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Sri Dhanvantari Arogyashram is a charitable trust in Nanjangud. The habitat in this 11-acre plot has become a home to 350 species of plants, 299 identified species of insects, and 61 species of birds. We have documented this biodiversity and wish to make the case that when there is a variety of plant species, safety, and non-interference, life thrives. The purpose is to encourage similar such efforts to preserve biodiversity within small urban spaces.
Presented by The Dhanvantari Arogyashram Trust
Narayan Ramachandran is a social entrepreneur, columnist and emerging market investor. He has a keen interest in biodiversity and the environment and is a Member of the Advisory Council of the Centre for Wildlife Studies. Narayan was the Country Head of Morgan Stanley India, Head of Global Emerging Markets for Morgan Stanley, and Chairman of RBL Bank. He is the Chairman & Co-Founder of InKlude Labs and the Chairman of TeamLease Services. He has a keen interest in using market-based solutions in micro-finance, social venture capital, skill development, micro-insurance and affordable housing. He writes a fortnightly column titled “A Visible Hand” for The Mint. He received a B.Tech. in Chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.
Dr Ahalya Sharma is the Principal of the Government Ayurvedic Medical College, Bengaluru. Earlier she was the Joint Director of the AYUSH Department of the Govt of Karnataka. She has been an exponent of Ayurveda and Yoga and has an MD in Shalya Tantra (Surgery in Ayurveda) and has followed it up with a PhD. She has been closely associated with the Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (SVYASA) university. She is an invited member of various committees relating to Ayurveda and Yoga.
Karthikeyan Srinivasan has nurtured a deep love for wildlife for almost 40 years. He is a bird watcher and has a keen interest in butterflies. He has several technical and popular publications to his credit. His photographs have been published in several books. He is the author of “The Fauna of Bangalore: The vertebrates and butterflies of Bangalore” published by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) – India. He has also published pocket guides ‘Discover Avenue Trees’ and ‘Explore Spiders of India’. Before joining Jungle Lodges as their Chief Naturalist, he was working with WWF-India. He was conferred the Carl Zeiss Wildlife Conservation Award.
M D Madhusudan
Dr M D Madhusudan is a wildlife biologist and ecologist. He co-founded the Nature Conservation Foundation, Mysore, where he was based for over two decades. He has worked on understanding the impact of humans on wildlife conservation, as well as the impact of wildlife conservation on people in varied ecological settings. In 2004, he was part of a team of wildlife biologists who described the munzala, a species of monkey from Arunachal Pradesh previously unknown to science, but well known to the local communities. Madhusudan was conferred the Whitley Award, chosen as a TED Fellow, and was most recently the Obaid Siddiqi Chair in the History and Culture of Science at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore, where he now continues as a Visiting Scientist.
Suresh Heblikar is a Kannada filmmaker, director and actor. His movies depict nature and conservation. For the past twenty-five years, he has founded and led ‘Eco-Watch’ an NGO for Environment and Sustainable Development with the objective of spreading the message of environmental conservation. Eco-Watch conducts activities aimed at building awareness about various environmental issues and concerns among students, organisations, corporate entities and the general community. He was conferred the International Osiris Award by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (UNFAO) for his film, ‘Shepherds on the move’, a film that depicts the relationship between human beings and animals.
Prof. Harini Nagendra is an ecologist who uses satellite remote sensing coupled with field studies of biodiversity, archival research, institutional analysis, and community interviews to examine the social-ecological sustainability of forests and cities in the south Asian context. She is currently the Director of the Research Centre and heads the Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability at Azim Premji University, Bangalore. She has over 150 scientific publications and writes regularly for the mainstream media. She has been on the Steering Committee of the Programme for Ecosystem Change and Society and a Lead Author on the 5th IPCC Report – Working Group III. Her book “Nature in the City: Bengaluru in the Past, Present, and Future” (Oxford University Press India, 2016) examines the transformation of human-nature interactions in Bangalore. Harini has received the Cozzarelli Prize from the National Academy of Sciences USA, the Elinor Ostrom Senior Scholar award, and the Clarivate award for interdisciplinary research in India. She was recently elected as a Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy.