Our team

Board of Advisors

Ajay Rastogi

Ajay Rastogi is a recipient of the South Asia Youth Leaders Award, European Union Erasmus Mundus Fellowship in Applied Ethics, and the Nehru-Fulbright Environmental Leadership Award for Contemplative Education. He is the founding  member of the Foundation for Nature Contemplation  and has established the Vrikshalaya Himalayan Centre in the village Majkhali. He is a philosopher and applied ethics practitioner with extensive experience working across the fields of environment, agriculture, livelihoods and ethical business practice.His passion is to explore how wholeness and integrity can be manifested in systems thinking, with a special focus on philosophical and ethical traditions for a sustainable society, and the biological and agricultural roots of society and civilization. He is also a certified yoga teacher.

Upamanyu Hore

He is a conservation biologist and an educator working in the field of environmental conservation for more than 17 years. He has worked with WII as a research fellow with several publications to his credit and worked closely with several tribal communities of India understanding their cultural connection with nature. Currently working with Amity Institute of Forestry and Wildlife as an Assistant Professor. Awarded by IPAC foundation for exemplary contribution to human rights. He is an active member of several international organisations, UN DESA, Society for Conservation Biology, American Ecological Society, etc.

Ajay Pratap Singh

Ajay Pratap Singh, Founder and Managing Partner K & T Law firm, is a lawyer armed with a business degree. He has over 2 decades of experience in the national and international business environment. He excels in combining strategic insight, business acumen and resource planning skills.  Ajay has guided the launch of many channels having obtained licences/ approvals from the ministry of information and broadcasting under the up-linking and down-linking guidelines. He has been directly involved in operational and legal affairs of media companies as an inhouse consultant and other industries as a consultant. He is a strong believer in pro bono work and takes strong initiative to indulge in pro bono work that helps the less privileged members of the society.

Debadityo Sinha

He is a Senior Resident Fellow and Lead, the Climate & Ecosystem team at Vidhi center for legal policy. His research interest lies in the intersection of ecology, law, and policy. He has over 12 years of professional experience in  environment and wildlife protection. He has worked with organizations like Vikram A. Sarabhai Community Science Centre, Legal Initiative for Forest & Environment, WWF-India, Wildlife Trust of India and several grassroots organizations. He is founder and trustee of Vindhyan Ecology and Natural History Foundation (since 2012). He is a recipient of the Sanctuary Wildlife Service Award' (2019) and is member of IUCN-Species Survival Commission’s Bear Specialist Group.

Padmavati Dwivedi

Padmavati Dwivedi has done Masters in Social work from Andhra University, after a brief stint as a human resource professional, she has been actively engaged in protection of urban trees for more than a decade making her a prominent tree warrior in the capital. She has worked with Chandigarh Police on the Green Police project and works as a Consultant with WWF-India leading tree walks. Padmavati is Project-Director for the ecological restoration project in Barsana, India. Pontoka, an international ESG advisory firm has selected her as Advisor- Operations to guide their future Conservation works involving plantations and nature connect.

Jason Brown

Jason M. Brown was born and raised in California and studied anthropology as an undergraduate at Brigham Young University. His master's work is in forestry and theology from Yale. He completed his PhD in 2017 from the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) at the University of British Columbia. His dissertation focused on the sense of place of Roman Catholic monks in the American West. He teaches courses in the humanities and environmental studies. His areas of special interest include Spiritual Ecology, Religion and Ecology, Trees and Forests in the Humanities and Phenomenology of Sacred Landscapes.

Founder Trustees

Neha Bhagat

Neha Bhagat Sangar holds a  Masters Degree in Environment Science and a M.B.A in Business sustainability. She has corporate experience in the CSR sector with organizations like DLF and the HCL foundation. She is a nature and yoga enthusiast and believes in unity with God through self and nature. She is also a passionate writer and a teacher who loves to inspire young minds.(picture attached name starting with B612)

Radhika Bhagat

Radhika Bhagat is the Founder & Chairman, Sacred Earth Trust and a wildlife conservationist with over 13 years experience working with the Wildlife Trust of India’s (WTI) Leadership and Senior management teams. During this time she handled projects for protection of wildlife and habitats across India and neighbouring countries and was awarded the conservation achievement award by WTI in 2013. She also functioned as the liaison between WTI and its U.S based international partner, International Fund for Animal Welfare in South Asia, for field projects in the region which involved handling international relations with Government Ministries, local and international advocacy undertaken cooperatively between IFAW-WTI. She was awarded the American Association of University Women Scholarship(AAUW) and University of Wisconsin Masters Fellowship in 2016. She holds a Masters degree in Wildlife Sciences and has articles published in leading newspapers and journals. She is formally trained in Yogic Sciences and her key area of interest is Spiritual ecology. She believes all answers lie in our inherent wildness.

Partha Chatterjee

Partha Chatterjee has over three decades of experience working with leading Indian conservation organisations such as World Wide Fund for Nature India and Wildlife Trust of India (1985 to 2018) at the Senior Management Level.

He is currently trustee of Vipassana Sadhana Sansthan and member of the management committee and Trustee of Pragrath, an Educational Trust supporting the education and health for underprivileged children.

He has been closely associated with Rama Krishna Mission and Bharat Sevashram Sangha for last 55 years.

Project Team

Rubina Rajan

Rubina Rajan is a post graduate in Wildlife Sciences with a deep fascination for nature. She has worked on various research projects involving human - leopard conflict, primate behaviour among others. She hopes to contribute actively towards nature conservation and her major areas of interest include human animal interactions, animal behaviour with a special focus on primates. She is also an artist and her work is deeply inspired by nature

Awadhesh Tiwari

Awadesh Tiwari is an environmentalist who has worked extensively as part of different NGOs as well as in his individual capacity for various tree plantation projects and also on wetland restoration. He is a great nature lover and has extensive knowledge of native plants which he shares via his widely followed social media channels.

Rahul Saini

Investment professional with 12 + years of experience in sectors like renewables, power, Steel and ports. He has an expertise in fundraising, structured finance, project financing, bond issuance, corporate strategy, M & A and Strategic divestments. He is an IIM Ahmedabad Alumnus with a silver medal – NITP and Directors list.

Nikhil Srivastava

Nikhil is an entrepreneur and innovator. He loves solving complex social problems with human centric technologies. He has a vast experience in leading global technology teams in the Banking & Finance sector. He is a strong believer in making technology easy and accessible to everyone. 

Pankaj Gupta

Pankaj Gupta is an IT professional with 20 years of experience. He is working with Adobe as Delivery Head. He has a keen interest in social and environmental causes and has been participating in social service regularly. He is also associated with NGOs like Donate an Hour and PFA Agra.

Shayon Dasverma

Shayon is the Founder of Tune My Digital, a Digital Product & Service company. He is an expert in team management and the digital marketing industry with over 10 years  of experience.

Anant Shastri

Anant Shastri has a background in Journalism and Mass Communication. His experience with writing, film making, photography and content creation is an asset to our team.
He enjoys photography, travel, writing, and making music. His first love is the wilderness and the silence it brings. He also enjoys art, literature, and learning new musical instruments.

Khushboo Gupta

A post graduate from TISS, Khushboo is a professional Social Worker with ten years of combined experience with charities, government and the food industry in India. Having worked with leading wildlife conservation and animal welfare organizations such as Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organizations, World Animal Protection and PETA, Khushboo brings with her an in-depth understanding of the on-ground challenges and rich industry experience to the team