Is a former Ambassador of India to UNESCO in Paris. An Indian Administrative Service officer of the 1969 batch, he retired in 2005 as the Development Commissioner of Karnataka and Additional Chief Secretary to the Government of Karnataka. After his retirement he has been associated with numerous non-governmental organisations working in the fields of rural development, environment and culture. He was awarded the Rajyothsava Award by the Government of Karnataka for his achievements, in 2005.
A film graduate from the prestigious Film & Television Institute of Tamil Nadu, Santhanam has worked in the field of television and Southern film industry. His vast experience with stints at Films Division & International Film Festival of India have enabled him to successfully mentor and curate numerous film festivals in India as well as in the international arena.
An Indian primatologist. He is a professor at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), India. He is on the executive board of Nature Conservation Foundation, India. His research is mostly centered on the field of cognition and consciousness of bonnet macaque (Macaca radiata) but he also has been involved in many genetics projects on Indian primates. He is also involved with Biology Olympiad as the leader of the Indian team. In 2009, he was chosen as a TED Fellow.
Co-founder of Wildlife SOS, one of the largest Wildlife Organizations in South Asia, Kartick Satyanarayan has a deep love for the rescue, protection and rehabilitation of various species of wildlife and their habitats. He has not just been involved in rehabilitation of rescued animals but also rehabilitation of those dependent on them for their survival.
A social impact innovator, philanthropist, angel investor and dynamic advocate for change, Kunal Sood is the Founder and CXO of the X Fellows and co-founder of NOVUS, an inter-generational impact network that hosts an annual summit at the UN General Assembly in Partnership with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
Author of three acclaimed books including “My Name Is Gauhar Jaan: The Life and Times of a Musician”. Vikram was awarded the Sahitya Akademi’s first Yuva Puraskar and the ARSC International Award for Excellence in Historical research in New York. The film rights of the book have recently been acquired by Oscar Nominated filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker. Vikram was selected as a Writer-in-Residence at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. Vikram is a scholar of music and history at the University of Queensland, Australia. Vikram represents India in the UNESCO body, ISME.
Fredric (Sweden) has been active as producer and project manager within Film, IT/Media for more then 16 years. He is a pioneer within multimedia and has a deep understanding how things work both online and offline. At the moment Fredric is producing two upcoming feature films “Headchopper” and “LFO”. Since 2011, Fredric has been active as Local Swedish producer for the project One Day On Earth–project in collaboration with UN, Red Cross, WWF and other NGOs.
Known as VMR in the wildlife circles, he has held various field positions including that of the Director of a Tiger Reserve. VMR is conversant with both, the harsh realities of the frontline staff of the forest department and the demands of the new eco-tourist. He brings with him the skills of a photographer, administrator and a conservationist. He has also authored a coffee table book – Daroji, an Ecological Destination.
I.F.S. Principal Chief Conservator Of Forests (Wildlife), Chief Wildlife Warden Of Karnataka & CEO, Karnataka Ecotourism Development Board. Displayed leadership qualities in developing Jungle Lodges and Resorts Ltd., as a premium ecotourism organisation at the International Level. Turned the loss making Public Sector company, into a healthy and vibrant organisation. Headed the Karnataka Tourism Development Corporation and was largely responsible for introducing the Luxury Train- Golden Chariot, Karnataka’s equivalent of Palace on Wheels. Field experience in the Evergreen and Moist Deciduous Forests in the Western Ghats and Management of Wildlife and Human -Animal conflict.
He was the President of the Rotary Club of Bangalore at the centenary year of Rotary, foundation and in a successful year also has created 106 happy schools, a feat that is unparalleled in Rotary history. Ranga Rao is also one of the original team member of Rangashankara the theatre space in JP Nagar. He has led the theatre trust to adopt sound policies, achieve financial reliance and adhere to complete statutory compliances. Rangashankara is one of the most popular theatre destinations of the World today. RR practices green values, is an integral part of conservation efforts in India and overseas. He loves his farm where organic methods are embraced.
He is the founding member of ‘Dhwani’ and Karnataka Sugama Sangeeth Parishath, both of which are dedicated to promoting the form of traditional music called Sugama Sangeeth/ Light Music. He has been a key promoter of Karnataka’s Art and Literature to the international community through his singing. For his contribution in the field of music he has been honored with several prestigious awards such as Karnataka Sangeetha Nritya Academy Award, Kannada Rajyotsava Award, Santha Shishunala Sharief Award, Kempegowda Award, ‘Karnataka Kalashree’ Award and many others. He is also a retired senior bureaucrat who has sincerely and efficiently served the state during his tenure in prominent positions such as the Director of Kannada & Culture Department, Joint Commissioner of Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike and others.
Sriram is an Ashoka Fellow and heads the leadership team at Smarter Dharma. He
founded Smarter Dharma to inspire and enable organisational change towards
sustainability. Prior to founding Smarter Dharma, Sriram spent a decade building solutions for the telecom industry. He has served as the Fundraising Director of Association for India’s Development, an NGO which played a crucial role in helping him imbibe the social angle to sustainability. Among his other initiatives are 500gallons and 500eco in the space of action for climate change.
A USGBC LEED GA certified professional, Sriram has a master’s degree in Sustainability from Presidio School of Business, San Francisco.
Sairam is a filmmaker best known for his music videos for the Grammy winning album Winds of Samsara. He is also considered to be a ‘Guru’ in VR filmmaking, with his films being viewed by audiences in international film festivals.
Amoghavarsha is an award-winning photographer, film-maker and story-teller. A naturalist with a technology background, he ably makes use of new media to spread the message of conservation. His travels worldwide have produced some truly breathtaking and tremendously impactful films and images. He has photographed the thick evergreens of Arunachal and the barren landscapes of Ladakh in India, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, and the vast plains of Africa.
Varsha has several years of PR experience through her stints at Zee Network, Pressman Advertising & PR etc, and is also the recipient ‘Outstanding Artist Manager’ certificate from the Grammy® Awards for managing Ricky Kej, world renowned Grammy® Award Winning Musician, Conservationist and a RoundGlass Ambassador.
An award winning music director and programmer, Vanil Veigas is best known for his work as the chief programming engineer and musician on the Grammy award winning album Winds of Samsara. He has composed and produced several albums, songs and jingles over the course of his musical career. He is a gifted keyboard artist. producer and arranger.
Dominic is a writer and musician whose writings have featured in various lifestyle magazines and newspapers. He has, over the course of his work, written liner notes for albums, critiqued food, reviewed concerts and special events.
A musician and a sound engineer who likes to travel and explore nature, Anand divides his time between the studio and the occasional off-roading.
Prateek started out filmmaking at a mere 17 years of age and has since worked on television commercials, documentaries and feature films.
Joshua has over 30 years of experience as writer and editor with many publications and Grammy nominated albums. He also worked at the largest distributor of classical music in the world. His writings have also been largely inspired by all things environmental.
Pooja Gupta is a visual artist with a passion that is inextricably linked to the environment and conservation. She brings thoughts, concepts and stories to life, through the language of video, illustration and graphics.
An avid Instagrammer, Riccha Paul loves to record her many travels for all to see and enjoy. She writes songs and stories with equal verve and fun, bringing her charm into every word.
Vineeth is a naturalist who has worked with children for more than 9 years, teaching through the medium of art, theatre and wildlife. His love for the wild has taken him on many an adventurous expeditions.
Vinodkumar is a writer on environmental and wildlife issues. He is also the first Kannada columnist for Kannada Prabha, a Kannada daily. He leads the “Save the wildlife” campaign in association with celebrities in order to bring about awareness of wildlife conservation.
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