Anvita is a climate law and policy researcher, currently working as a consultant to the Loss and Damage Unit of the Adaptation Division at the UNFCCC Secretariat in Bonn. She pursued her master’s in environmental sciences at the University of Cologne, Germany. Her areas of focus include adaptation governance, socio-ecological resilience, and biodiversity. After securing a research grant from the Inlaks Ravisankaran Small Grants Programme in 2019, she conducted her field research for her master’s dissertation in Odisha, as an intern with the Dakshin Foundation, Bengaluru. Her work explores the limitations of top-down disaster and risk-centered adaptation approaches in strengthening the long-term ecosystem resilience of coastal ecosystems.
Akshita BhanjDeo was a Davis Scholar in the United States and graduated in Political Science and Human Rights from Bard College. She is currently a strategist at the Wadhwani Institute of Artificial Intelligence, developing AI solutions for Social Good. Akshita is also the Director of Belgadia Palace in Mayurbhanj, where she works to build Sustainable Tourism with Social Impact. As a champion for sustainability, she is currently the Creative Director of KarkhanaChronicles, an initiative by Refashion Hub to celebrate heritage craft and artisan clusters through contemporary patronage.
Andrea Seale is Chief Executive Officer at Canadian Cancer Society. International Development expert, long standing experience with consulting with Blueprint Fundraising and Communications & as the Deputy CEO of David Suzuki Foundation. Andrea has worked with leading nonprofit organizations to build loyal communities of supporters and communicate campaigns with flair.
She has an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Communications from McGill University and a Diploma in Public Relations from Mount Royal University.Andrea has taught nonprofit management, communications and donor development to hundreds of organizations. As a volunteer, she has served on the board of Vancity Community Foundation, Modo (a pioneering car sharing co-operative) and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
She is the founder and CEO of Swaniti Initiative, a non-profit that delivers development solutions to elected officials across India. Prior to Swaniti, she worked at the World Bank as an associate where she was researching and developing policy solutions on issues of livelihood and job creation.
She is a graduate of Harvard Kennedy School’s Master’s in Public Policy program and has a bachelor’s in Political Science and Economics from Wake Forest University. Her publications include Frontiers in Development Policy (World Bank), A Primer on Labor Policies (World Bank) and Global Business School Network (Harvard Business School).
From the Class of 1992, Stevens Institute of Technology, and also alumnus of International Affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, is a prominent lead among the Indian diaspora in the US, has worked with American India Foundation and as the past CEO of NASSCOM Foundation has worked towards strengthening the efforts of the IT Industry towards inclusive growth and bridging the gaps between private sectors and non-profits to contribute to the cause of social development.
Parmesh Ranjan is a Technocrat cum Social Reformer spreading the awareness message of “Be Responsible to our surroundings”. His signature statement about the current status of our society is, “We the Human Beings Have Become Injurious to Ourselves”. All the evils be it climate change, Unemployment, Poverty, social, economic & political disparity plaguing the mankind today has been created by us only and it can only be resolved by “U” & “I” working together to bring Peace & Harmony in the Society. His Motto in Life is “अत्तदीपाविहरथ”.On 15 Feb 2019, Parmesh was part of the six member delegation on Responsible Parenthood Act led by Dr. Sanjiv Balyan, Member of Parliament to meet the Honorable President Mr. RamNath Kovind. His campaign on Responsible Parenthood was also mentioned in this year’s Independence Day speech of the Honourable Prime Minister Mr. Narender Modi.
He has been the Co-Founder & General Secretary of TaxPayers Association of Bharat. He is a regular Guest Speaker on media channels like LokSabha TV, News18India, TimesNow, News Nation, APN etc
Recently he was the co-founder and COO of Favista, a real estate brokerage firm. Earlier, he directed the global operations of PT PureTesting Software and was the co-founder of eLitmus.com, an assessment & recruitment platform for entry-level engineers.
Satyabhusan Dash is currently working as an Associate Professor in Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Lucknow. He is a Ph.D. from Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT, Kharagpur and a graduate engineer from the College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology, Orissa.
He has been awarded Canadian Studies Doctoral Research Fellowship for Doctoral Research in Management in 2001. During his Ph.D. study, he had worked as a Visiting Doctoral Research Fellow at I.H. Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba, Canada. He has executed several research projects in India, USA and Canada. Dr. Dash is the Chairperson in Center for Marketing in Emerging Economies.
A graduate in Medicine (MBBS) from India and MD in Public Health Medicine, Dr. Kabir has worked as a Senior Resident in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and as a primary care physician in Odisha, before completing both Masters (MSc) and PhD in Trinity College, Dublin.
His post-doc positions in Trinity, Tobacco Free Research Institute Ireland, and in Harvard School of Public Health were primarily focused on non-communicable disease epidemiology and tobacco control in particular.He has been a NCI-HRB joint cancer research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health and possesses a joint affiliation as a Visiting Scientist with the Centre for Global Tobacco Control, Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Kabir is on the editorial board of the BMC Public Health, International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health (IJERPH), and is also Editor-in-Chief of an Open Access specialist journal- Tobacco Use Insights. Dr. Kabir is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (FRSPH), United Kingdom, a member of the American College of Epidemiology (MACE) a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland (RAMI), and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (RSTMH). He sits on the Membership Board of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
Bhaskar is a Bhubaneswar-based author. He was part of the total literacy campaign of the early nineties which was based on the Ernakulum model of 100 per cent literacy. He has also been into development issues and has a long experience in documenting and communicating pro-people issues.
A documentary film maker for Doordarshan, he has done a series of programs on development. He has also produced and directed a TV series on relief and rehabilitation of the 1999 Super Cyclone in Odisha.
Operating out of the headquarters in the Bhubaneswar office, he comes with rich experience in social enterprise and has been involved in a leadership role in the Products and Services sectors.
With an eye for details he has been able to strengthen the programmes of FIDR through research, presentations, programme development and expansion. Programme development is his forte and he has been constantly endeavoring to push the programmes to achieve higher limits of quality and delivery benchmarks.
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TED Speaker, author and reformer, Charudutta is a leading social changemaker of the country.
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Richard studied for a degree in Education at Nottingham Trent and has taught children from 3 – 18 years old in a number of Schools. In January of 2004 Richard became Head of The Junior School at St Christopher and in January of 2007 Richard became the overall Head of St Christopher.
St Christopher is a registered charity and educates over 500 children with a number coming from a variety of countries.In addition to being the Head of St Christopher, Richard is a committee member of The Society of Heads having been Chairman for the Academic Year 2013-2014. This is a Society of over 100 Heads of Independent Schools. He has also been a Director of The Independent Schools Council. He is also a School Inspector with the Independent Schools Inspectorate and he is a Fellow of The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.