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Opportunities and Challenges: Symposium on Environment
Thursday, March 15, 2018, 09:30am - 05:00pm


Opening and Welcome Address 9:30
Talks by
Vimlendu Jha,  (SWECCHA)
Seema Kulkarni, (SOPPECOM)

Tea Break 11: 15
Meera Anna Oommen (Dakshin Foundation) 11:30
Sudeep Doshi, (Dhanlaxmi) 12:15 
Lunch Break 13:00
Discussion on Career Guidance by Vimlendu Jha, Sudeep Doshi, Meera Anna Oommen 14:00 – 16.30 
Vote of Thanks 16:30

Profile of the speakers

1. Vimlendu Jha, SWECCHA

Vimlendu, who is currently one of India’s foremost environmentalists, founded Swechha in 2000 and has turned it into one of India’s most influential organisations on youth matters. In 2004, India’s leading news magazines, India Today and Outlook, acknowledged Vimlendu as one of the top 25 youth leaders of India. In the same year, he was profiled as one of the top 25 youth leaders of the world by the International Youth Foundation through the international publication ‘Our Time is Now’. In 2007, Vimlendu was selected as one of 6 worldwide change makers by CNN International to be part of the Be the Change programme, which followed his work for over a year and was viewed by more than 100 million people worldwide. Vimlendu also anchored the International Year of Volunteers 2001 initiative in India through UNV, heading the Volunteer Promotion Unit in New Delhi. His ability to network with environment and youth organisations across the country, as well as his keen understanding of the issues facing young people and ecology, makes him regularly sought after for advice and sharing expertise. He features quite frequently across all national and international media, print as well as electronic, putting forth the agenda of  equity, justice and human growth. His international experience spans over a decade and includes associations with Civicus World Assembly, The British Council, IVLP (State Departement of the USA), UNV, UNDP, UNEP, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), ICRW, Japan Bank for International Cooperation, GIZ (Germany), Volunteer Service Overseas (VSO) and others. He also works closely with Senators and representatives of several governments from all across the world.

Vimlendu serves on the board of several national and international foundations. He serves on the advisory board of UNEP on sustainable consumption and production, the steering board member for British Council for Social Enterprises in India and on the board of Girls Count, which is India’s biggest collective of the UN bodies and Civil Society Organizations on issues dealing with child sex ration and gender. In 2011, he was invited to speak at the UN General Assembly on youth issues in the global south. Vimlendu is also a successful green entrepreneur, having set up India’s leading Social Enterprise ‘Green the Map’ , Swechha’s fair trade initiative that produces innovative products from waste material. Additionally, he has made award-winning documentaries on environmental and youth issues that have been broadcasted by national and international news channels. He was also the first Judge of one of the biggest Reality Shows in India on environment, Green Champion, broadcast over 4 national TV channels over three months.

Vimlendu’s innovative and unconventional approaches to contemporary environmental and social issues have touched millions of people worldwide. He has also had the experience of teaching at the foremost schools and colleges in both India and abroad.

Vimlendu also serves on The Ridge Management Board of Government of NCT of Delhi.

2. Seema Kulkarni, SOPPECOM

Seema Kulkarni is a senior fellow at the Society for Promoting Participative Ecosystem Management (SOPPECOM), Pune, India. She is also national facilitation team member of the Forum for the rights of women farmers. She holds an MA degree in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She has over 25 years of experience of working in drought- prone rural areas of Maharashtra. Her key area of interest is gender and natural resource management. She has been associated with the women’s movement of Maharashtra, working on peasant women’s claims and rights to land and water resources. She has contributed many articles for various journals and conferences around gender and rural livelihoods.

3. Meera Anna Oommen, Dakshin Foundation

Meera Anna Oommen is Associate Director of Dakshin Foundation, Bangalore. She works on issues related to ecology, conservation science and environmental history. In the field of conservation science, her interests lie in integrating emerging methods in the fields of heuristics and bounded rationality with traditional approaches to develop fast and frugal methods for conservation research. Her recent work has focused on incorporating insights from multiple disciplines to understand conservation scenarios involving human-wildlife conflict. Meera's current work also focuses on human-animal relationships and the historical and evolutionary implications of big-game hunting. She has also worked on species diversity in the Indian Himalaya, treeshrews in the Nicobar islands and the long-term history of human-elephant relationships in southern India. At Dakshin Foundation, Meera contributes to institutional growth by coordinating research activities, academic programmes and institutional development of the Andaman Nicobar Environment Team (ANET), a research and education centre in the Andaman islands, jointly managed by the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust (MCBT) and Dakshin Foundation.

4. Sudeep Doshi, Dhanlaxmi

Sudeep is an entrepreneur and technology enthusiast. He likes bringing new products to life and learning about new technologies, especially relating to renewable energy (wind and solar), and electric vehicles. As a managing partner at Dhanlaxmi, Sudeep has focused his efforts on growing and diversifying the engineering business. He led the execution of Dhanlaxmi's most prominent success - supply of India's largest and first-of-its-kind customized fertilizer plant for Tata Chemicals in collaboration with AJ Sackett & Sons (USA). Currently, he has diversified the business into the ever growing renewable energy sector. Under Dhanlaxmi, the focus is to provide EPC solutions for the solar rooftop segment for the industrial, commercial, and residential consumers to bring down their grid electricity costs, and pushing consumers to move towards a green and sustainable energy solution.

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