Anita Arjundas

Executive Director

Ms. Anita Arjundas is the Executive Director at ATREE. She is an entrepreneurial leader who has successfully built brands, destinations, and businesses. She is passionate about sustainable development and believes that transformative approaches to the way we live and use natural resources are critical to the well-being of people and the health of the planet.

Anita’s multi-industry leadership experience spans consumer goods, information technology, and real estate. Ms. Arjundas is currently helping reimagine higher education in India as a member of the Board of Management of Krea University. Prior to joining the Board, she was the Mission Director at Krea University in its formative phase. She is also helping shape science-led conservation in India as a member of the India Advisory Board of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) since 2016. 

Previously, Ms. Arjundas was a member of the Group Executive Board at the Mahindra group and Managing Director & CEO of Mahindra Lifespaces. She served on the Steering Board of the World Economic Forum’s “Future of Urban Development & Services” from 2016-18. Ms. Arjundas also catalysed the establishment of the Mahindra TERI Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Habitats in 2018. The Centre is an open-source research hub for energy and water efficiency in the built environment.

Mr. Vamsidhar Pothula

Chief Operating Officer (COO) / Registrar

Vamsidhar, brings with him over 25 years of experience of managing extensive and complex operations and building engaged teams from scratch. The experience is coupled with an insatiable penchant for learning, dealing with challenges, and working in varied cultures and geographies.

In his earlier avatar, Vamsidhar, was the Chief Operating Officer at SDB Select Services Pvt Ltd a security solutions provider, formed to cater the route based accounts in the SME/MSME / RE /Residential segments along with select large corporates across Industries.  He was the VP in ISS Integrated Facility Services and has held roles in Sales and Operations at MTS, Bharti Airtel, Exxon Mobil, Procter & Gamble. He also managed businesses for Olam and Far East Mercantile Co Ltd in Ghana (West Africa).                                                   

In an entrepreneurial role, Vamsidhar was the Director at Edu-kinect,  a Microsoft innovation and incubation centre in 2010. Now it provides on-campus technical training, off-campus technology workshops and seminars on latest technologies both in higher education and K12 Space. He continues to be a Non-Executive Board Member with Edu-kinect.

Dr. Sarala Khaling

Regional Director, Management, Gangtok

Dr. Abi Tamim Vanak

Acting Director, CPD, Fellow (Associate Professor), Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation, Fellow (Intermediate), Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance Clinical and Public Health, Adjunct Research Fellow, School of Life Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, Teaching Faculty, M.Sc. Wildlife Biology and Conservation Program, National Centre for Biological Sciences (

Dr. Veena Srinivasan

Director, Centre for Social and Environmental Innovation, Senior Fellow - Centre for Environment and Development

Dr. Aravind Madhyastha

Fellow (Associate Professor), Convenor, Suri Sehgal Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation

Dr. Siddappa Setty R

Fellow, Centre Convener, Centre for Environment and Development

Dr. Siddhartha Krishnan

Convenor, Academy, Fellow, Suri Sehgal Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation