IORA has a competent and experienced team who collaborate to leverage their unique, integrated research and work experiences across various forestry and environment sectors to deliver innovative solutions. The in-house expertise involves climate change, forestry, remote sensing, environmental and forest economics, ecosystem services evaluation and valuation, biodiversity, carbon asset management and socio-economics. IORA has developed associations and entered into partnerships with various research and funding agencies all over the world, thereby getting access to resources, which often prove helpful in providing best services to the clients.
Founder and CEO
He is currently leading IORA’s initiatives in ecosystem services, REDD+,climate change and sustainability projects. The activities covers institutional frameworks and financing and developing toolkits. He is a member of IUCN, Geneva, Technical Working Group on biodiversity offsets; reviewer, UNEP, evaluation of tiger reserves in India under National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA); member of the expert panel on Jurisdictional Nested REDD (JNR) program of Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS). Swapan is heading the designing of a unique mango diversity conservation program for India in partnership with Bioversity International. He is a co-author of the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) initial study for India. He has partnered with Regional Centre North East India, Ministry of Environment and Forest for a exercises to evaluate feasibility of REDD+ projects in the region. He is involved in developing India’s largest community based biogas program (India Organic Waste Management Program). He has developed three NAMA, MRV and operational concepts in partnership with KEMCO Korea and in collaboration with IEX, India. He is working on developing a south-south platform for knowledge and financial exchange based on environmental commodities in partnership with Instituto Acao Verde, Mato Grosso, Brazil.
Prior to founding IORA, Swapan held top management positions with some of the largest carbon finance firms in the world including EcoSecurities, AES and Evolution Markets. In these roles, he led multi-disciplinary teams across South Asia and Middle East, identifying and implementing climate change mitigation projects that generated over 5 million Carbon Credits. Swapan has been working with environmental finance mechanisms to catalyze effective climate change solutions in India.
He is a frequent speaker at many national and international conferences, industry events and has presented at the CleanTech Group, FICCI, CII Carbon Conclaves, IIT Delhi, British High Commission Singapore, INSEE, TERI, Council of Power Utilities among others. Most recently he delivered a keynote speech on Carbon Finance for REDD+ at the Wageningen University, Netherlands. He was selected as a LEAD International Fellow for 2011 and awarded the prestigious Donella Meadows Fellowship by the Balaton Group.
Head - Carbon Markets
As a GHG auditor, he has audited a wide variety of projects in different fields such as forestry, renewable energy, metal industries etc. He is a qualified auditor for scopes 14.1 (Forestry) and 1.2 (Renewable Energy). He has worked on a number of distributed energy efficiency and biogas projects including the biogas projects developed by WWF in Nepal, treadle pump projects developed by IDEI and drip irrigation GS project in South India. He was the Team Lead for the first forestry CER issuance from Asia (ITC Forestry Project), Technical Reviewer of first forestry issuance from Africa (Ethiopia), Technical Reviewer of second forestry issuance from South America (Colombia) and Team Lead of first voluntary forestry issuance (AFOLU) from India (Prakash Industries), 2nd forestry issuance from India (MTPL) and validation team member of GIZ forestry project.
Prior to IORA, he was with TÜV Nord as a Lead Assessor of carbon projects (2008-2013) over- seeing Forestry, Carbon services and Sustainable Development business. He was a research Associate at the Institute of Global Warming and Ecological Studies, NOIDA (2007-2008), where he was involved with teaching, training, research and consultancy in the field of climate change and energy.
Dr. (Mrs.) Satvant Kaur
Saini – Senior Manager Forestry
She did her M.Sc. (Zoology) and Ph.D. in Biosciences from Pt. RSU University, Raipur (C.G.). She holds another Master’s degree in Ecology and Environment from SMU as well. She has won the young Scientist award of Madhya Pradesh CST (1989).
She has worked in State Forest Research Institute, Jabalpur, M.P. on various capacities. She has 22 years of research experience and have profound knowledge for more than 17 years in diverse field of forestry research i.e. forest resource assessment in-situ, floral and faunal studies of various PAs, development of sustainable harvesting techniques in natural forests with active community participation, development of a model for rural and tribal livelihood by adopting sustainable harvesting of resources in natural forests, EIA and EMP of various developmental projects.
Dr. Santanu Basu
Senior Manager – Forestry & GIS
He did his Ph.D. in Wildlife management from Saurashtra University, Rajkot. He holds Master’s degree in Forest management from Forest research institute.
He has 9 years of progressive experience across a broad range of Forest monitoring especially through GIS and Remote sensing and diverse conservation needs. As a Senior Manager, Forestry & GIS in IORA, he is engaged all digital image processing and digital interpretation of satellite data. Analyzing the remote sensing data to ascertain land cover details, forest cover, forest type, land use change matrix, monitoring and evaluation of changes, assessment of vulnerability and non-spatial database for project planning, implementation and monitoring.
Prior to IORA, he was working as Technical Specialist in RMSI Pvt. Ltd. where his prime include forest inventory data collection, spatial data creation, Land use/cover mapping, Index based mapping, Mapping of landsat images as per ground based crown density classes etc. He has worked on various projects related to remote sensing in various countries viz. Indonesia, Cambodia, Malaysia, Mozambique etc. Apart from all this he has also worked in field of wildlife. He has Identified and monitored forest connectivity and corridors for tigers and elephants in India, created awareness in target areas and developed community based livelihoods to reduce dependency on forest. He has also done radio tracking of tigers for home range estimation, abundance estimation of carnivore and herbivore through camera trapping. During his work in Sariska Tiger reserve he used remote sensing and GIS based approach to develop wildlife management plan and monitored the reintroduced tiger through spatial and ground based approaches.
Project Manager – Energy
She is experienced in the conceptualization, design, financial analysis and registration of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects. As a Project Manager in IORA, her role involves planning, design and execution of climate change mitigation projects in the clean energy space. She is currently working on developing India’s first Gold Standard Biogas Programme of Activities, India Organic Waste Management Programme (IOWMP). She is working on 10 Small Scale A/R CDM Study Under Uttar Pradesh Participatory Forest Management and Poverty Alleviation Project in collaboration with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Uttar Pradesh Forest Department. The projects aims at restoring degraded forests, augmenting forest resources and improving livelihood for the local forest dependent communities.
She is also engaged in designing one of the first pilot Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA’s) in India for the Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) scheme. Prior to joining IORA, she has worked with the Agrinergy Consultancy Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, where she successfully registered a number of CDM projects under the UNFCCC.
Project Manager – Forestry
Prior to joining IORA, she worked with Agrinergy Consultancy Pvt Ltd, Mumbai and Institute of Green Economy, New Delhi.
Manager – Forestry
As a Manager - Forestry in IORA, he is engaged in project management for the Jurisdictional REDD program being implemented for the first time in India. He is looking after the technical inputs, field work, coordination and other activities for the Jurisdictional REDD project in the state of Sikkim. He is also involved in the quantification of the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation for the development of the India specific REDD methodology in collaboration with GIZ - India. As a part of his duties, he provides technical inputs, conducts field works, coordination activities as and when required.
Prior to IORA, he was working with Scientific Certification Systems (India) Pvt. Ltd. as Deputy Manager in Natural Resources Division, where he was auditor for the Forest Stewardship Council Forest Management program.
RS & GIS Manager
As a GIS Manager in IORA, she is engaged in all digital image processing and digital interpretation of satellite data.
Prior to IORA, she was working with Foundation for Ecological Security as a Senior Project officer in GIS where her prime responsibilities include building spatial data base for FES teams working across seven states of India, integrating & analyzing the spatial & non spatial database for project planning, implementation & monitoring along with extending GIS support to other organizations. She has also worked as a Technical Associate at Forest Survey of India, Dehradun on the Forest Type Mapping Project and as Research Scholar at IIT, Kharagpur and IIFM, Bhopal.
Dr. Isha Rana
As a Forest Manager in IORA, she is mainly engaged in Forest- PLUS Program which includes designing, co-coordinating and carrying out forest resource assessments including biomass surveys, biodiversity surveys, forest type assessments, Analyzing surveys and preparing reports, developing project design documents for forest carbon projects, research to profile forest management trends, data.
Prior to IORA, she was working with Centre on Climate Change under the aegis of State Council for Science, Technology and Environment, Kasumpti, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh as Scientific Professional where her prime responsibility included preparing documents regarding impact of climate change on agriculture, animal diseases and plant diseases. She has also worked on the changing trend of monsoons in Himachal Pradesh. She has also worked as a guest faculty in Forest Training Institute (an institute for front, Chail, Solan, Himachal Pradesh & also worked as Junior Research fellow in Forest Research Institute, Dehradun. Apart from these she has undergone training with forest officers, H.P (2006) to understand their working and provision given to people by them, winter plantation and Nursery practices at Dr. Y.S.P, UHF, Nauni, Solan (H.P)
As a Project Executive in IORA, she is engaged in activities of Innovations for Forest Resources Management (InFoRM) Program and Forest-PLUS Project such as writing technical reports, field works, data analysis etc.
Prior to IORA, she has worked on Renewable Nepal Project in Kathmandu University as a Research Assistant where her prime duty included performing statistical analysis of socioeconomic data using SPSS software, led a team of five researchers for a week on two occasions for data collection through questionnaire interviews in rural Nepal, database construction and management using Microsoft Access and Excel, organizing seminars, writing reports and coordinating with other agencies involved in the fund.
Forestry and GIS Coordinator
He is working as Forestry and GIS coordinator in IORA, and engaged in multi-stakeholder Forest-PLUS Programme. His main tasks involves quantification of historical baseline emission using remote sensing and GIS, identification of drivers of deforestation and degradation for forest carbon projects.
Prior to IORA, he was working with Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Phnom Penh, Cambodia as community forestry intern, where he accomplished documentation of field manual on Multipurpose forest inventory, support to Climate Change Integrated Development System.
Manager – Partnership
As a Partnership Manager in IORA, she is engaged in identifying, strategizing and developing new partnerships for IORA projects across government, private and NGO sectors. Prior to IORA, she was working with Project Survival Media as an Engagement Coordinator where she was responsible for conducting research on pressing issues related to climate change along with their sustainable solutions, for client/in-house documentaries and managing end to end process of creating the documentary film.
Snigdha is passionate about promoting sustainable waste management methods to large audience. To achieve this, she encourages and trains people to start composting at household level. Taking this initiative forward at IORA, she collects leftover kitchen waste from neighboring food joints and composts it. She plans to expand this by installing a community based composting unit in near future.
She is also one of the contributors to the Down to Earth magazine.
She is proficient in English and Hindi.
His background in economics coupled with the knowledge of the environment has given him the skill to think holistically, keeping in mind the three baselines of our world i.e. economy, environment and society. He has developed skill and expertise on subjects like valuation of ecosystem services and its applications, climate change mitigation and adaption, REDD+, economics of climate change, ecological assessment and GIS applications in natural resource management. At IORA, he is engaged in multiple projects utilizing and further building all these skills along with developing expertise in new areas such as environmental finance and system dynamics modelling for forest resource management.
Prior to IORA, he was working with Pragya, an NGO working for the appropriate development of vulnerable communities and sensitive ecosystems of the world. As part of the International Programs Taskforce, he provided support for projects being implemented by Pragya Kenya. He was also a key team member and coordinator for Pragya’s humanitarian flood relief efforts in Jammu & Kashmir, 2014.
He is proficient in English, Hindi and German (Basic communication skill).
She graduated from Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi University with a degree in English Honours. Prior to IORA, she interned with PepsiCo India for a period of two months in CSR and Sustainability department. She worked on implementating Companies (Corporate Social Responsibilty Policy) Rules, 2014 in PepsiCo India . She was also team member of PepsiCo India’s HIV Awareness programme.
At IORA, her role is to customize and market various projects and solutions IORA has developed to leading Indian corporates as part of their CSR initiatives. This includes community based energy projects, waste management, forestry conservation projects amongst others.
As a Remote sensing researcher, he has been involved in a wide variety of projects in different fields such as Remote sensing & GIS, Aviation, and Forestry etc. He has a keen interest and research experience in application of Remote Sensing, GIS and GPS in forest resources management along with other ecological aspects.
As a Research Associate in IORA, he is involved in all Remote sensing and GIS analysis such as processing, interpretation of remotely sensed data and classify the remote sensing data into different LULC classes, forest cover and forest type to analyze the temporal change in landscape for IEMaC and REDD plus projects. Apart from these, assisting in field survey to have knowledge of ground reality. This includes monitoring and evaluation of changes, assessment of vulnerability and non-spatial database for project planning.
Prior to IORA, he was with Uttar Pradesh Remote Sensing applications Centre, Lucknow as a Project Scientist of Forest Stock Mapping And Volume Estimation Project Sponsored By Forest Department of U.P. (Oct 2012 – Jan 2015), the work involved in this project was Classification of Remote sensing data, Forest Density of Different forest Species, Different Types of map Preparation such as Forest Density, Forest Type, Management Map and Reference map Etc.
He has attempted to do a study for permissible height analysis following the guidelines issued by the ‘Ministry of Civil Aviation’, S.O. 84 dated January 14, 2010 and using the emerging Remote sensing & GIS technology in a project developed by Ms Global Coordinates Pvt. Ltd. for the Real estate.
Chandra Kant is proficient in English, and Hindi. He also has working knowledge of Bhojpuri and Bundelkhandi.
Prior to IORA, he has worked as Project Manager with European Union & UNDP funded projects in Sierra Leone, West Africa on Livelihoods and had successfully developed Farm & Nonfarm Value chains.
He had also set up quite a few Farmer Producer Companies and Weaver Producer Companies. Worked as Agriculture Marketing & Management Advisor with VSO in Indonesia (Flores islands) supporting 1500 women beneficiaries on sustainable agribusiness management. Done few projects on Vegetable Value chain in Cape Town, South Africa. He has worked with SPIC Fertilizers handling dealer and distributor networks and was Area Manager (South) for Aurov Seeds Ltd., handling the entire dealer network in Tamilnadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh States.
Ravindra likes to play chess and he is also a Trekker.
Suraj Appaiah Cariappa,
Jr. Governing Specialist/ Policy Analyst
At Iora, his role is to analyze the current Policy structure and Governance framework existing in the sector of Environment and Energy and accordingly prepare reports and analysis of the same for progression and enhancement of the policy framework in Environment and Sustainable Development. He is also conducting policy analysis and research for the Jurisdictional REDD project in the state of Sikkim.
Prior to Iora, he was a practicing Advocate with a litigation firm, and dealt with various matter in Civil Law. As a student of Law, he has studied and researched on various subjects in the Energy and Environment sector and also closely worked with Environmental Lawyers and Firms in the concerned Field. He has side-by-side also worked on Reports and Researches regarding Climate Change and Energy and Environmental sustainability issues currently prevailing.
At IORA, she is providing administrative support and carries out day-to-day office duties. She is always ready to work well on her own. She is detail-oriented professional, comfortable at multi-tasking, with more than 4+ years’ experience in implementing administrative systems, procedures and policies and trained to work dynamically in professional environment. She has an unbeatable track record of maintaining supplies, answering inquiries, maintaining security, logbook and ensuring that office equipment is working properly. Utterly she is dedicated to utilize earned skills in the field of administration by working effectively and consistently.
Prior to IORA, She was working with Hatfield Investigation Pvt. Ltd as a Sr. executive in Bussiness Operations where her prime responsibilities include to solve the administrative problems by coordinating preparation of reports, analyzing data, and identifying solutions. She is always ready to contribute to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
She is proficient in English, Hindi, Bengali and Rajasthani.
He did B.Com from Uttarakhand University. He holds anther degree in Accounting from institute of Computer Accountant. He has 4+ year experience in Journal accounting. He managed to prepare financial statements in accordance with accounting standards and timeline.
Prior to IORA, he worked with Augment Food INC, as an Accountant.