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What is Engage @WRI India

Connecting ideas to action is part of WRI’s global mission. At WRI India, we take this idea forward and host our annual convening ‘Connect Karo’. The use of the verb ‘karo’ underlines our commitment to act on the ideas that are inclusive and sustainable. Launching at this years’ Connect Karo is a talk series ‘Engage – Connecting Big Ideas to Action’ where inspiring individuals will come forward and share their insights, future ideas and achievements that takes our mission to create a sustainable and liveable planet forward.

We are glad to invite speakers who have acted on their ideas and are joining us to share their story. The themes for this year are Community building, inclusion, and people for sustainability. Join us on March 28, 2019 for an evening of connecting big ideas to action!


Deepa Malik

Deepa Malik is the first Indian woman to win a medal in Paralympic Games. She won a Silver medal at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in the shot put. She has also won a gold in F-53/54 Javelin event at the para athletic grand Prix held in Dubai in 2018.

She is unstoppable and inspiring. She is differently-abled and gifted. She is currently the world number one in the F-53 category. She has won accolades for her participation in various adventure sports. She has undertaken an 8-day, 1700-km drive in sub-zero temperatures which included a climb to 18000 feet.


Vijay Dhasmana

Vijay is an ecologist and is credited to reviving an urban forest in Gurugram called Aravali Bio Diversity Park. In 2010, a group of concerned and passionate citizens called 'iamgurgaon', took up the initiative of ecological restoration of the Aravali Biodiversity Park, Gurgaon. They hired ecological restoration practitioner Vijay Dhasmana to restore the damaged landscape in 2011. Thereafter, the Vision was revised to bring back the original Aravali forest vegetation of the region. Seedlings of about 200 native plant species were raised from seeds collected from remnant natural forests and vegetated areas. Invasive alien species were carefully removed, and native plants of the Aravalli Range were planted. A large part of seedlings planted were watered through drip irrigation. The Park also maintains a variety of habitats including grasslands and a seasonal pond near an old quarry site.


Vinita Singh

Vinita is the Managing Trustee at We the People; a citizens network, a part time Development Consultant and a full time active citizen. She is a deep believer in democracy and the humanist values embedded in our Constitution. Her main focus, over the last 20 years, has been to build people's capacities to uphold rights and practice responsibilities within our democratic and constitutional framework. Through We the People, she is working passionately towards getting citizens more active, informed and engaged in civic issues and thereby reclaiming their role and power. Vinita has an education in management from the SP Jain Institute in Mumbai and in social policy from the London School of Economics.