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AARDI works in social and environmental substainability domains. We Focus on carbon and water footprints. We facilitate carbon offsetting for emitters.
AARDI is a platform for non-dualist (Advaita) vedanta discourses and self realisation (Atmabodha/Brahmajnana) inititative through knowledge and meditation.
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AADRI facilitates Rural Businesses for corporate and agri-business firms. Interested rural business organizations can contact the President for suitable knowledge creation and business facilitation guidelines in vertical and horizontal rural value chains.

Center for promotion of Art & crafts in collaboration with AARDI will conduct a painting camp in November 2012. Upcoming artists will participate in the five day camp which involves paintings in canvass in exotic natural environments. The theme of the camp is ‘Art for cohesive and peaceful social co-existence’. Artists from south and eastern part of India will participate in the camp. The artists will teach the rural children of the basics of paintings during the camp and explore the art market for the promotion of Indian arts and paintings globally. Interested individuals, institutions and organizations can contact for participation, patronage and sponsorships. Sponsors will be given a painting of their choice before the paintings are put in for public exhibition.
AARDI- Hon. Senior Fellows
Thomas Otter
Dr. Thomas Otter works as a free lance consultant in development issues in different parts of the world, mostly Latin America and Caribbean, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Southern Africa. He holds a PhD in Economics from Georg August University Göttingen, Germany and is an associated researcher Iberoamerican Institute for Economic Research of the same institution. Additionally Thomas is a lecturer at the UNDP School for Human Development in Latin America. He has published several articles, books and institutional reports. His core research interests focus on Human Development, Poverty, Inequality, Value Chains, Rural Development and Microfinance.
Siraj A. Chaudhry
Siraj A. Chaudhry serves as the Country Head of Cargill India Private Limited and is also the CEO of Cargill Foods India Business Unit. He has been associated with the food and commodities businesses for over 22 years. In his association of over 16 years with Cargill, he has handled key responsibilities in India and Geneva, Switzerland. Cargill’s operations in India include the origination, handling, processing and production of a wide range of products including refined oils, grain and oilseeds, sugar, cotton, animal feed and flavors. Cargill Foods India is a major business of Cargill in India, engaged in originating, processing and distributing edible oils, creation of flavors and bring the world class food products available to customers and consumers in India. Cargill also owns India’s two leading edible oil brands ‘NatureFresh’ and ‘Gemini’. Prior to joining Cargill, Siraj worked with ITC Ltd and The State Trading Corporation of India after graduation from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) and Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), both in New Delhi. Siraj is active with the industry associations and is a regular invitee to the policy discussions both at the industry and the government level. He holds a number of honorary positions and memberships in various organizations including; Member of the National Committee on Agriculture- Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), Member of FICCI National Committee on Food Processing, Chairman of the Board of United Way of Delhi and active member of the AMCHAM India
Kalpana C.Sajita
Dr. Kalpana C.Sajita, wWorking as Associate Professor of Economics in Sardar Patel Institute of Economics and Social Research. Current research interests includes, Economics of Natural Resource and Rural and underdeveloped area, Employment and Work conditions, Industrial and Labour Economics, Macro economics, Poverty and Food Security, Special Economic Zones, Infrastructure Development, Banking and Financing Institutions and Policy Related Issues. Work as visiting faculty to many academic institutions in India and outside
Daniel Tsegai
Dr. Daniel Tsegai is a senior researcher at the center for development research (ZEF, www.zef.de), University of Bonn. He is engaged in conducting and coordinating research and teaching at the postgraduate level. He teaches Development Microeconomics for PhD students at ZEF. He is also coordinating a research project for Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in South Africa. Dr. Tsegai received his PhD in Development Economics from the University of Bonn (Germany), Msc in Agricultural Economics from the University of Göttingen (Germany) and his first degree in Economics (with Distinction) from the University of Asmara, Eritrea .
Maria Rosa Gamarra
Maria Rosa Gamarra is a researcher, technical expert and university professor on Sustainable Management and Knowledge Management fields, with an educational profile obtained in graduate and postgraduate programs in Argentina (Univ. Nal. De San Martín), Germany (InWEnt, CSM Univ. of Luneburg, Teleakademie-Univ. Furtwangen, Fraunhofer Academy), Bolivia ( Univ Mayor de San Andrés, IBNORCA) Italy and Spain (Centre for High Studies of the Organization of Iberoamerican States, University of Valencia, University of Castilla La Mancha, University of Bolognia, International Labour Organization) with 14 years experience in Organizational Development, Innovation and Technological Development. She has implemented Quality Management Systems under ISO 9000, Information Management Systems, Strategic Management Plans and other complex management systems for leading organizations. She also supported professionally the development of projects at different regional scale (Latin America) and has been responsible -as instructional designer, coach and tutor- of Enterprises Sustainable Management courses for InWEnt- Sustainable Economy Network (German cooperation for development agency)-, both commissioned by the CSM (Centre for Sustainable Management, University of Luneburg) and InWEnt. Currently she is working to strength the cooperation between Universities and Enterprises, to bridge researching with public policies pro-poor, to promote innovation and technological development under the “development with identity” concept, researching on issues related to Sustainable Management and Knowledge Management, and supporting some national programs in Latin America.
Catur Sugiyanto
Dr. Catur Sugiyanto is Professor Faculty of Economics and Business Universitas Gadjah Mada , Senior Researcher Center for Economic and Public Policy Studies (CEPPS), Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) Main research interests is Agricultural Economic and Regional Development, including analyzing the impact of policy change such as trade liberalization, technological and institutional changes, the impact of fiscal decentralization on regional economy, and to understand the farm and small-medium scale enterprises productivity and general microeconomic analysis.
Winifred N. Karugu
Winifred N. Karugu is currently the Managing Director of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) Enterprises (JKUATES), a company that is 100% owned by the University. She is based in the University’s Main Campus at Juja, in Kenya. The Company is the commercial wing of JKUAT and engages in direct linkages with industry through training, consultancy and related activities. She had also served as a director of the JKUATES for three years before her appointment as MD. Prior to this appointment, which took place in February 2008, Winifred was the Director of the School for Human Resources Development which houses Business and Humanities at the University, a position that she held for four years. Winifred also lectures in economics and marketing course units at the university. She has also engages in research and consultancy. She has published several articles in refereed journals and written several business cases both teaching and analytical. Her research interests include pro-poor business models, SME growth strategies in emerging markets and gender & technology transfer. Winifred is a member of: Academy of Management (AoM), International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE), African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE), Africa Technology and Policy Studies Network (ATPS) and Kenya Association of Business and Management Professionals (KABMAP).
Tea Golja
Tea Golja - born in Pula, Croatia in 1982. Since 2007 employed as assistant lecturer at the Juraj Dobrila University of Pula, Department of Economics and Tourism "Dr.Mijo Mirkovic'" in Istria, biggest Croatian peninsula and one of the most developed regions in Croatia. Got its first working experience in tourism sector working as product manager and later as internal financial supervisor in Kompas Rabac-Labin Ltd. travel agency.  Published several papers in the field of tourism, corporate social responsibility and sustainable development. Specific field of interest: tourism, corporate social responsibility, corporate governance, inclusive business and sustainable development.
Chanzo Greenidge
Dr.Chanzo Greenidge has specialization in International Relations works at UWI St. Augustine. Chanzo Greenidge’s scholarship and social entrepreneurship has focused on the impact of global change factors on flows of information, talent, technology, commodities and money among communities, firms and governance institutions. He works and publishes in four (4) languages and has consulted several international organizations on migration, political ecology, sport for development, transnational identity politics and advanced information and communications technology. He continues to focus on the usefulness of Critical Realism as a theoretical platform for practical action, research and strategic planning by communities, firms and governance institutions in the Global South. His current research interests centre on the intersection of Migration, Technology, Energy and Culture and he has pursued this research in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, North America and the Caribbean.
Rashmi Umesh Arora
Dr. Rashmi Umesh Arora is GBS postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics, Griffith Business School, Griffith University, Australia. In 2007 she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Asia Pacific Social Transformation Studies, University of Wollongong, Australia. She has also worked in India’s central bank in its economic policy department for about 20 years. She is a professional member of New Zealand Asian Studies Society and Economic Society of Australia, and an associate member of New Zealand South Asia Centre, University of Canterbury, Christchurch. Her research areas geographically are developing countries, India and Asia in general. Her topics of research interest are economic development, reforms, finance and development, less developed regions and globalisation. Among her major publications are Bank Credit and Development - A Study of Uttar Pradesh, India (VDMVerlag); Bank Credit and Economic Development: An Empirical Analysis of Indian States (Journal of Asian Public Policy, 2009); Globalisation and Stages of Development: An Exploratory Analysis (Review of Urban & Regional Development Studies (RURDS); Gender Inequality, Economic Development, and Globalisation: A State Level Analysis of India (Journal of Developing Areas, forthcoming) and Measuring Financial Access (EBS Working Paper Series).
RICARDO TORRES PÉREZ is a professor in Economics, University of Havana (2004). Master in Economic Policy, University of Havana (2007). His Research engagements and areas of interest include impact of structural change on economic growth, development policies, development of knowledge economies, energy economics. He worked extensively on these areas and published in several sources.
Silvia Salinas
Silvia Salinas, Bolivian anthropologist. Since 1995 she works as senior development consultant, researcher and advisor for international development cooperation agencies, governmental institutions and diverse NGOs. Her research emphasis issues related to equity, inclusion, gender, generational, rights, ethnic/cultural and governance issues. Major assignments include final/impact evaluations, strategic planning, capacity assessments, training and research. Focus on enthusiastic, creative, inspiring and rigorous, with demonstrated excellence in result-oriented team leadership. Successful in addressing new and complex issues, reaching and involving diverse actors, articulating knowledge and people worldwide, challenging traditional solutions and driving ideas to concrete processes and results. She owns a vast number of publications. She is an invited professor and speaker at international and national events. Member of different international and national organizations, boards and networks involved with gender and rights’ issues. She speaks Spanish, English and German fluently.
Dr. T. E. MAFIMISEBI is an Agricultural Economist specializing in Agricultural Marketing and Agribusiness Management. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Economics & Extension, The Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria. He obtained a PhD from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, in 2002 and joined lectureship/research position at the Department of Agricultural Economics and Farm Management, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria. Dr. Mafimisebi's key research, professional and experiential domains include issues related to marketing efficiency and welfare of agricultural workers using sustainable livelihoods framework. His research and development work also focuses on yield performance of various agriculture and agro-allied concerns and efficient management of agricultural resources for enhanced agricultural productivity and sustainable rural development. Another aspect that his research interest leans toward in recent time is poverty reduction through innovation among agricultural households. His research emphasize the need for an efficiently functioning and sustained agricultural credit institution to help resource-poor farmers break-off the yoke of poverty. Dr. Mafimisebi teaches Research Methods, Econometrics, Statistical Techniques, Operations Research, Agricultural Marketing, Agribusiness Management, Project Planning and Appraisal, Macroeconomics and Microeconomics at both graduate and under-graduate levels. Dr. Mafimisebi has presented papers in international conferences in many countries including the U.K and USA. He has also attended international training programs in same specialty in many countries. He is widely published in the areas of livestock/aquaculture/fisheries economics and trade.
Helen Caraveli
Dr. Helen Caraveli is assistant professor at the Department of Economics of the Athens University of Economics and Business. She holds a Ph.D. degree in Agricultural Economics from the UNIVERSITY OF LONDON (1985) and an M.A. degree in Development Economics from the STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK (1975). She teaches Agricultural Economics, Economic Geography and Urban & Regional Economics, but has also taught a number of other courses (e.g. Micro & Macro economic theory, Structure of the Greek economy, Economic history and European integration issues, etc.) both at the AUEB and other institutions. Her research interests are centred on Agricultural and Rural Development Policy of the European Union, as well as on the geographic allocation of economic activity in the course of European integration. Within this framework, she has participated in EU-funded research programmes and has collaborated with European research institutes (such as the Institute of European Environmental Policy based in London and the Economic and Social Cohesion Laboratory of the London School of Economics and Political Science). She has presented papers in many international congresses and has published a number of articles in books and international journals (e.g. European Review of Agricultural Economics, Journal of Rural Studies, Environment and Planning and Journal of Economic Asymmetries). She is a member of the European Association of Agricultural Economists and of the European Regional Science Association. She speaks fluent Greek (native), English and French and some Spanish.
Sanjeev K Sobhee
Prof. S K Sobhee is Professor of Applied Economics and Development Studies and is currently the Dean of Faculty of Social Studies and Humanities at the University of Mauritius. Prof Sobhee has published extensively in international journals of repute and worked on several projects funded by the World Bank, Global Environmental Fund (GEF), UNDP, ILO amongst others. His teaching interests are Macroeconomic Theory, Econometrics and Public Policy while his research interests involve Environmental Economics, Applied Macroeconomics and Development Economics.