Rita Banerji is a wildlife and environment filmmaker with over 15 years of experience. She heads Dusty Foot Productions and has produced, directed and filmed many award winning documentaries and television programs. She is also the brain behind Green Hubs, which is a field based learning and media empowerment centre in Tezpur, Assam in northeast India.
Suprava Patnaik is Professor at the Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal. She has worked extensively on ecology issues and non-timber forest produce (NTFP) management policy at a national level.
Somnath Sen is Senior Advisor and Chief-Practice at Indian Institute of Human Settlements. He has extensive experience in Strategic Management, Analysis, and Water & Sanitation. He has worked with several NGOs, Grassroots organizations, Corporate and Governments. An international consultant, he is currently working closely with World Bank and Swach Bharat Mission with the Ministry of Urban Development.
A theologian, historian and cultural anthropologist of the Nilgiris region, Rev Mulley intimately knows the tribal people, their culture and traditions and interactions. He is an active scholar and regular contributor to Madras Musings and Nilgiri Natural History Society.
Prof. Kurien has taught for several years at the Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum and worked with the fishing communities in India and abroad. He is a professor at Azim Premji University and a former Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) consultant and expert on Fisheries and Coastal Social Political Ecology.
Anju Sharma is Director of Oxford Climate Policy - a think tank. She is a freelance climate change consultant and is actively involved in national and international consultations and negotiations with Climate Change - Green Climate Fund and UNFCCC. She has worked with UNEP Nairobi, Down to Earth Magazine and with Delhi-based Centre for Science & Environment where she was Deputy Director.
Ms. Gupta, IAS (Retd), is the IUCN regional advisor for Asia-Pacific. She had served as Secretary - Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India and Secretary, Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India. until her retirement in June 2008.
Dr. Chaman Lal Gupta is a highly reputed scientist, both nationally and internationally, in the field of solar energy. A teacher by tradition, CLG, as he is fondly called, has been mentoring students and researchers for more than five decades at the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education, Pondicherry. He has been in several committees of the Government of India, setting up the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy Sources. He was Founder Director of Tata Energy Research Institute, Field Research Unit based out of Pondicherry in early 1970s.
Dr. Sharma has held numerous government positions in India; working in the areas of agricultural development, food security, poverty alleviation, rural livelihood, natural resource management, gender, and financial management. She is former Secretary to the Govt of India, Ministry of Rural Development and former Secretary of the National Advisory Council of the Government of India. Dr. Sharma was instrumental in drafting the State and National Agriculture Policy, and in making policies that govern intellectual property management and commercialization of technologies in the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. She has represented India in the FAO, CGIAR, and the World Bank. She is a Hubert Humphrey Fellow and Chairperson of the Association of Indian Humphrey Fellows and is current Trustee of the World Agroforestry Centre and works on climate change issues.
CTS, as he is called by his friends, is an Indian Forest Service Officer who in the late 1970s joined Centre for Development Studies to do his M.Phil in Applied Economics and left his mark on the place. He was also a very active member of the KSSP (People's Science Movement). He became Director of the Kerala Forest Research Institute and later was in FAO, Bangkok and also in FAO, Rome as Director. Having worked in several countries in various capacities for over four decades, Dr. Nair has a highly diverse experience profile. He continues to be active in forests and forestry in the Asia-Pacific region, especially in policy analysis and capacity building. He has also written extensively on policy, economics and institutional issues including on forest administration, research and education. A concerned global citizen with wide-ranging experience, he is also a fine human being with an unassuming manner that belies his distinguished career. Dr Nair lives in Wandoor, close to Nilambur in Kerala.
Ganesh is Regional Director – Asia, International Water Association (IWA).He has been Head of the Ecosystem and Livelihoods Group and the Head of the Water Programme of the IUCN Asia Regional Office. 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. Though he is currently based in Bangkok, he travels to India frequently and is a valuable advisor to Keystone.
Formerly Executive Director of SRUTI (Society for Rural Urban and Tribal Initiative) and Head – Communications, Wildlife Trust of India, Shibani is a Development Consultant, Filmmaker & Writer. Her association with Keystone goes back to 1995-97 when she was making the film, Honey Hunters of the Blue Mountains, with Rita Banerji. With her skill at bridging gaps and building strong networks, she is an invaluable support to Keystone’s programmes.
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