Tmt. Supriya Sahu
Additional Chief Secretary, Environment, Climate Change and Forest Department, Government of Tamil Nadu
Supriya Sahu belongs to the Indian Administrative Service. She has more than 30 years of experience in the Indian Administrative Service. She has worked extensively in areas relating to Socio-Economic Development Administration, Health, Empowerment, Environment, Climate Change, Forests and Media.
She is credited with launching a highly successful grass roots environment campaign “Operation Blue Mountain” in the year 2000 to eliminate single use plastic from the Nilgiris District where she served as the District Collector. The movement also led to creation of a Guinness world record for “largest number of trees planted in a day”.
She has received the prestigious “Best Collector Award” and the “Green Award” by the Government of Tamil Nadu for her work.
In her current assignment, she has been instrumental in setting up India’s first Tamil Nadu Green Climate Company (TNGCC), a not-for-profit venture of the Government of Tamil Nadu to steer climate action in Tamil Nadu.
Kanchi Kohli is a researcher, educator and communicator of environmental law and policy. Her work areas cover the fields of environment, forest and biodiversity regulation and governance in India. Her policy research and practice explores the links and gaps between law, development, sustainability and environmental justice.
Kanchi has authored several reports, research papers and popular articles as part of her work. She co-authored the coursebook Development of Environmental Laws in India (Cambridge University Press, 2021) and co-edited Business Interests and the Environmental Crisis (SAGE-India, 2016). Since 2004, she is co-editor of Forest Case Update, a public information service on forest and wildlife cases in the Supreme Court of India. She co-authored The Case for the Commons, a six part e-publication on the implementation by state governments of the 2011 Supreme Court judgment on the protection of common lands in India. Her twitter platform #lawforall publicised significant aspects of Indian environmental law for a year and was regarded as an innovative form of environmental law pedagogy.
Kanchi is an Associate Editor of the quarterly magazine Current Conservation. Kanchi teaches environment law and development courses at government training institutes and universities.,
She was selected to the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) of the US government in 2012. She was also was awarded the Fulbright Fellowship in 2013 and was affiliated to the Boalt Law School, University of Berkeley, California.
Gavin Octavio Joseph D’Souza
Director - Lila Digital and Environmental Solutions Pvt Ltd
Gavin has held various roles in different companies in Goa since August 2012. Gavin is currently in the role of Managing Director at Agate Techno Systems Pvt Ltd, where they oversee the training of IT and soft skills, human resource management, marketing divisions, and ensure compliance with government guidelines. Under his leadership, the organisation achieved the highest benchmark training volumes of 2500 government employees and 15,000 students in 3 years. The company's clients include various government departments and institutions, such as the Pollution Control Board, Goa Police Force, and Fr. Agnel College.
Gavin is also serving as Director (Finance) at Lila Digital and Environmental Solutions Pvt Ltd, where he manages financial and operational aspects of large capital projects related to rainwater harvesting, sewage and effluent treatment plants, drip irrigation systems, and solid waste management. Some of the company's environment clients include Abbott India Ltd, National Institute of Oceanography, and the Government of India. Additionally, the individual is a Partner (Financial Advisory) at Meridian Wealth, where he offer financial planning and wealth management advisory services such as investments, life and non-life insurance, real estate, and loans. He also has certifications in quality management systems auditing, chartered financial goal planning, and are currently serving as the Chair of Water Committee for CII Goa for 2022-2023.
Yogesh A T Pednekar
Associate Member, Institute of Indian Interior Designers
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.
VP Agrawal & Co, Goa
Anirudh Agrawal is a scion of the illustrious Agrawal family of South Goa. He holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from the Government Engineering College, Farmagudi, Goa and then completed his MBA from the U.S.A. On his return from the U.S., he joined his family business and aspired to start a new venture. Agrawal started the Agrawal Renewable Energy Pvt. Ltd. to be the first manufacturer of Solar panels in Goa. He further diversified into the manufacture of EVA sheets and has expanded his solar panels 4 times in a short period of 10 years. Agrawal is currently the Managing Director of Agrawal Renewable Energy Pvt. Ltd. Besides his passion for work, he has a passion for social work. Agrawal is a founder member of Entrepreneurs Organization in Goa and Margao Youth Round Table. He also led the CII Goa Panel on Energy as a Convenor in the year 2021-22.
A. Nambi Appadurai
Director & Strategy Head ( Climate Resilience Practice) at World Resources Institute (WRI), India
Experienced professional in environment, climate change and international development domains. Dr. Nambi has a long history of working in international agencies like the World Bank, UNEP, CGIAR and reputed international research organisations. His areas of interest include Climate Change Adaptation, Climate Policy, Community Based Resilience, Sustainable Development, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Governance, and Institution Building.
He is a member of several expert groups constituted by national and sub-national governments and international research initiatives on climate change. He also has to his credit publications on topics related to environment, climate change and development on various peer reviewed journals. He is also a recipient of several scholarships and awards for academic and professional accomplishments. Academic credentials from Syracuse University, USA, Harvard University, University of Cambridge, UK and Madras University, India.
Founder / Trustee - Costal Impact
A banker by profession, Venkat worked in Hong Kong for 11 years between 1984 and 1995 before deciding to quit the rat race and start recreational scuba diving in Goa, India, in Nov 1995. He joined Barracuda Diving India as a freelance instructor, becoming a partner in 1996 and then taking over the company as a Sole Proprietor in 1997. He is passionate about marine conservation, and founded Coastal Impact with the intention of building awareness about marine ecosystems and motivating people to become divers and ‘ocean ambassadors’, as well as join in to save Goa’s precious marine life. He is an SSI Master Instructor and PADI IDC Staff Instructor. He is one of the most highly qualified dive instructors in India and has been diving since the last 30 years.
Fellow, The Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW)
Vaibhav is an economist who leads The Council's work on Low-Carbon Pathways. His research focuses on energy and climate change mitigation policy issues, especially those impacting India, within the integrated assessment modelling framework of the Global Change Assessment Model (GCAM). Vaibhav’s recent work includes studies on pathways and policies for achieving India’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and Mid-Century Strategies within the context of sustainable development and national priorities, the climate policy–energy–water nexus, transportation energy and emission scenarios, HFC emission scenarios and mitigation policy, and nuclear energy scenarios for India.
Prior to joining the Council, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Joint Global Change Research Institute/ Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA. He has been actively involved in global model comparison exercises like the Asian Modelling Exercise (AME) and the Energy Modelling Forum (EMF). Vaibhav has been a part of Government of India committees on energy and climate policy. He actively publishes in, and reviews articles for, leading international energy and climate policy journals.
He holds a Doctorate in Economics from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and a Master’s degree in Forest Management from the Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal.
Director of Business Development and Design at Assam Bengal Navigation Co. and JTI Group
Antara Phookan is the Director of Business Development and Design at Assam Bengal Navigation Co. and Jungle Travels India known as JTI Group.
Jungle Travels India ( JTI Group )was established in 1989, to draw discerning travellers and nature enthusiasts to the unexplored North-east Indian jungles, wildlife, dense forests and water bodies. JTI Group was the first IATA agent of the entire Northeast and still continues today as the most experienced, high-end bespoke outbound and inbound tour operator in this region. Assam Bengal Navigation Co. (ABN) established in 2003, is the pioneering long-distance river cruise company in India that earmarked India’s greatest Himalayan Rivers in the world river cruising map.
ABN owns and operates a conscious luxury collection of boutique river cruise ships, houseboats and safari lodges along the Brahmaputra and Ganges Rivers. Within which, 5% of every room booked in their portfolio is contributed to their ABN Foundation that supports projects and change-makers within the 3 pillars of education, environment and community development.
Antara is well-experienced in the tourism realm of India especially having faced the challenges of north East India. She specialises in niche travel marketing and business development, regenerative tourism and in responsible high value-low volume eco-tourism catering to the conscious luxury traveller.
As the 2nd Gen of this family-run boutique portfolio of conscious travel products & experiences, she has been involved with the company since a young age. She has wandered far and wide to purposefully gain a lifetime of experiences as a nature-seeker, an adventurer and an epicurean, she speaks 5 languages (including French and Spanish) and has solo ‘slow’ travelled through 65+ countries to date.
During the past decade when she was living between France and Spain, she worked with luxe real estate-buying groups, creative startups, community-based platforms and luxury travel companies in Spain, France, UK and USA within various capacities.
She graduated from a French Business School in Paris and Antibes with a Masters in Business Management specialising in Marketing & Business Development.
She returned home to the Brahmaputra River valley in north-east India where she is exploring new projects that will add value to the region. She exudes her creativity through designing eco-chic experiences whilst also executing the sustainable interior design and guest experience of the fleet of ships & boats of Assam Bengal Navigation Co.
Dr. S P Aggarwal
Director of the North Eastern Space Applications Centre (NESAC) of Department of Space, Govt. of India
Dr. S P Aggarwal is the Director of the North Eastern Space Applications Centre (NESAC) of Department of Space, Govt. of India located in Umiam, Meghalaya, Dr. Aggarwal has taken important initiatives towards effective utilization of Space Technology for various development activities of NER such as Natural Resource Management, Disaster Risk Management, Weather forecasting, Satellite communication applications, ICT based applications and Geo-governance related applications.
Prior to joining NESAC, Dr. Aggarwal contributed significantly in various sub-domains of water resources and hydrology such as hydrological modeling, Irrigation water management, Soil erosion assessment, Snow, ice and glacier melt studies, flood mapping, monitoring and flood early warning system, Cryosphere research in Antarctica and Arctic region during his illustrious career spanning over 25 years as a Scientist and Engineer IIRS (ISRO), Dehradun.
As programme coordinator of the UN affiliated Centre for space science and technology education in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP) during 2016-2021 periods, Dr Aggarwal played the pivotal role in strengthening the regional and international cooperation in capacity building in space science, technology and applications in the Asia-Pacific region. He interacted with different international organizations, UN agencies, foreign missions in India and Indian missions abroad to organize academic programme for participants from the Asia-Pacific region. These programmes included Remote Sensing and GIS, Satellite Communications, Satellite Meteorology and Global Climate, Space and Atmospheric Sciences and GNSS, conducted at IIRS, Dehradun and SAC and PRL Ahmadabad.
Dr. Aggarwal is well known for his teaching skills. He has extensively contributed in various capacity building programmes of IIRS, which includes training programmes for user departments, Ministries of Central and State Governments, University faculty, etc. He has been a major contributor in all IIRS academic programmes viz. M.Tech. (RS & GIS), M.Sc. (Geoinformatics), PG Diploma, and other certificate courses. He has supervised 26 M.Tech students, 42 PG diploma students and guided 5 Ph D students. He has over 150 research publications in peer reviewed national & International journals along with authored book chapters.
Dr. Aggarwal is an active member of several scientific and professional societies. He is served as Secretary of Technical Commission V of International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) on Education and outreach (2016-2022). Currently He is Chair of ISPRS TC V, WG- 4 of Education and awareness in Disaster Risk Management
He received several awards and honours including the Institution of Engineers of India (Uttarakhand state) conferring him with the Eminent Engineers Award for 2014 for his outstanding contributions in the field of Water Resource Engineering. He received the President Appreciation medal by ISRS for 2016, prestigious National Geospatial Award for Excellence by Indian Society of Remote Sensing for 2018 and National Award for e-Governance 2022 (Silver Medal) for Excellence in Adopting Emerging Technologies by Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, Govt. of India.
He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers (India), Indian Society of Remote Sensing (ISRS) and Indian Association of Hydrologist.
Dr Sriparna B Baruah
MSME Sector & Ex IIE Chairperson & Director
Dr Sriparna B Baruah is a Development Professional with 35 years of work experience in Management Education and in Small and Medium Enterprise Development .Dr Baruah was associated with the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship as Head (Centre for Industrial Extension) and as Director i/c. During her career span of 35 years, in the initial ten years when she was working with the Assam Institute of Management,Dr Baruah played a pioneering role in promoting Management Education in N.E India .Later when she joined the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship her experience for more than two decades has been on Entrepreneurship and Livelihood Promotion . Dr Baruah has extensive experience in action research and projects relating to development of livelihood clusters specifically in all the eight states of North Eastern Region of India. She took up cluster development on a mission mode and the impact created through various need-based interventions resulted in development of sustainable development models for the region.
Dr Baruah has also been working towards developing the eco-system for promoting women entrepreneurs and start-ups in the social sector. For the last five years, she has been actively involved in facilitating creation of a start-up eco-system in North East India and has been regularly mentoring and handholding existing and potential start-ups in opportunity guidance and scaling up. Her strong academic experience and background has helped in contributing towards documenting case studies of various successful livelihood initiatives. She has also presented papers and shared Indian experiences of small enterprise promotion in both national and international forums. Dr Baruah has represented NE India in various international forums and lead Business Delegations delegations globally. She has also represented the country as a speaker in
international conferences in countries like Latin America and Malaysia She regularly provides academic and consultancy support to MBA departments of all major universities of North East India ,institutions like TISS, NIRD,AASC etc.
Dr Baruah has been a member of the Board of Management of the School of Vocational Education (SOVET) IGNOU , the North East Network(NEN), the Cancer Research Foundation (CRF),BRTC A BIRAC-KIIT- TBI initiative, India Women Network, Council for Social and Digital Development (CSDD),Margdarshak Advisory and is actively involved with various industry associations like CII, FICCI and FINER.Dr Baruah is an independent Director in the board of IIT Guwahati Technology Innovation and Development Foundation.Dr Baruah is curently associated with the North East Handloom and Handicraft Development Corporation (NEHHDC) as Advisor (Livelihoods and Entrepeneurship) Dr Sriparna B Baruah received the ‘BHARAT VIKAS AWARD’ for her contribution to the Livelihood Sector from the Institute of Self Reliance on 19 th November 2017. She is also a recipient of an award from JUNIOR CHAMBERS INTERNATIONAL for her contributionto the education sector . She also received the
lifetime achievement award for her contribution to the field of entrepreneurship development and livelihoods from NFED
(National Foundation for Entrepreneurship Development) on 8 th March 2022.
As an enabler for facilitating the development of entrepreneurial eco-system Dr Baruah’s specific contribution is visible in the areas of
Scaling up of micro enterprises
Connecting social entrepreneurs with livelihood projects to ensure sustainability and
Helping in Industry-Academia interface.
Founder & CEO of SMV Green Solutions
Mr Naveen Krishna is a masters in Social work who founded SMV Green Solutions in 2015. SMV provides dignified livelihood options to the marginalized communities in India by creating an eco-system of Safe, Clean and affordable last mile transport solutions to both the drivers and commuters, promotes gender inclusion in mobility through its flagship program Vahini (Women Electric Rickshaw Drivers) along with Electric wagons to provide Farm to Market linkage to farmer producers organisation in India. SMV has benefitted more than 3000 direct customers and more than 12,000 indirect people till date. SMV through its efforts is reducing 5000 MT of CO2 per year and has increased the income of its end customers from 3$ to 8 $ per day. SMV received 2019 UK’s Ashden Award, 2021 Energy Access Booster Awards and 2021 Meaningful Business 100 for its efforts on Clean transport and livelihoods promotion in a sustainable way in India.
Jyotsna Kaur Habibullah
Chief Executive Officer at Lucknow Farmers Market, TEDx Speaker
Jyotsna Kaur Habibullah is a veteran in International Marketing, having lived and worked globally in cities like Dubai, London, Mumbai, Delhi and now Lucknow. Working on skill development and creating self-reliance amongst women’s groups since 2011 Jyotsna has always focused on Sustainable livelihoods, sanitation, and women's health. She founded FICCI FLO Lucknow & Kanpur chapters and was involved at a national level as part of the governing body of FLO working for women's empowerment since 2015.
Her expertise lies in building an ecosystem for sustainable entrepreneurs and giving them a platform. She is also the founder of Lucknow Farmers Market as an online platform and offline Farmers Market connecting 500 farmers, agripreneurs, startups across the country with 7000 products and services listed on lucknowfarmersmarket.com, monthly.
Prof. Kshitij Awasthi
Professor in Strategic Management area and Coordinator, IIM Lucknow
Prof. Kshitij Awasthi is Associate Professor in Strategic Management area and Coordinator, Centre for Public Policy at IIM Lucknow. He obtained his doctoral degree from IIM Bangalore. His current research interests are in public policy, corporate governance, and micro-entrepreneurship. His research has featured in reputed global and national journals like the Business & Society, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Economic and Political Weekly, Development Policy Review, The Economic Papers, International Social Science Journal etc.
He has been actively involved in consulting and advisory with several government departments in areas of planning, economic growth and sustainable development.
He is recipient of CK Prahlad Prashasti, 2022 and Distinguished Paper award from Academy of Management, USA, 2016. Recently, his research paper on Health belief and Women education in India, published in 'The Economic Papers' was awarded the best paper for year 2022 by The Economic Society of Ausralia.
Chief Visioning Officer at Fields of View
Trina started working in Kalighat, one of Asia's largest red light areas, at the age of 18. Her interaction with commercial sex workers spurred her passion to co-found Kranti at the age of 22. Kranti empowers girls from Mumbai’s Red Light Areas to become social change leaders.
Trina was Director of Venture and Fellowship, South Asia, for Ashoka, a global organisation across 90 countries, investing in the leading social entrepreneurs of our times. Trina led Ashoka both in South Asia and Southern Africa. Trina worked with American Express, Philanthropy, in Washington, D.C. and New York, where she built American Express’ leadership program for non-profit professionals. Trina continues to be a serial social entrepreneur, kick-starting critical development work in the field of 21st century leadership. Her most recent venture is Bolti Bandh, that builds dialogue between politically polarised people.
As Chief Visioning Officer at Fields of View, Trina focus her energies on scaling Fields of View’s digital serious games and getting them into the hands of diverse stakeholders, from policy makers, to businesses, philanthropies and citizens, to build sustained dialogue and action on civic issues.
Director at Thumbi Labs and COO at Fields of View
A trained architect and product designer having trained in India and Germany. He has over 20 years of engaging with sustainability in various ways. Ranging from scaling purpose enterprises, to working with civil society organisations to better engage with their communities through games and simulation. At FoV his interests lie in increasing participation in sustainability conversations and finding cross-sectoral applications for research tools and methodologies.