Mrs. Maneka Gandhi – Chairperson, People For Animals
Mrs.Gandhi is a renowned activist who works on behalf of animals, poor people and the environment. Mrs. Gandhi is a born politician—she is the widow of Sanjay Gandhi, the son of Indira Gandhi (former Prime Minister of India). She served as Minister of the Environment from 1989 to 1991 and returned to Parliament in 1998 as the Minister of Welfare and was appointed as chairwoman of the Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals (CPCSEA). Under her direction, unannounced inspections of laboratories where animals are used for scientific research were conducted, and abominable conditions and cruelty were documented and exposed.
Mrs Ambika Shukla – Board of Trustees
Mrs. Shukla is an advertising professional and newspaper columnist. She has a Bachelors degree in Commercial Art and a Masters in Communications - specialising in advertising copywriting
Mr. Manu Parekh – Board of Trustees
Mr Parekh is an artist of repute. He is the member of the Society of Contemporary Artists, Calcutta, General Council of the Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi and Garhi Working Committee, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi.
His works are in the collections of the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bombay, Punjab University Museum, Chandigarh, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Calcutta and in many private collections in India and abroad.
He is the recipient of the President of India’s Silver Plaque, the AIFACS Award, the Birla Academy Award, the Lalit Kala Academy National Award and others. He was honored with ’Padma Shree’ by the Government of India in 1991.
As an art designer and consultant for Indian handicrafts he traveled to France, Italy, Belgium, Holland and Germany in 1976, and lead an exhibition of Indian handicrafts to Mongolia in 1980. In 1982 he attended an artists' workshop with seven German artists in Braunsweig, toured Italy, and visited London as a participant in the exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art, Festival of India. He was the Commissioner for the Exhibition of Madhubani Painting in Italy and Denmark. He visited Stockholm as the Commissioner for the exhibition of Contemporary Indian Painting, Festival of India, in 1987.
Mr. M.C Mehta – Board of Trustees
Mr. Mehta is is one of the worlds most well-known and effective environmental lawyers. He is an attorney in the Supreme Court of India, one of the founders of the Indian Council for Enviro-Legal Action (ICELA), and director of the M.C. Mehta Environmental Foundation in New Delhi. His landmark environmental cases in the Supreme Court of India have resulted in the protection of India’s natural and cultural treasures – including the Ganges River and the Taj Mahal – from the adverse effects of pollution. In addition, M.C. played a key role in persuading India’s Supreme Court to rule that Article 21 of the Indian Constitution, which guarantees each citizen the “right to life,” necessarily includes the “right to a healthy environment.” The implications of this ruling are far-reaching: Each Indian citizen now has the right to seek enforcement of India’s environmental laws by filing a writ petition to the Supreme Court of India, or a State High Court. M.C. Mehta was awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize in 1996. He has collaborated with the E-LAW network since 1991.
In 2000, M.C. Mehta achieved a long-held dream to build an international facility for teaching public interest environmental advocacy. The M.C. Mehta Environmental Foundation’s facility is located in Medawala, India, at the edge of the Shevalik mountains. The foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) working throughout India for the protection of the environment and citizens’ rights. It provides a forum for citizens, NGOs and activists working for sustainable development and social change, and also provides opportunities for research, training and education on environmental and social issues for young lawyers and scientists. M.C. Mehta is using the foundation and its new facility to pass on his invaluable experience protecting the environment through law to a new generation of grassroots advocates around the world.
Mr. Raj Punjwani – Board of Trustees
Mr. Panjwani is an Indian advocate who has won a number of important and ground-breaking cases for animals in Indian courts.
Mr. Pritish Nandy – Board of Trustees
Mr Nandy is a Padma Shri award winning poet, designer, painter and photographer. He was editor of The Illustrated Weekly of India. After editing The Observer of Business and Politics and The Sunday Observer, he turned his attention to television. His Pritish Nandy Communications now produces several television programmes for the national television network. He is currently a member of the Rajya Sabha as a Shiv Sena representative.