ESG Staff & Consultants

M Eswarappa

M Eswarappa

Assistant Coordinator(Capacity Building, Commons)

A climate activist and conservationist with over two decades of experience in protecting water commons and biodiversity in Karnataka, Mr Eswarappa have adopted legal intervention and social mobilization as key strategies to achieve the twin objectives of conservation at scale and democratization of ecological development of water bodies.
He has been a key leader in the state in bringing the focus of governments, courts, civil society and the media on the deteriorating status of lakes and water bodies and the need for purposeful, multi-stakeholder based interventions to reclaim, protect and develop water commons for now and for posterity.
Mr Eswarappa is also a well published development photographer having co-organized five photo argumentations on crucial socio-political and policy related issues.

Janani Suresh

Janani Suresh

Asst. Coordinator - Urban Inclusion

Janani is an architect, who has worked for 7 years in the sustainable building design space through research based practice called Mud Hands architects, Bangalore as a design faculty in CEPT, Ahmedabad teaching climate responsive design. She has worked to demystify sustainable architecture by capacity building amongst various student groups and public awareness. As an avid trekker, she loves to immerse herself in nature. She is associated with ESG to lead the inclusive urbanism initiative.

Anirudh Menon

Anirudh Menon

Research Associate

A mechanical engineering graduate with a passion for environmental and wildlife conservation.Anirudh has interned briefly with other non profits in the past. He is an amateur wildlife photographer and an avid trekking enthusiast.

Mary Margaret

Mary Margaret

Accounts & Admin

Ms Mary has over two decades of experience working with non-profits in the education, capacity building, rural development and the women empowerment sector. She coordinates the accounts, human resources and admin activities at ESG.

Shruti

Shruti

Research Associate - Legal

Shruti is an active environment and climate enthusiast with an educational background in law and masters in Environment and natural resources law. She has extensive internship experience with policy organizations, human rights law firms and Advocates working for environmental protection in India. She is working at Environment Support Group so that she can contribute to effective implementation of environmental law via engaging with the local communities, judiciary, government authorities, law makers etc.

Leo F. Saldanha

Leo F. Saldanha

Coordinator

Past ESG Members


Consultants

Dr. Swetha Rao Dhananka

Dr. Swetha Rao Dhananka

Dr. Swetha is a sociologist and teaches at Haute Ecole de Travail Social, Fribourg, Switzerland. Swetha consults with ESG in matters of urban governance, in developing training workshops for various audiences, in studying participatory processes, supports fund raising and in optimizing organizational learning. She obtained her PhD from the University of Lausanne in Switzerland and was a post-doc fellow at the Development Planning Unit at UCL (London) and the Indian Institute of Human Settlements (Bangalore). Her research examines urbanisation in the Global South – particularly with regard to its social effects, various institutional responses and political claim-making. She consults with ESG on research and educations projects. Email:swetha[@]esgindia.org

Mr. Varun John

Mr. Varun John

Varun is an Innovation Consultant with 14 years of broad experience in Research, IT, Operations and Management. He has worked on a plethora of projects with international firms, startups and non-profit organizations. His work with Innovation & Management involves leveraging Design Thinking strategy for empathizing with the users, citing out the need for understanding & observing the pain points of the end-user. An individual of manifold interests, Varun possesses a logical and human-centric approach towards challenges. Email: varun[@]esgindia.org

Mallesha K. R

Mallesha K. R

Mallesh is with ESG from the time of its inception. He has a degree in Sociology and has more than two decades of experience in field assisting in various ESG campaigns, educational programmes, Public Interest Litigation and administration work. He hails from Coorg and has a deep understanding of the agricltural practices in India and the changing scenario. He was invited to University of Washington Seattle in 2013 to speak on “Who knows what, what it means”. Till 2020, he was the administrator of ESG, assisted in all campaign, advocacy, research and litigation initiatives, and also oversaw all the field activities.