Shyama Kuriakose
Legal Head - Counter Wildlife Trafficking

Shyama has ten years of experience in working on enviro-legal subjects ranging from forest conservation, biodiversity and climate change to issues of urban environmental governance from the lens of gender justice and human rights. She holds an undergraduate degree in law from the National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi and a Master’s from National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad. Prior to joining WCS-India, she worked as a legal consultant with Vidhi Center for Legal Policy, New Delhi; Enviro Legal Defence Firm (ELDF), New Delhi; and independently as well. In the course of her career she has  worked on enviro-legal compliance, conducted training and capacity building exercises and carried out law and policy drafting. She also writes regularly on natural resource management laws in newspapers and online news portals.

Aditi Bardia

Aditi Bardia is a fourth-year B.B.A LL.B. (Hons.) student at Symbiosis Law School, Pune. Her area of interest is Animal Laws and their intersectionality with other areas of law. She is particularly interested in Wildlife Laws. She has interned in the capacity of legal research and policy intern at People for Animals India, Animal Law Centre, NALSAR and is currently working as a legal intern at WCS-India.

Faisal Patil

Faisal is a Senior Law Officer at WCS-India. His work involves conducting research on aspects of national environmental and wildlife law as well as drafting policy briefs. He also conducts capacity building workshops for law enforcement agencies (LEA). Faisal completed his Bachelors in Management Studies(B.M.S) and Masters in Public Policy(M.P.P) from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. He is a law graduate from the Government Law College, Mumbai.Prior to joining WCS-India, Faisal has spent his time interning with a diverse set of organisations ranging from research institutes such as WRI to environmental advocacy groups like the Earth Law Centre. His interests include a wide array of environmental issues but he is most passionate about biodiversity conservation, specifically the ramifications that law and policy have on threatened species.

Mandvi Gaur

Mandvi is the Law Officer- Counter Wildlife Trafficking at WCS India. She is a graduate of the National Law University Jodhpur. Mandvi aims to contribute to the resolution of environmental disputes and use her legal skills to assist the professionals actively involved in achieving climate justice. She believes deeply in the importance of biodiversity conservation and has centred her legal education around gaining the substantive experience required to work efficiently in the environmental policy development work. Her interest in climate justice has pushed her to work with several experts in the fields of human-elephant Conflict, e-waste management, environmental litigation etc. During her collaboration with World Wildlife Fund India, she conducted empirical research on the ex-gratia/ compensation policy of the Assam government for the victims of human-wildlife conflict. She is now actively involved in implementing the findings from her research.

Samir Majumdar

Samir is practicing advocacy especially in forest and wildlife laws since 1993. He was a resource person at various organisations like Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, Dehradun, North Eastern Police Academy, Shillong, TRAFFIC- India and WWF. He is a regular resource person of Wildlife Crime Control Bureau and WCS-India in capacity building workshops for forest and police officers in North east India. He is the winner of 'Wildlife Participatory Management Award - 2009' by the Government of West Bengal.  

Shubhra Sotie

Shubhra Sotie is a Senior Law Officer with WCS-India and associated with the Counter Wildife Trafficking programme since 2019. In her years in law school, she extensively worked with environmental advocacy groups and grassroots organizations in Uttarakahand on waste management and tourism policy in the Himalayas. She was also familiarized with enviro-legal issues through her time at environmental law firms and NGT Central Zonal Bench.

Shubhra's work at WCS includes interdisciplinary research into environmental policy gaps and possible interventions, community conservation and wildlife crime. She leads the Legal Gap Analysis project and co-leads the Victim Impact Statement project. She also conducts sessions in Legal capacity building workshops for the Judiciary, Forest Department and lawyers. Shubhra is passionate about all things wild. In her free time she enjoys hiking, reading books, buying books and thinking about books (even on a hike).

Sushmitha Viswanathan

Sushmitha is a final year student at School of Law, CHRIST (Deemed to be University). She is currently a legal intern at WCS-India. In addition to her passion for environmental law and policy, she also loves music and dance.







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