Outreach and Communications

Aditi Rajan

Aditi heads the Communications Team with WCS India. She completed her Masters in Conservation Biology from the University of Kent, Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology. For her thesis then, she studied the habitat and food preferences of the Greater Bamboo Lemur in Madagascar. Recognizing her interest in communicating science early-on, during her Bachelors she was responsible for creating effective communication content for a project on aquatic insect ecology in Agumbe.  She has had a long-standing interest in making this field accessible and bridging the gap between people and science. She is currently exploring ways for creating effective education and outreach programs towards the goal to be more proactive, provocative, and purposeful in increasing environmental literacy. Along with a passion for the mountains, she loves maps, infographics, learning (anything!), and harbors a mild caffeine addiction.


 

Gokul G K

Gokul G K, is the Assistant Manager in Outreach & Communications at WCS-India. Gokul completed his postgraduate diploma in journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai, in 2020. He has written articles for several Indian news houses, such as People's Archives of Rural India (PARI), The News Minute, and Feminism in India. Prior to joining WCS, he had volunteered with Make A Difference (MAD). He is interested in working on change mitigation and the development of forest communities.  


 

Jessica Luis

Jessica Luis is a Design Assistant with the Counter Wildlife Trafficking program. She obtained her Masters degree in Ecology and Environmental Sciences from Pondicherry University in 2016. She also has a diploma in Social Communications Media from Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai. Her work so far has focused on Smooth-coated Otter ecology and interaction with fisheries in Goa, Indian Skimmer breeding ecology along the Chambal, citizen science initiatives to document urban tree biodiversity and intertidal ecology, wildlife illustration and science communication.


 



Manish Machaiah

Manish is the Outreach Officer in the Media and Outreach team. He handles all the technical aspects of Outreach and Communication.


 


Radha Pennathur

Radha Pennathur is a designer who specialises in visual storytelling and illustration. She has a keen interest in exploring the intersection between art and science, and in finding new ways to make conversations around conservation more accessible and engaging.

As a designer at WCS, she breaks down complex procedure involved in wildlife law as part of the Counter Wildlife Trafficking team’s legal training programme. She also works with the Outreach team to create informative content to generate interest and spread awareness about India’s biodiversity among the general public.

Radha graduated from Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology in 2019, with a degree in Visual Communication and Strategic Branding, and a minor in Creative Writing. She previously worked as a designer for The Better India, where she played a key role in the inception and identity of the in-house brand, The Better Home.

When she’s not hunched over her laptop drawing on Photoshop, she is hunched over her laptop adding books to her Goodreads list, but is never actually seen reading them.


 

Shivangi Pant 

Shivangi Pant is the Instructional Strategist in Counter Wildlife Trafficking Program. She is a communication artist/designer and a storyteller, working towards communicating information and stories sensitively by expressing complex and layered narratives within a particular context. Her work revolves around working with different communities, understanding their experiences, cultures, and using my artistic practice to create awareness and construct points of action, where needed. She has completed her master’s degree in Earth education and communication from Srishti Institute of art, design and technology. She has a special interest in understanding the human-nature relationship with an inclination towards seeing the world through the eyes of the non-human world.




Sourabha Rao

Sourabha Rao is the Media & Outreach Manager at WCS-India. Sourabha is a bilingual writer, poet, translator and freelance columnist with literary proficiency in English and Kannada. She deeply cares about producing stories on nature and wildlife, social issues and art in English and Kannada. 
Sourabha strives to write truthfully and creatively in an earnest attempt to create content that both educates and entertains, has impact and mobilises positive social change. Writing, to her, is a spiritual process – of kneading thoughts into words.  

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