Founder, Chairman and Trustee of the Hemendra Kothari Foundation and the Wildlife Conservation Trust, Kothari represents the fourth generation of a family of prominent stockbrokers. Former President of the Bombay Stock Exchange, Kothari founded DSP Financial Consultants Limited which later became DSP Merrill Lynch Ltd. He served as its Chairman till 2009 and is currently the Chairman of DSP BlackRock Investment Managers Pvt. Ltd. A board member of several industrial companies, Kothari is associated with the Confederation of Indian Industry. He is a Member of the Rajasthan State Board for Wildlife, a statutory board chaired by the Chief Minister of the state and is keenly involved in environmental, educational, health and cultural initiatives.
Founder-Editor of Sanctuary Asia, India’s first wildlife magazine, Bittu Sahgal has produced over 30 wildlife documentaries that have been aired on India’s national television network. His columns on environment and development feature in a number of English and regional language publications in India and overseas. He is involved with several global conservation campaigns and is an active member on a range of government and non-government organization boards and committees. His key involvements focus around campaigns to save tigers and to highlight the connection between human rights, biodiversity conservation, deforestation, ecosystem values and climate change.
Aditi Kothari is an Executive Vice President at DSP BlackRock and is actively involved with the Hemendra Kothari Foundation where she focusses on its education initiatives. She began her philanthropic work as a member of the Corporate Social Responsibility committee at DSP Merrill Lynch and continues to work for wildernesses and local communities. Aditi has a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School.