Our Team

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K. Ramnath Chandrasekhar, Co-Founder, Convener

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 Director
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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Anjali Bodempudi
Communications coordinator

Anjali believes that storytelling in all its forms is a catalyst to drive important conversations and has the potential to change the world. Having been part of SPI Edge, an accelerator based out of Chennai, she works under the Arts and Culture vertical. At YouCAN, she aspires to work towards connecting and spreading the word about the fellowship with aspirants across the state of Tamil Nadu. 

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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