Hemant Nav Kumar, Founder/President
Hemant, also known as Nav amongst close circles in his life has been a living inspiration to many. Brought up in Dehradun, in early childhood he grew deep love with nature. While his working tenure in the field of management and training, he identified the deterioration of life and nature in Uttarakhand. He decided to go back and rework to retain the quality of life and environment in his native state. He called it ‘U turn’. Since then U turn has been expanding and effectively working in the areas of education, employment, empowerment and environment. Presently, while keenly involved in meeting the goals of U Turn Foundation, Nav also shows much interest in revival of Himalayan music, restoration of art and promotion of healthy living.
Jaya L Kumar, Co-founder/Vice-President
With an extensive experience of more than a decade in PR & Marketing while working with Jet Airways, Jaya is driven deeply by her concerns for the upliftment of life in the mountain regions. While being currently a Teacher by profession, she effectively handles the job of Vice-President of UTF. She is also a founding member of U Turn and has been a driving force behind the evolution of UTF over the years. Other roles that she cherishes are being a mother of two and being a housewife. She takes keen interest in girl child education and environmental issues. Her hobbies include cooking, traveling, music and sports.
Abhishek Bourai, Secretary/Agrotech
Abhishek is entrepreneurial by nature. He started his first business venture at the young age of thirteen when he was building custom softwares for local businesses in Dehradun. His love for technology grew over the years during which he founded India’s first peer to peer hybrid crypto currency exchange and he named it cxihub.com. Being involved in crypto currency since its initial stage, he realised the importance of blockchain & decentralisation in a emerging industry. He wants to utilise his rich expertise & experience for the socio-economic benefits of his state Uttarakhand. He is working with a vision to take the hemp industry in Uttarakhand to entire new futuristic paradigm of tomorrow’s global business world.
Adv.Prabhat Barthwal, Treasurer/Legal Head
Prabhat has more than 15 years of experience as a Lawyer and currently an advocate at District BAR Association, Dehradun and Nainital High Court, Uttarakhand. He has been part of U Turn Foundation from the very beginning and has played an important role in the growth of U Turn Foundation. He firmly believes that there is an urgent need for creation of well researched and progressive state policies in the field of bio-diversity, preservation of rivers, consolidation of agricultural sector to name a few. He loves gardening and likes to spend his spare time learning about organic farming.
Saurabh Verma, Agro-farming/Networking
Saurabh is an ex-thomasian, keenly involved in the upliftment of less privileged and weaker sections of society. He has made a valuable contribution in programs designed for empowerment of children residing in slum areas of Dehradun. He is part of the core team designated to the mission of Organic Uttarakhand. He is actively working as a social worker for more than a decade and his experience is giving a boost to the livelihood enhancement projects of UTF. He believes that job creation in interior rural Uttarakhand would be right step to prevent migration from villages.
Vineet Mishra, Project Management/Research
Vineet is an MBA in HR & Finance and has more than a decade of experience in pharmaceutical sector. Vineet started as a volunteer with UTF and today he is leading the project & research team of UTF. His inclusion in Executive Committee has been a value addition to the Core team. While focussing on the current UTF’s landmarks, he uses his spare time in his first passion: Wine making. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Wine technology and currently working on creating a wine of Malta fruit and Burans flower (Rhododendron arboreum).
Chander Mohan Bijalwan, Founder Green Force
Chander is part of UTF since its inception and has played an instrumental role in creation of UTF’s youth volunteer group ‘Green Force’. After completing his graduation in Master of Social Work from Amity University, Chander has been dedicatedly involved in UTF’s mission. His internships include Bachpan Bachao Andolan under Noble peace Prize Winner Shri Kailash Satyarthi. Chander originates from beautiful Chakrata region in Uttarakhand. His upbringing, strong values and belief system lead him to be integrally involved in efforts towards building a self reliant, self sustainable lives for the people of Uttarakhand. He spends his spare time growing organic vegetables and tree plantation.
Ranjana Rawat, Team Organic Uttarakhand
Ranjana is a Bachelor of Pharmacy from H.N.B Gadhwal University with 1st Division. After graduation she started working for a reputed Pharma company. Though her Pharma job was fulfilling but her heart was in her village where farming had taken a back seat due to deteriorating farming conditions and falling yields. During one of visits to her village, she decided to take a u turn back to Bhiri to start her non profit venture ‘Gadh-Maati Sangathan’ with an aim to stop migrating people from villages and to develop the villages by improving the conditions of farmers & farming. Till date 600 villagers have got employment due to her efforts.