Mr. Hemendra Kothari

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.

Mr. Bittu Sahgal

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.


Ms. Aditi Kothari

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.

Ms. Shuchi Kothari

Shuchi, a passionate wildlife enthusiast and an avid wildlife photographer has been visiting wildlife parks across India and Africa with her family since she was five years old. She is a director of Health & Glow Retailing Pvt. Ltd., a beauty retail chain with 119 stores across India, and Foodworld Supermarkets Pvt. Ltd., a grocery chain with 35 stores across Bengaluru. She represents Epic Foundation; a US based social organization supporting children and youth globally, in India. Shuchi is also a trustee of the Hemendra Kothari Foundation (HKF). She has a Bachelor of Science in Economics (BSE) from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, USA and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Harvard Business School in Boston, MA.