CCDS has been promoted by a team of experienced, highly-regarded and competent media professionals, communication experts, development researchers and analysts. All mid-career professionals, we were brought together by the shared desire to use our knowledge and skills in ways that would help bring about change in the lives of the most deprived sections of society. And in doing so, bring about change in our own lives. Each member of the team has substantial years of experience in either activism or communications and in most cases, both these fields. CCDS thus has an extensive network of journalist-activists/activist-journalists. This network is perfectly placed to synergise perspective, knowledge, skill and experience, so that communication and information are used to effect institutional and social change.
John Samuel: has been a human rights activist, policy researcher, writer, institution-builder and development manager for more than 20 years. He has been working with social movements, human rights and advocacy organisations and development organisations at the grassroots, national and international levels. He has initiated and promoted national and international campaigns for human rights, accountable governance and social justice, including the Rights to Information in India and the Global Call to Action Against Poverty. He was formerly the Executive Director of the National Centre for Adovocacy Studies. He has helped to establish more than ten organisations and networks at the national and international level, including the Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability, Social Watch India, Asia Media Forum and CCDS.
Hutokshi Doctor: A senior journalist who has worked in the Indian media for over 25 years, she is one of the founders of CCDS and was its Director until June 2011. She continues to edit CCDS's media advocacy projects www.infochangeindia.org and Infochange Agenda.
Sandhya Srinivasan: Independent writer and researcher on public health and Executive Editor of the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics.
Mari Marcel Thekaekara: Writer, columnist and founder-associate director of ACCORD, an organisation that works with the tribals of Gudalur, Tamil Nadu.
Ashish Kothari: is a founder-member of Kalpavriksh, a 20-year-old environmental research and action group. He is currently the co-ordinator of the Technical and Policy Core Group to formulate India 's National Bio-diversity Strategy and Action Plan. He is a member of several government committees including the Expert Group on the Bio-Diversity Act, the committee to revise the National Wildlife Action Plan, the Environmental Appraisal Committee for River Valley Projects, etc. He is the head of the IUCN inter-commission Task Force on Local Communities and Protected Areas and is on the board of Greenpeace International.
Gita Vasudevan: Copy-editor
Hutokshi Doctor: Editor
K C Dwarkanath: Manager Operations
Philip Varghese: Manager Accounts
Vijay Narvekar: Webmaster and Technical Coordinator