Dr. MK Ranjitsinh
Dr. MK Ranjitsinh is the prime architect of the Wildlife (Protection) Act of 1972 and responsible for the birth of 8 national parks and 14 sanctuaries in India.
Dr. MK Ranjitsinh serves as an adviser to Ear to the Wild Foundation.
Dr. MK Ranjitsinh served as Chairman of the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI); Dir-Gen CAPART; Dir. and Regional Co-ordinator WWF Tiger Conservation Programme (TCP). Regional Adviser in Nature Conservation (Asia & Pacific) for UNEP. Trustee The Corbett Foundation, member National Forest Commission, Indian Institute of Forest Management Society, International Tropical Timber Organization, Madhya Pradesh State Wildlife Board until 2006.
He joined Indian Administrative Services in 1961 and served in various important posts like Secretary for Forests & Tourism in Madha Pradesh 1970-1973, Director Wildlife Preservation 1973-1975. He is author of several books on Indian wildlife and conservation like - "The Indian Blackbuck" (1989), "Indian Wildlife" (1995), "Beyond the Tiger: Portraits of Asian Wildlife" (1997) and others.
His most noted works are drafting of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 of India and demarcating many forest as wildlife sanctuaries. Further, reintroduction of the cheetah in India as a policy was implemented upon advisory papers submitted by MK Ranjitsinh Jhala and Divyabhanusinh Chavda. They presented their papers after through research on how to go about bringing cheetahs back to India.
He was awarded lifetime achievement award in 2014 for his works in conservation of wildlife.
Prof. Michel André is a world leading expert in the field of bioacoustics and wildlife conservation (http://michelandre.info)
Michel André is a Director of Ear to Wild Foundation.
Michel André is a full Professor at the Technical University of Catalonia, BarcelonaTech (UPC). He is the Founder and Director of the Laboratory of Applied Bioacoustics (LAB).
Michel trained as an Engineer in Biotechnologies at the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées, INSA, Toulouse, France and holds two Masters Degrees: in Biochemistry and Animal Physiology from the Université Paul Sabatier of Toulouse, France. His PhD dissertation was on Sperm Whale Acoustics and Noise pollution.
His research includes the development of Acoustic Technologies for the control of noise pollution in the marine environment and the study of the biological and pathological impact of noise on wild organisms.
He is a leading member of the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) Working Group on Noise and an author of the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive, Good Environmental Status (MSFD-GES). Michel is a member of the ASCOBANS and ACCOBAMS Noise Expert Group, a member of the World Ocean Council (WOC) sound expert group and a member of the ISO/TC43/SC3/WG2 Bioacoustics Expert group. He was Chair of the European Cetacean Society (2003-2007) and since 2005 is Chair of its Science Advisory Committee.
In 2002 Michel André became a Rolex Laureate, receiving the Rolex Awards for Enterprise for the development of technical solutions to balance human marine interests and the conservation of ocean ecosystems, focused on whales and dolphins. He also holds the 1999 Felix Wankel Prize from Ludwig-Maximilian University of Münich, Germany, for his applied research for the protection of sperm whales. In 1998, he received the Young Researcher Award from the Complutense University, Spain, for Environmental research. In 2016, Queen Sofia of Spain presented Michel with the Research Prize of the Spanish Geographical Society.
In 2010 Michel André founded SONSETC, Making Sense of Sounds, aimed at helping offshore industries to be more environmentally responsible through limiting the effects of the noise generated by their activities.
Shagun Mehra is named one of the "Top 5 Craftspeople in India" by the Fortune Magazine.
Shagun Mehra is a Director of Ear to the Wild Foundation
Shagun is in the profession of Food, Wine & Hospitality. Her heart lies in connecting with Nature. She is keen to give a part of her working day towards saving the beautiful wildlife of India.
Shagun Mehra is director of cuisine at the renowned, award winning Hotel, Coco Shambhala. It was awarded the “Best Boutique Hotel” at the Outlook Traveller Awards, 2016 and is listed by Condé Nast Traveller in the World’s Top 25 beach villas and by TripAdvisor in India’s top 50 hotels.
Shagun Mehra has a TV Show and various shows on Digital Media like YouTube.
Shagun draws her inspiration from her time training and working as a culinary and wine expert all over the world. She officially trained in hospitality at Switzerland’s renowned ‘Ecole Les Roches’, and fine-tuned her culinary skills at Paris’ ‘Le Cordon Bleu’.
Following her studies Shagun went on to co-found the First Accredited Wine School in India and has personally trained top hotel, airline and restaurant staff on the finer points of food and wine.
Shagun is incredibly passionate and enthusiastic about wildlife and animals, particularly conservation and care. She intends to use her influence as well as her culinary and hospitality skills to showcase the Ear to the Wild Foundation and help raise awareness for the responsible environmentally technological solution available to the threats wildlife is facing in India, a project very dear to her heart.