Pre-Incubated at NSRCEL,
Indian Institute of Management, Bengaluru IIMB.
Sustainable Development Goal 2:
Ankit Kawatra is the changemaker of SDG 2: Zero Hunger. Ankit is the founder of Zomato Feeding India, one of India’s largest nonprofits solving hunger and food waste. Feeding India works to rescue surplus food and also serve freshly prepared food with 26,000+ volunteers, logistics across 185 cities and has served 120+ million meals to people in need. Ankit started Feeding India after quitting his corporate job, post witnessing massive food wastage in an Indian wedding in 2014. He is the winner of several prestigious awards including - the Queen's Young Leader Award from HM Queen London, 1 of 17 United Nations Young Leaders for SDGs from 18,000 applicants in over 150 countries, Forbes 30 under 30 Honouree, National Youth Award India, GQ 50 Most Influential Indians and TED India speaker among others.
Ankit serves as a key spokesperson on issues of food security (SDG2), societal inequality and social entrepreneurship on several national and international platforms such as United Nations events, UN FAO CFS, Climate Change conferences, and is also a board of advisor for the Eat Foundation Stockholm. Ankit, as a changemaker, going to share his vision to create ZERO hunger lives and societies in India and his call for action.
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Sustainable Development Goal 4:
Glad to bring you the first story of Change Makers on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on School Radio. Quality Education is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of United Nations. You can listen to the story of Aakash Sethi, Founder, Quest Alliance, an NGO, working across 12 states to provide quality education, training and entrepreneurial skills to children and youth by using technology. He is going to share his journey and the kind of change his organization, Quest Alliance brings in the lives of children and youth. STEM for Girls programme is changing the lives of girls living in remote areas and they are learning by virtual and non-virtual classes. School Radio broadcasts the stories of Change Makers - SDG programme to inspire children and youth in taking up small actions towards achieving these goals.
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Sustainable Development Goal 5:
Dr. A.L. Sharada is the Director of Population First and spearheads the media advocacy campaign for Gender sensitivity - Laadli, which had initiated conversations with many influencers in print and electronic media, script writers and other content developers through awards, Fellowships, Workshops and consultations. She is a member of the CBFC and also initiated gender analysis of ads and films in Print media.
She has done her Doctorate in Sociology from the Central University of Hyderabad. She has been active in the Development Sector for the last 25 years. She started her career as a faculty member in the Central University of Hyderabad. She was also on the faculty of Indian Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR) at Jaipur. She carried out many short-term consultancy assignments for UNICEF and UNFPA in Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra. She has also conducted several programmes for NGOs in U.P. and Rajasthan on various issues such as rehabilitation of the mentally handicapped persons, mobile crèches for migrant construction workers, adolescent, non-formal and innovative education initiatives, and empowerment of women, child labor and women’s health. Dr Sharada has conducted various training programs for personnel of international agencies, NGOs and Government departments on gender and RCH as well as on Communication Planning.
Dr Sharada has received the Change Maker Award from Working Mothers Media at the
2016 Global Advancement of Women Conference.
The US government Under International Visitors Leadership Programme on “Role of NGOs in addressing Global Gender Issues” in June 2009 also invited her.
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Sustainable Development Goal 7:
'Affordable and Clean Energy'
School Radio presents you the story of changemaker, Dr. Ashok Das on SDG:7- Affordable and Clean Energy. He is the Founder CEO of SunMoksha, a company focused on clean technology solutions for sustainable socio-economic development of rural hinterland. Dr. Das has a decade of hands-on experience in working on rural development with state-of-the-art technology interventions in smart microgrids, renewable energy, IoT, and smart irrigation. Grounded at the grassroots, he has developed state-of-the-art technology solutions and business models to address issues of rural development. His innovations have received several national and international awards and accolades. Dr. Das has also consulted in technology, business, market and advisory services to several national and international organizations, such as, the World Bank, UK- DFID, KfW, ADB, GiZ, Climate Parliament, and PFAN. As founding-chair of TiE Clean Tech Forum, he has been very active in developing the entrepreneurial ecosystem for clean technologies and social impact across India. Prior to founding SunMoksha, Dr. Das worked for a decade for semiconductor equipment manufacturer Applied Materials, and then headed the India Operations of a fab automation start-up Aquest Systems, both in the Silicon Valley. He is a B.Tech from IIT Kanpur, India and Ph.D. from University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA.
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Sustainable Development Goal 8:
'Decent Work and Economic Growth'
Listen to the story of Bhagavatula Charitable Trust, a non-profit organization working towards the transformation of the villages since 1976 in Visakhapatnam district, Andhra Pradesh. Through its participatory approach and integrated rural development programs, BCT nurtures change agents within villages and created paradigm for replication both nationally as well as internationally. BCT believes in “Our Country's prosperity lies in the well-being of our villages”. For the past 42 years BCT is focusing on Sustainable Development of the villages. The thrust areas of BCT are Agriculture, providing Quality Education to children, facilitating Skill Development of youth, Women and youth Entrepreneurship, Health and Wellbeing and reducing inequalities and Gender Equality. BCT thrust programmes fall under more than six Sustainable Development Goals. 1. No Poverty, 4. Quality Education, 5.Gender Equality, 6. Clean Water & Sanitation, 8.Decent Work and Economic Growth, 10.Reduced Inequality.
Bhagavatula Sri Ram Murthy is heading Bhagavatula Charitable Trust as a Sectretary and CEO since 2011. During the year 2011 taken over the Krishi Vigyan Kendra in the position of Chairman and is driving the Scientists team in reaching to the entire district farming community. He was selected as one among the five member NGOs ‘Working Group on Information Technology for Masses’. Sri Ram Murthy worked in CARE as an Area Development Manager for 4 years in the tribal zone of East Godavari district. Lead the Child Literacy Training Program for mainstreaming Child Labour in the entire Visakhapatnam District through partnering with 27 other NGO’s operating in the district during the years 1993-1995. Lead the BCT Community Organization wing in the years 1992-93. Sri Ram Murthy narrates the journey of BCT and the transformation it brought in the lives of rural communities. Listen to him narrating the journey of BCT in a conversation with Aruna Gali.
'Change Makers' programme is supported by Mission Samriddhi.
Sustainable Development Goal 9:
'Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure'
Sandith Thandasherry, CEO and Chief Naval Architect of NavAlt Solar & Electric Boats grew up in India. Received his Bachelors Degree in Naval Architecture from the prestigious IIT Madras (1999). He Started his career as a Naval Architect in the Design Department of Alcock Ashdown, Gujarat, INDIA (2000). He joined as Senior Naval Architect at OMI Marine Services (2001) After he obtained his MBA from INSEAD, France(2006), he Started the company Navgathi Marine Design and Constructions (2008). Later, to achieve his vision for transforming Water Transportation to more greener, with the collaboration of Alternatives Energies, France, started Navalt Solar & Electric Boats (2013). The first step of success of his vision marked with the creation of ADITYA - India’s first solar ferry (2017). The experience acquired in the field of Naval Architecture and Shipping Industry made him to drive his passion and vision for transforming transportation on water to Eco- Friendly. The ADITYA- India’s first solar ferry and Gustave Award winner for “ The worlds best electric ferry for paying passengers” is now an epitome of Sustainable Green Water Transportation. Listen to him on 13 December, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. (IST) on School Radio.
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Sustainable Development Goal 10:
Mittal Maulik Patel, is the Founder and currently functioning as the Secretary of Vicharta Samuday Samarthan Manch (VSSM). VSSM organization works broadly for the welfare of the most downtrodden Nomadic and De-Notified tribes. Her and VSSM story would be highlighting the Sustainable Development Goal10: Reduced Inequalities. When she had begun this initiative, she hardly had known anything about Nomadic and De-notified communities. From there, VSSM has come a long way, reached more than 80,000 families from more than 2000 settlements in 90 blocks of 18 districts. Mittal Patel is the Honorary Member of Development and Welfare Board for Nomadic, Semi-Nomadic and De-notified Communities, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, New Delhi. Mittal Patel conferred with many awards and rewards like Real Hero Award by CNN - IBN and Reliance Foundation in March- 2012. Honored as Ashoka fellow by Ashoka Innovators for the Public in 2013. Ashoka recognizes and felicitates dynamic global community of leading social entrepreneurs who deliver high-impact solutions to society’s most pressing problems. Ashoka accelerates Fellows’ progress as an individual, a leader of an organization, a participant in collaborative initiatives, and as a member of a global community of peers. Invited for a TED Talks in 2013. To listen to Mittal Patel, visit www.schoolradio.in on 15 November,2020 at 7:30 p.m. IST. This programme is supported by Mission Samriddhi.
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Sustainable Development Goal 11:
'Sustainable Cities and Communities'
School Radio brings you the story of Dr. Priti Parikh on the Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. She has expertise in infrastructure (water, sanitation and energy) for resource constrained settings such as slums and rural communities in Africa and Asia. She is also leading research on developing evidence base to link SDG's and infrastructure. Dr. Parikh has been awarded a prestigious five year Senior Research fellowship co-funded by industry (BBOXX) and Royal Academy of Engineering. The fellowship titled Smart Solar Solutions for all (S34ALL) will focus on smart solar solutions for resource challenged communities combining machine learning based models with consumer surveys. She is the founder for the MSc in Engineering for International Development at UCL Dept of Civil, Environ &Geomatic Eng Faculty of Engineering Science
She won the Provost Education Award in 2018 for her contribution to engineering education particularly for engineering and international development. Dr. Parikh set up the MSc in Engineering for International Development with a view of equipping engineering with the skill sets required to address global challenges and provide appropriate infrastructure solutions in resource challenged settings in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. She also set up and now leads the Engineering for International Development Research Centre (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/civil-environmental.../efid-centre). She has substantial industry experience in India and also a research based in infrastructure planning for cities to cover the areas of financial planning, institutional frameworks and societal impact. She has substantial in-country experience in South Asia, Africa and UK working with local governments and slum communities and has led multi- sectoral projects at both city and community scale. She is Chair of the Editorial Panel for ICE's Engineering Sustainability Journal and was invited to join the board of Trustees for Happold Foundation and Engineer's Against Poverty. In 2019, she was recognized as an Engineers Without Borders Changemaker. Listen to her on 22 November 2020 at 7:30 p.m. IST. This programme is supported by Mission Samriddhi.
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Sustainable Development Goal 13:
Mr. Sukhbir Singh Dhaliwal is the Founder of 'Farm2Energy' which is a crop residue management organization, solving the Paddy Straw Burning Problem in the Northern Region of India. He shared his journey on School Radio along with Nitin Jain. Farm2Energy is CleanTech & AgriTech Startup into crop residue collection services, providing robust and integrated biomass supply systems for the advanced Biofuels, Bio-power, and Bio-based product industries by processing and using Corn Stover, Paddy Straw & Sugar Cane Trash. Farm2Energy is the first company in India to break the barrier of large-scale crop-residue collection, with imported large round/square balers, Rakes, in-house developed automated lifting trolleys via Technology.
Organization's focus is to make Punjab and neighboring states a "Biomass Valley" from stubble to energy crops to make Renewable energy products like pellets, Bio-Coal, Biochar, CBG, etc & Sustainable products like Yarn, fabric, wood panels, Biodegradable tableware & other industrial products.
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Sustainable Development Goal 15:
'Life On Land'
REGIONAL DIRECTOR, SOUTH AND S EAST ASIA AND COUNTRY DIRECTOR, INDIA
Karuna Singh leads EDN initiatives in the Asian Continent. She heads EDN’s international office outside of the United States. The programs she oversees aim to use innovative methods to raise environmental awareness for all of EDN’s programs in close to 25 countries and among approximately 5 billion people. This she achieves with the team she supervises in multiple places. Karuna is a spokesperson for EDN and makes presentations at global forums as well. These include speaking at the 2015 UN Conference of Parties 21. Karuna was lead presenter at a meeting of embassy heads in Bangkok on ways to help the city grow more environment-friendly. She was also invited to speak at the ASEAN Seminar held at Nu Py Du on invitation of the Government of Myanmar. Karuna is one of six NGO representatives from across the world chosen to make a presentation to the then UN Secretary General, Mr Ban Ki-moon. Karuna is regularly featured in all media – print, social and electronic. She is the author of several of EDN’s eBooks that feature innovative case studies that lead to greener economies. Karuna is called up to reach out to stakeholders to form partnerships, and develop specially crafted programs and campaigns that are of particular relevance to not just a country, but a region as well.
Karuna is on the steering committee for India of the Global Environment Facility, UNDP and the Government of India Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change’s Small Grant Program. She has been invited by the Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research, Japan to provide expert advice to develop a South Asian hub for collaborative research and capacity building toward climate preparedness and change management.
Karuna comes to EDN after a 24-year career with the US State Department in Kolkata.
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Sustainable Development Goal 16:
'Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions'
School Radio, brings you the Story of Changemaker : SDG16, Upma Diwan Director, Institute of Regional Analysis (IRA), Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. She is also the Executive Chairperson of SIRDI organization. Upma Diwan, carries forty years of experience in Social Development Sector. She has been working with tribal and rural communities of Madhya Pradesh and Maharastra. She is instrumental in creating inclusive and peaceful societies by involving local communities to take active leadership and responsible roles. She is building strong Panchayat Raj Institutions through GPDP , and by promoting the participation of youth and women, in the process of development and governance. She is extensively supporting women SHGs, and single women. She believes that if women are encouraged to participate in the process of development, they take up responsible roles and bring the transformation in the societies they are living in.
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