A folk arts enthusiast, he is associated with the Vayali Folklore group in multiple capacities, with emphasis on driving action against climate change by reviving indigenous practises. He has also been instrumental in establishing the Friends of Bharathapuza programme with Vayali.

14. Neha Shivaji Naikwade

She is a mechanical engineer by training and co-Founder of “Parvaah”, a youth-cell working toward zero-waste initiatives. She currently works with the Climate Collective Foundation as a Project Manager where she helps develop and strengthen climate-oriented start-ups and early-stage climate-tech entrepreneurs.

15. Siddhartha S.

Over the last two years, he has directly worked with various communities providing them with relief and rehabilitation opportunities and has engaged with nearly 10,000 flood affected individuals. With the Shapers from Guwahati Hub, Siddhartha was commended by the Deputy Commissioner of the Barpeta District for his work during the Assam Floods of 2021.

16. Medha Priya

An architect who works through sustainable infrastructure development to optimize the relationship between people, buildings and the environment. She has been a part of the winning team to design the 200-acre college campus of IIM Visakhapatnam that was rated 5-stars on GRIHA, the highest rating for green buildings in India.

17. Archana Soreng

Belonging to the Khadia Tribe of the Sundergarh district of Odisha, Soreng’s focus has been on preserving and promoting the traditional knowledge and practices of the Adivasi and forest dwelling communities. She has worked as a Research Officer at the Tata Institute of Social Science’s Forest Rights and Governance Project, Odisha in 2018 and currently works as Research Officer in Vasundhara Odisha, a policy research and advocacy NGO.


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