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11th CMS VATAVARAN 2021 Nomination Jury

Director - National Biodiversity Authority

Dr. Vinod B. Mathur is appointed as the 11th Chairperson of the National Biodiversity Authority (NBA). He has now spent over three decades in actively contributing to a wide range of training, research and academic programmes in the field of biodiversity conservation. He has extensive experience as an international trainer and his special interest include natural resource conservation, heritage conservation, environmental and strategic impact assessment and biodiversity informatics.

He has been actively contributing on research-policy interface issues and has been the Regional Vice-Chair (Asia-Pacific Region) of United Nations Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (UN-IPBES) multi-disciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) (2014-2018). He is currently the UN-IPBES Bureau Member (2019-2022) and also the UN – CBD Bureau Member (2019 – 2021). He is Co-chair of the IPBES
Task Force on Policy Support Tools and Methodologies and Member of the IPBES Task Force on Capacity Building. He has also been the Chair of the UN-CBD Informal Advisory Group for developing synergies between seven biodiversity-related conventions. He has been part of the official Indian delegation for CBD and UNESCO World Heritage Committee Meetings since 2006 and has in-depth knowledge about the working of these conventions.

TGT (French)- Delhi Public School, Vasant Kunj

Adita Saxena is teaching French language at Delhi Public School (DPS), Vasant Kunj New Delhi. She has more than 25 years of teaching experience. She completed her B.A. (History Hons) from Delhi University, M.A. (History) and B.Ed. from Annamalai University, Chennai.

She also holds a B.A. in French and is a Certified Examiner for French Language by Ministry of France for DELF/DALF. In addition to the academics, she has keen interest in Environment related activities and is leading the Environmental Club and Interact Club at DPS. She has been felicitated by various agencies such as Rotary, TERI, EduHeal Foundation, Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), I-Dream, Microsoft. She has been selected twice as the Ambassador for North India by “Sanctuary” magazine and “Kids for Tiger”.

Correspondent - Amar ujala and Samvad News Agency

He is a journalist by profession. At present he is associated with Hindi daily newspaper Amar Ujala and is working in Uttarkashi district of the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand. Before joining Amar Ujala, he worked as a bureau chief in Hindi daily Hindustan, Tehri and as a higher education reporter in Dehradun.

He has completed masters in Geography from Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal Central University. In his journalism career spanning 11 years, he has covered topics like disaster, tourism, environment, education etc.

PGT Teacher - The Heritage School, Vasant Kunj

She is a PGT in The Heritage School, Vasant Kunj.She is the curriculum mentor from grade Pre-School upto Twelfth, as well as a facilitator for the Science and the Sports departments. She thoroughly believes in a collaborative way of working and distributed leadership for optimized productivity and increased rate of success.She also helmed the Disney Project organized by CMS Vatavaran, besides being an integral part of number of their other events/ competitions.

Furthermore, She has alaso undertaken several inhouse clubs/assignments of the school under ‘project-based learning’. She completed her Postgraduation and MPhil in Zoology from University of Kashmir, with two research publications. Moreover, She has earned a Post Graduate Diploma in Guidance and Counselling (PGDGC). In 2007,She was conferred the award of Excellence for my efforts and contributions towards the school.

Professor - Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines) IIT(ISM)

Professor Anshumali is a graduate and post-graduate in Botany from the Centre of Excellence, Department of Botany, Banaras Hindu University in 1996 and 1998, respectively. He completed his M.Phil in 2003 and Ph.D. in 2006 from the School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Currently, He is the Head, Department of Environmental Science and Engineering (ESE) and the Center for Water Resource Management (CWRM) at IIT(ISM) Dhanbad. The research areas of Professor Anshumali are Biogeochemistry of Terrestrial and Aquatic systems, Ecology and Biodiversity, Conservation of Natural Resources, Restoration Ecology and EIA.

He has published more than 100 papers in national and international peer journals, supervised 14 PhD students, 27 M.Tech students and carried out more than 50 R&D and Consultancy projects for various agencies namely BRNS, DST, MoES, MoEF&CC, NMDC, CMPDIL, UCIL, NHAI, Vedanta, Velankani, DB Power, SECL, BCCL, CCL, etc. Prof. Anshumali has served the Ministry of Environment Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) as The Non-Official Member of Regional Empowerment Committee (REC) East Central Zone, Ranchi from 2015-2019. He was the "Member of the State Level Appraisal Committee for Critical Public Utility Infrastructure Projects" in Jharkhand State from 2018-2020.

Prof. Anshumali is the Member of the “State Level Steering Committee” for Climate Change, MOEF&CC, Government of Jharkhand. Recently, Prof. Anshumali is appointed as a Member of State Level Expert Appraisal Committee (SEAC), Bihar. He is working in association with various national organisations namely FICCI, ARIES, ICFRE, BHU, NEERI, etc. At present, Prof. Anshumali is highly engaged in organizing various events especially in the fields of Riparian Agriculture Practices, Rainwater Harvesting and Conservation of Rivers on the line of the IUCN RED DATA LIST.

Scientist-G - Wildlife Institute of India (WII)

Dr. Sinha is currently working as Scientist G / Senior Professor and as Research Coordinator at the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. Dr. Sinha started her career at Wildlife institute of India as the second female researcher of the Institute. She is instrumental in developing low cost interpretation facilities in Protected Areas and Zoos. She has the distinction of being the first to have a PhD on Nature Interpretation in the country.

Dr. Sinha was also invited by the Government of Bangladesh for training and planning & developing Nature Interpretive Facilities in Protected Areas of Bangladesh. For the past 3 years, she has been involved in Conservation Education and Awareness of Communities, school student and youths all along the Ganga river. Dr. Sinha is also the Nodal Officer of the Audio Visual and Wildlife Extension Cell of the Institute since 2003. Dr. Sinha has also been a Jury Member of CMS VATAVARAN in 2017.

Professor - Jamia Millia Islamia (central university), New Delhi.

Dr. Dileep Shakya is currently working as professor at department of Hindi, Jamia Millia Islamia central university New Delhi. He is coordinator of department’s media program P.G.Diploma in journalism since 2018. He has also served as iccr-chair professor at elte university in Hungary from 2015 to 2018. He has been invited for academic lectures by some prestigious indology departments of Europian universities. He completed his doctoral research from Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi. He has received awards for poetry, short story and hindi promotion abroad.

Dileep is writer of eight published books on hindi poetry and cinema. He frequently writes for journals and newspapers. These days he is writing his first novel based on sand mining in Chambal region.

Director - IGCMC, WWF-India

He is a Director at IGCMC (Remote sensing & GIS) WWF, India, involved in several WWF-India’s scientific projects through implementation of a range of GIS and Remote Sensing techniques. Trained as Wildlife ecologist, research interests lie in application of Remote sensing and GIS in Nature conservation and resource management, pertaining to Forestry & Ecology in Biodiversity Conservation, Biodiversity Information System, Forest Mapping and Monitoring, Landscape Ecology, Forest Management, Wildlife Habitat Analysis, etc.

Dr. G. Areendran is a life member of Indian society of remote sensing and has attended several seminars, training & workshops. He was also a Visiting Researcher at Conservation GIS Lab, Smithsonian Institution, Front Royal, Virginia, USA in 2003, and was awarded Scholarship to ESRI, Redlands, California in 2007. He has successfully supervised several master’s theses. As a coordinator of ENVIS (MoEF& CC), he has initiated GSDP (Green Skill Development Programme), in which several students were trained to improvise their skill sets in GIS applications in Wildlife field. He has also published several research papers in reputed International and National journals.

Scientist-G (Forest Ecology) & Head Centre for Socio-economic Development

Dr. G.C.S. Negi obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Kumaun University, Naini Tal, India. He was awarded Leadership in Environment & Development Fellowship and also Visiting Fellowship by the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore. In his research career of over 30 years he has over 200 publications both in peer reviewed National and International journals, popular articles, authored / edited books.

He has handled over three dozen R&D projects and consultancy assignments. He has also authored two books entitled, "Glimpses of Forestry Research in the Indian Himalayan Region", and "Impacts of Hydropower projects in Himalaya". He has been also holding certain administrative and financial responsibilities at GBPIHED.

Professor - Times School of Media

Dr. Gauri D Chakraborty graduated from Asia’s premier institution, Film and Television Institute of India, Pune and has been a part of the Audio-Video Industry since 1995. She has worked with BBC WST on HIV awareness in India. Gauri was the Associate Producer for the award winning film Sheep Thief (Asif Kapadia, 1997) and Anchor-Assistant Producer on Zee India for Arts and Culture program, Best of India. She is a practicing filmmaker, academician and artist.

Dr Gauri has been a media educator for the last 16 years has co-headed the Amity School of Communication, Noida from 2017-21. She has been resource person for UGC refresher programs and member of IAMCR, IAWRT, GRAFTII and The Asian Media & Cultural Studies Network. Gauri was the Festival Director for IAWRT AWFF 2019. She has received the 100 Womenfaces award from the Centre for Women Entrepreneurs (COWE) in 2018. Currently, she is serving as Professor, Times School of Media, Bennett University.

Founder Project Director - SAFAR(IITM, Ministry of Earth Sciences, GoI)

Prof. (Dr.) Gufran Beig is an expert in Air Quality and Climate Change. He is the Founder Director of SAFAR, Indian first air quality forecasting system, conceived and developed at IITM (Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India) as an example of advanced “Make in India”. Presently he is working as “Sir Ashutosh Mukherjee Chair Professor at National Institute of Advanced Science, Indian institute of Science campus, Bangalore. He is the recipient of prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award, India’s highest honor in Scientific filed and first recipient of Norbert-Mum international award of World Meteorological Organization, United Nations.

He is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences. He has been the jury and advisory committee member of many prestigious awards of Govt. of India. He has published more than 203 international scientific papers, 23 technical monograph and edited 8 scientific books with a citation more than 6000. Delivered more than 300 invited talks around the world and committee members of many prestigious scientific bodies.

Public Diplomacy & Communications Officer - Advocacy Programme, High Commission of Canada, New Delhi - India.

Jasvinder works as Public Diplomacy & Communications Officer at the High Commission of Canada. She is a thorough professional working towards promoting and protecting SDGs. She develops media and advocacy campaigns for protection of environment and awareness on climate change. In addition, she also works to promote gender equality, inclusion and diversity. She is an active member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Women’s Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (WICCI).

Research biologist -Indian Youth Biodiversity Network

K. Bharath Reddy, finished his Bachelors in Biotechnology, and Masters in Pharma Chemistry from BITS Pilani. He Joined Hyderabad tiger conservation society as a research biologist. He has also worked extensively in Nallamala forest in community conservation and sustainable development. He was recognised by both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh forest department for his meritorious services on tiger conservation in human dominated landscapes.

Later he was appointed as wildlife project consultant by Maharashtra forest department and also as Technical expert advisory member by Madhya Pradesh biodiversity board.

Looking at his dedication and hard work at grass root level conservation in 2014 he was selected as the official youth ambassador by United Nations convention on biological diversity (UN CBD ) to represent India at Conference of parties three times since 2014.

He has also been working with the global youth biodiversity network ( GYBN) which is the official youth organisation of CBD to empower youth around the globe in nature conservation.With GYBN he conducted multiple capacity building workshops in Africa, South east Asia, Latin America.

Presently he has been working with the GYBN coordination team on international policy and building a biodiversity youth network around the world especially in the Asia region.

Professor of Economics - G.B. Pant Social Science Institute,University of Allahabad

Dr. K. N. Bhatt is Professor of Economics at G.B. Pant Social Science Institute, University of Allahabad, Prayagraj. He specializes in Ecological Economics, Environment and Development, Corporate Social Responsibility. He has been CSR advisor/consultant of various corporate bodies. He has published 18 authored/edited books and 52 research papers in Journals and Edited Volumes and directed and
authored/co-authored 25 research projects sponsored and funded by the National and International organizations.

Dr. Bhatt possesses 37 Years of Conducting Interdisciplinary Social Science Research, Teaching and Training Experience. He is Member of Governing Bodies, Board of Studies, Steering Committee, Advisory Committees, Administrative Committees, Academic Committees, Expert Groups and Management Committees of Various institutions in India and abroad. Professor Bhatt has widely travelled around the world on visiting academic assignments in prominent universities/institutions of USA, Canada, Italy, Ireland, Australia, South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, United Arab Emirate, Maldives, Bahrain and Nepal.

He is Chief Editor, Executive Editor/Member Editorial Board/Reviewer for 13 Refereed International Journals. He is Associate Member of a Reputed Canadian Institution from February 27, 2013 0nwards: Institute Hydro-Quebec en environment, development et societe (Institute EDS), University of Laval, Quebec, Canada.

Director - ICMR-National Institute of Occupational Health (NIOH)

Dr. Kamalesh Sarkar, a public health physician by training, currently working as Director, ICMR-National Institute of Occupational Health (NIOH) at Ahmedabad, India. Before that at he served ICMR-National Institute of Cholera & Enteric Diseases, Kolkata. Additionally, he also looked after the National Nutrition Monitoring Bureau, West Bengal Unit, as chief, from 2009 till 2015. He did his MBBS from Calcutta Medical College in August 1984 and MD (Public Health) from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, in June 1989.

He has more than 32 years’ of professional experience & expertise in control of all sorts of locally prevalent communicable as well as non-communicable diseases including occupational health problems. He has published more than 70 original articles in various reputed national & international journals. He received the prestigious ICMR Award - `Dr. M. K. Seshadri Prize’ for his significant contribution in the field of HIV/AIDS. He invented a biomarker for early detection of silicosis for the first time in India and perhaps in the entire world, which is patented and presently under commercialisation, which will be available shortly for mass use.

Correspondent - Mongabay

Kartik Chandramouli is a multimedia journalist and producer based in Mumbai, India. He collaborates with journalists, visual storytellers, and artists from across the country to produce video, audio, graphics, and other multimedia projects for Mongabay-India, an online publication focussing on science and environment news from India, part of the global publication, Mongabay.
His interest lies in communicating complex environmental problems and solutions through visual stories. As a Climate Tracker/One Earth Fellow, he reported on climate solutions stories from India and reported from the climate change summit, COP25, from Madrid in 2019. Previously, he worked in the design and films department in digital advertising.

Team Leader, SCA-Himalayas - Swiss Cooperation office India (Embassy of Switzerland)

Dr. Mustafa Ali Khan has been working on climate change adaptation in Himalayas for nearly two decades. Initially as a researcher and later as a practitioner. His current work focuses on Disaster Risk Management and Water Resource Management in the Indian Himalayas. Besides this Dr. Khan has been actively involved in pioneering climate vulnerability assessments for the Himalayan region and for India.

Before joining SDC in 2012, Dr. Mustafa Ali Khan has earlier worked at Climate Connect for reporting on climate market policy to enhance private sector participation in climate solutions and at the Development Alternatives focusing on community based adaptation and mitigation in semi-arids of India. Dr. Khan has a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Adviser/Scientist G & Associate Head Climate Change Programme - Department of Science & Technology (DST)

Dr. Nisha Mendiratta is working as Advisor / Scientist ‘G’ and Head of two important Programme Divisions, namely Women Scientists Programme and Climate Change Programme, in the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India. She has more than thirty years of experience in the research and applied fields of Science. She graduated in Physics from Delhi University & did her Post Graduation in Agricultural Physics from Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi . She did her Ph.D in Agricultural Chemistry. She is the recipient of the meritorious PG fellowships in post-graduate and doctoral level at IARI.

She started her professional career in 1990 as Scientist at National Remote Sensing Agency (NRSA) , Hyderabad in Department of Space (DoS). She carried out core research in the field of microwave remote sensing applications. She then Joined IIRS, Dehradun as their faculty in 1991 and carried out intensive research in crop characterization using satellite data. She joined the NCMRWF Programme, currently under Ministry of Earth Sciences, as Senior Scientific Officer during 1992 and worked for medium range weather forecasting and crop weather modeling. In 1998, she joined NRDMS (Natural Resources Data Management System) programme of DST as Scientist and worked in the specialized domain of natural resources management. Presently, she is working for the Climate Change Programme (CCP) of DST.

She also led the Science Communication programme of DST and developed many important scientific programmes on Science awareness such as Science Channel .She served as the chairperson of the Women sexual Harassment Committee of the department. She has been representing the department in the international platform at Conference of Parties (CoP) conducted by UNFCCC since 2015 on Climate Change She has made several technical presentations and has many research papers/ articles to her credit which were either published or presented in various national and international forums has.

She has edited and co-authored two books published by TERI Press and several integrated technical documents and reports on the scientific programmes implemented by her. She is serving as a resource member in many national and international committees and task forces and also is an identified resource person in leading organisations viz.UPSC, IIPA, TERI, ASCI, Indo-Swiss, Indo-UK and Indo-USA Forums.

Fellow & Head at Knowledge Management Division - TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute)

Dr Bhattacharya is Fellow & Head at Knowledge Management Division, TERI ,New Delhi. He has expertise in conceptualizing and developing electronic value based knowledge services. He specializes in project planning and implementation; knowledge processing, organizing and analysis; editorial activities and knowledge service innovation. He has been engaged as knowledge support in several sponsored projects from Indian government ministries such as Ministry of Environment, forests and climate change; Department of Science and Technology etc, and other international organizations including IMF, World Bank, International Transport forum, GIZ, Asian development Bank etc. Dr Bhattacharya also functions as Coordinator and Head of Environmental Information System on Renewable Energy and Climate Change in TERI.

He has also implemented community-driven environment awareness projects and more than 16 skill development programmes where over 450 participants across India got trained resulted into livelihood generation of participants. His recent area of work is in capacity development, enterprise knowledge and research data management. He has published several research papers, book chapters, and bibliographies. He has also organized several international conferences on digital libraries and is a regular speaker in conferences and workshops.

Deputy Secretary - AIIMS

Dr. R Gopinath holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Science from Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS), Chennai and a Master's Degree in Veterinary Extension Education from Indian Veterinary Research Institute(IVRI),Izaat Nagar. He had completed Doctoral degree from Centre for Rural Development and Technology, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. He is a member of the 2009 batch of the Indian Forest Service(IFS) AGMUT cadre.

He has served as Deputy Conservator of Forest (DCF) in Delhi Government for eight years from 2011-2018. He also worked for Central Staffing Scheme of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate, Government of India as Joint Director (Wildlife) and Assistant Inspector General of Forest (Project Elephant) from 2018-2020. Currently he is on Central deputation and serving as Deputy Secretary in AIIMS Delhi, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt of India.

Dean ECA and Professor - Dept. Of. Chemistry Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai

Dr. R. VASUDEVAN, M.Sc., PhD. is the DEAN & Professor of Department of Chemistry, Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai, Tamil Nadu. He has 42 years of teaching experience with publications in reputed international and national Journals. He did his Ph.D. in Physical Organic Chemistry.

He received his bachelor degree, Post Graduate degree and Doctorate degree in chemistry from University of Madras. He joined Thiagarajar College of Engineering in the year 1975 as lecturer and rose to a level of professor and Dean. Dr. R. Vasudevan is a man on a mission to clean India from plastic waste. He had a different approach towards plastic. He describes plastic as poor man’s friend and ban is not a solution. With the view of changing the way plastic is treated in the country, in the year 2002, he innovated a technique of making roads using plastic waste, an eco-friendly process. Soon after he patented the technology (A-CH\ 871\ 198254.

Instead he chose to share it with the Government of India for free. His dry process has been recognised by Indian Road Congress and it released the code (IRC: SP:98-2013) for his process. This technique is being implemented in many states of India. In 2015, Government of India has made it a rule for road developers to utilize plastic waste in road construction. This technology serves the twin purpose of increasing quality of roads and also solves the problem of plastic pollution. He has developed newer products using waste plastic like Plastone (one among five innovations of the year 2016) and cold process, corrosion free rods etc.

Dr R Vasudevan was awarded projects by CPCB New Delhi, AICTE, New Delhi, DST GOI , Ministry of Drinking water and sanitation and Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change. Dr R Vasudevan was awarded with Tech Icon of India-SAFAIGIRI award constituted by India Today Group under swachh bharat scheme and was presented by The Honourable Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi on October 2nd 2015. He was a Nominee for Amazing Indians Award Constituted by Times Now Group.

His Highness The king of Mewar, Udaipur appreciated his service to the society and the environment with a “Maharana Udai Sing Award – 2017. The Kalam innovation centre, New Delhi recently awarded him the Dr Abdul Kalam Innovation Governance Award on January 20th 2018. He has been awarded Padma Shri by the Govt of India and the award was present by Honourable President of India. He is equally concerned in improving the ethical values of life, particularly among students through spreading the values of SRIMATH BHAGAVATH GITA.

Teacher - ASN Sr. Secondary School

Dr Rawat has more than 20 years of experience in education and research field. She has Masters degree in botany from Hansraj College, Delhi University and a doctorate degree in Plant Sciences from University of Delhi. She has also worked in the capacity of PDF and Research associate in the DBT and ICAR sponsored projects on Entomopathogenic Nematodes at Nematology division Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Delhi.

After her bachelor of education in 2011 she has been attached with a school working in the capacity of Academic coordinator and has worked in curriculum development and implementation, developing pedagogical strategies and effective multidimensional experiential learning activities and lesson plans. Her core area of specilization is Education for sustainable development where she has worked to develop cross curricular linkages to address and incorporate UNSDGs conceptualizied design and lead various Action research projects for school and community on pertinent themes of sustainable development.

She has also trained teacher on the awareness about sustainability education and projection-based learning. She Has many research papers and articles in national and international journals and magazine to her credit.

Programme Associate - Human Dimensions: - Wildlife Conservation Society-India

Saloni is a conservation anthropologist with an interest in understanding how people and wildlife share space with each other. She has been involved with conservation, policy and research initiatives across the country, most predominantly in the Indian Trans-Himalaya. Prior to joining Wildlife Conservation Society-India, She was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay.

She completed her PhD from Manipal Academy of Higher Education and the Nature Conservation Foundation in 2020. She has a Masters in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management from the University of Oxford, and a Masters in Sustainable Development. She studied English Literature in her undergraduate years. She is a strong advocate of intersectional environmentalism and strives to incorporate its principles into her work.

Junior Research Fellow - Indian Youth Biodiversity Network

Ms Shruthi is an ecologist currently working on elasmobranch conservation.She is also a member of Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN), one of the chapter coordinators of IYBN India and Tamil Nadu chapter. She hold a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies and Resource Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Advanced Zoology and Biotechnology.
As a GYBN India member She has helped organise capacity building workshops and webinars that aim to provide a platform for youth voices. The outcome of one such campaign was the development of an Indian Youth Position paper tying into the Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. Her final master’s thesis was on the biology and ecology of elasmobranchs closely relating to fisheries operation and management. The study was carried with Dakshin Foundation and Centre for Ecological Sciences (CES), IISc. She has also worked on terrestrial projects such as on cave dwelling bats as part of her master’s study.

Researcher - Indian Youth Biodiversity Network

Shruti Ajit has been working on research and advocacy of community-based conservation which is aimed at challenging the narrative of prevalent exclusionary conservation. Her interest lies in the intersectionality between ecological and social justice particularly understanding the impact of climate change from a gendered lens.

Principal Scientist, Applied Biology Division - CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology Tarnaka, Hyderabad

Dr. Srinivasa Rao Mutheneni is Principal Scientist with CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (CSIR-IICT), Hyderabad, India. He obtained Master’s Degree in Biotechnology from Bharathidasan University and PhD in Zoology from Osmania University. He is a coordinator for Environmental Information System (ENVIS) resource centre on "Climate Change and Public Health" by Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change (MoEF & CC), GOI. Dr. Srinivas has more than a decade of experience on climate change and its impact on public health, epidemiology, infectious disease modelling and spatio mapping.

He was awarded with travel grant from York University, Canada and University of Liverpool-India fellowship to carryout research work at University of Liverpool, UK. He has published more than 50 research papers in peer reviewed national and international journals, contributed five book chapters and holds 05 copyright/patents for his scientific achievements.

He has been awarded with CSIR-IICT technology award for societal benefit, eNortheast award for malaria studies in North East region of India and eUttar special recognition award towards Japanese encephalitis seasonal forecast modelling studies. He was elected as Associate Fellow Andhra Pradesh Akademi of Sciences (2013) and Honorary Associate University of Liverpool, UK (2015).

Junior Research Fellow - Indian Youth Biodiversity Network

Ms Sudha is an ecologist and researcher working on elasmobranch conservation in India.She is also one of the chapter coordinators of Indian Youth Biodiversity Network (IYBN) and the state coordinator of the IYBN Tamil Nadu. She hold a master’s degree in Environmental Studies and Resource Management and bachelor’s degree in Advanced Zoology and Biotechnology. Her master’s dissertation was on phylogeography of sharks and rays which was carried out at Dakshin Foundation and Centre for Ecological Sciences.
As part of IYBN, She organised capacity building workshops and webinars, the main goal of which was to spark discussions and ensure that youth voices are heard. As a team, Youth Position Paper was drafted in the context of Post-2020 GBF, which was based on the opinions and views expressed by Indian youth.

ENVIS Coordinator - Centre for Ecological Sciences - Indian Institute of Science (IISc)

Dr. T.V. Ramachandra, FIE, FIEE (UK), FNIE obtained Ph.D. in Ecology and Energy from Indian Institute of Science. At present, Coordinator of Energy and Wetlands Research Group (EWRG), Convener of Environmental Information System (ENVIS) at Centre for Ecological Sciences (CES). During the past twenty years he has established an active school of research in the area of energy and environment (http://ces.iisc.ernet.in/energy). He is a member of Karnataka State Wetland Authority (since 2018). He was also a Member of Karnataka State level Environment Expert Appraisal Committee (2007-2010), appointed by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, member of Karnataka State Audit Advisory Committee. and a member of Western Ghats task force appointed by the Government of Karnataka. Apart from these, TVR is serving in many committees of NGT (National Green Tribunal) related to wetlands of Bangalore.
He is a recipient of Johny Biosphere Award for Ecology and Environment (2004), Satish Dhawan Young Scientist Award, 2007 of Karnataka State Government, ENVIS Award (2004, 2014), The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, GoI, Namma Bangalorean, 2016 award (Namma Bengaluru Foundation) and Rotary Exemplars 2017- Citizen Extraordinaire award (Rotary Club of Bangalore), Karnataka State Parisara Award, 2017-18, GoK, Khadri Achuathan Memorial Samvahana Award (Environment) 2018, on World Communicators Day by PRCI, research advisor at the NanYang Academy of Sciences, Singapore (2019) and Eminent Engineer, Institution of Engineers, Karnataka (2019).
TVR (0.68%) features in the 2% of top scientists in the recent global ranking of scientists.
His research interests are in the area of environment, aquatic ecosystems, biodiversity, ecological modeling, Western Ghats ecology, energy systems, renewable energy, energy conservation, energy planning, geo-informatics, environmental engineering education research and curriculum development at the tertiary level. He has published over 328 research papers in the reputed peer reviewed international and national journals, 69 book chapters, 333 papers in the international and national symposiums as well as 19 books. In addition, he has delivered several plenary lectures at national and international conferences. Publication “Milking diatoms for energy” is seminal work in biofuel research evident from reports in Scientific American, BBC, national dailies, etc.
He has guided 154 students for Master’s dissertation and twelve students for Doctoral degrees. TVR has travelled widely across the country for field research and also for delivering lectures at Schools and Colleges. He has taken initiatives through biennial symposium (popular as Lake series), training programmes and workshops for capacity building at various levels.

Correspondent- STATE TIMES

Tsewang Rigzin is a journalist and activist from Ladakh based in Leh. He has been a journalist for 18 years, and has worked with media organizations like STATE TIMES, Ladags Melong and Epilogue Magazine besides contributing articles to different publications on issues from Ladakh. At present Rigzin is the Bureau Chief Leh for STATE TIMES, and General Secretary and one of the founders of Ladakh Journalists Union, an affiliate of Indian Journalists Union. He is also the Ladakh Liaison Officer, International Association for Ladakh Studies (IALS).

Tsewang Rigzin was elected two times, 2005 and 2010 to the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development (LAHDC) Leh as a Councilor. From 2005 to 2008 he served as an Executive Councilor in LAHDC Leh Council.

Professor and Dean :- School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Professor Umesh Chandra Kulshrestha is a chemist turned to a trans-disciplinary researcher. He is the Coordinator of JNU ENVIS centre. He was the Director, Trans- disciplinary Research Cluster at JNU. He has made significant contributions towards atmospheric chemistry, air pollution and global change research. He has initiated the `Holistic Environment’ and `Young Holistic’ programmes which focus upon the integrated development of society. He has been affiliated with all major global environmental programmes.

He is a Fellow of Indian Geophysical Union. He is the Editor-in-chief of the Current World Environment journal. He is also the Deputy Director, South Asian Nitrogen Center, New Delhi and is the Vice President of Society for Conservation of Nature (SCON). He was a member of the Environmental Pollution Control Authority, a regulatory body under Supreme Court of India. and EIA Accreditation Committee of NABET-Quality Council of India. Prof Kulshrestha is a recipient of a number of national and international awards. He has published more than 100 journal papers and 5 books.

filmmaker - Indian Youth Biodiversity Network

Vivek Borusu, an aspiring filmmaker love film and TV ever since was a kid. His interest in storytelling started with Pachatantra tales. Cinema got him interested in many topics: watching Black Panther or Django Unchained started an interest to learn about US History, The Good Place taught me about ethics and morals, and his interest in mythology started when he watched the animated movie Hanuman (2005). And he hopes to make interesting content as his career progresses.

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