About Us

Suru’s Planet has been created to inspire a generation of kids through the actions, adventures and explorations of Suru, an 8 - year old girl, whose is deeply fascinated with the amazing wonders of our beautiful planet. As Suru tries to achieve her ultimate goal of fighting climate change and saving Planet Earth, she will be joined by nature educators, conservationists, naturalists, international film makers and other kids, in her amazing adventures.

From 8 to 18, Suru will travel around the world for 10 years covering over 60 nations and the most important natural wonders of the world. In the process, she will create thousands of Surus who will continue her valuable work. Suru’s Planet will address several of UN’s 2030 Global Sustainable Goals in one go, including Global Partnerships, Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, Climate Change, Biodiversity, Water & Sanitation, Forests etc.

Promoters

ranjini-krishnaswamy
Ranjini Krishnaswamy
Chief Advisor
Ranjini Krishnaswamy is an educationist with around 4 decades of experience in academia. This has been at all levels of school education; including Teacher Training-E.C.C.Ed and B.Ed. She set up the St.Gregorios High School, Chembur, Mumbai and retired from there in 2014 as its Director-Principal. During her tenure, she implemented several creative projects and also set up links with educational organisations overseas. She has presented papers in India and abroad. She travels all over the country conducting workshops in the teaching of English Language and Environmental Education. She has written several books; including 2 Practice Books in Environmental Education. She holds a doctoral degree in the field of Environmental Education. In 2009, she received the National Award for her contribution to education, from the Government of India. She also received the Jijamata Puraskar for Women Achievers in 2013 amongst many other awards. Currently she is the Director-Principal of Billabong High International School, Thane. She heads the Centre for Excellence in India for Junior Global Scholars, a distance linked Educational program for students across the world in the age group 10-13 years. She is also the Western region Head for PEAS - Programme for Environmental Awareness in Schools, a national NGO working towards sensitizing students regarding the environment.
Jacqui Hocking
Jacqui Hocking is a Visual Storyteller & Social Entrepreneur, focused on solving the Global Goals. She began her career as a documentary filmmaker with the UN TOPtoTOP Global Climate Expedition, sailing around the world to collect solutions for climate change. She has since filmed projects globally; from Maasai warriors in Tanzania to Sherpas on Mount Everest, carbon offset projects in the Amazon rainforest to iguanas on the Galapagos Islands! She is currently involved with her company; VSS (Visual Story Strategy.com) while supporting the B Corp Community Movement into South East Asia and creating the first ever Singapore Environmental Film Festival that took place from 10 - 13 Nov, 2016! She was one of the esteemed speakers at the 2016 TED Conference in Singapore. Jacqui was chosen as one of the 50 most powerful women in Singapore by the Singapore government in 2015 and was chosen by CMO Asia as one of the 50 most powerful women in Asia in 2016. Jacqui’s global exposure and diverse work, will be a major guiding force to Suru’s Planet. The amazing film maker that she is, Jacqui will herself film the various expeditions of Suru’s Planet.
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nitin-nath
Nitin Nath
Nitin has over 16 year of experience of which 12 years were with Deutsche Bank in the Global Markets division in financial structuring and institutional sales roles. Prior to co-founding Mount Nathan he has held several senior management positions in the credit structuring and listed products arena in Asia. His primary area of functional expertise has been structured credit - a function that he was responsible for Asia - ex Japan, prior to his relocation to India in a senior managerial position. Over the period he has dealt with liquid and illiquid financing solutions in Asian credit markets. Prior to his investment banking experience, he worked with the audit division of a top 4 accountancy firm. Nitin is a graduate from Delhi University and an MBA from IIM Calcutta.
Sanjay Srinivas
Sanjay Srinivas is a writer, director and producer. Founder of The Bombay Playback Theatre Group, he was trained under Jonathan Fox, the founder at the School of Playback Theatre, New York. The Dressing Room (2003), his first English play as a playwright-director was called the "Lagaan of Theatre" by Times of India. ChanakyaShastra (2006), a play that was based on the teachings of an ancient Indian philosopher was Sanjay’s first international hit. His feature film "God Lives in the Himalayas" (2009) went to several leading international film festivals. Sanjay was awarded the Best New Director for the film at the Monaco Film Festival, 2010. In September 2012, Sanjay set up Rainbow Mandrill Entertainment in Singapore. His production, "9 Gems - The Legend of Chanakya" was supported by NAC, Singapore and Nanyang Business School. Sanjay also conducted several theatre workshops in partnership with the prestigious Bhaskar's Arts Academy. Sanjay specializes in working with children. He is the first director ever to take kids to the high altitude Everest region for a feature film. He also worked with children while filming his documentary in Afghanistan. As for Suru’s Planet, he has the advantage of knowing and seeing Suru grow from day one, being her father.
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