The birth of the Urban Mali Initiative is the brainchild of Radha Eswar. Over the last few years she has been tirelessly working towards healing lands and minds through different services offered by ArtyPlantz, an organisation with a mission of connecting people and plants. Architect-turned-social entrepreneur, she is deeply interested in the re-establishment of green cover on the planet. Her achievements in this field are numerous and in no small measure. She believes that many of the ills of society can be solved by planting native and naturalised plants of each region, all the while bringing to people entertaining, informative values of these plants. She was a director on the board of BCIL, a sustainable builder organization in Bangalore. She studied Architecture at The School of Architecture and Planning, Chennai followed by a Masters in Building Sciences from IIT. She loves music, art, books, theater and has the curiosity and aliveness of a child. But, most of all, she is a woman with a mission and in her quiet, dignified, mothering way will rope in anyone she finds.
Krish Murali Eswar
The drive and vigour to make the Urban Mali Initiative achieve so much ground is owed to the foresight of Krish Murali Eswar. He is passionate about taking a great idea and making it into a reality, especially an idea that has a social impact and benefits the community and environment. Krish Murali Eswar’s passion in life is to set a personal example, facilitate, inspire and lead young minds to innovate ideas towards creating a prosperous society. He is a TEDx speaker on sustainable habitats and was a French government environment agency consultant on energy efficiency. He led a team to innovate and design India’s first energy information center. He is a Harvard business school executive education graduate on product development and innovation. He was the CEO & Board member of BCIL ZED Habitats, a leader in sustainable construction. He is a contributing author to urban energy source book of UN Environment Program. He is an Advisory committee member to GRIHA India green building certification standard. He has been practicing Kundalini Yoga over the last 30 years and wishes to help people heal themselves and realise their purpose in life. A mentor to all of ArtyPlantz’s initiatives, he keeps us on track to success.