Dr Gobind Sagar Bhardwaj (India)

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Dr Gobind Sagar Bhardwaj is a senior forest officer belonging to the India Forest Service. Dr GS Bhardwaj possesses vast experience in natural resource conservation, especially in the field of wildlife management. Through his engagements, he has developed a deep passion for wildlife, especially tigers. By observing the tigers, he decided to author a book on tigers titled - “Tracking Tigers in Ranthambhore”. Since then, he has contributed to the conservation of tigers as Chief Conservator of forests by managing affairs related to issues pertaining to wildlife of the Jodhpur region. Dr Gobind is based in the Jodhpur region, and is considered an arid region of the state that includes Desert National Park. Currently, his duties include the planning & execution of wildlife recovery plans of critically endangered Great Indian Bustard.

As a director in Sariska Tiger Reserve, he has also managed one of the most human dominated tiger reserves in the country. The assignment revolves around monitoring re-introduced tigers through radio & satellite tracking apart from managing different affairs of the landscape. Furthermore, Dr GS Bhardwaj is the director of Rajasthan Forestry & Wildlife Training Institute, Jaipur. DR GS Bhardwaj manages all the training programs relating to human resource development through skill development for forest officers & related stakeholders of the state of Rajasthan, with respect to recent emerging issues of forestry & wildlife management.  

Dr Raghu Chundawat (India)

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Dr Raghu Chundawat started his career as a conservation biologist, with a focus on researching snow leopards in Ladakh for more than thirty years. Later, he worked as the Regional Science & Conservation Director for the International Snow Leopard Trust. Dr R Chundawat was also a member of the teaching faculty of the Wildlife Institute of India. Through his involvements, he works very closely with projects involved in tiger conservation and research. Harping on his experience with tiger conservation, Dr R Chundawat published a book based on his ten-year study titled - “The Rise and Fall of The Emerald Tigers”.

In the past eight years, he has been active connoisseur in wildlife tourism research. Currently, Dr R Chundawat & his wife, Joanna Van Gruisen, run a small lodge The Sarai At Toria that is located close to a World Heritage site - Khajuraho & Panna Tiger Reserve. The Sarai at Toria & its sister conservation organisation, Bagh Aap Aur Van (BAAVAN), are closely involved in creating tiger-friendly communities in the neighbourhood of the Panna Tiger Reserve.

Dr Raghu Chundawat is the recipient of several conservation awards. In 2003, BBC/Animal Planet notably produced an award-winning wildlife documentary film on his work with the Tigers in Panna – “Tigers of the Emerald Forest”.

Dr Anak Pattanavibooi (Thailand)


Anak Pattanavibool has engaged in wildlife conservation and research in Thailand for over 30 years. After receiving a B.Sc. in Wildlife Management from Kasetsart University, he worked as a park ranger in wildlife sanctuaries in Southern and Northern Thailand. He later received an M.Sc. in Wildlife Science from Oregon State University in 1993 and Ph.D in BioGeography from University of Victoria, Canada, in 1999.

He led field teams, with the aim to promote wildlife-based approaches for ecosystem management in the Western Forest Complex (WEFCOM) during 2000-03. He joined WCS in 2004 as a Thailand Country Program Director, working to promote SMART patrol systems to save endangered wildlife, with a particular focus on tigers and its prey. During 2013-16, he took a full time position as a lecturer at various institutions such as the Department of Conservation, Faculty of Forestry, and Kasetsart University. Through his lectures, Dr A Pattanavibool focused on teaching and training the next generations of wildlife and national park managers for Thailand and conducted research on wildlife and ecosystem restoration in protected areas.

Currently, he is working full time as Director of WCS, Thailand. He also served as a member of national-level boards including National Environmental Board, Wildlife Conservation Board, National Park Board, and as an advisor to the Director General of Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation.

Ms Wulan Pusparini (Indonesia)

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Ms Wulan began her conservation career almost 10 years ago through an undergraduate research project on Sumatran rhinoceros with the University of Indonesia in 2005-2006. Since then, she has been involved in many conservation endeavours. Most of her work focuses on mammal conservation using statistical models such as species distribution modelling, population estimate, occupancy modelling, and multivariate statistics. She has also been largely involved in large-mammal conservation (Sumatran rhinoceros, Sumatran tiger, and Asian Elephant) through her professional work with the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Her main geographical work is located in Sumatra. She has contributed greatly with regards to mammal conservation efforts through conducting field research on mammal populations, increasing government-NGO partnership capacities by providing various training opportunities in population estimation scientific methods, conflict-mitigation schemes, as well as formulating action strategies on tiger and rhino conservations through collaboration with the Indonesian Government, and national and local conservation NGOs.

Mr Suzalinur Bin Manja Bidin (Malaysia)


Mr Suzalinur Manja Bidin has been with the Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (MYCAT) since 2007. Tapping into his experience working as a Zoo Educator prior to joining MYCAT, he has co-developed and led MYCAT’s outreach and education programmes. He trains volunteers and MYCAT staff to conduct outreach.

As Senior Programme Officer, he had previously coordinated a joint capacity-building programme for Taman Negara enforcement staff using the SMART software and assisted in monitoring the implementation of the National Tiger Conservation Action Plan, a comprehensive roadmap to save wild Malayan tigers. Currently, he manages MYCAT’s Citizen Action for Tigers (CAT Walk), including the Wildlife Crime Hotline, and tiger outreach programmes.

Dr Krishna Prasad Archarya (Nepal)

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Dr Krishna Prasad Archaya has contributed greatly to the conservation of wildlife. In particular, his field of study lies in Wildlife Conflict Management and Research focused study continuation in Wildlife Management. Apart from his field of study, he possesses vast amounts of experience in Policy Level Management, and Policy Development in Wildlife Conservation and management.

Dr Krishna Prasad Archarya currently works as the Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Forests and Environment. In the past, he was the Director General for the Department of National Park and Wildlife Conservation, and the Department of Forests.

Dr Feng Li Min (China)


Dr Feng Limin is a wildlife biologist working at Beijing Normal University. He started his career with a pioneering field research on the Indo-Chinese tiger in China in 2005, and subsequently expanded research towards the Amur tiger, Amur leopard and North China leopard.

Dr Feng Limin and his colleagues at Beijing Normal University have made great contributions to wildlife conservation through research and successfully convincing the Chinese central government to create a 15,000 square-kilometer large National Park for the Amur tiger and Amur leopard, based on the ten-year research done by his team on these large felines.

Dr feng Limin has also been at the forefront of large cat conservation initiatives. Dr Limin has launched the Tiger-Leopard Observation Network in China (TLON) to provide for a nation-wide monitoring network and long-term research platform for the conservation of the two big cats in China.

Dr Ghazala Shahabuddin (India)

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Dr Ghazala Shahabuddin (PhD, Duke University, 1998) is an ecologist & author, researching community-based conservation, ornithology, land use change & protected area management in India. She has also undertaken field research on human impacts in two tiger reserves: Sariska (Rajasthan) & Corbett (Uttarakhand).

Her acclaimed book ‘Conservation at the Crossroads: Science, Society & the Future of India’s Wildlife’ (Permanent Black, 2010) critically examines contemporary wildlife policy in India. She has also worked as a consultant on tiger conservation with the Global Tiger Initiative & IUCN for extended periods. She is currently affiliated as a Senior Scientist with Centre for Ecology, Development & Research (CEDAR) working on bird diversity, forest institutions & land use change in multiple use oak-pine forests of the Western Himalayas.

Mr Nallumuthu (India)


Mr S Nallamuthu is a cinematographer, director & producer for more than thirty years. Mr S Nallamuthu developed a particular interest in tigers, and resolved to invest nine years of his life to film the life of Machli, her companion and lineage. Thus, he created a 60-minute documentary that captured Machli 9-year journey . In his thirty-year long career, he has worked with some of the industry's best directors and networks, including BBC, Channel 4, Discovery International and National Geographic. Through his films, he won the National Film Award for Best Cinematography.