RAVINDRA ADUSUMILLI

Cohort: 4
Designation: Director
Organisation: Watershed Support Services and Activities Network (WASSAN), Hyderabad
Region: Telangana, Andhra Pradesh
Biosketch: 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.

PANKAJ SEKHSARIA

Cohort: 9
Designation: Coordinator
Organisation: Kalpavriksh, Pune
Region: Andhra Pradesh
Biosketch: Pankaj SEKHSARIA works with the Kalpavriksh Environmental Action Group in Pune where his main responsibility is editing, publishing and distributing the Protected Area (PA) Update, a bimonthly newsletter that carries news from wildlife sanctuaries and national parks from India and South Asia . He has worked extensively in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands and co-ordinates an active e-discussion group dedicated to the issues there. He is also author of the “ Troubled Islands ” on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands . Pankaj Sekhsaria, works, additionally as a freelance journalist and photographer and has published nearly 150 articles and photo features in the mainstream Indian press on issues related to wildlife conservation, and people's livelihoods rights. He was awarded the National Foundation for India Media Fellowship 2006-07 to write on issues of the A&N Islands and the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) Media fellowship - 2008 to report on issues of human-wildlife conflict. A graduate from the Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia, and New Delhi, he co-produced the investigative documentary, The Yellow Haze, which helped in getting a Supreme Court ban on the illegal use of the drug Quinacrine ( a malarial drug) used insitu for female sterilisation. He has also assisted in wildlife film projects in Assam and in the Andaman islands. Some of his work and pictures can be seen at www.pankaj-atcrossroads.blogspot.com

DHANANJAI MOHAN

Cohort: 5
Designation: Associate Professor
Organisation: Forest Research Institute, Dehradun
Region: Uttarakhand
Biosketch: Dhananjai Mohan presently working as Professor with Forest Research Institute prior to this he was worked as an Associate Professor with Wildlife Institute and Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, Dehradun, Uttar Pradesh, and is a member of the Indian Forest Service, Uttar Pradesh Cadre. His main responsibility is to train the freshly recruited Indian Forest Service Officers. He previously was involved in planning and management in the Wildlife Wing of the Uttar Pradesh Forest Department, where he was actively involved in preparing the management plans for the four protected areas of Garhwal and the Himlayas. Later he also served as the Divisional Forest Officer at the bio-diversity rich Katarniaghat Wildlife Division in the UP Terai. He has also served as the Silviculturist where he was conducting and coordinating forestry research in the foothills and terai zone of sub-Himalayan Uttar Pradesh. D. Mohan has published more than two dozen research papers, notes and articles related to the environment and development. As a college student, he established a nature club at IIT, Kanpur, and organized field outings, nature camps and talks related to nature and wildlife. He received his degree in electrical engineering from IIT, Kanpur. He received Associate of Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy diploma (honours) in the year 1990. His postgraduate work was in wildlife management and eco-development planning at Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun.

TARANJOT K GADHOK

Cohort: 3
Designation: Ex Sr. Fellow
Organisation: Human Settlement Management Institute, New Delhi
Region: A. Outside India
Biosketch: Ms. Gadhok is 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.

ANIL K AGNIHOTRI

Cohort: 2
Designation: Ex-Deputy General Manager Corporate Safety Health & Environment
Organisation: Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Ltd, New Delhi
Region: Delhi
Biosketch: 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.

RAJU SHARMA

Cohort: 2
Designation: Director
Organisation: Institute of Leadership Development, Jaipur
Region: Rajasthan
Biosketch: Dr. Raju Sharma, a former IAS officer, is the Director of ILD since the middle of December, 2010. His academic repertoire includes a post-graduation in Physics from St. Stephens College, Delhi University and, in later pursuits, an M. Phil from the IIPA, Delhi and, thereafter, a Ph.D in Public Administration from Lucknow University in 2004. He began his career in the IAS in Uttar Pradesh in 1982. In that decade he held positions as a SDM, a District Collector and reasonably long stints in a large State PSU (UP State Textile Corporation as General Manager/Executive Director) and in the Department of Medical and Health of the State Government. This period brought with it invaluable experience in the difficult tasks of managing conflicts and upholding the rule of law and a sense of fairness and justice in a society riven by inequities and poverty. The engagement with mandated welfare measures and the process of attempts towards a possible socio-economic transformation and inclusive growth was very much hands on and the crucial imperatives of a bottom up approach in understanding, planning and implementation was duly and humbly learnt. The decade of nineties, the dawn and rising of the era of economic liberalization, was mostly spent by Dr. Sharma in Delhi in the Central Government where he occupied the key position of Director Policy in the Ministry of Small Scale Industries. He played a determining role in the reformulation of the credit and support policies for the sector and in reforming the notions of reservation and equity investments in the SME sector in that period of 1991-97. Upon his return to Uttar Pradesh, Dr. Sharma continued his association with the industrial sector with the useful tenure as Labour Commissioner for a period of nearly two years. Thereafter, he headed the developmental administration of the Uttaranchal region as Secretary of the Department and then managed the process of the creation of the new State of Uttaranchal in the year 2000. For a five year period, 2001-2006, Dr. Sharma held a quasi diplomatic position in the Government of India as the Joint Secretary of the National Authority for Chemical Weapons Convention. He remained, in this period, India&equs Principal Negotiator at the International Body for the implementation of this important International Treaty on Chemical Weapons.Dr. Sharma&equs last long stint was as the Mission Director of the National Mission on Bamboo Applications in the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. He also held short, insightful and intensely acrimonious stints in the Higher Education Sector as Secretary, UGC and also as Principal Secretary, Higher Education in the Government of U P. During the length of his career, Dr. Sharma partnered with likeminded fellow bureaucrats and professionals to actively oppose and resist against rampant corruption in the Government and State Organizations. It took the shape of an Action Group that organized the historic and unprecedented voting for the three most corrupt officers in Uttar Pradesh in the early 90&equs and finally matured into the setting of the India Rejuvenation Initiative&equs, a forum for Probity in Public Life, supported and led by some of the most respected and well known persons in the areas of governance and public interest advocacy. Dr. Sharma is one of the Founder Members of the IRI. Dr. Sharma voluntarily retired from the IAS in 2010, in his own words, having reached the end of the road, my employer and I had no common point now or even a method of engagement, and so, a severing of ties was the only option, and a literary calling and a quest of one&equs own became more and more viable Dr. Sharma is a playwright and a reputed Hindi author. He has published several plays, short collections and authored two novels. His story collection `Shabdon Ke Sharnarthi received the Sahitya Kriti Samman by Hindi Akademi, Delhi in 2005 and the novel `Visarjan got the `Vijay Verma Samman & equ in 2009. He also has a practicing, professional and deeply entrenched interest in theatre and films. He has translated and adapted many well known plays from English and acted in and directed several theatre productions.

BHARATI BHAVSAR

Cohort: 4
Designation: Sr. Coordinator
Organisation: Water & Natural Resource Management Campaign Sewa, Ahmedabad
Region: Gujarat
Biosketch: Bharti Bhavsar is a senior coordinator and development worker at the Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA) in Ahmedabad, India, an organization of 19,19,676 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 CapnetIndia, 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.

MILIND SHRIDHAR BOKIL

Cohort: 4
Designation: Freelance consultant and writer
Organisation: Pune
Region: Maharashtra
Biosketch: Dr. Milind Bokil is a Sociologist and Marathi writer from Pune. He was the Country Representative for Oxfam-Australia till June 2009 and prior to that was associated with various civil society organizations for more than 25 years. He was involved into the students and youth movement 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 focus 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 comprising of short story volumes, novels, travelogues and socio-anthropological studies. A national award winning movie 'Shala' was based on his novel of the same name and is translated into English and published by HarperCollins India Ltd in 2014.

SUJATHA BYRAVAN

Cohort: 4
Designation: Principal Research Scientiist
Organisation: Centre for Study of Science, Technology and Policy, Chennai
Region: Tamil Nadu
Biosketch: Dr Sujatha Byravan is Principal Research Scientist, Centre for Study of Science, Technology and Policy, Chennai. Before joining this position she was Senior Fellow at Centre for Development Finance, IFMR, Chennai and the focus of her work here is on climate adaptation. Her interests are in the broad areas of science, technology and development and are grounded in her technical background and education in the biological sciences. Her recent projects and publications have been on sea level rise, climate migrants and exiles, biotechnology policy, innovation, and science for sustainable development. She was, until recently, President of the Council for Responsible Genetics (CRG), Cambridge, Massachusetts, a non-profit/non-governmental organization devoted to fostering informed debate on the social, ethical and environmental implications of new genetic technologies. CRG carries out policy research, education and advocacy. Previously, she was Director of the Fellows Program at LEAD (Leadership for Environment and Development) International from 1999-2002, and in that capacity was responsible for developing and executing the program for the graduates of LEAD, who number over 1,300 and work all over the world in various sectors. Sujatha has a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of South Carolina and did her postdoctoral work at the University of California in Los Angeles, U.S.A. She has received numerous grants and awards and has published extensively.

AJAI KUMAR

Cohort: 4
Designation: Senior Country Coordinator
Organisation: CIMMYT, New Delhi
Region: Delhi
Biosketch: 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 Afforestation and Eco-Development Board, which formulates and implements afforestation 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, Austalia 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 Defence 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).

ISHAPRASAD BHAGWAT

Cohort: 5
Designation: Director (Program Operations)
Organisation: Save the Children India, New Delhi
Region: Delhi
Biosketch: Ishaprasad Bhagwat works in the health sciences division of BAIF Development Research Foundation, an NGO implementing rural development programs. He is a part of a multidisciplinary team across five states of India and is responsible for planning and implementing several health projects involving primary and alternative medicine, nutrition, child care, and health policy research. His area of interest is the epidemiology of non-communicable diseases. He is also actively involved in women's development activities in villages around Pune. This involves managing gynaecological clinics, coordinating income-generation activities for women, and running a legal cell for women. I. Bhagwat is interested in Hindustani classical music and can play the tabla. He is a member of a spiritual organization called Shri Ram Chandra Mission, Shahajahanpur. He is a medical doctor, with a postgraduate degree in community medicine from AIIMS, New Delhi.

SUDHA NAIR

Cohort: 5
Designation: Vice Chairperson
Organisation: Golden Jubilee Biotechnology Park for Women Society, Chennai
Region: Tamil Nadu
Biosketch: Sudha Nair is Vice Chairperson of Golden Jubilee Biotechnology Park for Women Society, Chennai. Before taking up the new assignment she was Program Director, Biodiversity at the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation and is involved in coordinating microbial diversity assessment studies. She is also involved in mobilizing science and technology for the empowerment of women. She serves as a member of various national and international committees which promotes gender equity through S&T. She is one of the Regional Advisory Members of such a netwrok, GEST, with UNESCO/UNDP and has been actively associated with this in last 6 years. She was the convenor and presentaly serves as one of the Governing Body members and Scientifc Advisory Committee for the first Women's Biotech Parkin Chennai. Her interestsinlcude promotion of eco-entreprenurship among women and IPR related issues. She was the awardee of the Women Bioscientist award in 2002 from the Ministry of Science and Technology. Her Ph.D. in microbiology is from the University of Madras, India.

SAROJ DASH

Cohort: 5
Designation: International Technical Coordinator- Climate Change
Organisation: Concern Worldwide, Dhaka
Region: A. Outside India
Biosketch: Saroj Dash has worked in the field of Climate Change and Poverty for 20 years and joined Concern Worldwide in January 2011. As the Technical Coordinator- Climate Change, he has been leading the multi country program on Climate Change across Bay of Bengal region. Previously, he has worked with ActionAid International in Vietnam as the Thematic Manager and in Sri Lanka as the Team leader of the Tsunami response program. He has also worked in India extensively covering Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha region while working as the Senior Manager of ActionAid India and as the Executive Director of Siksha Sandhan, a resource centre established by Agragamee in Odisha. He has worked in the field in various capacities since 1993. Mr Dash studied Environment Education from Centre for Environment Education in India under the Commonwealth Fellowship program and also obtained an advance certificate on Social Welfare Administration from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai- India. He holds a Masters and Degree in Law from Utkal University, Orissa-India. He has joined COHORT V of Leadership on Environment and Development (LEAD) fellowship program of Rockefeller Foundation and a member of LEAD India since 1996.

PRITI JOSHI

Cohort: 5
Designation: Director
Organisation: National Organization for Community Welfare, Wardha
Region: Maharashtra
Biosketch: Dr. Priti Joshi has completed her Ph.D in Botany from Nagpur University in 1992. She is Lead fellow of Cohort - V . She is working in the field of biodegradation of organic materials (composting techniques) and promotion of organic farming amongst farmers in different villages after completing her Ph. D. She has worked with various NGOs (Center of Science for Villages Wardha, Vikas Mitra Baster and Dharamitra Wardha ) and Government Organizations (IIT DELHI, Khadi and Village Industries Commission MUMBAI and Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Rural Industrialization WARDHA) during her Professional Carrier from 1992-2009. From 2009 onward she has started working independently with her own organization as stated above. She is now devoting her full time for rural development and working in the area of kitchen garden development with rural women and children to overcome the problem of malnutrition and anemia, vocational training for rural students specially school dropouts and trainings on organic farming and sustainable development involving the village farmers. She is at present working in 26 villages of Wardha district with participation of local people for holistic rural development.

VIMAL GARG

Cohort: 5
Designation: Director
Organisation: R S Envirolink Technologies Pvt Ltd, Gurgaon
Region: Haryana
Biosketch: Vimal Garg is working as Director, R S Envirolink Technologies Pvt Ltd, Gurgaon. R. S. Envirolink Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (RSET) is a specialized consulting service company, focused to provide entire gamut of environmental services for water resource development projects and is a renowned name in hydro power sector with most of the active private and government clientele of the hydro power sector. Prior to this he was Head of Environment and Urban Water with DHI Water and Environment (formerly Danish Hydraulic Institute) where he is primarily involved in water resources modelling and decision support systems in water resources development and management. Vimal Garg is B.Tech (Civil Engineering, 1990) from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. Earlier, he has worked with WAPCOS, Water and Power Consultancy Services, a government undertaking under the Ministry of Water Resources in India for about 15 years and had worked on more than 70 consultancy assignments, funded by various national and international agencies, in the field of environment mainly related to EIA and Socio-economic aspects of water resources development with about several assignments as coordinator of team consisting of experts from various agencies and disciplines. He was core member of the team of international experts that prepared 'Guidelines for Sustainable Water Resources Development and Management' and a team of water experts from Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and India working on Water and Security in South Asia. He has also done certificate courses on 'Satellite Image interpretation & GIS' from Environmental Systems Research Institute and 'Management of reservoir sedimentation' from Engineering Staff College of India and published a few papers in national and international journals. He was identified by Committee on International Collaboration-International Water Resources Association (CIC-IWRA), Third World Centre for Water Management, Mexico (TWCWM) and Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) as future water leader. He is the youngest and only Indian in a group of 14 professionals selected from across the globe.

LOKENDRA THAKKAR

Cohort: 6
Designation: General Manager at the MP CDM Agency and State Coordinator, GoMP State Climate Change Division at EPCO
Organisation: MP Climate Change Cell, Bhopal
Region: Madhya Pradesh
Biosketch: Lokendra Thakkar is presently General Manager at the MP CDM Agency and State Coordinator, GoMP State Climate Change Division at EPCO. He led the team at Climate Change division to prepare the State Climate Change Action Plan( SAPCC) for the State of MP He is area of interest are Policy related issues to Climate Change, Natural Resources Management specially on Water and Biodiversity conservation. As Member Coordinator of State level Technical Core Group, he prepared State Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan. He was associated with monitoring of environmental framework of World bank financed project on Poverty Alleviation in Madhya Pradesh. Prior to this assignment he worked for more than three years as Manager, Information Resource and Public Awareness at the Disaster Management Institute, Bhopal (M.P.) India, where he was involved in preparing the model District Emergency Management Plan of Khandwa, an earthquake prone district of M.P. He also had a stint with Union Minister for Rural Development/Chemicals and Fertilizers Government of India as his Additional Private Secretary. A broadcaster and communicator by aptitude Mr. Thakkar has been actively associated with broadcasting for more than twenty years and has produced various features and documentaries of national and international importance on environmental and developmental issues and has anchored live shows on scientific and environmental issues on radio and televisions. He has M.Phil in Natural Resource Management from Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal, India. He did postgraduate in Chemistry after doing Bachelors in Science. He also has Bachelors degree in Journalism and Mass Communication.

PANNA R SIYAG

Cohort: 6
Designation: Program Officer, Sustainable Development Mechanisms
Organisation: UNFCCC Secretariat, Bonn, Germany
Region: A. Outside India
Biosketch: Panna Ram Siyag is with the Indian Forest Service presently working as Programme Officer in the Sustainable Development Mechanisms programme at the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn, Germany. He worked as Chief Conservator of Forests in Rajasthan Forest Department before joining the UNFCCC secretariat. Earlier he worked in various positions as Conservator of Forests and Deputy Conservator of Forests where he was responsible for wildlife protection, forest conservation, training and research, and community forest management. He was also responsible for drafting the Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan for the state of Rajasthan under the process of the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP), an initiative pursuant to meeting India’s obligation under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Mr. Siyag has extensive field experience in forest administration and management, design and implementation of afforestation and reforestation projects, and facilitation of community engagement and participation in forest conservation programmes. His earlier work of on-site research and documentation of the economic and technical details of afforestation projects resulted in a highly acclaimed book titled “Afforestation, Reforestation and Forest Restoration in Arid and Semi-arid Tropics”, now in its second edition published by Springer. Mr. Siyag holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from JNV University Jodhpur, and a master's degree in computer science and engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai. He also holds a master’s degree in forestry and wildlife from the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, Dehra Dun, and a postgraduate diploma in public administration from the Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA), Paris, France.

RAVI DUGGAL

Cohort: 6
Designation: Country Coordinator
Organisation: International Budget Partnership, Mumbai
Region: Maharashtra
Biosketch: Ravi Duggal based in Mumbai is a Sociologist and presently works with the International Budget Partnership, an international NGO based in Washington DC. The IBP (www.internationalbudget.org ) works across the world on promoting budget transparency and accountability through research, trainings and advocacy. Prior to that he was the coordinator of CEHAT (Centre for Enquiry into Health and Allied Themes) which is the Research Centre of Anusandhan Trust. CEHAT has emerged as a national centre for social science research on health issues(see www.cehat.org ). His current areas of interest include governance, accountability and budgets, health policy and financing, womens' health issues, private health sector regulation, and health insurance and universal access to healthcare, and health and human rights. In a previous position, he conducted research for the Foundation of Research in Community Health and established 'health economics' as an area of research in India. He is presently the Vice President of the Health Economics Association of India. Prior to CEHAT he worked with SWISSAID an NGO donor agency which supports peoples' organisations on asserting their rights. He has also worked as a consultant in health planning, policy and financing with the national Ministry of Health in Delhi, and on governance and budget issues with Action Aid International across Asia. He is interested in creating a universal access health care system for India.

SOHAM A PANDYA

Cohort: 6
Designation: Executive Director
Organisation: Centre of Science for Village, Wardha
Region: Maharashtra
Biosketch: Dr. Soham Pandya hails from a family which has devoted their life for establishing Gandhian principles of Truth and Non Violence. He is a student of Biotechnology. He did his M.Sc. from M. S. University, Baroda and Ph.D. from Sardar Patel University, Vallabh-Vidyanagar, Anand, Gujarat. He completed British Council sponsored Certificate Course for "Natural Resource Managers" at Center for Developmental Studies, Swansea, Wales, U.K. and attended a Certificate Course in "Basic Computer Application for Managing Natural Resources" at Wye College, London, U.K. He worked as faculty in different colleges affiliated to Pune Universities, Nagpur University and Amravati University. At present he is Executive Director of a voluntary organization Called "Centre of Science for Villages" (CSV), Dattapur, Wardha. CSV works in the field of Entrepreneurship Development, Housing, Sanitation, Renewable Energy, Village Industries, Agriculture and Forestry. Dr. Soham Pandya is engaged in research, field trials, field extension, training, entrepreneurship development and policy interventions. Dr. Soham Pandya has introduced a range of Appropriate Technologies (AT) and Methodologies which are Ecologically Sound; Economically Viable and Socially Just. These technologies are related to i) Organic Farming ii) Land Cover Management iii) Watershed Management iv) Forest Resource Management v) Habitation Creation Using Locally Available Construction Material i.e. Mud and Bamboo vi) Total Sanitation for Solid and Liquid waste management vii) Renewable Energy viii) Village Industries and ix) Entrepreneurship Development As Principle Investigator, Dr. Soham Pandya has implemented more than dozen scientific Project funded by Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Women and Child Development, CAPART etc. As Mother NGO of Maharashtra Government (Ministry of Agriculture) and Program Implementing Agency (PIA) of Watershed Management Program he transferred a range of AT in 220 villages of Vidarbha, Maharashtra. A Draft Proposal on Land Cover Management has been written by Dr. Soham Pandya for Science and Society Division, Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, New Delhi. He has published many scientific papers, books, reports and popular articles. He is a fellow of Leadership in Environment and Development (LEAD) - International and member of many organizations.

ARCHANA J GODBOLE

Cohort: 7
Designation: Director
Organisation: Applied Environmental Research Foundation (AERF), Pune
Region: Maharashtra
Biosketch: 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 agro-biodiversity 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.

LALBIAK M NGENTE

Cohort: 7
Designation: Chairman
Organisation: Lalbiak Associates, Mizoram
Region: Mizoram
Biosketch: 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.

MAMITA BORA

Cohort: 7
Designation: WASH Specialist
Organisation: UNDP India, New Delhi
Region: Delhi
Biosketch: 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 assessment, 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 working in the earthquake affected areas 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.

MONA DHAMANKAR

Cohort: 7
Designation: Advisor, Sustainable Economic Development Division
Organisation: Royal Tropical Institute, The Netherlands
Region: A. Outside India
Biosketch: 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.

GANESH PANGARE

Cohort: 7
Designation: Regional Director, Asia - Pacific
Organisation: International Water Association (IWA), Bangkok
Region: A. Outside India
Biosketch: Ganesh has over 26 years of experience in the water and development sector. He has worked in the Americas, Africa and Asia at field level, with governments and international organisations. He is well known for his work on Transboundary Water Governance, Water sector reforms both urban and rural, Watershed development, Water-Energy- Food Nexus and in facilitating Multi-stakeholder Dialogues. 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. Before that he was Associate Coordinator at the International Secretariat of the Water Dialogues, United Kingdom and served as Technical Director, World Water Institute, CEO of IndianPIM, faculty member of Institute of Rural Management, Executive Director of INREM. 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, Ganesh loves the outdoors, is a certified scuba diver and amateur photographer capturing wildlife and human interest. His development images have been published in various international magazines and books.

PRAGYA DWIVEDI VERMA

Cohort: 7
Designation: Freelance Consultant
Organisation: Freelance Consultant, New Delhi
Region: Delhi
Biosketch: 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 CapacityBuilding, 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.

TEJINDER SINGH BHOGAL

Cohort: 7
Designation: Development Consultant
Organisation: Innobridge Consulting Pvt Ltd, New Delhi
Region: Delhi
Biosketch: Tejinder Singh Bhogal is a 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 helps development organizations resolve internal conflict, develop induction programs & performance management systems, recruit and select personnel etc. A large part of his work involves holding workshops in the area of leadership, team building, conflict resolution. To date, he has worked with over 60 NGOs, donors and Govt programs; he has facilitated over 260 workshops and retreats. 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 has worked with PRADAN in Chattisgarh, implementing farmer managed, Bank financed micro irrigation schemes for tribal farmers. 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. At present, he is also the Dean, Social Development, of the Indian Society for Applied Behaviorial Sciences (ISABS).

VEENA RAVICHANDRAN

Cohort: 7
Designation: Founder and Chief Executive
Organisation: Climate & Development Consulting Inc., Canada
Region: A. Outside India
Biosketch: 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.

YEDLA PADMAVATHI

Cohort: 7
Designation: Chief of Field Office
Organisation: UNICEF, Katsina, Nigeria
Region: A. Outside India
Biosketch: 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.

AMBA JAMIR

Cohort: 8
Designation: Founder Executive Secretary & Freelance Policy Analyst
Organisation: Sustainable Development Forum Nagaland, Guwahati
Region: Assam
Biosketch: A development consulting expert with over 25 years of multidisciplinary experience from policy formulation to project development and community empowerment, Amba is professionally trained as an environmental lawyer and development communicator. He is a grassroots trainer, facilitator and community convenor with experience in the Eastern Himalayas and the Asia Pacific region in the areas of education, development, livelihood, and policy advocacy. Amba works directly with policy makers, NGOs, community leaders, farmers and the poorest of the poor. 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. His more recent work was organising the Sustainable Mountain Development Summit (SMDS), a meeting of the 12 Indian mountain states on India in Kohima, Nagaland to discuss mountain specific issues related to mountain states. As a trainer/consultant he has undertaken assignments on rural development, development communication and policy advocacy and networking in numerous Asia-Pacific countries including Japan, Cambodia, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Philippines, Mongolia. A. Jamir is a 4th term member of the IUCN's Commission on Education and Communication (CEC); Member, Task Force on Mountain Ecosystems (Environment), Planning Commission, Government of India; and Member, National Steering Committee (UNDP/GEF Small Grants Programme) Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India. Amba has twice been elected as Fellow Director to the Board of Directors, LEAD India. A. Jamir is a trained environment educator and communicator with a degree in law and specialised on environmental law. Besides being a Communications trainer, he also trains/facilitates organisations in Outcome Mapping, Systematization and other Participatory Methodologies of planning, monitoring, evaluation and documentation.

ASHOK C TANURKAR

Cohort: 8
Designation: Project Director
Organisation: PRAKRITI Foundation, Ahmednagar
Region: Maharashtra
Biosketch: Ashok C. Tanurkar is Project Director and Secretary of Prakriti Foundation, an NGO based at Ralegan Siddhi in Maharashtra. Mr. Tanurkar is responsible for administration, formulation and implementation of various rural development projects through community participation. He is instrumental in establishing the Centre for Geoinformatics Application in Rural Development (C-GARD) at Ralegan Siddhi which helps NGOs in preparation of GIS based Action Plans and imparts training in GIS to field level functionaries. Erlier, he worked on Tank Rehabilitation Project in Naded district of Maharashtra. 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.

DEEPAK A APTE

Cohort: 9
Designation: Director
Organisation: Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai
Region: Maharashtra
Biosketch: Dr. Deepak Apte is at present the Director of the Bombay Natural History Society. He has a doctorate degree in Marine Ecology. He also acquired post graduate certificates programme at AIT, Bangkok and Duke University, USA. For over 30 years he has been exploring marine life at various parts of Indian coast. Deepak has authored 4 books, 45 peer reviewed publications in the prestigious journals like Nature, Evolution, Systematic and Biodiversity and JMBA (UK) and several popular articles. Deepak is the member of Maharashtra State Biodiversity Board Animal Committee and Executive Committee member of CBD NGO Alliance and UNDP-GOI East Godavari Programme. At present he is heading number of research and conservation programmes in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar and central India. In 2008, Deepak received prestigious Whitley Award given by the Shears Foundation for his work of establishing community managed marine protected area and saving Giant Clams in Lakshadweep. Recently he received Whitley Continuation Award to do research and conservation of giant clams in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He is a Fellow of the Smithsonian Environmental Leadership Programme, LEAD-India, International Visitors Programme, USA and Duke University Marine Programme. Well travelled to over 50 countries, he has undergone extensive training on sustainable development. Deepak is an excellent underwater photographer and Advance Open Water PADI diver with more than 5000 hours of dive log. He aims to popularize marine biodiversity through research, field expeditions, publication of books.Established full fledge Marine Conservation Programme in BNHS.

KIRTIDA OZA

Cohort: 9
Designation: Independent Consultant
Organisation: Independent Consultant, Ahemdabad
Region: Gujarat
Biosketch: 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 Sjogren's syndrome in India. Through Sjogren's India (SI) she provides education and counseling support to patients suffering primarily from Sjogren'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.

PUSHKIN PHARTIYAL

Cohort: 9
Designation: Ex-Executive Director
Organisation: Central Himalayan Environment Association (CHEA), Nainital
Region: Uttarakhand
Biosketch: Late Dr. Pushkin Phartiyal is Ex- Executive Director of Central Himalayan Environment Association (CHEA), and leading developmental interventions focusing on livelihood based management of natural resource and sustainable development through strengthening democracy at grassroots. Dr. Phartiyal has 15 years of experience in Indian Himalayas. He has been instrumental in launching the Indian Mountain Initiative that aims to reduce isolation among the 12 mountain states in India and work on policy issues related to mountain region and mountain people. He has been awarded three times with the National Award for Excellence in Writing by Government of India and an award for grassroots innovation by the National Innovation Foundation. Dr. Phartiyal has a vast international exposure by participating in developmental workshops and trainings in several countries. He has undertaken Environmental Leadership from the University of California at Berkeley and Commonwealth Professional Fellowship of United Kingdom. Dr. Phartiyal is Fellow of LEAD; Ashoka; Synergos Senior Fellow Commonwealth Professional Fellowship, and UNEP's Asia Pacific Leadership Programme. Dr. Phartiyal has a post-graduate degree in Sociology and History, Ph D in History and Post Graduate Diplomas in Journalism & Mass Communication and Tourism. His area of expertise is participatory approaches for sustainable development and capacity building of local environmental governance in the fragile Himalayan region.

R SEENIVASAN

Cohort: 9
Designation: Program Leader
Organisation: DHAN Foundation, Madurai
Region: Tamil Nadu
Biosketch: 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.

SHASHIKANT CHOPDE

Cohort: 9
Designation: Senior Associate
Organisation: International Partnership for implementation Education and research on society natural resources & the environment (ISET), New Delhi
Region: Delhi
Biosketch: 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 GujaratUniversity, with a specialization in water resource management.

DIVYA LATA

Cohort: 10
Designation: Early Learning & Education Advisor
Organisation: Plan International, Bangkok
Region: A. Outside India
Biosketch: 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.

GAZALA SHAIKH

Cohort: 10
Designation: Manager, Rural Communications
Organisation: Development Alternatives, New Delhi
Region: Delhi
Biosketch: 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 Bhachautaluka 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 Satlasanataluka 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 SabarmatiRiver 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.

K MALMARUGAN

Cohort: 10
Designation: Executive
Organisation: Chennai
Region: Tamil Nadu
Biosketch: K Malmarugan has a bachelor's degree in computer science and engineering from AnnaUniversity, Chennai and a master's in management from IIM, Bangalore. In 1993, he joined SCICI Ltd as Project Officer and received considerable exposure in structuring infrastructure projects, particularly power projects. After SCICI's merger with ICICI, he was deputed to Tamil Nadu Urban Development Fund, a World Bank Fund, set up for extending financial assistance to local bodies in Tamil Nadu. As AVP (Projects), he handled a number of initiatives in urban development including roads and water supply and sewerage systems. In December 1999, he joined Tamil Nadu Road Development Company Ltd as Head-New Initiatives and has been responsible for structuring road initiatives for the Company. Malmarugan is interested in objectively studying the impact of new trends in infrastructure development on the environment and over-all socio-economic milieu of India. Presently he oved to Birmingham in UK and joined the University of Birmingham to pursue further studies in Project Management.

SHIKHU PHUTOLI

Cohort: 10
Designation: Managing Director
Organisation: Eleutheros Christian Society, Tuensang
Region: Nagaland
Biosketch: 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 master's 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.

BHARATI CHATURVEDI

Cohort: 11
Designation: Founder Director
Organisation: Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group, New Delhi
Region: Delhi
Biosketch: Bharati Chaturvedi is the founder and director of Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group. Her idea of founding Chintan was an attempt to engage in a partnership between the urban poor in the informal sector and people like herself (English speaking, urban elite, with community organizing, policy advocacy and research interests). The objective was to find ways to foster a sustainable city, but also one that could put the poor at the centre of its decision making. Bharati felt the need for a Chintan-like space because it would allow her intellectual freedom, and offered her freedom from the rhetoric of received wisdom and politically correct constructs. Apart from her daily involvement with Chintan, Bharati also writes on environmental and development issues. You can read her weekly column, Earthwatch, published every Monday, in the Hindustan Times. She talks about these issues widely, in India and internationally, as part of her advocacy and outreach. Prior to Chintan, Bharati was one of the founders of Srishti, an environmental group that that finds its origins in Delhi University, formed by students to address various environmental concerns. This enabled her to research and address issues of the urban environment and toxics when they were relatively new in the Indian context. Bharati has a Masters Degree in History from Delhi University as well as a Masters in International Public Policy from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University.

JYOTI SHARMA

Cohort: 11
Designation: Independent Consultant
Organisation: Independent Consultant, Ajmer
Region: Rajasthan
Biosketch: 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, Chair lady 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 Action Aid 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 Action Aid 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 (e.g. Rag Pickers, Domestic Workers, Construction Workers), Agricultural Bonded Labour, Psychosocial counselling 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.

SUNEETHA DASAPPA KACKER

Cohort: 11
Designation: Project Officer, Water and Sanitation Program (WSP)
Organisation: The World Bank, New Delhi
Region: Delhi
Biosketch: 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 analysing 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.

PARAG RANGNEKAR

Cohort: 11
Designation: Programme Manager
Organisation: Mineral Foundation of Goa, Panaji
Region: Goa
Biosketch: Parag Rangnekar is an employee of Mineral Foundation of Goa, an 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. He has compiled a "Catalogue on the birds of Goa" for the WWF and authored the award winning book "Butterflies of Goa". He is presently documenting the butterfly & odonate (dragonfly and damselfly) diversity of the State of Goa. He has to his credit new records of 3 species of butterflies, 4 species of birds and 47 species of odonates reported from the State of Goa and also a new species of dragonfly, Idionyx gomantakensis.

NALONG MIZE

Cohort: 11
Designation: Chief Functionary and Director of Program Operations
Organisation: Future Generations India, Arunachal Pradesh
Region: Arunachal Pradesh
Biosketch: Mr. Nalong Mize is currently Nalong Mize was the Chief Functionary and Director of Program Operations of Future Generations India. Prior to this position, Mr Nalong Mize was an Advisor to the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh. 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 anMoU 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.

N MUTHU VELAYUDHAM

Cohort: 11
Designation: Secretary-CCD
Organisation: Covenant Center for Development-CCD, Madurai
Region: Tamil Nadu
Biosketch: Mr. N. MuthuVelayutham 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 Miser or Germany.

CHINGMAK S K

Cohort: 11
Designation: Chief Functionary
Organisation: Eleutheros Christian Society, Tuensang
Region: Nagaland
Biosketch: Chingmak Kejong is the Chief Functionary and co- founder of the Eleutheros Christian Society, a community based organization stationed in Tuensang located at the eastern most part of Nagaland, India. He is currently engaged in Doctoral study with Senate of Serampore University, West Bengal and doing research in the area of ' Naga traditional system of governance' and aspires to see how this becomes an effective tool for local governance and sustainable development in the state of Nagaland. He was elected an Ashoka Fellow in 2002, member of South East Asian Peace Dialogue, member 'State wild Life Protection Board', member of State Level Education Board, Govt. of Nagaland an a nominated member of Planning commission under the Voluntary Action Cell of the ministry, Government of India. Of late, much of his involvement has been with the Faith based Organisation in Nagaland to particularly address and counter the issue of 'stigma and discrimination attached to People living with HIV/AIDS. He advocates and networks with community stakeholders for Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV/AIDS into the mainstream Decision making bodies. He is the brain behind educational reform projects in the rural villages of Tuensang District which help facilitated in implementation of the Bill passed by the Government of Nagaland on "Communitization of School Education" in 2002. His believes that Tuensang being the most backward region in India, education if modeled for providing knowledge fused with life skills, education on peace and culture can bring tangible change. Chingmak introduced the concept of civil society to the less engaged members of society to promote democratization, civil participation, and governmental accountability.

C N ANIL

Cohort: 11
Designation: Women Economic Security and Rights Specialist
Organisation: Afghanistan Sub-National Governance Programme UNDP Country Office Afghanistan
Region: A. Outside India
Biosketch: 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 thrift 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 currently working for the United Nations Women in Afghanistan in the capacity of Women Economic Security and Rights specialist. Mr. Anil has 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 Liaising with ICIMOD professionals. He considers 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, hardworking 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 comes 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.

GIRIJA GODBOLE

Cohort: 11
Designation: Indipendent Consultant & PhD student
Organisation: Cambridge University, Cambridge
Region: A. Outside India
Biosketch: Girija Godbole is currently doing Ph.d. at University of Cambridge under Gates Cambridge Trust scholarship. Her research seeks to understand the changing relationship between land and women in rapidly changing rural society in western Maharashtra, India. Previously she coordinated a research project for University of Cambridge which focused on understanding perceptions of various stakeholders of participatory forest management in India. In addition to assistance in data collection and analysis, she was also involved in developing and implementing uptake and communication activities in this study. She has worked with Centre for Environment Education and World Wide Fund for Nature Pune divisional office. Girija has worked as researcher/writer for a developmental portal infochangeindia.org managed by Centre for Communication and Development Studies. She participated in ‘Save the Western Ghats March’ organized in 1987-88 to study the environmental and developmental issues and is keen to join efforts in reviving the network of organisations and individuals working in the Western Ghats area. She played a pivotal role in the Maharashtra State Participatory Forest Management Network as its co-convenor. She has been associated with a Pune based organisation, Jeevan Sanstha since1995 and has been assisting in its watershed development activities and women’s empowerment initiatives. Girija is interested in strengthening efforts to build capacities of rural women through participatory natural resource management. She is particularly keen on using traditional and modern media for raising awareness that will ultimately feed into action towards environmental protection and conservation. Girija recently completed her M.Phil. in environment, Society and Development from University of Cambridge. She did her post-graduation in Anthropology from University of Pune in 1995 and undertook eight months certificate course in environment education at the Centre for Environment Education, Ahmedabad. She is a recepient of Robert S McNamara Fellowship of the World Bank for ‘Role of NGOs in Development’ in 1997-98 and British Chevening Scholarship for Young Indian Environment Managers in 2001. She was awarded Commonwealth Professional Fellowship to work at International Institute of Environment and Development (IIED) at London in 2006.

ARUN VARMA

Cohort: 11
Designation: Vice President
Organisation: IL & FS Education & Technology Services Ltd., New Delhi
Region: Delhi
Biosketch: ArunVarma is a communicator by profession. He has spent more than a decade in mainstream journalism in India. With focus on business and economy, he has held several positions with media organizations such as The Telegraph, India Today and Press Trust of India, and Doordarshan including that of the Editor. He turned to development communication in 200 1 by raising the achievability question of sustainable development in big societies. Since then, he has been working on developing communication tools for capacity building and raising awareness about sustainable development. His initial work in this area was done at Cambridge University, UK. In 2003, ArunVarma joined The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) as their Advisor (Communications and Outreach). ArunVarma approaches capacity and awareness building about sustainability issues among the stakeholders of the civil society at two levels. First one is a continuing campaign through preventive environmental management. In sustainable development issues, prevention is a more effective and proactive approach contrary to the generally followed reactive approach of containment (of ecological and environmental disasters). Schools and Youth form one of the frontline target groups. Second level is the campaign through corporations as a corporate social responsibility. Corporates, moneyed citizens they are, need to be sensitized about the need of a sustainable business practice with special emphasis on a "triple bottom-line" - economical, environmental and social approach.

AMAN SINGH

Cohort: 12
Designation: Chief Coordinator
Organisation: Krishi Avam Paristhitiki Vikas Sansthan (KRAPAVIS), Alwar
Region: Rajasthan
Biosketch: Aman Singh is the Founder of “Krishi Avam Paristhitiki Vikas Sansthan” (KRAPAVIS), a voluntary organisation which works to revive Orans or community forests of Rajasthan, since 1992. Aman Singh has overseen the regeneration of over 125 Orans, and has taken initial steps to influence policy changes and legislation in the state. Another important element of his work is conducting research and documentation on Orans in Rajasthan, and has developed a database of about 900 Orans, so far. Aman Singh has trained over 300 community volunteers, who work in the villages to disseminate information, conduct training, and provide assistance on ecological issues such as biodiversity conservation, causes and effects of global warming, water management, pastoralism as well as ecological agriculture, plant nurseries and plantation. The success of initiatives is evidenced by that Aman Singh has been awarded with many prestigious awards include ‘Dalmia Environment and Water Conservation Award’, a state level award for environment conservation, another one ‘Asian Technical Award’, and has also been awarded with the global prestigious ‘Ashoka fellowship’, recognising his contribution towards conservation of sacred forests in India. He is also a LEAD Fellow. ‘Trees for the Future’ USA has also awarded him. In his leadership, Government of Rajasthan has awarded KRAPAVIS with “Vraksha Vardhak Puruskar” (Forest Conservation Award). KRAPAVIS has been selected as finalists for the UNDP’s Equat¬or Prize¬ 2012. Aman Singh has received several fellowships/sponsorship from different international agencies like UNDP, UNOCHA, Schumacher College U.K., ILC/IFAD, Ford Foundation and University of California etc. Aman has written extensively on rural ecology and pastoralism, and has presented to international audiences in countries as diverse as England, Ethiopia, Nepal, Scotland, Tanzania, France, Indonesia, Kenya, Bulgaria and USA. Aman Singh is member of RAG (Research Advisory Group) Forest Department (Government of Rajasthan), also member of ICCA (Indigenous Community Conversed Areas) Consortium at global level, and Founding Member of networks (like Oran Forum, Indian Pastoralsits Network-IPN, Rajasthan Pastoralists Network-RCVS, Millet Networks- MINOR/ MINI, etc). Aman Singh holds an 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, including several local dialects like Rajasthani, Mewati etc.

DAMANDEEP SINGH

Cohort: 12
Designation: Director
Organisation: CDP: Catalyzing business and government action, New Delhi
Region: Delhi
Biosketch: Daman has spent over two decades writing and researching on environment and development issues in India. He worked as an independent researcher and journalist primarily on environment and climate change issues, executing projects for ERM UK, Worldwatch Institute, The Climate Group, Bureau of Energy Efficiency and Suzlon. Prior to consultancy work, he was heading Research and Mission Programme Division of the National Geographic Channel in India for five years. He started his career as a journalist and has worked with The Times of India, The Pioneer, Business Standard and The Indian Express.

HARLEEN KAUR

Cohort: 12
Designation: Freelance
Organisation: Environmental Specialist, Gurgaon
Region: Haryana
Biosketch: She is working as a Freelance Environmental Specialist based in New Delhi. Prior to this she was with various organizations like KPMG and IL & FS Ecosmart Ltd, an environmental advisory firm in India. IL & FS Ecosmart is a subsidiary of Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL & FS), a premier financial institution of India.

MONIJINJIR BYAPARI

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

TRUPTI JAIN

Cohort: 12
Designation: Hon. Director
Organisation: Naireeta Services (P) Ltd, Ahmedabad
Region: Gujarat
Biosketch: After Trupti Jain's graduation (Bachelor in Environmental Engineering) in 1992, she had opted in rendering her services to developmental sector. Strengthening women's participation in education, off farm & on farm livelihood and most importantly strengthening gender centric governance are her primary interest areas. She has also awarded the post graduation (Master in Arts) in Sustainable Development field from Staffordshire University, U.K. In her professional carrier of last 20 years, she had worked nine years with NGOs (support and funding organisations) and nearly eleven years with institutions promoted by State Government (Education Department, Women & Child Development, Urban Development and Commissionerate of Rural Departments of GOG). Some of her past major responsibilities are facilitation of livelihood restoring process for 20000 women from earth quake affected districts of Gujarat with the help of 80 NGOs while working with a Women's Livelihood Restoration Programme under Asian Development Bank support. She had also worked as a State Programme Director of Mahila Samakhaya (under 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 lead the programme with yearly budget of 4 Crore and managing staff strength of 167. During her stint as Executive Director in City Managers Association, Gujarat (Associated with International City Manager's Association, Washington DC), she was ensuring capacity building and transparency entrustment of 159 municipalities, six Urban Development Authorities and eight Municipal Corporations of Gujarat in both Ministry of Urban Development's schedule programs and specifically in the area of Solid Waste Management and urban sanitation. She had also worked as a Team Leader of State Resource Center of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. At present, she is Hon. Director of Naireeta Services (P) ltd, a social entrepreneurship endeavour. It is formed to promote rural women's livelihood through building their capacity in irrigation areas in arid and semi arid region of Gujarat. She is also working as a subject expert on environment and governance with various CBOs. She is recipient of series of global laurels e.g. summer fellow from IIM Ahmedabad, her persistent endeavour for good governance got her selected by US Department of State for the International Visitor Programme on 'Accountability in Governance and Business', also got selected as Commonwealth Scholars from India in completing her MA in Sustainable Development from Staffordshire University, the UK; then Leadership in Environment And Development (LEAD) fellowship and finally prestigious Fulbright Scholar from India for visiting faculty in environmental governance and Justice in Michigan State University, USA. During her long professional life she was inducted into various state and national level policy making committees viz. 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); at global level she is members of US dept of State Alumni of IVLP and Fulbright scholars. Her professional strength lies in to manage large scale community promoted programme and institutionalization of the process. She is a globally acclaimed trainer and conducted series of capacity building programmes in developmental sector and academic institutions. She has written more than 14 research papers (where 9 are state, 3 national and 2 international level published). 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.

ANISH ANDHERIA

Cohort: 13
Designation: President and Executive Director
Organisation: Wildlife Conservation Trust, Mumbai
Region: Maharashtra
Biosketch: Dr. Anish Andheria is the President and Executive Director of Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT), a not-for-profit that works with 90 national parks and sanctuaries spread across 17 states of India. He has been awarded the prestigious Carl Zeiss Conservation Award in 2008. He has 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 National Center for Biological Sciences, Bengaluru. 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 and is a Trustee of 'The Climate Reality Project, India' and '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.

SNEHIL KUMAR

Cohort: 13
Designation: Total Quality Management Counselor
Organisation: Jaipur
Region: Rajasthan
Biosketch: 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 LalBahadurShastry 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.

RUTH APARNA RAJU

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.

BANDU SAMPATRAO SANE

Cohort: 13
Designation: Director
Organisation: Khoj, Melaghat
Region: Maharashtra
Biosketch: Bandu Sane is the Director of KHOJ which works in the Melghat region of Maharashtra. Bandu has a Bachelors in Law from Punjab rao 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 with YUVA as their youth coordinator till 1996 and thereafter 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.

BIBHUDUTTA SAHU

Cohort: 13
Designation: Group Facilitator / Team Leader
Organisation: Shillong
Region: Meghalaya
Biosketch: Bibhudutta Sahu is currently working with the North East Slow Food and Agrobiodiversity Society(NESFAS) in the capacity of the Project Director. NESFAS works towards restoring the pleasure of local food and influencing food systems with the collaboration of indigenous communities.NESFAS is based in Shillong but is expending into the mort eastern states of Nagaland and Manipur. Prior to this, Bibhudutta Sahu had been working in the Church of North India-Synodical Board of Social Services, a faith based organisation from the 2000-2013 since completing his M.A. in Political Science from Mumbai University.. He is currently entrusted with the responsibility of being the Team Leader- cum- Program Facilitator of Resource Center for Social Action in Orissa. This is a new office of the organsiation that would be engaged in state level advocacy on the various issues of Orissa. He has been engaged in Capacity Building Initiatives and Gender Training programs.

MEETA SRIVASTAVA

Cohort: 13
Designation: Freelance Development Consultant
Organisation: Lucknow
Region: Uttar Pradesh
Biosketch: 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.

ALEXANDER AMIRTHAM

Cohort: 14
Designation: Executive Director
Organisation: GREENS Biodiversity Sanctuary, Tiruchirapalli
Region: Tamil Nadu
Biosketch: 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.

SEEMA AWASTHI

Cohort: 14
Designation: Independent Consultant
Organisation: Independent Consultant, Noida
Region: Uttar Pradesh
Biosketch: Seema Awasthi has a Doctorate in Environment Engineering, with more than 14 years of experience. She has been involved in number of environmental projects as Project Management specialist, Research & Design specialist, Urban Environment Management Expert and CDM specialist. Her responsibilities include project management starting from its conceptualization to technical and financial details, interaction with the clients and project stakeholders, development of detailed project report with financial modeling and development of project implementation programme for various World Bank, ADB, JNNURM funded environmental projects. She is also involved in estimation of possible CDM benefits for the given project and supervising all the work associated with the CDM benefits. This includes development of PIN, PDD documents as per the applicable approved methodology, host country approval, dealing with the DOE for project registration and validation, negotiations and finalization of deal and ERPA (Emission reduction purchase agreement) with the CER buyers, due diligence of the projects, organizing stakeholder consultations, capacity building workshops etc. Her responsibility also includes assisting the project proponents in getting environmental clearances, pollution related clearances from central/state pollution control board and approval of funds/grant from various state and central government agencies e.g. Ministry of Urban development (MoUD), Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF). She has a good experience of preparation of Technical Documents, EIA reports; Engineering Design & preparation of detailed drawings, Quantity and Cost estimates, Rate analysis; financial analysis, Preparation of Contract documents for various waste management projects.

BHARAT SINGH PATWAL

Cohort: 14
Designation: Director
Organisation: Institute for Development Support, Nainital
Region: Uttarakhand
Biosketch: 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.

HEMENDRA B SHINDE

Cohort: 8
Designation: Area Nodal Officer, (Environment)
Organisation: CGM Office, Coal India Limited, Chandrapur
Region: Maharashtra
Biosketch: Hello! This is HEMENDRA.B.SHINDE, 46 Yrs from Chandrapur (M.S.).I have Bsc.Engg (MINING),P.G.Diploma in Environment & Ecology & M.B.A.. qualifications. I have 25 years industrial work experience in INDIAN mining industry in various functions like production,safety, planning, Environment, Pollution Control, HW management, Govt.Laison,Legal compliances,Land Reclamation, Afforestation, Documentation & reporting,CSR,Training, Air & Water Pollution Control etc.

PRANAB K PAUL

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.

RICHA PANT

Cohort: 8
Designation: Co Founder
Organisation: The Himalayan Farm Project
Region: Delhi
Biosketch: Richa PANT has presently Co Founder of The Himalayan Farm Project prior to this assignment she was Producer for British Broadcasting Service based at London. She has 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 documentries, 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.

SIDDHARTH D'SOUZA

Cohort: 14
Designation: Coordinator
Organisation: LAYA, Vizhagpatnam
Region: Andhra Pradesh
Biosketch: 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.

RANJANA GANGULY

Cohort: 9
Designation: Environment, Health and Safety Manager - Asia Pacific
Organisation: GE Healthcare, Bangalore
Region: Karnataka
Biosketch: RANJANA Ganguly has over ten years of professional experience in environment management. She is a Chemical Engineer by training. She started her career in the Paints and Coating sector. In the environment field she initiated her work in Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), a national level environmental legal authority of government of India. This is where she was exposed to environmental issues of national significance and had the opportunity of working in well known projects of national significance such as National River Action Plan, development of Action Plan for Problem Areas of India, Status of Pollution Control of Seventeen Categories of Polluting Industries and so on. After this, Ranjana worked with the Environment Management Division (EMD) of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). CII is an apex industry association of India representing 90% of all industrial sectors. It was in CII that she developed interest in one of her key areas of work - improvement of environmental performance of Industry. Since the year 2000 she had been associated with Tetra Tech India Limited, an international environmental consulting firm. The organization specializes in a broad spectrum of activities in the environmental field with over USD billion in revenue, employing over 8000 employees in around 180 offices around the world. Currently she is associated with GE India Technology Centre Pvt. Ltd as Manger, Health Care prior to this assignment she was with Ecoworks Consulting Private Limited (www.ecoworksconsulting.com), an organisation comprising of a team of professionals with extensive experience in a wide range of issues under the broad banner of sustainable development. She has worked at various levels including international and national policy initiatives; providing capacity building service to organisations and information dissemination through publications, seminars, workshops and so on. She uses innovative concepts, methodologies and combination of tools for improving performance of enterprises and help them progress on the path of Corporate Responsibility (commonly known as CSR). Some of the concepts used include design of management systems including environment and occupational health and safety, benchmarking and performance rating, green supply chain management, life cycle based approaches such as life cycle engineering (LCE), GHG accounting, environmental reporting, environmental performance evaluation, cleaner production & cleaner technology. As one of the main areas of work she has guided over 100 organisations for design and implementation of Environmental Management Systems (EMS). During this activity she has interacted very closely with various levels of industry and based on this experience believes that with the right direction and commitment organisations can certainly bring about remarkable improvements in performance using simple systematic approaches to work. She is a trained environmental and occupational health and safety management system auditor. She has done over 250 days of auditing and more than 400 days of training on various topics such as management systems, performance evaluation, environmental legislation, EHS auditing, responding to the Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) such as UNFCCC, Montreal Protocol and Basel Convention and so on.

SUNDER SUBRAMANIAN

Cohort: 8
Designation: Independent International Development and Infrastructure Consultant/Advisor
Organisation: Independent Consultant, Gurgaon
Region: Haryana
Biosketch: 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).

VINAYAK RAO

Cohort: 7
Designation: Founder and Chief Executive
Organisation: www.cel-net.org, Chennai
Region: Tamil Nadu
Biosketch: 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

PRASANTA K TRIPATHY

Cohort: 6
Designation: Secretary
Organisation: Ekjut, West Singhbhum
Region: Jharkhand
Biosketch: 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 communities."

ADITI CHADHA KAPOOR

Cohort: 2
Designation: Director, Policy
Organisation: Alternative Futures, New Delhi
Region: Delhi
Biosketch: Aditi Chadha Kapoor is a well-known journalist, development consultant and trainer in communications, advocacy and campaigning. She currently works with Alternative Futures as Director (Policy). It is development research and communication group. Before joining Alternative Futures she was with Oxfam India as Economic Justice Lead Specialist with overall national responsibility for leading, designing and delivering on Oxfam's work on livelihoods and climate change in India and liasioning globally within Oxfam's international affiliates. Earlier, Aditi worked with Oxfam GB's South Asia office as its media lead in addition to work on advocacy, campaigning and training. Winner of the 1998 LEAD Fellowship, her LEAD Research focused on rural women and natural resource management, linking environment, development and gender issues from a practice and policy perspective. Correspondent with The Times of India for over a decade and winner of the 1992 Statesman Award for Rural Reporting, Aditi has specialised in media, gender, environment and development. She has worked as a consultant with several government departments, United Nations agencies and NGOs to research, evaluate and document issues, processes and policies related to poverty and community development. Aditi is a founder trustee of Alternative Futures, a development research and communications group based in New Delhi. She has been a member of the LEAD-India Board (earlier Nations Steering Committee) and the Board of World Resources Institute, Washington D.C. (2000-09). Aditi has several papers to her credit and has participated in various national and international meets. Aditi's husband, Rakesh Kapoor, is a founder and Managing Trustee of Alternative Futures and Consulting Editor of The Journal of Policy, Planning and Futures Studies published by Elsevier Science, Oxford. They have two sons, Anshul and Aayush.

B PADMA S RAO

Cohort: 8
Designation: Senior Principal Scientist and Head
Organisation: National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Nagpur
Region: Maharashtra
Biosketch: Mrs B. Padma S.Rao is a chemical engineer, working as Senior Principal Scientist for more than 20 years in Air pollution control Division and NEERI KZL, Kolkata of National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, NEERI,(CSIR) India. She has undertaken the following projects: * Developed expertise in design and implementation of air pollution control system for small scale foundries and brick/Lime kilns * Performed about 150 environmental impact and risk assessment and environmental audit studies in various sectors viz refineries, fertilizer, steel plant,petrochemical,cement plant etc. * Carried out environmental auditing of petroleum refineries * Involved in research of flue gas treatability studies for synthetic gas generated from dust generator and controlling it through pilot scale bag filter, multiclone and scrubber She was also involved in carrying capacity studies for national capital region, New Delhi,India and Doon Valley, India. She has developed skills for emission inventory and air environment management. She is a life member of many scientific societies in India namely The Institution of Engineers and Chemical Engineers, Calcutta,India She has in her credit more than 15 research papers published in national journals and has 2 papers in her credit having been presented in International Conferences.

NILA PANDIAN

Cohort: 13
Designation: Senior Project Appraisal Officer
Organisation: Human Settlement Management Institute, New Delhi
Region: Delhi
Biosketch: Nila Pandian is a Senior Project Appraisal Officer at the Human Settlement Management Institute (HSMI), New Delhi, the Research &Training wing of The Housing & Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO). After acquiring a Master's degree in Sociology from the Delhi School of Economics (1994), she completed her Master's in Environmental Planning (1996) from the School of Planning & Architecture (SPA), New Delhi. She has also completed the Direct Training Skills (DTS) course and Design of Training (DOT) course for Trainers She worked for two years at SPA, before joining HSMI. Currently, her work profile involves planning, coordinating and delivery of capacity building activities for middle and senior level government and civil society functionaries, research and documentation on different themes of human settlement development and management, programme management and coordination of international and national conferences and seminars.

GLENN KALAVAMPARA

Cohort: 12
Designation: Secretary
Organisation: Goa Mineral Ore Exporters Association
Region: Goa
Biosketch: Glenn Kalavampara is the Secretary of the Goa Mineral Ore Exporters Association ( GMOEA). which is the apex trade association consisting of Producers and Exporters of Iron ore from Goa. Mr Kalavampara is involved with various policy matters concerning the betterment of the mineral industry through sustainable development of mining from Goa. He is also the ex officio member with the Mineral Foundation of Goa which has been principally floated by mining companies of Goa in regard to also aid the Socio-Economic- Environmental issues within the mining belt of Goa apart from being the Chief 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. Mr Kalavampara is also the alumini of the Swedish Institute Management Program since December 2012 onwards. He strongly believes that Development and concern for the Environment can't be seen at extremes and there is a need to bring the extreme's closer for the development of mankind.