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Meet The Team

Head Office

 

 
Jodie

Jodie Underhill - Co-founder and Chief Outreach Officer

Jodie is the COO of Waste Warriors and works from Dehradun. She is better known as Garbage Girl and was born in Great Yarmouth, England in 1976. Jodie has more than eight years of waste management experience and is the drive behind the organization.

 
 
 
Avinash Pratap Singh

Avinash Pratap Singh - Chief Operations Officer

As a student of Computer Science, Avinash first got in touch with Waste Warriors in late 2012 with a motive to volunteer and do his bit. Over the last five years, Avinash has been involved in Waste Warriors and its mission in different capacities in the fields ranging from Project Management, Training, Consultancy to Strategic Organizational Development. Today, under the guidance of Jodie Underhill, the founder of Waste Warriors and his mentor, Avinash is working on restructuring the organization which will have better systems in place for data driven decision making and impact assessment, bringing the organization one step closer to its dream – A Cleaner India. When he is not cleaning up a mountain trail or brainstorming with other team members, he can be found trekking up another mountain peak or cycling to the nearby city for his favorite snack.

 
 
Mona

Mona Lisa - Finance Manager

Mona Lisa was visiting Dehradun when she came to know about Waste Warriors. Being from a financial background she did not have much of an idea about waste management, but volunteered with us for a week and soon realized the importance of it. She now works as our Finance Manager, coordinating all of the accounting and financial requirements of our projects and the organization. Prior to Waste Warriors she worked for 3 years with Apaji Amin & Co. LLP, Ahmedabad, Gujarat during her CA internship and then went on to work in rural villages of Bihar, setting up bio-gas plants for farmers.

 
Vijayshwari

Vijayshwari Rawat - Admin Assistant

After working with Punjab National Bank for two years and the PAN card office for five years, Vijayshwari joined Waste Warriors in January 2017 as an Office Assistant. She feels very proud to be working with Waste Warriors, as it has enhanced her knowledge about waste management. We are happy to have her with us as she is very responsible and undertakes all her office duties very efficiently.

 
 
 

Dharamsala

 

 
Chirag Mahajan

Chirag Mahajan - Project Manager

Chirag grew up in Hyderabad, India, and went to the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, to do his Bachelor of Arts. He then spent three years in various positions at a Vancouver radio station, CiTR 101.9 FM, including News Director of News 101, Web Editor of Discorder Magazine, Technical Producer of Terry Project Podcast, Producer and Host of Discorder Radio, and Campus Coverage Coordinator. After exploring the radio world, Chirag completed a diploma in audio engineering, sound design and post-production from the Nimbus School of Recording Arts & Media, Vancouver. He then freelanced as an audio engineer and editor and as a graphic and web designer. In November 2016, he left North America to travel as a backpacker across India, where he saw this country and the issues it faced with garbage from a new perspective. Chirag found out about Waste Warriors and in June 2017 he joined us as a full-time volunteer, eventually becoming a staff member and then our Dharamsala project manager. Chirag spends his time on the project's data management, finances, communications, outreach, and volunteer/intern coordination.

 
 
Vicky

Vikas Kapoor - Project Assistant

Vicky, as he is known in our office, used to work at a shop at Bhagsu Waterfall and was volunteering with Waste Warriors with their clean-up drives. He officially joined the team as a Project Assistant in the year 2017 and since then has worked with a single aim, to keep the Galu area clean and devoid of litter and garbage. Vicky was born and brought up in the Dharamsala region and has seen how tourism has affected the ecology of the place. According to him, even locals are not very interested or even aware of the effects of irresponsible garbage disposal but this issue can be curbed through proper awareness programs.

 
 

MEET OUR DHARAMSALA GREEN WORKERS

 
 
 

Dehradun

 

 
Naveen

Naveen Sadana - Operations Manager

Naveen is in charge of our projects in Dehradun and is also responsible for managing our team of Green Workers (Waste Workers). He joined the team in October 2016. He is dynamic, vibrant and innovative in tackling all the complexities and new challenges. He is patient and calm which makes him the ideal person to interact with everyone, from staff to stakeholders to the local municipality. In his personal life he has a small happy family with two children and he enjoys spending time with them and bringing them close to nature.

 
 
Ankita

Ankita Kunwar - Education Assistant

After working in the corporate sector for four years, Ankita realized that a desk job was not what she wanted. She was keen to do something which gave her work satisfaction and allowed her to work for a good cause. She became an Education Assistant in March 2017. Ankita enjoys the role as she gets to meet lots of different people and experience new challenges every day. Her job is to go into schools to conduct educational presentations about waste management, do waste related activities with schools, assist schools with clean-up drives and help them to set up waste management systems within the school premises.

 
 
Aslam

Aslam Khan - Operations Assistant

Aslam is 22 years old and he joined Waste Warriors in September 2016. After working with Maxwell for five months he decided to look for a more challenging role and something that would enable him to get out in the field. Aslam’s energetic nature and good sense of humor always brightens the day-to-day office work. He is engaged in all kind of activities not just in the office but his specialties are data entry and surveys. Aslam is responsible for taking all of the data from the different project locations and inputting it into spreadsheets.

 
 

MEET OUR DEHRADUN GREEN WORKERS

 
 
 

Corbett

 

Minakshi

Minakshi Pandey - Program Manager

Fun-loving, warm, and friendly, Minakshi Pandey is from Uttarakhand, but spent her formative years in Shillong, in the northeast of India. After a long stint in the hospitality industry, she finally settled by the edge of Corbett Tiger Reserve, where she and her husband owned and managed Camp Forktail Creek, a small jungle camp, for over 12 years. Minakshi has been witness to the massive tourism boom in Corbett and the problems of improper waste management brought along with it. She is now spearheading the Waste Warriors chapter in Corbett.

 
 
Pawan

Pawan Kumar Khulbe - Operations Manager

Pawan joined us in December 2014 as a field assistant. He worked incredibly hard on field before quickly rising up to a managerial position, due to his strong desire to learn and willingness to take on responsibility. Originally from Dagkadakoti village in the Almora hills, he lives in Ramnagar. He looks after all operations of the Corbett Project.

 
 
 
 
Hari Shankar Dev

Hari Shankar Dev - Assistant Manager (Research & Outreach)

A skilled mountaineer from the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering in Uttarkashi, one of the Asia’s leading mountaineering institutes, Hari is from Ramnagar town. A well-known artist, he loves to travel, and has experiences in human-wildlife mitigation programs in and around the villages of Corbett Tiger Reserve, including livelihood-generation training programs. As an Assistant Manager, he is responsible for the Research and Outreach program along with awareness and training programs.

 
 
Priyanka Rawat

Priyanka Rawat - Supervisor (Awareness Raising, Education & Capacity Building)

A fun-loving personality with a positive attitude who loves to see the world, Priyanka joined the team from Dhikuli in July 2016 to help with data entry. She now supervises awareness activities in our locations. Just out of college, this is Priyanka’s first job and she says she has so much more to learn in life. She is great with the kids and has tons of stories to engross children during our programs.

 
 
 
Reeta Bisht

Reeta Bisht - Office Assistant

Before joining the Waste Warriors Corbett project, Reeta spent one year in the marketing sector and in data entry. She is a music lover, and loves to read stories and write poetry. This is her third job, and has experience in the data entry work and marketing. Her work is to help in organizing children’s day events with the team and day-to-day work documentation.

 
 
 
Raghu

Raghubir Singh - Assistant Manager (Training & Implementation)

As a student of social studies, Raghubir first got in touch with Minakshi (Honorary Program Manager for Corbett project) and he was the one who helped set up Waste Warriors Corbett project in 2013. He loves to do craft with paper, stone, wood and with waste material. Also he is a good poet and time to time he shares poems with the team. Before rejoining Waste Warriors, he was engaged with ATREE to setup a solid waste management in a pilgrimage site and work on how we can continue to worship without disturbing nature and wildlife. Raghubir recently join Corbett as an Assistant Manager (Training & Implementation), and is responsible for all the operations-related work such as restarting waste collection, collection of user fee, meetings, public awareness, clean-ups, and transformation. He is also good at murals!

 
 
Prem

Prem Singh Rawat - Supervisor Driver

Prem has great experience of driving in hilly terrain for the last 10 years. Prem is a well-known driver in the Corbett area, and before joining Waste Warriors he worked with us on an emergency basis on daily wages. Prem is a well-behaved personality who lives in Mohan village, 26kms from Ramnagar. He has a keen interest in fitness, and loves to travel and drive, and has now joined us as a supervisor driver.

 
 
 
 
Kiran

Kiran Devi - Office Assistant

Kiran worked in the past with Waste Warriors as an inventory store in-charge and she handled all kinds of inventory before leaving and organizing Cday with the team and did door-to-door waste collection and segregation. She is from Manila village, a temple-town in Uttarakhand, which literally means “enchanting”, and after marriage she moved to Mohan and started her career with Waste Warriors Corbett. She is good at managing things in the office, keeping things well, and with a smile on her face. At present, she is pursuing a post-graduation in Political Science from Kumaon University, Manila. She enjoys the work a lot and loves to listen to music. She has joined us as an office assistant.

 
 
 

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