Pushpanath ‘Push’ Krishnamurthy joins CSM as Senior Associate after three decades spent at the leading edge of development work across three continents. Push has spent much of his professional career at Oxfam, where he acquired legendary status for his pioneering work on campaigns such as Make Trade Fair, the Climate Change Hearings, HIV/ AIDS, etc. An accomplished communicator and storyteller, Push takes complex issues and popularizes them for grassroots constituencies using a blend of traditional advocacy and new approaches. Push brings grassroots experience from regions as diverse as East Asia, Southern Africa, the Balkans and the Caucasus, and India. He is skilled in building multi-racial, cross-cultural teams and motivating highly diverse communities. With a background in development studies and agricultural science, Push also brings expertise in issues ranging from anti-poverty programmes, refugee rehabilitation, sustainable livelihoods, agricultural finance; disaster preparedness; participatory development; environmental assessment and gender.
At CSM, Push leads on our work on social enterprise, conducting urban research into this new field with a view to understanding its impacts on poverty and social transformation. He has also been behind CSM’s work on sustainable coffee, developing partnerships with growers groups such as the Karnataka Growers Federation. In December 2009, Push embarked on a Walk for Climate Justice from Oxford, UK, to Copenhagen, Denmark, to raise attention to the issues of climate change and poverty at the UN conference on climate change in Copenhagen. In 2011, he is repeated this effort in a Walk for Climate Justice in the southern India n state of Karnataka, to raise attention to the plight of small producers such as coffee growers in an era of climate change. The Walk has been supported by our partners, the Karnataka Growers Federation (KGF).