Anu Johny

Project Specialist

Anu has done her graduation in Sociology from Jesus and Mary College, Delhi University. She also holds a Masters degree in Development Studies from Ambedkar University Delhi. She has been working with Prof Ashwini Chhatre since the past four years. She has worked on research designing and has been coordinating data collection during the period. In the ‘Forest Governance Project’, she will be working on the designing and setting up of ‘Social Ecological Monitoring Survey’.

Arun C M Murali

Research Associate

Arun holds Master’s degree in Geoinformatics from TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) School of advanced studies, New Delhi. He worked in multiple research projects as Research intern, which involved intensive data handling and analysis. He joined Indian School of Business as a Research Associate and is currently working with Forest Governance team in information extraction and analysis of remotely sensed datasets.

Apurva N S Duddu

Research Associate

Apurva holds a Masters degree in Natural Resources and Governance from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and has been associated with ISB as a Research Associate (RA) since the last one year. She has been actively working on Forest related datasets and currently is a part of the Forest Governance team. She has played an instrumental role in- Setting up of Socio-Ecological Monitoring System, Project Monitoring System and CFR

Avijit Chhaterjee

Project Specialist

Avijit holds a Bachelors degree in Commerce from Calcutta University. Before joining the Forest Governance team as a Project Specialist, he was associated with Vikalp Social Organisation where he worked with forest dependent Scheduled Tribes and other traditional forest dependent working people across Uttar Pradesh, parts of Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. He has extensive experience in training communities in the process of claiming rights as per FRA, building awareness about FRA Rights, etc.

Dhanapal G

Senior Analyst

Dhanapal has a master’s degree in Environment Management from Forest Research Institute, Dehradun. His research interest is in Forest and Landscape Restoration for biodiversity conservation and improving the livelihood of forest-dependent communities with a current focus in the central Indian landscape. He has worked on several forestry projects and ecological studies funded by organizations like WRI, World Bank, DFID and USAID.

Divya Gupta

Sr. Research Fellow

Divya Gupta has worked extensively on natural resource governance issues for almost ten years. Her research is multi-disciplinary in nature and operates at the intersections of several fields within the human dimensions of natural resources.  These include forest policies and politics; collaborative forest governance across government agencies, NGOs, citizens, and industries; equitable resource distribution; sustainable development; and climate change discourse.
Divya got her Ph.D. in Environment and Natural Resources from the Ohio State University. Her undergraduate degree is in Botany and masters degree in Environmental Studies, both from University of Delhi.

Durga Satapathy


Durga is an Engineer in Electronics. Post her engineering, she did her MBA in rural management from IRMA (Institute of Rural management Anand). Prior joining ISB, she worked as  Dy.SP in state police services of Odisha, as CSR (Corporate social responsibility) manager in Arnapurna MFI and as Dy. Manager in the ICT dept. of NDDB (National Dairy Development Board), Gujarat. Her specializations include Project management and Content management.”

Hemanth Guthala

Research Associate

Hemanth Guthala holds a master’s degree in Quantitative Economics from Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi and Bachelors in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. He is currently working with the  Forest Governance team on the Project management tool and research on sustainability issues. Prior to this, he had worked as a consultant for Deloitte USI.

Madhulika Gurazada

Research Associate

Madhulika holds a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Economics from University of Hyderabad. After a brief stint as a Data Analyst at Cognizant, she joined ISB as a Research Associate. She worked on a project funded by Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation looking at the impact of emissions from coal-fired power plants on health in India using atmospheric chemistry model and integrated exposure-response functions.

Nitisha Jaiswal

Project Associate

Nitisha is an experienced Project Associate with a demonstrated history of working organizations like Apple and Google. She has worked in different domains with skill sets spanning, General Management, Project Management, Customer Service and Microsoft Office. She has a degree in Aviation and Hospitality Industry. 

Nirali Bakhla

Research Associate

Nirali holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from Sri Ram College of Commerce and a Masters degree from IGIDR, Mumbai. She also pursued Master of Philosophy from IGIDR (2018) and has worked on various projects in the area of Common Pool Resource, Quality of Land, Women Empowerment and Nutrition . Her M.Phil thesis was on “Common Pool Resources (CPRs) as Source of Food in Rural India”. Prior to joining the Forest Governance team as a Research Associate she worked as a Research Associate in IGIDR for Project SPANDAN where she primarily worked on structuring the survey data.

Sanjoy Mondal

Research Coordinator

Sanjoy completed his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Burdwan in 2009. Post completion he worked as an intern for the RRAN project. Currently, he is working as a Research Coordinator in the Forest Governance team. His job involves traveling to Madhya Pradesh (Dewas and Khandwa), Odisha(Malkangiri), West Bengal (Bankura), Maharashtra(Nashik), and Jharkhand (Chattarpur) for various data collection activities and GIS mapping of forest area. He has developed polygon of more than 130 forests across states and created a land-use map of 20 villages of West Bengal.

Shriya Thakkar

Research Assistant

Shriya Thakkar holds a Bachelors (BSc) and Masters (MSc) degree in Anthropology from Hans Raj College, University of Delhi, India. As an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship holder, she recently completed her Double Masters (MA) in Women & Gender Studies from the University of Hull (UK) – Utrecht University (The Netherlands). She has previously worked in a couple of ICSSR funded projects and undertaken extensive fieldwork within the Western as well as North-Eastern India. Her prior engagements remain with the Royal Tropical Institute (Amsterdam) where she worked as a Policy Research Intern, The Energy & Resources Institute (TERI) as a fellow and IIM, Ahmedabad as a Teaching Assistant.

Vipul Bhave

Research Associate

Vipul graduated with a master’s degree in Forestry from Forest Research Institute, Dehradun. His broad research interest is in applications of Remote Sensing & GIS in Agriculture & Forestry, Climate Change & Forests, and Forest-based livelihoods. Prior to joining Forest Governance team, he worked with Rythu Sadhikara Samstha, Government of Andhra Pradesh as Young Professional with the project Climate Resilient Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF). He also has two post-Masters Diploma in Remote Sensing & GIS from Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun and in Rural Development Management from National Institute of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Hyderabad

Yashashree Garge

Project Specialist

Yashashree has more than 3 years of experience that includes working as a science educator in the DST funded Science Express Climate Action Special, Project Officer at Centre for Environment Education, Ahmedabad and Project Fellow at Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. She has completed her BSc (Hons.) Zoology, MSc Environmental Sciences and MPhil. Environmental Science and Sustainable Development. Her theses work includes quantification of carbon and provisioning ecosystem services in the Western Ghats and assessment of soil moisture estimation tool (STM2). She also completed certification courses in climate change and environmental law and policy as well as PgDiploma in Urban Environment Management and Law. She has joined Prof. Ashwini Chhatre in the Tenure Facility project as a Project Specialist to engage the corporate sector for endorsing CFR, prior to this she worked on ecological assessment of linear infrastructure to propose mitigation measures.