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Speakers

Emeritus Director, Centre for Wildlife Studies
Author & Journalist
Professor of History & Environmental Studies, Ashoka University
Social Entrepreneur
Professor & Environmental Scientist

Date & Time

Sunday Sun, 27 Nov 2022

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Location (for BIC Venue, BIC Hybrid and BIC Cafe)

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

The event celebrates the India release of Among Tigers: Fighting to Bring Back Asia’s Big Cats by Dr. K. Ullas Karanth. For over five decades, Karanth has pioneered the fierce struggle to recover wild tigers from the brink in India, and across Asia. He tells the story of the tiger itself—its incredible biology, its critical role in shaping natural habitats, and the unique place it holds in human imagination. Among Tigers is also the story of how we wound up in a world with fewer than five thousand tigers, and how, with rational actions, we can grow that population ten times. The aim is to bring the world’s most beloved feline back from the brink, while also protecting countless other life forms sheltered within its habitats across Asia.

Karanth shares his adventurous real-life story: his pioneering quest to catch, radio-track and count tigers in the face dangers posed by not just wild beasts but also human adversaries. Along the way comes the hopeful realization that tiger conservation is a battle that can be won. The book is a rational roadmap on how to bring tigers back, while at the same time benefiting the society through win-win solutions, which embrace rather than shun the incredible power of science, technology, markets and sheer human enterprise. The program will be compered by Shoba Narayan. Prof Mahesh Rangarajan and Mr. Narayan Ramachandran will each give short talks about the book, after which Dr. Ullas Karanth and Dr. Shivasharan Someshwar will engage in a conversation. A Q&A with the audience will follow.

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Speakers

K. Ullas Karanth

Emeritus Director, Centre for Wildlife Studies

Ullas Karanth, was born in 1948, in the wilderness landscape of Malenad. His interest in nature was nurtured by his father, the writer Shivarama Karanth. Following his passion, he obtained his Masters degree from the University of Florida, USA in 1988 and Doctorate from Mangalore University, India in 1993. Recruited to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), by George Schaller, he led the WCS India Program for next 30 years.

He is now the Director of the Centre for Wildlife Studies that he founded in 1984. Dr. Karanth is an Adjunct Professor at the Universities of Florida and Minnesota as well as the National Centre Biological Sciences-TIFR, India. His expertise covers large carnivore ecology, modelling animal populations as well as conservation policy. He was elected a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences (2008). His work has been featured in global media including New York Times, Time Magazine, Scientific American, New Scientist, National Geographic, BBC, CNN, Discovery and Animal Planet.

Shoba Narayan

Author & Journalist

Shoba Narayan is the author of five books, a journalist, columnist and content creator. She has written on a variety of topics and won a James Beard award and Pulitzer Fellowship. She has taught courses at IIM Bangalore and the Indian Institute of Science. She founded and co-created two websites: Project LooM, about textile traditions of India, and Jewels of India: about Indian jewellery. She is the host and anchor of Bird Podcast: about birds and nature. She is the overseas correspondent for Radio New Zealand. She enjoys wine, studies Jung and is a gadget geek. Her lifelong mission is to get fit without exercising and lose weight without dieting.

Mahesh Rangarajan

Professor of History & Environmental Studies, Ashoka University

Mahesh Rangarajan is Professor of History and Environmental Studies at Ashoka University, Haryana. He served on the Forest Advisory Committee (2010-12) and headed the Elephant Task Force of the Government of India in 2010. He has been a Professor at Delhi University, served as Director, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (2011-15) and as Vice Chancellor, Krea University (2021-22). His many works include Fencing the Forest (1996), India’s Wildlife History (2001) and Nature and Nation (2015). His co-edited works include Battles over Nature (2003), Making Conservation Work (2007), Nature without Borders (2014) and At Nature’s Edge (2018).

Narayan Ramachandran

Social Entrepreneur

Narayan Ramachandran is co-founder and Senior Fellow at the Takshashila Institution. Narayan’s areas of interest span inclusive finance, public policy, science and the environment. He is the Chairman and CEO of KludeIn Acquisition Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company listed on NASDAQ. Narayan is also the co-Chairman of Unitus Capital, India’s largest social enterprise bank and Chairman of Vivriti Asset Management, Caspian Debt and UC Inclusive Credit, which are pioneering firms working to bring credit to underserved markets. He is on the Advisory Council of the Centre for Wildlife Studies.

Earlier, Narayan was Chairman of RBL Bank and Country Head of Morgan Stanley India.  He writes a fortnightly column titled “A Visible Hand” for The Mint Newspaper.

Shiv Someshwar

Professor & Environmental Scientist

Shiv(sharan) Someshwar, from Mangalore, has mostly been away the past three decades – managing environmental programs at the Rockefeller Foundation, researching climate, institutions and economic development in different parts of Asia and teaching at Columbia University, New York, and Sciences Po, Paris. His dissertation research (UCLA) was on the politics of deforestation in the Western Ghats, followed by research (Harvard) on the limits of social capital in Kalimantan. He helped materialise Relieving the Memories of an Indian Forester: Memoir of S Shyam Sunder (2020), a book about his father’s life and times.