Mr Neelesh Kulkarni
Neelesh Kulkarni has a range experience of implementing a participatory development project in a micro watershed to developing a natural resource management plan for a river basin. He has worked as consultant to grass root level NGOs and was also an advisor on Water Resource Development to Government of India. His experience of over 17 years includes support to NGOs for preparation of participatory water management plans all over the country, facilitating efforts for developing pro poor water policy for the country, and initiating dialogue with elected representative on water governance.
Neelesh worked as a consultant to Government of Maharashtra and the World Bank for pre-feasibility studies in Jalswarajya project in rural water supply and Sanitation sector. He has worked with various government departments especially in Maharashtra for developing participatory approaches in their working through innovating change management processes.
Apart from his work in the water sector, Neelesh being an Electronics engineer has also worked with the Information Technology Task Force of the government of Maharashtra and was instrumental in formulating a comprehensive IT policy for masses in Maharashtra . He is responsible for business development at PriMove.
Dr Geetam Tiwari
Dean, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)
Dr Tiwari received the International Velocity Falco Lecture Prize in Barcelona, the Stockholm Partnerships award for local impact, innovative thinking and a potential for replication or transferability, the Centre for excellence grant from Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF), and the Prince Michaels award for promoting road safety research.
She has extensive research experience in dealing with transportation issues of special relevance to low income countries. These include development of bus systems and road designs that would make transportation efficient and safer. She has been working in the area of traffic and transport planning focusing on pedestrians, bicycles and bus based public transport systems. Some of her projects include Development of a Bicycle Masterplan for Delhi, analysis of traffic on Indian Highways, crash analysis on rural and urban roads, public transport planning.
She has published over 70 research papers on transportation planning and safety in national and international journals, peer reviewed seminar proceedings and edited four books on transportation planning and road safety.
She is advisor to Urban Age series of conferences coordinated by London School of Economics since 2005. She is editor‐in‐chief of the International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion.
Mr Ashish Rai
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.
Mr Mahesh K Patil
Mahesh K Patil is the Director of Eco-farm at Panaji, Goa prior to start this agri-farm he was with Sesa Goa Limited (a subsidiary of Vedanta Plc) as Associate Vice President. He was responsible for occupational Health and Safety, Environment management and Community Development activities in Sesa Group of Companies. He is overall responsible for companies activities concerning Sustainability in India and abroad and also involved in other subsidiaries of Vedanta plc .
He has experience of over 22 years in Environment impact Assessment for large mining and steel project (Pig iron plant, Metallurgical Coke, sinter and power plant) and coordinating the Environment management and Safety activities . He has passion for CSR, and has initiated many pioneering program like Alternative Livelihood opportunities for communities around mining areas in association with University of Agricultural sciences, Dharwad, Karnataka.
He has developed and successfully replicated many mine reclamation techniques like Biotechnological approach, root training Nursery, Use of Geotextiles, Agrihorticultural plantation, Bamboo setumetc , for Mine reclamation. He has developed Integrated Management system for Occupational Health & safety and Environment and also published Sustainable Development Report as per GRI guidelines.
Presented papers in various national and international seminars, and also nominated as members in various national committees. Received prestigious Awards for the company in the field of Sustainable Development (Safety, Environment Management and Corporate Social responsibility).
M.K. Patil is a certified ISO auditor. He won a national award for outstanding efforts in mine-land reclamation and the sustainable utilization of natural resources. He has a master's degree in agriculture with a specialization in plant pathology from the University of Agricultural Science, Karnataka and MBA from Goa Institute of Management. He also has a postgraduate degree in ecology and the environment.
Mr Snehil Kumar
Total Quality Management Counselor
Snehil Kumar is a Total Quality Management counsellor based in Jaipur. He is an engineer with 10 years of experience as practicing manager in Tata Steel and 11 years of counselling with organizations as part of Confederation of Indian Industry
and as an independent counsellor. He has counselled over 100 companies to steer them towards organizational excellence including Deming award winning organizations... His field of activities includes counselling 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 counselling 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.
Ms Shruti Sharma
Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (APCCF)
Shruti SHARMA, IFS (1987 batch, Rajasthan cadre) is presently posted as the Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest/APCCF, Silviculure, Rajsthan. Prior to this posting, she served as CCF Concurrent Evaluation. She was Associate Professor at the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy/IGNFA, Dehradun and taught Wildlife Management and Biodiversity Conservation to probationers of the Indian Forest Service. She was on deputation to the Forest Research Institute (Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education/ICFRE), Dehradun as the Deputy Conservator of Forests (Non-Wood Forest Products Division). She conducted research on medicinal plants, developed herbal gardens, and taught Conservation of Biological Resources, Eco-development, Wildlife Management and Wetland Management to MSc and PGD students at the FRI University. She also conducted short term courses on Ecotourism-Planning and Management; Sustainable Development of NWFP and Medicinal Plants. She has experience in protected area management. From 1996-2000 she was posted as Director of Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur. Prior to this, she served as Deputy Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) Kota, District Forest Officer (Tonk) and Assistant Conservator of Forests, Bharatpur. Before joining the IFS, she worked as PGT biology teacher at Army Public school and Bluebell School, Delhi from 1983 to 1987. Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India has made a documentary on her work titled, 'Pride of India' and translated into various other languages. Her educational qualification includes Bachelor and Masters in Zoology from the University of Delhi and Bachelor of Education from the same university. She has a Masters in Forestry from Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, a PG Diploma in Wildlife Management from the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun.