Youth Action Network

Samarrth Khanna

Former Youth Ambassador

Samarrth Khanna has remained loyal and dedicated to our cause for the past three years, and he’s creating a tsunami of change in India. Samarrth is a young naturalist who is in love with nature and all its lifeforms. A student of environmental sciences, he regularly organizes and participates in various campaigns and on the ground work related to saving the environment and conserving wildlife.


Samarrth developed a soft spot for elephants in his heart after attending the special screening of Gods in Shackles - An Epic Documentary’ in New Delhi and meeting our Founder, Sangita Iyer, who is also the Director and producer of the documentary.


He was so deeply touched and hurt to see the plight of Asian Elephants that he felt compelled to take action in order to save the elephants of India. He says, “I strongly believe that the young generation and youth can definitely bring a stronger change and can make various conservation strategies more impactful with their involvement and participation.” He created the VFAES youth group called the Youth Action Network (YAN), aiming to inspire, empower and reach out to the younger generations, and help them participate in various conservation actions.

Aishwarya Sridhar

Youth Ambassador

Aishwarya is a National Geographic Explorer, poet, photographer and wildlife filmmaker. She has penned more than 200 poems on Nature and her images, poems and articles have been published in several print and online editions of magazines and newspapers of repute, and Aishwarya brings her unique gifts to the VFAES family.


In 2021, she was accepted as an Emerging Fellow at the International League of Conservation Photographers. This tenacious young woman from Bangalore never hesitates to speak the truth, despite the intimidations she continues to face. Watch her TEDx talk here.