Padma Koppula is the CEO of Aranya Agricultural Alternatives. She has been a committed social worker for the last 20 years, working with rural farmers. She is an institutional development expert, irrigation expert, and gender specialist. She has been an advisory member of Andhra Pradesh Farmers Water Management Committees Association (FWMCA); Secretary of the Bodhi Education Society; Coordinator, Deccan Development Society; and consultant to the Govt of AP–irrigation projects. She is an avid promoter of sustainable agriculture practices and Permaculture.