With 24 climate change champions from 13 countries, the Anant Fellowship for Climate Action (AFCA) recently flagged off its second cohort of “solutionaries”.
Anant National University, Ahmedabad, which has instituted the fellowship, aims to erase the gap between contemporary socio-economic challenges and sustainable solutions through design thinking.
“The Anant Fellowship for Climate Action is a unique opportunity for anyone across the world who seeks to lead the most impactful solutions for slowing down our changing climate,” said Miniya Chatterji, the director of AFCA.
The newly-inducted members, selected from among 2,703 applicants across 50 countries, are aged between 16 and 63 years, and come from diverse backgrounds. Legal and finance professionals, academics, engineers, architects, public affairs executives, media representatives, entrepreneurs and corporates are all part of the group.
The Anant Fellowship aims to strengthen the global community of climate action by bringing together climate experts in one place. It engages faculty members, fellow alumni, mentors, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s MIT Solve in meaningful collaboration, dialogue and learning.
The fellowship will set up AFCA cafes in three different countries where fellows can meet, interact and collaborate on projects.
Anyone who wants to contribute to the solution of climate change can join the Anant Fellowship irrespective of age, background and degree. The curriculum has three phases —Technical Knowledge, Changemaker Skills and Personal Development. It covers six terms over two months. Candidates can choose to join as a full-time or a part-time fellow.
Here are some of the fellows in the 2021-2022 cohort
- Arpita Bose is principal investigator and founder of Bose Lab, Washington University in St Louis, USA.
- Nitij Singh is manager, Strategic Government Advisory, Yes Bank, and co-founder of Aslee, India.
- Anusha Sheth holds a master’s degree in Sustainable Energy Technology from Technische Universiteit Delft, The Netherlands.
- Jos C. Raphael is the director of District Rainwater Harvesting Mission, under the Kerala government.
- Atik Sheikh is a senior consultant, Sustainability and Climate Change Division, PwC India, India.
- Ketan Patel is the director of Africa and Asia, Enveritas, USA.
- Shanmuga Sundara Bharathi is a documentary filmmaker, nature conservationist and former programme executive at Doordarshan.
- Ashutosh Singh is an IIT Kharagpur graduate, a GPODS Fellow, a Plaksha Tech Leaders Fellow, and a ClimateForce: Antarctica participant.
- Sai Parameswaran is manager, Climate Change Desk, at Laya Resource Centre in Visakhapatnam.
- Pankaj Jiwrajka is manager, partnerships, Transform Rural India.
- Neeraja Kudrimoti is state programme officer for Transformation of Aspirational Districts Programme, Chhattisgarh, and has a master’s degree in Public Policy from University College London.