PEOPLE: THE DHARMALAYA TEAM
Dharmalaya Institute’s multi-disciplinary, international team brings together a diverse array of skills, experiences, and sensitivities that, together, guide the course of our activities.
Rajinder Thakur: Also from Dhanaari, Rajinder is our construction manager and one of our most skilled artisans.
Key Members of the Board & Faculty
Mark Moore: President of Earthville LLC and Founding Director of the Earthville Network; educator, producer, designer, and writer (USA)
Savita Paul: Retired Principal and Cofounder of Billing View Public School (Bir, HP)
Didi Contractor: Renowned architect specialising in traditional eco-friendly earthen construction methods of the Himalayas (Sidhbari, HP, India)
Sourabh Phadke: Educator and eco-architect (Pune and Delhi)
Sidney Rosario, Ph.D.: Professor of computer science, with a strong interest in sustainability (Mangalore, Karnatka, India)
Karishma Khakhlari: Originally from Assam, Karishma is a member Dharmalaya’s Board and a star of our kitchen team, cooking up healthy, natural, vegan cuisine to sustain and delight.
Naresh Sharma: Foreman and earthen building advisor (Rakkar, HP)
Savneet Kaur: Principal architect at Imarat Architects (Karnal, Haryana)
Mai-Linh Leminhbach: Member of the Earthville Network’s Board of Directors; Special Projects Manager for Groupe E Connect SA, Switzerland; Shiatsu therapist (Switzerland)
Key Collaborators & Advisors
Sandeep Kakkar, F.C.A.: Chartered Accountant for Dharmalaya Society (Palampur, HP, India)
Virsingh Kawarchhatri: Architect with training in bamboo construction (Bangalore, India)
Chiara Chiodero: Architect specialising in earthen architecture (Italy/Bangalore, India)
Jaswant Paul: Certified organic agriculturalist (Bir, HP, India)
Dara Ackerman: Cofounder of DEVI; artist and educator (California, USA)
Leigh Taylor: Administrator and facilitator of women’s workshops (South Africa & Portugal)
Justin Van Uytrecht: I.T. specialist and environmentalist (South Africa & Portugal)