Dr Bhakti Devi has worked in the field of sustainable water management for more than thirty years across diverse functions that include - process engineering and operations, sustainable water planning, policy and strategy, designing sustainable water program, research and capacity building. She has worked across two water-significant countries, namely Australia - the driest continent on earth, and India - one of the most water-stressed nations in the world. She was instrumental in leading the making of the ground-breaking Decentralised Water Master Plan for City of Sydney - a local municipality without a brief to plan or strategize for water and yet sought to influence the Australian water sector stakeholders with its visionary masterplan. She holds a bachelors in Civil Engineering, a masters in Environmental Engineering and a PhD in Water Resources Management. Dr. Bhakti relocated to India after 25 years of working as an active water professional in Australia to focus on contributing her experience and skills for the cause of water mission in India. Her experience working in the cutting edge of sustainable water management has shaped her views and position on water management. She is a strong advocate of community led and community centric decentralised water systems, and considers solving for widespread water illiteracy even more urgent than solving for the water crisis. Dr Bhakti has recently founded the NGO, Jal Smruti which is dedicated to the cause of restoring the local water cycle by collaborating with local action takers to enable local water actions, top influencers and decision makers to enable the right water policies and strategies. The newly launched Youth Champions Program for Local Water Action is a four-week mentoring program for creating on-field local youth water warriors and leaders. Water literacy is at the heart of all Jal Smruti programs.
Dr. Javed Vassilis Khan is curious about how people interact with technical systems and based on that curiosity he designs, realizes and evaluates novel interactive systems. This passion currently finds application at Sappi Europe, in which he works as a product designer. Furthermore, he serves as an associate editor at the Behavior and Information Technology journal. In the past, he has held the position of assistant professor (tenured) in the department of Industrial Design at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands and before that of senior lecturer at Breda University of Applied Sciences.
Javed holds a PhD and a P.D.Eng. degree from the Industrial Design Department of Eindhoven University of Technology and an MSc. in Computer Engineering from the University of Patras in Greece. More about Javed at: http://khan.gr
Jazeela Sherif is an engineer turned CFO, a painter and a trained singer. Besides engineering, she holds an M.B.A, PhD, and an MSc in Financial Engineering.
Padu S. Padmanaban is the former Program Director of the South Asia Regional Initiative for Energy (SARI/E) and Senior Energy Advisor for USAID/India’s bilateral program. He has served with the World Bank, Washington DC as an Energy Efficiency Specialist and is a visiting fellow with the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He has over four decades of experience in the design of national and regional energy efficiency programs, power sector reforms, regional energy integration, energy-water nexus, clean energy and energy access projects including the planning and establishment of national and regional centers of excellence in energy efficiency. He is a trustee of Alttech Foundation, a Bangalore based NGO devoted to advancing water-energy sustainability and also is the founder member of the Alliance for Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE), India. Padmanaban is the recipient of several international and national awards in energy management and efficiency. These include: The Regional Energy Manager of the Year 2019 Award by the United States Association of Energy Engineers; the World Clean Energy Award, 2007 by the Swiss based Transatlantic 21 in global recognition of his achievements in advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy. Recipient of the Hall of Fame Award by the Indian Green Building Council in 2013, the All-India Power award in 2010, and the Energy Professional Development award, 2008 by the Association of Energy Engineers, India.
Padmanaban taught at the School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC. He has a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Madras (1973), a PG certificate in Fuel Efficiency (1974-76) from National Productivity Council, India and Diplomas in Energy Management from UCTI-IRI, Rome (1981) and ILO, Turin (1983), Italy.
Dr. Sherif Aziz is an engineer turned development strategist, digital entrepreneur and writer. He has been in senior advisory positions relating to development strategies, industrial and entrepreneurship development, e-governance, digital transformation, technology parks and business incubation. Member of management and advisory boards of academic, research and business incubation initiatives. He writes frequently on technology and development, and their impact on the society. He is a cofounder of LEAD Digest, and is an avid screenplay and corporate content writer too. He holds a masters in Industrial Engineering with specialisation in information systems, a PhD in development studies and a second masters in e-Governance, from top ranking institutions. He is also an alumnus of the United Nations University – International Leadership Academy.