Sahjeevan team

Executive Director

Director

Dr. Pankaj Joshi

Executive Director

Email: pankaj@sahjeevan.org

Contact: +91 9099974383

As a scholar working in different terrestrial ecosystems of Kachchh, I am always fascinated by the uniqueness of different ecological attributes of semi-arid Kachchh and its biodiversity. High levels of endemism, rarity and its adaptation to arid condition through different survival strategies has been the central point of attraction compelling me to choose my doctoral research on the floral ecology of Kachchh. As a scholar consistently working on conservation and management of different ecosystems like grasslands, thorn forests, and wetlands of Kachchh and associated rare & endangered flora, invasive species and its impact on endemic biodiversity, I am equally concerned with the aftermath of ongoing rapid growth of industrialization and its influence on biological resources and their conservation. It is also to be noted that, given the high level of traditional dependency on biotic resources for medicinal, fodder and other livelihood values, their conservation is of the foremost importance to ensure the ecological integrity of Kachchh and its sustainability. Hence, it is my vision to work for the conservation of ecosystems of Kachchh with an effective, result oriented way and involving the local communities and enhancing the knowledge of the future generation who are the real son of soil of the rich natural heritage of Kachchh.

Biodiversity Conservation Unit

Ritesh Pokar

Ritesh Pokar

Project coordinator, Biodiversity Conservation Unit

Email: ritesh@sahjeevan.org

He has been working with Sahjeevan for last two years and his main responsibilities include preparing working plan, stock mapping survey of kachchh circle forest department. He is involved in the Environment Action plan fund programme and provides technical support in Biodiversity heritage site of Inland mangrove Guneri Kachchh. He has been actively involved in preparing action plans and PBRs. Organizing community for participatory conservation, Environmental education, Research, Trekking are his interest areas. He has Masters of Science and bachelors in Science degree in Botany.

Mahendra Bhanani

Mahendra Bhanani

Project Coordinator, Biodiversity Conservation Unit

Email: mahendra@sahjeevan.org

He has five years of experience in development sector and has worked on issues of governance, inclusion of marginalized communities, agriculture. His programme management skills include coordination, monitoring, documentation and assessment of programmes. He has been working with Sahjeevan for last three years and his main responsibilities include coordination with state department regarding BMCs, PBR survey and coordination, camel resource mapping exercise and coordination with partner organizations. He has a Masters degree in Social Work from Kutch University.

Water Resource Unit

Pravin Muchhadiya

Pravin Muchhadiya

Programme Coordinator & Team leader, Water Resource Unit

Email: pravin@sahjeevan.org

Contact: +91 9099935122

He has substantial experience of supporting the women collectives of Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangatahan on the issues of Microfinance and Natural resource management. He more than 11 years of experience in rural development sector, specifically on decentralized water security in arid and semi arid regions like Kachchh. He is Coordinating and implementing a multi-stakeholder Programmes like “Pani Thiye Panjo” and Jalprabandh. He is providing the leadership to the team at Central and Filed Office. He has a Post graduate degree in Sociology and has done a One Year Training Programme for developing leadership in NGO sector, conducted by Kutch Nav Nirman Abhiyan.

Bharti Nanjar

Bharti Nanjar

Programme coordinator, Water Resource Unit

Email: bharti@sahjeevan.org

Working as Program coordinator in Sahjeevan for last 12 years, she is involved in the “Pani Thiye Panjo” Programme of Sahjeevan. Her expertise lies in working with the communities and Panchayats on the issues of water conservation, enabling them develop water governance systems as well as doing institution and Capacity building of Panchayati Raj Institutions for conservation of ground and surface water. She is Responsible providing handholding support to the Panchayats and enable communities achieve their basic water governance milestone. She has a degree in Masters of Arts, Rural Development. He has a diploma in Civil Engineering.

Vikramshih Jadeja

Vikramshih Jadeja

Engineer, Water Resource Unit

Email: vikramsinh@sahjeevan.org

A civil engineer by profession, he has he has started working with Sahjeevan recently. He has a good amount of experience in construction sector and has keen interest in working on the issues of water conservation in rural India. He has sound understanding and knowledge of water resource planning and execution with community. He has been able to develop expertise in geo hydrology, which is also his interest area.

Mukeshbhai Senma

Mukeshbhai Senma

Project coordinator, Water Resource Unit

Email: mukesh@sahjeevan.org

He has 10 years of experience in mobilizing community to various aspects of water conservation and governance. He has worked in the Setu Information Centre programme of Kutch Nav-Nirman Abhiyan (K.N.N.A) and has recently joined Sahjeevan where he is working with the Jalprabandh project of Sahjeevan. He has a degree B.R.S from Samoda Gram vidhyapith and a Masters in sociology from Gujarat Vidhyapith.

Centre for Pastoralism Unit

Ramesh Bhatti

Ramesh Bhatti

Programme Director & Team Leader, Centre for Pastoralism Unit

Email: ramesh@sahjeevan.org

Contact: +91 9978220515

He has 15 years of experience in development sector particularly in Natural Resource Management, Pastoral Development, Livelihood and Gender issues. Pastoralism & Pastoral Life Style, Management and Conservation Issues of Commons, Livestock, Breeding and Breed Development, people’s rights on Commons. His experience and core competence lies in organizing Pastoral communities, Participatory Natural Resource Mapping, Organizing communities for organized milk collection system, Gender integration in Natural Resource Management activities; Community led processes for Breed Registration and conservation, Lobbying and advocacy at District and State level, Training and Capacity building for Community. He has been working with Pastoral communities, particularly strengthening CBOs like Banni Pashu Uchherak Maldhari Sangathan (BPUMS) and Kutch Camel breeders Association. He was actively involved in the processes undertaken for setting up dairy in Kutch. He has a BA. PGDRD, and MA in Sociology degree.

Nita Khubchandani

Nita Khubchandani

Project Coordinator, Center for Pastoralism Unit

Email: nitak@sahjeevan.org

She has an experience of 15 years in development sector and has worked on the on the issues of political participation of women in local governance. She has also worked for the rehabilitation work post earthquake in 2001. For last 9 years she has been working with Sahjevan. Her current works is focused on organizing urban animal keepers and strengthen their association. She has a Bachelor of Commerce degree, L.L.B. and Diploma in human right Law and Practice.

Sandip Kanojiya

Sandip Kanojiya

Assistant Project Coordinator, Center for Pastoralism Unit

Email: sandip@sahjeevan.org

He has worked in Kutch on the issues of Solid waste Management for one year and has been working with the Urban Animal Husbandry division. He works directly with the cattle owners. His area of interest includes using technology for solving urban environment issues. He holds Masters in psychology and Masters in Social Work degrees.

Narendra Nandaniya

Narendra Nandaniya

Assistant Project Coordinator, Center for Pastoralism Unit

Email: narendra@sahjeevan.org

He has been working with Sahjeevan in the Livestock Breed Registration & Livestock Health Care Activities. He has around one years’ experience in the voluntary sector. He has a degree of Livestock Inspector & Animal Husbandry (L.I & A.H).

Urban Environment Initiative Unit

Dharmesh Antani

Dharmesh Antani

Programme coordinator & Team Leader, Urban Environment Initiative Unit

Email: dharmesh@sahjeevan.org

He has 19 years of experience in development sector and has been working with Sahjeevan for 8 years. His expertise lies in engaging effectively with citizens in rural and urban areas, building knowledge on waste management. He has worked in Jamanagar district on water sanitation, women federation. He has been actively involved in water sanitation, waste management, awareness on environment issues and building collaboration with partners and government.

Central Coordination Unit

Nimish Gor

Nimish Gor

Programme Coordinator & Team Leader, Central Coordination Unit

Email: nimish@sahjeevan.org

Contact: + 91 9428294204

He has an experience of 15 years in administration, human resources and governance functions. He has done BA Literature (Gujarati) from R.R. Lalan Collage, Bhuj.

Jitabhai Chaida

Jitabhai Chaida

Assistant Project Coordinator, Centre for Pastoralism

Email: jita@sahjeevan.org

Contact: + 91 9428294204

He has 1.5 years’ experience of working with different pastoralist communities for their livelihood developing and conservation of breeds and Data Collection for developing breed descripts. He has completed Master of Social Work from K. S. K. V. Kachchh University Bhuj Kachchh.

Deepika Thakkar

Deepika Thakkar

Accounts Officer, Central Coordination Unit

Email: deepika@sahjeevan.org

He has 7 year experience in Accounting and finance function. She has done M.com from Kutch University, Bhuj.

Dhara Pithadia

Dhara Pithadia

Assistant Project Co-ordinator

Email: dhara@sahjeevan.org

She has 4 years’ experience of working with government accounting portals and 1 years’ experience in administrative function. She has completed B.com from J.B.Thacker Commerce College, Bhuj.

Hanif Node

Hanif Node

Assistant Accounts Officer- Central Coordination Unit

Email: hanif@sahjeevan.org

He has more than 5 years experience in accounting functions. He has done B.com from Kutch University, Bhuj.

Sattar Theba

Sattar Theba

Support Staff- Central Coordination Unit

Email: sattar@sahjeevan.org

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