Rural) district of Uttar Pradesh; Innovative decentralized water resource development using farm pond network in Karnataka; drought-proofing approach in semi-arid region of Rajasthan; Integrating Drinking Water in Watershed Development, a trilateral project between India, South Africa and UK. Instrumental in developing “Sustainable Rural Livelihood in Backward districts of Maharashtra” under World Bank supported National Agricultural Innovation Programme (NAIP) of ICAR.
As an External Evaluator (mid-term and final), programme development consultant of domestic and bilateral programmes, undertook several assignments. Major assignments have been done for organizations - ICEF, Plan International, Concern World Wide, SRTT, SDTT, IWMI, HUL. Also played Advisory role to the organizations including Malanadu Development Society, Kerala; ‘Krishi Gram Vikas Kendra (KGVK), Jharkhand’ of the corporate Usha Martin Group; Admin. of Andaman and Nicobar’; Govt of Jammu and Kashmir.
Faculty: Civil Engineering at Government College of Engineering, Pune (1991-92); Bharati Vidyapith Institute of Environment Education and Research (2000-05) and National Training Session of Cohort 12 –LEAD India (2007).
Awards/Recognitions: Received prestigious Tejwani National Award for excellence in Research, Training and Development of Natural Resource for biennial 1996-97. The project “Conjunctive Use of Water Resources in Deccan Trap India “implemented during 1993 to 1997 was recognized by United Nations and awarded by Government of Maharashtra. Project was assessed by UNEP as one of the top 10 successful environment protection projects in the world. NAIP project in Maharashtra (where I was Principal Investigator) received TOI Social Impact Award in 2011.
Publications: 2 watershed development manuals, 3 case study booklets, 2 research reports and 15 papers. Presented 14 papers in the workshops at national and international level.


Name: Bhawana Luthra
Cohort-16
Current Organization: LEAD India, New Delhi
Current Designation: Executive Director
Region: North
Sector: NGO

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Bhawana Luthra is Executive Director at LEAD India in 2016 prior to this she was Director, Programs & Operations, she carries a sound understanding of the community based demand responsive and participatory approaches to project planning and management, particularly in the water, sanitation, health & hygiene and livelihoods sector. Has first hand on-the-ground experience of facilitating community processes, identifying best practices, and culling out and documenting key learning from innovative community driven projects in Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

Carried out a World Bank assisted study on the issues and options related to the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in the rural water supply and sanitation (RWSS) sector in the country. Formative research on 'Triggers of Behaviour change in rural communities' followed by designing a Sanitation IEC manual for 'change-agents' in Himachal Pradesh'. The assignment involved applied research based on extensive stakeholders consultation including secondary literature survey and field investigations.

As a RWSS specialist, was involved in contributing to the design and conduct of training programmes for the capacity building of grassroots functionaries engaged in the implementation of Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) in the district of Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh using community led total sanitation (CLTS) approach within the framework of an assignment funded by UNICEF. Was also engaged as one of the team members in designing and operationalising a knowledge management (KM) strategy for rural water and supply and sanitation (RWSS) sector in the state of Maharashtra, which also includes identification and documentation of best practices as one of the key KM tools. The assignment is commissioned under The World Bank assisted Jalswarajya Project in Maharashtra.

Currently she is heading the LEAD India Secretariat


Name: Chittaranjan Hota
Cohort-16
Current Organization: Manav Adhikar Seva Samiti (MASS)
Current Designation: Chief Functionar
Region: East
Sector: NGO

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Chittaranjan Hota works with the very poor communities, in the Western parts of Odisha, whose livelihoods insecurities did worsen with degrading natural resources like land, forest and water. Livelihoods and well-being of these poor people, who constitute nearly 80 percent of the intervened area, is directly dependent on these natural resources. Chittaranjan, with his organisation Manav Adhikar Seva Samiti (MASS) which he currently leads as the Secretary, works very closely with these communities for community centric revival and management of the resources for economic, social and environmental uplift.

As the Chief functionary of MASS, he is now carrying forward the legacy of 25 years long experience of the organisation. He is recognized for his strong association with the communities at the roots, and building debates around key issues of water, land, environment, climate change, disaster and forest management based on evidences from the roots.

Mr Chittaranjan, a post-graduate in Social Sciences, relies more on the practical experience and the rich wisdom of the people with whom he works. That has been his hallmark


Name: Deepak Apte
Cohort 9
Current Organization: Bombay Natural Society
Current Designation: Director
Region: West
Sector: NGO

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Deepak Apte is at present the Director at the Bombay Natural History Society. He has a postgraduate degree in Marine Biology. For over 25 years he has been exploring marine life at various parts of Indian coast. Deepak has authored two books ‘The Book of Indian Shells’ and The Field Guide to the Marine Life of India’. He also has 35 scientific publications in the prestigious journals like Nature, Evolution, Systematic and Biodiversity etc to his credit. Deepak is the member of Task Force on Marine Biodiversity Conservation set up by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India.

In 2008 Deepak received prestigious Whitley Conservation Award given by the Shears Foundation for his work of establishing community managed marine protected area and saving Giant Clams in Lakshadweep. He has also received Rotary Award in 2009 for his contribution for nature conservation. He is a Fellow of the Smithsonian Environmental Leadership Programme, LEAD-India Cohort 9, International Visitors Programme, USA and Duke University Marine Programme. Well travelled over 50 countries, he has vast experience on coastal and marine biodiversity issues ad policies. Deepak is an Executive Committee Member of CBD NGO Alliance and was co-ordinator on behalf of Bombay Natural History Society as a host for CBD COP 11 NGO Alliance.

Deepak is in-charge of BNHS EIA Cell and Armed Forces Cell and also Head of BNHS Conservation related advocacy and policy. He is Member Secretary and Principal Scientist for Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant Biodiversity Conservation Plan. Presently he is undertaking several EIA’s and biodiversity studies for corporates such as NPCIL, Tata Power, Tata Steel, Welspun maxsteel, ONGC, MoEF and state agencies etc and undertaking number of research projects across five states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Lakshadweep and Andaman.

Deepak is an excellent wildlife photographer and Advance Open Water PADI diver. He aims to popularize marine biodiversity through research, field expeditions and publication of books. (www.deepakapte.com)


Name: Dhir Jhingran
Cohort 1
Current Organization: Language and Learning Foundation
Current Designation: Chief, Business and Trade Policy
Region: North
Sector: NGO

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Dr. Dhir Jhingran is the Founder Director of Language and Learning Foundation. He has worked in the primary education sector for over two decades, within and outside the government. As an officer of the Indian Administrative Service, he served as Principal Secretary, Education with the Government of Assam and as Director in the Ministry of Human Resource Development and Mission Director of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan as well as the District Primary Education Programme. In addition, he has handled several other profiles, such as Senior Advisor to UNICEF India, Asia Regional Director and Chief Program Officer with Room to Read and Country Director, TESS India. He has made significant contributions to the development and implementation of early grade reading programs in several countries in Asia and Africa and several states in India. Dr. Jhingran has authored two books based on empirical researches in primary education that he conducted and has contributed to many books and journals.


Name: DIVYA LATA
Cohort-10
Current Organization: Pan International Bangkok
Current Designation: Early Learning Education Advisor
Region: Abroad
Sector: NGO

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Divya Lata specializes in Disability Rights, Education and Early Childhood Development and has been promoting early childhood and elementary education initiatives in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the CEE/CIS region. Working in senior managerial / strategic advisory roles in leading international organizations, notably the Aga Khan Foundation, Save the Children Fund, Open Society Foundations and Plan International, she has focused on child survival, health and development in diverse long-term as well as fragile contexts. This includes steering practice and policy towards universal access to quality education in developing countries; advancing early interventions for children ‘at risk’; promoting quality in educational settings through pedagogical, managerial and systemic reform processes; realigning social sector initiatives in post-soviet reconstruction and addressing educational imperatives in situations of acute disaster and conflict.

Divya is particularly interested in advancing the provision of developmental and educational support to children with disabilities and their families. Strongly driven by a rights based approach to these issues, she has not only been promoting development of inclusive early childhood and education programs but is also assisting NGOs to use the CRC and CRPD accountability mechanisms as tools of civil society action against discrimination towards children with disabilities.

Ms Lata currently works with Plan International as the Early Learning and Education Advisor, based in Bangkok. She also serves as a trustee of the Child to Child Trust, London and is a Director on the Board of the Asia Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood, Singapore.


Name: Dr Ajai Kumar
Cohort 4
Current Organization: CG Block, National Agricultural Science Center (NASC)
Current Designation: Sr Country Coordinator
Region: North
Sector: NGO

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Dr. Kumar has a master's degree in physics and a PHD degree in forestry from the University Of Melbourne, Australia. Ajai Kumar joined the Indian Forest Service in 1986 and till 1992 worked with Forest Department in Manipur State in India. From 1993 to 1997 he worked with the National A forestation and Eco-Development Board, which formulates and implements a forestation policies for the Ministry of Environment and Forests. He has been an advisor on forest management issues and was the member secretary of the High Power Committee constituted by the Supreme Court of India in 1997 to look into forest industries and forest management in the northeastern states. In 1998 he was awarded International Research Fellowship by the University Of Melbourne, Australia and from May 1998 to April 2001 he worked on his doctoral thesis in the University of Melbourne, Australia. His doctoral thesis is on 'Common Property Resource Management'. From October 2001 to November 2003 he worked as in charge of World Bank Forestry Project in Uttaranchal State of India. From November 2003 to December 2004 he worked with Forest Development Corporation in Uttaranchal State in India. From August 2005 to March 2010 Dr Kumar worked in the Ministries of Defense and Agriculture in Government of India. Presently Dr Kumar is the Senior Economist and Senior Country Coordinator of CIMMYT (International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center).


Name: Dr Archana Godbole
Cohort 7
Current Organization: Applied Environmental Research Foundation (AERF)
Current Designation: Director
Region: West
Sector: NGO

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Dr. Archana Godbole is a Founder director and current Forest Investment programme CSO observer. Plant taxonomist and ethno biologist by training, she has developed various programmes of AERF through the work on the ground far last 18 years. She has been responsible for developing various programmes and initiatives of AERF and has represented AERF on many national as well as international Fora.

A fellow of LEAD (Leadership for Environment and Development) Cohort 7. Through this training learned a great deal of environment & development at national as well as international level. Lead training of two years( 80 days ) covering range of issues and thorough experience in developed as well as developing countries, built capacity to work for change in a balanced way. Lead is a network of more than 1500 professionals across the globe with expertise of almost every discipline.

Dr. Godbole has worked with indigenous communities from north east India for six years, documented traditional knowledge that has been used for sustainable natural resources management. Now promoting indigenous people’s partnerships and champions for addressing food security , food sovereignty and climate change issues. Associated with Indigenous Partnership programme , that is trying to promote indigenous Champions and their agrobiodiversity practices at global platforms to learn for adaptations.

Dr. Godbole firmly believes in Civil society action beyond thinking and research. Being a Civil society Observer of Climate Investment Funds ( world Bank ) she is constantly trying to influence international processes through effective civil society networks in South Asia and Pacific including Lead. Dr. Archana Has developed a North Western Ghats conservation network of organizations working for conservation in the north Western Ghats Since 2011 and is part of the Save the Western Ghats group an informal congregation of organizations and individuals working for advocacy and action , in Six states of Western Ghats for people and conservation.

Participation in the FIP has provided her an opportunity to interact with many similar conservation programmes and a scope to know the broad process like REDD and REDD+. The participation in FIP and CIF meetings is an opportunity to influence the processes at international level for conservation, learning approaches and feeding back to the FIP process own experiences and learning’s. As an observer she has been constantly in touch with the networks and share the process and information, decisions of the meetings.

Dr. Godbole is an invited NGO member representative of Clinton Global Initiative and AERF’s commitment on Safeguarding Forests and Biodiversity of north western Ghats has been felicitated in CGI annual meeting of 2011. Archana has received prestigious Whitley associated Award in 2007 for her long term work on Conservation of Sacred Forests in the north Western Ghats.

Maintaining sacred forests as strategy of adaption , linking them to private forest conservation has been successfully initiated and pursued by Dr. Godbole since in the inception of AERF in 1995.

Constantly working for innovative approaches for conservation on the ground has been her commitment of life.


Name: Dr Parabita Basu
Cohort-17
Current Organization: WWF India, Kolkata
Current Designation: Senior Project Officer, Sunderbans Landscape Program
Region: East
Sector: NGO

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Parabita lives and works as Senior Research Biologist with Wildlife Institute of India at Dehradun since 2007. With the use of GIS and remote sensing technologies in addressing various ecological questions, she is presently involved in conservation of large carnivores in human dominated landscapes of India. As preventing forest fragmentation and reconnecting fragments is considered the most effective means of preventing extinctions in future, she advocates for connectivity conservation in human dominated landscapes in securing the future of wide ranging species like tigers and Asiatic lions. When the landscape is equally fertile, therefore under the pressure of agricultural expansion, changes in land use/cover is inevitable making it more hostile for the wildlife conservation, increasing barriers for animal movement and adding new areas with potential threat of man-animal conflicts. In this scenario, her studies are important in incorporating conservation objectives into land use planning across landscapes so as to strengthen the long term conservation of forest ecosystem. Recommendations from her study were useful in declaring the human dominated landscape between Gir and Girnar protected area as “Eco-Sensitive Zone” (Environmental Protection Act, 1986), safeguarding passageways for Asiatic lions.

Her present work gives her an opportunity to work in partnership with educational institutions, forest departments, NGOs, individuals in addressing the countrywide assessment of tigers, habitat condition and connectivities within and outside the protected areas. The other studies in which she is actively engaged, are assessing the potential of the landscape of Saurashtra in supporting the increasing lion population, Identifying and restoring the connectivities between Gir-Girnar, Gir-Girnar-Barda landscape, assessment of Barda as a potential site for re-introducing Asiatic Lions etc.

In future, she wishes (1) to understand other aspects of ecosystem management such as ecosystem based adaptation to climate change, ecosystem resilience, services and restoration. (2) to be more aware of the new legal concepts, principles advancing the legal foundation for environmental protection. Parabita looks for knowledge sharing, cross-country collaboration, being actively involved in capacity building through training, workshop and awareness campaign etc.


Recent Achievements


Name: Dr Prasanta Tripathi
Cohort 6
Current Organization: EKJUT, West Singhbhum
Current Designation: Secretary
Region: East
Sector: NGO

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Dr Prasanta Tripathy, a medical doctor, with a Master in Mother and Child Health from the Department of International Child Health,London University has worked in progressively senior positions in a National and and International Development Organisations prior to his relocation in a remote rural village in Jharkhand in india from where he oversee the work of Ekjut" a development organisation he has co founded.. He is the founder Secretary of Ekjut- meaning 'coming together for a cause' a National Voluntary Organisation committed to work towards helping develop successful strategies to overcome injustice and barriers and challenges in creating healthy and sustainable commuinties."


Name: Dr. Ansh Andheria
Cohort-13
Current Organization: Wildlife Conservation Trust, Mumbai
Current Designation: President & Executive Director
Region: West
Sector: NGO

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Dr. Anish Andheria is the Director of the 'Wildlife Conservation Trust', a non-profit organization set up to preserve, protect and conserve wildlife and fight climate change. He is also a consultant with Sanctuary Asia, Asia’s leading wildlife magazine and has been awarded the prestigious Carl Zeiss Conservation Award 2008.
He helped set up Kids for Tigers, a nation-wide conservation education programme which currently reaches out to over half a million school children every year.
After completing his Ph.D. from Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, he went on to pursue a Masters Degree in Wildlife Biology and Conservation from the National Center for Biological Sciences, Bangalore. He is a large carnivore specialist with field knowledge on predator-prey relationships.
A wildlife photographer of repute, he has photographed some of the most remote wildlife reserves of India. He has also co-authored two books on Indian wildlife. He runs a wildlife rescue center in Mumbai for over two decades and is a Trustee of two organizations – ‘The Climate Project, India’ and the ‘Conservation Wildlands Trust’.
A natural communicator, he is one of India's leading motivational speakers, and has introduced thousands of young persons to the joys of nature and the rationale for nature conservation.


Name: Dr. Milind Bokil
Cohort 4
Current Organization: Bio-Introduction
Current Designation: for LEAD
Region: West
Sector: NGO

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Dr. Milind Bokil is a writer and sociologist from Pune. He was the Country Director for Oxfam-Australia till June 2009 and prior to that has been associated with civil society organizations for more than 25 years. He was involved into the students and youth movement led by Jayprakash Narayan in the 70s. Taking inspiration from this movement, he spent some years of his youth with tribal communities in Western India. His doctoral work dealt with the issue of collective management of water resources in drought prone region wherein he analyzed the common property resource use in the context of growth versus equity debate. He has done extensive work with tribal communities in Maharashtra and his other research interests centre on natural resource management, rural development, education, gender issues, migrant children and disaster management. He has published a number of articles on these issues. He has been writing fiction and non-fiction in Marathi and has published more than ten books (short stories, novels, travelogues and sociological articles). Recently, a Marathi movie has been made on his novel, 'Shala' which has earned more than 40 awards nationally and internationally.


Name: Dr. Vinayak Rao
Cohort 7
Current Organization: WWW Cel-net.org, Chennai
Current Designation: Founder and Chief Executive
Region: South
Sector: NGO

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Dr. Vinayak Rao, a national of India, is a specialist in Climate Change, International Relations, Leadership and Higher Education. He has a doctorate in Diplomatic Studies and International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University (1993).

In the realm of Climate Change, his core interests include: capacity building in developing countries with a focus on climate negotiations; international law and policy development; and, national implementation.

He is a LEAD Fellow since 2000, having completed a two-year advanced leadership programme as a LEAD Associate during 1998-2000. LEAD (Leadership for Environment and Development) - an initiative of the Rockefeller Foundation is one of the most ambitious leadership programs ever designed to create new professionals with leadership skills to move forward the agenda of sustainability and human development.

Dr. Rao’s involvement with global environmental issues and higher education such as "greening of the university" and integrating environmental concerns in higher education began during the UN Earth Summit in 1992.

He is currently involved with a long-term project to establish a domain-specific University of Climate Studies in India/South Asia.

Dr. Rao has an extensive experience in the field of environment and climate change over the last two decades and this includes work at various levels – United Nations, academics, policy analysis, strategic consulting and grassroots organizations. In the early stages of his career, he worked as Senior Policy Analyst on climate change at Centre for Science and Environment and as Research Associate with The Energy and Resources Institute in New Delhi. Subsequently, Dr. Rao taught at the Jawaharlal Nehru University and also worked with the United Nations University in Jordan and Japan focusing on environment, leadership and governance. Besides leading a delegation of 30 emerging leaders from 27 countries to the World Summit on Sustainable Development, he represented the United Nations University at UN Climate Summits in Morocco and India.

He is the Founder and Chief Executive of Climate Change and Environmental Leadership Network (CEL-NET). The Network can be accessed at : www.cel-net.org


Name: Gajanan Kale
Cohort-16
Current Organization: DREAM Organisation, Amravati
Current Designation: President
Region: West
Sector: NGO

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Gajanan Kale works at Apeksha Homoeo Society (NGO) as Assist. Project Director since 14 years. Apeksha Homoeo Society is working in Vidarbha since 34 years in Education, livelihood, health, Women Empowerment, Natural Resource Management etc. sectors. He is responsible for Coordination and management of Livelihood & Natural Resource Management programme, to organize training programme for grass root level people and field staff. He is overall responsible for organization activities. He has experience of over 18 years in community development. He has promoted the organic agriculture practices, planed electricity bio-mass generation, planted solar charging station and promoted Kitchen gardens. He has built the Child Friendly low cost Toilet through water and sanitation programme.

Gajanan Kale is president of Dream Organization from 2001.


Name: Ganesh Pangare
Cohort 7
Current Organization: International water Association, Bangkok
Current Designation: Regional Director, Asia-Pacific
Region: Abroad
Sector: NGO

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Ganesh is a fellow of the London-based Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) International Programme, the Ashoka Innovators for the Public Program based in Washington, and the East-West Centre, Hawaii.
Prior to joining IWA , Ganesh was the Head of the Ecosystem and Livelihoods Group and the Head of the Water Programme of the IUCN Asia Regional Office. Prior he was Associate Coordinator at the International Secretariat of the Water Dialogues, United Kingdom and served as Technical Director, World Water Institute, India.
Ganesh has published more than 12 books on water related issues and has articles published in a wide range of distinguished journals and magazines. He has been quoted in Time magazine, written for Nature, and has publications with IFPRI, ADB and other international organisations. As an amateur photographer capturing wildlife and human interest, Ganesh has also had development images published in various international magazines and books.
Below Ganesh Pangare explains the importance of Groundwater in the Southeast Asia region.


Name: Jyotiraj Patra
Cohort-17
Current Organization: Regional Evidence Advisor (Asia) Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA), New Delhi
Current Designation: Regional Evidence Advisor (Asia)
Region: North
Sector: NGO

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Jyotiraj is an independent researcher and presently a Regional Evidence Advisor (Asia)
Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA), British High Commission. He is : Responsible for enhancing impact and building a lasting legacy of ESPA’s research in the South Asia region. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) at New Delhi prior to join with British High Commission he was a consultant with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). His research interests are in climate change adaptation (CCA), disaster risk reduction (DRR) and science-policy interface.He was anInternational Development Research Centre (IDRC)Research Award Recipient (RAR, 2014)with the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) programme. Drawing on the case of the Uttarakhand flooding in the Hindu-Kush-Himalaya (HKH), his research looked in to the political economy of science-policy interface for flood disaster risk management in India.

Most of his professional experience has been in the design and implementation of disaster risk reduction and preparedness programmes in some of the most at-risk localities in India.As part of this, he has worked on programmes ofemergency response (Cyclone Phailin, October 2013), community-based disaster preparedness initiatives and micro-insurance (DIPECHO Sixth Action Plan for South Asia, 2011-2012), ICT for coastal disaster preparedness and sustainable development. His past professional experience was with IDRC, SEEDS-India, FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance-India, Concern Worldwide, All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI), and the Division for Sustainable Development (United Nations).He also serves as the Co-Lead of the Disaster Risk Reduction Thematic Group of the Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) of IUCN.

He has a Certificate of Advance Studies (CAS) in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) from the (EPFL), Switzerland and an MPhil in Environmental Sciences from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU, New Delhi). He has undergone professional advancement trainings at the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD, Dhaka), Evidence and Learning from Latin America (ELLA, Brazil), the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie, New Delhi), Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR).


Name: Kanika Pal
Cohort-16
Current Organization: Soche Foundation, New Delhi
Current Designation: Chief Thinker & CSR Expert
Region: North
Sector: NGO

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Kanika is an accomplished CSR and Sustainability expert,with over a decade of experience in the field. She is credited with strategizing, designing and implementing several environment and social programmes in the corporate sector across stakeholders. Currently she has assumed the role of a social entrepreneur, and has founded Soutions for Clean and Healthy Environment Foundation to work on the issues of social upliftment and environment
conservation.
Prior to this she was spear-heading the environment vertical of a leading tyre manufacturing organisation. There she worked specifically on the issues of biodiversity enhancement, emission reduction, water conservation,sanitation, waste management and poverty alleviation, aligned with national and international development agenda. She was also front leading the sustainability reporting and framework design there.
Kanika is also a LEAD fellow for mainstreaming climate change mitigation. She recently got felicitated with the ’50 Most Talented CSR Leader’ citation by World CSR Day, and is also part of the Advisory Council of World Sustainability Congress for contribution in the sustainability field. She is amongst the youngest professionals to be part for EY Women Business Leaders Network.
By training she has a Professional Masters Degree in CSR from Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, where she extensively researched on the issue of end-of-life tyre waste in India in the absence of any producer responsibility law. In her spare time, she actively writes on sustainability issues and also enjoys delivering guest lectures on the subject at different institutions of repute.


Name: Kirtida Oza
Cohort 9
Current Organization: Ahmedabad
Current Designation: Independent Consultant
Region: West
Sector: NGO

Bio Sketch

Ms. Kirtida Apoorva OZA is an independent consultant with a range of professional experience in documentation of developmental processes, editing of case studies, development of multi-language environmental educational resources and training for target groups ranging from children youth, professionals rural and urban communities for Government, NGOs and CSR initiatives. Her previous experience includes teaching at Undergraduate level at a Liberal Arts College at Lynchburg, Virginia, USA and as Educator in On-line courses. For over eleven years she worked with various programmes at the Centre for Environment Education (CEE) with experience ranging from development of Environmental and educational resources for a variety of target groups and training for in-service professionals. She coordinated CEE’s in-service Training Programmes for mid and senior professionals – TALEEM for over five years and also played a pivotal role in the coordination of the international programme Training in Environment Education- a post graduate Diploma in Environment and Development at CEE.
Since 2006, Kirtida has co-Founded the only support Group for Patients suffering from the autoimmune condition Sjögren’s syndrome in India. Through Sjögren’s India (SI) she provides education and counseling support to patients suffering primarily from Sjögren’s syndrome (SS), but also extends services to patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus and Scleroderma. Through SI she facilitates interaction between specialist doctors, patients and their families. She has created a multilingual website www.sjogrensindia.org which allows patients from India and abroad to access educational resources in Hindi, Gujarati and Marathi besides English.
K Oza holds a post graduate degree in Life Sciences from the Gujarat University. She has been the recipient of awards for the first position at the Graduate and Post Graduate University Examinations. She was also the recipient of the Governor's Medal for being the Best Cadet of the National Cadet Corps of her State and was the Best (Rifle) Shot for her State.


Name: Meeta Srivastava
Cohort-13
Current Organization: Mumbai
Current Designation: Independent Consultant
Region: West
Sector: NGO

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Meeta Srivastava has been with the National Geographic Channel (NGC) for the past five years as an Independent Consultant of Mission Programme, ‘Ride The Van’. Her work entails reinforcing learning in a hundred Government Schools in the central Himalayan region, by screening NGC films, as well as utilizing other creative methodologies of teaching-learning. She is also a Consultant for other NGOs working in the field of Early Childhood Education. Prior to this, she has worked in the field of community health. She is also involved with differently abled people. She has received a Masters Degree in Political Science from the University of Allahabad and a Diploma in Mental Retardation from the National Institute for the Mentally Handicapped, Secundrabad.


Name: MONA DHAMANKAR
Cohort 7
Current Organization: KIT Development Policy & Practice Royal Tropical Institute
Current Designation: Advisor
Region: Abroad
Sector: NGO

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Mona Dhamankar is currently working as an Advisor, Sustainable Economic Development Division, Royal Tropical Institute, The Netherlands. Prior to this she has been practicing as an independent consultant since August 2001 and works with government and non-governmental organizations as facilitator for project formulation, program evaluation, development orientation of professionals, process documentation, capacity building, and institutional development for field-based programs. Her domain expertise is in capacity building for rural extension and livestock-based livelihood interventions. At present she is on long term assignment (10 days a month) with the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) an apex organisation promoting dairy cooperatives esp. of women. As a consultant she has been team member on evaluation missions to projects funded by CIDA and DFID in teams comprising of professional from India, UK, Nigeria and Canada, and has travelled extensively in rural (and urban) India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka. Prior to that she worked for 14 years as development professional in large Indian NGO (BAIF) operating in 9 states; as head of BAIF's Dr Manibhai Desai Management Training Centre, she was responsible for information, project formulation, documentation and training. Mona holds a Masters degrees in Information Science (MLISc) and in Sociology (MA) and is presently pursuing a PhD at the dept. of Communication and Innovation Studies, at the Wageningen University in the Netherlands. She is a Fulbright Scholar (USDA-NAL 1991-92), is trained in human process facilitation at the intra-personal, interpersonal, inter-group and with collectivities, and is a versatile user of participatory video for development.


Name: Mr Snehil Kumar
Cohort-13
Current Organization: Jaipur
Current Designation: Total Quality Management Counselor
Region: West
Sector: NGO

Bio Sketch

Snehil Kumar is a Total Quality Management counselor based in Jaipur. He is an engineer with 10 years of experience as practicing manager in Tata Steel and 11 years of counseling with organizations as part of Confederation of Indian Industry and as an independent counselor. He has counseled over 100 companies to steer them towards organizational excellence including Deming award winning organizations... His field of activities includes counseling on creating Daily Management infrastructure and assist implementation of Lean and TPM principles in the organizations.

He has also been actively involved in working with governmental organizations like hospitals, sales tax department, transport department of Delhi govt. and administrative reforms department of GOI for improving services. He is a visiting faculty in the area of TQM at Lal Bahadur Shastry National Academy of Administration, Mussorie.

He has co founded a counseling network called ‘Partners-in-Change’ to provide hands-on assistance to organizations on their change initiatives.

He is president of ‘EKJUT’, an NGO providing social health services in districts of Jharkhand and Orissa.

He is an independent director in the board of AUTOLITE India Ltd., an automobile headlight manufacturing company.


Name: Mr Ambuj Kishore
Cohort-16
Current Organization: ARAVALI, Jaipur
Current Designation: Programmes Director
Region: West
Sector: NGO

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Ambuj Kishore works at ARAVALI as Programmes Director, presently also handling the responsibility of Executive Director; (Association for Rural Advancement through Voluntary Action and Local Involvement)an autonomous organisation established by the Government of Rajasthan to promote voluntary action for socio-economic development and facilitate collaboration between Government and Voluntary Organisations in the state. He is responsible for managing the programmatic, administrative and governance functions of the organisation.
He has over 13 years of development sector experience working with diversified development organisations such as CAPART, Tarun Bharat Sangh (a grassroot organisation pioneer in working on community-based water and forest conservation work in Alwar, Rajasthan), Rajiv Gandhi Foundation and ARAVALI.
Ambuj Kishore is having a Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development from Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi, Jharkhand (1999-2001) and has done a Certificate Course in Project Management by HIFAB International AB, Stockholm (Sweden) supported and funded by Sweden International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), Sweden (April 2005). He has also attended a Video Camera Training Workshop hosted by Environmental Investigation Agency, U.K. at Mumbai.


Name: Mr Ashish Rai
Cohort-16
Current Organization: Aarogyam, Varanasi
Current Designation: Director
Region: North
Sector: NGO

Bio Sketch

Ashish Rai lives and works in Holy city Varanasi. His work area is predominantly in Health sector. His company Aarogyam is working in nine districts of Eastern Uttar Pradesh currently in association with William J Clinton Foundation for Diarrheal control and management. The program aims to reduce morbidity and mortality related to diarrheal disease among children under 5 years of age, through deployment of new and improved approaches to scale up Zinc and Oral Rehydration salts (ORS) for diarrhea treatment through both public and private sector channels in Uttar Pradesh. Ultimately this program aims to reduce the burden of diarrhea on child health and increase child survival in India, and contribute to improved child health outcomes and provide actionable information for diarrhea treatment.

Aarogyam is also in process of initiating Telemedicine centers at block level in its working area and connecting it to a multispecialty hub in Varanasi thereby creating various verticals of livelihood in this health services model.

Synergic Clinical Research Pvt. Ltd. is a clinical research company based at Varanasi. SCR works in close association with Pharmaceutical and Medical institutions in the area of New Drug Development and delivery


Name: Mr Bharat Singh Patwal
Cohort-14
Current Organization: Institute of Development Support, Nainital
Current Designation: Director
Region: North
Sector: NGO

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Mr. Bharat Patwal is Executive Director of Institute for Development Support (IDS), Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand. He started his carrier as Development Professional under the guidance of well-known social activists and development professional Dr. Swami Manmathan, a founder of SBMA. Before, joining IDS, he has been associated with several National / International organizations such as SBMA, HARC, South-South-Solidarity, Knowledge Links Pvt. Ltd and Center for Development Studies, Uttarakhand Academy of Administration, Nainital.

He has planned and implemented various participatory development projects in the field of environmental conservation, education, livelihood, women empowerment and water & sanitation at grass root level. He designed and facilitates training and capacity building programs for the project staff, NGOs and community members involved in community based participatory development project, action research and studies conducted in the field of watershed management, human adaptation, Himalayan Central Heritage, wool industry, forest conflicts, tribal culture and natural disaster. Dealing with the challenges of climate change, he has developed a model of rooftop rainwater harvesting system for demonstration and developing a nursery of 1 Lac saplings managed by Women Self Help Groups.

He has participated in several training programmes.

Bharat is a trained Anthropologist. He has Masters Degree in Anthropology from H.N.B. Garhwal University Srinagar, Garhwal.


Name: Mr Brij Mohan Singh Rathore
Cohort 7
Current Organization: ICIMOD, Kathmandu
Current Designation: Chief Policy Advisor
Region: Abroad
Sector: NGO

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Mr Brij Mohan Singh Rathore, a professional forester from Indian Forest Service, has over 30 years of professional experience in the field of participatory forestry, regeneration of degraded lands, watershed management, and landscape approach to bio- diversity conservation, rural development, and environmental education. He has worked in Government (at field, state and national level), research & training Institutions and NGOs. As Joint Secretary in Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, he was country focal point for United Nations Convention on Combating Desertification (UNCCD), and represented country as Vice Chair on UNCCD CoP Bureau, as well as Chair of Asia & Pacific region. While working with UNDP, FAO and WWF, he was engaged with countries of South Asia and Asia /pacific in capacity building for biodiversity conservation and eco development.

He has been recipient of national award, “Indira Priyadarshini Vraksha Mitra” for community based forest management, and State Governments’ Gold Medal for professional excellence in forestry. A gold medallist in Masters of Science (Botany), he holds Masters diploma in Forestry from Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy Dehradun.

He brings rich experience of engaging multiple stakeholders including policy, science and practitioners’ constituencies for conservation and sustainable livelihood outcomes at landscape level.


Name: Mr C N Anil
Cohort-11
Current Organization: United Nations, Kathmandu
Current Designation: Independent Consultant
Region: Abroad
Sector: NGO

Bio Sketch

After graduating from Tata Institute of Social Sciences in 1995 and choose to work in the North Eastern part of India. He began his career with a small NGO called Nagaland Gandhi Ashram in a small village in Nagaland after a year he joined a world Bank aided Project in tripura, later took up an important assignment with the North East Region Community Resource Management Project (NERCRMP) of the Government of India and International Fund for Agricultural Development. During his professional commitment to this project spread across three states in the Eastern Himalayan biodiversity hot-spot of the northeastern region of India, He took up the leadership of contributing particularly in the natural resources management, community mobilization, coordination and networking, design and development of programs, and process of capacity development in collaboration with state governments, district administrations and councils and a number of successful NGOs and CBOs in the region. He has been instrumental in promoting SHGs and women thrif groups in the project areas.

On completion of this assignment at the NERCRMP, went on higher to work with the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) through which he continue to contribute productively and positively both in training, concept development and project implementation in the areas of environment and development, not only in the northeastern region of India but across the Hindu-Kush Himalaya region. In his present job have had the opportunity to travel extensive in the Hindu Kush Himalayan countries and have experience in looking activities in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, India, Pakistan and Myanmar.

Mr. Anil is curently working for the United Nations development Programme in Afghanistan in the capacity of Regional Governance Advisor.

Mr. Anil have strong experience in Planning and implementation strategies, monitoring and evaluation of the current development initiatives in the HKH region. Initiating policy dialogues and participating as key trainer on various community Mobilization and Institutional programmes. Identifying project issues to be addressed through technical and institutional support; Planning and designing proposals for implementation support to projects; Designing a monitoring system (logframes, trigger indicators, proposed outputs and outcomes); Establishing and continuing linkages with an array of partners, i.e. project staff, government officials, policy makers, NGOs and private sector; Ensuring follow up and frequent communication with partners; Quality control of ongoing work in 5 countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Pakistan); Writing documents (Annual Work Plan and Budget, Memorandum of Understandings, Terms of References, Progress reports, Supervision submissions); Making budgets and regular monitoring; Creating networks with and between partners; and Liasing with ICIMOD professionals.

He consider himself as a promise of future career of leadership in these areas bringing in notable impact among the people of the region. Mr. Anil is honest, hard working and committed with capacity for clear, creative, entrepreneurial and strategic thinking and ability to deliver, both in expression and action.

As a trainer and communication expert, he come with excellent inter-personal communication skills and a good comprehension of the English language both in written and oral abilities. He could further improve his personal and professional horizons to the best advantage of refining and sharpening his skills for self, the organization he is working in and the communities he live and work with.


Name: Mr Dhananjai R Nandpatel
Cohort-15
Current Organization: Sahara Aids Control Society
Current Designation:
Region: West
Sector: NGO

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Presently working as Project Coordinator, Sahara Aids Control Society, Yavatmal. His duties include monitoring, evaluation and visit to the fields for project work. He completed MSW from Gulam Nabi Azad College. He has also contributed in youth leadership campaign for Jung E Acazadi and plantation for tree’s development in Yavatmal district, Maharashtra currently I wiil part time working with gss org. working with disabilitites wright base apporoch and rehabilitation in yavatmal district maharashra. This org supported from CBR FORUM Bangalore
My resposebility is coordination and evolution on field 51 villeage with field worker
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Name: Mr Glenn Kalavampara
Cohort-12
Current Organization: Goa Mineral Ore Exporters Association, Goa
Current Designation: Secretary
Region: West
Sector: NGO

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Glenn Kalavampara is the Secretary of the Goa Mineral Ore Exporters Association (GMOEA). GMOEA consists chiefly of Ore Producers and Exporters of Iron ore from Goa. Mr Glenn is involved with various policy matters concerning the betterment of the mineral industry from Goa on behalf of the the Mining Companies with other Concerned State Holders.

He is also involved with the Mineral Foundation of Goa which has been principally floated by members of the GMOEA in regard to also aid the Socio-Economic- Environmental issues within the mining belt of Goa apart from being the coordinator of Goa Infrastructural Development Co Pvt Ltd which is involved in undertaking some infrastructural projects within the Mining Belt of Goa.

Mr Glenn Kalavampara is one of the founder member and current President of the Geological Society of Goa.


Name: Mr Ishan Agrawal
Cohort-17
Current Organization: Foundation for Ecological Security, Mandala
Current Designation: Team leader
Region: North
Sector: NGO

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Ishan Agrawal works with Foundation for Ecological Security, a non-Government organization, functioning in 8 states and 30 districts of India on aspects of eco-restoration, strengthening rural livelihoods, tenurial security over common lands and strengthening of village institutions. He is responsible for operations of the organization in Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh and has been a keen contributor to the organization’s overall growth.

He has experience of over 8 years in building community institutions, handholding them in order to bring democratic values and ethos in local institutions. Ishan has a firm belief in collective action and has been trying to channelize collective action for ecological security, which involves mainstreaming of environmental agenda into the agenda of development. Ishan has a passion for Himalayas and forests and within FES, he has been largely contributing to the idea of aligning conservation and livelihood goals.
He is a member of local Advisory Committee for Eco-tourism for Kanha Tiger Reserve as a social scientist. He has represented FES on many academic, civil society or Government forums.
Ishan Agrawal has a post graduate degree in rural management from Institute of Rural management Anand. He has been a recipient of Amul-Tata scholarship at his college which was awarded for merit. He has a basic degree in life sciences. He has also been a student of Political Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University.
Presented papers in various national and international seminars notably, Biennial Conference of International Association for sustaining Commons (IASC), which happened in Hyderabad in 2011. He presented a paper on “Commons and Internally displaced persons”, which raised issues of tenurial security over commons. His another article “Social Science Research in vernacular languages”, published in Economic and Political Weekly (August, 2010) discussed a topic which is less discussed but felt by a vast majority of the Indian population.


Name: Mr Lalbiak M Ngente
Cohort 7
Current Organization: Lalbiak Associates
Current Designation: Architects
Region: East
Sector: NGO

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Lalbiak Mawia NGENTE, an architect by profession, is the Chairman of L.B.Associates - the premier architecture and construction consultancy firm, based in Aizawl, Mizoram. He had been deeply involved in the housing movement of the country. He was member of the National Task Force on Housing, set up by the Ministry of Rural Development in 1994, as well as member of the National Standing Committee on Housing from 1994-97. In addition, he is Consultant to the Mizoram Synod and the Government of Mizoram in various Departments. As an architect, his main interest lies in sustainable and appropriate building technology, improvement of rural housing and socio-economic conditions of the people. He was the General Secretary of Central Young Mizo Association, a prominent NGO with over 2.5 lakhs members spread all over the north-eastern part of India, where he was actively involved for over a decade till October 1999. Lalbiak qualified with a B. Arch. from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, India, has a diploma in Business Administration and obtained his Ph.D. in Sustainable Development in Built Environment. He had authored two books, namely – Handbook of Building Construction and Development alternative, Bamboo in Building Construction. He is currently the Secretary of Mizoram People Forum (MPF), an organisation constituted by a conglomerate of churches and major NGOs to reform politics and elections in the state in order to have transparent, accountable and reliable Government and establish good governance in the state of Mizoram. MPF was responsible for a smooth and peaceful conduct of recent elections in Mizoram, a state surrounded by insurgency and underground infested areas. He is also actively involved in the Climate Change Leaders Program in the North East and the environment movement in the state of Mizoram.


Name: Mr Made Gowda
Cohort-17
Current Organization: Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bangalore
Current Designation: Program Associate
Region: South
Sector: NGO

Bio Sketch

Dr. Madegowda is a social scientist and tribal rights activist form Biligiriranga swamy Temple Tiger Reserve (BR Hills) in southern Krnataka. He works at the field station of Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecolgoy and the Environment (ATREE) in BR Hills as a Programme Assoicate. At ATREE, he is responsible for participatory resource monitoring of sustainable harvesting of non timber forest produce by the Soliga tribal people who live in and around the forests of BR activities. Kade Gowda is closely involved with the implementation of Forest Rights Act in the district by ensuring that his own Soliga and other forest-dwelling tribes int he district obtain the rights over their land. He is also involved in research relevant to tribal development and wildlife conservation in BR Hills.

Made Gowda was born into a Soliga tribal family in BR Hills. He completed hsi education at a VGKK tribal residential school and went on to obtain a Bachelors and Masters degree in Social work from School of Social Work, Roshini Nilaya, Unviersity of Mangalore. Later, he completed his Master of Science degree in Sustainable Development in Sikkim Manipal University, After that, he went on to complete his doctorate(PhD) in Social Work at Department of Studies in Social Work, University of Mysore, Made Gowda has benefitted from local NGOs who work with the Soliga people, the Vivekanda Girijana Kalayana Kendra (VGKK) and ATREE both of which supported him through education and employment.

For the past 17 years, he is now working to ensure that the can contribute to overall development of the tribal people in the district. He has been instrumental in organising the tribal people into Sanghas (groups) from the village level up to district level. These sanghas work for improvement of basic facilities for tribal people, their rights, implementation of Government programmes Youth development, tribal cultural activities, and education and also involved in the several tribal movements and developmental activities. In 2014, he was invited to become a member of the Karnataka State Wildlife Board. His other memberships and honorary positions include District-level Forests rights Committee Chamarajanagar, Vivekananda Girijana Kalayana Kendra, BR Hills, Indian Society of Professional Social Work, Bangalore, Large Scale Adivasi Multipurpose Cooperative Society (LAMPS) BR Hills Secretary of Zilla Baudakattta Girijana Abhurdhi Sangaha, (Indigenous Tribal people’s Organisation) Chamarajanagar and President of Shree Swethadhri Parisara Abhivrudhi Samiti (Eco-development Committee), BR Hills.

He has published 11 papers in National and International Journals and books, he also presented the several papers in national and international conferences, Seminars, workshops. He also received the Vivekananda Girijana Kalyana Silver Jubilee Celebration at BR Hills.


Name: Mr N Muthu Velayudham
Cohort-11
Current Organization: The Covenant Center For Development-CCD
Current Designation: Secretary-CCD
Region: South
Sector: NGO

Bio Sketch

Mr. N. Muthu Velayutham is a professionally trained social worker with in-depth field knowledge on micro finance, community enterprise, medicinal plants conservation and local health (traditional) knowledge for primary health care. He has built several community based models for equitable & sustainable development of human and natural resources through the Covenant Centre for Development (CCD) and Community Enterprise Forum India (CEFI)

He did his graduation in Rural Development Science (B.Sc.,) & Post Graduation in Master of Social Work (M.S.W) with specialisation in Community Development, a Post Graduate Diploma in Entrepreneurs Development (PGDED) and Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) in Social Work with specialization in Rural and Urban Community development

He is co-founder of NANBAN Trust, a centre for dispriviledged children and founder president of CCD a developmental organization for promoting community employment to reduce migration. He is founding Director of Grama Mooligai Company Ltd. (GMCL) owned by CBOs as medicinal plants enterprise.

Some of programmes coordinated by him include:

Developing livelihood support system for CBOs on traditional crop based activities with Ford Foundation
Medicinal plants based activities with HIVOS
National Innovation Foundation (NIF), Ahmedabad documentation traditional knowledge and grass root innovations in Tamilnadu.
Medicinal plants field study in 8 states and an International conference on medicinal plants supported by Oxfam GB
Coastal ecosystem programme supported by Ford Foundation
Sacred Mountain conservation programme of ATREE, Bangalore
Relief & rehabilitation in Tsunami affected areas supported by Ford Foundation, Oxfam GB and Misereor Germany.


Name: Mr Nalong Mize
Cohort-11
Current Organization: Sustainable Development Forum Arunachal Pradesh (SDFA
Current Designation: Former Adviser
Region: East
Sector: NGO

Bio Sketch

Mr. Nalong Mize is currently an Advisor to the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh.

Prior to this position, Mr. Nalong Mize was the Chief Functionary and Director of Program Operations of Future Generations India. He is spearheading the programs of Future Generations India in several states and in particular in Arunachal Pradesh through its local affiliate – Future Generations Arunachal.

In Arunachal Pradesh program, Mr. Mize has facilitated the launch of the Tsangyang Tgyatso World Peace Park (Biosphere Reserve) in the western part of Arunachal Pradesh and signing of an MoU with the government of Arunachal Pradesh for training the Panchayat members of Arunachal Pradesh in the SEED-SCALE process of community empowerment.

Prior to joining Future Generations India, Mr. Nalong Mize has worked in Charities Aid Foundation India, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and PowerGrid Corporation of India.Mr. Mize sits on the board of EKJUT, a national NGO, working currently in the states of Jharkand, Orissa and Rajasthan. He is the Convener of Indo-Bhutan Friendship Association – Arunachal Chapter. Mr. Mize is also the founder member and the Vice- President of Glorious Football Club, registered with Delhi Soccer Association.

He has traveled widely, both in India and abroad including USA and Europe.

Mr. Mize was the General Secretary of his school in Arunachal Pradesh. While in college, he was elected as the President of Arunachal Student’s Union, Delhi.

Mr. Mize received his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Hindu College, University of Delhi and Post-Graduate Diploma in Advertising and Public Relations from Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi.


Name: Mr Parag Rangnekar
Cohort-11
Current Organization: Mineral Foundation of Goa
Current Designation: Programme Manager
Region: West
Sector: NGO

Bio Sketch

Parag Rangnekar is an employee of Mineral Foundation of Goa, a charity organization set-up by the mining industry in Goa as a collective approach to address the environmental and social concerns of the community residing in the mining belt. His present work profile includes conceptualizing, formulating and implementing various social, environmental, infrastructural, watershed and community development programmes in the mining belt of Goa. A post-graduate in Agriculture with specialization in Plant-Pathology, he has also earned a master’s degree in Ecology and Environment. He was awarded the Hexamer Foundation Gold Medal for standing first in the discipline of Plant-Protection in his University. At a very young age has been nominated on the Advisory Board of Society for Ecological Restoration – India; Goa Board for Secondary and Higher Secondary Education to formulate the syllabus for Environment Education and Vivekanand Environment Awareness Brigade, a NGO working very actively in Goa. He is also a member of the Resource Persons Committee of WWF – Goa Chapter. As a part of the Mhadei Bachao Abhiyan, he has been actively involved in creating awareness about the ill-effects of the diversion of the Mhadei (Mandovi) River, which is planned by the neighbouring state of Karnataka. His other interests include ornithology, environment education, conceptualizing watershed projects and photo-documenting the lesser-known fauna of the Western Ghats.

Has compiled a "Catalogue on the birds of Goa" for the WWF.

I have been nurtured in reputed institutions throughout my schooling. I did my ‘A’ Levels in St. Mary’s Canossian College (Hong Kong). I graduated from Sophia Girls’ College (Ajmer) and got my Masters in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Mumbai). I have had a pleasing overall academic record. Twice, I have been the proud recipient of the ‘Best Outgoing Student Award”.


Name: Mr R Seenivasan
Cohort 9
Current Organization: Dhan Foundation, Madurai
Current Designation: Program Leader
Region: South
Sector: NGO

Bio Sketch

Seenivasan is trained in engineering and rural management from Institute of Rural Management (IRMA). His two decades of professional work is focussed on water, microfinance and conservation and development of small scale water bodies.

Seenivasan’s works related to water include conservation and development of tank systems in India through DHAN Foundation where he is a Programme Leader. The Tank programme lead from its inception by him is funded by the government, Ford Foundation, NOVIB, Rabo bank, Tata Trust, European union and many international agencies. As Programme Leader of DHAN, Seenivasan in the last sixteen years successfully built a strong team within DHAN to continue work on large scale conservation and development activities surrounding tanks and coastal resources in south India.

As a senior member of DHAN, Seenivasan had extensively travelled to more than hundred districts across ten states of India to set up offices and projects to be implemented by the organisation. By working closely with government, international and private donors Seenivasan had followed up the major debates concerning development and poverty alleviation. The recent funded developed projects developed by him include European Union funded Tank conservation project under preventing desertification; Use of local tanks and ponds for climate change adaptation funded by Rabo bank.

For a period of eighteen months (2006-07) Seenivasan worked as AKF’s advisor in designing a Self Help based microfinance programme to help farmers to leave poppy cultivation in north eastern Afghanistan. The project piloted by him is later successfully expanded to three other provinces of Afghanistan becoming a major activity for AKF teams.

Seenivasan had travelled to other countries on his work and study to: Afghanistan, Canada, India, Mexico, Tanzania, Tajikistan, Netherlands, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, United States, and United Kingdom.

Currently he is on leave and working for a Ph.D at the School of Law of the University of Westminster. His research is on Law, Technology and Water Conflicts.


Name: Mr Sandeep Dash
Cohort-11
Current Organization:
Current Designation: Independent Consultant
Region: Abroad
Sector: NGO

Bio Sketch

Currently working in the PMO’s office as Joint Secretary prior to that he was the Finance Member of Bangalore Development Authority, Bangalore, Sandeep belongs to the 1990 batch of the Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS). He has extensive exposure to urban and peri-urban issues, including funding and management of large-scale Infrastructure projects such as formation of housing layouts, provision of civic services like piped water supply and Under Ground Drainage, electrification, management of the urban space and interaction with civic groups. Apart from the six lane Outer Ring Road project, he has been closely associated with many housing projects which involved acquisition of vast tracts of urbanisable land and consequent handling of settling the dispossessed. As the project co-ordinator for the Metropolitan Spatial Data Initiative (MSDI) project under the Indo-French collaboration, he has been instrumental for the Master Plan of the city including protection of water bodies, valleys, natural habitats as well as green space in the Bangalore metropolitan region. His special interests lie in areas of conservation of lung space, water and its harvesting, management of solid waste, recycling of waste water through STPs and optimal utilization of natural energy. With a background of Economics and post graduate diploma in Personnel Management as well as a degree in Law, he has a sound understanding of the socio-economic and human issues. Presently, he is pursuing a Doctorate in urban management from the Sorbonne University, Paris. He would like to work on areas of conservation of water and water bodies.


Name: Mr Sanjay Jothe
Cohort-17
Current Organization: Bhopal, MP
Current Designation: Independent Consultant
Region: North
Sector: NGO

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I am also aSanjay is a Ph D student at the School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Science Mumbai and working on my research, which is focused on “Urban poverty and Vulnerability in Indian Cities”. As a development professional, IHe hasve more than ten years of progressive work experience, specializing in climate change, Urban Development, Urban Water and Waste Management, Watershed Management, Women Empowerment, Livelihood Security, Economic Justice, Democracy and Adolescent Education etc. On the academic front, HeI did my MAmasters in Development Studies from Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, UK, and . I did my first Mmasters in Social work (MSW) from the Indore School of Social work, Indore M.P. India.

Presently he is a I am a freelance social development consultant working with many NGOs and Government departments. My cCore area is climate change adaptation and empowerment of urban local bodies and Panchayats in India. So far, my work has been focused on both the urban and rural settings. Sanjay is I am also a published poet, writer and translator, myhis articles, poems and Ghazals have been published in some leading dailies and online magazines like Janasatta, DainikBhaskar (National Hindi Daily), Samayantar (National Hindi literature Monthly), Janajwar.com (E magazine), Apnimati.com (Hindi Literature E magazine) and some of my articles are published in Marathi dailies in Mumbai as well.


Name: Mr Sudhir K Sinha
Cohort-12
Current Organization: Gurgaon
Current Designation: Independent CSR Consultant
Region: North
Sector: NGO

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Sudhir Sinha has a Masters in Rural Development from Xavier Institute of Social Services. He is a CSR campaigner by profession, is Group Vice President- Corporate Social Responsibility at Reliance- Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group. He has over 22 years of wide and varied experience of working with corporates and NGOs in CSR.

A social activist, who did his post graduation in Rural Development, has worked with Tatas for 18 years. He has also worked with Partners in Change (PiC) – an NGO promoting CSR in India & South Asia before joining Moser Baer India Limited as Head – CSR in 2005.

He is actively engaged in promoting environmental governance and CSR through a global network of development leaders. He is voluntarily associated with several social organizations and institutions, and is aggressively engaged in fighting against poverty, hunger, disease and illiteracy.

Pushing multi stakeholders’ model of CSR and Millennium Development Goals in India are his two personal agendas.


Name: Mr. Ashok C Tanurkar
Cohort 8
Current Organization: Prakriti Foundation
Current Designation: Project Director
Region: West
Sector: NGO

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Ashok C. Tanurkar is Project Director and Secretary of Prakriti Foundation, an NGO based at Ralegan Siddhi in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra.

Prakriti Foundation’s mission:

1. To implement community based development projects towards overcoming problems related to depletion of water and land resources;
2. To improve livelihoods of the communities dependent on natural resources;
3. To work for environment, ecology and sustainable development with active involvement of communities; and
4. Training, research and support in the field of rural development.

Prakriti Foundation is engaged in rural development through natural resources management, agriculture development and environmental regeneration.

Area of operation: Maharashtra.

Activities undertaken so far :

1. Watershed development: Constructed check-dams in the tribal block of Ralegaon in Yevatmal district. This activity has led to availability of water for protective irrigation, groundwater recharging and availability of drinking water for farmers, livestock and wildlife. The average yield of cotton and pigeon-pea improved by 30% and 40% respectively in a span of 2 years due to protective irrigation.

2. Tank rehabilitation program: Renovated Malguzari tanks, the traditional rain-fed irrigation tanks, in Dharmabad block of Nanded district, involving govt. department and village communities. This activity helped in restoring the defunct tanks, improving agricultural productivity by bringing fallow land under cultivation and generating income from fishery.

3. Center for Geoinformatics Application in Rural Development (C-GARD): Established C-GARD centre at Ralegan Siddhi. This is a facility center on frontline technologies of GIS, RS and GPS which would usher in greater benefits to the rural people through watershed management, drinking water supply and village level micro-planning. The C-GARD has developed action plans for watershed development program on scientific basis using GIS, GPS and RS.

The main objectives of the center are:

(1) To develop Geoinformatics applications in rural development; like watershed development, NREGA, micro-level village planning, etc.
(2) To provide Spatial Decision Support System for rural applications.
(3) To prepare Spatial Action Plans / DPRs for watershed projects and NREGA.
(4) To aid monitoring and evaluation of on-going rural development projects with GIS and RS applications.

This center caters to the needs of Govt. Departments, Non-Government Organizations, Community Based Organizations and Panchayati Raj Institutes, which are working as Project Implementing Agencies (PIAs) in the rural development sector.

Specifically, the Centre is helping in –

1. Preparation of Action Plans
2. Imparting training to field level functionaries
3. Support in backend processing

Achievements of C-GARD

ï‚— Preparation of Action Plans of 20 villages in Maharashtra and 6 villages in Uttarakhand for watershed development
ï‚— Implementation support to 52 NGOs in preparation of Action Plans using GIS and RS
ï‚— 5 Regional Training Programs on Geoinformatics Application in Rural Development and 1 off-campus Training Program for PG students

Mr. Tanurkar is responsible for administration formulation and implementation of various rural development projects through community participation.

Previously he worked with Hind Swaraj Trust at Ralegan Siddhi for 10 years in watershed development & management, SHGs & UGs and training to field workers, GO/NGO functionaries and farmers. He implemented about 10 projects in the village through villagers’ participation. He is also interested in organic farming and environmental education.

He has contributed a paper to a book published by International Institute for Rural Reconstruction and OIKOS. He has been felicitated by the Center for Science and Environment, New Delhi for development and study of India's traditional water harvesting systems. He has also been felicitated twice by Ralegan Siddhi Parivar for his contribution to the village development.


Name: Mr. Damandeep Singh
Cohort-12
Current Organization: CDP: Catalyzing business and Government Action, New Delhi
Current Designation: Director
Region: North
Sector: NGO

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Damandeep Singh has primarily worked as a consultant and journalist on environment and climate change issues. He serves as the India Director of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP, www.cdproject.net), whose registration and expansion is underway. In September 2012 he wrapped up a major study to map the impacts of climate change on India (www.impactstoadaptation.org). The study was sponsored by the UK and Indian governments and was contracted to Environmental Resources Management (ERM) UK. In 2010 he served as a Senior Advisor to Worldwatch Institute and a Communications Consultant to The Climate Group.

Before the current assignments, he worked as an Adviser to Lead India, a Consultant with the Bureau of Energy Efficiency and Senergy Global.
His assignments include liaising with the Media, preparing outreach as well as training materials for the marketing department. He has over 20 years of experience in the field of communications, most spent in writing and researching environment and development issues. He headed the Research and Mission Programme Divisions of the National Geographic Channel (NGC), India, a position he occupied for five years. At the Channel, he was the Asia focal point for all research related to NGC programming. This entailed work on programmes related to science, culture, occult practices, wildlife, water and urban affairs among others. At NGC, he also conceptualized and implemented a unique Corporate Social Responsibility Project.


Name: Mr. Tejinder Singh Bhogal
Cohort 7
Current Organization: SFS Filets
Current Designation: Development Consultant
Region: North
Sector: NGO

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Tejinder Singh Bhogal is a freelance Development Consultant working with NGOs and Government Organizations working on Rural Development. His current professional interests focus on providing Organizational Development (OD) and Capacity Building support to such organizations. He is also involved in helping development organizations resolve internal conflict, as well as to develop mechanisms of monitoring individual performance, as well as of recruitment and selection. A large part of his work involves holding workshops in the area of leadership, team building, conflict resolution.

Among other things he has provided design and capacity building inputs to a World Bank supported Poverty Alleviation program in Madhya Pradesh, India. One significant input in this regard has been the development of a manual for selecting Government personnel for Poverty Alleviation programs. This Manual outlines the practical steps involved in selecting personnel who have the appropriate Motivational profile for working with communities.

Another input vis-a-vis the above mentioned program has been to develop a system of coaching for the personnel involved in the task of community development. His coaching inputs include how to understand rural communities, how to develop a relationship of trust and confidence with them, and how to promote effective village level groups and institutions.

Prior to his current work he has also worked with the National Dairy Development Board's Fruit and Vegetable project in West Bengal and the hyper-saline Bhal track along the Gulf of Cambay. He is interested in the concept of lift irrigation schemes that are assisted by the government, financed by banks and managed by the community. He has a bachelor's degree in agriculture with honors in plant protection from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. He also has a post graduate diploma in rural management from the Institute of Rural Management (IRMA), Anand, Gujarat.


Name: Mr.Bandu Sampatrao Sane
Cohort-13
Current Organization: KHOJ, Melghat
Current Designation: Director
Region: West
Sector: NGO

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Bandu Sane is the Director of KHOJ which works in the Melghat region of Maharashtra. Bandu has a Bachelors in Law from Punjabrao Deshmukh College of Law, Amravati. He also has a certificate in Social welfare administration from TISS, Mumbai and a Masters in Public Administration from Nagpur University, Nagpur.

Bandu has previously worked wityh YUVA as their youth coordinator till 1996 and there after set up KHOJ. He has been instrumental in leading the demand of providing quality education to the children in the region as the organization believes that only if children get right education, they will be able to plan for their future.


Name: Mr.Bibhudutta Sahu
Cohort-13
Current Organization: North East Slow Food & Agrobiodiversity Society
Current Designation: Project Director
Region: East
Sector: NGO

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Bibhudutta Sahu has been been working in the Church of North India-Synodical Board of Social Services, a faith based organization for the past 10 years since completing his MA. He is currently entrusted with the responsibility of being the Team Leader- cum- Prgram Facilitator of Resource Center for Social Action in Orissa. This is a new office of the organziation that would be engaged in state level advocacy on the various issues of Orissa.


Name: Mr.Shashikant Chopde
Cohort 9
Current Organization: International Partnership for Implementation Education and Research on Socety Natural resources & Enviroment (ISET), New Delhi
Current Designation: Senior Associate
Region: North
Sector: NGO

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Shashikant Kashinath Chopde is Senior Associate, International Partnership for Implementation Education, USA, earlier he was a Senior Programme Officer, since December 2002, in the Water Resources Unit (WRU) at Winrock International India (WII), an NGO based in New Delhi. WII mission is to develop and implement solutions which balance the need for food, income and environmental quality.

He worked as Coordinator of the 'Land & Water Programme' at Vikram Sarabhai Centre for Development Interaction (VIKSAT), an NGO based in Ahmedabad, with which his association was for more than 5 years. The Centre promotes participation, equity and gender justice in water management by strengthening community institutions. The aim is to enhance their capacity to plan, implement and monitor activities; conduct research on water-management options; experiment with innovative practices; support governmental and NGO initiatives to expand these efforts through training and networking; and to work toward a favorable policy environment. S.K. Chopde was directly involved in a collaborative action research project on 'Addressing water scarcity and pollution problems in the Sabarmati river basin (SRB) by conducting research studies on key themes, namely, valuing water in rural, urban areas, socio-economic impact of pollution, physical water balance mathematical modeling for the basin. The project had a key component of promoting stakeholders interactions by way of Stakeholders Forum and sub-groups in irrigation & domestic, urban and industrial water use sectors.

In his previous association with VRTI, another NGO, he Coordinated water-harvesting activities on a large scale for 3 years. He is member of a panel of technical experts constituted by the Government of Gujarat for according technical sanctions to rural development projects prepared by NGOs.

He has worked for 2 years on preparing designs and estimates canals and hydraulic structures on water distribution network of the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Irrigation project.

He was involved in a 6 months assignment of Gujarat Water Resources Development Corporation (GWRDC) on Mathematical Modeling of (Groundwater) Multiquifer Systems for Mehsana district in Gujarat state.

He has a master's degree in civil engineering from Gujarat University, with a specialization in water resource management.


Name: Ms Vani Manocha
Cohort-17
Current Organization: ICLEI-South Asia, New Delhi
Current Designation: Manager, Communications
Region: North
Sector: NGO

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Nearly six years of her work experience in media and communication includes stints at The Times of India and Down To Earth (Centre for Science and Environment). At both these organisations, she has worked intensively with the web teams. At Down To Earth, Vani also contributed writings for the magazine and annual books (State of India Environment Report 2015 & 2016).
Besides, she is also a trained teacher. She just graduated as a LEAD India Fellow, Cohort 17 where she attended intensive trainings on climate change and related themes, travelling across India to work on region-specific challenges.
Vani has joined ICLEI as communication manager and she looks forward to a great learning experience working with planners, engineers and sustainability enthusiasts here.

Apart from this, she has been involved in a few volunteering initiatives and these were pursued along with her work. These include counselling ill kids at shelter homes in Delhi and holding story-telling sessions with them after an informal training from a counsellor. The initiative was called Subah. She has also worked with a lawyer to propogate knowledge of the Right To Education in slums in Delhi. Vani is a Bachelor in Education, certified by CBSE to teach in schools (CTET qualified) and has also been awarded by IBM Daksh India for spoken communication skills.


Name: Ms Aanchal Kapur
Cohort 8
Current Organization: KRITI
Current Designation: Team Leader
Region: North
Sector: NGO

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Aanchal Kapur has, since May 1999 brought together a group of young people with backgrounds in sociology, medical anthropology, development and gender studies, political science, law and art design to set up KRITI: a development praxis and communication team, based in New Delhi. As team leader, she works with the other members in doing research, training, documentation and designing of development resources for NGOs, government and international organisations.

The team works with a gender perspective on a wide-range of development issues, such as health, education, environment, human rights, micro-credit, violence against women, etc. It offers the KRITI Information Place where people and organisations can access audio-visual and print material on a range of development issues. The team brings out a dossier of newsclips from seven English national dailies that track and analyse media coverage on development processes. This is open for subscription. A diary on people's movements is also brought out every year by the KRITI team and they also provide information and media support to people's initiatives and campaigns. A film club that screens documentaries and slide shows is organised every third saturday of the month at the KRITI workplace in New Delhi. Finally, the team reuses and recycles paper resources and provides this option to other organisations with the purpose of making eco-friendly work environments. The communication material developed by the team includes posters, postcards, bookmarks, booklets, reports and is available on request.

Till April 1999, she was coordinating an International Labour Office project in India entitled 'Training and Information Dissemination on Women Workers' Rights' between June-April 1999. Her work involved coordinating and conducting research and producing an information package on women workers rights in India.

In the past, she has been involved in research, training and evaluation of projects on natural resource management, common property resource management, solid waste management, education, and gender and environment. She has also coordinated a study of environmental NGOs working towards the empowerment of women throughout India. A. Kapur has a post-graduate degree in Political Science from JNU and another Master's in Development Studies from LSE with a specialization in Social policy and planning.


Name: Ms Anna Kalisch
Cohort-16
Current Organization: GIZ Head Quarters, Germany
Current Designation: Climate Change Expert
Region: Abroad
Sector: NGO

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Ms. Anna Kalisch has been working for Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) since 2009 focusing on rural development, sustainable natural resource management and climate change adaptation. In 2011 Anna shifted from GIZ head office in Germany to New Delhi and since then she is coordinating the Climate Change Adaptation in Rural Areas of India-project which is being implemented in the partner states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. Anna is responsible for the overall project management (finance, human resources, monitoring) and liaison with internal and external stakeholders (government counterparts at national and state level, non-government organizations, academia). Further, she is involved in Capacity Building initiatives for Climate Change Adaptation, in testing and further development of methods like Climate Proofing, Vulnerability Assessment, and documenting learning from experiences.

Anna holds a diploma in Geography (equivalent to MSc Geography) from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University in Frankfurt, Germany. During her studies Anna focused on natural resources (hydrology, geology) and planning instruments like Geographical Information Systems. She has gained work experience in Africa, Europe and India in different fields and organisations, e.g. in a planning department and a private map data provider.


Name: Ms Bharati A. Bhavsar
Cohort 4
Current Organization: Water & Natural Resource Management Campaign
Current Designation: Sr. Coordinator
Region: West
Sector: NGO

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Bharti A. Bhavsar is a senior coordinator and development worker at the Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA) in Ahmedabad, India, an organization of 13,51,493 poor, self-employed women. She is actively engaged in the social and economic betterment of rural communities, helping with mobilization, organization and training of rural women in the conservation and reclamation of natural resources such as soil, water and forest, climate change, economic crises. In addition, she is trustee of Ansooya Trust (SEWA) She is a core group member of SAATH, She was a core group member in Capnet India, She was a Coordinator, North India – Women Water Network 2002 to 2004. She was a GWP-South Asia Regional Committee Member 2004 to 2006. Presently she is running Sewa’s Millennium Campaign – Women, Water & Work. She helps to formulate and implement various development programs and activities in Gujarat that focus on empowering and strengthening rural women through their own local organizations. She has completed post-graduate studies in commerce and has a law degree from Gujarat University in India.


Name: Ms Gazala Shaikh
Cohort-10
Current Organization: Development Alternatives
Current Designation: Manager - Rural Communications
Region: North
Sector: NGO

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Gazala Shaikh is currently working as the State Project Manager - Communications for the JEEViKA - Bihar Rural Livelihoods Project (BRLP). BRLP is a Government of Bihar and World Bank initiative.

Prior to this, Gazala worked as a Programme Officer with ARAVALI (Association for Rural Advancement through Voluntary Action and Local Involvement). ARAVALI is an NGO and she is mainly associated with the Natural Resource Management Unit especially in the context of communications and policy advocacy. Prior to ARAVALI, Gazala was working as an independent consultant. She did assignments for various agencies national and international. She has also worked as Project Officer in OXFAM's Gujarat Earthquake Response Programme. Her responsibilities included coordination of various activities related to water and livelihood in the Mai Cluster of Bhachau taluka in Kachchh district. She was also responsible to facilitate the implementation of the above so as to reach out to various sections of the community segregated by caste, class and gender.

Before joining OXFAM, she worked as Programme Associate in Vikram Sarabhai Centre for Development Interaction's (VIKSAT an Ahmedabad based NGO, working on Natural Resources Management (NRM)) Land and Water Programme. She was chiefly responsible for promoting and strengthening decentralized people's institutions for water management in Satlasana taluka of Mehsana district, Gujarat, through awareness camps and trainings on technical and institutional aspects of water management. She also helped conceptualizing and promoting stakeholders debate for water management in Sabarmati River Basin as also been instrumental in bringing out communication materials in form of audio-visuals & leaflets.

Before VIKSAT, Gazala worked as a Programme Assistant at Centre for Environment Education, as part of the core team in facilitating, organizing and conducting training programmes under the Training on Environment Education (TEE) an international course for participants from India and other developing Commonwealth countries. Her areas of interest include promoting sustainable, gender sensitive and equitable NRM practices through both direct field intervention and developing communication strategy and tools. Gazala has a post-graduate bachelor's degree in journalism and communication from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Vadodara.


Name: Ms Jyoti Sharma
Cohort-11
Current Organization: Ajmer
Current Designation: Independent Consultant
Region: West
Sector: NGO

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Similarly, on the extra-curricular front, I have been passionately involved in theatre, debates, public speaking, a bit of writing, etc. I have represented my class as a Class Representative, Chairlady of the College Debate Club, Editor of the College Magazine, College Vice-Head Girl and led my team on various occasions and competitions. Upon completing my MSW, I was recruited by ActionAid India for their yearlong Development Trainee Fellowship. I gained fresh insights to the Rights’ Based Approach to development and empowerment, where gender equity, people’s participation, entitlements and empowering processes were cross cutting issues. The opportunity led me to work on a variety of issue at various levels – right from the grass-root experiential exposures, to programme planning, implementation and participatory reflections, to policy level advocacy, etc. Moreover, I had tremendous scope to learn from numerous voluntary sector and community based organizations their differing styles of leadership and functioning.

Thereafter, I was offered placement with ActionAid India’s Delhi Regional Office as a Programme Officer. My responsibilities as a Programme Officer range from supporting voluntary organization in implementing development initiatives and project (including financial) management, building capacities and perspective of project teams, partner agencies and communities, coordinating micro level action research, conducting participatory reviews and reflections, regular interface with partner communities, etc.

Over the last few years, I have chosen to be involved in both Urban and Rural poverty issues for a better grasp of all interrelated development issues. Broadly speaking, I have worked on issues of Urban Poverty and Governance, Urban Homeless (Street Children), Child Rights (Education), Campaign on Violence Against Girls in Schools, the Unorganised Sector (eg. Rag Pickers, Domestic Workers, Construction Workers), Agricultural Bonded Labour, Psychosocial counseling and conflict resolution in the Kashmir Valley, etc. Furthermore, I have coordinated an action research on the issues of women prisoners in Tihar Jail, status of Street and Working Children in Delhi and have undertaken a Development Audit of World Bank’s District Poverty Initiative Project (DPIP) in Rajasthan as an Associate Researcher. I have also a wide and varied involvement in Disaster Management/Emergencies, such as the Super Cyclone in Orissa (1999), the Gujarat Earthquake (2001), Orissa Floods (2001), the Kashmir project and recent Tsunami relief and reconstruction programme in Tamil Nadu.


Name: Ms Mamita Thakker
Cohort 7
Current Organization: UNICEF India
Current Designation: WASH Specialist
Region: North
Sector: NGO

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Mamita Bora works with the WaterAid India as the Regional Coordinator for the Western Region. WaterAid is an International NGO, dedicated exclusively to the provision of safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene promotion to the poorest people of the world. She is managing projects in 3 states of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, in India. These projects aim at integrating water, hygiene and sanitation, to maximise impact on poverty.

She began her career with the Centre for Environment Education, Ahmedabad, where she was involved in strengthening institutions at the local level to support the management of sustainable resources outside a wildlife sanctuary. She later joined VIKSAT, an NGO involved in the joint management of forests by the government and local communities where she was involved with impact assessement, research, training and documentation. She has also worked with the World Food Programme, in Gujarat, where she was primarily looking after NGO participation and mainstreaming gender. She has worked closely with an Indo-Dutch bilateral programme on Water and Sanitation, as a consultant of IWACO and was closely involved in the conceptualising phase of WASMO (Water and Sanitation Management Organisation, in Gujarat, which is woprking in the earthquake affected araes of Gujarat.

Mamita has a post graduate degree in Life Sciences with a specialization in environmental sciences. She is a LEAD Fellow of Cohort 7.


Name: Ms Monijinjir Byapari
Cohort-12
Current Organization: Lutheran Work Service India Trust, Kolkata
Current Designation: Program Manager
Region: East
Sector: NGO

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Monijinjir Byapari has a Masters in Sociology and works with the Church of North India – Synodical Board of Social Services, as a Program Accompanier on Planning-Monitoring-Evaluation [PME] Under PME she has been responsible for programme planning and designing, evaluation and monitoring, all the 15 project of CNI SBSS and two DFID project in West Bengal and Assam. She is also a Consultant for fund raising, proposal writing and manual development and external evaluations especially on issues related to Food Security, Gender, Climate Change.
She is also a member of ACT ALLIANCE governing Board and Executive committee


Name: Ms Neha Sinha
Cohort-17
Current Organization: Bombay Natural History Society, New Delhi
Current Designation: Advocacy and policy officer
Region: North
Sector: NGO

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Neha Sinha is a Delhi-based conservationist, with a specialisation in environmental policy. After being a journalist for five years with The Indian Express, Neha quit mainstream journalism to study conservation science. She was awarded the INLAKS scholarship to study a Masters in Science in Biodiversity Conservation and Management at Oxford University. Her thesis was on villager’s perceptions on tiger extinction with livestock depredation in Rajasthan, for which she won the Mansfield College Graduate Travel Fund.
Neha works with the Bombay Natural History Society as Advocacy and Policy Officer. Her work centres around creating policy, environmental decision-making, securing Important Bird Areas, and community conservation programmes in states like Nagaland and Manipur. Neha is an environmental columnist, and her work appears regularly in The Hindu, Economic and Political Weekly, and the India Today Group.
She is also the Honorary Secretary of the Indian Youth Climate Network, where she works with a range of professionals to underline links between climate change and biodiversity loss. She studied an undergraduate degree in English Literature at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.


Name: Ms Pragya D Varma
Cohort 7
Current Organization:
Current Designation: Freelance Consultant
Region: North
Sector: NGO

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Pragya is currently Freelance Consultant prior to this she was the Executive Director, Global Compact Network, India, which is a forum of Indian organizations committed to United Nations’Global Compact principles for responsible corporate citizenship.

Earlier to GCN she was the Executive Director of LEAD, India (Leadership for Environment and Development. LEAD is a capacity building organization of mid career professionals drawn from media, government, academia etc and trained to become environmental leaders .It is a growing of leaders and comprises of 2000 professionals spanning 90 countries.

Pragya Varma has 29 years of experience in the field of communication and sustainable development. She began her career with a leading Indian National daily, The Indian Express and moved in 1986 to development communication with Council for Advancement of People's Action and Rural Technology [CAPART]. While at CAPART she led the communication division producing magazines for the voluntary sector, appropriate technology, disability, renewable energy success stories on NGOs, in addition to producing over 50 films on rural development. She also worked with poverty alleviation project in rural India focusing on promotion of appropriate technology, income generation, livelihood protection, water, sanitation and disability. In recognition of her work she was awarded a scholarship by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study “Planning and Strategies in Communication for Rural Development” at the Iowa State University, USA. In 1998 she was awarded fellowship of an international programme –Leadership for Environment and Development [LEAD]. She has also served as Senior Consultant to the World Bank as a part of the District Primary Education Programme – one of the banks largest poverty alleviation programmes.

At LEAD she steered the organization towards self sustainability through extensive resource mobilization from foreign and Indian partners ranging from aid agencies, corporate houses, and government. LEAD under her leadership is currently engaged on major projects on Business and Sustainability, Climate Change, Corporate Social Responsibility, Environmental Governance, Sustainable Livelihoods, Training and Capacity Building, and Youth Leadership.

LEAD India has trained 156 mid-career professionals who are LEAD Fellows. In addition over 400 people from grass roots, top management of International Banks and other Industries have been trained over the past few years.

Pragya has a proven strength to network and an ability to liaise and ease with different groups like the Government, UN bodies, community based organisations and to bringing them onto a common platform.


Name: Ms Richa Pant
Cohort 8
Current Organization: Safdarjung Development Area
Current Designation:
Region: North
Sector: NGO

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Richa Pant has been awarded the Commonwealth-Cheavening Bursary 2001 to do her Masters in International Journalism at the University of Westminster, London.Where is she now currently focussing on radio documentary. Richa is on a a year's sabbatical from New Delhi Television (NDTV), which produces STAR NEWS, India's first 24 hour news channel.

Richa has worked for NDTV for the last seven years. She has been a roving reporter with them and has extensively reported from across India on a wide range of issues from political to development issues.

Besides news stories Richa has to her credit a few mini documentaries, VILLAGE VOICE and CITY PULSE, which explores the relationship of democracy with development in rural areas.

She was earlier the intake editor for Star News where she was responsible for presenting a balanced mix of news from the areas of politics, business, environment, development and sports. As an intake editor, she was responsible for handing out assignments to reporters and ensuring that dealines were met.

Richa Pant has a degree in English literature from Lady Sri Ram College, Delhi University (1993). She also has completed two intensive training programme with Reuters Foundation in writing and producing television news.


Name: Ms Shikhu Phutoli
Cohort-10
Current Organization: Eleutheros Christian Society, Tunesang
Current Designation: Director
Region: East
Sector: NGO

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Phutoli Chingmak is currently the Managing Director of Eleutheros Christian Society based at Tuensang. She is also the co-founder of the organization. She has delivered lectures at home and abroad on HIV/AIDS and Drug addiction, Women and Economic development etc. She was also involved in UNDCP ROSA and Ministry of Social Justice India as a 'site-investigator' for research on 'The Availability and Consumption of Drugs' in the borders of India and Myanmar.

Phutoli has been instrumental in promoting in developing the 'Self Help Groups' movement in Nagaland. To her credit there are more than 400 SHGs operational in the state of Nagaland. She has facilitated a number of training on micro credit, mother & child health, enabling environment etc. Currently working with FHI/USAID on the project on 'Comprehensive Care of PLHA/OVC in the community.'

Phutoli is also a member of the Steering Committee of Nagaland Environment Protection and Economic Development (NEPED) Organisation, which is an autonomous body of the state of Nagaland jointly funded by Govt. of Nagaland and Indian Canadian Environmental facility (ICEF CIDA). She is a social worker from varied fields of education. She has obtained her bachelor of arts degree from NEHU (North Eastern Hill University), bachelor of theology (Senate of Serampore University) and a masters degree (M.Div.) from Asian Theological Association accredited by Mysore University.She was rewarded Gold Medal for her contribution in the field of HIV/AIDS and Development in 2004 by His Execellency Shri Shymal Datta Governor of Nagaland, India.


Name: Ms Somya Bhatt
Cohort-17
Current Organization: GIZ, New Delhi
Current Designation: Technical Expert
Region: North
Sector: NGO

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Somya Bhatt is working as Technical Expert, Climate Change Adaptation in Rural Areas of India Natural Resource Management Programme with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on Climate Change Adaptation since October 2010. Her work is focused on areas around vulnerability assessments, testing and evaluating community based adaptation measures, state action plans on climate change, information and knowledge management and capacity development for adaptation to climate change. She is also a trained trainer on integrating climate change adaptation into development planning. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology honors from Miranda House College Delhi University and Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from The Energy Resources Institute, Delhi. Prior joining GIZ Somya has worked for one year with an NGO (Centre for Social Markets) on climate policy and sustainability issues. She also has some experience in the area of urban transport management as continuation of her Master’s thesis working on the project ‘Strategic Energy Environment Impact Analysis of Public Transport system in Delhi and NCR,’ funded by Delhi government.


Name: Ms Suneetha Dasappa Kacker
Cohort-11
Current Organization: The World Bank, New Delhi
Current Designation: Project Officer, Water Sanitation Program
Region: North
Sector: NGO

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Suneetha Dasappa Kacker is an architect with an M.Phil. in housing and urban studies. She studied at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. While working on her undergraduate thesis, she developed an interest in shelter and urbanization processes. She pursued these during her Graduate studies at the Architectural Association Graduate School, in London. Her MPhil thesis was concerned with people-state negotiations for shelter in the context of New Delhi.

Suneetha has been involved with development plans for towns in various parts of India. She is currently working as urban specialist with Ecosmart India Limited, a consulting firm that provides environmental and social services in the infrastructure sector. For specific urban projects, she is responsible for assessing needs through stakeholder consultations, and analysis of issues, leading to identification of interventions. Her personal interest lies in analyzing planned and unplanned processes of participation in the urban sphere, and the impacts of these on the city and on urban policy.

Since 1987, Suneetha has also been involved with development issues in the Himalayan region of ladakh. She has documented settlement patterns, building traditions, skills and patterns of resource utilization over the years; and changes in these as a result of government policies, development activities and shifts in people’s perceptions. She has recently advised in, and supervised, the construction of a school building in a remote village in Spiti.


Name: Ms Taranjot K Gadhok
Cohort 3
Current Organization: HSMI Marg
Current Designation: Ex Sr. Fellow
Region: Abroad
Sector: NGO

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Ms. Gadhok is a Ex-senior fellow at the Human Settlement Management Institute in New Delhi, where she researches and develops course material for training programs. Ms. Gadhok has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and a master's degree in structural engineering, both from Punjab University. In addition, she studied computer-aided design in Nottingham University's Department of Planning in the United Kingdom.

At HSMI she has conducted many training programmes on sustainable urban development and urban environment management as well as on disaster mitigation deriving linkage between environment degradation and natural disasters.

She is currently developing a curriculum on healthy cities for urban managers and workers at the grass root level in the local bodies under WHO.

She has many publications to her credit on the areas of disaster mitigation and urban risks.

She has been instrumental in creating collaborations between her institute and many international bodies(UN, UNCHS,ADPC,DFID, WHO) for carrying out their programmes in the country. She was also involved in drafting URBAN POLICY for the government of India.

Her main interest has been in the area of water harvesting and recycling as critical issue in urban environment management.


Name: Ms Trupti Jain
Cohort-12
Current Organization: Naireeta Services Private Limited
Current Designation: Founder-Director
Region: West
Sector: NGO

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After Trupti Jain’s graduated (Bachelor in Environmental Engineering) in 1992, she had opted for working in developmental sector. Strengthening women’s participation in education, off farm & on farm livelihood and most importantly strengthening governance of elected representatives of local bodies are primarily interested area during her professional carrier.

In her professional carrier of last 15 years, she had put her efforts into various strata of developmental projects in Gujarat and Rajasthan. She has worked with government departments (Education Department and Women & Child Development Department of GoG for more than 6 years), Non Government Organizations (for 6 years) and donor agency (for 3 years).

Her last responsibility was State Programme Director of Mahila Samakhaya. This is the programme of Ministry of Human Resource Development of Government of India with the aim of “Education for Women’s Equality’. Mahila Samakhaya works in nine states including Gujarat, where it is attaining more than 44000 women from 1906 villages in 38 talukas of 7 districts. She had to report to the state level governing body consisted of State Policymakers, National Opinion Makers and subject experts.

She got selected for the commonwealth scholarship in completing distant learning in M.A. in Sustainable Development from Staffordshire University, the U.K. She had been selected for the LEAD (Leadership in Environment and Development) fellow for the year 2007 and completed graduation after successfully completing the three national level training programmes and one international level training session.

Her endeavor in this direction got her selected by US Department of State for the International Visitor Programme on ‘Accountability in Governance and Business’ in September, 2006.

She was a member of executive committee of Gujarat Council of Education, Research and Training, Surva Shiksha Abhiyan and Gender Resource Center. She was also a member of Executive Committee of Working Group on Women’s Issues, a network of 60 NGOs, ‘GROUP’, an NGO working in Ahmedabad district, State Alumnae of USIS as an individual.

She has secured opportunity in participating a number of capacity building programmes in developmental sector. Training on Social Science Research by Institute of Development Research, Boston and PRIA, New Delhi, Training on Participatory Rural appraisal, Gender and Micro-planning by PRIA, New Delhi, Training on management of Common Property Resources by Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad were the major one.

She has published 12 research papers, out of which 9 were state level papers, 3 national level papers and 2 international levels. She has developed more than 30 educational materials in form of training manuals, audio-visual kits, booklets, posters and leaflets. She had also edited bimonthly magazine, Parisar, Vichar, Quarterly Samakhya no Suraj and Samakhya news in Gujarati as well as in English.

At present, working as an Executive Director of City Mangers’ Association Gujarat (CMAG) since February 1, 2008. CMAG was established in September 1997 with support from International City/ County Management Association, Washington (ICMA), and USAID. Today, CMAG is recognized as a unique and pioneering institution in Asia. CMAG’s institutional membership includes the state’s seven Municipal Corporations, six Urban Development Authorities, 159 Municipalities, Institutions and NGOs.


Name: Ms. Radhika Kothari
Cohort-17
Current Organization: LEAD India
Current Designation: Senior Progarm Officer
Region: West
Sector: NGO

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Radhika Kothari, is presently working with LEAD India as Senior Program Officer based in New Delhi. Before joining LEAD India she was with WWF, as a consultant for conducting Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation in Sikkim. She has previously worked with the Ecotourism and Conservation Society of Sikkim based in the Eastern Himalayan state of Sikkim (India) from 2007-2009, wherein she developed and implemented alternative livelihood options and environmental awareness programs along with local communities near protected areas. Simultaneously, pursing a distance learning MSc. in Sustainable Development, majoring in Natural Resource Conservation from Sikkim Manipal University. Thereafter, she worked with the Snow Leopard Conservancy India (SLCI),Ladakh as the Deputy Director and subsequently as its Director (2010-2013). Apart from the management responsibilities, she was involved in assessing scientific studies, human-wildlife conflict issues and developing incentive-based community conservation programs.

In 2013-14, she received the Department of Geography Scholarship and an Honorary Commonwealth Scholarship to pursue her MPhil in Conservation Leadership at the University of Cambridge, UK. During which, she worked with Birdlife International for developing a road map for the roll-out of Ecosystem Based Adaption (EbA) for its Africa Partnership. She gathered insights from the East African projects to develop the scope and strategy for EbA uptake.

She is particularly interested in working in the Himalayan ecosystems and with the mountain communities, including their unique mosaic of socio-cultural and economical aspects to address contemporary conservation and climate change issues.


Name: Ms. Ruth Aparna Raju
Cohort-13
Current Organization: Path Welfare Society, Kolktata
Current Designation: Chief Executive Officer
Region: East
Sector: NGO

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I have in the past worked as a Trainee Copy writer with an Advertising Agency, CONTAD (Continental Advertising Services).

Then as a teacher in Welland Gouldsmith School, Kolkata; and an NGO, CINI ASHA, urban Unit of the Child in Need Institute working with deprived urban children in Kolkata & capacity building of smaller organizations in Kolkata & districts working with children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Presently managing my own organization PATH (Peoples Action Towards Humanity) Welfare Society, an NGO working on the issue of sustainable community development by empowering children, youth and women.

Managing the programme, finance and administration of Organization. Organizing events, liaison with government officials, peoples representatives, funding agencies & individuals, community members and other stakeholders. Responsible for a team of 5 staff members, 8 community volunteers, 2 community mobilizers, 150 deprived urban children and over 200 young people in Kolkata. Working with children and young people in difficult circumstances on the issues of education, health, protection and vocational training. Special focus on child abuse and trafficking and community development in rural areas.

PATH has recently begun work in the districts of Malda & Jalpaiguri, West Bengal. In Malda we are working on the issue of Arsenic contamination in water and Rain Water harvesting. In Jalpaiguri we are reaching out to Tribal communities through inputs in school education and vocational training for children and young people. Rain water harvesting models and renewable energy through bio gas plants will be piloted in 2 villages initially.

Strongly committed to Human Rights issues especially children, women, housing and persons displaced due to development projects, environmental issues like protection and conservation of natural resources through advocacy, campaigning, lobbying and networking. Contribute to social well being through civil society organizations.

I am associated with two other NGOs in West Bengal:

Malda Zilla Women’s Welfare Society as Vice President- the organization is reaching out
to communities in the district through inputs in education, health and protection & Asha Sanchar also as Vice President- an organization working in Kolkata on youth empowerment through inputs in vocational training.


Name: NAMITA SAHOO
Cohort 3
Current Organization: Angol
Current Designation: Indepent Consultant, Greass roots
Region: East
Sector: NGO

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Ms. Sahoo is the Educational Programme Coordinator of Gram Vikas, a grassroots NGO whose mission is to empower various impoverished and underdeveloped rural communities in the Orissa region by teaching them about sustainable development. The education program with which she is directly involved, by organizing, planning and managing, aims to develop and expand an education base, both formally and informally, in remote rural areas. Ms. Sahoo holds a master's degree in Oriya literature and a bachelor's degree in Oriya language, both from Angul College of Utkal University. She is originally from rural Orissa and it was there that she first fostered her ardent enthusiasm for community development and tribal issues.


Name: RAVINDRA ADUSUMILLI
Cohort 4
Current Organization: WASSAN  Watershed Support Services and Activities Network
Current Designation: Director
Region: South
Sector: NGO

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Ravindra is working on the issues of rainfed agriculture covering the aspects of science-practice and policy. He is working with WASSAN, a support organisation working in the areas of watershed development across several states in India. Ravindra is presently coordinating various initiatives of the Revitalizing Rainfed Agriculture Network, its policy related initiatives and is actively involved on the issues related to System of Rice Intensification (SRI) as a part of the National Consortium on SRI. He is presently pursuing his doctoral research at Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands


Name: Sandeep Mehto
Cohort-16
Current Organization: Bharat Calling, Bhopal
Current Designation: Cofounder
Region: North
Sector: NGO

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Sandeep is among the most inspiring young social entrepreneur of India. He has represented India and the cause of youth leadership at various international platforms like G.S.V.C and DBS-NUS Singapore. He is providing SoCHE with expertise in community engagement across social upliftment projects.
He is also the founder director of “Bharat Calling” initiative in Itarsi (MP) and the co-founder and director of “Vikalp”- helping people to make informed career choices. His expertise includes, community mobilization, project designing, stakeholder engagement, leadership workshop, business planning. He is a recipent of various fellowships such as M.S.D.S., LEAD, Changelooms, Plustrust, TISS-DBS among others; and has been featured as most inspirational youths across India at various platforms including Kaun Banega Crorepati, Power of Inspiration Tehelka, Down to Earth etc. He has recently been felicitated with Manava Sewa samwardhini award for excellence in social work.


Name: Seema Awasthi
Cohort-14
Current Organization: ICUC Private Limited, New Delhi
Current Designation: Director
Region: North
Sector: NGO

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Seema Awasthi, a Doctorate in Environment Engineering, has about 18 years of rich & diversified technical & project management experience in the urban environment sector for the development, feasibility and detailed study of the projects. While working for various leading companies including IL&FS, SENES, CES and BPCL, She got the opportunity to work with more than 40 ULBs of the country. She has also worked for the urban environment projects in Singapore, Nepal, China, Mexico and Maldives. She has an extensive experience of project implementation & its development in PPP mode including its structuring, viability analysis and institutional strengthening.
She is a fellow member of LEAD (Leadership in Environment & Development), an international NGO with a network of fellows in around 120 countries, in leadership for sustainable development
Now, she has founded her own consultancy, ICUC Consultants, a group of enthused professionals with diverse experience, with the commitment to add value, knowledge & build capacities for sustainable development in rural and urban sectors.


Name: SEEMA PAUL
Cohort 2
Current Organization: The Nature Conservancy, Washington
Current Designation: Managing Director
Region: Abroad
Sector: NGO

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Seema Paul is currently Managing Director at The Nature Conservancy, Washington before joining Nature Conservancy she was worked in the capacity of Executive in Environment Philanthropy and Non Profit Management also CEO and Board member of the Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, a New Delhi-based organisation that promotes sustainable energy and transportation policies in India. Prior to joining Shakti, Ms.Paul served as Chief of Policy at UNAIDS, and prior to that as the Senior Program Officer in the Environment Team with Ted Turner’s United Nations Foundation. Seema has a Master's degree in Environmental Policy from the University of Maryland, a Master's degree in English Literature from Delhi University. She is also an alumnus of the prestigious St. Stephen's College in New Delhi. She was an Alfred Friendly Press Fellow and the International Herald Tribune Fellow at the INSEAD'S International Executive Programme.


Name: Siddharth DSouza
Cohort-14
Current Organization: LAYA, Vizagpatanam
Current Designation: Coordinator
Region: South
Sector: NGO

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Siddharth D’Souza is currently working as a coordinator of the Alternative Energy Options and Climate Change desk, LAYA (www.laya.org.in). He is also a member of a National Network working on issues related to Climate Change, Indian Network on Ethics and Climate Change (INECC) [www.inecc.net]. He is also involved as fellow director of a Company, Desi Technology Solutions, Bhubaneswar (www.desitechno.com).

He is currently involved in planning, implementation and monitoring Alternative Energy Projects for Adivasi Communities based in North Coastal Andhra Pradesh. These projects provide electricity (Micro Hydro), clean kitchens (Energy Efficient woodstoves), potable drinking water (Bio Sand Filters) and (Hydro Rams) Farm Irrigation to remote Adivasi Communities.

Siddharth has also been involved in the campaign initiatives of INECC, contributing to case studies, reports from the field and policy change at the various levels. More recently he is directly implementing Carbon Credit Development Projects (VERs) and played a support role in the formulation of an Innovative project on Low Carbon Farming. His commitment is to bring environmentally friendly technology and climate friendly energy development policies to marginalized people.

He enjoys communicating his experiences through training process with youth, Civil Society Actors new to the Climate Change field on project implementation and Climate Change Policy.

Siddharth has done his M.A in development Studies with a Minor in Politics of Alternative Development (PAD) at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands.


Name: SUNDER SUBRAMANIAN
Cohort 8
Current Organization: Gurgaon
Current Designation: Independent International Development & Infrastructure Consultant/Advisor
Region: North
Sector: NGO

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Until recently Sunder was an Adviser in Development Consulting at ICRA Management Consulting Services Ltd (IMaCS), a cutting edge, trans-disciplinary consulting firm. Sunder worked across IMaCS's consulting groups/verticals, including International Development, Infrastructure, Urban Development, Energy, and Corporate Sector, providing consulting/advisory leadership to many mandates, as well as team support to many others for a range of multilateral, bilateral, and other clients including UNICEF, The World Bank, ADB, Water and Sanitation Program South Asia, DFID, KfW, USAID, WASTE, and various governments and government organisations at national and subnational levels. Previously (and currently) he was an independent development researcher and consultant, and worked with a range of clients including multilateral and bilateral development aid agencies including DFID, UNICEF, NORAD, WSP-SA, and occasionally, other agencies such as the India Canada Environment Facility, and WaterAid. Sunder brings a strong track record of recent and current projects in India and elsewhere, and has worked on multiple sectoral verticals in the International Development space since 1996, and has played leadership roles in various mandates and as key team member in many others. He has over 20 years of highly multi-disciplinary experience including with academia, industry, the non-profit sector, development research and consulting. Sunder's research/consulting domains include Water, Wastewater, & Sanitation; Urban Development, Infrastructure & Planning; Investment Climate and Analyses; PPP; Regulatory Regimes; Climate Change & Adaptation; mountain development and systems, Environmental & Public Health; Environment and Livelihoods; Indigenous Peoples and Systems, NRM, Renewable Energy, ICT4D, Biological Diversity, Landscapes, Protected Areas and Conservation, CSR and CR, KM and KM4D. Sunder's primary functional consulting areas/interests include Policy Research & Analyses; Sector Studies, Regulatory Governance and Research; Programme Design and Management; M&E. He has a wide range of interests including policy and regulatory reforms, global sustainability, climate change, climate impacts, and adaptation, economics of development, international relations, natural history, and wildlife ecology, among others. Sunder is also an avid photographer. Sunder's research/consulting sectoral portfolio and expertise spans the development spectrum and includes water supply, sanitation and related public health and epidemiological issues, emergencies, relief and rehabilitation, environmental health, information and communication technologies (ICTs), energy, education, human rights (especially relating to women and children), policy research and analyses, and program/project design and management, monitoring and evaluation, among others. Sunder has a wide range of interests including global sustainability, economics of development, international relations, natural history, wildlife ecology, and also the mathematics of chaos, fuzzy logic and fuzzy theories, artificial intelligence, and theoretical and experimental high energy physics. He is also an avid mountaineer, trekker, photographer, and his hobbies include reading (both non-fiction and fiction) and writing. He is also interested in music (hindustani classical and jazz).


Name: VEENA RAVICHANDRAN
Cohort 7
Current Organization: Climate and Development Consulting INC, Canada
Current Designation: Founder and Chief Executive
Region: Abroad
Sector: NGO

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Veena Ravichandran is currently Founder and Chief Executive at Climate & Development Consulting Inc., Ottawa, Canada prior to this assignment she was Senior Research Advisor, Climate and Development Knowledge Network at Overseas Development Institute. Before that she was the Senior Program Officer, Innovation Policy and Science at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Ottawa, Canada. Her work involves developing research capacity in developing countries in linking knowledge, outputs from scientific research and technology and policies for innovations towards social and economic development. Earlier, she was with the International Council for Science- Committee on Science and Technology in Developing Countries, in India as Principal Scientific Officer and engaged in promoting the linkage of science and technology to development in the South. She has a doctorate in biophysics from the University of Madras and a Diploma in Technology Management from the United States International University, San Diego. She has to her credit 13 research publications in referred journals and 4 edited volumes. She received a citation in 2003 from the government of Andhra Pradesh, Bhoovigyan Vikas Foundation and M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation for her outstanding contribution in science and technology for national development. She has held consultancy positions with LEAD International, The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, UNESCO and the European Commission.


Name: Verghese Theckanath
Cohort-11
Current Organization: Montfort Social Institute (MSI)
Current Designation: Director
Region: South
Sector: NGO

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Varghese Theckanath s.g., is the Director of Montfort Social Institute (Centre for Human Rights and Sustainable Development Education), Hyderabad, India. It is a resource cum training centre for the promotion of Human Rights Education (HRE) and Sustainable Development Education (SDE). The Institute is an affiliate of the Earth Charter Initiative.

Prior to the present responsibility, he was the Chairman of the Central Indian Province of the Montfort Brothers of St. Gabriel Educational Society, involved in the promotion of general, technical and special education and development in India for over a hundred years.

He has been a grass roots activist promoting the rights of the urban poor, and has lived in the slums in the Old City of Hyderabad, for over 11 years. He is the founder-director of People’s Initiative Network (PIN), Hyderabad (1990-2001), and Campaign for Housing and Tenurial Rights (CHATRI), Hyderabad 1997- ), both organizations working for the promotion and protection of the rights of the urban poor.

Varghese holds a Master’s Degree in Philosophy (Osmania Univeristy, Hyderabad), Master’s Degree in International Law and Human Rights (United Nations University for Peace, San Jose, Costa Rica) and an M.Phil Degree in Development Studies (CESS, Hyderabad).

He has presented papers in international conferences, was a delegate from India to the 99th International Labor Conference of the ILO, Geneva, in 2010. He is a Member of the Task Force of the Ministry of Labor, Government of India on Domestic Workers. He is also the Co-Convener of the National Forum for Housing Rights (NFHR), an umbrella organization of the housing rights movements in different cities in India.


Name: Vijai Pratap Singh
Cohort-16
Current Organization: Childrens Development Khazana (Butterflies), New Delhi
Current Designation: Advisor
Region: North
Sector: NGO

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Dr. Vijai Pratap Singh is currently working as Advisor, Butterflies, New Delhi before joining Butterflies he was Program Manager at LEAD India, New Delhi. He has expertise in the field of climate change, adaptation and mitigation, sustainable utilization and conservation of bio-resources with major emphasis on agriculture, forest and water resource management.

He holds Master's degree in Botany and M. Phil. in Environment Management from Vikram University, Ujjain. He has carried out his Ph. D. at Institute of Environment Management and Plant Sciences, Vikram University, Ujjain on Greenhouse Gas studies from agriculture, forest, grasslands and wetland ecosystem. Dr. Singh has Graduate diploma on Climate Change, from OHIO State University, and Diploma in Industrial Safety from Annamalai University. He has visited The Netherlands and Indonesia to attend the International conferences and worked as overseas consultant for wastewater treatment and solid waste management.


Name: YEDLA PADMAVATHI
Cohort 7
Current Organization: UNICEF, Katsina, Nigeria
Current Designation: Chief of Field Office
Region: Abroad
Sector: NGO

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Y Padmavathi presently working as Chief of Field office at UNICEF, Katsina, Nigeria prior to this she was worked as Chief of Field Office, UNICEF for helping war prone Children in Afghanistan. Padmavathi worked as Zonal Director for Save the children UK, an organization working for Children. This is an international NGO who have done pioneering work on children's issues. She manages a team at zonal level. She is part of the senior management team. Her responsibilities include policy analysis, strategic planning, advocacy and influencing key stakeholders for creating better world for children. Prior to current position, she was involved in women's empowerment project, to promote rural women's health education and access to natural resources. She has been also involved in the Poverty Alleviation Project of UNDP in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Her interests include gender and development issues and the development of alternative models of livelihood congruent with sustainable development. Her bachelor's degree in chemistry is from Delhi University, and her master's degree in social work is from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. She also has a post graduate diploma in Marketing Management.