The Founder


“Understand me. I’m not like an ordinary world. I have my madness, I live in another dimension and I do not have time for things that have no soul.”

– Charles Bukowski


Mulshi Aug 2008 (34)

Conscious Living Coach • Conservation Biologist • Spiritual Ecologist

FOUNDING & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Protecterra Ecological Foundation (PEF), Pune, India

  • Dedicated to creating a global society that respects nature, practices sustainability and comes together in solidarity to protect Terra.

The Farm, Pune, India

  • A physical space for leadership, compassion, conscious living and sustainability with the core vision of love, awareness and learning.

FOUNDING PARTNER & PROPRIETOR (December 2012 – May 2015)

…Journeys: Explore the Road Less Taken, Pune, India

VISITING FACULTY PROFESSOR, MENTOR, PANELIST & COACH

  • 2018 – PVP College of Architecture: Dissolving Boundaries One Earth (PGLA)
  • 2016 – 2018: SCMC – Global Environmental Challenges (Undergraduate)
  • 2017 – 2018: Asia Pacific Youth Conference Panelist
  • 2014 – 2019: Symbiosis College of Commerce – Dissolve your Boundaries, Cutting Edge Communication & Value Education (Undergraduate)
  • 2016 – 2018: Global Citizen Year – Student Mentor and Panelist
  • 2010 – 2017: MIT-ISBJ – Environmental Journalism (Undergraduate & PG Diploma)
  • 2016 – 2017: Seed InfoTech – Life Skills
  • 2016 – 2017: KRIXI Solutions and Ideas – Life Skills and Untraining
  • 2013: Alliance for Global Education – Environmental Perspectives in India
  • 2011– 2014: Vidyanchal High School – Environmental Sciences (Grades 5 to 9)
  • 2012: Banyan Tree International School – Environmental Sciences (Grades 1 to 6)
  • 2011: University of Pune – Environmental Sciences (MSc)

March 2011 – April 2011: Student Placement by invitation (sponsored)

Shamwari Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa:

  • Prey and Predator Management, Monitoring, Census and Capture
  • Tracking using Telemetry
  • Handling a 12 gauge shot gun and .22 Rifle
  • Assisting Wildlife Department and Shamwari Animal Hospital
  • Community Service at Children’s Orphanage
  • Awareness Building at Local School & Sanbona Game Reserve, Western Cape
  • Assisting at Born Free Big Cat Rescue Centre

March 2008 – July 2009: CONSERVATION OFFICER

Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI), Delhi, India:

  • Head of Wildlife Conservation Awareness Programme
  • Coordinating Database Publication
  • Report Writing, Handling Website Visitors, Media Interaction
  • Assisting Executive Director Belinda Wright

September 2004 – August 2005: JUNIOR RESEARCHER

Sanctuary-Asia Wildlife Magazine India and Maharashtra State Forest Department

  • Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai, India:
  • Researched leopard human conflict
  • Compiled detailed report on all aspects of the National Park
  • Assisting in fundraising, event management, conservation education
  • Assisting for Kids for Tigers Outreach programmes

June 2003 – July 2003: ASSISTANT TEACHER

Langdon High School on University of East London Higher Education Programme, London, UK:

  • Teaching biology, assisting students in laboratory work
  • Encouraging students to pursue higher education

VOLUNTARY WORK

Pune Snake Park (Animal orphanage & rescue centre run by Indian Herpetological Society):

  • Handling snakes, other reptiles, mammals and birds
  • Feeding, cleaning and animal rescue
  • Conducting talks, workshops and interacting with visitors

Elephant Family, Trunks meet Trunks Event, London, UK:

  • Educating & raising awareness about the conservation of the Asian Elephant
  • Assisting in event management and fundraising

QUALIFICATIONS and CERTIFICATIONS

  • MSc Conservation, University College London, UK (2006 – 2008)
  • BSc (Honours) Animal Biology and Conservation with Sandwich Placement, University of East London, UK (2002 – 2006)
  • Award of Appreciation: One Step Foundation Pune (2018)
  • Certification: National Federations Neuro Linguistic Programming (2015 – 2016)
  • Award Nominee: British Alumni Awards: Social Impact (2015)
  • Certification: Telepathic Animal Communication (2015)
  • Certification: Executive Leadership for Young Adults (2014)
  • Certification: South Africa Travel Expert ‘Fundie’ (2014)
  • Certification: Level II Reiki (2011 – 2012)
  • Certification: Level 1 Basketball Coach, England Basketball (2004

SKILLS

  • Microsoft Windows, MS Office, Adobe Programmes, Corel Draw
  • Basic use of ArcGIS software; GPS knowledge; Google Earth
  • Extensive internet, database and research skills
  • Fluent in English, Hindi and Marathi; Basic French, Parsi Gujarati and Greek

INDEPENDENT WORK, STUDY AND RESEARCH

  • 2015 – 2018 Resource Person for Forest Department Soft Skills Training & Capacity building
  • 2015 – Ghost Writer for individual personal blogs
  • 2011 – 2018 Visiting Member and Associate Scholar for several organisations and colleges across India
  • 2008 – 2018 Vice President of the PCMC Shuttlers’ Badminton Association
  • 2008 – 2009 Assistant to UK PhD student on a socio-economic study of Kela Devi National Park, Rajasthan, India
  • 2001 – 2003 Independently designed and executed study on behaviour of selected tigers and gathered ecological/behavioural data in relation to tigers at the Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India
  • 1998 – 2008 Coached basketball in the UK and India

PERSONAL INTERESTS

  • Meditation, Spirituality, Meta Physics and Esoterics
  • Sustainable, Holistic & Conscious Living Concepts
  • Offbeat Travelling
  • Represented Maharashtra for Rugby, Basketball, Skating & Athletics, District for Badminton

PERSONAL INFORMATION

  • D.o.B: 14 March 1984
  • Blood Group: A+
  • Full Driving License for light motor vehicles, 4WD and motorcycles
  • 3 Criminal Record Bureau checks cleared in UK (required for working with children)
  • Basic first aid
  • Vipassana and Yoga student & Osho Ashram Pune member

Pooja is undoubtedly one of the most wild and free souls you will meet, she is real and walks her talk. Hear her story at The Farm Speaks.