About Us

Our Objective

The Bengaluru Sustainability Forum, BSF in short, is an inter-institutional collaborative initiative that aims to address issues relating to long-term sustainability of urban and peri-urban landscapes. Bengaluru Sustainability Forum focuses on  public goods and urban commons – including water, air and soil – amongst others.

The main objective of the Bengaluru Sustainability Forum  is to convene and disseminate knowledge on various aspects of sustainability in the urban landscape, with a focus on Bengaluru. The Forum aims to achieve this by encouraging conversation and collaboration across a broad range of stakeholders.

One of the approaches the Forum takes in facilitating exchange of knowledge is to host invitation based retreats on specific aspects of urban sustainability. These retreats are a platform to listen and learn about various perspectives and approaches from people of different educational and professional backgrounds on a defined topic in an informal setting. To know more about the retreats, please click here.

While BSF is not a ‘funding agency’, we offer a small grants program which provides seed support for local, innovative projects which can bridge the gap between research and on-ground action. To know more about the Small Grants program, please click here.

In recent years, BSF is also taking conversations on sustainability to the larger public through various mediums like a film festival, podcast, exhibitions, workshops etc. You can read more about these here.

Steering Committee Members

Jahnavi Phalkey

A filmmaker and historian of science and technology by training, Jahnavi Phalkey is the Founding Director of Science Gallery Bengaluru. Jahnavi has authored Atomic State: Big Science in Twentieth Century India and is director of the documentary film Cyclotron.



Jagdish Krishnaswamy

Jagdish Krishnaswamy has a B.Tech in Civil Engineering from IIT Powai, Mumbai and a Master’s degree in Statistics and Decision Sciences and PhD in Environmental science, both from Duke University, North Carolina, USA.
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Mahesh Sankaran

Mahesh Sankaran is an ecologist whose research interests lie in understanding the impacts of global climatic changes on the structure, functioning and stability of ecosystems.



L.S Shashidhara

Prof Shashidhara specializes in Genetics, Molecular Biology and Evolutionary biology.

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P. S. Narayan

P.S.Narayan is the Head  of Sustainability at Wipro Ltd and the Managing Trustee and Head of Wipro Foundation, the CSR arm of Wipro Ltd.

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Satyajit Mayor

Prof. Satyajit Mayor is an Indian biologist.  

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Seema Mundoli

Seema Mundoli is a faculty at Azim Premji University. Her research focuses on the role of nature in Indian cities in addressing the challenges of environmental sustainability and social justice.

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Tejal Kanitkar

Tejal is an Associate Professor in the School of Natural Sciences and Engineering at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru.

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S Vishwanath

Vishwanath is a Civil Engineer and an Urban Planner. He is a Trustee with the Biome Environmental Trust (www.biometrust.org).

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Uma Ramakrishnan

Uma Ramakrishnan is a professor at NCBS interested in molecular ecology and conservation genetics.

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Manasi Pingle

Manasi Pingle is a filmmaker by training.

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Vinita Suryanarayanan

Vinita is a development professional by training.

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Social Media and Communications

Mukund Krishna Kumar

Mukund Krishna Kumar is a communications professional with a background in development studies.

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Megha Kashyap

Megha Kashyap is a designer and illustrator by training.

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Content Contribution: Vrushal Pendharkar

Illustrations: Sunaina Coelho, Babakiki