The Team


Priya Desai studied Environmental Law at National Law School of India, Bangalore and has a BA in Journalism, Psychology and English Literature. She worked in advertising before moving to the development sector in 2011. She manages the Portal, and is based at Bangalore, Karnataka.



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Arathi Menon is a journalist with 15 years of editorial experience. She has worked with many mainstream newspapers and magazines before switching to new media. Environment, especially water, is a subject close to her heart. She loves rains, books and world movies. She works with the Portal as a consultant editor and is based out of Bangalore and Mysore. 



Amita Bhaduri has worked in the field of natural resources management. She has a background in Forest Management from the Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal and Civil Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Nagpur. She works as a consultant with the Society for Promotion of Wastelands Development (SPWD), New Delhi on water, agriculture and forest issues. She works with the Portal as a consultant, and is based at New Delhi.





Chicu Lokgariwar Chicuis a civil engineer and has worked in the field of water conservation. She began by working on participatory watershed management and environmental awareness in western India. In 2007-08, she was a Hubert Humphrey Fellow with the University of Washington. Here she studied the use of participatory mechanisms for water management with a focus on the stakeholder rights of ecosystems. At present, she continues this work in Uttarakhand by working on environmental flows and studying community-ecosystem interactions, especially in the context of climate change and urbanization. Chicu is also interested in travel and blogs about her experiences here. She carries out research and documentation work for development organizations in the Himalayan region, on a freelance basis. She works with the Portal as a consultant, and is based at Chatola, Ramgarh, Nainital District, Uttarakhand.





Makarand Purohit holds a masters degree in social work. He has worked on implementation of community health programmes in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh in programme management, training and research and advocacy roles and has provided technical support to district authorities in facilitating and drafting the District Health Plan for Jashpur district, Chhattisgarh under the National Rural Health Mission. Following this, he was with Manthan Adhyayan Kendra, Madhya Pradesh and his work there included research on private sector participation and public private partnerships in the water sector and water sector reforms in various states in the country. He works with the Portal as a consultant and is based at Bhilai, Chhattisgarh.





Manu Moudgil is an independent journalist with interest in areas of health, environment and the media industry. He has earlier worked with Hindustan Times, Mail Today and Media Foundation and now manages GOI Monitor, a web magazine on policy issues. He was a fellow with Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India in 2012 where he researched victimisation of RTI users in Rajasthan and Gujarat. He works with the Portal as a consultant and is based at Chandigarh.

SwatiSwati Bansal has worked with an environmental consultancy firm where she was involved in preparing catchment area treatment plans for the environmental impact assessment and environmental management aspects of hydropower projects. She holds a Masters in Water Resource Management from TERI University and a Bachelors in Applied Zoology from Delhi University. She has a keen interest in rivers and river basin management. She works with the Portal as a consultant and is based in New Delhi.






Aarti Kelkar-Khambete has worked in the field of public health and development  with considerable exposure to health issues among urban, rural and tribal populations in Kerala and Maharashtra. Her work and research during her MPhil and PhD was on medical, social and behavioural determinants of health of women. She has a keen interest in exploring the relationships between health, water and environment-related issues. She works with the Portal as a consultant, and is based at Pune, Maharashtra.







Seetha Gopalakrishnan holds a masters degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Madras, where she graduated as a gold medalist and university topper. She has a keen interest in working on development issues at a grassroots / field level. She freelances as a news presenter with Doordarshan News, Chennai. She works with the Portal as a consultant, and is based at Chennai, Tamil Nadu.


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Notable Alumni

  • CS Sharada Prasad 
  • Arun Patre 
  • Rashmi Gopal 
  • Samir Nazareth
  • Anita Doval 
  • Francis Fernandez
  • Sunita Sangar 
  • Habeeb Noor
  • Samuel Rajkumar
  • Reena Pinto
  • Parineeta Dandekar
  • Raju Mimi 
  • Chetana B Muraleedhara
  • Nisreen Ahmed
  • Pritha Bhattacharya
  • Sucheethra Srinivasan
  • Sumathi Sivam
  • Deepak Menon
  • Deepika Nayyar
  • Thejesh GN 
  • Vijay Krishna
  • Balachander
  • Nisha Thompson
  • Shubham Singh  
  • Sumedha Khosla 
  • Ashis Panda
  • Hamsa Iyer 
  • Prateek Sharma
  • Prarthana Rao 
  • Ravleen Kaur 
  • Divya Narayanan     
  • Bishwadeep Ghose 
  • Srikanta Prasanna
  • Rekha Raghunathan
  • Sabita Kaushal
  • Usha Dewani Das