Our Team

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K. Ramnath Chandrasekhar, Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer

Educator | Nature photographer | Filmmaker

Ramnath is a practitioner with fourteen years of experience conceptualising and implementing environmental education programs for schools and creating nature conservation stories from concept to completion through photography and filmmaking. Ramnath’s expertise is in community organising, oral storytelling, experiential learning facilitation, program management, nature photography, and documentary filmmaking. He was shortlisted for the Rolex Young Laureates Programme in 2010 and is a 2022 National Geographic Explorer.

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Rachita Sinha, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Educator | Learning Designer

Rachita is a practitioner with nine years of experience designing and administering educational courses in technology, environment, Indian music, and dance for multinational companies and non-profit organisations. She is a GP Birla Women Leader with the Ananta Aspen Centre. She has completed certificate courses from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, East-West Centre, and the National Geographic Society. Rachita’s expertise is in learning experience design, program design, youth facilitation, change management, and gender-inclusive leadership. 

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Ramakrishnan Muthulingam

Creative Associate

Ramakrishnan’s passion is telling stories. He transitioned from being a biomedical engineer to becoming a filmmaker. Since then, he has worked as an assistant director for feature films and pursued event photography. At YouCAN he captures the stories of our Earth Educators and Earth Authors through photo and video. 

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Ashvini Menon

Graphic Designer | Illustrator | Educator  

Ashvini Menon is a passionate visual experience designer who looks forward to pushing the boundaries of all what visual design can do. She has completed her post-graduation in Graphic Design from The National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad and post-graduate diploma in Environment and Sustainable Development from Indira Gandhi National Open University. She advises YouCAN on design and branding for communication, and helps us by creating illustrations and designs.

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Roshini Jacob
Communications consultant

Roshini is a communications and documentation consultant, who currently works in the non-profit sector. She is a former journalist, after which she transitioned to social work, documentation, and content strategy navigation. She has covered and led communication, research & documentation work in areas such as national political and election campaigns and surveys, community stability assessments around financial stability, livelihood, water & sanitation, education, and nature education.

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Sridhar Raja
Nature learning facilitator

Sridhar has worked as an assistant professor at the electronics and communications department in an Engineering college in Chennai. He hails from Pattabiram, a town on the city's outskirts, where he has facilitated programs for children to connect with nature. Sridhar is a YouCAN Fellow, and while pursuing the Earth Ambassadors Fellowship in 2019, he transitioned to nature and environmental education. Since then, he has worked with 13 schools, facilitating DIY environmental education projects. He has successfully completed online education courses with the National Geographic Society and is a certified Nat Geo Educator. Sridhar is currently a full-time nature-learning facilitator at YouCAN.

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Paarnika Rajesh Kumar
Earth Intern

Paarnika is a high-school graduate, exploring her interests in filmmaking, natural history, and storytelling, during her gap year. She has an eye for technicalities, loves nature, and finds peace in its simple sways and sounds. She has begun to work with YouCAN in various areas of the Earth Educators Fellowship, ranging from writing stories to program management, and community organizing to filmmaking.

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Sagarikka Giridharan
Earth Intern

Sagarikka is a high schooler at HLC International, Chennai, who is passionate about the environment and conservation. She has actively participated in beach clean-ups, lake bund conservation, and afforestation. She is a go-getter, a skill that has driven her to facilitate and establish a solid waste management system in her apartment. Through her summer internship at YouCAN, she plays a pivotal role in community organizing, program management, and communications.

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Ripple

Joy Enabler 

Ripple is an integral part of the YouCAN Family. She inspires us in many ways every day. She makes us realise the importance of curiosity, unconditional giving, and situational awareness, also the need for play, rest, and rigour in our lives. 

Our Partners and Collaborators

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Lorven Education Society

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Wildlife Association of Rajapalayam

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Changelooms, by Pravah

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The Science and Adventure Club, Trichy

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HLC, The Social Incubator