Kiran Subbaraman

(Managing Trustee)

I am a software engineer, building products that make a positive difference for people. I have always been interested in geography because it connects people and their environment.

I am a TIGS Trustee because of this interest, and because of TIGS’ focus on making geography education more approachable and applicable to everyone.

I act primarily as a sounding-board in discussions related to directions that TIGS intends to take.

Mallikarjun Javail


I am an Information Technology professional.

I am passionate about using geography to better understand the world around us.

My association with TIGS started with introducing OpenStreetMap to students. I am exploring geographical connections of various plants in the colonial era and developments in the field of botany and botanical illustrations.

T K Ramkumar


I am a mechanical engineer. I’ve worked in several engineering organisations in consulting, software, and test and measurement.

Dr Balachandran’s paper linking geography and the travels of a Carnatic music composer, and Harm de Blij’s books kindled my continuing interest in geography and its importance.

Geography is important to organisations, especially educational, I consult with. I realised by being a Trustee for TIGS, I could enable the connection.


Muthatha Ramanathan

(Research Associate)

I am a human geographer by training with a Ph.D from University of Washington, Seattle.

I have specialised in Political Ecology, Development Geography and Critical GIS and taught at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bengaluru.

I have been part of TIGS since 2014. I help with conceptualising the annual IGYS conference and I conduct workshops therein.

Sunil Ganu

(Communications Associate)

For 38 years, I have been professionally active in language teaching (English and French) at all levels of university education. I hold Master’s degrees from the U.S. in both languages.

My special interest is the customized teaching of languages for specialized domains.

For TIGS, I have held communication workshops to facilitate communication in the Geographical space. I am a regular at the annual IGYS conference.


Chandra Shekhar Balachandran

(Founder, Director)

I am a Bengaluru native. I earned my PhD in Geography at Kent State University, Ohio. After teaching in the US for about 20 years, I returned to India in 2000 and I started TIGS to help deliver more relevant and engaging geography education.

Through TIGS, I have worked to offer non-formal geography education in different formats primarily for school children, and for anyone else interested. (Here is my CV)

IT Team

Sivashankar Gurumurthy


(Biographical information forthcoming)


Kanishk Gokul

My name is Kanishk. I am an 18-year old homeschooler living in Chennai.

I joined The Institute of Geography Studies (TIGS) as a student in the Geography.over.Distance (G.o.D) program in 2015.

After my first experience at the International Geography Youth Summit (IGYS), I started to volunteer at TIGS. Computers being my field of passion, I volunteered to be on the IT Team.


Pranav Shankar

(Biographical information forthcoming)

Anirdesh Y S

(Biographical information forthcoming)


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