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Cohort: 15
Designation: Principal
Organisation: Basanti Devi College, Kolkata
Region: West Bengal
Biosketch: Dr. Indrila Guha is Principal in Basanti Debi College, Kolkata before joining she was an Associate Professor in Economics in Vidyasagar College for Women, Kolkata & Visiting Researcher in Global Change Program, Jadavpur University. Her field of Interest includes Environmental Economics and Quantitative Techniques in Economics.She was the Principal Investigator of the Project "Estimation of Tourism Demand in Indian Sundarbans and its contribution to local economy" sponsored by The South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE). She is also advisor to WWF - Eastern India on their Sundarbans Program. She was Case Study Team Leader in the `Developing an integrated framework for science policy interactions towards enhanced management of coastal systems in South Asia' project of Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN). Apart from this she is also the country ambassador for SSWG of Society for Conservation Biology (SCB), USA, member of INSEE (Indian Society for Ecological Economics) and ISEE (International Society for Ecological Economics. She has been selected by CDKN (CLIMATE AND DEVELOPMENT KNOWLEDGE NETWORK) in their Expert Roster. She was graduated as Climate Change Leader from Climate Change Leaders Initiative program which was run by LEAD India in 2009.She is a LEAD Fellow of COHORT 15. She is now Principal Investigator of an UGC sponsored project (Major) which deals with Sea level rise and displacement of residents in a island in Sundarbans. She is also involved in a project funded by Asia pacific network (APN): "Coastal Ecosystem and Changing Economic Activities: Challenges for Sustainability Transition along Chinese and South Asian Coasts".


Cohort: 12
Designation: Program Manager, Lutheran Work Service India Trust
Organisation: Kolkata
Region: West Bengal
Biosketch: Monijinjir Byapari has a Masters in Sociology and presently working as Programme Manager at Lutheran Work Service India Trust, Kolkata. Prior to this assignment she was worked in 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, and Climate Change. She is also a member of ACT ALLIANCE governing Board and Executive committee


Cohort: 13
Designation: CEO
Organisation: Path Welfare Society, Kolkata
Region: West Bengal
Biosketch: 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.


Cohort: 8
Designation: Assistant General Manager, CO & CC Division
Organisation: IISCO Steel Plant (SAIL), Burnpur
Region: West Bengal
Biosketch: Pranab Kumar Paul, B.E (Chemical Engineering) works as Assistant General Manager, CO & CC in IISCO Steel Plant (Steel Authority of India Limited) at Burnpur, India's largest steel producing company and one of the tenth largest steel producing companies in the world. He has stated his carrier as a Management Trainee in 1991 and since then is deeply associated with various aspects and projects of Environment Management, Process Technology, Environmental Monitoring, Pollution Control (Air & Water), Waste Management, Water Management & Conservation, Environment Management System (EMS - ISO 14001), Environmental Impact Assessment and Management Plan (EIA / EMP) for different SAIL Plants, Mines and other Developmental Projects.


Cohort: 17
Designation: Senior Project Officer, Sunderbans Landscape Program
Organisation: WWF Kolkata
Region: West Bengal
Biosketch: Parabita is presently working as Senior Project Officer, Sunderbans Landscape Program, WWF India, Kolkata, Prior to this, she was worked asa Manager, Project Implementation and Compliance at Louis Berger, Gurgaon and also with the Wildlife Institute of India 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.


Cohort: 17
Designation: Head, Natural Resource Management
Organisation: ITC, Kolkata
Region: West Bengal
Biosketch: Vijay Vardhan is heading the Natural Resource Management operations of ITC's CSR team, which is referred as Social Investments programme. The Social Investment Programmes are implemented in 14 states and ITC works with many reputed and grass-root level NGOs for implementation of the programmes. He is currently based at Kolkata at ITC's headquarter Vijay Vardhan has an experience of 15 years in development sector with career spread across grass-root level NGO work and CSR portfolio. He had earlier worked in an irrigation bore-well development programmein the state of Andhra Pradesh. He has expertise in the areas ofRural Development & Natural Resource Management, Stake-holder engagement and Project Management Vijay Vardhan is a Post Graduate in Agriculture from B.A. College of Agriculture, Anand, Gujarat Agricultural University with Specialisation in Horticulture. He had completed graduation from Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth, Akola Maharashtra