Ekta Jaju, S4S India Team Leader
Ekta is an Environment Documentary Film Maker and has many films to her credit including WhyNewCoal, The Rising Tide and Droughts, Debts and a Death. After Ekta led her team through the first Project Survival Media program, she founded Environment Press, an online news portal, reporting on the latest environmental happenings all over India. Ekta is the Marketing and Communications Director at ONergy – A Renewable Energy Venture and is the Co-founder and CEO SwitchON, a grassroot project committed to sustainability and equity. Ekta has specialized in Direction from Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune.
Ritu Bhardwaj, S4S India Videographer & Editor
Ritu is an independent film maker based out of Delhi has been working on socially relevant issues for past few years. A video editor by passion and producer by instincts; she has worked on television programs and documentaries addressing issues like farmer deaths in India, features on environment sustainability, impact of recession in bazaars of India, and the importance of mason training. She was also a part of the core team at Whypoll.org which designed the first ever United Nations Millennium Development Goals Lectures Series in Delhi last year. After working for the social sector for some time, she is also trying to diversify and get involved in development related research via her part-time course at Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi.
Gautham Krishnadas, S4S India Writer & Researcher
Gautham is a graduate engineer from the National Institute of Technology Surathkal, Karnataka. An intrinsic passion for the environment has taken him on a technology and policy track to explore climate change, evaluate its impact and encourage ‘solutions for survival’. As an International Climate Champion with the British Council, he has been actively involved in climate change mitigation activities on the technology and awareness end. He has more than a year of research experience at the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore and publications in the domain of clean energies like solar, wind, and biomass for grassroots level sustainable development. He also holds a penchant for creative media works, instrumental music as well as pantomime.
Usha Dewani, S4S India Videographer & Editor
Usha recently earned her Master’s degree in Mass Communication at Gauhati University, and has a background in fine arts and music. She is a founder member of New Ways, a group that uses Grassroots Comics as a development communication tool. Usha has been active in producing and filming community videos for Women Aloud Videoblogging for Empowerment (WAVE). She has also made personal films on social issues like substance abuse and disability. She is an active volunteer in many capacities though largely in photo and video documentation. She works with Bridge to Build, a group that passes on knowledge and skills to empower disadvantaged children, women, and elderly.
Pratik Mandrekar, India S4S Writer & Researcher
Pratik is a software developer in Bangalore. In 2009, in the lead up to the UN Negotiations in Copenhagen, Pratik was a youth reporter for Project Survival Media. He has also been a contributor for environmentpress.in, an online portal in India for environment related issues. His main focus is on finding and highlighting solutions for existing problems in the developing world. Pratik is currently working on projects aiming to make healthcare more accessible to people and to make our urban spaces more livable. His work is scattered all over the internet and you can find some of them on his personal website.
Caroline Wambui, S4S Kenya Team Leader & Writer
Caroline is an Environmental Science graduate from Kenyatta University, Kenya. She is a keen environmentalist with a specific interest in climate change, and is currently undertaking her masters in Environmental Sciences, water and aquatic systems. Caroline has been on the forefront of environmental activities in Kenya, heading Sustainable Africa Youth Foundation (SAYF), which promotes environmental awareness among youth through cartoons and films distributed all over East Africa. During the CoP 17, she actively worked with PSM, finding, writing, and sharing stories about climate change negotiations. She has also been involved in the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA), working on public participation in decision-making on matters regarding climate change.
Wilson Muiruri, S4S Kenya Videographer
Creative, resilient, consistent, persistent, I am Kenyan, humble, straightforward and honest.Wilson is a professional television producer, cameraperson and editor with a strong track record in advertising, documentary and feature films. Wilson founded a Practical Ads, a marketing firm specializing in education and environment. Through Practical Ads, he was responsible for many jobs in the areas of media publicity, television, and event organizing. Wilson was heavily involved in organizing the 1st Water and Youth Conference, which was the first of its kind in Africa. He is passionate about understanding the interconnectedness of climate change, and how a global community must respond in order to prevent the worst. Above all else Wilson wants to use his unique skill set to do positive things for the world.
Jacqueline Owiti, S4S Kenya Engagement Cordinator
Jacqueline was born in the Nyanza region of Kenya. She has been activist on the fore front of human rights issues for years with a focus particularly on women’s issues. Through much hard work, Jacqueline graduated from college in 2008 with a degree in Social Work and Community Development. She has also attended several trainings in and outside East Africa with sponsoring organizations on human rights and health issues. Currently Jacqueline is enrolled in the Environmental Management Institute, to pursue her diploma in Environmental Management and Water Conservation. She has also dedicated her time and energy advocating for safe water access and sanitation specifically for schools in most affected communities. She is very determined that her work and the work of her peers will bring environmental justice to Kenya. Alongside her work with Project Survival Media, she is supporting communities in the Lake Victoria region through facilitation specifically on environmental impact on health.
Joe Lukhovi, S4S Kenya Photographer
Joe was born in Nairobi, Kenya. Photography has been a life-long passion for him. He feels at home in his constant search for the unending patterns of life. Joe has in the past 3 years done freelance photography, working successfully in several styles of the art, ranging from fashion, street, conceptual, portraits to nature. Over time Joe has come to appreciate documentary photo-journalism as a critical style of photography, bringing attention to real people and situations living in the aftermath of true-life events. Having worked at the Kuona Trust Art Centre in Nairobi, as a creative and administrative intern, he has since been active and continued to showcase most of his works in and around the creative hub. In November 2011, Joe joined the UNFCCC youth delegation in Durban, South Africa to find practical solutions towards the effects of climate change.He is presently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Geospatial Engineering at the University of Nairobi, and also an active committee member at the Nairobi Arboretum which deals with environment and conservation of indigenous trees.He maintains that without a visual identity we have no community, no support network, and no movement. Making ourselves visible is a continual process. Joe’s photography blog: www.joelukhovi.wordpress.com showcases much of his recent works.