Karishma Ahmed heads the Forums and Communications at the Balipara Foundation. Associated with the foundation for over five years now, Karishma’s efforts are centred around strengthening communications through digital platforms, managing branding objectives of the organisation and leading forums, dialogues regionally across Eastern Himalayan capitals. She has been engaged and passionate in bringing forward community stories from the grassroots, with a vision to recognise their conservation efforts and giving them a platform to share their green stories. She firmly believes that conservation storytelling can inspire viewers to take action in promoting the indigenous knowledge, and understand the need to preserve biodiversity and ancient cultures in natural resource management. A post graduate in social sciences, her prior experience and other interests include socio-economic research with a special focus on gender empowerment and Ecofeminism.