Akhilesh Nair (Umesh) started his career working for the Ministry of Environment and Forests, with Ashok Kumar, a leading wildlife conservationist associated with the Wildlife Protection Society of India. He also had the privilege of working as a research assistant with Dr. Ullas Karanth, a renowned conservation zoologist and one of India’s leading tiger experts. His tenure with Dr. Karanth took him through some of the deepest nooks and crannies of South India, spanning almost all protected forests, giving him unique insight and in-depth knowledge within the sphere of conservation and wildlife biology.
Akhilesh’s extensive career has also taken him to Nepal where he spent 3 years at Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge & Tiger Tops Tented Camp working with conservation legends like Chuck McDougal. In early 2000, his passion for learning temporarily took him off the wildlife path and into the world of exclusive boutiques in the Maldives and Seychelles, where he managed boutique resorts and properties. Akhilesh’s extensive knowledge of wildlife and culture and his passion for excellence in hospitality come together to ensure our guests a unique experience at Bagh Villas.