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Mr. M. S. Ganesh

Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India, New Delhi

Mr. Ganesh has been practising for the last over 40 years before the Supreme Court of India and also the High Court of Delhi and statutory Judicial Tribunals located in Delhi, e.g. the Central Administrative Tribunal, the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission and the Company Law Board. He was designated as a Senior Advocate by the Supreme Court of India in 1997. He is also a Member of the Indian Council of Arbitration (ICA), and he is on the ICAСnel of Arbitrators.

Ms. Ruchi Pant

Programme Analyst, Energy and Environment Programme, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Ms. Ruchi has worked for several years on customary laws and legal pluralism pertaining to natural resources management in India and Nepal; and has published extensively. Her work has largely been in the domain of law, natural resource management, biodiversity conservation, right to water, protection of traditional knowledge, regional cooperation in conservation, international environmental and trade laws and decentralized governance. Ruchi has worked with non-profits such as the WWF al Programme, Centre for Environmental Law, ATREE and PILSARC. She has also been part of a multi-country programme coordinated by IIED, UK on Protecting Community Rights over Traditional Knowledge and continues to be associated with them.

She has obtained her doctoral degree from the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and her thesis focused on Legal and Non-Legal Mechanism for Protection of Traditional Knowledge Systems related to bio-genetic resources.

Ms. Radhika Kolluru


Ms. Kolluru is an Advocate who practices in the District Courts of Saket and Tis Hazari, Delhi High Court, Supreme Court of India and State Electricity Regulatory Commissions and Appellate Tribunal for Electricity.

Ms. Kolluru studied law at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore.

Ms. Arkaja Singh


Ms. Singh works in public administration and governance, providing consulting services in relation to public administration and governance reform projects. Much of her work relates to the urban sector, where she has worked with municipal corporations and urban departments on public service delivery and institutional reform. She is a Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi.

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Mr. Depinder Kapur

Researcher and Consultant


Mr. Kapur is the National Coordinator of the India WASH Forum. He is also a member of the Planning Commissionׯrking Group on Rural Water and Sanitation for the Twelfth Five Year Plan. Mr. Kapur holds senior management, programme and policy advocacy experience of working with international and national NGOs for the past 20 years. His strategic management experience includes country strategy development, organisation development, monitoring & evaluation, programme design and learning. He has programmatic and consulting work experience in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, and Livelihoods and Natural Resources Management. He has also been involved in national and south Asia level knowledge networking, with civil society coalitions, governmental systems and international development institutions.

Ms. Meena Panicker

Assistant Professor, Law Centre-I, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi


Ms. Panicker holds an LLM from the University of Kerala and M.Phil. from Jawaharlal Nehru University. She has teaching and research experience of eleven years including her tenure with the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. Her areas of teaching are Business Regulation, Constitutional Law, Public International Law and Science, Technology & Law (graduate) and Civil Liberties and Law & Society (post-graduate).

Her research interests include agricultural biotechnology, human rights and natural resources.

Ms. Leena Dabiru

Legal and Development Consultant


Ms. Leena Dabiru studied law from Delhi University and practiced in the Delhi High Court on various Public Interest Litigations. Over 15 years of work, she had been part of various campaigns working on housing and land rights, governance and electoral reform in both urban and rural working class. She is part of many international campaigns. Over these years she conducted numerous studies on urban and rural issues which includes a study to monitor the occupational health and safety of manhole workers in Delhi and a mid-term evaluation of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) covering 40 cities which was compiled and published as Half-time; Time Out. Her key publications include Government by the people, by the people, by the people (2007) and Land Rights are Human Rights (2010).

Her key focus is on issues related to land acquisition, water and sanitation, electoral reforms and women empowerment.

Ms. Shomona Khanna



Ms. Shomona Khanna is a lawyer practicing in the Supreme Court of India and Delhi High Court, and has been associated with numerous civil and democratic rights issues since 1991 both as a lawyer and as a writer. She continues to handle several human rights cases in the courts and render legal advice to a variety of organisations including Campaign for Survival and Dignity (a federation of people's organisations of forest dwellers), Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University, Plachimada Solidarity Committee, and many ordinary people. She has written several books/ monographs on indigenous peoples, the Indian Constitution and the law, and most recently edited a compendium of court decisions on the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006.

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