Sudha Soni

Sudha has been engaged for more than 20 years in the development/environment/sustainability sectors and is currently the Chief Functionary of The Environment Collaborative. TEC believes in working collaboratively and networking with similar organizations to bring about social change and to create synergy among them to generate more impact in the chosen area of work. The organization focuses on forest certification, nature education, documentation of indigenous knowledge and on enabling environmentally sensitive conservation process that address key issues of water, land energy, climate change
and livelihoods.

She has spearheaded major international projects related to tourism especially DFID projects in collaboration with similar organizations. ‘Empowering coastal communities for effective tourism policy engagement’ was a project that addressed aggressive tourism along the coast of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

She applies the tools of System Thinking and visioning that she learned as a Fellow to her Food and Food Sovereignty movement as well as the various tourism projects executed in Kerala and Tamil Nadu on the southernmost tip of India. These were multi stakeholder process that viewed the project systemically and considered its impact to be at a holistic level. Furthering her journey in the development of a sustainable world through sustainable living, she is currently engaged in taking forward the concept of interconnectedness between deep ecology, Buddhism and applying the systems thinking approach to view environmental philosophy in a larger perspective and making it practical for all to practice, for a better world.

Updated March 2020.