The University of Arizona

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Alum Ashwin Naidu named 2019 TED Fellow

Friday, February 1, 2019
SNRE Alum Dr. Ashwin Naidu was recently named a 2019 TED Fellow. He will be attending the main TED Conference in Vancouver in April to give a 4-min TED talk along with the 19 other Fellows this year. 
 
The TED Fellowship is a prestigious honor with a <1% acceptance rate; it puts the Fellows' work on a global platform poised to receive transformational advice and support from some of the most influential people in the world:
 
“The TED Fellows program supports extraordinary, iconoclastic individuals at work on world-changing projects, providing them with access to the global TED platform and community, as well as new tools and resources to amplify their remarkable vision. The TED Fellows program now includes 472 Fellows who work across 96 countries, forming a powerful, far-reaching network of artists, scientists, doctors, activists, entrepreneurs, inventors, journalists and beyond, each dedicated to making our world better and more equitable. Read more about their visionary work on the TED Fellows blog.”  
 
Dr. Naidu was selected because of his work as the co-founder of the Fishing Cat Conservancy, an organization that works with local people to protect the fishing cat and their globally-important habitats in India and nearby countries, as well as raise public awareness about the need to conserve this lesser-known cat species. Dr. Naidu is one of three TED Fellows from the University of Arizona, the other Fellows being Erika Hamden (2019), and Burcin Mutlu-Pakdil (2018). 
 
Learn more about Dr. Naidu's work at the Fishing Cat Conservancy at AZ Public Media.

Photos: Ashwin Naidu / Fishing Cat Conservancy