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Anssi Mikola

Founder CEO RiverRecycle ,Finland

Innovator and serial entrepreneur with a passion for finding a better solution. Specialist in redesigning health care processes and customer experience. A real talent for identifying opportunities and solutions from big data. A multi lingual in English, Finnish, French, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, when Anssi set out to clear plastic waste out of rivers ... ended up creating a plant based handicraft industry as a side product.

Anssi has created a unique business model ”River cleaning as a free service” to offer problem owners – national and local governments – a sustainable river cleaning service without the need for constant funding.

Anssi's proprietary patented technology effectively cleans the rivers from plastic pollution. The collected waste is turned into marketable products through sorting and recycling. Besides cleaning the environment, the company provides hosting communities with waste collection and sorting stations.

Less than two years from the founding of the company, Anssi is active in more than 10 countries, with five projects in the implementation phase in Asia and Africa. Our financially sustainable business model paired with highly skilled representatives offers a new and reliable opportunity for companies to invest in valuable ESG projects providing clearly measurable outcomes.

Papiya Mazumdar

Papiya Mazumdar

Lecturer in Global Health ,United Kingdom

A human geographer and demographer by training, Papiya has over fifteen years of post-doctoral experience in population health research in South Asian contexts. She has worked in multiple higher education and research institutes based in India between 2005 and 2017, contributing as faculty in population health for several post-graduate programmes in demography, sustainable development and public health. Besides her role as an academic, Papiya has worked in proximity with policy makers and other stakeholders across multiple states in India through multiple research and advocacy assignments.

Prior to resuming her current position with the University of Leeds in February 2022, as a post-doctoral Research Fellow she had been part of the Mental Health and Addiction Research Group (MHARG) based at the University of York (September 2018 – January 2022), working on an international mental health research programme funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), UK . This granted her a unique opportunity for collaboration with clinical psychiatrists and psychologists, pertaining to designing behavioural and combined pharmacological interventions targeted at patients seeking care for common mental health disorders (CMD) and severe mental illnesses (SMI) from specialized government mental health care facilities in three major South Asian countries. And sequentially moving into feasibility-testing of those designed inventions through setting up of randomized controlled trial studies. Though a steep learning curve matching to her background training, the project had been a rewarding experiential learning for Papiya.

Building on her academic and research backgrounds in geography and population health further, with years of primary research experience focusing at the fragile ecosystems of coastal Bay of Bengal region in India and Bangladesh, and the recent experiential learning in physical-mental comorbidity research- Papiya is currently studying risks and impacts of climate change adversities for population physical and mental health outcomes. She is keen to strengthen research – policy ties for possible mitigation of climate change risks and impacts on population health with a primary pivot maintained on the vulnerable coastal geographies in South Asia, and subsequent knowledge transfer to other low and middle-income country contexts looming with similar challenges.

Based at the University of Leeds, Papiya is a core member of the newly initiated Climate Change and Global Health Advisory group coordinated by the Priestley International Centre for Climate Change, and also is a part of the Interdisciplinary Mental Health Research Network.

Lachlan Butcher

Lachlan Butcher

International Development Consultant Australia

Highly experienced in leading successful multi-stakeholder government and non-government projects in diverse and complex settings, working on Ebola Virus Disease in Sierra Leone, and improving access to quality clinical education, training, and health services across the Asia-Pacific; with key skills in program management, partnerships, grant management, compliance, reporting, and monitoring & evaluation.

Dr. Sunanda Nayak

Associate Professor Department of Pathology, VIMSAR, Burla, Odisha, India

Dr. Nayak has over 18 years of work experience in academics and medical research and has published several publications in peer reviewed journals, and is actively involved in research projects in collaboration with Indian Council of Medical Research. She is also the Nodal Officer & Head of the research committee of the MRU (Multidisciplinary Research unit), VIMSAR, Burla.

As the organizing Secretary of the Medical College, has organized numerous medical conferences and CMEs. Dr. Nayak has inspected numerous Govt. and Private Medical colleges for M.D. & DMLT courses and as such is the Course Coordinator of DMLT/DMRT students of VIMSAR, Burla for last 10 years and is the Executive Member and resource person of Medical Educational Teaching Unit(METU) of VIMSAR, Burla. Dr. Nayak is the Ex- Secretary of Indian Medical Association (IMA), Burla Branch, and has received prestigious Presidential appreciation award during her tenure

Dr. Srabani Das

Bhubaneswar, India

Dr. Srabani Das is a development professional with specialization on Gender Mainstreaming, Research Advocacy, Monitoring and Evaluation for 26 years. She is presently posted as Gender Equity Consultant with the State Government of Odisha. She has been associated with Asian Development Bank as a Social and Gender Development Expert. A guest faculty at Kerala Institute of Local Administrations (KILA) for RBI - College of Agricultural Banking (CAB), State Institute for Urban Development (SIUD), Mysore, she has also provided technical support to senior Government officials on Integrated Gender Responsive District Plans in the states of Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Rajasthan as part of UN agencies’ projects. She is a technical expert to the Odisha Judicial Academy, State Police Academy, and many government line departments in Odisha on subjects of Gender Sensitization in Law Enforcement.

Puneet Srivastava

WASH Specialist, India

Founder of, Puneet is a qualified civil engineer, human resource management and environmental expert. He has more than 21 years of working experience with many national and international organizations in India and abroad. His key expertise is in areas of conceptualizing, designing and leading projects including action research projects related to rural and urban WASH. Training, Policy analysis, sector studies and technical support are his other areas of expertise.

Dilip Rabha

International Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist Bangkok, Thailand

A chemical engineering graduate from Assam Engineering College, Guwahati and a post graduate in Economic Development from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA Dilip has immense knowledge in M&E tools & systems and Knowledge Management aspects of projects implemented across six countries (Sri Lanka, Maldives, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia) in the Asia Pacific Region and has regional level expertise in consolidating information against the Results Framework.

Dr. Sikata Nanda

Associate Professor SCB Medical College, Cuttack,Odisha,India

Dr. Sikata Nanda has worked in community medicine and family medicine for over 20 years now. She has specially worked in Donghria Kondh tribe. Has worked in AFH CLINCIS. Dr. Nanda has more than 22 publications in national and international medical journals and has guided many PG students as guide in the Medical College. Dr. Nanda is also an author of a book in Ergonomics and has done advanced ACME course in medical education and has specially focused on medical education and research. Presently working as Associate Prof of Community Medicine with over 20 years of teaching experience.


Rtd. Additional Director Department of Health Govt. of Odisha,India

Dr. P.K.B Patnaik a public health specialist for over 35 years has worked as State Leprosy Officer, State Program Officer for RNTCP, Malaria, Filaria, Blindness Control Program, Tobacco Control Program, Cancer and Trauma Care. He has worked as State Nodal Officer for all NCD programmes for 8 years before being promoted to Public Health Officer and Food Safety has been been an inseparable component of his domain as PHO. Dr. Patnaik has worked with Niti Ayog as an expert to draft the document on NCD and PPP. He was also a member in WHO's Expert Committee for Leprosy Elimination. He is recipient of Prestigious International " Damien Dutton Award" for his contribution in the field of Leprosy.

Dr E. Venkata Rao

Bhubaneswar, India

Dr E. Venkata Rao, currently working as Professor in the Department of Community Medicine, Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital, Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan, Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Dr. Rao is the Principal Investigator for the Indigenously developed Corona Vaccine by ICMR and Bharat Biotech, Covaxin Phase I & III.

Graduated from MKCG Medical College, Berhampur in the year 1991 and acquired post graduate qualification in the year 2003 from SCB Medical College, Cuttack. Has worked in India and abroad (Rep. of Maldives) in various capacities in routine health care in the departments of General Medicine, Paediatrics, Emergency Medicine and Cardio-vascular surgery before pursuing Post Graduation.

Started his professional career in public health as programme associate in disease surveillance for Orissa Multi Disease Surveillance System, under UNDP / WHO, Bhubaneswar.

Worked for ICMR (Regional Medical Research Centre, Bhubaneswar) as Senior Research Officer, Epidemiology. Has also served as Vice - Principal, Academics at Narayana Medical College, Nellore, A.P. (May 2007 to May 2011) Worked with several counterpart UN agencies in the field of HIV/AIDS, IUCD, Post Disaster Disease Surveillance, Gender, Adolescence, Tobacco etc. Has got over 60 research publications in both International and National Journals apart from authoring chapters in six books.

Satyajit Patel

Bhubaneswar ,India

Designated Officer of Food Safety, Govt. of Odisha, India has over 26 years of experience working on ensuring Food Safety regulations. Mr. Patel has led the Food Safety in the 2017-Asian Athletic meet at Bhubaneswar, 2019-World Cup Hockey and the globally famous Car Festival (Rath Yatra) at Puri. He has also been Monitoring Food Safety and Standard Act and Rules since 2012

Besides monitoring IDD control programme, COTPA -2003 and different new initiatives of FSSAI, Govt. of India i.e. Hygiene Rating, FoSTaC, Eat right Challenges, Eat right campus, Clean street food hub, eat right station, Bhog etc.

Lara Das

Michigan, USA

Lara Das designs and delivers innovative, effective, agile, and employee-centric talent solutions to attract, coach, motivate, develop and retain top human resource talent. She designs, implements and manages employee compensation, benefits, and recognition programs to establish competitive total rewards packages for the workforce. She applies performance management, talent development and leadership coaching strategies that are geared towards caring for and engaging the workforce to deliver on organizational ends. She is passionate about total wellness programs that support the financial, physical and personal well-being of employees. Other areas of oversight include employment law and policy, training, and human resource information systems. Working with internal and external partners, she ensures regulatory compliance, organizational risk management, and long-term sustainability of hybrid talent practices, programs and policies.

Ms. Das holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with an emphasis in human resources from Xavier Institute of Management in India. She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) through the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI), and as a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Ms. Das serves as a Senior Officer in Talent and Human Resources at the W. K. Kellogg Foundation in Michigan, USA