Jayahari (Hari) works as the Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU) India Country Coordinator with the Sustainable Landscapes and Restoration program at WRI India. His primary responsibility is to coordinate the FOLU India activities working closely with the FOLU India Core partners and collaborations.

Jayahari worked in different capacities in institutions like Kerala Forest Research Institute, WWF India, Winrock International India till 2015, focusing on Natural Resource Management and Biodiversity Conservation. He has initiated and implemented many conservation programs primarily in Western Ghats and Eastern Himalayas. From 2015-17 he was leading an NGO working in pastoral and dry-land agriculture sectors—Sahjeevan as its Executive Director. Prior to his current role at WRI India, he played an instrumental role in building some spatial databases in India, like India Observatory (www.indiaobservatory.org.in) at the Foundation of Ecological Security, and Restoration Opportunity Atlas of India (india.restorationatlas.org) at WRI India. He also provided consultancy services to national and international organizations like Tetra Tech, ICLEI South Asia, etc.

Jayahari is a PhD in Forestry (Wildlife Biology) from Forest Research Institute, Dehradun.

Jayahari likes travelling, especially in rural landscapes, going on long walk in forests, reading non-fiction political writing and listening to Indian music whenever he can.