Team

vivek talwar

Vivek Talwar

Director

Having superannuated from the Tata Group in 2018, where he drove Business excellence organizational culture and sustainability in Tata Power and Tata Chemicals, Vivek Talwar is the Founder Director of Chrysalis, a Goa-based consulting organization that works in the space of Organizational Transformation, Organizational Culture building, Business Excellence, Sustainability and Envisioning.He is also the Co-Founder of Sensible Earth, a Goa based Centre for Sustainability. He is Advisor to the Tata Business Excellence Group in the areas of Business Excellence and Affirmative Action. Vivek is also a Trustee on the Boards of Antarang Foundation, Head Held High and Yara India Trust, organizations involved in career focus for the underprivileged children, livelihood opportunities for youth from deprived backgrounds and overall socio-economic development of rural communities respectively. Vivek supports many conservation causes in his new home state, Goa, and across the country, and has been co-opted into the think- tank by several reputed foundations and societies that work in the fields of environment conservation, social responsibility and sustainability.

 

Nisha DSouza

Programme Coordination

Nisha supports the development and implementation of the C-SCAPES programmestrategy. She is the Founder and Director of EcoNiche, a conservation consultancy based in Goa. She has a BSc. Marine Sciences and an MSc. Wildlife Health and Population Management from the University of Sydney (Australia), and an MPhil. Conservation Leadership from the University of Cambridge (UK). She has worked with the Wilderness Society, and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as the Small Grants Officer (India) with the Asia-regional Mangroves for the Future (MFF) programme. Through EcoNiche she works with partners including Terre de Hommes (tdh), SuganthiDevadason Marine Research Institute (SDMRI), the Government of Tamil Nadu, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI), on projects related to marine and coastal biodiversity loss, climate change and socio-ecological resilience. Nisha is also Advisor – Conservation Impact for Terra Conscious, a responsible coastal tourism conservation enterprise based in Goa.

 

Dhaval Vargiya

Programme Officer

Dhaval is a Program Officer with Bharti Vidhyapeeth Institute of Environment Education and Research (BVIEER, Pune), specifically with the collaboratively-run C-SCAPESand BVIEER Green School Program.He carried his PhD research work on the wetlands of Porbandar with RK University, Rajkot, where he studied heavy metals and pesticide toxicity in waterbirds. He is the founder of theMokarsagar Wetland Conservation Committee– Porbandar, that works for the wetlands of Porbandar. He volunteers with various citizen science initiatives, including as state reviewer foreBird, an initiative of Cornell University, USA, state coordinator of the Asian Waterbird Census,  state coordinator of the Great Backyard Bird Count & Campus Bird Count, and Executive Committee Member of Bird Conservation Society, Gujarat. He has discovered several new avian species for Gujarat and India,including Siberian Thrush, Jounin’s Petrel and European Honey Buzzard. Dhaval has presented research papers in international and national conferences and published more than 25 articles in various journals and bulletins.

 

 

Chirag Solanki

Programme Officer

Chirag is a Program Officer with Bharti Vidhyapeeth Institute of Environment Education and Research (BVIEER, Pune), specifically with the collaboratively-run C-SCAPESand BVIEER Green School Program. He has an M.Phil. and  B.Ed from Saurashtra University, Rajkot. He has been studying the coastal birds and waders of Jamnagar and Dwarka for the last 20 years. His long term observations of the Crab Plover have been internationally recognized. He has published several articles in national and international magazines and journals. He volunteers with local organizations like the Lakhota Nature Club and Birding or Nothing in Jamnagar.  He has been recently selected as a reviewer for the Saurashtra region for eBird, an initiative of Cornell University,  USA. Chirag has also worked as a naturalist with several tour operators. He won the Birdathon organized by Saevus magazine in Jamnagar, in 2012.