Prof. A.S. Raghubanshi
Founder, Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development | Banaras Hindu University
Leading ecologist having unprecedented expertise in Vindhyan ecology, he founded ‘Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development’ in Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. He has done pioneering research on Vindhyan ecology and presently involved in various studies using remote sensing and has innumerable international publications on varied aspects of environment, but his major research inclination can be seen towards ecology of invasive species. This young professor from country's top most university, Prof. Akhilesh Raghubanshi is inspiration to many scientists and researchers in the country. His association with the team brings not only his vast experience and knowledge but confidence which can be seen in the whole team.Contact
Dr. Sarita Kumar
Associate Professor, Department of Zoology | Acharya Narendra Dev College, University of Delhi
An awardee of ‘Distinguished Teacher’ by University of Delhi , 'Shiksha Rattan', 'Meritorious Teacher Award' by Govt. of Delhi and few other international awards in education, Dr. Kumar is an entomologist with special interest in biological control of pests using plant extracts. She is Editor of several international societies and journals, authored several books for education boards, and also working for long time on open education resources. She also works closely with NCERT and IGNOU. To read her complete profile click here
Dr. Laxmi Goparaju
Expert in Ecology and Remote Sensing
Dr. Laxmi Goparaju is an expert in forestry and ecology and has worked with pretigious institutes like National Remote Sensing Agency, Department of Space, Hyderabad in projectsinvolving multitemporal and multiresolution satellite data and related ancillary data in Remote Sensing and GIS applications. Her PhD thesis 'Community Diversity Assessment in Vindhyans using remote sensing and GIS' exposed her to the enviornmental challenges of the region and also a reason to join the movement. She has also significant experience in EIA of Thermal Power Plants. Her role as a scientific advisor adds a significant knowledge and experience to the protection and conservation of the Vindhyas.
Mr. Firoz Ahmad
Expert in Forestry and Remote Sensing
Firoz Ahmad has completed his M.Tech( Remote Sensing) from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi after doing his M.SC( Forestry) and B. SC ( Forestry) from Birsa Agriculture University, Ranchi. He has qualified NET in Forestry. He worked as a researcher in National Remote Sensing Agency, Hyderabad where he was associated with various projects in forestry and wildlife, one of them being the DOS/DBT project “Biodiversity Characterization at Landscape level using remote sensing and GIS for the state of Kerela”. He has extensively travelled in various forests of India. His interests are forest mapping, wildlife suitability, urban forestry and watershed monitoring.
Adv. Preeta Dhar
Preeta Dhar is a lawyer with expertise in variety of environmental issues. She graduated from National Law School of India University (NLSIU)-Bangalore in 2011 and then practiced corporate law for a year and then became a legislative assistant to a Member of Parliament in Bihar (LAMP fellowship). She worked with Legal Initiative for Forest and Environment (LIFE) for more than 3 years where she worked as a trans-boundary water expert and Project Coordinator for India, Nepal and Bangladesh. She has also litigated actively before the National Green Tribunal during her engagement with LIFE. Presently she is completing her LLM in Law and Development at Azim Premji University, Bangalore. She is associated with Vindhya Bachao Abhiyan as an expert advisor on environmental law and governance.Contact
Adv. Parul Gupta
Parul Gupta is first generation pro-conservation lawyer dealing with environmental cases since 2009. Her earlier career started with Supreme Court and her passion for environment conservation made her earn a good name as an NGT lawyer. She has actively worked in numerous cases for waste managment, rivers/wetland conservation and various cases dealing with environnmental clearance and forest clearance related to Power Projects, Hydel Projects and Minings in India. She has been also appointed as Commissioner in several cases by the NGT. This young advocate is inspiration to many aspiring lawyers who are interested in taking up environment as a legal tool. She is associated with Vindhya Bachao as an expert advisor and legal counsel.Contact
Debadityo is founder and managing trustee of VENHF. He is B.Sc.(Hons.) Zoology from Delhi University, M.Sc.(Tech.) Environmental Sciences from Banaras Hindu University and has undertaken specialisation in Tropical Forest Restoration from Yale University. His initiatives for conservation of environment and ecology of Mirzapur began as a Masters student at BHU. He also formed the first eco-club of BHU called ‘Eco One’ and was recipient ‘Environment Equity and Justice Partnership’ fellowship, 2011. He has been a recipient of ‘Best Story Award’ by ‘Development Alternative’ under ‘The City I Want’ Campaign for revival of the water falls in Mirzapur. He is also actively litigating in National Green Tribunal in matters related to environmental justice.
Key Role: Managing Trustee
Research Scholar | Jawahar Lal Nehru University
With a Masters Degree in Electronics from University of Delhi Shekhar's commitment towards social causes could be seen from his childhood. He has been involved in several social outreach programs with different organisations. Very kind at heart, Shekhar's attitude towards life's smallest problem and the way he takes initiative to solve them makes him a class apart from others. His interest in Vindhyan range and the zeal to make some difference in the society made him becoming a part of Vindhya Bachao. He is managing the organisations's public outreach in Delhi and also responsible for effective planning and execution of campaigns.
Key Role: Campaigns and Outreach
Shishir completed his Masters in Environment Science and Technology from Banaras Hindu University and Bachelors in Life Sciences from University of Delhi. He was an active Eco One campaigner and known for the students mobilization action in Banaras Hindu University against a proposed 1320 MW Thermal Power Plant which led 550 students unitedly sending a petition to government of India in March, 2014. He has been aassociated with several international organizations. He is very good photographer too and one is strongly encouraged to visit his photography page on facebook 'Shishir Photography'.
Key Role: Youth Mobilization