Dr. Maya Mahajan Associate Professor, Centre for a Sustainable Future, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore) was featured in the July 2019 calendar of Future Generali, one of the leading general insurance companies in India.
She is an environmental professional and a passionate and committed environmentalist with more than 25 years of experience in research, training, advocacy and management in various sectors of environment and development: biodiversity conservation, sustainable development, participatory forest management, wetland ecology, forest ecology, environmental pollution and environmental education.
Dr. Maya received Kovai Wonder Woman Award 2019 from The Indian Express and Kovai Wonder Women groups for her contribution towards society and the environment. She received the award on the occasion of International Women’s day, on March 8, 2019, at Prozone Mall, Coimbatore. In early 2018, she received the International Women Achiever Award 2018 for her outstanding contribution and achievements in the field of Environment and Sustainability Sciences at the International Women’s Meet held at Chennai.
She is recognized as a selfless social change maker by Future Generali as she turned a Lantana invasion problem in the forest into eco-friendly solutions and touched and enriched the lives of tribal communities in remote forested areas in Siruvani hills by transferring low-cost furniture making technology using Lantana. She has shown how sustainable business by tribals and forest conservation can go hand in hand.