Chief Executive

Raghuvansh Saxena
Earthwatch Institute India

Raghuvansh Saxena has 26 years of experience in the field of nature conservation, sustainability and climate change, water, environment and natural resources management. Raghu has worked in top management teams, in leadership roles, setting institutional vision and goals, providing strategic and operational leadership, implementation of major projects, institutional development and fundraising, and leading multidisciplinary teams.

Raghu has been leading Earthwatch Institute India for the last ten years. As the Chief Executive, Raghu's priority has been to develop the institute's programmes with an aim at aligning the programmes with some of the National Missions in India. Under Raghu's leadership, Earthwatch Institute India developed a network of projects in diversified areas such as Forest Conservation and Ecosystem Services; Climate Action and Sustainable Technologies; Water, Sanitation and Hygiene; Sustainable Cities and Conservation of Waterbodies, Urban Forests and Healthy Air; Reducing Plastic Pollution; Sustainable Agriculture and Pollinators; Biodiversity and Habitat Conservation. The institution has developed programmes for appropriate and low-cost energy-efficient solutions for supporting natural resource conservation in rural areas. The institution also promotes skill development programmes in villages to engage young people in sustainable farming practices and to make eco-friendly goods, contributing to environmental and social benefits. The institution has developed programmes across various sectors to support corporations in developing sustainability leadership within the organisations. Science and innovation are at the heart of the institution's programmes.

Before joining Earthwatch Institute India, Raghu was Head of the Regional Climate Security Project at British Council India. He also worked as Head–North India of Science, Environment & Technology at British Council. He had also managed major environmental projects while working with the World Wide Fund for Nature-India. He began his professional career in the corporate sector before joining non-profit institutions. He was a British Chevening Scholar in Environmental Management at the University of Manchester, UK.

Board of Trustees
Dr. G Srinivasan
Trustee & Chairperson and
Lead of the Science Advisory Group

Dr. Srinivasan is the Chief Scientist for Climate Applications at the Regional Multi-hazard Early-warning System for Asia and Africa (RIMES). Srini’s work focuses on climate analysis to understand risks to societal systems and the development of decision support tools. Srini has worked as a Consultant, Climate Adaptation and Prediction Branch, World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Srini has represented India at UNFCCC and IPCC meetings and has been involved in policy issues of climate change. He has also been a contributing author and expert reviewer for the IPCC AR4 and earlier reports.

Aloka Majumdar
Trustee & Chair of Education Advisory Group

Aloka Majumdar is Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Sustainability for HSBC India. She started her career as a financial journalist. She specialised in covering Banking and Finance as well as the microfinance sector working with leading business publications such as the Financial Express and Business India. In 2004, She joined Citibank India to look after the Corporate Citizenship portfolio, following which in 2010 she joined HSBC India. In her current role, Aloka Majumdar heads Corporate Sustainability for HSBC Group in India, which comprises the Bank and other HSBC Group companies. Her expertise lies in the fields of Education, Skills, Financial Inclusion, Environment and Climate Change.

Dr. Gopichandran Ramachandran
Trustee & Chair of Science & Society Group

Dr. Gopichandran has vast experience in the areas of multilateral environmental agreements, especially in compliance assistance, science and technology communication and ecosystem services. This is in addition to his deep engagement at the grassroots on various aspects of sustainable development, including preventive environmental management through governmental and non–governmental institutions. Gopi has served as the Director of Vigyan Prasar. He has done a Ph.D. in Bio-sciences (interdisciplinary) specialized in Chemical Ecology, and Ph.D. in Bio-sciences specialized in Microbial Ecology.

Professor Ramesh K Arora
Trustee and Chair of the Institutional Development Group

Professor Arora was a Professor of Public Administration at the University of Rajasthan and HCM Rajasthan State Institute of Public Administration. He is the Chairperson of the Management Development Academy, Jaipur.
He is Ph.D. from Kansas, USA. He was a recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship as well as the Senior Fulbright Fellowship.
Professor Arora has received several national and international awards and has lectured extensively in India and abroad. He has authored or edited over sixty bookson governance systems and life skills.
Professor Arora received Dr. Rajendra Prasad Award for Academic Excellence in 2022.