Meet The Legends
Our superstar volunteers who put the green in karma
and make us shine brighter than a kale smoothie
Founder & Managing Director
Born and brought up in Delhi, India. Every year my parents would take me back to a small village in the Himalayas, where my roots are from. I witnessed the natural beauty decline in and around my beautiful village. This is what sparked my interest in studying environmental science (M.Sc.) and Wildlife science (PhD). Later I moved to the US and worked on projects on threatened species at the Conservation Facility at Stanford University, California.
My colleagues at university directed me to watch the documentary - Cowspiracy. It changed my life. I felt both awakened and disappointed. Awakened because I understood how even small changes like dietary changes can save so much of our pristine forests and wildlife. Disappointed because the entire education system seemed flawed, as crucial subjects like speciesism, animal agriculture politics, anti-natalism, and capitalism were not covered.
I want to build community awareness and deliver educational programs on food and its connection to wildlife and ecosystem destruction.
Happiness makes the world go round.
I recognise that there are many people who want to do the right thing to care for their health and the planet. But they often don't know where to start. I am excited to use my skills in design thinking, project management and analysis to help bridge this gap.
My professional work experience is in business improvements. One of my keen interests is to influence customers to support the local economy, emerging artists and small businesses. My business model to achieve this is still a work in progress. I also work out of my home studio where I create handmade jewellery, home decor and up-cycled fashion. I have the best housemates ever! My two fur-kids, Ellie and Marley. They are social butterflies and they love spending their weekends at Brighton Dog Beach. Sometimes they help me foster dogs from the shelter to prepare them for adoption.
Sruthi Lakshmi Perayil
For now, I'm someone who is continually seeking to improve myself and who is always looking for new destinations, people, stories, and hobbies. Writing and singing are two of my passions. I am an economics graduate who infuses her studies with optimism for a brighter future.
Since I don't have a pet, I have named my guitar instead. She’s Adore, and we sing and strum all night under the blankets, beneath the yellow lights. I am frequently Eco-anxious and overlook how it affects my thoughts, but there comes a time when you must make the change. Mine happens every day, in little increments, because progress is the road to perfection.
Communications & Marketing Officer
For me, enjoying time outdoors and being surrounded by nature is how I keep my head in its rightful spot. When I need to escape from the hurly-burly of everyday life, I tend to get away to explore and am currently living on Larrakia land enjoying the warmth and glorious landscape.
I come from a Public Health background, including working in Workforce Wellbeing at a Victorian Health Service supporting the workforce through the Pandemic. Over the years I have recognized a passion for implementing programs and processes that build people up for a happier, healthier life. I strongly feel that access to positive, well-being education is a benefit for everyone involved and I hope through Green Karma to share the sweet spot between health promotion and planetary health!
Communications & Marketing Officer
While my inner Ravenclaw self loves a bit of me time, it has always been a passion of mine to contribute to society and help achieve economic and environmental security through an effective communication system.
I believe that you are never too old to learn, and with the appropriate source and knowledge, we can all continue to change ourselves and adopt a healthier lifestyle for our health and the environment. With Green Karma, I hope I can contribute to spreading awareness about sustainable ways of living, and explore different cultures, and institutions to make social change.
School Outreach Program Team
School Outreach Coordinator
I have always had a huge love for nature, so after I graduated university I traveled to South Africa and volunteered in a sanctuary that rehabilitates endangered animals like cheetahs and albino lions.
There I realised how fragile wildlife and ecosystems have become. I recently completed my post-graduate degree
in Environmental Management and Conservation Biology. I am looking forward to being a part of this awareness campaign that Green Karma is promoting in the pursuit of a healthier planet.
You don’t have to commit to every version of yourself along the way; you’re allowed to bend and shift until something feels like home. As a Nutrition Science student, I am driven to form honest, adaptable and gratifying methods for achieving optimal health, and improving our food system. Each individual, at each stage of their life, has different requirements. I am fascinated by food and its ability to support the human body, far beyond filling our stomachs.
I am a self-proclaimed song-repeater, who is always waiting for summer. Bringing people together is my passion, especially when it involves food. My motive is to encourage others to make thoughtful food choices, to understand that we are all unique, and to really love what they eat.
As a child I always found myself wondering what the purpose of my life would be, how in a world so vast, beautiful and complicated would I truly find the nature of myself? I have always loved animals, being near them gave me a sense of fascination, belonging and comfort.
Today I find myself in the same frame of heart and mind. I do however have a greater understanding of myself and how living an ethical lifestyle affects others, our planet and all its inhabitants. My work as a yoga instructor has allowed me to share the experience of self-discovery and ethical reasoning. Through the teachings of Ahimsa, “respect for all living things and the avoidance of violence to others.” Powerful wise words!
I also am very excited to share that I have completed a Cert111 in Educational Support and look forward to providing the care, friendship, guidance and critical thought that is required to assist students to find their life purpose and how it could influence others.
Doug has been involved with animal rights for over 30 years now, a journey that started with seeing a film of vivisection. While this led to actions against all forms of animal abuse, vivisection has remained his primary focus and he has organised demonstrations, spoken at forums, World Vegan Day, ICAS Oceania, at Bond, Macquarie and other universities.
He cycled to Adelaide to raise funds for animals in laboratories and contributes to Melbourne Save Animals in Laboratories, Stop Animal Testing Australia and other groups.
His challenge to vivisectors or anyone in the world to engage in a recorded, formal public debate on vivisection remains current and ongoing.
Social Media Team
Social Media Officer
I am the mother of a beautiful boy named Caio and because of him, my worldview has changed profoundly. I am deeply concerned about what the world will be like for future generations and how we, as mothers and fathers, can contribute to making children aware of how to preserve and improve the world in which they live.
Furthermore, I am passionate about animals and my graduation is proof of that: I am a veterinarian. But my passions aren't just these: motherhood, my career, people development, training, and sales are other topics I'm very interested in. With my prior knowledge in marketing and other skills acquired in the corporate world, I hope to be able to promote genuine transformations.
Social Media Officer
I am a nature lover. I enjoy the calmness of nature. I love going for walks or doing yoga during my spare time. Noticing little things like the dew on the leaves looking like a thousand pearls shining bright under the sunlight are what make my day. As said by Signe Johansen, nature calms you, it settles you and allows you to step back and reflect on the very essence of what living is about.
As a chemical engineering student, I am aware and concerned about environmental issues. Nearly 80% of the world’s plastic waste either ends up in landfills or in our oceans. I sincerely believe that it is never too late to change our ways. I am excited to be part of an organisation where I can use my knowledge and skills to spread awareness on environmental issues.
I am a running enthusiast and the type of person who would rarely pass on dessert.
Being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at a young age has taught me what it means to take health for granted. Having diabetes is a constant reminder that managing one's health is so important, and I hope to help others realize this for themselves. I am especially passionate about finding ways to help adolescents and young adults live a balanced life with Type 1 Diabetes.
You will often find me overzealously unpacking a film or appreciating some video poetry. That is if I'm not studying away in order to do those exact things professionally. English teachers - am I right?
I live in Hong Kong and work as a secondary school teacher. Originally from the UK, I graduated with a Masters degree in International Journalism from the University of Leeds. My interests lie in geopolitics humanitarian issues, animal welfare, health and nutrition. In my spare time, you will catch me at the gym.
I believe that not only is nutrition fundamental to the health and well-being of our bodies, but fundamental to the preservation of the earth. What we choose to eat has a ripple effect on our environment. How was that food sourced? What health benefits can I receive from it? A healthy balanced diet equates to a healthy mind and healthy planet.
I am currently living in the UK but grew up in the NT, and have spent the last 6 or so years based in Sydney. I have a background in business and social impact and am passionate about more sustainable ways of living, and the intersection between health and sustainability. You’ll find me travelling, reading, or at the closest beach!
I am a thinker, an observer and a learning enthusiast. I love asking the "Why", "What" and "How" on just about anything -- from gardening to technology to is-there-life-on-Mars -- and learning about the wonderful world we live in.
I love taking long solitary walks in nature, snapping the occasional flower, insect or anything interesting along the way. I particularly love baking and find kneading dough very therapeutic. And I’m now slowly rediscovering my love for writing, a past hobby long forgotten in the chase for corporate achievements.
Sabah Hussain is a Sydney based qualified Personal Trainer and is currently studying towards her Diploma in Weight Management. Sabah also has a commercial finance background specialising in food manufacturing.
Sabah is passionate about understanding behaviours that drive our food decisions and provides meal coaching to children aimed at instilling fundamental nutrition knowledge to equip them better for their adult years.
I've always loved the great outdoors and a good adventure. I started off by studying Outdoor Education at University before transferring to Health and Physical Education. I pursued Outdoor Education and Physical education because I know how important being connected to nature and keeping the body active is for the mind and for optimal health. I pursued Health Education because I know how important it is that children understand the impact of their food choices on their bodies and on the environment.
The destruction of nature and climate change is only going to negatively impact our youth. In my eyes, education has such potential to flip this narrative. A solid education allows our youth to be informed and to make choices that give them the best chance of a happy, secure future.
Education is such an important tool in the fight against climate change, social injustice, and environmental injustice. The youth are our future.
Chitra KB Sharma
I'm a nature lover and find happiness in simple things like watching the sunrise, colourful birds, just what mother earth has to offer. I have always been conscious of our environment and coming from a humble background we were always taught to reuse, repair, and buy only what is absolutely necessary. I was raised vegetarian and in 2016 when I learned about animal cruelty and the horrors behind the dairy industry I went vegan overnight. I also discovered the many health benefits of a whole foods plant-based lifestyle.
In 2017 I had a healthy and active pregnancy all on a plant-based lifestyle. I firmly believe in raising kids close to nature and with awareness. We as a family follow simple things like buying toys, clothes and books from Op-shops and donating back after use, trying to live a minimalist lifestyle. I also practice yoga and mindfulness!
What we eat and think is what we become. Through Green Karma, I want to share my experiences with the community.
Growing up in Australia meant I learned the value of water from a young age. It also meant I was taught about the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef and the human activities that were driving it. I was lucky to grow up in a household that was environmentally conscious and politically engaged. It was through my family that I first heard the term climate change. The weight of that reality took some time to sink in, but by the time I reached my early 20s, I was extremely concerned about my future.
Consequently, I decided to cut down on my consumption and I joined challenges like Plastic Free July. I started making my own "waste-free" products and I became a regular at my local bulk food stores. I felt lighter. My bins were lighter too.
In 2019 I met Vasundhara and we decided to become active in local environmental groups, which was a welcome change from my previously solo eco-journey. I witnessed the power of building community connections as well as the importance of opportunities to share skills, knowledge, and ideas.
Through Green Karma, I look forward to connecting with the community in the ultimate fight for climate justice.
I have always loved being in nature for as long as I remember. Growing up in a big city like Delhi, I looked forward to any opportunity to go to the mountains and disconnect myself from the chaos. But even in the mountains, I could see the growing problem of plastic waste, deforestation, habitat loss and scarce wildlife. It would make me really sad to realize that all this beauty around me was getting destroyed. Slowly I started learning more about environmental issues and what I could do to reduce my impact by adopting minimalistic living. I feel pride in living off on less than 20 t-shirts, 4 jackets, 12 pants and 3 pairs of shoes. It makes me happy to know that not buying mindlessly, helps save our planet. I have also made choices to be plant-based and zero-waste.
I strongly believe that change starts when like-minded people join hands to work together. And here I am!