VINITA RAMANI is a writer and conservation social scientist. She is also the Assistant Manager for Conservation & Research at the Wildlife Reserves Singapore.
She focuses on biodiversity and conservation issues in Southeast Asia and is particularly interested in human-animal conflict mitigation strategies; media advocacy for biodiversity conservation; using storytelling as a way to raise awareness about cruelty against wildlife; and raising awareness of how our choices as consumers affects natural resource use and endangered species.
She was the co-founder of Access to Justice Asia, an organization that undertook international criminal litigation work at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal (Cambodia) representing indigenous Khmer Krom survivors before the court from 2008 – 2014. On the strength of this work, she was appointed as a Museums Adviser to the Sleuk Rith Institute (Cambodia) and as a consultant curator with its progenitor, the Documentation Center of Cambodia in 2014 to produce content for permanent exhibitions in provincial museums documenting the narratives of genocide survivors.
She has previously worked as a film and music critic for BigO (Singapore), Criticine (Philippines), Kino! (Slovenia), Exclaim! (Canada), Raj Palta (Canada), and as a journalist for TODAY newspaper (Singapore). She was also the publicist and writer for the Singapore International Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival and a founding editor of the National Museum of Singapore’s Cinematheque Quarterly. Her published works include Parvathi Dreams About His Sex (Math Paper Press, Singapore), The Hearing Aid (in Best New Singaporean Short Stories, Epigram Books), a seminal essay on censorship and Singapore documentary filmmaking in Glimpses of Freedom: Independent Cinema in Southeast Asia (Cornell University Press). Her nonfiction essays and articles have been published in Kyoto Journal, POSKOD, Esquire (Singapore), Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Straits Times and The Margins. A recipient of the National Arts Council (Singapore) Arts Creation Fund grant, she is revising a novel that is about our relationship to the natural environment.
Vinita was born in India and has lived in Bahrain, UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, Canada, Cambodia and the United States. She currently lives in Singapore with her husband, an international lawyer and law professor.