Mr. Kartikeya V. Sarabhai did Tripos in Natural Science from Cambridge University and did his Post Graduate Research at MIT, USA. He has varied experience in both the industrial and NGO sector. He is the Chairman of Ambalal Sarabhai Enterprises Ltd and Sarabhai Electronics Ltd.He is the Founder and Director of the Centre for Environmental Education, a Centre of Excellence associated with the Ministry of Environment and Forests. He is currently the Managing Trustee of Nehru Foundation for Development, a Public Charitable Trust which runs five institutions in Gujarat. In addition to his contribution to different committees of National and International significance, Mr. Sarabhai serves as a Governing Council Member of a number of leading educational institutions in the country. Mr. Sarabhai is a recipient of many National and International awards and he was recently awarded Padma Shri for his contribution to the field of Environmental Education.
Shri Dilip Surkar
Mr. Dilip V. Surkar has over two decades of experience primarily in the development/NGO sector, in the field of conservation and sustainable development.After his Bachelor of engineering (Civil Engineering) from the Visvesvariya Regional College of Engineering, Nagpur, Mr. Surkar did his post-graduate course in Rural Environment Management (1995) from School of Public Policy, University of Birmingham, U.K. followed by a Project Leader’s course (in service) Buro Happold, London, U.K. Mr. Surkar also did his post-graduate course in Environment Education during 1990-91.At present Mr. Surkar is the Executive Director of Vikram. A Sarabhai Community Science Centre, Ahmedabad. He also is the Director of VIKSAT, an institution working in the Natural Resource Management Area. VIKSAT is an activity of the Nehru Foundation for Development.
Shri Pradeep Khanna
Mr. Pradeep Khanna has over three decades of experience working with the Government of Gujarat and holds an MSc from the University of Roorkee. His areas of expertise include sustainable forest management, afforestation for carbon sequestration, medicinal plants, carbon estimation in forests and trees, ecosystem management, wildlife protected areas management, zoo management, JFM, agroforestry, research management, policy, strategy, coastal marine protected areas management, and wood balance studies. Since the year 2000, he has been associated with VIKSAT as a Council Member.
Dr. D.V. Rangnekar, born on April 18th, 1938, in Mumbai, has had an illustrious career in animal nutrition. He holds a B.V.Sc. & A.H. degree from Veterinary College in Mhow, Madhya Pradesh, and obtained his M.V.Sc. and Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition from the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (I.V.R.I.) in 1964. Dr. Rangnekar's extensive experience includes working on animal nutrition projects at Aarey Milk Colony, Mumbai, and serving as an Animal Nutrition Officer at Amul Dairy, Anand. He also contributed his expertise as a Technical Officer at Cyanamid India, Mumbai.
Dr. Rangnekar's significant contributions extend beyond national boundaries. He worked with international organizations like Winrock International and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations on livestock-related projects in various countries. He was also involved in the livestock component of the Kosi project in Bihar, supported by the World Bank. Additionally, he has made valuable contributions to academic and research institutions as a member of scientific panels and advisory committees.Throughout his career, Dr. Rangnekar's expertise has been evident through his extensive publications, surpassing 100 articles in journals and workshop proceedings. His remarkable contributions have established him as a respected authority in the field of animal nutrition.
Dr. Omkar Jani
Dr. Omkar K. Jani received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Carolina in Electrical Engineering, and Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology in the field of photovoltaic science and engineering. He is the Founder and Managing Director of Kanoda Inc. (India, USA), an innovative photovoltaic solutions provider. He also serves on the board of NEPRA Resource Management Pvt. Ltd. (India) and Sonrisa Energies (USA). Dr. Jani has worked on projects involving the US Department of Energy (DOE), US Defense Advance Research Programs Agency’s (DARPA) as well as Government of Gujarat. His technical interests include grid-competitive renewable energy technologies, high-efficiency and cross-cutting photovoltaic technologies, energy policy, and waste and environmental management. Dr. Jani’s activities include reviewing publications for journals such as Applied Physics Letters, Journal of Applied Physics and Progress in Photovoltaics, chairing at IEEE photovoltaic specialist conferences, and giving seminars on photovoltaic research and technology. At Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute (GERMI), Dr. Jani is involved in developing the solar energy laboratories and program for the GERMI Research & Innovation Center (GRIC) and the SSE.
He has been associated with VIKSAT as Council Member since 2014.
Ms. Pallavi Patel
Ms. Pallavi Patel is associated with VIKSAT since 2013 and is working as a Director of the Centre for Health Education, Training and Nutrition Awareness (CHETNA) Ms. Patel has a Masters’ Degree in Food and Nutrition from the M.S. University, Baroda. CHETNA is a unique support organization to address issues related to women, young people and children’s’ health, nutrition, and education concerns. Ms. Patel leads a team, - predominantly women - and advocates for people-centered, gender-sensitive nutrition, health and educational policies and programmes at the State, national, regional and international levels.
Dr. Ratan C. Jain
Dr.R.C. Jain is postgraduate in MSc and has worked in various capacities in Central Ground Water Board for more than 35 years. He has his expertise in Artificial Recharge of ground water, Applied ground water modelling and database management, Remote sensing applications to ground water, Conjunctive use of ground water and surface water in canal commands, Ground water resource estimation,Regional hydrogeological surveys, Ground water exploration and testing, Evaluation of irrigation project modernization and Implementation of World Bank assisted Hydrology Project. He has also Participated in policy level consultations with the Planning Commission- Govt. of India, World Bank, European Commission, US Agency for International Development, Indo-US Knowledge Initiative on Agriculture, International Water Management Institute , UNESCO , UNEP and delegations from other countries. His current research interests include Managed aquifer recharge, Ground water regulation & governance, Global warming & climate change, Regional aquifer system analysis, Applied ground water modelling, Decision support systems in natural resources management, Remote sensing and GIS applications in ground water ,etc. R.C.Jain has undergone intensive professional training in premier institutes in India and Abroad. R.C.Jain is also a guest faculty for various National and State Level Ground Water Training Institutes,NGO’s and UNESCO . He has delivered specialist expert lectures on various subjects like managed aquifer recharge, ground water exploration and testing, integrated water resources management, regional hydrogeological surveys , ground water resources estimation for developmental planning and management. He has been associated with VIKSAT since 2018.
Prof. R. Parthasarathy
Dr. R. Parthasarathy is Professor and Director, Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmedabad. He has a PhD in Economics from the University of Mysore, through the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore. He was earlier a Professor at the Faculty of Planning, CEPT University, Ahmedabad where he taught Natural Resource Management and Environmental Economics to Postgraduate and Graduate students, besides guiding Masters and PhD dissertations. His research interests are natural resource management, environmental economics and urban planning. He has undertaken many studies relating to large-scale irrigation, river basins, water management, fisheries, mangroves, and the coastal cities. He has been focusing on the social distributions of power, leadership, economic development and the impacts of policy and development organizations in these sectors with special focus on the interventions by governments and NGOs both at policy and at the level of implementation. Until recently, he was leading the MEGA Centre at GIDR as MEGA Chair that worked closely with the Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation in the setting up of Metro Rail in Ahmedabad. He has coordinated a network of researchers and organizations involved in the process research on participatory irrigation management programs in India and Nepal for over five years. He was also actively involved in the Urban Knowledge Network Asia (UKNA). His collaborative work includes both Indian and overseas universities and institutions like IWMI and NGOs. Besides serving as a consultant to ADB, DFID, London and the Centre for Development Studies, University of Wales, U.K, he has also served as a member in a number of Governmental committees. As a Shastri Faculty Research Fellow, he has collaborated with the Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, University of California, Berkeley with a World Bank aided Post-doctoral research fellowship in Environmental Economics. He has co-authored and co-edited books and has published research papers extensively.
Shri Atul Pandya
Atul Pandya is Present Director of Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad Since January, 2018. Mr. Pandya Born (Date of Birth 21-02-1961), Brought –up & Studied at “Lokbharati” - Gandhian institute in Gujatrat State. He Graduated in Rural Study and did master in social work (M.S.W.). Mr. Pandya has 39 years of Professional Experience. He started his professional career with VIKSAT as programme Associate (Training). This was Ford Foundation funded project for afforestation. He Worked as Programme director, at Center for Environment Education (CEE). Mr. Pandya was Director (Education) at one of Gandhian ideology based rural higher educational institutions – Lokbharati. The major thrust areas of his work are sustainable rural development, education for sustainable development, and cadre building of youth for environment and development.
Mr. Surati holds a Masters Degree in Commerce has a Law Degree and completed the C.S. Intermediate Course. He has been associated with Nehru Foundation for Development since 1984. Currently Mr Surati holds the position o Secretary & Chief Accounts Officer at NFD and is also heading the Accounts Division at Centre for Environment Education as Chief Finance Officer. He has also been associated with VASCSC, VIKSAT, CHETNA, KHAMIR, Gandhi Ashram, Karmakshetra Educational Foundation etc. and has been looking after the Accounts responsibilities.
Shri Himanshu Upadhyay
Mr Himanshu Upadhyay is a Post Graduate in Labour Law with over four decades of experience in corporate communication, human resource management, and government and political affairs in the banking and oil and gas sectors. Excellent people management abilities along with strong work ethics and the ability to function as a member or leader in a team. Have handled a variety of complicated assignments in government relations, media, and corporate social responsibility, and have a natural ability to develop strong relationships with communities and senior stakeholders.
He has been a Council Member of VIKSAT since 2018, and he has been a member of the Ahmedabad Management Association for over a decade.