Guest Speakers

February 28th, 2017. We had several wonderful speakers join us today to talk about a variety of topics related to the work on our Population Project. See the individual videos below or check out the playlist here.

Gender Justice and Youth Organizing

Esther Moraes, The YP Foundation.


Connection: Education, Waste, Caste and Reading

Mridula Koshy, Community Organizer, librarian and novelist.



Health Care, Education, Service

Dr Who’s: (Gaya Turowicz and Dr. Pratiksha Somaia)


Rupee Saran, Each One Teach One



Air Quality, Transportation and the Environment

Anu Soman, Centre for Science and the Environment



Economic Issues and Initiatives

John Blomquist, The World Bank



Urban Poverty and Sustainable Transformation in Low-income Neighborhoods.

Shiv Kumar,  Ishita Rampal, and Ayesha Seymour, ASHA.


February 25th, 2016.  We had 6 wonderful speakers join us to talk about a variety of topics related to the work on our Population Project.

Shannon Cowlin-Air Pollution

Peter Ter-Weeme- Water/Urbanization

Freddy Martin-Poverty

Ishani Butalia-Gender Issues

David Hausner- HIV/AIDS

Poorvi Dolly Joshi-Child Labor/Trafficking


Use this post from Mr. Currey to cite your speakers!


We had three wonderful guest speakers join us on Thursday, January 28.

Mridula Koshy is a writer and community organizer. She was born in Delhi and moved to the US when she was 14. After college, she worked in the US for years as a labor and community organizer. Since returning to India in in 2005, she has published three books of fiction. During that time, she helped start the Deepalaya Community Library Project. You can learn more about the project by looking at their Facebook page.

Last year, she  went to work for the library full time as a librarian and community organizer.

Polash Mukerjee studied development economics at IIT Madras. He now works in the Clean Air and Sustainable mobility team at the Centre for Science and Environment, one of the leading environmental and policy advocacy and education organization.

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Caroline den Dulk is the communications director for UNICEF. She has been in Delhi for five years working on providing better lives for the children of India.

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Thursday, Feb. 26 – Expert Speaker Day!

Peter Ter-Weeme from Junxion Strategy works with NGOs and other non-profits on developing long-term strategic plans on a variety of issues in India. He spoke on issues related to water pollution, sanitation, water availability, and urban development.

AES Water and Urbanization Presentation

Poo2Loo is a campaign to help improve hygiene and sanitation.


Priyanka Chandola, an air pollution specialist with Center for Science and Environment (CSE) who has worked for many years on their ‘right to clean air’ campaign spoke on issues related to air pollution in India.

Check out the slideshow:


Ishani Butalia, a research associate with Zubaan, an imprint of India’s first feminist publishing house works with Zubaan’s Sexual Violence and Impunity (SVI) project which studies both the history and current prevalence of sexual violence in South Asia. She spoke about local movements for gender equality that don’t get attention from the national media.You can download her slide show here: AES slide 26.02.15


Ms. Raisa and Ms. Swati work for Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA), an organization that works for the protection of children, ensuring their quality education. They spoke on child labor and human trafficking.


Toby Linden, an education specialist with the World Bank spoke on education.


David Hausner works with HIV and AIDS related issues in India. He discussed the epidemiology, policy, and practice around this disease in India.


A Representative from ASHAan organization that works with the urban poor to bring about long-term and sustainable transformation to their quality of life spoke about holistic community-based healthcare, empowerment, financial inclusion, education and environmental improvements by training, resourcing and encouraging slum communities to receive and enjoy their basic human rights.


Avigail Turgeman, a pediatrician who has taken a special interest in dengue research during her time in Delhi spoke on diseases such as TB, dengue, and malaria in India. See her presentation here: PoP. She also recommended this book, The Secret Daughter.



Friday, Jan. 16

Aditya Batra, Programme Director – Research and Advocacy, Center for Science and the Environment: Air Pollution

Follow this link to see the speakers and presentations from 2014!
You can also dig into the presentations and information from 2013 by clicking here.

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