Kankana Das, MSc in Environmental Science from Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management (IISWBM), is having 15 years of experience in the development sector, focusing on the social and environment governance across India and various African countries. Kankana is currently working with Legal Initiative for Forest and Environment (LIFE) in the capacity of Analyst and heading the East Zone office of LIFE.
She is passionate about environmental conservation and is actively engaged in evidence based advocacy. Her research work involves assessment of policy document and action plans prepared for mitigation of air and water pollution; preparation of policy briefs and position papers on issues focused to mitigate air pollution and energy transition from coal to renewables; position paper on compliance of various Acts and regulations like the Biological Diversity Act, 2002, the Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2017, CRZ Notification 2018 etc. Kankana is instrumental in bringing additional perspectives in draft environmental regulations through policy briefs, position papers and advocacy actions. She is having experience in providing trainings to regulatory agencies, civil society organisations and communities at large.
Subhrajit is a master’s graduate in Environmental Science from Doon University, Dehradun and has done his B.Sc (Hons.) in Botany from Scottish Church College, University of Calcutta. He was associated with Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) Bangalore for 6 months as dissertation trainee, contributing towards the study of long-term invasion dynamics of Lantana camara in the heterogeneous landscape of Western Ghats. He has also interned with the Agricultural and Ecological Research Unit, Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Kolkata on Invasion Ecology. He has been associated with LIFE since July 2018. He works on various pollution-related and socio-environmental issues. He also assists in the reviewing the EIA procedure.
Tanvi Sharma is an Associate Analyst (Research) with LIFE. She pursued her masters in Biodiversity & Conservation from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi and bachelors in Life Science from University of Delhi. She has prior working experiences as a Remote Sensing (RS) and GIS based researcher with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)-India and Vasudha Foundation. At LIFE, her research broadly focuses on reviewing policies and clearance procedures related to Environmental Clearances, Forest Clearances and Wildlife Clearances in India. She also provides RS and GIS based analytical assistance under research projects and litigation.
She is an Associate Analyst with LIFE. She is working on Research and advocacy related to Compensatory Afforestation Fund Act, 2016. She is located at Regional Office in Kolkata She is a Ph.D in Vulnerability Mapping of Urban Hazards with a focus on Seismic Hazards in Delhi from Jamia Millia Islamia. She had been associated with LIFE for the last 7 months.
She is an Associate Analyst with LIFE. She is working on Research and advocacy related to forest fragmentation due to mining in Keonjhar and Sundargarh district Odisha, implementation of the Biological Diversity Act. She is also working on the Impact of Forest diversions on the Forest connectivity between the states of Odisha, Jharkhand and West Bengal. She is located at Regional Office in Kolkata She has completed her M.Sc in Environmental Science from University of Calcutta. She has been associated with LIFE for the last 7 months.
She is Assistant Analyst with LIFE. She is located at Regional Office in Kolkata. She is working on Research and advocacy related to the review of the Implementation of Schedule Tribes and other Traditional Forest dwellers under (the Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, Implementation of funds collected under district mineral foundation in the selected district of Jharkhand and Odisha. She is MA in Natural Resources and Governance from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad. She has been associated with life for last 6 Months.
Ankit is a commerce graduate, now in the creative field by choice. He has more than 6 years of experience in Digital Marketing and Video Productions and has worked with startups as Digital Marketing Strategist and Digital Marketing Agencies & production houses as Creative Video Editor. He has also worked for think tank CCS and NISA as an independent consultant for social media and production. Here in LIFE he is responsible for Designing, Web Development and Video Production. He believes “Network is Net worth” so connect him on LinkedIn @search_ankit.
Vikas Joshi works as an account executive in LIFE. He is a post-graduate diploma in business administration from the symbiosis centre for distance learning. He has 5 years of experience in general accounting and bookkeeping.