Ajay Rastogi is a seeker and is able to openly share the failures and the successes alike. His holistic work in the fields of environment, agriculture, livelihoods and ethical business practices has been honoured and recognised both nationally and internationally.
The FCN Team
The team brings in a highly diverse set of excellent skills for contributing to shaping and running the several programmes. These individuals have excelled in their professional environment as you would notice in the brief description below. In addition, each of them has a great passion and extensive practice for dwelling on inner exploration. The joy of interacting with them is therefore three fold: high cognitive capacity, tremendous experiential know-how and a very deep contemplative and harmonious attitude. Interestingly, they are all in a range of 45-55 years with each one of them having dedicated a major part of their lives to deeper and more meaningful inner journey in life while contributing outside to the society. Here is a brief on each person and more details would be happily shared on request.
A passionate conservation biologist, Martina has long been fascinated by the intricate natural processes that maintain the life cycles on earth. She did her doctorate on plant ecology in an African low-land rainforest.
Raj Supe, aka Kinkar Vishwashreyananda, is a poet, storyteller, novelist, seeker and a bhakta. He was initiated under the Order of Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath. After qualifying his Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA), he had a career in advertising, research and creative consulting and has worked on advertising for several international and national clients before he turned to literature and spirituality.
Gudrun Henne is a lawyer and systemic consultant, an environmentalist and a life coach for senior corporate leaders and decision makers. She has been at the forefront of international environmental negotiations and is an activist for true freedom.
Akshay Shah was a successful entrepreneur in the commercial world of laying gas pipelines when the love of his birth place drew him back to Ranikhet in Uttarakhand. He founded a company called Himalayan Wanderers which over last 10 years has promoted sustainable nature and adventure tourism in the State.
Neera Kashyap lives in Majkhali close to the Himalayan Centre. Neera started her working career as a journalist with Hindustan Times and went on to specialize in environment and health journalism as senior researcher and editor with Centre for Science & Environment and Voluntary Health Association of India respectively.
A trustee of the Foundation and mechanical engineer, Ravi is more a product of his hobby. He has extensive experience in mountaineering, backpacking and rock climbing. In 1988 he became the youngest Indian mountaineer to summit Mount Kamet (7,756m).