Vimlendu Jha
Vimlendu Jha is one of the leading Environmentalists of India, recipient of several national as well as international awards and recognition.
Vimlendu founded Swechha in 2000 and has turned it into one of India’s most influential organisations on issues of environment and sustainability. In 2004, India’s leading news magazines, India Today and Outlook, acknowledged Vimlendu as one of the top 25 youth leaders of India. In the same year, he was profiled as one of the top 25 youth leaders of the world by the International Youth Foundation through the international publication ‘Our Time is Now’.
In 2007, Vimlendu was selected as one of 6 worldwide change makers by CNN International to be part of the Be the Change programme, which followed his work for over a year and was viewed by more than 100 million people worldwide. His ability to network with environment and youth organisations across the country, as well as his keen understanding of the issues facing our planet, makes him regularly sought after for advice and experience – his international experience spans over 2 decade and includes associations with UN Environment, UNDP, Civicus World Assembly, The British Council, IVLP (State Departmement of the USA), IGES Japan, GIZ (Germany), and also several Heads of State.
Vimlendu serves on the board of several national and international foundations. In 2011, he was invited to speak at the UN General Assembly on youth issues in the global south. He is also a MAC Member for Sustainable Lifestyle and Education under 10YFP Program of UN Environment. He is also the Member of Ridge Management Board of Government of NCT of Delhi.
Vimlendu writes for several national and international media publications, appears regularly on Prime Time television in India and abroad, commenting and advocating for key environment issues and events.
He is also a regular TedX Speaker.