Nandita Hazarika is a natural resources management and energy-environment consultant based in Guwahati. She is associated with Ecosystems-India, a trust for biodiversity and environment conservation in Assam as its founder member. She manages the Assam Haathi Project on human-elephant conflict mitigation, in collaboration with Chester Zoo, UK. Nandita is also engaged in conservation programs for some highly endangered species such as the pygmy hog and the greater adjutant. Her work experience of over two decades has focused on research on energy and environment issues, and community based initiatives related to wildlife conservation, ecotourism, renewable energy, alternative livelihoods and environment education. In the past she had worked with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and WWF-India on rural energy and environmental issues. Nandita has a Masters in Geography from Jawaharlal Nehru University. She was a Hubert Humphrey Fellow (2001-2002) under the Fulbright Program at University of Washington, Seattle.
An engineering graduate from IIT, Kanpur (1987), Sanjay is a naturalist with an interest in writing and photography. Having spent twenty successful years in corporate world, in his last assignment, Sanjay was the Managing Director of Honey Well Turbo India Pvt Ltd. in Pune before he quit his job in 2008 to devote himself to nature conversation and environmental protection. His nature history interests include birds, butterflies, amphibians, reptiles – anything that moves really, Sanjay is involved in numerous conservation projects in eastern and western Himalayas. He writes nature columns for Hindustan Times and New India Express and has co-authored ‘Birds of Pune”, ’Butterflies of the Garo Hills” and ‘Butterflies and Moths of Pakke Tiger Reserve”.
Gurmeet Sapal is an independent cinematographer and filmmaker based in New Delhi. He actively works for some of leading international broadcasters including Al Jazeera, Channel 9 (60 minutes), National Geographic Channel, Discovery, BBC, ZDF, ABC etc. His interests are social issues, climate change, environment, wildlife and travel. As a filmmaker, Gurmeet’s forte lies in bringing out the fine human emotions and filming larger than life images. His strength is to weave the engaging story with the help of strong visuals, testimonies, narrative and soulful music. He has directed over twenty-five films.
His film ‘Nagaland is changing. But…’ has won Golden Beaver Award at National Science Film Festival. His Debut film ‘Chasing Butterflies’ won best film award at ‘Vatavaran Film Festival’ in 2012. Apart from this his films ‘Leopard in Lurch’ and ‘The Silk Route’ have also won several awards at different forums. Gurmeet was awarded UK Environment Film Fellowship (UKEFF) twice. He is trustee of an NGO called ‘Friends of Himalayas’.
Shibani Chaudhury has worked on 3 Indian Wild screen-winning films, she headed SRUTI, an organization committed to empowering marginalized people on issues of natural resource management, small-holder agriculture, gender equality, among others. Her recent assignments include films on medicinal plants & folk healers and non-formal education outreach for children.His film ‘Nagaland is changing. But…’ has won Golden Beaver Award at National Science Film Festival. His Debut film ‘Chasing Butterflies’ won best film award at ‘Vatavaran Film Festival’ in 2012. Apart from this his films ‘Leopard in Lurch’ and ‘The Silk Route’ have also won several awards at different forums. Gurmeet was awarded UK Environment Film Fellowship (UKEFF) twice. He is trustee of an NGO called ‘Friends of Himalayas’.
Sanjay is one of the founder members of Moving Images, a Delhi-based media production team comprised of film makers and academic researchers who have engaged with a variety of issues of common concern informed by nuanced research. He joined Srishti School of Art, Design & Technology last year, and set up Srishti Films, a production house, at the school to enable students to learn professional documentary film-making.
Sanjay is one of the founder members of Moving Images, a Delhi-based media production team comprising filmmakers and researchers who engage with a variety of issues of common concern. He has produced documentaries on a diverse range of issues including the politics of water, conservation vs. livelihood, renewable energy technologies and high altitude mountain climbs in the Himalayas. He has combined his vast climbing and trekking experience with filmmaking and has filmed extensively at altitudes above 21,000 feet in the Himalayas. Sanjay’s films have been nominated at several international film festivals and have won awards too.
Dr. Monisha Behal
Executive Director and founder of North East Network (NEN). Ben B, as she is referred to by most, has pioneered several projects related to women’s development in the northeast of India, and is one of leading voices for women’s rights in India. She has travelled extensively in the rural areas of the northeast, and written several papers and highlighted issues around women. Ben loves music, animals and driving, and continues to work tirelessly travelling between the NEN Centres. For the Green Hub, Ben has been the big rock of support, and is a constant inspiration.
The Green Hub Project has been conceived and initiated by Rita Banerji. A wildlife – environment filmmaker and camera person, with over 15 years of experience. She has produced, directed and filmed many award winning documentaries and television programs. She spent 5 years filming for ‘The Wild Meat Trail’, in the northeast of India. The film won the Panda Award, also known as the Green Oscar in 2010 at the prestigious Wildscreen Festival, UK. Her deep connect with the region led to the development of an educational component of the film ‘Under the Canopy’, as a step towards positively building up people’s knowledge and sensitizing their attitudes, emotions and behaviour towards wildlife. Rita sees the video camera as a great tool for creating dialogue on conservation at the grassroots and this vision has resulted in the Green Hub. Rita also loves sports, listening to music, travelling, reading graphic novels and drinking tea.
The Program Manager at Green Hub, having set up each and everything here from day one. An inspiring team leader, she has been a core member of Dusty Foot Productions since 2007, heading many of the film and communication projects. Imrana also worked as a consultant for CMS Vatavaran 2014, the most prestigious Wildlife and Environment film festival in India. Imrana loves her mother’s home cooked food, and is passionate about fitness. She loves traveling and wants to travel to all corners of the world.
Bonty Saikia grew up in Shillong, and then spent many years in the tea gardens of Assam – involving herself in landscaping, growing flowers and vegetables, and baking exquisite dishes. She joined Green Hub in April 2015 and has become a big asset in managing the office, as well as the hostel. Presently, she is the Programme Associate at Green Hub. Being a nature enthusiast, she is keen on learning wildlife and landscape photography.
Rupam Kumar Das
Rupam completed his education from Darrang College, Tezpur. He worked as a supervisor cum accounts person under ‘Kulen Hazarika Construction Company’. He became a part of Green Hub as accountant in March 2016. Rupam is interested in literature, reading and poetry writing.
Krishna Upadhyay is a retired Hindi teacher from Ramakrishna Mission School, where he served for almost forty years. In October 2015, he connected with Green Hub as security incharge. Krishna Jias as he is referred to by most, makes sure that everything is recorded and that things are in place.
Born in Tezpur. She studied in Silver Jubilee School and later continued plus finished her schooling from Tezpur Govt. Girls Higher Secondary School. She completed her graduation from Darrang College and later did PGD in Mass Communication and Journalism at Cotton College, Guwahati. She also did M.A. in rural development from IGNOU. She joined Green Hub in April 2016 and currently is working as Programme assistant.
Ruma became a part of the Green Hub in May 2016. She is the helper and maintains the cleanliness in the centre. Born in Khonamukh. She went to Khonamukh high school but could not continue with her studies. She is married with four kids. Ruma di works hard to provide good education to her children and for a better future.
Nandita Hazarika is a natural resources management and energy-environment consultant based in Guwahati. She is associated with Ecosystems-India, a trust for biodiversity and environment conservation in Assam as its founder member. She manages the Assam Haathi Project on human-elephant conflict mitigation, in collaboration with Chester Zoo, UK. Nandita is also engaged in conservation programs for some highly endangered species such as the pygmy hog and the greater adjutant. Her work experience of over two decades has focused on research on
Vijender has been working as a camera person and technical coordinator for Dusty Foot since February 2010. Through a series of apprenticeships and workshops with different filmmakers, Vijender has had wide-ranging experience as a camera person.
In 2007 Vijender worked with Abhivyakti Media for Development, Nasik, and filmed extensively in Narmada Valley (MP), Maharashtra and Punjab covering issues of displacement, SEZ and water crisis. In 2008 he did Camera internship with NDTV in Outdoor Broadcast (OB) and News Camera Department.
Vijender has a deep passion for camera work and constantly strives to get better. He enjoys taking on challenges and pushes himself to get the best possible visual. He loves sports, watching films and listening to music.