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Madhumitha Ardhanari

Sustainability strategist and researcher, Forum for the Future
Nationality: Singaporean
Living in: Singapore
Fields of work: Environment/sustainable development, human rights, technology, food systems and security

“I believe lasting radical change comes from questioning why things are the way they are and envisioning how things can be done differently, and better. Inequality colours how we see the world, and questions can be powerful vehicles for change. I hold deep questions within me, from what my role in creating a more just society is, to what more ethical value distribution in agricultural supply chains could look like in the face of automation and an ageing workforce.”
— Madhumitha Ardhanari

BIOGRAPHY
Madhumitha Ardhanari is a sustainability strategist and researcher at Forum for the Future, with five years of experience coaching businesses and organisations to adapt to long-term sustainability challenges. She has extensive work experience in areas such as sustainable value chains and livelihoods, and radical decarbonisation. For the past two years, she has managed a first-of-its-kind pre-competitive collaboration with five palm oil manufacturers aimed at improving labour rights in the value chain. She has also designed, researched and facilitated projects exploring just and sustainable futures for sectors including shipping, energy, agriculture and textiles, in the Asia-Pacific region. 

When Madhu was seconded to Forum’s India office in 2016, she led the futures research for a scenarios project examining risks and opportunities in the linen industry in 2030. She also coordinated research on the future of decentralised renewable energy in Odisha, India. Prior to advisory work, she led on building and developing content for a sustainability futures knowledge sharing platform, TheFuturesCentre.org

Outside work, Madhu volunteers as a facilitator at PlayMoolah, a financial literacy start-up, where she helps young people from low-income households who are in receipt of long-term financial aid to build pathways to financial security. She is a member of Singapore Youth for Climate Action (SYCA), where she trains young people to become climate activists. She represented Singaporean civil society at the 2016 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP22) in Morocco. 

Madhu holds an honours degree in political science from the National University of Singapore, where she was part of the University Scholars Programme.

Twitter: @madhumithabla

“Tackling climate collapse and modern slavery comes with its fair share of despair and grief. What gives me hope is people’s shared conviction to fight for a better future and dismantle deeply entrenched power structures. I see this in Maori women standing in front of bulldozers to protect their forests, and in shipping executives rerouting vessels to avoid whales. Most recently, the school strikes for climate justice have given me the greatest hope: young people from Abuja and Bugoloobi to Sacramento and Medellí­n reclaiming their future. It reminds me that we are capable of flourishing and thriving, even in the most difficult times, by connecting and loving across our differences.”
— Madhumitha Ardhanari