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Geetanjali Dhar

State President, Karnataka Rural Tourism Council

India

For someone who is in the business of travel, it is only natural that Geetanjali loves to travel. And when the kind of travel involved is eco-tourism and sustainable tourism, it is to be expected that she is passionate about nature and wildlife. Geetanjali is a trained wildlife enthusiast and has received varied training from authorities such as BNHS (Mumbai), WWF (Mumbai) and Jungle Lodges ( Bangalore). Despite never having had any training in tourism, Geetanjali Dhar was selected by Google India for their WEOW initiative (Women entrepreneurs on the web) when it was launched in India, and a mentorship program by Cherie Blair Foundation, United Kingdom. As her work also involves interacting and dealing with rural communities, she decided to complete her course - Understanding Rural India through Azim Premji University in the year 2016. About IT Nature Club: IT Nature Club was born in the year 1999 for providing information and making travel arrangements to places of natural beauty. IT Nature Club markets its services through the website www.itnatureclub.com and this helps in reaching out to prospective clients across the world. Her passion for her work and her dedication in promoting Eco-tourism was recognized by AWAKE in the year 2007 when she was awarded the Best Women Entrepreneur in Eco - Tourism. Personal Details: Born in Mumbai, Geetanjali completed her graduation from Bombay University and Post-Graduation in Clinical Psychology from S.N.D.T University. After working in the print media for around six years, she moved on to pursue her interest in wildlife and nature studies. And then moved on to manage IT Nature Club. With a supportive husband in Subir Kumar Dhar, who is an alumnus from IIM- Ahmedabad and a daughter Avantika, Geetanjali looks forward to a great future for IT Nature Club. Her other passion is taking care of street dogs through various interventions via NGOs and Volunteer networks. She is also the Managing Trustee of IT Nature Trust (www.itnaturetrust.org) through which she has made many positive interventions through livelihood initiatives like creating homestays, lighting up villages where power is still a long way to come, social entrepreneurships and bird surveys in the remote regions of India. IT Nature Trust is also one of the very few NGOs who have been instrumental in creating school libraries in very very remote parts of India through the project " Reach To Read ". She is also the Karnataka Chapter Chairperson for Ecology Conservation of All Ladies League which is a multinational movement for connecting women worldwide as Sisters Beyond Borders, as ‘Soul Sisters’.

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