As a German Chancellor Fellow for 2017-18, I am looking into how a city could become self-sufficient without the need for resources from outside its physical boundaries. This utopian idea is also being referred to as a ‘Circular City’, which is essentially about closing the material cycles and making sure that the resources are reused indefinitely by not creating any waste. In order to find solutions to the many questions I have, I consult with many thought leaders and practitioners who are working on the concept of future cities.
Prior to this fellowship, I worked with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in India for five years on the Indo-German Biodiversity Programme. At GIZ, I coordinated the India Business and Biodiversity Initiative (IBBI) with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the largest industry association of India with a membership base of more than 8000 member companies. Within IBBI, we worked with 26 leading member companies of India, striving to incorporate biodiversity and ecosystem services within their core business operations. I was involved in the IBBI project since its inception in 2013 and am proud to say that IBBI is seen as a forerunner with respect to business and biodiversity linkages. Over the years, I have been working on a range of issues with respect to business and biodiversity, such as natural capital, access and benefit sharing, training of IBBI trainers on managing natural capital, The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) studies, and biodiversity in supply chain.
I always see myself as a catalyst and an idea generator. I dream of a world where we create a positive impact for our generations to come. I sincerely hope that our future generations will be proud of us and not have to fight for basic amenities such as clean water and air, which is what our generation has already started fighting for.