Meet our YCAN mentors, who are professionals and have years of experience in the field of environment as strategists, mobilization expert, communication expert, and policy influencer. Through their vast experience and knowledge, they guide and enlighten YCAN about government policies, environmental trends, and importance of youth in the environmental sector to ensure the impactful outcome of YCAN's work.

Prarthana Borah

Prarthana Borah is India Director of Clean Air Asia, an international NGO, with headquarters in Manila and presence in 8 Asian countries that leads the mission for better air quality and healthier, more livable cities. At Clean Air Asia, Prarthana leads the India operations and works with cities to facilitate policy support and capacity building for better air quality in she is also leading the process of education and public engagement to create dialogue and discussions on air quality management and climate change, low emission urban development and sustainable transportation.

Prarthana has been involved in Environmental Education for children and youth in India for over 15 years. She introduced education for better air quality for middle schools in India having prepared a toolkit for engaging students in citizen science activity in air quality monitoring. She was also involved in environmental education with children in different regions of India including the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests’ first Climate Change Education programme for eco clubs in schools, a project that is recognized by UNESCO as an ESD best practice.

Prarthana has over two decades of experience in strategic interventions for environmental protection and sustainable development with specific interest in biodiversity conservation, pollution, climate change and traditional knowledge. As communication strategist she has prepared policy documents which served as Government of India’s background papers at COP21 in Paris and the negotiation of the Sustainable Development Goals in United Nations.

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Mrs Leena Buddhe

Mrs Leena Buddhe is the Founder and Director of Centre for Sustainable Development (CFSD), a Non-profit organisation based in Nagpur. Her areas of expertise are Urban Development, Women Empowerment, Youth empowerment, Environment, Health and Sanitation.

She is a core committee member of major constellations like Smart city Nagpur, Alliance of Indian waste pickers, Ambient air quality monitoring of Nagpur city, District environment committee, District Mining Comitteeetc.

Leena served as Community Development Specialist for CHF- International, India, Nagpur under the SCALE-UP (Slum Communities achieving liveable Environment- Urban Poor), a Bill and Melinda Gates funded program. She was also a consultant for GTZ (German Technical Co-operation) on an Indo-German Bilateral project on “Integrated Slum Development Project” with Nagpur Municipal Corporation.

Leena has more than two decades of experience in the sustainable development sector, consulting and trainingvarious stakeholders of development and advocating exchange of knowledge.

She has successfully implemented the “Land Tenure” pilot project in Nagpur and has been instrumental in framing pro poor policies for implementation of “Patta rights” to slum dwellers.

Through her NGO , CFSD, Leena has been successful in making Nagpur city Open Defecation free city . Her NGO has been working in collaboration with the urban local bodies to create an awareness on various environmental issues like waste management, water management and Air pollution.

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