Our mission is to cross-fertilise ideas from the ‘creative industry’ with strategies from the ‘development sector’ so as to cut across domain boundaries and co-create multi-disciplinary tools that enable climate action and sustainability.
Tackling the massive environment crises of our time require collective action. At Vertiver, we seek to catalyze positive environment and social outcome by empowering varied stakeholders with creative tools of engagement and action.
I began my career in New York City amid the glamour of fashion and din of relentless advertising, however, realizing how damaging these were to our natural ecosystems and biodiversity, I made an about turn, switched to sustainability in the mid 2000s and eventually moved back to India to start Vertiver, to enable sustainability led projects across ecology, society and culture. I feel privileged to be working alongside a group of very talented and committed artists, designers, scientists, researchers and writers, who have consciously chosen to bury their heads in tackling some of the most overwhelming challenges of our era!
Medha Anand Kamble
I’m an earthling who loves craft, on the journey towards the amalgamation of design and sustainability. I’m taking small steps, as I believe they go a long way.
Dr. Aakriti Wanchoo
As a plant biologist I have always been fascinated by ecological diversity and how it shapes our lives, from ensuring food security to fighting climate change. At Vertiver I get to interact and work with diverse groups, from farmers to policy makers, to help them engage with tools and solutions that enable sustainability.
Understanding the intricacies of human life, our natural environment, and their correlation, I aspire to connect people back to their roots in sustainability through design.
As a communication designer, I am working to paint the world by blending the primary colours of sustainability: environment, economy and society one stroke at a time.
“Sustainability is not just the future but the only future!” As a communication designer at Vertiver, I work on designing and developing tools that help communities understand why it is important to take action.
As a social designer I work at the intersection of Art, research and design. I love working with communities to co-create sustainable and affordable solutions for a better future.
I’m a social worker and a communications strategist working on research and advocacy. Sustainability and humanity are interlinked. It would not be possible without these being aligned.
Tanya Jaswal (Fondly known as composting enthusiast)
“Sustainability is a spectrum, and I live on the extreme end”. Who said being the change would be easy? As a Social designer and Field Coordinator I work with communities and other groups to translate talk into real action.
I’m a soil scientist and researcher who manages sustainability research at Vertiver. I am passionate about applying scientific rigour to enable sustainability driven projects so we can help farmers, forestry communities and many others take the right decisions.
As a Research Associate focusing on environmental action and social justice, I am passionate about developing unique strategic approaches on sustainability issues in a manner that positively impact people and the planet.
As someone trained in dramatics and film, I like to connect the dots and create multi-platform mediums that can reach people to generate awareness. I’m a writer and a poet. I like to imagine stories and frames. My aim is to discover the vast potential of human imagination and ability.
I am an environment enthusiast who grew up in the Himalayas and to me, living sustainably begins with taking one intentional action everyday : Buy Less, Choose Better. I am excited to work as Research Associate at Vertiver.
I work to support Vertiver’s many projects across administrative and coordination functions. I am a learner in sustainability and am excited about starting on this journey.
I would like to thank Vertiver for helping the District Administration in commemorating the International Day of Forests and Earth Day in Majuli. The constant support provided by you and your team and the designs inspired by traditional folk art of Assam has been outstanding. They have been used for the outdoor campaign to celebrate International Day of Forests on 21st March, 2017. Vertiver’s contribution helped in successfully marking these two days of international significance in the district. We look forward to collaborating with you in the future.
Sri. Pallav Gopal Jha, IAS
Deputy Commissioner, Majuli, Assam
I take this opportunity to thank Vertiver creative agency for the designs and the film created for state’s campaign on International Day of Forests, 2017 launched by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Assam. We appreciate the designs that were inspired by the traditional folk art of Assam. The state’s flora and fauna along with the typography helped engage state-wide audience in Assam. We look forward to further collaboration.
A.K. Johari. IFS Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Biodiversity and Climate Change)
Member Secretary, Assam Biodiversity Board
Vertiver’s commitment to sustainability and to conservation work has been evident in both the design of the logo and in the research and design of the interpretation boards created for the Corbett Eco Falls. With your help we have been able to highlights features of the wildlife in this reserve in a creative and visually engaging form. We are happy to inform you that the logo you helped us develop for Pawalgarh Conservation Reserve has been adopted formally as the brand identity of PCR by the forest department
Neha verma (IFS) Divisional Forest Officer, Ramnagar Forest Division,
I appreciated the dedication to excellence exemplified by Vertiver; I felt they were very invested in the process to make the end product the best match for my business. I am very happy with the end product.
Mical Caldwell CEO,
Cameo Analytics Inc.
The Vertiver team created a superb brand identity and logo for the startup I founded. Customer service has been excellent–truly a collaborative experience. Highly recommended.”
CEO, Nimba Inc.
Managing Partner, USA
Monica Alderette is an architect based in California whose work on sustainability spans across mobile technologies, renewable energy, energy efficiency, marketing and strategic planning. She currently serves as a founding member of the mobile app Prelimb, which guides users into growing individual and community gardens. Monica has a strong passion for visual storytelling and has been deeply engaged with Camp Reel Stories, a non profit institute that empowers young women through media training. In addition to her B.Arch, Monica holds an MBA from Presidio Graduate School.
CEO and Founder of
Iora Ecological Solutions
Swapan Mehra is the CEO and Founder of Iora Ecological Solutions, one of the pioneering organizations in environmental finance and climate policy in India. Swapan has served as policy advisor to some of the key climate instruments in India and works extensively with businesses around the world to commit to forestry conservation through emerging carbon finance instruments such as REDD+ as well as his own initiative the Corporate Forest Responsibility that was co-created with Vertiver. Swapan serves as key advisor to Vertiver on climate mitigation and adaptation work.
Margaret Pott HartwellStrategist
Margaret Pott Hartwell, an advisor to Vertiver, is a strategist, communicator,change agent and coach. As co-author of the book, Archetypes in Branding: A Toolkit for Creatives and Strategists (HOW 2012), Margaret was inspired by an Erwin Schrödinger quote: “Thus, the task is not so much to see what no one has yet seen; but to think what nobody has yet thought, about that which everybody sees.” She holds her MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School, her BA from UC Berkeley, and an advanced coaching certification from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology.
Iora Ecological Solutions
Iora Ecological Solutions a firm Vertiver works closely with to accelerate sustainability, is an environmental finance, policy advisory and project development group. The company’s mission is to enable sustainable development in India by promoting ecosystem conservation and low carbon technologies through customized financing and distribution models.Iora’s founding team comprises of professionals with several years of entrepreneurial and management experience in climate change mitigation through CDM and carbon financing, forestry conservation and renewable energy
Presidio Graduate School
Sustainable Management is not just a concept. It is an integrated, applied approach to learning that sees problems as a whole and designs solutions that account for human, economic and environmental concerns. Presidio embeds sustainability into every course – from leadership to accounting, marketing to economics. Through our renowned Experiential Learning program, students apply sustainability frameworks and methods to real cases in large and small companies, government agencies and non-profit organizations.