Tech Team Members

Sudha Padmanabha - Senior CDM Specialist

Sudha Padmanabha

Sudha has a doctorate in Botany from Bangalore University. She worked as a Research Associate for 11 years at Centre for Ecological Sciences (CES), Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, in Forest Management, Forestry Mitigation Studies, Biomass Studies, GHG Inventory of Land Use Change and Forestry Sector.

From 2005 to 2009, she headed the CDM activities of a French Renewable Energy Company and was involved in writing PDDs, Validation, Registration, Monitoring and Verification of Biomass and Hydro Projects for the company in India and Brazil.

For the past 20 years, long before the Fair Climate Network was formed, Sudha worked closely with ADATS to develop pro-poor projects that tapped carbon resources for the sustainable development of the poor.


Pradeep Esteves - NGO Dynamics

Pradeep Esteves

After working for 20 years at ADATS, Bagepalli, Pradeep started consulting other NGOs in India and abroad on Organisational Development, Finance and CBOs. He has offered long term process accompaniment to many grassroots organisations.

Pradeep is one of the founding members of the Fair Climate Network and, for the past 10 years, has contributed heavily to handholding and facilitating FCN Members take the plunge to develop pro-poor CDM projects. With an expansion of workload, he decided to join the Tech Team full time and take responsibility for the NGO dynamics aspects of CDM development.



Vivy Jacob Thomas - Finance Manager

Vivy Jacob Thomas

Vivy has worked in the development sector for the past 36 years. He started this career in 1982 with ADATS, Bagepalli, where he worked for 23 years. His last held position was as Finance Director.

Since then, worked with Context India, in their Hybrid Auto rickshaw Project to improve the social conditions of the auto drivers while at the same time to improve the environmental aspects. He was also involved in developing a tool for measuring Social Return on investment (SROI).


Tashina Esteves - LCF Specialist

Tashina Esteves

Tashina has a Masters in Climate Science and Policy from TERI University, New Delhi, and is currently pursuing a part time LL.M. in Climate Change Law and Policy from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. She has worked for 3 years with Prof. N.H. Ravindranath at the Center for Sustainable Technologies, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Her work focused on quantification of environmental services and benefits generated from natural resource conservation efforts, assessment of risks and vulnerability of social and ecological systems to current climate variability and future climate change, as well as, implications of rural development projects for adaptation and mitigation to climate change, in India. She has always had a keen interest on the influences of climate change on natural resource management and agricultural systems. As such, she believes she can not only contribute towards the LCF efforts, but also gain vast amounts of learning experience working with farmers across India to climate proof their farming practices.



Drishya Nair - LCF Specialist

Drishya Nair

Drishya obtained her Bachelor's degree in Botany Honors from the University of Delhi and thereafter she did her Masters in Climate Science and Policy from TERI University, New Delhi. She has internship experiences at The Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and Freie University, Berlin as an exchange student with DAAD Scholarship. She worked at The Energy and Resources Institute as a Project Consultant on various projects related to climate change adaptation.

Her areas of interest include Ecosystem dynamics and climate change, REDD-plus, Climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation. She considers the FCN-LCF as a platform to gain practical knowledge and experience in the area of climate change and agriculture.


Nayan Madappa - Projects Manager

Nayan Madappa

Nayan Madappa has a Masters in Biotechnology and is currently pursuing a PhD in the same field. He has 2 years of experience working in the corporate sector as an employee at EmPower Research, a Genpact organisation, and as a part time lecturer at St. Joseph's College of Art and Science, Bangalore. After having close ties with the FCN over the past few years, he feels that he can contribute to the overall objectives of the network, working with rural families all over India, to improve their standard of living through the implementation of pro-poor CDM projects.