Age: 26
Home Town: New Orleans, Louisiana
Education: Master of Science, Disaster Resilience Leadership, Tulane University
Specific Field Interests: Sustainable Development, Livelihoods, Disaster Resilience
Placement: Snow Leopard Conservancy India Trust (SLC-IT) - Leh, Ladakh
Area of Focus: Livelihoods

Highlights: Timothy is continuously impressed by India and its people. Its development challenges combined with its immense human potential make it a fascinating study. He is looking forward to being immersed in India's rich history and contemporary culture. He is proud to be counted among AIF's Fellows and is excited to contribute to the Snow Leopard Conservancy India Trust's valuable conservation efforts. He hopes to increase the market share of SLC-IT's Himalayan Homestays program, and generally increase its viability, sustainability, and visibility in the international context. He also aim to develop monitoring tools for the Conservancy's social programs. Prior to AIF, Timothy has done an internship in Sri Lanka, have had previous travels in India and recently graduated from Tulane University with a M.S. in Disaster Resilience.

Posts by timothyhefflinger


On the Malleability of Life, and Other Lessons from Ladakh

When I write things like blog posts, I try very hard to highlight the big […]


“Service,” Part 2 – Strategy in Action

I briefly alluded to some of my strategic process in my last post. I want […]


“Service,” Part 1 – It’s the Relationships

I returned to Ladakh in early May. (For some background on why I was away […]


The Problem of Tang, or, the Dangers of Normalizing Pollution

One of the biggest problems of conservation that my host organization has identified is the […]


A Crisis of Faith

An artisan works on a hand-knotted rug outside of Jaipur, Rajasthan.   You could say […]


Big Projects, Small Developments: Thinking about Connectivity

Something interesting happened to me this past month: I became a digital migrant. At some […]


What Are We Talking about When We Talk about Conservation?

“We shall never achieve harmony with the land, any more than we shall achieve absolute […]


A Knife that Cuts Both Ways

What does it mean to respect tradition in a changing world? This question has been […]


Thinking About Toilets, and then Thinking Beyond Toilets

Ladakhis traditionally have some of the most ecologically attuned attitudes of any people I’ve ever […]


From Ladakh with Love

“The problem with flying in [to Leh] is cultural as well as physical. Ladakh is […]

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