Helina is a Liu Scholar and PhD student at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability. Her doctoral study at IRES will be supervised by Dr. Terre Satterfield and Dr. Milind Kandlikar. She will be working on topics of economic valuation of ecosystem services, gender and biodiversity conservation particularly among the indigenous forest communities in India. Her studies are supported by UBC Four Year Doctoral Fellowship, Olav Slaymaker Award, Nehru Humanitarian Graduate Award, International Tuition Award and Entrance Scholarship.
Prior to joining IRES, Helina worked in India for nearly 6 years with Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change, Government of India (Link), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) (Link), Centre for Science and Environment (Link), Clinton Climate Initiative and Ennovent on various environment and development projects.
Helina is a Commonwealth Scholar and graduate from London School of Economics and Political Science as well as a University First Rank holder from University of Delhi. She is native of Kerala (a beautiful coastal state in India) and loves Monsoon season. Mother of an extremely mischievous little boy and a strong advocate of women empowerment. Helina is a huge foodie and loves to paint in her spare time.