Sampath CM is currently the Co-Convenor of the Centre for Youth and Sustainable Development. Working with Samvada since 2017, one of Sampath’s abiding passions is waste upcycling and management. You will always find him looking upcycle waste generated in our office! Sampath’s professional journey began in print media. His interests in wildlife and photography led him to new paths that culminated in a deep interest in understanding human-animal conflicts and their implications for socially vulnerable communities. In keeping with these interests, he interned with Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment and volunteered with the Nature Conservation Foundation. Keen to learn and explore sustainable livelihood possibilities for youth to build a meaningful life, he pursued an M.A in Sustainable Livelihood and Natural Resource Governance at theTata Institute of Social Sciences, Tuljapur. Before joining Samvada, Sampath also worked with a National Skill Development Corporation project between 2016 and 2017. Sampath has a keen interest in visual anthropology, to understand human societies, cultures and changing patterns of development. He continues to work towards creating sustainable entrepreneurship opportunities for socially marginalised youth.