Panel: Careers in Conservation

Scheduled for 21st September 2022 (Wednesday) from 11.00 am IST to 12.00 pm IST


1. Sungandhi Gadadhar

Sugandhi is a National Geographic Explorer, wildlife filmmaker and cameraperson based in Bangalore, India. Sugandhi makes short films on natural history and wildlife conservation, in both English and regional Indian languages, for education and outreach. She freelances as a cameraperson for wildlife and natural history productions that have been aired on Animal Planet India, Love Nature / Smithsonian, National Geographic Society, Netflix and PBS. She is a member of the IUCN's Otter Specialist Group. She also volunteers with Conservation India, curating content and working behind-the-scenes for conservation campaigns.

2. Saurav Malhotra

Saurav is Co-Founder and Designer of the Rural Futures innovation & CEO at the Balipara Foundation. Rural Futures integrates ecological gains with upward socio-economic mobility of forest-fringe communities across the Eastern Himalayan region. Through Rural Futures, Saurav and his team mobilize forest-fringe communities (esp. youth) to engage in the complete value-chain of ecosystem restoration. The natural capital that is sustainably derived from restored habitats is utilized by communities to deliver universal basic assets - locally & autonomously. Saurav holds a Master’s in the Biological Sciences from the University of Manchester, is an Acumen Fellow of the 2021 Cohort and fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

3. S. Gopikrishna Warrier

Gopikrishna is an environment journalist based in Thrissur in Kerala. He is presently the managing editor for Mongabay-India, an environment and conservation online publication ( He has written for the India Climate Dialogue, Nature India, Frontline magazine, The News Minute, India Legal, the Times of India, the Hindu and the Hindu Business Line newspaper and his pieces have been published in the First Post and Forbes India. Gopi is the secretary of the Forum of Environmental Journalists in India (FEJI), a professional body for environment journalists in India.

Moderator: Stella James

Stella James is a lawyer and storyteller working for the last 9 years for environmental justice. Previously she has worked with adivasi communities in Odisha and with fishing communities in Lakshadweep and Tamilnadu. Her training, work and interests have moved between law, social sciences, ecology and art and design, with the aim to find ways in which different knowledge systems can center indigenous and local communities in environmental decision making. She is currently doing a Masters in Environmental Law at the University of Melbourne.