We are a group of dreamers, thinkers and doers from eclectic backgrounds bringing together diverse skill sets from Law, Real Estate, Technology, Marketing, Art, Sustainability and Farming.
Ajay used to be one of the top employment lawyers in the world. He was a senior partner at India’s leading law firm, Trilegal, where he built one of the most successful legal practices in the country. After being deeply influenced by what was happening with the planet, Ajay decided to focus his attention on sustainability and climate change. He is incredibly passionate about art, science, sustainability and wellbeing. Ajay is a strong believer in empathy, design thinking and collaborative frameworks. He is a co-founder at the Initiative for Climate Action, a non-profit with a vision to catalyze, enable and accelerate low carbon futures of justice and sustainability. He is also on the Board of Dream a Dream. Ajay loves street art, music, hats, football and is a sucker for anything creative.
Siddharth cares deeply about making the world a more harmonious and peaceful place. After working with a contemporary art gallery for a few years, he spent many months slow travelling, and exploring a life connected to nature. During his travels, he lived and volunteered at an animal rescue organization, a permaculture farm, and an alternative school, amongst others. His journey is largely an exploration of sustainability, systems design, veganism, mindfulness, self transformation, and well-being. He is passionate about yoga, gardening, nature walks, music, and football
Alok is a serial entrepreneur and investor having several successful ventures in real estate, food, technology and fitness. Most notably, he was the co-founder of Vista Spaces, a boutique real estate development firm based out of Bangalore. An engineer by qualification and a triathlete by ambition, Alok is deeply interested in the clean tech startup ecospace. Having seen the devastating impact of unplanned, unsustainable development first-hand, he is keen on making a difference in sustainable construction practices and circular design. An avid football fan, Alok is also passionate about guitars, bicycles, cooking and the outdoors.
Nayantara is a Chef, with over 10 years spent in some of the best hotels in India and setting up multiple restaurants for new entrepreneurs in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Lucknow with a niche in creating concepts for Organic and Holistic Food businesses. Her life has been deeply impacted by early exposure to a multi cultural home, an inclusive education, slow travel, oneness with nature and an over arching respect for the environment. This, in turn led to a search for creating symbiosis between her love for food and the urgency of the world she sees. A storyteller at heart, her interest lies in creating experiences with food that delights all senses and using her platform to voice the change. A mom to three rescued dogs and an avid gardener, Nayantara finds her release with CrossFit, reading everything under the sun and eating incredible food.
Manisha has worked as a Marketing professional across industries since 2004. From Media, to FMCG, to Health-Tech, at both MNCs as well as startups, she brings varied experiential learning to now champion the cause of sustainable living. Ardent lover of music, travel, art and the world of books, she is often eagerly looking forward to conversations around human-interest stories. A mother to two Indies and an impressionable young girl, Manisha tries hard to always do the right thing for her daughter’s sake if not anything else! Deeply inspired by David Attenborough’s words, she is eager to play a role in restoring the planet’s biodiversity, even if her contribution is only a drop in the ocean. Afterall, every drop counts!
Lakshman is the living embodiment of the BCC space. Having spent almost forty years at the premises in different roles, there is almost nothing that happens in the vicinity without him being on top of it. A big hearted person with an even bigger smile, Lakshman "Anna" is reinventing himself with a new avatar inspired by sustainable actions.
"The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life" - Rabindranath Tagore
Our vision is to co-create cleaner, greener, thriving ecosystems where every being is taken along so we can share and celebrate these incredible habitats that many of us call home. We are doing this because we care. We believe we have something precious in every city, town & village that is worth preserving, protecting and nurturing. We believe that the current trajectory of most cities in India coupled with the climate crisis will deeply wound their very soul and make them unlivable for the generations to come.
We are working to address the universal challenges of urban sustainability, starting with our home, the city of Bangalore. We believe that the city's future is in our collective hands. We are designing a pathway to accommodate the voices of science, justice, nature, youth, efficiency, art, wellbeing, creativity, technology, sustainability and lots of positivity to build a better Bangalore.