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Arannya Environment Research Organisation - Board


 

Harshada Gauns | Founder President

Harshada Gauns is a trained Zoologist with six years of experience in conducting and implementing biodiversity-based research and three years working closely with the communities in Goa, working on creating biodiversity management plans for leading business houses in Goa and on solid waste management at village level. Harshada has worked with the Centre for Environment Education, Mineral Foundation of Goa in the past and is the current Hon. Vice President of Goa Bird Conservation Network. She has engaged with students of more than 50 schools across Goa during her career, taking the message of nature, environment, conservation and sustainable living to them. Harshada is currently engaged as Assistant Professor in the Department of Zoology at Ganpat Parsekar College of Education, Harmal, Goa, and heads AERO as its Hon. President.

Shayeesh Pirankar | Vice President

Shayeesh Pirankar is a trained Zoologist with three years of working experience in the field of local community engagement, biodiversity documentation and environmental science research. He has engaged with students from more than 20 schools across Goa during his career taking the message of nature, bird conservation and sustainable development to them. Shayeesh has worked with Tripura Foundation Builds Hope and Mineral Foundation of Goa in the past and is currently engaged as City Associate with ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability and manages their Goa based operations, working in close association with the Goa State Biodiversity Board. Shayeesh is the Hon. Vice President of AERO and is an instructor at the Research and Education Division of AERO.

Jalmesh Karapurkar | Secretary

Jalmesh Karapurkar is a trained Zoologist with working experience in the field of biodiversity documentation and environmental science research. His current work involves implementing research projects for the Research and Education Division of AERO. Jalmesh has core competency in Field Biology and Database Management, handling's public communications and online resource networks.

                                       Shubham Rane | Joint Secretary

 

Mayur Gawas | Treasurer

Mayur Gawas is a trained Zoologist with working experience in the field of biodiversity documentation and environmental science research. He has worked with Mineral Foundation of Goa in the past and is currently working at AERO, implementing research projects for the Research & Education Division. Mayur has core competency in Field Biology and is a trained naturalist. He heads most of AERO's outdoor activities, that are organised for students and manages AERO's finances.

 

AERO - Research & Education


 

Akshatra Pracy Fernandes | Botanist & Nature Educator

Akshatra is a trained Botanist with specialisation in plant taxonomy. She is one of the few talented field taxonomists in Goa with an expertise of identifying herbs in the field. Akshatra has experience of working on biodiversity assessment projects in the past and has done several outreach and education activitie in various schools across Goa. She is currently engaged as Assistant Professor in the Department of Botany at Shree Mallikarjun College, Canacona, Goa

 

Vighnesh Shinde | Outreach & Nature Educator

Vighnesh specialises in interacting with school students and reaching out to them in order to give rise to a more aware future society, for we believe that children are the change makers. With a bachelor's in Zoology and more than five years of working experience in the field of biodiversity documentation with specialisation in studying Odonates, Vighnesh makes every classroom engagement that Arannya takes up, a fun learning experience for children. Being an accomplished theatre performer, he brings to his outreach classroom a mixed package of experience, making our outreach initiatives truly unique.

 

 

AERO - Content & Media


 

Shivcharan Gauns | Content & Media Coordinator

Shivcharan is our technology wiz who manages all our digital content requirements, including developing audio and video content for our various outreach activities. Besides being formally trained in computer applications, he is also an upcoming digital music producer from Goa and an accomplished miniature replica photographer. 

 

 

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