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Dr. V. Shubhalaxmi nicknamed as Moth Lady/Bug Lady is an Entomologist, Educationist and Entrepreneur. Founder & Head of Ladybird Environmental Consulting & iNaturewatch Foundation. She holds a Ph.D. on moths. She has been studying moths for more than two decades. Her major focus areas of work has been moths of Western Ghats and Northeast Himalaya.
Dr. Shubhalaxmi is an environmentalist with exceptional knack of merging business and biodiversity for common good. Besides her scientific acumen, she is known for her communication, training, and networking skills. In her exceptional journey of 25 years, Dr.Shubhalaxmi has acquired indepth knowledge about biodiversity and ecology. She is the winner of Green CSR Award 2016, selected for TechnoServe’s Business Accelerator Programme for Women Entrepreneurs in 2015, recognized Ph.D guide for Mumbai University, two times winner of global competition of U.S. State Department’s Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (2014,2014) and Fulbright Fellow (2003, 2009).
She studied nonprofit management and distance education from Boston University. She worked with the conservation education department of BNHS for 21 years and left as Deputy Director in 2014 to start her social enterprise. She has designed over 55 programmes, 35 projects and developed India’s first online courses in Biodiversity Conservation, Entomology, Herpetology& Ornithology.
She is member of Advisory Council for World CSR Day. She also represents the environmental studies board of K.J. Somaiya College. She is member of IUCN group on Conservation Education. She was an online guest faculty at Boston University.