Meet The Panelists
Harjinder Kaur Talwar
Business woman, Member, MSME National Board; Vice President - CMSME, Past President - FLO, Board member - IWEC Foundation, FICCI Chair, India - Uzbek Forum & Israel-India Women Forum
State Convener of The FICCI Empowering the Greater 50%, Uttarakhand Chapter. BJP spokesperson, Uttarakhand.
DIG, SDRF, Uttarakhand.
Led the rescue operation in Chamoli after the February, 2021 glacier burst disaster. She is passionate about education on cyber crime.
Freelance journalist and the author of Rage of the River: The Untold Story of the Kedarnath Disaster. He was a senior editor (national affairs) with NDTV- India. He has consistently covered armed conflicts between Maoists and the Indian State.
Malika moved to Sarmoli village in Uttarakhand over two decades ago to make a life close to the land and its people. She is currently in her second term as the Sarpanch of the Sarmoli-Jainti Van Panchayat and likes to call herself a subsistence farmer.
Air Vice Marshal Deepak Gaur
Retired Commandant of the Command Hospital Air Force Bengaluru, with decades of experience in air rescue and medicine.
Manisha founded ‘Village Ways’ to help sustain the villages of the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary Currently holding responsibility as ‘Managing Director’ in Village Ways, Manisha has been working in the field of Responsible Village Tourism for the last 15 years.
A trip to Kedarnath just a while after the Himalayan tsunami catastrophe led him to a forgotten village of Uttarakhand that was abandoned 25 years ago. He left his plush job in the hospitality and tourism industry to start Green People — an integrated, for-profit organisation aimed at uplifting the rural sector through tourism and agricultural pursuits.
After a decade of experience, working with the Taj Group of Hotels, Minakshi moved to an isolated jungle spot to start Camp Forktail Creek. After 12 years of successful operations, Minakshi decided to close the camp, to address an issue of growing waste of India.
After a decade of experience, working with the Taj Group of Hotels, Prerna has gained experience climbing around the world, but her focus is the Himalayas. She is actively working to foster a strong climbing culture and community in India with an emphasis on introducing more women to the sports.
Jyotsana is the first and the youngest Indian (at the age of 18yrs) to complete a distance of 111km along with her father in one of the worlds toughest races called La Ultra. She is also a trained mountaineer, para-glider and skier.
Sukrit Gupta founded 4Play in the latter half of 2015 as a dedicated online channel for extreme and action sports. He has been spearheading adventure sport and travel content leadership in India.
He is a river guide and kayak instructor with close to 20 years of experience. He has lead river trips and paddled on some of the toughest rivers in the US, Norway, New Zealand and Ethiopia. Across India, and has paddled more than 25 rivers in both the Himalayas and Southern India.
Paras is the founder of the Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE), a social impact enterprise, that provides clean energy and livelihood access to the remote Himalayan communities.
Over the last 8 years, Paras has led several leadership expeditions to Himalayas (India) to set up solar microgrids for the remote off-grid communities that are thriving for centuries without access to any kind of basic electricity.
She is the Author of the popular book -Understanding Institutional Adaptation to Climate Change.
Virendra Singh Malik
Virender Singh Malik is a retired Colonel from the elite 2/8 Gorkha Rifles (Field Marshal SAM Manekshaw’s battalion). Virender Malik, Veer, is a leader with multi-skills, dreams and competencies. Fearless, entrepreneurial, 'out of the box' thinker, Veer believes that 'Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears'.
Having grown up in the foothills of the Himalayas in India, in 2011 at the age of 23, Shivya Nath quit her corporate job, sold her possessions and began to travel the world. She lives a nomadic life, seeking adventures off the beaten path, and works on the go to fund her travels.
Neha Dixit produced and hosted the first ever adventure travel show for Indian Television, Free Fall. A travel anchor, director and producer, Neha has traveled the world over in search of adventure and sustainable travel.
As the Project Editor at Outlook Responsible Tourism Initiative, Soity Banerjee has been working with public and private stakeholders across India and South Asia to create, and support a community of responsible tourism practitioners, who are contributing to an alternative imagination of travel.
Rajiv Bhartari is the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest & HoFF of the Uttrakhand Forest department.
Neha Dara is the business head at Roundglass Sustain, a well regarded wildlife and environment awareness web portal. She has bee a travel and an editor with Nat Geo Traveller, and Outlook Traveller, and has written for several publications.
She has spent over a decade as a part of high end wilderness hospitality operations. Having worked with Taj Safaris & And, beginning as a naturalist & going on to fulfil roles of Manager Sales and International Sales Manager for South East Asia respectively.