In August 2010, EcoSikh hired its first staff members in Punjab and New York to work with Sikh leaders around the world to carry this first transnational Sikh environmental movement forward. What we submit here is a humble beginning, though we hope that a vision of global environmental action, grassroots empowerment, and solidarity across the Sikh community will continue to attract notable interest around the globe.
South Asia Program Manager
Ravneet Pal Singh
Ravneet Pal Singh graduated with a degree in Agricultural Engineering from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. He worked as a project manager for an irrigation firm for a number of years. His main task was to promote water conservation through sound irrigation designs, construction observations and water management practices. Ravneet grew up in Punjab, but and also spent several years in the U.K., giving him a keen understanding of issues facing the Sikh community in Punjab and the Diaspora.
Ravneet is a committed and practicing Sikh. His concern for environment is based on the view that awareness is nothing without action.
North America Program Manager
Bandana Kaur has a Master’s in Environmental Science from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a Bachelor’s in English and Human Rights from Barnard College, Columbia University. While at Yale, Bandana received a Tropical Resources Institute Fellowship and a Jubitz Family Foundation Fellowship to research women and agricultural biodiversity in Post-Green Revolution rural Punjab. Bandana has also worked on climate change, clean water, and forest conservation issues with organizations in the United States and in South Asia including the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, Women Action for Ecology, and Amnesty International.
In her spare time Bandana enjoys spending time with her family and friends, being outside, and writing; She strongly believes in the power of normal, everyday people in impacting social change.