Founder Members


Manmohan Gupta


Manmohan is an accomplished Investigative Journalist with many path breaking stories to his credit. He has worked with the leading news organisations such as Zee News, CNN-IBN, India News, News X, Tehelka as a Correspondent, Crime and Special Investigations. He has executed and led many key investigations that now serve as excellent case studies for journalists wanting to foray into investigations. His chilling exposes on illegal wildlife trade along the Indo-Nepal border speak volumes about his exemplary courage and determination to save the wildlife. His modus operandi and successful execution of these life threatening projects that led to the busting of four notorious poaching rackets operational in Uttarakhand have won him accolades not just from the media fraternity but from reputed government investigative agencies such as Wildlife Crime Control Bureau and the Forest Department of Uttarakhand as well.

Manmohan is a mathematics graduate and holds a Masters degree Mass Communication and Journalism from Bundelkhand University, Jhansi. He has a great sense of attachment and indebtedness to Mother Nature, and therefore, he now wants to champion the cause of wildlife and environment conservation.


Nidhi Bhardwaj


Nidhi is an experienced journalist, with more than five years of experience in leading news channels such as CNN-IBN, Headlines Today and News X. Her expertise lies in the area of investigative intelligence and analysis for media and business. She has reported on CNN-IBN’s flagship, award winning investigative series, 30 minutes and her reportage has been nominated for several awards including the prestigious Ramnath Goenka Award, Indian Telly Awards and NT Awards. She has also worked with the business newspaper, Mint as their Political and National Affairs Correspondent, winning their coveted in-house award for her special report on Illicit Arms Trade.

Nidhi was Senior Manager at Three Headed Lion Research and Information Services (THL), a start-up where she worked in the highly specialized field of Non-Financial and Demographic Risk assessment. At THL, she conceptualized and steered due diligence Investigations for one of the leading Top 5 consultancy firms in India. Her security and strategic affairs analysis have been published by top think tanks in India such as Centre for Land and Warfare Studies and Indian Defence Review. She has also written extensively on renewable energy initiatives and prospects in India for Green Purchasing Asia, now Green Prospects Asia, a renewable energy magazine published from Malaysia.

Manmohan and Nidhi have worked together in CNN-IBN and News X as a part of the Special Investigation Team. They have teamed up for several projects in the past and have successfully executed them. Nidhi has not just witnessed Manmohan's quest to create an impact with his work on wildlife conservation but has been an instrumental part of it as well.

Nidhi holds a bachelors degree in English Literature from Delhi University and has done her Masters in Journalism from Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication. While she is highly passionate about wildlife and environment conservation, she is deeply concerned too. Therefore, she now wants to contribute her bit to make a difference.


Capt B.J. Singh


Capt BJ Singh is a master trainer with 30 years of rich experience in the area of Performance Enhancement in soft skill training. A masters in English Literature, post graduate qualification in marketing management and armed with an International Certification in training from JCI Institute, Coral Gables, USA, he is one of the leading trainers in the industry with international exposure.He has had the privilege of having started his career with the Indian Army.He worked at senior positions in training as Head of Training for various top rung training companies like Hero Mindmine, Airhostess Academy, Aspire Human Capital, Academe Angraag and Institute of English and Etiquette. As Director with a University handling over 28 colleges under him including international affiliations.In his career spanning three decades, he has launched 5 chains of Finishing Schools in the country and has trained over ten thousand executives and managers in corporate right from entry level executives to the CEOs of the companies and has created over 500 trainers through the Train the Trainer workshops.He headed Training and Development functions for an Insurance and Investment Company in Dubai for about 2 years and is now the Chief Executive at Absolute Training Solutions.


Digvijay Chaturvedi


Digvijay is a journalist. He has worked with leading and very prestigious Investigation News agencies COBRAPOST. He has executed many investigation stories. Currently He is associated with SAHARA SAMAY .Divijay is Science Graduate and did his Post Graduation in Mass Communication from Lucknow University. He has organized many workshops on Environment and Wildlife to aware people in various district of Uttar Pradesh.

Digvijay is a special Officer of WCCB (Wildlife Crime Control Bureau).


Samridhi Bhardwaj


Samridhi joined IWECT as its National Coordinator in April 2014. An experienced professional and budding entrepreneur with a sharp social bent, Samridhi is the founder of an interior design and real estate company called Aedific Buildcon Pvt. Ltd. Her organisation aims at gender inclusion in the real estate sector. Formerly, she was the only representative of the International New York Times in India. She was instrumental in the launch of The New York Times’ first ever country specific blog, India Ink. She has successfully steered many marketing initiatives and has represented INYT at various national and international conferences.

Samridhi has tremendous credit shining bright on her very young shoulders. While pursuing her professional goals with full might, she never lost track of the personal ones. She organized the ‘United Walk’ in response to the brutal rape of a young doctor in the capital in 2012. She was the youth representative at various meetings held by the Delhi Police to discuss the safety of women in the city. Samridhi holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Kamala Nehru College, New Delhi. With a wide range of skillset and a special passion for environment conservation, she brings a fresh zeal to IWECT.