Nitin graduated in architecture from Bangalore (2007) and completed his Masters in Strategic Design from Milan (2010) after which he moved to Shanghai to work in a branding agency. He began leading 'Green Drinks China' in 2011, which was later rebranded to Green Initiatives in 2013. He also works with GIGA, an organization assessing that combines the development of building standards with cloud software and technology to increase the accessibility of healthy buildings globally.
Nitin believes that all around us we have governments and economies pushing for GDP growth by encouraging greater consumption. Sustainability is about mindful consumption. It is about better health - of people, of our cities, of our planet - which can only be achieved through developing better habits in our everyday lives. And its about making sustainability simple, convenient, affordable, and accessible.
Ashley Fernandes 费艾礼
From the invention of the wheel to weapons of destruction; the last few centuries has seen man progress at break neck speed. But at what cost? How long can our planet sustain this brutal attack on our fragile environment? That’s why I believe that if each one of us does our bit by adopting small changes to our lifestyles, we can bring about this revolution. The clock is ticking, we need to act soon.
Elisa believes that she has been fortunate to be in Shanghai, a city that has offered her countless opportunities and has been her true second home. She believes that the city needs all our help to make it a more sustainable and liveable city. Through her work with Green Initiatives she is happy to do her bit to raise awareness and create tangible projects that have an impact in peoples' lives. Elisa holds a Masters degree in Chinese Studies from the Shanghai East China Normal University, and is fluent in English, Italian and Mandarin.
Yanbing believes that technological revolutions are playing an essential role in defining the course of human civilisation, but the price that human beings are having to pay for it is too high to ignore. How can we change this through action campaigns, raising awareness, and even changing lifestyles? This mission should fall on all our shoulders and he is glad to contribute towards this through Green Initiatives.
Yanbing's background lies in dealing with business cooperation, internet donation, and fundraising events. He previously worked with the Shanghai United Foundation.
As a native Shanghainese, Emily has personally witnessed the climate change and environmental deterioration in this city. China has sacrificed much to boost its economy and she believes that the priority needs to shift towards real sustainable development. Emily's motivation is to get involved in protecting the environment by doing whatever she can to help as an individual, with the belief that even a little effort could lead to major impact eventually.
Emily holds an MSc in International Relations from Bristol, UK; and a BA in English and Bachelor of Management in Finance Management from SHNU. She also currently works as a Senior Acceleration Manager at XNode, helping startups grow in China.
Across countries, industries, generations, people in our modern world acknowledge that our lives our out of balance: for ourselves, our families, our communities, and our earth. There are new ways that we can think, understand issues, change our actions and make new decisions that help to change our reality. That's the kind of learning Robyn has been striving to focus on.
She has an M.Ed in Adult Education from University of British Columbia, and experienced in higher education and corporate learning. Robyn is also passionate about engaging learners at all levels, building communities and helping people find meaning in their lives.