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Nilgiris Field Learning Center

A Project of the Keystone Foundation & Cornell University

Keystone Team

RoyPratim-1glh05tPratim Roy is Founder and Director of Keystone Foundation. He was instrumental in setting up the Keystone Foundation with a vision of clarity and focus on eco-development initiatives. He is responsible for organizational matters, donor relationships, and planning programs and projects which are in line with the vision and mission of the organization. Roy works relentlessly with the district administration on Environmental Governance. His knowledge of bees and their contributions to biodiversity in the mountains is of immense value to the organization. He has also developed projects to save wetlands in the Nilgiris. He is a Hubert Humphrey Fellow and spent his fellowship year at Cornell University (2011-12). Email:

Anita-2c2bnw0Anita Varghese is the Deputy Director of Research at the Keystone Foundation. She recently completed her Ph.D. in ethnobotany at the University of Hawaii. Anita has worked with forest dependant indigenous communities of the Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve for the past 20 years. Her interest is in community-based ecological monitoring. Her insights on field ecology coupled with knowledge and sensitivity of indigenous people’s practices, lifestyle,s and approaches places her in a unique position to explore field ecology knowledge and life systems. She is also a main role player in the birth and running of the Nilgiri Natural History Society. Email:


Somnath-Sen-150x150-16jraovSomnath Sen is an independent advisor and consultant with more than 23 years of research and consulting experience in strategic management, institutional reform and governance, urban and rural decentralization of government, and the political economy of public systems. He is trained in public economics, management and consumer marketing research. He is closely associated with Keystone’s work and also serves as a Trustee at the Foundation. Email:



Sara-1og2cmdSarasasmeeta “Sara” Pathy works as an program coordinator in Administration. Her work involves planning, where she maps out the path from where the organization is to where it wants to be and involves establishing goals and arranging them in a logical order. Her work also involves organizing, which implies identifying responsibilities to be performed and she provides an effective system to the rest of the staff. Email:


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