Rushikesh heads The Habitats Trust, and has over 20 years of experience in conservation of ecosystems and species. He has a post-graduation in environmental science, coupled with few professional courses from some of the top global universities. He has also been on several Government and Supreme Court committees for conservation.
He brings with him established expertise in sustainable ecosystems, species conservation, organisational stewardship, community development and awareness. He has extensive understanding of achieving ecological and social impact with expertise in strategy development, program design, program management, grants management, capacity development, coordination, evaluations, and collaborations for large complex projects and has led several major projects for sustainable habitats and endangered species. He conceptualised and developed an evidence based policy think tank called Conservation Behaviour, which is first of its kind in India. It combines conservation biology, ecology, economics, psychology, developmental science, and data analytics to provide policy actionables through discussion papers and advocacy.
Rushikesh has contributed to over 70 publications in scientific journals, book, magazines, newspapers, etc. and has also given numerous talks on National and International forums. He is also an advisor and mentor to National, International organisations and individuals. He is a mentor at the global WILD Coalition 2020.
In his last assignment, he was associated with Wildlife Conservation Trust in the capacity of a Senior Conservationist. He also brings with him professional experience with organisations like Bombay Natural History Society, Lavasa, Eco Value, and Aireff DeTox Incineration Ltd.
Rushikesh is born & brought up in Mumbai and is married to Ira Bajpai. He is a certified scuba diver, likes surfing and exploring marine environments, forests, and grasslands. He enjoys teaching in his spare time for which he was engaged as visiting faculty for the Master’s programme in Sustainable Development & Environmental Management at University of Mumbai. He loves art, music and theatre, and also enjoys sports.