Team

Our in-house team members have graduated from top US universities. Between them, they have experience working with stakeholders from locations such as India, the US, Belgium, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Afghanistan, Malawi, Vietnam, Latin America, Afghanistan, and the Pacific.

Aruna Raman

Aruna Raman is a social innovation mentor, coach, educator and community-builder, with more than 18 years of experience in the social enterprise, nonprofit, and corporate sectors. She is currently founding partner and Director of Innovation at ILK Labs.

Until recently, she was India Program Director at Acara, an interdisciplinary impact entrepreneurship program at the University of Minnesota, a role she now plays under the aegis of ILK. In her role, she develops curriculum and co-teaches classes, coaches and mentors students from interdisciplinary and cross-geographical backgrounds, sets up internships and fellowships, facilitates research, and develops Acara's network in India and several other countries, including those in Asia, Europe, Africa, Latin America and the Pacific. She has also been resident mentor with the IDEX Accelerator, Ashoka Innovators for the Public, The Do School (Germany), and Shetab (Afghanistan), among others.

Aruna is a mental health and wellness champion. She deals with her own struggles related to depression and anxiety through a combination of writing, therapy, laughter, travel, relationships and honest conversations. She hopes to write a mental health-related play someday!

Elbin Savio

Elbin Savio is an MSW graduate from St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore with a specialization in Human Resource Development. A Bangalorean at heart, his life revolves around motor bikes and the love to travel.

As the Director of Operations, Elbin works closely with the ILK team to help meet all student needs, including internship, research placements, field visits and several other aspects of program administration. He is very passionate about championing the cause of cleaning up air in India and has taken a strong interest in ensuring monitoring of air pollution happens across the city of Bengaluru. He envisions ILK to be at the leading edge of interdisciplinary and cross-geographical educational engagement.

Meenakshi Kushwaha

Meenakshi graduated with an MPH (Environmental and Occupational Health) from University of Washington, Seattle in 2015. She has worked on a range of environmental health issues including lead poisoning, indoor air pollution, and water quality in Africa, US, South Asia, and India.

As the Director of Research, Meenakshi strives to position ILK as a platform for cross-cultural collaboration to produce policy-relevant health and environmental data, and engage with multi-disciplinary stakeholders to address global grand challenges.

Along with conducting research with University and non-profit partners, Meenakshi also assists with ILK's study abroad commitments by way of curriculum development and partnership building. In the past, Meenakshi has co-taught environmental health courses at University of Washington and Azim Premji University. Meenakshi's early career was as a Biomedical Researcher, the learnings of which continue to guide her research work in public health.

Adithi Upadhya

GIS Analyst

Adithi completed her MSc. in Geoinformatics from Bharati Vidyapeeth Institute of Environment Education and Research, Pune in 2018. Her research interests lie in data analytics, spatial analysis and remote sensing. Her previous work included web application development using geospatial technology, glacier dynamics with SAR images and classification using high resolution images. She has had rich experiences working as a summer research fellow at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and as an intern at WAi Technologies, TATA Power, Pune, and National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research, Goa. Her desire to work with environmental issues and primary data has drawn her to ILK. She likes to read, to dance and to make codes and life simpler.

Pratyush Agarwal

Research Coordinator - Air Quality

Pratyush completed his Bachelor's degree in Biotechnology, Chemistry and Botany from St. Joseph's College, Bangalore. His work interest lie towards sustainable development and environmental issues and ILK provided a platform to pursue his dream. As the field Technical associate at ILK he manages all the air quality instruments and field work. He is a big foodie and travel enthusiast and likes to watch movies in his leisure time.

Advisors

Aparna Vedapuri Singh

Aparna Vedapuri Singh started Women’s Web in 2010 with a vision for a truly empowering community for Indian women, that would function as a supportive space for women to come together, learn and grow. From a blog with 4 contributing writers, she has bootstrapped Women’s Web to become one of the most loved communities for Indian women today, with 350+ authors and thousands of daily readers.

A marketing professional with a background in research and business development, she is truly excited by the wave of women entering the workplace as well as starting businesses. She believes that while working outside the home enlarges the lives of women, at the same time, women at work are also impacting the workplace in positive ways that will lead to fundamental changes in how we work.

Her work with Women’s Web has been widely recognized and appreciated by readers as well as covered by reputed publications such as The Hindu and by other communities such as Sheroes.

A link to the Women's Web website - https://www.womensweb.in