I'm a Co-founder of IndianSnakes, an outfit which is dedicated to snake conservation in India with a focus on snakebites, which claims over 45,000 human and countless snakes' lives in India every year. What started as a website (indiansnakes.org) in 2010, now works pan-India with multiple stakeholders such as communities, scientists, researchers, doctors, herpetologists, NGOs, corporates and governments, actively working on mitigating snakebites and spreading awareness on ecological importance of snakes, identification, snake bites, rescue and rehabilitation. IndianSnakes has also undertaken several innovative projects on research and conservation solutions including establishing emergency WhatsApp hotlines for snakebite and identification, mapping four species of venomous snakes with an app, in the the biggest citizen science project in the country for snakes, and creating a mobile application SERPENT which includes a field guide, hospital locator and snake rescuer locator for the public.
I am a Chevening Scholar with a Bachelors and Masters degree from the University of Delhi and an MSc in Conservation and International Wildlife Trade from the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, University of Kent. I have been involved with animal welfare and conservation issues for the last decade, strategising outreach and communications for conservation challenges in multiple landscapes, and have worked extensively on illegal wildlife trade, while being a part of organisations like TRAFFIC India, WWF-India and Wildlife Trust of India. In my free time I work in my local community on Animal Birth Control projects, advocating for spay/neutering and anti-rabies programmes. I am also a member of the Women in Conservation-Canterbury Network and am passionate about inclusion and equality in conservation.