About Us

Our Objective

The Bengaluru Sustainability Forum, BSF in short, is an inter-institutional collaborative initiative that aims to address issues relating to long-term sustainability of urban and peri-urban landscapes. Bengaluru Sustainability Forum focuses on  public goods and urban commons – including water, air and soil – amongst others.

The main objective of the Bengaluru Sustainability Forum  is to convene and disseminate knowledge on various aspects of sustainability in the urban landscape, with a focus on Bengaluru. The Forum aims to achieve this by encouraging conversation and collaboration across a broad range of stakeholders.

One of the approaches the Forum takes in facilitating exchange of knowledge is to host invitation based retreats on specific aspects of urban sustainability. These retreats are a platform to listen and learn about various perspectives and approaches from people of different educational and professional backgrounds on a defined topic in an informal setting. To know more about the retreats, please click here.

BSF offers a small grants program, which is open to participants of the retreats and their collaborators. This program  provides seed funding for projects on urban sustainability in Bengaluru. To know more about the Small Grants program, please click here.

Steering Committee Members

Jahnavi Phalkey

A filmmaker and historian of science and technology by training, Jahnavi Phalkey is the Founding Director of Science Gallery Bengaluru. Jahnavi has authored Atomic State: Big Science in Twentieth Century India and is director of the documentary film Cyclotron.

Mahesh Sankaran

Mahesh Sankaran is an ecologist whose research interests lie in understanding the impacts of global climatic changes on the structure, functioning and stability of ecosystems.

P. S. Narayan

P.S.Narayan is the Head  of Sustainability at Wipro Ltd and the Managing Trustee and Head of Wipro Foundation, the CSR arm of Wipro Ltd.

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Satyajit Mayor

Prof. Satyajit Mayor is an Indian biologist.  

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Seema Mundoli

Seema Mundoli is a faculty at Azim Premji University. Her research focuses on the role of nature in Indian cities in addressing the challenges of environmental sustainability and social justice.

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Tejal Kanitkar

Tejal is an Associate Professor in the School of Natural Sciences and Engineering at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru.

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S Vishwanath

Vishwanath is a Civil Engineer and an Urban Planner. He is a Trustee with the Biome Environmental Trust (www.biometrust.org).

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Uma Ramakrishnan

Uma Ramakrishnan is an associate professor at NCBS interested in molecular ecology and conservation genetics.

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Manasi Pingle

Manasi Pingle is a filmmaker by training.

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Namrata Narendra

Namrata is an architect and researcher from Bangalore.

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Content Contribution: Vrushal Pendharkar
Illustrations: Sunaina Coelho, Babakiki