Advisory Board

Sarath Champati Lead trainer & advisor for Karnataka eco-tourism board (Festival Curator)

A wildlife enthusiast for the past 30 years, Sarath has travelled extensively in India and to about 25 countries in pursuit of wild animals including to both the Poles. He has hands on experience of guiding many prestigious wildlife groups. Sarath has been the Chief Naturalist for Jungle Lodges and Resorts and also for Taj Safaris at their resorts in South Africa and Madhya Pradesh. He loves to trek and has climbed Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa besides extensive trekking in the Himalayas. He has a special interest for birds and has travelled to all the continents in the world in search of them. He is a regular speaker in many ecotourism workshops and also given a few TED Talks. He served on the Madhya Pradesh Ecotourism Board and currently is the Lead Trainer for the Karnataka Ecotourism Board.He is the Founder Member of Ecotourism Society of India. He is also the Honorary Wildlife Warden for Mysore District.

Vijay Mohan Raj IFS, Chief Conservator of Forests

Known as VMR among wildlife circles, he has held various field positions including that of the Director of a Tiger Reserve. VMR is conversant with both, the harsh realities of the frontline staff of the forest department and the demands of the new eco-tourist. He brings with him the skills of a photographer, administrator and a conservationist. He has also authored a coffee table book – Daroji, an Ecological Destination. He is one of the founders of www.creativenaturephotography.net

Ramki Sreenivasan Co-founder-Conservation India

Ramki Sreenivasan is a Bangalore-based technology entrepreneur, birder and wildlife photographer. He co-founded Conservation India in January 2012 – a non-profit, non-commercial portal that facilitates wildlife and nature conservation.

Rohit Varma Co-founder – Nature Infocus

Rohit Varma is a passionate entrepreneur who after his 15 years of marketing stint at corporates like AMD, Sandisk , Kobian , decided to live life at his own terms and there R SQUARE was born. Nature is very close to his heart . A wildlife photography and conservation is his first love and he loves to share his experience, learning via his face book page https://www.facebook.com/RohitVarmaPhotography and believes it is crucial to give to the nature for us to live happily. His work has been published at Saevus, Smart Photography, African Geographic, The Hindu etc.