Ananth Natarajan and Pankaj Jain
Ananth is a Project Manager in the Oil and Gas Industry Based out of Houston. He has participated in the management and execution of several complex, high impact projects around the world for the last 15 years. He holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from IESE School of Business. He is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of Texas and hold the Project Management Professional (PMP) credential, the most widely recognized certification for project managers.
He is very interested in growth economics as especially as it applies to developing countries and particularly to India. He is very interested in finding solutions to the increasing Energy and Infrastructure needs of societies, much of which will involve the application of project management and engineering skills.
In his spare time, he likes to read about history, philosophy, science, technology and engineering. He is very interested in the Arts and likes to paint.
Dr. Pankaj Jain is the author of Dharma and Ecology of Hindu Communities: Sustenance and Sustainability (May 2011), which won the 2012 DANAM Book Award and the 2011 Uberoi Book Award. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of North Texas where he teaches courses on religion and ecology. He has published articles in journals such as Religious Studies Review, Worldviews, Religion Compass, Journal of Vaishnava Studies, Union Seminary Quarterly Review, and the Journal of Visual Anthropology. He has also contributed to the Huffington Post, Washington Post’s forum On Faith, Times of India’s Speaking Tree, and Patheos. He has received the Fulbright-Nehru Environmental Leadership Fellowship in 2012 and the Wenner-Gren Grant in 2014. He is also the director of the Eco-Dharma and Bhumi-Seva Project and is working with the Hindu and Jain temples in North America for their “greening” efforts.