Mohan Hirabai Hiralal
He is currently the Convenor of Vrikshmitra, and earlier was with Chhatra Yuva Sangharsha Vahini. He is greatly influenced by Gandhian philosophy, and experimenting its practical application in Human-Forest relationship. His initiatives and inputs in empowering Mendha (Lekha) village are famous for proving ‘common consensus in village council’ as a practical reality and not the utopia. He is the ultimate guide and advisor in organizational matters of all kind. He is the leader of policy making team of the Amhi Amchya Arogyasaathi.
Neema Pathak Broome
She is a member of Kalpavriksh Environment Action Group, Pune, India. Neema has been working on issues related to governance, management and conservation of biological diversity in India for last decade. In particular, her focus areas have been to document and popularize the management and conservation of species and habitat by rural, local communities; analysis and commenting on laws and policies related to conservation; and influencing the decision making processes related to participatory conservation of biological diversity. Some of the activities that she has been centrally involved with include policy analysis and lobbying for appropriate changes in the laws and policies, particularly the Wildlife Protection Act 1972, Indian Forest Act 1927, The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act 2006 and other relevant Acts, policies and government orders pertaining to ecosystem conservation and local livelihoods. She has worked towards this in collaboration with many organisations – Vasundhara (Orissa) and, SACON (Nagaland). She has also written a number of papers & organized a number of workshop on Community Conserved Areas in India among others. Neema has recently compiled and edited a Directory of Community Conserved Areas in ndia. She is currently coordinating a process on facilitating participatory conservation and livelihoods compatible with conservation in and around a few villages in Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary in Maharashtra. Neema is also coordinating an international process of writing a training manual and training course on “Governance of Protected Areas” being supported by TILCEPA, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and GTZ.
Sanjay Parikh is a senior advocate of the Supreme Court of India. He is a well known public interest lawyer amongst the legal community and civil society groups in India. He has a number of landmark environmental cases to his credit as an environmental lawyer. These include: Manoj Misra v. Art of Living Foundation (Yamuna Pollution case), Niyamgiri Hill protection case, Bichhri Industrial Pollution Case in Rajasthan, Narmada Bachao Andolan case, etc. He is also one of the few environmental lawyers in India engaged in regular writing on different dimensions of environmental justice in India.
Sharad Lélé has a broad interest in resource and environmental issues, which began while he was doing his B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering in IIT Bombay. He moved to the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, where he completed an M.S. in Systems Science in 1987, working on the optimal sizing of hydropower projects incorporating the energy and economic costs of land submergence. He went on to the University of California, Berkeley, where he completed a Ph.D. in Energy & Resources in 1993 on the definition, measurement and causal analysis of sustainability in forest use in a part of the Western Ghats forests. He then spent a year at the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security, Oakland, as a Senior Research Associate and a year at Harvard University as a Bullard Fellow for Forest Research, before returning to Bangalore to work in collaboration with the Institute for Social & Economic Change, and eventually to being involved in the founding of CISED. In 2009, CISED decided to merge with ATREE so as to increase the critical mass of researchers working together on environment and development issues, and Sharad is now with the Centre for Environment & Development in ATREE.
T Jayaraman is a Professor of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. His areas of research interest include climate policy, energy issues, global mitigation and carbon budgets, vulnerability and adaptation, sustainability studies with special interest on equity, science and technology policy in advanced science and technological sectors including nuclear policy, philosophy of science and history of science. He served as a member of various government committees both at the state and national level. Currently, he is a member of Kerala State Planning Commission Board. He is one of the well-known public interest scientists in the country and contributed significantly to science and innovative discourse in India.
Dr. Usha Ramanathan
She is an internationally recognized expert on law and poverty. She studied law at Madras University, the University of Nagpur and Delhi University. She is a research fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, teaches environmental law, labour law and consumer law at the Indian Law Institute and is a regular guest professor many universities around the world. She is a frequent adviser to non-governmental organisations and international organizations. She is for instance a member of Amnesty International's Advisory Panel on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and has been called upon by the World Health Organisation as a expert on mental health on various occasions. Dr Ramanathan is also the South Asia Editor of the Law, Environment and Development Journal (LEAD Journal), a peer-reviewed academic journal jointly published by IELRC and SOAS. Her research interests include human rights, displacement, torts and environment. She has published extensively in India and abroad. In particular, she has devoted her attention to a number of specific issues such as the Bhopal gas disaster, the Narmada valley dams or slum eviction in Delhi.