Manas serves as Senior Advisor to BORDA-South Asia and CDD India, focusing primarily on developing business models for increasing coverage of sanitation services in under-developed communities, overseeing projects and developing partnerships particularly in the private sector. He is founder of Blue Water Company, which aims to deliver world-class Faecal Sludge Management and Wastewater Management services to smaller cities and campuses, to reduce water pollution and increase reuse of treated wastewater. Earlier, he was a Director at Dasra, and supported social enterprises to become more effective and scale. At investment bank Avendus Capital, he helped growth companies to raise equity from global private equity investors. He was also COO of a high-end electronics manufacturing and exports firm. Manas is a graduate of MIT and the Sloan School of Management and has attended programs at the University of Chicago-Booth School of Business. He serves on the Indian Governments' Swachh Bharat Task Force and is advisor to social start-ups and nonprofit organizations including Fitternity.com, Shelter Associates, Football Link and the Yunus Corporate Action Tank. He is a Reiki Master and teacher.
Anant Bhagwati is a Partner at The Bridgespan Group, working in the Mumbai office. He has an abiding interest in enabling Indian NGOs and Domestic Philanthropy to achieve their full potential. He works closely with multi-generational families, technology entrepreneurs and corporates, and global foundations to help them dream bolder and with greater equity. He works closely with over 30 leading nonprofits in India, both scale actors and high potentials, on their journeys of transformative scale. Anant writes and speaks at forums extensively and has co-authored the India Philanthropy report for over five years. Prior to this, Anant was Director for Capacity Building and Expertize at Dasra, focusing on strategic philanthropy and field building. He has transitioned from a career advising for-profit companies culminating as Partner at Bain India, where he led Digital Transformation in India. A few common elements have continued to excite him through his Consulting career of nearly 20 years. Anant is passionate about applying these skills learnt in the corporate world to support Philanthropists and NGOs with strategy formulation, implementation and scaling impact. Anant lives with his wife and teenage daughter and mother in Mumbai.
Dr. Ravindra currently serves as Advisor to the Karnataka Industrial Development Board (KIADB). Former Chief Engineer at the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB), he served at BWSSB from 1981-2018 at projects of various nature implemented under different capacities. He has a successful track record overseeing project ideas, conceiving and implementation, introducing IOT, HR and training. He has written books on professional field engineers, published research papers and won several awards for outstanding work carried out in the field of water management. He has a BE (Civil), M.Tech and Ph.D (Environmental Engineering). He is a Life Member of the Indian Water Works Association as well as a member of The Institution of Engineers (India).
R.P.Mallik is a retired chief engineer from Karnataka Urban Water Supply & Drainage Board, Bengaluru. His experience includes work with: - a World Bank assisted 24X7 Water Supply project - a WHO assisted project on Sanitation Safety Plan (SP) - Introduction of new technology for treatment of Municipal sewage - Remote sensing & GIS application for preparation of Water Supply & Sanitation projects - Coordinating with the Committee formed by the Government of Karnataka to frame the Policy for using treated sewage/ wastewater for Industrial, Agricultural & other purposes - Coordinator for TCCL in PFR preparation for a study on Reuse of treated sewage at a thermal power plant
Sujava is an urban specialist with more than 2 decades of experience in the sector (India and USA. Until recentlv, she was Principal Research Scientist at the Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP), Bangalore, India. Her experience includes development of decision support tools, policy studies for sustainable urban transport interventions, technology choices, development of land use and transport strategies, integrated approach to the sanitation investment planning process, gender inclusive planning processes and capacity building. She has also been involved in building toolkits for sustainable planning, as part of the Capacity Building for Sustainable Urban Transport Planning Program- India, DFID-World Bank, Ministry of Urban Development, and Government of India. Further, she is part of the Faecal Sludge Management Toolbox team (supported by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation). She has also worked with the Planning Commission (for the 12th Plan)/NITI Aayog to develop a systems analysis of the forces shaping development scenarios for India and developed a smart and sustainable city development reference framework. She has worked with various urban local bodies, state governments, and the Ministry of Urban Development in India, and also worked with the US federal government, the State Department of Transportation (different states) and numerous cities, private developers in the US. Currently, as part of the National Faecal Sludge and Septage Management (NFSSM) Alliance, she also represents technology and gender taskforces. She is also a member, American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), and Life Member, Institute of Urban Transport, Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India. She has a Masters in Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University, USA and Masters in Economics from Jadavpur University, India.
Susmita Sinha is an Environmental Management professional with over 16 years of work experience in the environmental sector. She has been associated with BORDA-South Asia and CDD India for 16 ears. Her specialization lies in urban environmental management with a focus on sanitation. She has extensive experience with community-based sanitation approaches, faecal sludge management, coordinating research activities, wastewater monitoring and analysis as well as developing capacity building programs. In 2016, The Global Knowledge Management Congress & Awards recognised Susmita as one of the 50 Most Influential Knowledge Management Professionals for the year.