C B Ramkumar
Organization: Our Native Village
Position: Founder and Managing Director
Ram has been an advertising and marketing professional for two decades, spending most of his professional career outside India in the Middle East. In 2006, Ram returned to India to follow his dream and passion, starting Our Native Village-an eco-retreat for holistic health. Our Native Village follows a 100% eco principle, where all the major pillars of sustainability are on sustainable platforms. Our Native Village has received numerous awards and top listings by sustainable tourism stakeholders, and is a network member of the GSTC.
Invited by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India to serve on the Planning Projects committee for Tiger conservation, Ram is also 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 industry events, a visiting faculty member at colleges in Bangalore, and a faculty member for the training of the Indian Forest Officers held in Karnataka. Ram has been part of the consultative process of the GSTC and has worked with UNEP and the UN Foundation to bring this criterion into India, with a successful national launch in New Delhi in 2010.