Duration: April 2024 to September 2024                              Mode: Online

In Collaboration with

Greetings and welcome to the Diploma Programme in Sustainable Construction and Infrastructure Management, an innovative partnership between the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras, and the School of Policy and Governance (SPG), Bengaluru. This six-month program, which is designed especially for Military Engineering Services (MES) officers and runs from April 12 to October 18, 2024, offers a thorough curriculum that includes core modules, hands-on workshops, field trips, and self-study assignments.

Critical facets of sustainable development will be covered by the participants, such as energy-efficient design, water conservation techniques, green construction technology, and climate resilience in military infrastructure projects. Through the utilization of state-of-the-art technologies and strategic partnerships with premier Indian universities, our goal is to convert military campuses into carbon-neutral, environmentally sustainable environments.

Our diverse training path enhances both theoretical understanding and practical implementations in sustainable construction methods, specifically tailored to answer the special issues faced by Army personnel. By means of theoretical teaching, practical workshops, and intensive field trips, participants will acquire the requisite knowledge, skills, and insights to effectively lead sustainable initiatives in military environments.


Overview of Sustainable Development Goals: Introduces MES officers to the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their relevance in the military context. Emphasis on aligning military infrastructure projects with international sustainability objectives.


Importance of Sustainable Construction in Military Infrastructure: Explores the strategic significance of integrating sustainability into military construction. Focuses on enhancing operational efficiency, resilience, and long-term cost savings through sustainable practices.


Case Studies of Sustainable Military Projects: Examines real-world examples of successful sustainable military projects worldwide. Analyses key elements, challenges, and outcomes to derive practical insights applicable to MES officers.

Selection Criteria for Sustainable Materials: Guides officers in the critical evaluation and selection of sustainable construction materials. Emphasises factors such as durability, environmental impact, and life cycle assessment in decision-making.


Introduction to Recycled and Eco-friendly Materials: Explores the use of recycled and eco-friendly materials in military construction. Highlights their benefits in reducing carbon footprint and promoting circular economy principles.


Emerging Sustainable Construction Technologies: Covers cutting-edge technologies transforming the construction landscape. Discusses innovations such as green concrete, 3D printing, and smart materials with potential applications in military infrastructure.

Principles of Environmental Impact Assessment: Provides a foundation in the principles and methodologies of environmental impact assessment (EIA) specific to military construction.


Emphasises proactive identification and mitigation of environmental risks.

Mitigation Strategies for Military Construction Projects: Guides officers in developing effective strategies to mitigate environmental impacts during and after construction. Addresses challenges unique to military settings and explores best practices.


Regulatory Compliance and Environmental Laws: Covers relevant environmental laws and regulations governing military construction projects. Ensures officers are well-versed in compliance requirements, fostering responsible and legal construction practices.

Design Principles for Energy-efficient Buildings: Explores architectural and engineering strategies for designing energy-efficient military buildings. Focuses on optimising building layouts, insulation, and HVAC systems to minimise energy consumption.


Renewable Energy Sources for Military Bases: Introduces officers to renewable energy options suitable for military bases, including solar, wind, and geothermal. Emphasises the importance of energy independence and security.


Integration of Smart Technologies for Energy Management: Examines the role of smart technologies in enhancing energy management on military installations. Discusses the implementation of IoT devices and data analytics for efficient resource utilisation

Sustainable Water Management Practices: Covers principles and practices of sustainable water management in military contexts. Explores water-efficient technologies and practices to reduce consumption and enhance water resilience.


Rainwater Harvesting and Wastewater Treatment: Introduces rainwater harvesting and wastewater treatment systems for military bases. Addresses water scarcity challenges and promotes self-sufficiency in water resources.


Water-efficient Landscaping for Military Installations: Guides officers in planning and designing landscapes that conserve water. Explores xeriscaping and other water-efficient landscaping practices suitable for military installations.

Principles of Sustainable Site Planning: Examines site planning principles aligned with sustainability goals. Emphasises optimising land use, minimising environmental impact, and enhancing overall site resilience.


Biodiversity Conservation on Military Bases: Explores strategies for preserving and enhancing biodiversity on military bases. Discusses habitat restoration, green corridors, and ecological considerations in site planning.


Green Infrastructure and Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems: Introduces officers to green infrastructure concepts, including sustainable urban drainage systems. Highlights their role in mitigating environmental impact and enhancing overall site sustainability.

Understanding Climate Change Impacts: Educates officers on the impacts of climate change on military infrastructure. Analyses potential risks and vulnerabilities, fostering a proactive approach to climate resilience.


Designing Infrastructure for Resilience: Guides officers in designing military infrastructure with a focus on climate resilience. Discusses structural considerations, disaster preparedness, and adaptive design strategies.


Case Studies of Climate-resilient Military Installations: Analyses case studies of military installations that have successfully implemented climate-resilient strategies. Extracts lessons learned and best practices for application in future projects.

Waste Reduction Strategies: Addresses waste reduction strategies at various stages of military construction projects. Encourages officers to minimise waste generation and adopt sustainable construction practices.


Recycling and Reuse of Construction Waste: Introduces officers to recycling and reuse methods for construction waste. Explores the potential for turning waste into a valuable resource in military settings.


Hazardous Waste Management on Military Sites: Covers the specific challenges and regulations associated with managing hazardous waste on military sites. Ensures officers are well-prepared to handle and dispose of hazardous materials responsibly.

Overview of LEED/GRIHA or Equivalent: Provides a comprehensive understanding of green building certification systems such as LEED. Examines the criteria and rating systems specific to military construction projects.


Certification Process for Sustainable Military Buildings: Guides officers through the process of obtaining green building certifications for military structures. Emphasises documentation, compliance, and continuous improvement.


Incorporating Certification Requirements in Project Planning: Integrates green certification requirements into the early stages of project planning. Ensures a holistic approach to sustainable construction from conceptualization to completion.

Integrating Sustainable Practices into Project Management: Emphasises the integration of sustainable practices into every phase of military construction projects. Highlights the role of project managers in driving sustainability goals.


Life Cycle Assessment and Costing: Introduces life cycle assessment methodologies and cost considerations for sustainable construction. Equips officers with tools to assess environmental impact and financial implications.


Monitoring and Evaluating Sustainable Construction Projects: Guides officers in developing effective monitoring and evaluation mechanisms for sustainable construction projects. Emphasises continuous improvement and adaptive management.

Analysing Successful Sustainable Military Projects: Engages officers in the critical analysis of successful sustainable military projects. Facilitates a deeper understanding of best practices and lessons learned.


Site Visits to Sustainable Military Installations: Facilitates on-site visits to sustainable military installations. Provides officers with first and exposure to implemented sustainable practices and their real-world impact.


Hands-on Projects Integrating Sustainable Practices: Encourages officers to apply theoretical knowledge in hands-on projects. Fosters creativity and problem-solving skills in implementing sustainable solutions.

Ethical Considerations in Military Engineering: Explores ethical considerations unique to military engineering and construction. Emphasises the importance of ethical decision-making in sustainable projects.


Balancing Mission Requirements with Sustainability Goals: Guides officers in finding a balance between mission-critical requirements and sustainability objectives. Encourages strategic decision-making to meet both goals.


Social Responsibility and Community Engagement: Addresses the social responsibility of military construction projects. Encourages officers to engage with local communities and consider broader societal impacts.

Design and Implement a Sustainable Military Construction Project/Initiative: Culminates in a final project where officers design and implement a project/initiative that promotes sustainable military construction. Applies knowledge gained throughout the programme to a real-world scenario.


Present Findings and Recommendations: Requires officers to present their project findings and recommendations to peers and experts. Enhances communication and presentation skills while showcasing the practical application of sustainable principles.


Peer and Expert Review of Final Project: Incorporates a peer and expert review process of final projects. Promotes collaborative learning, constructive feedback, and ensures the highest standards of quality and innovation.


Dr. Balaji Kalluri

Dr. Balaji Kalluri is a systems engineer turned urban futurist. He describes himself as a global citizen, seasoned professional, multi-disciplinary researcher, an innovator, and a passionate educator. Since 2022, he is serving as an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at FLAME University – the pioneer in liberal education in India. Before joining FLAME University, he had a special appointment as Head of Innovations and Senior Fellow (Technology, Innovation, and Society) in Tamil Nadu’s e-Governance Agency, Research & Innovation consultant in DBI Denmark, and Researcher at Future Cities Laboratory in ETH Zurich. He is the founding director of KUDOS, a bespoke urban innovation studio at FLAME University where he is leading the mission to reimagine and transform ‘the Future of Urban X’ to drive large-scale just, resilient and sustainable transition. He has also co-founded CVBi – the collective voices for buildings in India, an independent collaborative knowledge cluster to advance the building construction sector in India. His experience spans across strategic foresights, innovation management, consulting, research, engineering and education. He is a recipient of several global awards, including the prestigious Innovation Fund Denmark’s post-doctoral fellowship (2019), Singapore Ministry of Education doctoral scholarship (2013), and ‘Redefining education through creativity in India’ awardee of the Council for Creative Education Finland (2023). He holds a PhD in Building Science from National University of Singapore (2017), Masters in Microelectronics Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences Pilani (2009), and Bachelors in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Anna University (2006). He has a very good record of publications in high-impact, and peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings, and book chapters. Before returning to India in 2021, he lived, worked, and traveled across 40 global cities, 11 nations and 3 continents. During his spare time, he enjoys volunteering in community service activities, and teaching Vedas for spiritual aspirants through Sri Sathya Sai Vedic Society Singapore.

Mr. Yogesh Pednakar

Yogesh A T Pednekar has 21 years of experience in architecture and design. He is a Bachelor of Architecture from Goa University and an associate member of the Institute of Indian Interior Designers. He has worked on various projects, including residential, commercial, institutional, hospitality, heritage, master planning, interior design, and landscaping. He founded Architect Yogesh Designs (AYD) and started with a focus on residential projects, which expanded into larger-scale planning after working on the first international school project in Goa. AYD took on a larger role in master planning with the development of the 75-acre agro-ecotourism resort project in Goa, which became Goa’s first approved agro-ecotourism project, and worked on mine rehabilitation and reclamation projects in Goa and Jharkhand. Yogesh’s experience has given him the opportunity to work on multidisciplinary projects, including working with Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai on a mixed-use development centered around artist residencies in Goa and developing the initial ideas shared by ODA Architects New York into practical and tangible designs using bamboo as a sustainable medium for construction on a coastal hospitality (gastronomique center) project. His training at Goa College of Architecture under the innovative leadership of Mr. Cho Padamsee, member of FIIA and ARI BA: Associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects, helped him to channelize his creative inclination into the world of architecture and design. He has ongoing project management training at the National Institute of Construction Management and Research (NICMAR) and was the Editor-in-Chief for the Goa Build Arena Publication (2002-2004) and a visiting faculty for the Goa State Fire Force & Dhempe College Degree course in BSc Fire Technology.

Dr. Ashwin Mahalingam

Dr. Ashwin Mahalingam joined the faculty in the Building Technology and Construction Management division of the Civil engineering department at IIT-Madras in 2006. Ashwin received his B.Tech in Civil engineering from IIT-Madras and then proceeded to Stanford University for a Masters in Construction Engineering and Management. He then helped start up an internet based company in the USA called All Star Fleet, aimed at providing asset management services for construction companies. Following this he returned to Stanford University to pursue a PhD in the area of Infrastructure Project Management. Ashwin’s research interests are in the areas of Public Private Partnerships (PPP) in Infrastructure planning and management, the management and governance of large engineering projects and the use of technology in infrastructure development. Ashwin is also a co-founder of Okapi Advisory Services Pvt. Ltd and serves as a Director on the Board. He is the Editor of the Engineering Project Organization Journal (EPOJ) and has served on many national committees.

Dr. Pritee Sharma

A significant portion of Dr. Pritee Sharma’s research expertise dealt with the analytical issue of access to and distribution of natural resources, especially water and land. In the fields of food systems, such as food security, agricultural productivity, rural poverty, and international trade, she used her education and analytical abilities to estimate and model the efficiency, productivity, valuation, and distribution of natural resources and ecosystem services. She also focused on developing resilience, enhancing adaptive ability, addressing concerns related to stakeholders in the climate system, and examining the degradation of land and forests from the viewpoints of the impoverished in both urban and rural areas. Up until that point, she had only worked on issues of policy, efficiency, and governance within the Indian setting.

Dr. Shailesh Kr. Agrawal

Dr. Shailesh Kr. Agrawal is a highly esteemed figure in the field of Civil Engineering, specializing in earthquake engineering, disaster mitigation, and affordable housing solutions. With a rich educational background including a Ph.D. from IIT Roorkee and extensive professional experience, he has dedicated his career to advancing science and technology for the betterment of society. Dr. Agrawal’s illustrious journey includes serving as a scientist at the Central Building Research Institute (CBRI), Roorkee, and assuming the role of Executive Director at the Building Materials & Technology Promotion Council (BMTPC), New Delhi, where he has been pivotal in driving initiatives for sustainable housing and disaster resilience.
Throughout his career, Dr. Agrawal has been honored with numerous accolades, including awards from esteemed institutions like The Institution of Engineers (India) and the Indian Concrete Institute. His current focus at BMTPC involves spearheading initiatives under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (PMAY)-Urban, promoting alternative building materials, disaster management, and skill development. Additionally, he actively engages with academia, serving as a visiting faculty at renowned institutions such as the School of Planning & Architecture (SPA), New Delhi, and the National CPWD Academy, contributing to the development of future civil engineers and disaster management experts. Dr. Shailesh Kr. Agrawal’s visionary leadership and unwavering commitment to societal welfare continue to inspire and empower individuals and communities toward a safer and more sustainable future in civil engineering and disaster management.

Lavannya Goradia

She is the Founder-Director of Studio Alaya Projects Private Limited. Managing Director of Health Stall Services Pvt. Ltd. Was a Teaching Faculty of UID- Mysore, Impact School of Architecture and Acharya Institute of Design.An Artist, an Adventurer, Gardner, Photographer besides being an Architect who is passionate about the environment and the effects of urban lifestyle on it. She has over 2 decades of enriching experience in Sustainable Architecture. Extensive experience in customized Sustainable residential architecture and interiors. This includes a variety of design situations, projects with budgetary constraints and executed in myriad of locations. Climatically appropriate, locally available material and skill set centric design and architecture is the strong hold. Has had hands on experience with sustainable practices and alternative building techniques having been part of teams that have implemented fairly large projects over 14 different cities in India. Portfolio includes service apartments, clinics, parks, offices, schools and resorts besides residences.

Dr. Surender Singh

Dr. Surender Singh is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, specialization of Transportation Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras), Chennai, India. He completed his Ph.D. at Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India, in 2018, where he worked extensively on the valorization of Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement (RAP: organic waste from bituminous/asphalt pavements) for Cement Concrete Pavement application. His dissertation on RAP for Sustainable Concrete Pavements had received the prestigious Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) Innovative Project National Award in 2019. Surender obtained his Bachelors in Civil Engineering from State Government College, DCRUST Murthal, India in 2013 and went to pursue M.Tech in Transportation Engineering at the National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra, India (2013-2015). His Master’s dissertation topic was related to the design of Cement Concrete Pavements, the findings of which also earned the prestigious Indian Roads Congress (IRC) Bihar P.W.D. National Medal in 2017. Presently, Surender is working on different aspects of Concrete Pavements such as Valorization of Recycled Materials, Design & Monitoring of Concrete Pavements, Roller Compacted Concrete, and Rural Roads. In total, he has published more than 25 dedicated scientific articles on sustainable cement concrete mixes in various international Science Citation Indexed journals. Besides, Surender is an executive board member in Indian Concrete Institute (ICI) Chennai and is currently serving as the guest associate editor for the international journal of Frontiers in the Built Environment. Currently, he is a member of RILEM’s first-ever Youth Council (representing South Asian counties) and also holding the Vice-Chair position for the same.

Dr. Chime Youdon

Dr. Chime Youdon is a leading expert on climate change and maritime security in the India and Indo-Pacific. Dr. Youdon holds a doctorate in comparative global climate change policies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, fuels her research and policy efforts. As Research Fellow and Head of the Blue Economy and Climate Change Cluster at the National Maritime Foundation in New Delhi, she spearheads research on building resilience for coastal communities and critical maritime infrastructure in the face of climate threats. This focus is evident in her recently published monograph, “Rising Seas and Coastal Impacts: Metropolitan Resilience in India”, which offers crucial solutions for megacities. Currently, she leads a collaborative project with Keio University and CDRI on building a systemic risk assessment model for seaport ecosystems, further strengthening critical infrastructure. Dr Youdon advocates for sustainability through nature-based solutions and the advancement of the blue economy, all while maintaining holistic maritime security in the changing climate landscape of the Indo-Pacific. She actively contributes to expert working groups, playing key roles like the QUAD working group on Seaport Resilience with CDRI. Her expertise extends to policymaking, having served on the Sustainable Blue Economy Committee during India’s G20 Presidency. Her impactful work has been recognized through prestigious fellowships like the CDRI Fellowship (2021-2022) and the Admiral KK Nayyar Fellowship (2020-2023).


The course fee is Rs. 1,20,000 + GST, which includes a comprehensive programme, engagement with fellow participants and experts, and certificate will be provided jointly from the School of Policy and Governance and Manipal University

Enroll by March 31, 2024, to avail of the early bird offer.
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Chandrakanth B N

Chandra is a passionate creator with an empathetic business sense and an entrepreneur who left a high flying career in the US, to chase an Indian dream. He has been involved in establishing several companies since 1996. His ventures have ranged from IT Services, Digital Media operations, Manufacturing and Training. As the Chairman of Pairee, he oversees several investments made by the company.

Prior to Pairee, Chandra was the Founder and Managing Director of Theorem India, which he started with just two people in 2002 and grew it to over 1300+ people globally spread across 4 continents, serving several global blue chip brands and establishing a sprawling campus in Mysore before leaving at the end of 2013. Chandra also enjoys investing, advising and mentoring start-up companies and is on the board of a several such companies. He is also passionate about giving back to the society. His Pairee Foundation is helping educate the rural youth of India and making them job ready. Chandra holds a Masters degree in Industrial Management from Northern Illinois University, Chicago and a BE degree from Bangalore University. He is a leading voice in the IT Industry and regularly speaks at global conferences. He is also an active member of various industry groups in the technology world. Chandra and his work regularly feature on national and regional TV channels.

Monika Barthwal-Datta

Monika Barthwal-Datta is Senior Lecturer in International Security in the School of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney. Before joining UNSW in 2012, Monika was a MacArthur Foundation postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for International Security Studies (CISS), University of Sydney, where she led a two-year research project on ‘Food Security in Asia: Strategic Risks and Mitigation.’ Her research areas include critical security studies, non-traditional security, the international politics of South Asia and Indian foreign policy.

Monika was awarded her PhD by Royal Holloway and Bedford College, University of London and holds an MScEcon in Security Studies from Aberystwyth University. She also has a Master’s in International Journalism from Cardiff University and has worked as a Broadcast Journalist for the BBC World Service Radio in London for several years. Since making Sydney her home in late 2010, Monika has been actively involved in the Australia-India space through her research and community engagement. Monika was a Director and a Steering Committee member of the Australia India Youth Dialogue. She is also on the Executive Committee of the South Asian Studies Association of Australia (SASAA) and on the editorial board of the journal Asian Studies Review. Monika is the author of ‘Understanding Security Practices in South Asia: Securitization Theory and the Role of Non-State Actors’ (Routledge 2012) and ‘Food Security in Asia: Challenges, Policies and Implications’ (IISS and Routledge, 2014), and has spoken at TEDx Orange (NSW, Australia) on the role of small family farms in global food security.

Ruchir Punjabi

Ruchir is a Co-Founder & Chief Digital Officer at Distributed Energy (www.de.energy). Distributed Energy matches investors with renewable energy projects across Africa, the Middle East, and India.

Ruchir formerly founded Langoor (www.langoor.com) – one of APAC’s largest independent digital agencies that were later sold to Havas Group in 2019. Langoor started in his living room in Sydney before growing to 200+ people digital agency across the Asia Pacific. He continues to be a Board Director and Evangelist for the business.

Passionate about social change, Ruchir has started a number of social and not for profit organizations. After the International student crisis in Australia in 2010, Ruchir created the Australia India Youth Dialogue, a Track II diplomatic dialogue between the young leaders of Australia and India. Ruchir is also the Founder of a School of Policy and Governance and Samarthan India. Ruchir is a Computer Science graduate from Sydney University and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He serves as Director on a number of not for profit and business Boards, including investing in some of them.

Vidyanand Sagaram

Vidyanand Sagaram joined the Victorian Government Business Office in 2009 to head their Skilled and Business Migration portfolio for South and South East Asia. In 2011 he was appointed as the Director for Strategic Projects with a primary focus on the whole-of Victorian government initiatives. To deliver the key initiatives and priorities of the government he has been engaging very closely with the Indian governments both State and Federal, industry groups and various Victorian departments.

Vidya was also the Director for the Australia India Youth Dialogue which hosts young leaders from Australia and India at an annual conference, held in India and Australia in alternate years. He is currently on the Executive Council of the Indo Australian Chamber of Commerce. Vidya has previously worked for La Trobe University in India heading their operations for South Asia, prior to that with Hobsons Solutions and Telstra in Melbourne. He holds a Master’s degree from Monash University, Melbourne.

Rishi Suri

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Manuraj Sundaram

Manuraj is a lawyer practicing at the Madras High Court and is also a Media Spokesperson for the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam party. He has rich experience in the field of public policy after working as a Parliamentary Advisor for the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam for 5 years.

In November 2010, Manu was a Fellow of the ‘Legislative Fellows Program’ organized by the US State Department. In July 2013, Manuraj was invited to participate in the ‘European Union Visitor Program’, with fellowships in Brussels, Strassbourg and The Hague.

Manuraj has run tech-based outreach campaigns to engage citizens on civic issues and study participatory governance models.

Sanushka Seomangal

Sanushka Seomangal is a Partner in Thomson Geer’s Sydney office where she specialises in equity and debt capital markets and mergers and acquisitions. With particular expertise in public and private equity fundraising, initial public offerings (IPOs), and mergers and acquisitions involving both private and listed companies, Sanushka also advises her clients on general corporate matters. Sanushka’s practice is largely cross-border with an Asia-focus and she has expertise in capital markets and M&A transactions involving clients in the PRC, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Indonesia and India. Amongst her professional achievements, Sanushka was named one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence in 2018 and was a finalist at the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards 2019.

Sanushka holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Natal, South Africa, a Master of Applied Law from the University of Queensland, Australia and a Master of Business Law from the University of Sydney, Australia. Sanushka has a particular interest in India and is a member of the board of the Australia India Council, the National Vice Chair of the Australia India Business Council, and co-founder of the Australia India Youth Dialogue. She is also a member of UN Women Australia and Philanthropy Australia’s New Generation of Giving.

Preethi Herman

Preethi Herman is the Global Executive Director of the Change.org Foundation and an Obama Foundation Fellow for global civic leadership. She established Change.org as a people’s platform in India – growing it from a user base of less than 2 lakh users to a current 1 crore active citizens taking action on various social change issues across the country. Under Preethi’s lead, the Change.org India team has brought several issues into national headlines and made it into a movement touching the lives of millions of Indians.

Preethi is one of the few women leaders from the Global South at the forefront of the civic technology. She has been recognised as one among the 50 most influential women in media (in India) by Impact Media in 2016 and again in 2017, was awarded Business Today’s Most Powerful Women Award in India in 2017 and was recognized by the Indian Government as one of the 25 women transforming India through the UN’s #WomenTransform initiative. At the heart of Preethi’s vision is enabling the power for people coming together to create change and leveraging technology in a decentralised structure of civil leadership. She has helped set up powerful civic and campaigning based organisations like ‘She Creates Change’ and ‘Campaign Academy India’ and serves on the boards of various Indian and International organisations.

Subhadra Menon
Head of Programs

Subhadra Menon leads SPG’s Programmes and Initiatives. She has been working in the domains of human development with a specific focus on communication and advocacy. An award-winning writer, Subhadra uses her core skills and professional experiences to contribute towards the improvement of development indices in India and the region through communication and advocacy using high calibre research, evidence-gathering, analysis, writing and documentation for public domain knowledge. She is passionate about public engagement and outreach. She has extensive experience with social and behaviour change communication, evidence-based advocacy, health literacy initiatives, knowledge management and packaging communication products for change agendas.

Subhadra has led several large programmes and initiatives for national and international organisations, mainly the Public Health Foundation of India, UNFPA India, the Futures Group, the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative and the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation. Before this, Subhadra was a print journalist specialising in health, science and technology, environment and social issues. She was Principal Correspondent for the India Today magazine, among other professional affiliations.

Anushka Mukherjee

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Jennie Jehosheba Jackson

Jennie is the Programme Associate at School of Policy and Governance. She graduated with a Master of Philosophy in Social Work specialized in Human Resources from Bharathiar University, Coimbatore. Jennie has worked as a Social Worker and as a Human Resource Trainee in different sectors like schools, manufacturing industries and hospitality. She has also been a Volunteer at Cheshire Homes Coimbatore and has extended her support for the persons with disabilities. Jennie has also been working in a Media Post Production company based out of Bangalore for the past 3 years and has recently joined our team.

Dr. Dhanasree Jayaram

Dr. Dhanasree Jayaram is a Research Fellow at Centre Marc Bloch (CMB) and Guest Researcher at Freie Universität Berlin – under the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s International Climate Protection Fellowship (for postdocs) 2022-23. She is an Assistant Professor, Department of Geopolitics and International Relations, and Co-coordinator, Centre for Climate Studies, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Karnataka, India. She is also a Research Fellow, Earth System Governance; Member, Climate Security Expert Network; and Member, Planet Politics Institute. She holds a PhD in Geopolitics and International Relations from MAHE. She pursued a visiting fellowship (Erasmus Mundus – short-term PhD) at Leiden University, the Netherlands during 2014-15; and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, under the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship during 2018-19. She managed a project of adelphi (Berlin) on “Climate Diplomacy”, sponsored by the German Federal Foreign Office during 2015-20. Her primary fields of interest include climate politics and diplomacy, environmental security and military, regional environmental policy in Asia, and environmental peacebuilding.

Nakkeeran Nanjappan

N. Nakkeeran is Professor with the School of Global Affairs & Deputy Director of Centre for Research Methods, Dr. B.R Ambedkar University, Delhi (AUD). A Gold Medallist in M.A. (Anthropology) from Madras University, Prof. N. Nakkeeran did his M.Phil and PhD from the Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Before Joining AUD, he was with the Department of Health Services Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and the Indian Institute of Public Health Gandhinagar (IIPHG - PHFI). Prof. Nakkeeran has worked, published and undertaken funded research in the areas of health social sciences, health equity, qualitative research methodology and child malnutrition. He has participated as a resource person in numerous research methodology workshops meant for research scholars and young faculty members organised across the country. While at IIPHG he had successfully conducted three-day annual workshop on Qualitative Research Methods for medical and public health professionals between 2010 and 2014 and also rolled out an online Certificate programme in Research Methodology. He also was instrumental in designing and rolling out Master of Public Health Programmes at IIPHG and AUD and a doctoral programme in Public Health at AUD. He has won a number of fellowships and research grants including 3rd & 4th Global symposium on Health Systems Research Fellowships; PHFI-Wellcome Trust Research fellowship; ICMR Research Grants; DST Research Grant and a number grants for organizing methodology workshops. Extracts from his ethnographic study of a south Indian village was published as “Conditions of Women's Work, Status and Fertility: Land, Caste and Gender in a South Indian Village”, EPW); he has co-authored an ethnographic monograph “Transfer of Home-based Newborn Care from SEARCH to Other Organizations: Process Documentation of the ANKUR Project”, (SEARCH, 2007). His other publications in this area include “Qualitative Research Methodology: Epistemological Foundation and Research Procedures”, (IJSW), “Knowledge, Truth and Social Reality: An Introductory Note on Qualitative Research” (IJCM); “Rigor and Validity in Qualitative Methods in Applied Situations” (IJPH); “Is ‘Sampling’ a Misnomer in Qualitative Research?” (Sociological Bulletin); “Disability, mental health, sexual orientation and gender identity: understanding health inequity through experience and difference” (Health Research Policy and Systems); and Beyond behaviour as individual choice: A call to expand understandings around social science in health research (Wellcomeopenresearch).

Dr Shweta Singh

Shweta Singh is Associate Professor of International Relations at the South Asian University (New Delhi, India). Her research broadly focuses on the politics of ‘everyday’, norms and WPS agenda (South Asia), critical peace and conflict studies (with a particular focus on post-colonial South Asia) , gender and populism, and contemporary politics of Afghanistan, Kashmir and Sri Lanka. She has been the recipient of the prestigious United States Leadership Award in 2010, and the Mahbub Ul Haq Award in 2013. She was recently appointed as the UN Women International Expert on populism, nationalism, and gender (Regional Office for Asia and Pacific), and as Academic Advisor for the UNESCO-MGiEP project on State of Prevention of Violent Extremism through Education in South Asia. She is co-editor (with Tiina Vaittinen and Catia Confortini), of a Rowman and Littlefield book series(which is now under process of transition) titled Feminist Studies on Peace, Justice and Violence. Her recent publications include ‘Towards an intersectional approach to populism: comparative perspectives from Finland and India’, Contemporary Politics (co-authored with Elise Feron) 2021;‘ ‘Gendering education for peace: Critical perspectives’ in Tarja Väyrynen, Swati Parashar, Élise Féron, Catia Confortini (eds.), Handbook of Feminist Peace Research, Routledge, 2021, ‘In between the Ulema and Local Warlords in Afghanistan: Critical Perspectives on the Everyday, Norms Translation and UNSCR 1325’, International Feminist Journal of Politics, 2020.  

Shreelata Krishnan

Shreelata brings to the table a creative and entrepreneurial approach to developing sustainable solutions for organisations across industries. Towards this end, she is experienced in mentoring and coaching people and enterprises, implementing pioneering solutions for multi scalar, projects that help drive positive societal, economic, and climate change impact, and building capacity by employing a bottom-up approach. Shreelata has completed a master’s level education in Sustainable Transitions from the University of Aberdeen.

Intrigued and fascinated with different cultures and lifestyles, she has worked with a diverse set of national & international organisations in the fields of sustainability communication, social impact, impact monitoring and capacity building.

Early in her career, Shreelata has worked extensively in the customer service sector across hospitality, shipping and telecom industries managing multiple teams, co-founded her own online enterprise supporting nearly 30 rural and semi-urban SHGs, entrepreneurs, and brands, coached and mentored social impact entrepreneurs globally, and volunteered with various capacity-building organisations as a mentor, fundraiser, advisor, and member. She is passionate about working with people and communities, promoting the culture of entrepreneurship, working to drive social change and can speak seven languages.


Dr. Roxy Mathew Koll

Dr. Roxy Mathew Koll is a Climate Scientist at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology. He did his Ph.D. in Ocean and Atmospheric Dynamics from Hokkaido University, Japan. Dr. Koll has made breakthrough contributions to observing and predicting the Indo-Pacific climate, facilitating the food, water, and economic security of the region. He led the redesign of the Indian Ocean Observation System and the development of the first climate model from South Asia—contributing to the science, monitoring, forecasts, and climate projections of the Indian Ocean rim countries. He is currently leading research on climate change and its impacts on the monsoon, cyclones, heatwaves, and the marine ecosystem. Dr. Koll is the Chair of the Indian Ocean Region Panel and a Lead Author of the IPCC Reports. He actively collaborates with citizen science networks, local governments, and media to bring science to society. Dr. Koll is among the top 2% scientists ranked by Stanford University. He was awarded the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Devendra Lal Medal for outstanding research in Earth and Space Sciences in 2022. The U.S. National Academy of Sciences awarded him the Kavli Fellowship in 2015 and the NRC Senior Research Fellowship in 2018. The Indian Meteorological Society felicitated him with the Young Scientist Award in 2016 for his research on the changes in the Monsoon.

Ulka Kelkar

Ulka Kelkar is Director, Climate, World Resources Institute India. She is an economist with more than two decades’ experience in climate policy. She models the economic impacts of low-carbon development pathways for India and supports climate action in Indian cities and states. She previously worked as a consultant climate assessment specialist for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and research fellow with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). She was appointed by the Government of India to formulate India’s Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (STIP 2020) in the thematic group on Energy, Environment and Climate Change.

Lakshmi Tejaswini

Lakshmi Tejaswini P is a multifaceted professional who has successfully driven impactful initiatives across various sectors. She has a proven track record of collaborating with businesses, nonprofits, political firms and government bodies to bring about positive change.She worked with the Higher Education Department of the Government of Karnataka, contributing to the establishment of aspirational goals for 2030, and played a vital role in the passing of the UVCE Act-2021 as part of the Vision Group of Higher Education and Research. She briefly worked with NetApp's APAC team in run their Corporate Social Impact programmes. Transitioning to political consulting, she developed effective strategies and campaigns for four successful political leaders in the Karnataka Assembly Elections of 2023. Additionally, she serves as the General Secretary of the Dheerya Foundation, a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting accessible holistic education for all.

Dr Tanwir Arshed

Dr Tanwir Arshed is an Assistant Professor presently teaching at the Department of Political Science, President University, Kolkata. He completed his PhD from the University of North Bengal, Darjeeling, on India Pakistan Relations and the Role of the United States. His area of interest are Indian Public Administration and Indian Foreign Policy with a specific focus on South Asia and China. He has been a former SUSI Fellow at the University of Massachusetts, USA  

Ms. Kanika Dhupar

Kanika Dhupar, is a communications and policy professional, presently working as a Consultant at the Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) Reforms Secretariat, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India. She completed her Masters in Journalism from School of Communication Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh. Her areas of interest are public affairs and policy, with a specific focus on multidisciplinary stakeholder engagements for global MNCs and industrial conglomerates, for addressal of issues, mitigating regulatory risks and helping them navigate the complex hierarchy of Central and State government stakeholders. With a keen interest in news, policy and communications - in her previous stints, she was an Account Director at Genesis BCW; a journalist in the print and digital domain, when she worked with Hindustan Times, The Tribune and The Indian Express. She was also the southeast-Asia reporter/producer with Barcroft Media - now ‘truly’ - London.  

Dr. Ekta Singh

Dr. Ekta Singh is an Assistant Professor in Public Policy and Governance at Dr. B. R. Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD). Before joining AUD, she worked as an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Policy & Governance at TISS, Hyderabad Campus. Dr. Singh’s doctoral research looks at the interface between welfare and neo-liberalism in post-liberalization India through the lens of governance reforms in PDS. Her research interests primarily encompass policy institutions, the political economy of development, politics of welfare, comparative social policy, and governance issues. She is currently interested in critically analyzing the interface between technology and social policy.