Youth Speakers

 Ms.Suman K AMs Suman K A [India]: Suman is  the founder and managing trustee of Change Planet Partners Climate Innovation Foundation ( Suman holds a B.Tech (Chemical Engineering), 2 advanced diplomas in systems and management consultancy, a specialized MBA in Strategic Carbon Management from the UEA, the UK and a Lead Auditor Certification for BS EN 16001. Prior to embarking on a mid career change in 2008, Ms Suman had to her credit 12+ years of global supply chain technology consulting experience across energy, healthcare, manufacturing and EPC verticals. Her professional interests include climate change and innovation, renewable, sustainability and advocacy. The CPPCIF is set up as an independent public trust registered in March 2011 in India with a vision and mission to enable and catalyze climate innovations in India for the food, water and energy sectors. With her leadership, CPPCIF has been able to foster like minded network affiliations, generate cutting-edge climate innovation products and garner some national and international attention to the foundation’s activities.  She can be reached at

  1. Climate Change And Gender: Innovations For Change And Results On The Anvil?
  2. Doha: One Step Forward and Two Steps Backward?
  3. Food-Water-Energy Nexus Approaches: On the Right Road to Rio+20?
  4. Solar Innovations In India: Making A Cut With The Momentum For Change Initiative?
  5. Community Based Adaptation: Exporting Upscale Pathways from NAPCC- India
  6. The National Mission on Enhanced Energy Efficiency: A Market Transforming Platform – Really?
  7. National Mission on Sustainable Agriculture- Averting Climate Refugee Class Creation!
  8. Himalayan Mission: Creating Network of Stakeholders
  9. National Mission on Sustainable Agriculture- Averting Climate Refugee Class Creation!
  10. Climate Smart: Adaptive Social Protection in Hindu Kush Himalaya
  11. National Mission on Strategic Knowledge for Climate Change (NMSKCC): Priorities and Challenges
  12. Mountain Development Learning Alliance-A Must!
  13. Climate Information and Communication Backbone: A sine qua non for the NAPCC success
  14. National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA): A Case for Ganga Innovation Mechanism

Ms. Noreen Haider [Pakistan]

Ms. Noreen Haider A journalist and educationist from Pakistan, she writes in The NEWS Pakistan.  Noreen extensively wrote and made documentaries on the political economy, disaster management, risk reduction and socio-environmental issues. She prepared a disaster directory for National Disaster Management Authority of Pakistan, which is available on their website. Over the last one decade Noreen worked with various international aid organizations like Save the Children, Unicef, Church World Service and Oxfam in Pakistan. Noreen also worked with Member Social Sector in the Chief Minister’s monitoring and implementation cell in Punjab on strategic education planning and monitoring. She is the Chairperson of Madadgar Trust for Research and Development, registered a non-profit organization in year 2004 that works in the areas of health, education, poverty, disaster, environmental risk reduction and livelihoods.  Noreen’s present work mainly focuses on public education, disaster, gender, behavioral change and awareness raising among people in Pakistan on various socio-economic and environmental issues.  She is the member of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulation Authority and chairperson to Center for Research on Public Policy. Research and documentation of is her forte and she can design and develop various such projects. Noreen travelled extensively in Pakistan and abroad and most of her work is available online. Email

  1. A Little Piece Of Heaven-The Naran Valley
  2. Whose flood is it anyway!
  3. Land Of Yellow Moon
  4. River Returns- the harbinger of prosperity
  5. Our Waterways: Learning from Failure in Mountains!
  6. A Fable of Siamese twins

Er. Pabitra Mukhopadhyay [India]

Er. Pabitra MukhopadhyayPabitra is an Honors graduate in Civil Engineering from Jadavpur University, Kolkata (India) and a Fellow of The Institution of Engineers (India). He has specialized in the field of River Hydraulics working for more than two decades training rivers, protecting banks and beaches and fighting erosion of the river banks/beds. He has worked with Bio-Engineering models involving mangroves using them as tools for cost effective and natural means of anti-erosion technology. His work is mostly concerning the extremely morpho-dynamic Hugly estuary with Bay of Bengal. In course of his work, he got exposed to indigenous people of the Sunderban wetlands, who are fighting a losing battle against aggressive Industrialization. Pabitra loves to read and write and he is full of crazy ideas. He is a contributor member of THINK ABOUT IT platform of European Journalism Center and a winner of the recently concluded competitive blogging on Water. He also writes regularly in Project Reason about his secular and progressive ideas. Pabitra believes that he has a tryst with the strange river-country south of Bengal. One can read his blog>>  and Email  

  1. Darjeeling – The Fallen Queen
  2. Mountain Waters – Elixir Or Envenom?
  3. Mountain waters-Uneasy questions
  4. Writing on Water and Sanitation- More Challenging Aspects in Himalayas
  5. Fire on the Mountain
  6. GLOF part 2 – Call for innovations
  7. GLOF part 1 – A threat present and real: Indian summary
  8. GCR link of Global warming – a new Contrarian twist?
  9. History of hills in dancing feet
  10. Don’t flush it in Leh
  11. Sitting on a rising hill

Dr. Anamika Barua [India]

Dr. Anamika BaruaAnamika is Assistant Professor (Ecological Economics) at IIT Guwahati (India) and teaches Ecological Economics, International Economics, Economics of Climate change and Development Economics both at masters and undergraduate level apart from supervising MA and PhD students. Anamika’s research is interdisciplinary as she uses theories and methods from both the natural and social sciences to understand environmental change and livelihood dynamics. She works with experts in a range of disciplines, from hydrologists and ecologists to social scientists. Her core research to date has focused on assessing social vulnerability to climate change and the livelihood dynamics in India. She has worked in the Eastern Himalayan Region (Sikkim, Assam and Meghalaya in India). More recently Anamika collaborated with researchers from Lund University of Sweden to investigate social vulnerability and adaptation to climate change in the districts of Sikkim (India). She is also working in collaboration with researchers from University of Leeds, UK, in a project focusing on Water in urban context. She did her PhD from University of Leeds, UK, focused on an empirical assessment of inter-state disparity of water pollution in India, covering all the eleven major rivers. She has published peer-reviewed articles in several leading international journals, as well as book chapters, working papers, book reviews, newspaper articles and policy reports. Email 

  1. The cascade of uncertainties around climate change
  2. Himalaya specific climate data-where do we stand?
  3. Building resilience in Mountains!

Dr. Shalini Dhyani [India]

Dr. Shalini DhyaniShalini did her PhD in forest Ecology and Environment from Forest Research Institute, Dehradun (India). She also has advance postgraduate diploma in participatory forest management, biodiversity conservation, climate change, environmental policy and politics in India and developing opportunities for mountain people. She has been active in research and developmental activities pertaining to resource dependency on forests of Himalayas, sustainable development and climate change vulnerability and adaptation issues etc. Shalini currently works in a Department of Science and Technology (DST, Govt. of India) funded project on women and livelihood at G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development, India.  The focus of her research has been on understanding the functioning of ecosystems, particularly forests and adjoining village ecosystems, the pressures on them both climatic and non-climatic (natural and man-made) and the development of a framework for assessment of vulnerability, so as to suggest an adaptation framework for forest and village ecosystems. She authored many papers in reputed national as well international peer reviewed journals along with many popular articles in science and environmental magazines. She is also founder members of “COPAL” Conservation of Planet and Life – a voluntary organization that works in Indian Himalayas and Western Ghats on various Conservation issues. She visited countries like Hungary, Italy and Nepal.  Her Email

  1. Mountain Agro-Ecosystem: Traditional Science to Cost Effective Solution
  2. Increasing Pressure in Himalayas: PES a Solution
  3. Agroforestry balances hill agriculture and PES stewardship
  4. Agro-forestry: a futuristic solution in Mountains!
  5. Mountain Women-Key drivers of change
  6. Reform-the way forward!

Mr. Amrit Banstola [Nepal]

Amrit is the founder cum editor-in-chief of Public Health Perspective (PHP) Online Newsletter–the first online public health newsletter of Nepal. This newsletter focuses on health, diseases, epidemiological investigation together with environment. A health journalist from Nepal, he writes in PHP on health issues, environmental effects on health and wellbeing of people, socio-environmental issues, and public health approach to disease prevention among others. Climate change being the hot topic these days, he is actively working to make people of Nepal especially health professionals to concentrate on effects of climate change and develop mitigation measures to reduce its health effects. As a result, in his recent editorial, he has focused on health effects of climate change and the public health role. Amrit is also a freelance writer. His articles can be found on newsletter of prestigious public health association of world viz. American Public Health Association (APHA) and Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA). More recently, Amrit has been chosen as an international honorary member of APHA- International Health (IH) Section new project that deals with the climate change. He is also a young researcher from Nepal whose research interests are on environmental and child health.  Email

  1. Smoky Village Of Chidipani (Nepal)
  2. Stop Climate Change: Together We Can!
  3. Public Health Preparedness for Climate Change- A Scenario from Nepal
  4. Climatic vulnerabilities- leading to health concerns in rural Nepal
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