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Meet our team

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has”.

CHAMPOK BURAGOHAIN 

DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS

Champok holds a master’s degree in Energy Efficiency from UPES, Dehradun and started his career as a researcher in research and action oriented projects in the field of energy efficiency, renewable energy and climate change in IRADe, New Delhi. With the development of international carbon market, Champok worked as a consultant for project execution and development under CDM and other voluntary schemes like VCS and GS and worked in reputed organizations like Asia Carbon, FICCI and GIZ.

 As a lead auditor, technical expert and technical reviewer Champok worked in a reputed certification body for 10 years and completed either validation or verification of more than 200 projects in various schemes like CDM, GS and VCS across India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Thailand, VietNam, Indonesia, Azerbaijan, Malaysia and Mongolia. Being a qualified lead auditor for ISO 9001: 2008, ISO 14001:2004, ISO 50001:2011 and FSC: CoC, Champok has performed audits for these management systems as well. In Ecolance, Champok serves as Executive Director and also handles projects as Team Lead, Technical Expert and Technical Reviewer.

REKHA MENON 

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Rekha Menon is a motivated individual with strong and diverse knowledge in Climate Change and Sustainability. Rekha has over 16 years of validation/verification experience put together with consultancy experience in the field of Energy, Waste Management, Manufacturing Industries, Transportation and Forestry projects including REDD.

She has carried out validation/verification activities of more than 300 projects in various emission reduction standards across South East Asia, Africa and Latin America. She is known for developing customer loyality and delivering high quality services. She was responsible for managing the climate change and sustainability business of  India and South East Asia region  for a reputed certification body. Along with the GHG audits, she has actively contributed in developing schemes like FSC-CoC and Sustainability assurance. She holds an M.Tech in Environmental Management and M.Sc. in Environmental Science. 

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HIMOLIN BASUMATARY

GHG AUDITOR

Himolin Basumatary holds an M.Sc. in Environment Management and Ph.D. in Environmental Science. He has research experience of over 8 years in the field of Natural Resource Conservation and Management, Landscape ecology, Forestry, Fluvial Geomorphology, Climate change, and Land-Use-Land-cover (LULC). 

He worked as a Post-doctoral (Senior Project Associate) researcher in a project funded by the Department of Science and Technology, India – National Mission for Sustaining Himalayan Ecosystems (DST-NMSHE). As an academic researcher, he has published several research articles in various journals of repute. He has also experience in handling various statistical and Remote Sensing/GIS software including Rstudio, SPSS, ArcGIS, QGIS, Erdas Imagine, FRAGSTAS, and Google Earth Pro. As a GHG Auditor and Technical Expert (Forestry), he has been actively involved in carrying out validation/verification activities of VCS and Social Carbon projects across South-East Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

SNEHA DESAI

ADMINISTRATION OFFICER

Sneha is a commerce graduate with more than 15 years of experience in HR management, customer Service operations and Cross-functional Team Management. A Dynamic and motivated professional with a proven record of generating and building relationships, managing technical and business consulting projects from concept to completion

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BISWAJIT LAHON

GHG AUDITOR

Biswajit Lahon holds a B.Tech Degree in Energy Engineering in NEHU, Shillong. Biswajit has done his B.Tech final project in Energy Auditing. He is a motivated individual with a strong work ethic and good critical thinking, organization and multitasking abilities combined with dedicated, forward thinking and creative nature. Comprehensive knowledge of current research and trends in the field of renewable energy and sustainable development.

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CHILUVER MURARI

GHG AUDITOR

Murari has done his post-graduation in Forestry and Natural Resources from Central University of Uttarakhand. He did his research on Soil physio-chemical properties (SOC) of different forests of Garhwal Himalaya. He is expertise in the fields of Forestry, Agroforestry, Carbon Stock and GHG accounting.

PREM KUMAR POKHREL

 LEAD AUDITOR

Mr. Pokhrel is pursuing his Doctoral Degree in Energy and Environment Policy from Korea University, South Korea. He holds master’s degree in Energy Systems and Management from University of Flensburg, Germany.

He did his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and Diploma in Civil Engineering from TU, Nepal. He has more than 18 years of experience out of which 12 years of experience specifically in the field of climate and carbon financing in renewable energy (off-grid/on-grid: Solar, Mini/Micro hydro projects, Biogas, Waste management, Biomass) with key expertise in renewable energy planning, technical design, energy financing and green growth. He has hands on experience in preparing national level government policies and strategy documents basically in formulation of Low Carbon Economic Development Strategy, Nationally Determined Contribution, GHG inventory for National Communication, District Climate and Energy Plans in Nepal.

He has also led the accreditation of a government agency in Nepal as Direct Access Entity to Green Climate Fund. He has also involved in developing project concepts and proposals for NAMA facility, Green Climate Fund and project document to develop project under article 6.2 of the Paris Agreement. He has been closely involved in developing, implementing and managing carbon projects (CDM, GS and VERRA). He has been involved in capacity building on climate change, renewable energy and carbon financing.

MONOJ CHANDRA

 GHG AUDITOR  

Mr. Manoj holds Master’s degree in Forestry and Natural Resources from HNBGU (A Central University), Uttarakhand. His Master’s specialization is in Agro-forestry and he did his research on “Productivity of NTFP based tree species”.  He did his Bachelor’s Degree in Forestry from Telangana University. He has comprehensive knowledge of current research in the fields of forestry and agro-forestry. In EcoLance, Manoj serves as GHG Auditor and handles project mainly in forestry/ Agriculture sector.

GUILHERME BERWERTH STUCCHI

 GHG AUDITOR /TECHNICAL EXPERT  

  Mr. Guilherme Berwerth Stucchi  holds  Master’s  degree in Forest Science  Program & Forest Resources with Silviculture and Forest Management from the University of São Paulo – Superior School of Agriculture “Luiz de Queiroz”.  He has more than 15 years of experience in the field of Forest conservation, management , silviculture activities including forest carbon inventory. He has over 12 years of Auditing experience in the field of VCS REDD projects and Forest certification audits.

He is a qualified lead assessor in Environmental Management Systems, FS-COC and forest management certification. He is also a qualified auditor from Rainforest alliance standard for natural forest management (business and community management). He has been actively involved in validation/verification of forest carbon projects (REDD) and verification of legality since 2005. Participated in more than 80 forestry, chain of custody audits. He is also involved in providing advisory activities for forest companies in the Amazon on the issues related to forest management and suitability for FSC certification, also very much familiar with issues surrounding drivers of deforestation, and forest legislation and governance.

TARUS GEORGE KIPKORIR

 GHG AUDITOR /TECHNICAL EXPERT  

  Mr. Tarus George Kipkorir holds a bachelor’s degree in Forestry from Moi University, Kenya, M.Sc. (Climate Change) and M.Sc. Natural Resource Management (Forestry) from University of Nairobi and Egerton University, respectively. He is currently pursuing his PhD focusing on soil effluxes from Mangrove Ecosystem. Tarus is currently the Senior Conservator of Forests-Climate Change Unit, at the Kenya Forests Service where he provides expert technical support in the implementation of climate change strategies and interventions aimed at sustainable management of forestry resources in Kenya.

Tarus is an experienced Forestry and Climate Change professional with over ten solid years of technical practice. He is a key expert, and project lead in numerous consortia conceptualizing and developing Forests, livelihoods, and Climate Change programmes. He is highly motivated, adaptable and dependable. This persona has over the years provided him an opportunity to serve in various leadership positions including the Forest Society Forest of Kenya as chairman of science and Technology Committee; and most recently Member, Technical advisory committee of Plan Vivo Foundation, among others.

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JURI CHETIA

 GHG AUDITOR /TECHNICAL EXPERT  

Juri has submitted her Ph.D thesis on the study area of “Estimation and reduction of GHGs emissions from agroecosystems by using bio-waste and bioenergy-byproducts”. She completed her master’s degree in Environmental Science from Tezpur University, India. She completed her graduation degree in Botany.

In her research carrier she was a part ofbiomass poly generation project, Pamoja Cleantech AB, Stockholm, Sweden which was incollaboration with dept of Energy, Tezpur University. She performed Erasmus+ training on& quot; Strengthening education, research and innovation for climate smart crop in India. She also holds knowledge on soil fertilizer management and nutrient dynamics.

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