Our Team

Bhaskar Krishnamurthy

Bhaskar poses for one of the students in workshop

Bhaskar Krishnamurthy

Bhaskar is the founder of the Augusta Photography Festival and International Photography Partnerships (IPP), the predecessor of CLIC Abroad. He has won numerous awards, and his work has been featured in numerous publications, such as Lonely Planet, Rolling Stone, BBC, UNESCO and Insight. He is the author of book The Fragile Forest: Inside Brazilian Amazonia, and he routinely guest lectures about cultural conservation and social anthropology. A Fulbright scholar and an International Fellow with the Explorers Club Bhaskar regularly collaborates with international organizations on developing social documentaries and travel stories. He is an active member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW).


Frank in Augusta, GA

Frank Christian

Augusta National Golf’s first chairman, Clifford Roberts, often referred to Frank Christian as its photographic historian. Indeed, there is probably no one alive today who knows more about the Augusta National, not to mention the Masters tournament, than Frank. He served as the club photographer for Augusta National from 1948 until he retired in 2000, taking over the duties from his father. He was the third member of his family to serve in that capacity and his son Edward became the fourth. Frank has worked with and photographed most, if not all, of the key figures involved in the rise of Augusta National. His photographs have been featured in books and magazines in countries around the world. He also served as PGA of America photographer for 38 years, including as the team photographer for 19 Ryder Cup teams. In 1996, Frank published Augusta National & The Master: A Photographer’s Scrapbook, a book that highlights his gift for storytelling, along with his eye for photographing what is perhaps the most famous golf course in the world. Frank and wife Jackie live in both Augusta and England. They enjoy cooking and traveling. Frank is also a commercial pilot and has logged more than 9,000 hours.


Tom wearing a traditional headdress during a celebration in Chamba.

Tom Grant

Dr. Tom Grant serves as professor of journalism at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Georgia, USA. Tom Grant spent more than 30 years working as a journalist in newspapers and television. He is the winner of numerous national awards for his investigative reporting, including two DuPont Columbia Awards, sometimes referred to as the Pulitzers of broadcasting. In addition to his master’s degree in journalism from Columbia School of Journalism, Tom completed his doctoral studies in the pedagogy of teaching ethics to media students. Tom is deeply committed to education and fostering multi-cultural understanding through photography and video.


Jill in bright colors after participating in the HOLI ritual in Orissa

Jill Denny

Jill graduated from the State University of NY Plattsburgh with a BS in Nursing and a minor in Anthropology. After six years of clinical practice as a registered nurse in critical care nursing, she got her Master’s degree in Nursing/Hospital Administration with a minor in Labor Relations from DePaul University in Chicago. She then relocated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she helped open the new Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin (CHW). She worked there for eight years in administration and also served two years on the Board for the Children’s Miracle Network. She has traveled numerous times with the Milwaukee Medical Mission to Colombia in South America to help children with facial deformities. As a coordinator for CLIC Abroad, Jill works with Lori to handle applications, prepare students for the trip and travels with the group.


Lori in bright colors after participating in the HOLI ritual in Orissa

Lori Sra

Lori graduated with a degree in Respiratory Therapy from Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY. She met Bhaskar through a mutual friend and became instant friends, as well as partners in CLIC Abroad. As the main coordinator for CLIC Abroad, Lori handles all travel arrangements, prepares students for the trip, coordinates fundraising efforts with students, arranges to distribute proceeds to the villages we visit, and travels with the group. Lori loves to travel and immerse herself in other cultures, which has taught her to accept there are many different ways to live, act and worship. Each culture is unique and its people have something to teach the rest of the world. She is passionate about sharing these experiences with children, our future. Her favorite part of each amazing trip is seeing the look on the village children’s faces when we photograph with them and participate in their rituals. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and three children.

 

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Vicki Smith photographing the tulip fields in Netherlands

 

Vickie Smith

Vicki Smith is a lawyer practicing in Kansas City, Missouri, with both an undergraduate and law degree from the University of Missouri.  When not practicing law, she can be found with a camera in her hand capturing the  world as she sees it.

 

Advisors

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Abha posing for a picture before a social event.

Abha Rai

Abha is a social worker and a doctoral student at the University of Georgia, Athens. She got her MSW from India and has extensive international community experience. She works on development issues prevalent in India. Her primary areas of research interest include understanding the issue of domestic violence pertinent in the South Asian immigrant community residing in the United States. Apart from her research, during her free time Abha enjoys traveling, hiking, trying out new cuisines, some writing and good music.

 

Praveen Siddharth

Praveen in New York City,

 

Praveen Siddarth

Praveen Siddharth is a sociologist, policy maker, avid explorer and writer. He is deeply motivated by a desire to make a positive change in society and has supported numerous outreach initiatives. He has also authored a number of articles and op eds in leading dailies and magazines on a variety of topical issues. In his spare time, he teaches cyber forensics and economics. He started a social enterprise in rural Thailand that produces and markets textiles. At 22, Praveen was one of the youngest officers to be selected to the Indian civil service. He is now the Joint Commissioner of Income tax with the Indian government and is presently finishing his studies for a Master in international finance degree from Columbia University, New York.

 

Samhita

Samhita is a philanthropic initiative of the Nadathur Trust

Priya Naik, CEO Samhita

Priya’s interest in social entrepreneurship began when she worked as a Researcher at the Poverty Action Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, USA. At MIT, Priya was part of two student-led start-ups – Aerovax, a company that created safe, inhalable aerosol vaccines that could be delivered without the use of needles and Kalpataru, a company that delivered innovative, low-cost technology to increase the efficiency of microfinance institutions. Kalpataru’s pilot was tested with the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh and was presented to Nobel laureate, Dr Muhammad Yunus. Both social enterprises won several awards at MIT.

Priya has worked as a consultant with the International Finance Corporation in Africa. She started her career in Accounting at Arthur Andersen in Mumbai. Priya has a Masters in Economics from Yale University, USA, a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA and a Masters in Commerce from Mumbai University where she stood first in the entire graduating class.

Though Samhita.org is meant for all stakeholders in the social sector, our first phase of activity will focus on providing greater visibility, more resources and a support system for social organizations (with an initial focus on NGOs).