C B Ramkumar
Organization: Our Native Village
Position: Founder and Managing Director
Ram, as he is popularly known, has been an advertising and marketing professional for two decades. He has spent most of his professional career outside India in the Middle East.
Ram returned to India after a 17 year stint abroad in 2006 to follow his dream and passion and started Our Native Village-an eco retreat fro holistic health. Our Native Village follows a 100% eco principle, where all the major pillars of sustainability – energy, water, waste management, architecture and the food chain – are on sustainable platforms.
Our Native Village has been awarded a Responsible tourism award, listed as the number 1 eco resort in India by Asia Geographic magazine, listed as one of to 10 eco resorts in India by MSN, India Today, Outlook traveller and the BBC.
Ram was invited by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India to serve on the Planning Projects committee for Tiger conservation in the country, and on the Global Sustainable Tourism committee. He is a Core Committee member of the KTF (Karnataka Tourism Forum), and a member of the special committee on tourism of the BCCI (Bangalore Chamber of Commerce and Industry). Ram is a regular speaker at most eco, sustainability and environment related workshops, conferences and seminars, and a visiting faculty member at the some of the colleges in Bangalore. He is also a faculty member for the training of the Indian Forest Officers that is held in Karnataka.
Ram has been part of the consultative process of the GSTC (Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria), a global criteria for sustainability in tourism ventures. Our Native Village is a Network member at the GSTC. Ram has worked with UNEP and the UN Foundation to bring this criterion into India. A successful national launch of this took place in New Delhi in July 2010. Ram now serves a three year term as a member of the Election Committee for electing Board Members for the GSTC.
Ram now lives in Bangalore with his wife Lalitha and kids, Aakanksha and Akshay.