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Interivewees for case: The Dhopal Disaster

Jitendra Vanedra

Head Engineer, Chemical Unit, Dhopal Plant

Jitendra Vanedra grew up in the Calporan capital of Kichari and received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Kichari University. He earned his Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Calpora University in 1984 and began working at the Dhopal plant later that year. He has served as Head Engineer of the Chemical Unit since 1989.

Chinmay Arihant

Team Leader, Chemical Unit, Dhopal Plant

Chinmay Arihant grew up in Dhopal and began working at the Dhopal plant in 1984, ten months after the plant began operations. He was promoted to Team Leader in November 1988.

Nida Hemadi

Shift Supervisor, Dhopal Plant

Nida Hemadi grew up in a Dhopal suburb and has worked at the Barrow plant since 1985. He was promoted to Shift Supervisor in 1989, responsible for a team of 8 workers.

Sara Richards

Reporter, London Times

Sara Richards grew up in the Archway section of London and earned her BA in Journalism from the University of Westminster. She has worked at the London Times for 14 years and had been the foreign correspondent for the Calpora region for 3 years at the time of the accident.

Yogish Chanara

Dhopal Resident

Yogish Chanara was born in the Calporan countryside and moved to Dhopal in 1986 in search of work. Unable to find steady employment, he and his family had lived in the slums surrounding the Barrow plant for 3 years at the time of the accident.

Rohit Narshimha

Team Member, Maintenance Unit, Dhopal Plant

Rohit Narshimha grew up in rural Calpora, the son of tobacco farmer. He moved to Dhopal with his family in January 1990 in search of better-paying work and to care for his wife’s ailing mother. He was hired onto the Maintenance Unit at the Dhopal plant in June 1990.

Ishan Samarjit

Vice President, Corporate Operations Unit, Barrow—Calpora

Ishan Samarjit grew up in the Calporan capital of Kichari. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Kichari University and an MBA from the University of California. Mr. Samarjit has worked with Barrow-Calpora since the subsidiary’s founding in 1979 and has served as the Vice President of the Corporate Operations Unit for the past 10 years.

Ben Janson

Vice President, Division of Business Strategy, Barrow Corporation

Ben Janson grew up in Detroit, Michigan and attended the University of Michigan, earning his BS in Business Strategy 1980. He joined Barrow Corporation in 1981 and returned to graduate school at the company’s expense to earn his MBA from Wake Forest University in 1984. He has served in his current position as VP of Business Strategy since 1986.

Anjali Anpati

Director, Calporan Economic Council

Anjali Anpati grew up in Lyndre, one of the largest cities in Calpora. She holds a BA in Economics and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy. She has worked in the Calporan Economic Council for 16 years and in her current capacity as Director for 3 years.

Abby Johnson

Dhopal Activist

Abby Johnson grew up in a Tampa suburb and earned her BA in Political Science from the University of Florida in 2004. She has been an advocate for Dhopal victims for 2 years.

Vishul Balemani

Manager, Barrow—Calpora Plant Inspection Team

Vishul Balemani grew up in rural Calpora and received one of the first scholarships from the Calporan Ministry of Education to attend college. He earned his PhD in Chemical Engineering at 26 and worked for the Calporan Ministry of Energy for 23 years before joining Barrow-Calpora in 1985. He had served as the manager of Barrow-Calpora’s Plant Inspection Team for 5 years at the time of the accident.

Tom Baker

Head Engineer-Process Design Division, Barrow Production Facility, Bennets Mills, New Jersey

Tom Baker grew up in Chicago. Earning his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois and his Master’s in Process Engineering from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, he has worked as a process design engineer at Barrow Corporation for 8 years.

Linda Vionteri

Attorney for the International Manufacturing Standards Board

Linda Vionteri was born in Birmingham, Alabama and earned her BA in English from the University of Alabama in 1985. She went on to receive her JD from Georgetown University and has been an attorney for the Department of Commerce specializing in International Manufacturing Standards since 1989.

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