Manoj Das is a Banyan Impact Fellow at the American India Foundation, where is implementing the Government of India’s Forest Rights Act of 2006. Manoj holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Master of Arts in Public Policy. He has worked as a Gandhi Fellow in the government primary schools of rural Uttarakhand, where he has increased student learning outcomes of government schools by intervening in the school processes and constantly engaging with stakeholders, including community members, government officials, and school management committees. During his stay in the Himalayas, Manoj gained awareness of the negative impacts of climate change on marginalized sections of Indian society and undertook a number of projects for managing single use plastics and for reviving traditional forms of ecological agriculture in the mountain regions of Uttarakhand. He has also worked with NITI Aayog, the apex public policy think tank of the government of India, during the second wave of covid-19. He contributed to its work in controlling the spread of the virus by getting developmental partners like local non-governmental organizations, faith leaders, and the local government engaged in addressing vaccine hesitancy among tribal communities. Manoj is passionate about sustainable development and international relations.