People

Founders

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Kamaljit S Bawa
President Emeritus, ATREE & Distinguished Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston
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KN Ganeshaiah
Distinguished Honorary Fellow, ATREE 
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Uma Shankar
Professor, IIT Jammu

Board of Trustees

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Balaram
Chairperson, ATREE & fmr. Director, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
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Darshan Shankar
Vice-Chancellor, The University of Trans-Disciplinary Health Sciences and Technology
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Rahul Matthan
Partner, Trilegal Bengaluru
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Ravi Venkatesan
Business Leader, Author and Social Entrepreneur
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Rohini Nilekani
Chairperson, Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies
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Sandeep Singhal
Cofounder & Managing Director, WestBridge Capital Partners
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Shruti Shibulal
CEO & Director, The Tamara Leisure Experiences
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Uma Shankar
Professor, IIT Jammu

Management

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Abi Tamim Vanak
Senior Fellow & Director, Centre for Policy Design
Anita Arjundas
Anita Arjundas
Executive Director
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Aravind N.A.
Senior Fellow & Convenor, S M Sehgal Foundation Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation
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Sarala Khaling
Senior Fellow & Regional Director
Siddappa Setty R
Siddappa Setty R.
Senior Fellow & Convenor, Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies Centre for Environment and Development
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Siddhartha Krishnan
Sr. Fellow & Convenor, ATREE Academy
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Sujata Seshan
Director, Development
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Vamsidhar Pothula
Chief Operating Officer & Registrar

Advisory Council

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Manasi Tata
Executive Director & CEO, Kirloskar Systems Ltd.
Manoj Kumar
Manoj Kumar
Co-founder & CEO, Social Alpha & Representative of Tata Trusts, Mumbai
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Pheroza J. Godrej
Founder, Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai
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Raj Khoshoo
Senior Vice President, Siemens Product Lifecycle Management, California
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S.V. Ranganath
Vice Chairman, Karnataka State Higher Education Council
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Ranjit Barthakur
Founder & President of the Balipara Foundation

Academic Advisory Board

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Gita Sen
Professor Emeritus, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
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NC Narayanan
Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai
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Paul Robbins
Dean, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Robin L Chazdon
Professor emerita, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department, University of Connecticut
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Ruth de Fries
Professor, Columbia Univesity, New York
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Sudhir Chella Rajan
Professor, IIT Madras
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Tamara Ticktin
Professor, University of Hawaii, Manoa
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VijayRaghavan
Former Principal Scientific Adviser, Government of India, New Delhi

Fellows

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Abi Tamim Vanak
Senior Fellow & Director, Centre for Policy Design
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Aravind N.A.
Senior Fellow & Convenor, S M Sehgal Foundation Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation
Ashish kumar
Ashish Kumar
Fellow in Residence
Asmita Sengupta
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Atul Joshi
Fellow in Residence
Eklabya-Sharma
Eklabya Sharma
Strategic Advisor & Distinguished Fellow
Ravikanth-G
G. Ravikanth
Senior Fellow
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M Soubadra Devy
Senior Fellow
Manan-Bhan
Manan Bhan
Fellow in Residence
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Milind Bunyan
Fellow
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Priyanka-Jamwal
Priyanka Jamwal
Senior Fellow
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R. Ganesan
Senior Fellow
Rajkamal
Rajkamal Goswami
Fellow in Residence
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Sachin Tiwale
Fellow
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Sailendra Dewan
Fellow in Residence
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Saloni Bhatia
Fellow
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Sarala Khaling
Senior Fellow & Regional Director
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Seshadri K. S.
Fellow in Residence
Sharachchandra-Lele
Sharachchandra Lele
Distinguished Fellow
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Siddappa Setty R
Siddappa Setty R.
Senior Fellow & Convenor, Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies Centre for Environment and Development
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Siddhartha Krishnan
Sr. Fellow & Convenor, ATREE Academy
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T. Ganesh
Senior Fellow
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Vinay Sankar
Fellow in Residence

Adjunct Fellows

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Ankila Hiremath
Independent Researcher
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Bejoy K Thomas
Professor, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune
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Durba Biswas
Independent Researcher
Ganesan-Bala
Ganesan Balachander 
Managing Director and CEO, Krishi Bounty Biotech
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Ghazala Shahabuddin
Independent Researcher
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Gladwin Joseph
Chief Project Officer, Conservation Biology Institute
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Jagdish Krishnaswamy
Dean, School of Environment and Sustainability
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Joydeep Bhattacharjee
Professor, University of Louisiana
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Kiran Asher
Professor & Chair, University of Massachusetts Amherst
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R Prabhakar
Director, Strand Life Sciences
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Rinzi Lama
Professor, University of North Bengal
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Seema Purushothaman
Sr. Adjunct Fellow
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Veena Srinivasan
Director, Well Labs

Honorary Fellows

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KN Ganeshaiah
Distinguished Honorary Fellow, ATREE 
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S. Natesh
Senior Adviser, Department of Biotechnology
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Ricky Kej
Indian Music Composer, Grammy Award Winner
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Sandesh Kadur
Director, Felis Creations

Research Associates

Abhijeet-Kulkarni
Abhijeet Kulkarni
Research Associate
Aditya-Pradhan
Aditya Pradhan
Project Fellow
Ananda-Siddhartha
Ananda Siddhartha
Managing Editor, Conservation & Society
Anushka Gurung
Anushka Gurung
Research Associate
Avantika-Thapa
Avantika Thapa
Research Associate
Chethana-Casiker
Chethana Casiker
Sr. Research Fellow
Chinta-Sidharthan
Chinta Sidharthan
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Deepthi-R
Deepthi R Shastry
Research Associate
Dipanwita-Dutta
Dipanwita Dutta
Research Associate
Divya-Srinivasan
Divya Srinivasan
Sr. Research Associate
Dupjang Lepcha
Dupjang Lepcha
Research Associate
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Harisha RP
Post Doctoral Fellow / Project Manager (Environment and Development) 
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Hymavathy T
Sr. Research Associate
Ishwarya-Lakshmi
Ishwaryalakshmi M
Research Associate
Jagdish-Kumar-B
Jagdish Kumar B
Project Associate – II
Jyoti-Nair
Jyoti Nair
Sr. Research Associate
Kedaravindan Bhaskar
Kedaravindan Bhaskar
Research Associate
Maadegowda
Madegowda.C
Postdoctoral Fellow and Coordinator, BR Hills
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Maria Antony P
Nature Educator, Agasthyamalai
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Mathivanan M
Sr. Research Associate & Coordinator, Agasthyamalai
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Monsoon Jyoti Gogoi
Research Associate
Mujeeb-Rahman
Mujeeb Rahman
Research Associate
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Pema Yangden Lepcha
Research Associate
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Ranjith Kumar H T
Research Associate & Project Coordinator
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Saravanan A
Sr. Research Assistant & Assistant Coordinator, Agasthyamalai
Seena-Narayanan
Seena N. Karimbumkara
Research Associate
Shruti-Mokashi
Shruti Mokashi
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Sunita-Pradhan
Sunita Pradhan
Wildlife Ecologist
Thalavaipandi-S
Thalavaipandi S
Research Associate, Agasthyamalai
Thamizhazhagan-S
Thamizhazhagan S
Sr. Technical Assistant, Agasthyamalai
Vardhini-Suresh
Vardhini Suresh
Project Coordinator
Venkat-Ramanujam
Venkat Ramanujam
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Research Assistants

Aditya-Ganesh
Aditya Ganesh
Research Assistant
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Kumbhegowda
Sr. Field Assistant, MM Hills
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Madesh M
Sr. Field Assistant, MM Hills
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Monika K
Research Assistant
Narayanan B
Narayanan B
Sr. Research Assistant, MM Hills
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Niranjana C
Research Assistant
Prathamesh
Prathamesh S Amberkar
Research Assistant
Rakesh
Rakesh
Research Assistant
Sahanashree R
Sahanashree R
Project Associate
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Sunil GM
Project Assistant
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Tanvi Agrawal
Research Assistant

Consultants

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Anushree Jadhav
Consultant
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Arjun Kannan
Consultant
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Gautam Aredath
Policy Analyst
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Keerthana R
Consultant
Maneeja
Maneeja Murali
Sr Program Officer, Vembanad
Nilanjan Mukherjee
Nilanjan Mukherjee
Consultant
Parvathy-sundar
Parvathy Sundar
Program Officer, Vembanad
Pavan-Thunga
Pavan Kumar Thunga
Consultant
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Pradeep Satpute
Consultant
Reema anand
Reema Anand
Sr. Program Officer, Vembanad
Surya-Narayanan
Surya Narayanan
Consultant
Thangsuanlian Naulak
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Thanigaivel Annamalai
Consultant, Agasthyamalai

Policy

Anuja-M
Anuja Malhotra
Policy Manager
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Sanjana Nair
Policy Analyst
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Gautam Aredath
Policy Analyst

Development

Namrata-Tiwari
Namrata Tiwari
Research Associate
Sudha
Sudha Iyer
Consultant
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Sujata Seshan
Director, Development

Communications

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Chetan Toliya
Visual Designer
Jaya-Peter
Jaya Peter
Head – Communications
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Namratha Murali
Sr. Communications Officer
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Sreekuttan
Associate Officer Communications and IT Support
Teerath-Rawat
Teerath Rawat
Sr. Communications Officer

Academy

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Madhavi Latha
Coordinator
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Obaiah B
Sr. Library & Information Officer
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Pallavi Varma Patil
Lead – Collaborations and Partnerships
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Siddhartha Krishnan
Sr. Fellow & Convenor, ATREE Academy
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Sriram Ravichandran
Placement, Communications, and Certificate Course Manager

IT

Systems Engineer

HR

Sr. Manager, HR

Assistant Manager, HR

Accounts

Sr. Accounts officer

Sr. Accounts Officer

Staff

Office Assistant

Office Executive

Sr. Executive Assistant

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Indrani Ravi

Receptionist

Sr. Driver

Project Manager, Vembanad CCC

Housekeeper

Housekeeper

Sr. Executive - Office & Admin

Sr. Office Assistant, BR HILLS

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Housekeeper

Field Station Manager

Sr. Officer - Admin & Liasion

Office Manager

Assistant Cook

Head Cook, BR HILLS

Executive Assistant to COO & Registrar

Housekeeper cum Attender

Sr. Driver

Centre Assistant Coordinator

Gardner

Housekeeping

Sr. Driver

Housekeeper

Housekeeper

Housekeeper

Housekeeper

Assistant Cook

Head Cook, BR HILLS

Housekeeper

Housekeeper cum Attender

Sr. Driver

Gardner

Library

Sr. Library & Information Officer

Goutham

Systems Engineer

I am a Systems Engineer at ATREE with eight years of experience designing, implementing, and maintaining computer systems, networks, and applications. I possess a solid technical background, a deep understanding of various operating systems, hardware, software, and security protocols, and an analytical mindset to approach complex problems.

As a Systems Engineer, my primary responsibility is to design and implement scalable, reliable, and secure systems and networks that meet the needs of an organization. I am skilled in developing infrastructure solutions that align with business requirements.

My passion for technology and desire to stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in the industry has driven me to continuously enhance my skills and knowledge.

Shiva Subramanya .S

IT Manager

I am the IT Manager responsible for all IT and application development infrastructure, geospatial data management and technology training services at ATREE. I am a postgraduate degree holder (MBA and MCA) by education. An avid hiker and nature walker, i am also a amateur astronomer who indulges in astrophotography as a hobby. As a IT Manager i work with my team to plan, design, develop, maintain and upgrade IT infrastructure, geospatial and other applications, and as a capacity builder at ATREE i coordinate the conservation technology course for the MSc. students and a Google Outreach Trainer i train researchers, indigenous communities, students and civic groups on mobile data management techniques.

Chaitra Shetty

Senior Manager - Human Resources

Chaitra Shetty holds a Doctoral degree in Human Resource Management. Her people-centric approach has brought in 15+ years of expertise in the full spectrum of Human Resource functions. In the realm of HR, her passion has been facilitating the development of organization and individuals. She believes in learning from each other and creating a positive work environment.

Lakshmesh BR

Assistant Manager - Human Resources

Lakshmesh BR is an HR professional with over a decade of experience in compliance and HR operations. With a passion for ensuring organizations operate seamlessly within regulatory frameworks, Lakshmesh has honed his skills in fostering positive and productive work environments. Throughout his career, Lakshmesh has demonstrated a commitment to people management, guiding diverse teams towards success through effective communication, empathy, and strategic planning.

Kariappa PC

Sr. Accounts officer

I have over 14 years of experience in the field of accounts and finance.

I have worked on branch accounting, financial accounting, MIS report and regulatory functions, Statutory & FCRA compliance

I have been actively involved in preparation of Financials statements, Auditing, Procurements, Banking, fixed asset reconciliation, Annual income tax filing & FCRA

My hobbies include doing agriculture, trekking and reading books.

Smita Mulgund

Sr. Accounts Officer

Office Assistant

Office Assistant

Ajay Singh

Office Executive

I am from Uttarakhand and starts working in ATREE Delhi office from November 2012. Prior to this I have worked in Ram Chandra and Company, Charted Accountant. I am handling all office running and maintenances work. My hobbies are playing football & reading books. I have passed Senior Secondary School Examination from National Open schooling in 2014.

Hemalatha G

Sr. Executive Assistant

Hema has over two decades of experience in Administrative positions. She is a seasoned professional who provides comprehensive support as a Senior Executive Assistant. She excels in coordinating and priortizing multiple tasks to ensure seamless operations and maximise efficiency. Hema thrives in fast-paced environments and adept at anticipating needs, proactively problem-solving and adapting to changing priorities.

Hema loves spending time with her family and reading.

Jadeswamy

Sr. Driver

Jadeswamy did his 4 th Standard He is working at the Field Station of Ashoka Trust for Researh in Ecology and the Environment Atree Vehicle Driver 26 year experiences working at Atree .B.R.Hills Driving with very nice poto gapers,Researchers,Student,Atree Guest and Non Atree guest helping Sam time other researchers helping

Jojo T.D

Project Manager, Vembanad CCC

Jojo T.D is an environment and development professional with 20 years of experience. He did his masters and M.Phil in Environment management from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam. He started his career as an environmental education officer with the Mahatma Gandhi University and has trained around 1700 teachers. Since 2005 he is working with the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) and is coordinating the Community Environmental Resource Center, (CERC) a field academy of ATREE in Alappuzha, Kerala. He was instrumental in setting up the CERC and has helped it to grow as an institute of repute in the area. He has completed many action research projects in wetland conservation and is specializing in the Communication Education Public Awareness (CEPA) aspects of wetland management. He has developed numerous new initiatives in the area including the wetland festivals, student’s wetland congress, wetland on wheels etc.

Kumari

Housekeeper

Kumari is a member of our housekeeping team, with a tenure of 4 years. Hailing from a farming family in Kunigal, she deeply appreciates the green and natural ambiance of the office. Beyond the aesthetics, what truly makes her job fulfilling is the camaraderie she shares with the people, which adds to her enjoyment of her work.

Lakshmi

Housekeeper

Lakshmikanthaiah.N

Sr. Executive - Office & Admin

I am working in ATREE for 23 Years

Lalitha R

Cook

Fondly known as Lalitha ‘akka,’ she became a part of ATREE as a cook back in 2016. While her culinary responsibilities demand dedication, she derives joy from sharing her cooking with everyone. She passionately remarks, “I take pride in warmly welcoming each person who comes for lunch. I strive to provide a relaxing and enjoyable meal experience, alleviating any work-related stress they might be facing.”

Madha

Sr. Office Assistant, BR HILLS

Mr.Madha did his 5 th Standard he is working at the Field Station of Ashok Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) in B.R.Hills as a Field Station Office Assistant.He has 25 years experience working in B.R.Hills . Guest house clinging, Garden clinging, sam time cooking work,cloth washing Adavi all working helper.

Meena R

Housekeeper

I have been working in ATREE for 18 Years

Munirathnamma

Housekeeper

Munirathna works with the housekeeping team at the hostel. She finds immense satisfaction in working alongside her dedicated team. The amicable nature of both our staff and students fosters a comfortable and harmonious work environment, which she greatly values.

Rajanna. D

Field Station Manager

Rajanna.D did has PUC He is working at the Field Station of Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) in B.R.Hills as Field Station Manager. He has 27 years of experience working in Atree B.R.Hills, Accounts, Vehicle, Field Assistant, Office Assistant and Cook maintenances. Visitors, Atree researchers, PhD Students, Atree and Non Atree Gust maintenances Adavi Accounts, Courier Atree Bank work, Electricity bill payment, garden maintenance.

Rajinder Singh

Sr. Officer - Admin & Liasion

I am from Himachal Pradesh and starts working in ATREE Delhi office from October 2008. Earlier to this, I have worked in Ministry of Environment & Forests. I am handling the liaison work with our Government & Private Donors. In addition to this I am taking care day to day running work of office.

Ramesh N

Office Manager

Rekha

Assistant Cook

Rekha has been a part of the ATREE team for a year now. She initially worked at the home of an ATREE employee. During a period of financial hardship, the compassionate employee, along with some colleagues, offered her much-needed support. Today, she expresses her contentment in being part of a workplace surrounded by such kind-hearted individuals.

Renuka

Head Cook, BR HILLS

Renuka did her 5th Standard is working at the Field Station of Ashok Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment in B.R.Hills as aField Station Cook she is 15 years experience working at Atree B.R.Hills my work Field station cooking ,Guest house clinging, Garden clinging, Atree Researcher,Students Atree guest Non- Atree Guest maintenance, night time watching and Field Station other working.

Ruby Margret

Executive Assistant to COO & Registrar

Comes with an overall professional experience of 25 years. Ruby, as an Executive Secretary / Executive Assistant has provided executive, administrative and development support to the top managements; such as Executive Chairman/President/Vice Chairman/COO at various organisations. She joins us from an event management company as an Executive Assistant to the Chairman with an additional role as a Coordinator Conferences. Ruby has hands-on experience in Conference management and coordinated conferences of various events hosted by GoI/state Governments in association with the Ministry of Commerce (Plantation Division), Coffee Board of India, ITBT & S&T, etc,. Ruby, assists the COO & Registrar at ATREE. Her core strengths and areas of interests are; Blue pencilling, Drafting, conducting research, networking. Other interests; She loves gardening and cooking. She enjoys travelling and is a badminton enthusiast.

Sunitha. K

Housekeeper cum Attender, CERC

Umesh MC

Sr. Driver

Usha H

Centre Assistant Coordinator

Venkata Raju

Gardner

For an impressive span of 12 years, Venkat Raju has nurtured our gardens with utmost dedication. Hailing from a background in Chikkaballapur’s farming, he speaks of his role with profound sentiment, “Beyond being a mere job, caring for the plants is akin to tending to my own children. Witnessing them flourish brings me immense joy and fulfillment.”

Sharadamma

Housekeeper

Working in ATREE for the past 2 years.

Obaiah B

Sr. Library & Information Officer

Obaiah B has MSc in Library and Information Science from the University of Mysore and a PG Diploma in Information and Knowledge Management from the Indian Institute of Science. He also cleared UGC-NET-JRF.

As ATREE’s Senior Library and Information Officer, Obaiah’s main task is to establish a world class library facility. He has continued to improve and expand our library resources through his prolonged interest in knowledge organization, digital preservation, digital archives, and perpetual access to scholarly content. He has also designed and implemented a union catalogue of multiple independent libraries of Bangalore using Koha and Open Harvester and he trained many young professionals in the latest library technologies.

Before joining ATREE, he trained at the JRD Tata Memorial Library, Indian Institute of Science (IISc). During the course on Information and Knowledge Management at the erstwhile National Centre for Science Information, he had a great opportunity to learn and obtain hands-on experience with many open source tools, such as ePrints, Dspace, Drupal, Zoomla, WordPress, Moodle, LOCKSS, Open Journal System, Open Harvester and Koha. In addition, he learned many Linux-based servers, especially Fedora 5-12 version and Open BSD, Redhat Linux, Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian.

In 2008-09, Obaiah was associated with the “Digitization of Manuscripts in South India” project, which is part of the National Mission for Manuscripts, Government of India. He led a team of 12 technicians on image enhancement techniques and digitized one million manuscripts and he brought to light and saved numerous important traditional Indian knowledge sources to the society, which were otherwise hidden in isolated dark rooms.
In addition to this, Obaiah has cultivated an impeccable fascination with literature, with that passion he wrote and published an outstanding work Kannada novel Bayakeya Benneri in 2022, that has been widely acclaimed by Kannada readers across the state of Karnataka. Being a sensible human he constantly expresses his views on contemporary social issues in his blog named “nannanisikegalu”.
Obaiah has also written poems and short stories in Kannada which can be read on his blog “nannanisikegalu”. In 2022, during ATREE’s 25th-anniversary celebration, he penned a song named “ATREE Anthem” that has been applauded not only by the ATREE community but the wider audience across the disciplines. Apart from his literary writings, he has kept the intention of becoming a good motivational speaker in Kannada, engaged in screenplay writing for the Kannada cinema, and also calls himself a political strategist. Obaiah spends his time reading books, writings, and visiting tourist places with his friends and family members.