Who we are

This is a provisional core team set up in the last few months.

Alex Jensen

Alex Jensen has worked in the US and India, where he coordinates Local Futures’ Ladakh Project, and represents Local Futures on the core group of the Vikalp Sangam/Alternatives India initiative. He has worked with cultural affirmation and agro-biodiversity projects in campesino communities in a number of countries, is active in environmental health/anti-waste and degrowth movements. 


Ana Cecilia Galindo Diego

Ana Cecilia Diego is a doctoral candidate at Teachers College Columbia University in the Philosophy and Education department. She is a founding member of the Latin American Philosophy of Education Society and editor of the society’s yearly publication Lápiz. She is also the co-founder of Esto no es una escuela, an alternative learning organization that holds lectures and events in Mexico. Her research includes Philosophy of Education produced in Latin America, Schooling and Deschooling, and Rural Education.

Ashish Kothari

Founder-member of Indian environmental group Kalpavriksh, Ashish has taught at the Indian Institute of Public Administration, coordinated India’s National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan process, served on Greenpeace International and India Boards, helped initiate the global ICCA Consortium, and chaired an IUCN network dealing with protected areas and communities. Ashish has (co)authored or (co)edited over 30 books, and helps coordinate the Vikalp Sangam and Radical Ecological Democracy processes in search of alternative well-being pathways to globalized development. His latest books are Churning the Earth: Making of Global India (with Aseem Shrivastava) and Alternative Futures: India Unshackled (ed., with KJ Joy).

Daniela Anaya

Learner. Feminist. Deschooler. Co-founder of Esto no es una escuela, platform that reivindicates learning outside schools. Also co-creator of this webpage. 

Enric Duran Giralt

Catalan activist involved in grasroot movements since 1999 was involved in People Global Action, as part of MRG, since 2003 focused in developing cooperative ecosystems as alternative to the capitalist system and Nation-state was involved to extend degrowth movement in Catalonia since 2006.

Being known for a big disobedience action, against the banking system between 2005-2008,  for this reason is in exile since 2013. Was founder of Cooperativa integral Catalana in 2010. Faircoop in 2014, and Bank of the commons in 2017.

Gustavo Esteva

A grassroots activist and a public intellectual, author of many books and essays, columnist of La Jornada and occasionally for The Guardian. He participates in many local, national and international organizations, networks and movements. He collaborates with Centro de Encuentro y Diálogos Interculturales and Universidad de la Tierra en Oaxaca. Author of many books and essays, in several languages. Among them, with Madhu Prakash, Grassroots Post- modernism: Remaking the Soil of Cultures, and Escaping Education: Living as Learning Within Grassroots Cultures. He lives in a small Zapotec village, in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Kendi Borona

I am a conservation professional with 12 years of experience in diverse landscapes across Africa.  My interest in environmental issues is informed by my personal and professional experiences. I was born and brought up near a forest in the Kenyan highlands. It was because of the waters flowing from this forest that I did not have to walk for long distances to fetch water – a task expected of girls in my community. This forest and its critical watersheds was protected by elders through the application of Indigenous Knowledge Systems.  I am a firm  believer in the application of Indigenous Knowledge in the furtherance of just conservation and community livelihoods. Over the course of my career, I have worked towards the integration of natural and cultural heritage into a concrete whole. I have  had the privilege of working with and learning from the following communities:

•The Turkana, Abagusii, Agikuyu, Iteso, and Abasuba peoples in Kenya; 

•The Warangi in Tanzania; 

•The Iteso in Uganda;

•The Chewa in Malawi;

•The San in South Africa;and, Aboriginal Australians. 

Their individual and collective philosophies have influenced my thinking on the practice and application of conservation.

Marta Musić

Marta Musić is a decolonial, feminist activist-researcher from ex-Yugoslavia and France. Her work as a transnational movement organizer mainly consists of building bridges between struggles, movements and initiatives and creating networks of solidarity between them through spaces of exchange, learning and collaboration. Currently based in Barcelona, she is participating in the organisation of the World Social Forum on Transformative Economies and doing a PhD on convergence processes of radical alternatives at the ICTA-UAB. She is also member of the International Commission of ATTAC France and the Systemic Alternatives initiative.

Milind Wani

Milind Wani is a member of environment group Kalpavriksh from India. He coordinates its documentation and outreach work and edits the newsletter “People in Conservation”. His concerns include issues relating to social justice, human rights and ecological sustainability. He has an abiding interest in art, philosophy, wisdom traditions and politics.

Pablo Campoy Román

He researches and collaborates for alternatives to education facing current social and ecological crisis. He has participated in permaculture projects in The Hague, the Netherlands. For the last two years he has been collaborating with Centro Encuentros y Diálogos Interculturales and Universidad de la Tierra en Oaxaca. Currently collaborating in the formation of a learning towards autonomy project in Madrid, Spain.

Shrishtee Bajpai

Shrishtee is an activist-researcher based in Pune, India. She is a member of Kalpavriksh- Environment Action Group. Her current research is focussed on alternatives to development. She helps in coordinating the Vikalp Sangam (alternative confluence) process in India. For the past two years, she has been involved in understanding how transformations and alternatives emerge from the grassroots by documenting processes of Gond Adivasi community (indigenous people) in India. She is also involved in research and advocacy for Rights of Rivers in India.   

Apart from the above, she is interested in birds, listening to music, reading, playing the violin, swimming, peanuts & almonds, hot-water baths,  and walking. 

She can be reached at shrishteebajpai@gmail.com

Sujatha Padmanabhan

Sujatha Padmanabhan has been a member of Kalpavriksh since 1984 and has been working full time with the organisation since 2000. She is a trained special educator and has worked with children with multiple disabilities. Her main engagement at Kalpavriksh has been in the field of environment education for children, developing localised educational material for schools. She has also authored a few stories for children. 

Sujatha joined the Vikalp Sangam team of Kalpavriksh five years ago and has been involved in coordinating its activities and supporting its various processes. She has also co-authored a case study on an alternative school for the Vikalp Sangam process.

Valiana Aguilar

Mayan, native from Sinanché, she has participated in different groups, struggles and resistances related to the regeneration of the community social fabric, specially with Mayan women in the Yucatan Peninsula. Currently she lives in a small community of Oaxaca and collaborates in the Universidad de la Tierra, Oaxaca and the Centro de Encuentros y Diálogos Interculturales.

Vasna Ramasar

Vasna Ramasar is an academic and activist from South Africa living and working in Sweden. She has always been involved in environmental justice, politics of environment and alternatives to development. She is currently affiliated with Lund University, Sweden but has worked across southern and eastern Africa and India with research, activism and policy making.