Anupam Sah

Anupam Sah (b.1968) is a heritage conservation-restoration strategist, practitioner and educator and is the Founder of the Himalayan Society for Heritage and Art Conservation and Director of Anupam Heritage Lab (India) Pvt. Ltd, a heritage conservation services and consultancy firm. He also serves as the Head of Art Conservation, Research and Training at the CSMVS Museum Art Conservation Centre, Mumbai. He has rendered heritage conservation, training and consulting services to the Government of India’s Ministries of Culture, Tourism, Urban Development, various State Governments, Universities, NGOs, World Bank, UNDP, UNESCO, and others.Read more

Bano Haralu

Bano Haralu is an award winning and pioneering Television Journalist from Northeast India with over two decades of experience in the medium under her belt.But in 2010 she decided to return to her home state, Nagaland to begin work on wildlife conservation. Since then she has co-ordinated a survey on the birds and wildlife of Nagaland for the state government. These engagements led to the publication  of the ‘Birds of Nagaland’ a colour book and the campaign for a safe passage for the migratory Amur Falcons in 2012, with a team from Conservation India. The efforts were rewarded the following year with an end to the massacre of thousands of the migratory birds in Pangti village, under Wokha district of Nagaland. Read more

Chandraprabha Aitwal

Chandraprabha Aitwal  also fondly known as ‘Chandra didi ‘in mountaineering circles , is an Indian mountain climber and one of the pioneers amongst Indian women mountaineers. Over the years she  has  summited a number of peaks including Nanda Devi, Kanchanjunga, Trishuli and Mt. Jaonli. She is a recipient of 2009 Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award for Life Time Achievement,The Arjun Award and the Padma Shri given by the  Government of India

Christoph Promberger

German biologist and wildlife researcher, Christoph Promberger went to the Carpathian Mountains of Romania in 1993 to research on wolves. Christoph and his colleagues set up the now well-known Carpathian Large Carnivore Project, which studied wolves, bears and lynx in the region, and developed and implemented a number of additional management and conservation activities. In 2003 the project’s research work came to a planned end. The project had innumerable successes, having helped in the setting up of the Piatra Craiului National Park, worked to ensure the legal and effective practical protection of wolves, Read more

Daniel Taylor

Daniel Taylor grew up in the Himalaya where his family for many decades made Landour Villa their home, and it was there he started the quest to explain the Yeti mystery that is the focus of his Mussoorie Mountain Festival talk. He has been engaged in social change and conservation for four decades with a focus on building international cooperation to achieve ambitious projects. He founded the nine Future Generations organizations worldwide (including the accredited Future Generations University).Read more

Deshun Deysel

Deshun Deysel is a South African mountaineer, businesswoman and motivational speaker who was part of the first South African expedition to Mount Everest in 1996. Her inclusion in the first group of High altitude Climbers tasked with placing the democratic South Africa’s Flag on the highest Mountain Peak in the world became an experience she shares with all her audiences. This led to her embarking on several other high altitude mountaineering expeditions to the highest peaks on 5 continents – including a further expedition to Mt. Everest, and 3 to Mt. Kilimanjaro.Read more

Jodie Underhill

Jodie Underhill, popularly known as ‘Garbage girl’ was born in 1976 in Great Yarmouth, England. She spent the majority of her twenties travelling the world and came to India in December 2008 as a tourist and to volunteer at the Tibetan Children’s Village in McLeod Ganj. Horrified by the extent of India’s garbage crisis she started organizing mass clean up’s in April 2009. She is the Co-Founder of Waste Warriors, an NGO working hard to tackling India’s garbage problem by creating models that can be replicated across India.

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Kishore Thukral

Kishore Thukral, 55, has trekked, photographed and researched extensively in the western Himalayas, especially the remote valley of Spiti in Himachal Pradesh. He is the author of Spiti through Legend and Lore a book that documents the legends and folklore of the valley both in text and in photographs.

Kishore has also authored a political satire, The Chronicler’s Daughter. He has compiled and edited Sharanam Gachhami: an Album of Awakening a coffee-table book on Buddhist values, containing images shot by twenty photographers from around the world, including Richard Gere, Steve McCurry, Raghu Rai and Deepti Naval, as well as by Kishore himself. Read more

Martin Moran

Martin Moran is one of Britain’s most experienced and prolific mountaineers. He is an international Mountain Guide and runs a climbing school from his base in North-West Scotland. Martin began his career with a BA Hon degree in Geography from Cambridge University and became a Chartered Accountant before following the mountain path. He has climbed the Eiger North Face and achieved the fastest-ever ascent of all the Alpine 4000 metre peaks in a non-stop 52 day journey. He has a special love of adventurous mountaineering and exploration in the Indian Himalaya, with over 15 first ascents in Kumaon, Garhwal, Himachal and Ladakh. Read more

Michael Benanav

Michael Benanav is a writer and photographer whose work appears in The New York Times, Geographical Magazine, Lonely Planet guidebooks, and other publications. He’s the author of three non-fiction books, including Men Of Salt: Crossing the Sahara on the Caravan of White Gold, which te lls the story of his 1000-mile journey with one of the world’s last working camel caravans; The Luck of the Jews: An Incredible Story of Loss, Love, & Survival in the Holocaust, which recounts the astonishing true events experienced by his grandparents during the Second World War; and most recently Himalaya Bound: An American’s Journey with Nomads in North India,Read more

Pema Gyalsten

Pema Gyalsten did her formative education at Simon Baruch Manhattan, New York then attended Woodstock school in her 11th and 12th Grade. She graduated from Woodstock school in 1990. Thereafter, she completed Teacher Education and Masters in Teacher Education from SRM University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. She started her career as a teacher in 2001 and has been teaching since. Pema is deeply passionate about writing for children. She wrote her first book in 2009, and since then has authored ten books. All her books are based on animal characters, conceptualized to inculcate in children a fondness for animals. At present, she has just opened her own school in Paro.

Ravi Singh

Ravi Singh is the Secretary General and CEO of WWF-India since 2003.

He started his career as a Lecturer of History in Bhagat Singh College, Delhi University, followed by a career in banking at The Chartered Bank (now Standard Chartered Bank) and Deutsche Bank. Conservation of nature and working for India has always been close to his heart and he has been involved in conservation related issues since 1976 and has been a member of several conservation organizations ,including WWF and the BNHS.Read more

Rewben Mashangva

Rewben Mashangva, also known as Guru Rewben Mashangva  is a folk musician and singer from ManipurIndia. He is known for reviving musical tradition of the Tangkhul Naga of Manipur, and use of traditional musical instruments in his songs. Influenced by musicians like Bob Dylan and Bob Marley, Rewben Mashangva has created many Naga tribal folk songs based on blues and ballad rhythms. He is known by different names like, Bob Dylan of the Nagas and King of Naga Folk BluesFather of Naga Folk Blues. He received the National Tribal Award 2011-12, for his contribution to the development of tribal music from the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India.

Salvador Lyngdoh

Salvador Lyngdoh is a Scientist at the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. Ecological research, teaching and training continues to be the most satisfying experiences for Salvador. He has been involved in using state of the art techniques in population monitoring, behavioral study and conflict studies in Western as well as Eastern India. He has also been involved in ecological status surveys of large mammals particularly wild dogs of Western Arunachal Pradesh.Read more

Stephen Alter

Stephen Alter is the author of eighteen books of fiction and non-fiction.  He was born in Mussoorie and much of his writing focuses on the Himalayan region, where he continues to live and work.  His most recent book is In the Jungles of the Night: a novel about Jim Corbett (Aleph 2016).  His most recent non-fiction book is Becoming a Mountain: Himalayan Journeys in Search of the Sacred and the Sublime (Aleph 2014)  He is the founding director of the Mussoorie Mountain Festival.

Sujoy Das

A seasoned trekker and photographer, Sujoy Das feels most at home in the high Himalayas where he has been photographing for more than thirty years. Founder of South Col Expeditions, an outfit which runs treks and photo workshops in the Himalayas, he has introduced many trekkers to the magic of the Khumbu and Annapurna regions in Nepal. His images and accompanying essays have featured in books, magazines and newspapers both nationally and internationally including The Washington Post, APA Publications, Outdoor Journal, Outlook Traveller, India Today Travel Plus, Frontline, Mint Lounge and The Telegraph.Read more