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Tree Foundation - Trust for Environment Education, Conservation and Community Development, including TSunami Rehabilitation


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DR. SUPRAJA DHARINI - Founder Trustee-Chairperson








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• 2008 Global Fellow-Sea Turtle Biology & Conservation Policy - Duke Marine Lab , North Carolina , USA PhD in Philosophy (Aesthetics), Master of Arts. Bachelor of Commerce.

•  Artist and Managing Partner of Kalakruti-Treasure Trove for Classical Design & Art

1 Renovation and restoration of stain glass

2 Execute paintings, mixed media , terracotta and stone Murals for corporate, churches and independent buildings.

•  Founder Trustee-Chairperson, TREE Foundation In charge of Environment Education, Sea Turtle and Cetacean Conservation Programs and Artisanal Fishers outreach program

•  BEACON ( Bay of Bengal Ecologists and Conservationist Network) A network for sustainable coexistence of the region's man and megafauna

•  No- 63, First Avenue , Vettuvankeni, Chennai –600 041, India .

Telephone: +91-44-24492242; Mobile Ph: +91 94440- 52242


•  The Whitley Associate Award for 2009-2010 for the extension of community based sea turtle conservation and marine mammal study in Kancheepuram District, India

•  Member of Dr. Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots INTERNATIONAL NETWORK and Coordinator for TREE Roots & Shoots , India network A friend of Madras Crocodile Bank Trust Active member of the Blue Cross

•  1. Turtle Conservation by Local Communities in Madras , “ Kachhapa – A News Letter for the Indian Ocean on Sea Turtle Conservation and Management”, Issue No. 8, March 2003, India .

2. Interaction between Turtle Protection Force and trawl owners and workers at Kasimedu fishing harbour, Chennai, “ Indian Ocean Turtle Newsletter ”, No. 5, January 2007,

3. Juvenile green and hawksbill turtles in the waters of Nainarkuppam, Chennai “ Indian Ocean Turtle Newsletter ”, No. 5, January 2007

4. Creating awareness about sea turtles at Pulicat- Pazaverkadu (North Chennai), “ Indian Ocean Turtle Newsletter ”, No. 5, January 2007

5. Importance of Temperature in Ex-situ Hatchery Management in Chennai, “ Indian Ocean Turtle Newsletter ”, No. 6, July 2007, India

•  Research and Field Work guidance on sea turtle conservation for Master Degree students in Wild Life Biology

1). ISTS 2007, Myrtle Beach , USA , 2). ISTS 2008, Loreto, BCS, Mexico , 3). The Jane Goodall Global Youth Summit – presented a workshop, Colorado Springs , Orlando USA , 2008, 4). ISTS 2009, Brisbane , Australia – Oral paper presentation and poster presented

•  ‘AMBASSADORS OF THE OCEAN' Documentary on the Olive Ridley and TREE Foundation's methods of Conservation to spread the awareness to all the fishing villages along the Tamil Nadu coast.

1. ‘FLIPPER FEST' 07' -- Documentary on the two-day marine bio diversity awareness mela organized at Loyola College , Chennai (Joint Production of TREE Foundation and ICC Committee)

2. ‘INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEANUP DAY 2007' -- Documentary on the Coastal Cleanup Day organized along the beaches of Chennai on September 16 th 2007. (Joint Production of TREE Foundation and ICC Day Committee)













































  • Trained youth from five fishing villages in Chennai to perform the sea turtle community conservation program successfully and duplicated program in 14 fishing villages in Nellore and 25 more villages from Muttukadu- Alambara, a stretch of 86 k.m. 2009-2010.
  • Guided volunteers to start Tree Roots & Shoots Groups
  • Conducted awareness programs for more than 22,450 students in the last 5 years on environment and sea turtle conservation.
  • Conducted public sea turtle walks
  • Organized U.N. Peace day celebrations for the last 6 yrs
  • Acted as consultant to local zoos to upgrade outreach programs and living conditions of zoo animals.
  • Organized international coastal cleanup day for the last 3 years involving more than 8,000 volunteers.
  • Organized flipper fest 07 and 08- ‘A Marine Biodiversity Conservation And Low Carbon Initiative Awareness Program' for 5000 school and college students and the general public ( ongoing program every September first week)
  • Was selected for the Jane Goodall global youth summit 2008 to present a workshop on wildlife conservation and community development.
  • Selected as Global Fellow 2008 of Nicholas School Of Environment Duke Marine Laboratory, course on Sea Turtle Biology And Conservation Biology And Policy- July 2008
  • Studied dolphin training and sea turtle satellite tagging at Mote Marine Lab-Sarasota, USA June -August 2009

















the Environment Education programs and Sea Turtle Conservation programs personally.



Dr. Pradeep Kumar (45 Yrs) holds an MBBS degree and runs a hospital in Nellore for the poor, specialized in care for children and the aged. He is the Managing Trustee, TROOPS (TRUST FOR REHABILITATION OF ORPHANS AND OLD PERSONS).


Ms. R. Chitra (22 Yrs) holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communication. She specializes in Wildlife Photography & Cinematography. She is specializing in Digital Film Making. She is a volunteer for Green Peace, State level Dancer, National level Korff ball Player and a State level motorbike racer.


S Vimal Raj (23 Yrs) holds an engineering degree in Electical and Electronics and is presently working as a software programmer in Chennai.He is deeply interested in nature protection and wild life conservation. He has 7 years experience in handling and rescuing venomous and non-venomous snakes. He has volunteered and worked for Mr Anees-Karnataka Reptile Conservation Trust in rescuing venemous snakes, in Bangalore during his stay there. He has also given valuable ideas in maintaing the bio diversity of the Osudu lake in Pondecherry. He has volunteerd for the Forest Departmnt of Pondicherry for 3 years in rescuing reptiles and injured birds and helped in their release in the wild.


J.Sumitha (65 Yrs) holds a Bacholors degree in Home Science. She is deeply interested in Community Development and takes care of co-ordinating programs.

Trust Advisory Committee Panel - Honorary

R. BHANUMATHI - Retired Founder Trustee

An Environmental educationist by profession, Ms. R. Bhanumathi (47 Yrs), is a post graduate in science. She also holds a degree in Education and in addition, has completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Environmental Education from Scotland, U.K. She has at present submitted her Ph.D on traditional puppetry of South India.

She has 20 years' experience in ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION. She worked with WORLD WIDE FUND FOR NATURE INDIA, for 15 years and is an Environment consultant. This experience has given her in-depth knowledge in environment conservation and sustainable living. As part of her work, she has created awareness about nature & related themes through contemporary puppetry.


Dr. Prabhakara Rao (46 Yrs) , is a Doctorate in Philosophy and a visiting scholar for the Catholic University of America, Washington DC. He has lectured at the Department of Philosophy, Madras University and was a Senior Fellow of the Indian Council for Philosophical Research, freelance counselor, extensively traveled India and counseled in USA and Canada. Volunteers for TREE Admistration and Youth workshops .

Dr. Ravindra Gettu

Dr. Ravindra Gettu (42 Yrs) is a Professor of Civil Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (Chennai). His teaching and research activities are mainly in the area of construction materials and technologies. He obtained a B.E. (Honours) degree, in Civil Engineering, from the University of Madras in 1984. Later he studied for an M.S. degree in Civil Engineering at Marquette University (Milwaukee, USA) from 1984 to 1986, and for a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering at Northwestern University (Evanston, USA) from 1986 to 1990.

From 1990 to 2004, he worked in Barcelona, Spain, as a researcher and Director of the Structural Technology Laboratory of the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya. His expertise is in the area of building materials, behaviour of concrete, failure of construction materials, high-performance concrete and sustainability. Passionate about environment, wildlife and conservation, he has been a strong support in organising funds for Tsunami rehabilitation works and will be overseeing the community housing and building projects.

Vanki Penchalaiah

Vanki Penchalaiah (45 Yrs) has studied M.A, (Sociology), M.L, P.G.Dip in IR. Promoter and developer of large housing and resort projects, he is the Chairman of Sri Prasanna College of Law, KURNOOL and Audisankara College of Engg & Technology, GUDUR, NELLORE. He is keen on education reaching the downtrodden and the masses.

Dr. M. Nageshwara Rao

Dr. M. Nageshwara Rao (52 Yrs) holds an MBBS degree and working as a assitant Professor in Dept of Neuro Surgery Guntur Medical College and visiting Neuro Surgeon in Narayana Medical College & Hospital, Nellore. He is passionate about human lives and their well being.

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