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What began as a three-member team in a small room in south Delhi in 1998, is today a family of about 150 professionals from diverse backgrounds - conservation biologists, scientists, sociologists, wildlife veterinarians, managers, lawyers, finance experts and communication specialists - but committed to the common cause of wildlife. They are based in any of the 15 field stations in remote parts of the country and a central coordinating office in the national capital region.

An eight-member Executive Management Team comprising experienced conservationists, scientists, managers and bureaucrats provide a visionary leadership to the vibrant and enthusiastic WTI team.

The Board of Trustees of WTI comprises seven stalwarts who bring together a collective experience of many decades in the field of conservation, education and management.
Talk about combating illegal trade of wildlife in India and Mr Ashok Kumar’s name would feature at the top of the list. Mr Kumar was responsible for coining the word wildlife crime in India, assisting enforcement agencies in hundreds of seizures, including the ones relating to the infamous Sansar Chand, and dozens of litigations that led the fight against against crime in the country. He was the first Director of Traffic India, former Vice-President of WPSI and served as a consultant to the MoEF
For the last half a century, Dr MK Ranjitsinh has been at the forefront of shaping conservation strategies for not only the flagship species but also for key habitats in India. One of his greatest contributions to wildlife conservation was the framing of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, that laid the foundation for India’s wildlife movement. He was the Member Secretary of the task force that put together Project Tiger.
Mr Ajay Balram is a business manager, who was formerly Managing Director of Tate & Lyle Investments (India) Pvt Ltd. Having spent long years in the industry, he brings a vast expertise in management and finance to WTI. Mr Balram is also an Olympic judge in yachting and a well known theatre personality of Delhi. He has had a long term interest in wildlife conservation.
Mr Prasad Menon has over 40+ years of diverse experience in some of the premier multinational and Indian companies. He served as the MD at Tata Chemicals, and subsequently with Tata Power. Presently, he is Director on a number of Tata Boards and is also Chairman of the Board of Tata Singapore Airlines Joint Venture Vistara. Apart from his Board responsibilities, Mr. Menon is actively involved in various advisory committees in the areas of Academics, Sustainability & Corporate Governance
Dr Erach Bharucha is the Director of Bharati Vidyapeeth Institute of Environment Education and Research. He has been active in various fields of wildlife and nature conservation over the past 45 years. He has been a member and an executive functionary on several conservation institutions including the Bombay Natural History Society, Worldwide Fund for Nature, Wildlife Institute of India and Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History. He developed the BVIEER in Pune.
Dr P. C. Bhattacharjee is a respected academic and a retired Professor of Gauhati University. He pioneered wetland studies, primatology and biodiversity studies in north-east India. He is a member of several governmental and state committees on wildife conservation. He is also an erstwhile state level cricket player and was a member of the state Ranji Trophy selection committee.
Mrs Tara Gandhi is a conservationist and ornithologist, who headed the Community Biodiversity Conservation Movement (CBCM) programme of WWF-India and later worked with the biodiversity programme of the Commonwealth Secretariat in London. She has also worked on status surveys of wildlife sanctuaries and national parks at the Indian Institute of Public Administration.
Dr Raman Sukumar is well known as the elephant expert of Asia. He is a professor at the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore and has authored popular and acclaimed books on the Asian elephant. He is also an Honorary Director of the AERCC. Dr Sukumar was Chairman of the IUCN SSC Asian Elephant Specialist Group, and is currently Steering Committee member of Project Elephant, GOI. He is also a member of the National Board for Wildlife.
Eminent media personality, Mrinal Pande has vast experience spearheading several prominent governmental and non governmental bodies. She is India’s first woman Chief Editor of a multi-edition Hindi daily (Hindustan , Hindustan Times Group) and is former Chairman of India’s national broadcaster - Prasar Bharati. She was awarded the Padmashree in 2006 for her services in the field of journalism and the Red Ink Lifetime Achievement Award by the Mumbai Press Club in 2014.
Mr Vivek Menon is a conservation biologist, environmental commentator, author and photographer with a passion for elephants. He is member of Project Elephant Steering Committee, the Committee to revamp the National Wildlife Action Plan, CITES Advisory Committee as well as the Central Zoo Authority. A Senior Advisor to the International Fund for Animal Welfare, he is also a member of the Species Survival Commission of the IUCN and on the International Jury of the Future for Nature Awards.
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