Shyama Kuriakose

Shyama Kuriakose is the Legal Director at WCS-India. She has nine years of experience in dealing with 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 was a Senior Resident Fellow at Vidhi Center for Legal Policy, New Delhi involved with a project on implementation of landmark environmental judgements for almost 2 years. Before that, she worked as an environmental lawyer and legal consultant at Enviro Legal Defence Firm (ELDF) for 7 years. In the course of her career, she worked on enviro-legal compliance, conducted training and capacity building exercises and carried out law and policy analysis. She also writes regularly on natural resource management laws in newspapers and online news portals.


Faisal Patil

Faisal is a Law officer in the CWT Legal program. Faisal has completed his Bachelors in Management Studies (B.M.S) and Masters in Public Policy (M.P.P) from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, following which he pursued his LLB at the Government Law College, Mumbai. Prior to joining WCS-India, Faisal has interned with a diverse set of organisations ranging from research institutes such as the World Resources Institute 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.

Pradipty Bhardwaj

She works as a Legal Trainer for Counter Wildlife Trafficking Program. Her role involves conducting legal capacity building workshops across India for Forest Department, Police, Customs Officials, Public Prosecutors, Judiciary 

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.  

Samrita Shankar

Samrita is a Law Officer at the International Policy unit of WCS-India. She pursued Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Laws (B.B.A., LL.B.) from O.P Jindal Global University, Haryana. 

Samrita's work at WCS includes conducting legal research on international environmental policy and the implementation of such policies in India. Through her role at WCS-India, she firmly believes that she can contribute to addressing issues close to her heart - conservation and protection of the environment and wildlife. 


Shivani Swami

She is the Law Officer at the WCS-India. Shivani completed BA. LL.B (Hons) from the National Law Institute University, Bhopal in 2019. Prior to joining WCS-India,she has worked with the Corporate team of Trilegal-Law Firm in Mumbai. She is an avid researcher and writer who regularly contributes to the National Forum for Research in Arbitration Law.



Shubhra Sotie


Shubhra works for the WCS-India's Legal Team as a Law Officer under the aegis of the Combating Illegal Wildlife Trafficking Programme. She is engaged in legal research pertaining to Wildlife laws and the conviction rate analysis of wildlife cases in India. She is a voracious reader and loves animals.

Talish Ray

Talish Ray is a trainer with WCS-India and also assists with legal queries. She is one of the founding partners of TRS Law Offices. Talish got her degree in Law from Delhi University and is an alumnus of La Martiniere Girls College and the Lady Shri Ram College. She has worked extensively with young entrepreneurs and corporate houses, individual clients and not for profit organizations. She has appeared before the Supreme Court of India as well as the various High Courts and Tribunals across the country. She serves as an Associate with the Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania.  Talish is  also associated with a number of not for profits working in the area of gender diversity, cultural documentation as well as wildlife protection. She has conducted numerous training on various aspects of prevention of wildlife trafficking and legal prosecution methodology.







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