A Law graduate from University of Delhi, Masters in Physics from I.I.T Kanpur and a Doctorate in Physics from University of Leeds, UK.He also holds a D.Litt. in Economics. He has 34 years of administrative & scientific experience. He is a former Joint Secretary to Ministry of Environment & Forest, Government of India, and has led several Indian delegations in his official capacity including Meeting of Parties, Regional Meetings and Executive Committee Meetings of Montreal Protocol under United Nations Environment Programme. Dr.Nilaratna has been the National Focal Point for Ozone and Montreal Protocol and for Mangroves and Coral Reefs in India. He was also the National Project Director for UNDP-GEF Project on Medicinal Plants. He has to his credit numerous publications on a variety of subjects including Mangroves & Coral Reefs in India and a number of research papers on energy, ozone & chemicals management.
He enjoys travelling and reading books.
A law graduate with Masters in Forestry (AIFC) , Physics, and Sociology. He has been in the Indian Forest Service for over 35 years in various capacities in the Government of Maharashtra and Government of India. He was awarded PhD on his research on the implication of Wildlife Act of India on the livelihood systems of the erstwhile criminal and hunting tribes called 'Pardhi'. He worked as Commissioner in the Tribal Development Department of Maharashtra State Government and also as the CITES Management Authority for the Western Zone of India at Mumbai airport. He is a member of various prestigious organisations including CEM (Commission on Ecosystem Management), IUCN; among others. He is also the Chairman, Techno Legal Advisory Committee, Maharashtra State Biodiversity Board.
Dr. Jha is an avid lover of wildlife with special interest in intersectoral issues pertaining to conservation of natural resources.
Fizza Zaidi graduated from Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi and completed her schooling from Delhi Public School, Noida. She garnered an interest in Environmental Law during her formative years of law school, through several internships with premier think tanks. She is especially interested in laws and issues related to wildlife, protected areas, water, and watersheds.
Fizza loves volunteering at animal shelters and reading fiction novels.