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Nisha Thota

Managing Trustee & General Secretary Youth ExNoRa International

Nisha Thota, 32, is a Physiotherapist by profession, has a vision to see Tamil Nadu, her home state, to be in the forefront of tackling environmental issues and also be considered as the Clean & Green City of India.

Born in Chennai, she lives in the UK. Her commitment to the cause is demonstrated by the various programs and events that she had conducted and well appreciated by various well known individuals of TamilNadu extending their help and co-operation. She believes that the Youth is the future of the country and that the youth need to be engaged in various social activities.

With a view to encourage youth to vote during the Tamil Nadu state elections in 2011, she started a “Clean & Fair” election campaign with the caption “Change starts here” and gained appreciation of Chief Election Commissioner Thiru. Praveen Kumar. A similar campaign is initiated for 2014 Lok Sabha Elections.

In June, 2011, she started her first Solid Waste Management project in partnership with Vodafone India quickly followed by project on Sky Farming with CTS for 2 of their offices. Community level Solid Waste Management at Kilakkarai utilising simple and cost effective techniques is the first of her successful pilot programs now moving into the full implementation. Source segregation of waste was initiated by her at Boat Club, Chennai in co-operation with Chennai Corporation.

Power consumption, alternative sources of energy and traffic management are other areas of her interest and were part of the 2012 and 2013 lights out campaign. In the beginning of 2012, Nisha attempted to clean the Adyar Creek which has tonnes of plastic waste dumped by the locals. Numerous beach cleaning activities in coordination with corporates such as HCL, IBM and Vodafone have been successfully conducted by her. She has conducted numerous programs with schools to encourage and imbibe source segregation concepts.


Awarded Green Hero, Youth Achiever and Seva Ratna Awards. Led French and European delegation in addressing Solid Waste Management with site visits. Presented Gap analysis on the Solid Waste Management to Chennai Corporation and currently working on Bin Free Chennai. Organised International Youth Conference on climate change.

Spear headed “Agni Stree”, a unique program to highlight the spite of the rural female population and the hardships being faced due to the menace of alcoholism. Received Honourable Governor of Tamil Nadu’s appreciation related to the part being played to bring about the change in Tamil Nadu and empowering youth. Organised State Physiotherapy Conference.

Implemented Solid Waste Management for Kilakkarai Welfare and Kilakkarai GO Homes. Implemented Vodafone ReSolve within MRC Nagar, Sky Farming at Cognizant, and Power of One with HCL Technologies. Part of Deccan Chronicle’s “Green Chronicle” team in addressing social issues. Attended meeting with Al Gore, 45th US Vice President, at World Society of Cardio Thoracic Surgeons to discuss the role of Physiotherapy in Cardio Thoracic surgeries and in arresting global warming.

Organising a program to plant 10,000 trees at ELCOT SEZ in association with HCL. Submitted a proposal to the Tourism Department to clean Marina Beach with mechanical rakes.

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