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"A Not for Profit Organisation set up in April 2010 with the belief in the conservation of Vasudha, which in Sanskrit means the Earth, the giver of wealth and with the objective of promoting sustainable consumption of its bounties"

Team

Srinivas Krishnaswamy, Chief Executive Officer

Srinivas Krishnaswamy, an economist by training, has over a decade of experience working on the issues of economic reforms, sustainable development and the environment.

He set up Vasudha Foundation in January 2010, with an aim to promote environment -friendly, socially just and sustainable models of development by focusing on alternative technologies and lifestyle solutions.  The foundation is currently working on a wide range of projects around renewable energy, energy efficiency and policy related campaigns, and lobbies both at the national and international level, while promoting green and alternative technologies at the grassroots level creating the crucial link between energy and poverty alleviation.

In a short span of four years, Srinivas helped steer Vasudha Foundation in implementing a wide range of projects that include facilitating a few states in the preparation of their State Climate Action Plans, preparing a detailed institutional strengthening plan for the nodal agency implementing the State Climate Action Plan of Madhya Pradesh, which has been accepted by the Madhya Pradesh Government and is being implemented.

Srinivas also led the Vasudha team in the preparation of detailed energy plans for the districts of Moradabad, UP and Mandla, Madhya Pradesh.  The district energy plans also include a detailed economic viability plan and also an implementation plan, that focuses on making these districts self sufficient in meeting their energy needs with the entire districts electricity supply coming from clean and renewable energy.

Srinivas was also a member of a small consortium of individuals/organisations that successfully initiated the setting up of a multi-stakeholder platform for Renewable Energy in India, which is scale and technology neutral and caters to both grid and off-grid renewable energy solutions. The platform, which is known as the Indian Renewable Energy Federation is now up and running and has a governing council comprising of imminent people from India in the Green Energy Space. Srinivas is also a member of the Governing Council of the Indian Renewable Energy Federation (IREF) and is also a member of the core governing team of IREF.

Raman Mehta, Policy/Programme Head

Raman Mehta has worked on different facets of sustainable development, climate change and natural resources management during his career.  He currently focusses on issues relating to equity in the context of climate change, integration of climate change concerns into development strategies, plans and programmes in India, and how to overcome barriers in accelerating the deployment of renewable energy sources in the country.  In the past, he has worked in the Indian Institute of Public Administration, World Wide Fund for Nature – India, ActionAid – India and the British High Commission/Department for International Development.  He has been involved in several research efforts and has a long list of reports and publications to his credit.

Tinu Sood, Financial Advisor

Tinu Sood is a Chartered Accountant by qualification and profession.  He has vast experience on issues involving corporate taxation, accounting, corporate law matters and regulatory issues.  His experience and expertise covers a wide range of industries and organisations that include civil society groups.

Dr. S.R.K. Varshney, Senior Advisor

Dr. S.R.K. Varshney, an Indian Forest Service (IFS) Officer of 1984 batch of U.P. Cadre. He has retired from the post of Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, U.P. Before IFS, he was working as an Environmental Scientist in National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC). He has conducted EIA on power plants of NTPC. He has a long experience of 32 years of working on the forest ecosystem management, forest and wild life management, natural resource management, climate change issues related to forestry and agriculture. Dr. Varshney has done M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Environmental Science from the School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has also done a certificate course on EIA and monitoring with GIS and Remote Sensing from University of Wales, Bangor, U.K. He has many publications in International and National journals on the impact of Sulphur Dioxide pollution on the plants and other climate issues. He has specialization in the field of EIA, Management of Natural Resources, Watershed Management and Forest and Wild Life Management, Global Warming and Climate Change.

Disha Arora, Communications Manager

Disha is a development communication professional and documentary filmmaker. She has worked with various nonprofit organizations across the country, on a number of issues ranging from climate change to education to women’s rights. She specializes in creating specific communication material (audio-visual, print, and web-based) as per the communication needs and disseminating it using various media channels.

Geetika Singh, Manager-Programmes-Climate and Energy

Geetika has Masters Degree in Sociology from the Delhi School of Economic. She has a work experience of more than eight years on climate change and environment related issues. Prior to joining Vasudha Foundation, she was working with the Centre for Science and Environment on climate change adaptation, agriculture and food security issues.

She has been part of various forums at the regional, national, and South Asian level.  And has coauthored a few publications. Her area of research interest comprise of climate change adaptation, impacts of climate change on agriculture and food security, loss and damage, financial safety mechanisms nets among others.

Samiksha Dhingra, Assistant Policy/Programme Manager

Samiksha holds a Master’s degree in Climate Science and Policy from TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) University, and holds a degree in B.Sc. Chemistry (Honours) degree from the University of Delhi. She has an experience in projects related to Climate Change Mitigation, Adaptation and Urban Heat Island Effect. Prior to joining Vasudha Foundation, she worked as an intern with ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability at their South Asian Secretariat on various projects such as the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network and Green Pilgrimage Network. Her areas of interest include urban services, environment, renewable energy, climate change, and sustainability.

Deborah Drew – Programme Manager 

Deborah is the Programme Manager for Vasudha USA and is based in Washington, DC where she is focusing on working with international financial institutions and the private sector. She also is a Research Analyst for the Business Center at World Resources Institute focusing on sustainable consumption, Sustainable Development Goals, and alternative business models. Previously, Deborah was the Project Coordinator and Research Analyst for the Climate Briefing Service and worked to coordinate outreach and programmatic areas for the project in the lead up to the Paris Agreement. Her professional and academic concentration has focused on business’ role in environmental stewardship, peacebuilding, and social change.

Prior to joining WRI, she worked for the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, a corporate social responsibility non-profit working to improve factory safety in Bangladesh’s Ready-Made Garment industry. In addition, Deborah has experience working in Kenya on development projects and peacebuilding.

Deborah holds a Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University in Washington, DC and a Bachelor’s Degree in History and French from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI.

Neha Garg, Manager (GIS Applications)

Neha holds a master’s degree in Geography from Punjabi University, Patiala and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Remote Sensing and GIS applications in Marine Sciences from Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun. She has also got her Research Paper “Analysis of Trophic State Index of Nainital Lake using LANDSAT-7 ETM Data” published in the Journal of Indian Society of Remote Sensing. In the Past, she has worked with Forest Survey of India, Dehradun for 3.5 years where she worked on various projects using Remote Sensing and GIS tools. She has also worked with HUDCO (Housing and Urban Development Corporation) and Department of Forest and Wildlife, New Delhi. She is also having a hands-on experience in the areas of GIS and Remote Sensing, Land Use Land Cover Mapping, Digital Image Processing, Field Surveys and Statistical Applications.  Her areas of interest lies in GIS and Remote Sensing, Disaster Risk Reduction, Sustainable Urban Development and Climate Change.

Amarpal Singh Tomar, Accounts Officer

Amar is an Accountant by qualification. He has significant experience on taxation, accounting, and other related matters.

Amit Yadav, Assistant Policy/Programme Officer

Amit holds a Master’s degree in Climate Science and Policy from TERI University, and a bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Delhi. He has work experience as an intern in National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee and The Energy and Resources Institute, Delhi on water and glacier using GIS and Remote Sensing applications. He also has field experience in the same. His areas of interest lies in GIS and Remote Sensing, Environment and Sustainable Development, Glacier Hydrology and Watershed Management.

Parul Gupta, Communication Officer 

Parul is a Development Communication and Extension Professional. She holds a Master’s degree in Development Communication & Extension from Lady Irwin College, University of Delhi. She has expertise in creating and designing Communication aids, Programs and Trainings for behaviour change and also has knowledge of principles, techniques and practices and their application to be used in social issues. Earlier she has worked with various NGOs managing their programs, media products, developing communication strategies, managing social media and content development.

Tanvi Sharma, GIS Officer

Tanvi holds a Master’s degree in Biodiversity and Conservation from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi and her Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences from Kalindi College, University of Delhi. She has knowledge and experience in the field of Geospatial Technology and has worked on the applications of GIS and Remote Sensing. She has an experience of interning with WWF-India for her M.Sc Dissertation project and later working there as a Consultant under Remote Sensing and GIS department. She has also done consultancy under the ENVIS Centre at WWF-India.  She has presented her dissertation work at ESRI User Conference 2017 during Paper Presentation session.

Manoj Kumar, Office Assistant

Manoj supports all office activities and is involved in assisting Vasudha Foundation with its daily endeavours. He provides administrative nd clerical support to others in the office to maintain an efficient office environment.