Diyanat Ali is the founder and director of Great Hyderabad Adventure Club (GHAC). His love for sports, outdoors and adventure led him to found GHAC in 2008; the club has since grown to become one of the most active adventure clubs in India. Diyanat Ali is also a great proponent of experiential learning. His initiative, Centre for Experiential Learning and Outdoor Leadership (CELOL), is focused on promoting outdoor learning and leadership. Currently he is an outbound trainer and a motivational speaker. He is also the founder-director of Outlife, a professional training company specializing in adventure‐based learning and behavioral training for business professionals.
Dr. Irulandi will talk about the Role of Social Forestry in Environmental Amelioration
Sujan Bernard is a herpetologist, an environmentalist and a wildlife enthusiast. Based in Bangalore, he is actively involved in rescue and rehabilitation of snakes. Over the years, he has volunteered with the Bannerghatta Wildlife Rescue Centre (BWRC), worked as a research assistant for the king cobra breeding biology project with Agumbe Rain Forest Research Station (ARRS) and as an education Officer with the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust (MCBT) and TREE Foundation. He is a familiar face among the Chennaiites, having given talks and snake walks for CTC in the past. Currently he is a freelance environmental educationist, working closely withKālinga Centre for Rainforest Ecology, and a corporate trainer.Sujan will give a talk & presentation on “Snake Species in South India. Identification, habitat and behavior” breaking some of the common myths around these wonderful animals which are an important part of the ecosystem.Nagaraj Harsha is a 25‐year old triathlete and an Ironman based in Bangalore. He has completed multiple national and international triathlons, and is also one of the winners of Javadhu Ultra (2014) organized by CTC. From an out‐of‐shape non‐athlete in 2011 to a four-time Ironman finisher, Harsha’s journey is an inspirational tale come true. Ironman triathlons are a series of long‐distance races featuring swimming, cycling and running in tough conditions. Harsha began training for one of the triathlons as a way to distract himself from personal difficulties but soon discovered a whole new way of life, and in the process, his passion for endurance sports. Currently he works full‐time with Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd. in Bangalore while training for the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii.Nagaraj will be talking about “Tri Journey – Planning, Training and Racing.”He will talk about how to plan for triathlons, what it requires to do the triathlons, helping people understand about trainng and how to execute the race.
Kavya Sharma is an Editor at Oxford University Press India. Originally from Delhi, she moved to Chennai in 2014. Her interests include books, travel, nature, pop culture and non-profit initiatives.