Madhumitha Ardhanari is a sustainability strategist and researcher at Forum for the Future, with five years of experience coaching businesses and organisations to adapt to long-term sustainability challenges. She is a Next Generation Foresight Practitioners Fellow, and in August 2020 received the Environment Special Award in the 2020 Next Generation Foresight Practitioners Awards for her work on sand extraction in Singapore and its impact on inequalities and the environment, and the cultural scripts in play around its use in her native country, which is the world’s largest importer of sand.She has extensive work experience in areas such as sustainable value chains and livelihoods, and radical decarbonisation. For two years prior to joining the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity as a Residential Fellow, she managed a first-of-its-kind pre-competitive collaboration with five palm oil manufacturers aimed at improving labour rights in the value chain. She has also designed, researched and facilitated projects exploring just and sustainable futures for sectors including shipping, energy, agriculture and textiles, in the Asia-Pacific region. When Madhu was seconded to Forum’s India office in 2016, she led the futures research for a scenarios project examining risks and opportunities in the linen industry in 2030. She also coordinated research on the future of decentralised renewable energy in Odisha, India. Prior to advisory work, she led on building and developing content for a sustainability futures knowledge sharing platform, TheFuturesCentre.org. Outside work, Madhu volunteers as a facilitator at PlayMoolah, a financial literacy start-up, where she helps young people from low-income households who are in receipt of long-term financial aid to build pathways to financial security. She is a member of Singapore Youth for Climate Action (SYCA), where she trains young people to become climate activists. She represented Singaporean civil society at the 2016 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP22) in Morocco. Madhu holds an honours degree in political science from the National University of Singapore, where she was part of the University Scholars Programme.
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