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SAM ECO is an event designed to highlight the environment. It brings together a group of speakers who have done their bit for the environment. It also brings together a diverse audience like students, green entrepreneurs, corporate executives and professionals.
SAM ECO is presented in association with Kurinji Eco Valley, a company created to empower environmental activities on green lifestyle practices through education and tourism.
Disclaimer : Speakers, performances and demos may change or be dropped at the last minute due to unforeseen eventualities.
M. B. Nirmal is the founder and chairman of Exnora International which is a civic movement in Chennai, which deals with environmental issues. In addition to his involvement in Exnora, Nirmal is also involved in consumer advocacy, afforestation programmes, and rehabilitation of convicts among others.
He served last as the Chief Public Relationship Officer of Indian Overseas Bank before he took volunteer retirement. He is globally known Motivator, Innovator, Trainer, Change-Maker, Mind Programmer, Humorist, Orator, Writer, Environmentalist, Social Reformer, Social-Activist & Social Worker. He has authored twelve books in Tamil and six books in English written for individual and societal development. He has been writing in leading magazines and periodicals regularly. He has received many awards and recognition for his remarkable inspiring innovations for the society and the environment.
As an innovator he has conceptualized Waste Management for the first time. The revolutionary concepts and innovations are: Solid Waste Management, Liquid Waste Management and Fish Cart Magic. Some of his other innovations for the society and the environment are Sky Farming, Vertical Farming, Vertical Composting, Perennial Landfill, Psych Cycling, Cycling Cling, NONE Cycling. Synergy Composting, Thennai Chennai (on growing Coconut trees), “Teach Reach” (An easy to start inexpensive tuition center for slum children), “Helmet or Hell mate” (Novel campaign on the importance of wearing Helmet)
Vin-T’age is a Blues, Jazz and Contemporary Indian music band hailing from Chennai. Innovative ideas imbibed in their music, accompany an array of outlandish instruments bonding them in a unique way.
While Vin-T’age grew not more than a year old, it staged its first performance at Misrimal Navaneeth Munoth Jain College.The hallmark of Vin-T’age was to place among the top 5 bands of Chennai in “ICC cricket for peace” presented by Moneygram.
Having set the ball rolling for about a year now, Vin-T’age is intended to spread its musical essence throughout the nation. We have been playing corporate shows and organizing fund raising events too. While the work schedule has grown hectic, we are here to make room for entertainment and relaxation of mind in individuals cutting across any criterion boundaries
Dr.R.Bhanumathy is the Managing Trustee; Pavai Center for puppetry, chennai. She is also a consultant, Environmental Education. Her areas of expertise are as follows: communication skill training through the art of puppetry for teachers and NGOs, Environmental education (EE) and training for school and college teachers, students, NGO field staffs, planning and preparation of training modules, resource materials for EE, documentation and monitoring of Eco- development projects in and around protected areas and wildlife sanctuaries, conducting nature orientation camps and field trips.
Dr.Bhanumathy has two years of formal teaching experience and about 30 years of non-formal teaching experience during which she has interacted with rural and urban school children, school teachers, college teachers, NGO field staff imparting Environment Education concepts, issues as well as training programmes. She has worked as senior project officer, World Wide Fund for Nature-India, chennai for 15 years and was involved in education projects and conservative projects. She has developed and compiled lot of resource materials and written articles for various publications.
She has received many awards and recognition for her contribution in the field of environmental education through the art of puppetry.
Kiruba Shankar is an entrepreneur, social media consultant, speaker, author, teacher, podcaster and a farmer. He is the CEO of BusinessBlogging, a social media consultant firm. He also heads Vaksana Farms, a farming venture and Verdure Books, a publishing house. He has authored 4 books and is working on the next. He has written articles in leading business newspapers and magazines. He runs various projects catering to my diverse interests such as Kiruba TV, Kiruba FM, Cerebrate, Sponge etc. He is passionate about comics, antiques, vinyl records, business cards, running, cycling, rowing, traveling and blogging.
Mr. Snehal Trivedi, Graphic Designer since 1992, now designing open spaces/farms and sustainable project. He is the Co-Founder of KofiBar – Eat Local, Act Global and Heal The Soil CSA – One Seed At A Time, One House AT A Time.
He lived in UK for couple of years working as a health assistant to elderly citizens.
For last six years he is living in a village near Auroville, Pondicherry. Started first of its kind cafe/restaurant KofiBar which serves fresh and home cooked food and refuses to sell any bottled or precooked packaged or frozen food, such ethics inspired us to start serving more locally grown and organic ingredients which ultimately lead us to start the project ‘Heal The Soil CSA’ through which we promote and train village families to have their own kitchen garden growing fresh veggies, fruits and even medicinal plants.
We use Permaculture methods as our guiding framework and we also conduct weekend workshops as well as a 3 week intense course every year.
M.Amirthalingam, M.Sc. M.Phil. in Botany from Madras Christian College. He has specialised in Conservation biodiversity, Environmental History and Ecological Traditions of India. He has published 4 books, over 25 research articles over 30 review articles published in various Journals, Magazines and Proceedings. He has presented Over 15 papers in the National and International Seminars. Undertaken Research projects from the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. From 1993 he is working as a Research Officer in C.P.R Environmental Education centre.
I was born to a family that always had used homeopathy. My maternal grandfather was a lay homeopath and from birth I had been treated almost exclusively with homeopathy with the exceptions of some vaccinations. Even these were stopped when my mother understood the implications of vaccinations on health.
I had seen many effective cures with homeopathy. This inspired me to take more interest in this gentle method of treatment. I knew that I would like to become a doctor as a means to helping reduce the suffering in the world. The option of using harsh chemical medications which I would worry about taking myself was not an option. This is why I chose to go to a Homeopathic Medical College instead of the regular medical college.
For me, the aversion to chemicals also extended to chemicals in food and in the environment. I would always chose healthy wholesome food over readymade and eating out. Even as a child, soft drinks represented a bottle of water with chemicals and I would never drink them. Foods laced with pesticides tasted different to me, so whenever possible I would choose the organically grown foods. This was not such an issue in my childhood as it has unfortunately become today.
Padmanaban Duraisamy, has done his masters in agriculture. He has about 22 years of rich international expertise in the domain of agriculture and large scale farming. He runs his own nursery in the name of Ficus garden in chennai. www.terracegardenchennai.com . He is an authorised consultant of ICRISAT-ABI(Agribusiness Incubation) as a mentor for agro projects.
Quintessentially a Creative individual, who derives major euphoria from the birthing of new ideas, with keen aptitude for learning and experimentation. With over 30 years experience in Sales & Marketing, I have launched, ideated and sold renowned products such as Wrangler, Stencil, Kama Sutra, Lemac apart from a variety of international IT products. I’ve merited several achievements and awards in my career.
Subsequent to the IT Boom, I have added over 10 years on-hands experience in the areas of Visual Design, Web Design and Deployment. I currently head Quicksilver VoHo as the CEO & Chief WebMason. My work profile includes Marketing, conceptualization, development & delivery of creative content for the varied fields of Information, Communication and Entertainment through the mediums of Multimedia & Web Designing and creating Themed Merchandise for corporate and institutions Providing Marketing and Sales Consultancy for selective business affiliates Dabbling a bit in Event Management
Currently I’m associated with Concept 4E – a company that’s creating waves in Ecology and Environmental upkeep – for marketing of patented LED illumination technology. I enjoy the rapport of the Top Management of several Corporate and have cultivated excellent business contacts in India and abroad. My strengths include leadership, team management, excellent communication skills, creative outlook and total dedication to my work. I am quite techno savvy and very alive to the happenings on the Web.
Prof. Abdul Jaleel, Assistant professor, department of Biotechnology, The New College. He is associated with Science City, Department of higher education, Government of Tamilnadu to create awareness about composting and vermicomposting through the program “Wealth from Wastes”. He is also associated with Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India to develop rural women entrepreneurship project that includes vermicomposting. He is involved with farmers, self-help groups, school children en and educational institutions to create awareness about waste management.