The RoundGlass Samsara Summit is a gathering of thought leaders, legislators, industry leaders, environmentalists, religious leaders, scientists, and innovators to discuss our response to the ecological crisis. The Summit will be held at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, IISc, Bengaluru.



Kartick Satyanarayan

Animal Rights Activist, Rescue Specialist

Kartick Satyanarayan is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Wildlife SOS. He is the man behind the eradication of the cruel tradition of Dancing Bears in India. Kartick is a Member of the IUCN Bear Specialist Group (Sloth Bear Team Expert), and the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, amongst others. He is a Member of the Government of India’s Central Zoo Authority (2007-2015) and an Honorary Wildlife Warden of the Government of NCT Delhi. Kartick, as an Animal Welfare Consultant to Brooke Hospital for Animals (UK), presented papers at workshops and conferences in the UK, the Netherlands, Jordan, Egypt, Pakistan, Mexico, Indonesia and the USA.

Barbara Maas

Barbara Maas


Dr Barbara Maas has worked in international wildlife conservation for over two decades and on every continent. Her strong passion and deep sense of kinship for the natural world has been the guiding theme throughout her life. A wildlife biologist by training, she studied the behavioural ecology of bat-eared foxes at the University of Cambridge before taking up a postdoctoral position at the University of Oxford. An advisor and chief executive to conservation and animal welfare groups around the world for 18 years, she has also been involved in nature films and is a well published author. As Head of NABU International’s Species Conservation Programme, Barbara continues to be involved in Maui’s and Hector’s dolphin protection, as well as other conservation projects in Africa and Asia. Barbara is also Secretary Env. & Conservation- Intl. Buddhist Confederation.


Dhritiman Mukherjee

Nature/Wildlife Photographer

Dhritiman Mukherjee is arguably the most respected Nature photographer in India. As a professional photographer his work has been published numerous times with BBC, National Geographic, New York Times, Lonely Planet, London Geographic, WWF, UNESCO, Birdlife International, etc. He has won many national and international awards for his images. Recently he was awarded the Carl Zeiss Conservation Award 2013 for his contribution towards conservation of wildlife in India.


Professor Sundar Sarukkai


Sundar Sarukkai is Professor of Philosophy at the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Bangalore. He is the author of the following books: Translating the World: Science and Language, Philosophy of Symmetry, Indian Philosophy and Philosophy of Science, What is Science? and The Cracked Mirror: An Indian Debate on Experience and Theory (co-authored with Gopal Guru). He is particularly interested in Gandhian thought and its approach to sustainability and development.



Chairman, ISRO

Kiran Kumar is an Indian space scientist and the chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation. He is credited with the development of key scientific instruments aboard the Chandrayaan-1 and Mangalyaan space crafts He has been awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award, for his contributions to the fields of science and technology.Kiran Kumar previously served as Director of Ahmedabad Space Applications Centre. His legacy spans across his contributions to the scientific world, specifically Indian space endeavors, and his efforts towards the dissemination of knowledge by way of articles and lectures.

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Tashi and Nungshi Malik

Adventurists, Guinness record holders

Tashi and Nungshi (born on 21 June 1991) are the first siblings and twins to climb the Seven Summits and reach the North and South Poles and complete the Adventurers Grand Slam and Three Poles Challenge. They are also the first twins to reach the North and South Pole on Skis. Tashi and Nungshi were conferred India’s highest adventure honor ‘Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award’ 2015 by the President of India on 29 Aug 2016 and on 23 Oct 2016, awarded 2016 Leif Erikson Young Explorer Award in Husavik, by the President of Iceland.



PFounder Of Proto Village- A Sustainable Village

The man behind ‘Proto Village’. Being set up in 12.5 acres of land, in the 2nd driest district in India (Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh), ProtoVillage is a role-model rural community being built for the villagers, by the villagers. It is a center for learning, practice, demonstration and dissemination of the knowledge on how any community in a region can organize itself to be Resilient – Ecologically sustainable, socially cohesive, and economically viable.



Chief Field Office for UNICEF South India

Meital has served at various key positions and locations of UNICEF. A highly qualified communications professional Meital is also a film maker, designer and photographer. She has done numerous volunteering work like at Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, Calcutta, India, Volunteers For Peace Bosnian Refugee Camp, Alboredo, Italy etc and is passionate about Conservation and Sustainability.


Vedansh Pandey

Student/ Wildlife Photographer

Vedansh Pandey is a grade 8th student at National Public School, Bangalore. He is passionate about conservation and wildlife. Having spent his first 8 years in the hinterlands of Karnataka, he developed keen interest in wildlife and nature, thereby making him an avid reader. Two years back he took to photography as an expression of empathy and kinship for the wildlife. Now at a tender age of 13, he is a writer, photographer and an environmentalist.



This Summit will be attended by people from all walks of life, including environmentalists, conservationists, political leaders, religious leaders, educationists, industrialists, and other experts.


Together, we hope to celebrate nature and find a solution for the pressing ecological crisis in India.

  • Date 08 October, 2017 9a.m.
  • Location NIAS, IISc

Entry Form

The summit has limited invites. Fill the form below to receive a complimentary invite. Conditions apply.


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