Earth Day India Advisory Board

Popularly referred to as the Green Maharaja, owner of RRB Energy, Rakesh Bakshi is an Indian climate change activist, professor and businessman credited as one of the pioneers in the field of non-conventional energy sources in India.  In 1991, Rakesh Bakshi was awarded the Padma Shri, one Of India’s highest civilian awards in recognition of his commendable contributions in the field of renewable energy sources.

Dr Achyuta Samanta is a visionary.  A chemistry teacher who went on to found several academic institutions, the most remarkable of which is the world’s largest tribal school where over 20,000 students are educated free.  He has been conferred with 33 Honoris Causa Doctorate awards from different University across the globe. He has also been decorated with prestigious Civilian Awards from many countries including, Gusi Peace Prize International, the highest Civilian Award from Bahrain besides over 50 national and international and over 200 State honors and accolades.  His life is not only awe-inspiring but soul-awakening for millions of poverty-stricken youths all over the globe.

Ricky Kej is an Indo-American composer, music producer and conservationist. In 2015, he won a Grammy for his album Winds of Samsara, a collaboration with South African flautist Wouter Kellerman.  His 14th studio album, made a debut at #1 on the US Billboard New Age Albums Chart in August 2014.  His album Shanti Samsara – World Music for Environmental Consciousness was launched on November 30, 2015 at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In the months since its launch, Kej has travelled widely speaking about conservation and the environment.  Ricky has performed excerpts from Shanti Samsara live in United Nations General Assembly Hall. Kej concluded his performance at the United Nations General Assembly by saying, “To end I want to state the obvious … Climate change is real … Climate change is human induced. Climate change is affecting us all … and our actions affect countries on the other side of the world.”

Aniruddha Lahiri has served as a member of the Hindustan Unilever Board for many years and later seconded to Unilever’s Head Quarters with worldwide responsibility for Supply Chains and Technology and Engineering. In 2006 he joined the diversified multinational New York-based The Chatterjee Group (TCG) as the President of the Group.  Mr Lahiri has served as President of several prestigious chambers of commerce.  He presently heads TES Management.

Carnatic music specialist and well-known playback singer Bombay Jayashree Bombay S Jayashri is a true environmentalist who utilizes her music to awaken a love for nature among her thousands of fans.  She has composed special songs on the usefulness of trees and is ever willing to reach out to children to help them connect with nature.


Satnam S Ahluwalia is a very successful businessman who gives back to society with several initiatives for peace, and for the environment.  Most recently, he helped plant trees in the Golden Temple, the holiest shrine of Sikhs.  His never tiring spirit is every ready to help people understand the urgent need to do something for the environment.