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Board of Advisors

Sir Mark Tully

Sir Mark Tully is the former Chief of Bureau of BBC in New Delhi. As a celebrated correspondent for over thirty years, Sir Tully earned respect and love in both India and Great Britain. He has been awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India, and, Order of the British Empire (OBE), for exceptional service in the field of journalism.

Gowri Ishwaran

Recipient of the Padma Shri Award in 2004, Gowri Ishwaran is an internationally-recognized educationist with over 30 years of experience, and a passionate believer in the power of education to create change. Her innovative, values-based approach to learning has catalysed a paradigm shift in the Indian educational sphere. She was the founding Principal of Sanskriti School, New Delhi, which is counted among the leading schools of India, and she now serves as CEO of The Global Education and Leadership Foundation (tGELF). As CEO, tGELF, she has been instrumental in the development and spread of the ground-breaking leadership development curriculum, which has reached more than three million students both in India and abroad.

Bikram Grewal

Bikram Grewal grew up in the dense evergreen forests of India’s North-east where he first developed his love for birds. He made publishing his career and worked in England, Hong Kong and Singapore before returning to New Delhi. He now serves as a trustee of several wildlife-based institutions and also acts as a consultant on eco-tourism to several Indian states. He has written over 30 books on environment and diverse subjects. His latest tome spanning 790 pages, starring 1300 species of birds, and featuring 300 odd contributors, is A Pictorial Field Guide to Birds of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Bikram Grewal is a trustee of the Wildlife Preservation Society of India (WPSI). He was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for spreading awareness about birds and conservation in India.

Bittu Sahgal

Bittu Sahgal is the Editor of Sanctuary Asia and Founder, Sanctuary Nature Foundation. He is also the founder of the one million strong Kids for Tigers Programme. He is acknowledged as India’s strongest and most eloquent voices for nature preservation, climate change mitigation, and wildlife conservation. He believes that India’s ecological foundation is the bedrock that supports the nation’s economic progress.

Anuradha Das Mathur

Anuradha Das Mathur is the Founder & Director of The Vedica Scholars Programme for Women. She is Founder and Director of 9.9 Media, one of India’s fastest growing niche media companies, which believes in raising the bar for higher education through publications like EDU that helps decision makers at higher education institutions govern their institutions smartly. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, she ran Businessworld, one of India’s most widely read business magazines and worked for The Economist Group. Anuradha was selected as one of 25 young, talented, emerging global woman leaders for the prestigious Global Emerging Women Leader’s Programme, offered by Fortune magazine and the US State Department. Her passion for improving women’s participation in the workforce took root during this programme and has led to pioneering ventures such as The Foundation for Working Women, a platform where public policy, infrastructure and awareness come together to help women ‘live their choice to work’.