About Us

Green Dreams for the Planet Foundation was incorporated in 2015 as a Section 25 (Not-for-profit) company. The vision is to take forward the principles, processes, and practices of ‘applied sustainability’ and promote advocacy in the space of climate change and sustainability. Green Dreams for the Planet Foundation hopes to be a catalyst in bringing about large-scale awareness and preparedness to face climate change and to adopt sustainable practices that will have an impact on the world

People Behind The Project

CB Ramkumar
Founder & Chairman

CB Ramkumar is an author, speaker, trainer, consultant and an entrepreneur. Ram is a Board Member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council., and the Regional Representative for South Asia. After spending two decades as an advertising and marketing professional, Ram came back to India and founded Our Native Village, a 100% eco resort just outside Bangalore. With no background in sustainability, Ram’s dream of developing a fully sustainable living model was put to test with Our Native Village. Ram has authored a book ‘Green Dreams’ on sustainability and is a regular speaker at sustainability conferences and seminars. Ram is a Climate Leader having undergone training under the former US Vice President, Al Gore.

Dr. Raja Ganeshram
Adviser & Reviewer

Dr. Ganeshram’s is the Personal Chair of Geochemistry in the School of Geosciences, at the University of Edinburg. His research interests lie in Marine biogeochemistry & palaeo-oceanography, Global Change and Biogeochemistry of polar sea ice environments, Tropical Climate variability on glacial-interglacial to decadal time scales, amongst a host of other topics. The school of Geosciences is one of the largest and most successful interdisciplinary groupings of geographers and geoscientists in the UK, with a community of staff, students and researchers passionately committed to understanding the impact of climate on the Earth's systems, the environment and ecosystems, as well as the social, economic, cultural and political implications for society. The institution presents cutting-edge research, attracting some of the greatest minds from around the globe, and they work work closely with other universities, charities, communities, governments, business and industry to respond to global and social challenges. 

Sanjay Kao

Sanjay's experience spans retail banking across products, multiple emerging markets and diverse customer segments. Most recently he worked with Ujjivan Small Finance Bank, as Chief Business Officer and Head of HR. Prior to that he worked with in UAE, Dunia Finance.  Earlier, he was Head of Consumer Finance for RBS Asia responsible for India, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and Pakistan. He held senior leadership roles with Citibank in Asia Pacific, over nearly two decades, based in Indonesia, Singapore, and Egypt, Sanjay also worked with Mashreqbank as Head of Marketing in UAE between 2001-2003. Sanjay started his career with Lipton India (Unilever). He holds a Business Management degree (PGDM) from IIM Calcutta and B Tech (Chem Engg) from IIT-BHU.

Subrahmanian Seshadri

Seshadri has been associated with publishing, schools & education from the start of his career at Oxford University Press India. After 25 years in OUP, he joined Dorling Kindersley, India, serving as Executive Director and played a key role in the company’s revamp strategy. He was head of Lonely Planet India and played a pivotal role in its entry into the Indian market. He was the Founder Director at Textech (now Jouve India) that specializes in providing academic solutions in the form of books and ebooks that enable publishers to create, manage, repurpose, and distribute content. Seshadri is currently Vice-President, Association of Publishers in India (API). He has the privilege of having visited 3000 schools and counting.

Nivedita Mukerjee
Academic Director

Ms Nivedita Mukerjee is an education advisor for schools, higher education institutions and ed-tech companies. She is a master trainer with CENTA, Center for Teacher Accreditation. Over the last 3 decades, Nivedita has taught life sciences, genetics and communication in high school and college, co-founded a Post Graduate Institute of Media studies, an IB world school and helped set up a private University in Bangalore, India. A fourth-generation educator, Nivedita has been a research scientist, a journalist with Doordarshan (National Television), Zee and CNBC Asia before switching completely to be an educator, writer and speaker on education-related matters. Nivedita publishes a popular weekly bulletin aimed at parents, students and educators.

Ignatius Raphael
CEO Schools

Ignatius Raphael has over 30 years of experience in printing, publishing, animation, content generation and management. He was instrumental in developing a K-12 Life Skills curriculum in 2010-11 to run within the school curriculum as well as an after-school program. He is a third-gen entrepreneur who has been a printer, author, publisher, graphic designer, branding consultant, content specialist, Operation Head in an Animation company, Director of an Adventure & OBT company and a start-up strategy consultant for business owners. He is the author of the book “Deep Sleep Formula (Sleep by 10 pm and wake up by 5 am)” and helps thousands of people to take charge of their sleep and their life.

Tushar Pandey
CEO Think Tank

Tushar Pandey has over 26 years of professional experience with expertise in public policy, governance & institutional reforms, and public private partnerships (PPP). He is an Independent Consultant, and Advisor at Grant Thornton Bharat and Advisor – Financial Services & Policy at DeHaat, and the CSR Partnership Consultant to Australia India Council. Earlier, Tushar was a part of senior management at YES BANK and a Distinguished Fellow at YES Global Institute. Tushar is an executive alumnus of Harvard Kennedy School of Government and an Indo-US Cochran Fellow on Agricultural Policy from US Department of Agriculture. He holds a M.Sc. (H) Economics and B.E (H) Mechanical Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani.

Upasanna Prasad
Curriculum Developer

Ms Upasana Prasad is an educator, author and learning experience strategist who has designed and implemented curricula for schools, higher education institutions and ed-tech firms. She was a Teach For India fellow and has worked closely with children from low-income communities. Applying her learnings from the fellowship she worked on designing interactive STEM products and games that could be used in schools with limited laboratory facilities. She has also authored science workbooks that minimised the dependency on literacy to learn and explore the subject. She worked as a Third Pole Fellow in Ladakh where she mentored over 200 children on the topic of environmental sustainability, climate change and food wastage. Through her curriculum, she aims to build experiences for children that make learning simple, fun and hands-on.

Akshay Ramkumar
Project Coordinator

Akshay Ramkumar is an Environmental Economist who completed his undergraduate degree in Economics from Ashoka University, New Delhi and his Master’s Degree in Environmental Economics & Environmental Management from the University of York. After studying at York, he worked briefly as a research assistant at the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen, and discovered his passion for applied research in solving issues related to interregional sustainability. He is also keen on spreading awareness on climate change through education and by making environmental information widely accessible through his blog post titled “Notes on Economics and the Environment '' and featuring on podcasts. He contributes to the team with his knowledge on environmental economics, research, and overall ability to manage the project.

Learning Management Platform

Jouve India is our technology partner who helps deliver educational content digitally. Jouve customises the learning management system (LMS) to put the student at the center of the learning experience. Each step in the process, from ideation to prototyping to delivery, is governed by a Learning Experience Design (LXD) framework, which is student-centric and brings together instructional design, educational pedagogy, design thinking, learning science and UX/UI best practices, to deliver a comprehensive learning experience that delivers permanent results. The technology solutions cover the entire range of requirements around content production, validation, and distribution. The engineers are skilled in current and emerging best-in-class solutions to ensure that the content is secure, loads fast, and is of the highest quality. With onsite partners in the US, UK, and Germany, the educational content is optimized for global audiences