Sucharita Sen has joined as the Executive Director of SaciWATERs in October 2016 and is on leave from position of Professor in the Centre for the Study of Regional Development, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University. She was a Nehru-Fulbright Fellow in 2009-10 and was associated with Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA during this period. She is an economic geographer and has published in areas of natural resources and livelihoods, specifically focusing on spatial dynamics of land and water and their connections with the society. Her recent engagement and publications are on labour and gender, with a spatial focus on peri-urban areas, which has experienced fast paced urban expansions and in-migration in the last two decades. She has just completed a major collaborative work on ‘Gender Atlas’ funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), and is currently a team member of the Inter-University Consortium on Cryosphere and Climate Change (IUCCCC) , where her role is to analyse adaptation and adaptive capacities in the Himachal Himalayas.
Dr. Aditya Bastola has a Ph.D in Women’s Studies from University of Pune. His research interests are on issues of gender, water, governance, climate change, health and migration. He has strong field experiences across rural communities in South Asia. Prior to joining SaciWATERs he was working with Women in Environment, Nepal. His proficiencies are in implementing and coordinating regional level studies, gender analysis and development of analytical model. He is also associated with several community-based organizations focused on gender rights.
Dr. Poulomi Banerjee holds a PhD in watershed management from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Prior to joining SaciWATERs she was working as a researcher in Water Resource and Policy Division (WRPM) of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi. She has been working in the field of water supply and sanitation, natural resource management, climate change, agriculture, governance and policy issues for the past seven years. She has proficiency in handling both research and implementation related projects and is associated with various national forums and societies. She looks into the peri urban and the study of disappearing lakes projects as a Senior Fellow in SaciWATERs.
Safa Fanaian holds a master’s degree in Water Management from UNESCO-IHE, Institute for Water Education, The Netherlands and a MSc. in Ecology and Environmental Science from Pondicherry University. In the field of water management,she has worked extensively on issues such as transparency, accountability and participation within the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector, ecosystem based economic assessments of water systems, participatory irrigation management, and watershed monitoring and assessment.
She also has experience in coordinating networks and bringing together organizations in research and consultation on issues such as governance, gender equality, rethinking economics and science, religion and development. Throughout, she has lead multidisciplinary and multicultural teams in research, assisted in developing methodologies, data analysis, and conducted trainings, communications and capacity building.
She is currently coordinating the Arsenic Knowledge and Action Network project at SaciWATERs.
Sumit Vij is a PhD Researcher with Public Administration and Policy Group at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. He holds a master’s degree in Sustainable Development Practices from TERI University, India and completed his Bachelors in Chemistry from University of Delhi. He also holds a master’s degree in Development Management from Tata-Dhan Academy, a collaborative effort of Sir Ratan Tata Trust (SRTT) and DHAN Foundation. Before starting his PhD, he worked with SaciWATERs, on the projects focused on the peri urban water governance and climate change in south Asia. He has also worked as a consultant on the Living with Climate Change project (SSHRC) with partners in India, Nepal, Pakistan and Canada. He was responsible for designing, planning, and the implementation of the project in semi-arid sites of India. He also has gained experience in project designing and coordination while working on the National Dairy Plan at National Dairy Development Board, Ministry of Agriculture, India.
Sumit Vij’s research focuses on the governance of adaptation, specifically to understand how adaptation is conceptualized as a political process. His research will explain the influence of power on approaches of policy making for adaptation in south Asian countries (India, Nepal, Bangladesh).
Manoj Jatav is working as a Research Fellow at SaciWATERs. His has done his MPhil. in 2009 from Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has more than 7 years of Research experience in the fields of water and gender studies, labour economics, and Informal Economy. He has proficiency in handling unit level data from various sources such as National Sample Surveys (NSS), Annual Surveys of Industries (ASI), Micro & Small Scale Enterprises (MSME Census), Economic Census, Population Census, NFHS and DLHS. Prior to his employment at SaciWATERs, he has been consultant with National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) in New Delhi and V.V. Giri National Labour Institute (VVGNLI). He also has peer-reviewed articles in journals, including Economic & Political Weekly, and edited books of international repute to his credit.
Byjesh Kattarkandi, prior to joining Saciwaters, worked as research consultant at International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Hyderabad. He holds masters in agriculture with a specialization in farm and rural environment from Wageningen University, The Netherlands and bachelor in agriculture from Kerala Agricultural University, Kerala. He possess more than seven years of research experience in climate change impacts on crops and rural livelihood, risks and vulnerability and on identifying strategies towards resilience at different levels of its manifestation. He posses field research experience in semi-arid tropics of India and East Africa (Tanzania and Uganda). His research interest includes Q2 (qualitative and quantitative) understanding of issues related to farming and rural livelihood.
Sumskrutha Kosgi Shroff is an Urban planner with specialization in Infrastructure Planning. She holds a master’s degree in Infrastructure Planning from Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat and a Bachelor degree in Urban and Regional Planning from JNA-FAU, Hyderabad.
In Water and Sanitation sectors she has extensively worked in developing City Sanitation Plans, City Development plans, PPP , 24X7 water supply, Service level benchmarking(WASH) at city level, Fecal sludge management and conducting training programs on WASH.
Prior to joining SaciWATERs she has worked with Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) as senior research associate, Hyderabad. At ASCI she acted as project coordinator for BMGF funded project on city wide delivery of WASH facilities in Waragal city. She also was consultant to TARU Leading edge for ACCCRN funded project assisting in developing methodologies and research for implementation of project on ground level.
She is currently involved in Citizen's First Campaign on Accountability for Drinking water and Sanitation as a Project coordinator at SaciWATERs.
Manish completed his Masters in Development from Azim Premji University, Bangalore (2014). Before joining SaciWATERs, he worked with the team in Kudumbashree National Resource Organization (NRO) in Trivandrum for facilitating the development of community led community driven micro-enterprises through Self Help Groups in the rural areas of Bihar and Jharkhand as per the mandate of National Rural Livelihoods Mission. His research interest lies in the domain of understanding the multiple inter-linkages between poverty, gender, migration, institutions and livelihoods through discipline of political economy and is interested to explore the same by applying qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.
He is currently working under the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (Ganges Basin) in the project titled 'Poverty Squares and Gender Circles: unravelling agriculture gaps, challenges and opportunities in the Eastern Gangetic Plains'. In addition to this he is associated with the Arsenic Knowledge and Action Network team at SaciWATERs and is involved in analysing climate, water and urban land use policies under the CoCooN project (Conflicts and Cooperation over Natural resources in Developing countries).
Shreya holds a master’s degree in Geography with a semester specialisation in Physical geography and an M.Phil degree in Regional Development from the Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University. She has been a CSIR Senior Research Fellow at the University. Currently continuing her PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University on Groundwater socioecology in Gujarat, Shreya has been associated with research on water resources since her postgraduate studies in Geography having worked on papers on varied water-related issues, both scientific and socioeconomic. She has worked on consultancy projects on natural resource management with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and has assisted on research projects on climate change, and urban water security. Her specific research interest lies in integrating the science and the socioeconomics and politics of water resources at levels of theory, methodology and policy.
Dr. Gangadri has more than 19 years of experience within the areas of women empowerment, water and sanitation, natural resource management, sustainable livelihoods, participatory irrigation management, capacity building, preparation of training modules, process documentation and preparation of timely reports along with specialization in planning, implementation, operations and monitoring within field research. He has completed his PhD. on Water balance, land use, cropping pattern and agricultural development of Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh, from Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Anantapur.
He has worked with various governmental, non-governmental and private organizations such as Rural Institute for Social Education (RISE), SMEC India Pvt. Ltd, Irrigation and Command Area Development Department (I&CAD), APMAS, Commissioner of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department.
Suchita Jain completed her M. Tech. in Applied Geology from Dr. H. S. Gour University, Sagar (Madhya Pradesh). She is having more than 8 years' research experience in the field of Hydrology, Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System. In past, she has worked as a Researcher at Space Applications Centre, ISRO, Ahmedabad, where she was engaged with the Coastal Vulnerability Mapping project along for the parts of Indian Coast.
She was also associated with SOPPECOM, Pune for more than six years and has been involved in RS/GIS and hydrological aspects of the major studies done by SOPPECOM like post facto study of watershed development programs in Maharashtra, Characterization of wastelands for parts of Maharashtra, Multilayer Planning and Management of Water Resources in Bharar River Sub basin, Chattarpur District, Madhya Pradesh, and LiveDiverse- Sustainable Livelihoods and Biodiversity in Developing Countries.
At SaciWATERs she is presently involved with the second phase of Brahmaputra Dialogue Project.
Parepally Sahithi holds a master’s degree in Infrastructure Planning from Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat and a Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from Gurunanak Institute of Technology, Hyderabad. Her master’s thesis was on Sanitation in small cities - A study of Palanpur and Bharuch, Gujarat.
Prior to joining SaciWATERs she has worked with CEPT University, Ahmedabad and Urban Management Center, Ahmedabad. She has worked on water and sanitation sector. Majorly in preparation of standard operating procedure of fecal sludge management and excel based toolkits for rating cities based on cleanliness under Mahatma Gandhi Swachhata Mission for Government of Gujarat.
She is currently involved with the Water Quality Surveillance and Monitoring in Rural Telangana as a Research Associate at SaciWATERs.
Monica holds a Master’s degree in Urban Development and Management, from TERI University, New Delhi, and a Bachelor’s degree in Facilities and Services Planning from Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University- School of Planning and Architecture, Hyderabad. As a part of her Master’s thesis she did a Comparative Study of Urban water Supply in Regularised and Unauthorised colonies of Delhi, to understand the impingement on the resources of the service provider. During her course of study she was associated with the South Delhi Municipal Corporation, Delhi and Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad.
She is currently involved in the CoCooN Project- Conflict and Cooperation over Natural Resources in Developing Countries focussing on peri urban water security.
Vishaka Gulati holds a Master’s degree in Climate Science and Policy, from TERI University, New Delhi, and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry honours from University of Delhi. As a part of her major project she analysed the impacts of climate change and climate variability on the major rural livelihood activities of the people living in the Teesta Basin. Her study was concentrated in Sikkim part of the Teesta Basin. Initially as an intern at SaciWATERs she was involved in the project “Building Resilience to WASH Service Delivery in the context of Climate Change in India”. Currently she is working as a Research Associate at SaciWATERs and is involved in the third phase of Transnational Policy Dialogue for Improved Water Governance of the Brahmaputra River.
Anshika holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from St.Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Mumbai. For her Master’s thesis she studied Kerala’s Gender Responsive Budgeting practices for the year 2016-2017. As a part of this thesis, she also studied the status of women in Kerala and its claim to gender empowerment, including some of its state run programmes for women such as Kudumbashrees. She is currently involved as a Research Associate in the project ‘Ensuring Water Security in Metropolitan Hyderabad: A study of Hydrological settings and Informal Institutional dynamics’ at SaciWATERs.
Arundhati Deka holds a Master's degree in Environmental Studies and Resource Management from TERI University, New Delhi, and a bachelor's degree in Geology from Hansraj College, University of Delhi. As a part of her Master's thesis she worked with Central Water Commission, New Delhi and conducted a Flood Estimation Study for the Kynshi Hydroelectric Project in Meghalaya which also included the Environmental Flow Assessment of the river and Flood Plain Mapping for the region. During her course of study she was associated with National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee for a project on the statistical and deterministic methods for flood estimation in a small catchment along the river Purvi Nayar in Uttarakhand.
Currently she is working with SaciWATERs as a Research Associate and is involved in two projects - Improved functioning of Telangana State Institutions to develop climate resilience policies and services, and the third phase of Transnational Policy Dialogue for Improved Water Governance of the Brahmaputra River.
Arunima holds a post graduate degree in M.Sc. Urban Policy and Governance from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and a graduation degree in B.Tech Urban and Regional Planning from School of Planning and Architecture, Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University, Hyderabad.
During the course of her study, she was associated with Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad (ASCI) and Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad (CESS). Her Master’s Thesis titled -The Politics of Planning Megaprojects: A case study of the Hyderabad Metro Rail project throws light on the dynamics of power relations in planning megaprojects and the socio-spatial implications of such projects on the urban space.
Prior to joining SaciWATERs, she worked with Foundation for Democratic Reforms, Hyderabad (FDR) as a Research Associate and dealt with research projects ranging across health, education, judicial and electoral reforms.
She is currently involved in CoCooN project – Conflict and Cooperation over Natural Resources in Developing Countries - Peri-Urban Water Security in Hyderabad.
Venu Gopal holds a masters degree in Sociology from the Sri Krishna Devaraya University (SKU), Ananthapuramu. He has more than nine years of development sector experience in implementation various rural development programmes. He has earlier worked at MYRADA, a pioneering organization in building people institutions like SHGs, Watershed Users Associations and CMRCs. He was part of the Kadiri Project as CMRC (Community Managed Resource Centre) Manager, and also worked in APMAS, a reputed national level capacity building organization of the SHG movement and community based inclusive interventions as a capacity building officer. He specializes in social mobilization, designing and implementing capacity building programs. He also has more than 5 years of experience in conducting various capacity building events on book keeping, auditing, financial management and systems, and participatory training methodologies (PTM).
As a Field Associate in SaciWATERs, he is involved in supporting research work for the CoCOON
Sai Kiran is currently working as a field assistant for "Citizen First Water Supply and Sanitation Accountability" Project funded by Water Aid. He is responsible for all the field activities which includes collecting field data on violation points & encroachments of lakes within HMDA through GPS. His past experience includes working as a market supervisor for a private firm.
Chedubavi Sreenivasulu holds an MBA degree in Finance and Accounts from the National Institute of Business Management, Chennai. He has more than seventeen years of financial and accounting experience in the NGO sector. He has earlier worked in the 'Rural Development Trust', Anantapur, as an Accounts officer and Internal Auditor; in 'SARDS', Tangutur, as an Accounts Manager and as a Sr. Finance Officer at Centre for World Solidarity (CWS), Secunderabad. As Head - Finance & Admin in SaciWATERs, he is responsible for providing strategic leadership and oversight to the Finance, Accounts & Assurance functions for SaciWATERs.
He is overall in charge for finance & Administration, Coordination with relevant authorises to ensure compliance with local laws and other statutory procedures, budgets, MIS and Donor financial reports, fund management and Cash flows for multi projects, Statutory compliances -IT, TDS, FCRA, Profession tax etc. for SaciWATERs.
Judith Christiana holds a PG Diploma in Management (Human Resources) from Indira Gandhi National Open University, Delhi. She has 20+ years of experience in the administrative field. Has last worked for 12 years with the International Water Management Institute, ICRISAT, Patancheru as Senior Administrative Officer. As HR Head, she would be responsible for providing support in the various human resource functions, which include recruitment, staffing, training and development and performance monitoring, apart from a wide range of administrative support to researchers and staff.
P.HariBabuholds an M.Com degree from Sri Krishnadeveraya University, Anantapur, Andhra Pradeshand has over nine years of experience in Finance and Accounting in NGO sector. He has earlier worked in the Rural Development Trust (R.D.T), Anantapur, as an Accountant; in Forum for Integrated Development (Chetna-OCIP), Hyderabad, as an Accountant. He has. As an Accounts Officer at SaciWATERs and is responsible for maintaining accounts, budget reports, fund flows, compliances, etc.
P. Prasanna Kumar holds MBA Finance from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupathi, Andhra Pradesh has over Five years experience in Construction field as an Accountant and One and half year experience in NGO sector as Finance and Admin officer. He has worked earlier for GeT Solutions and Infrastructure Private Ltd in Hyderabad as an Accountant for five years, and worked for Centre for World Solidarity (CWS), Hyderabad as a Finance & Admin Officer over a period of One and half year. As an Accounts Officer at SaciWATERs and is responsible for maintaining accounts, budget reports, fund flows, compliances, etc.
Raju holds a degree in Computer Science and a diploma in Multimedia and has 5 years of experience in the field of web and graphic designing. At SaciWATERs he is responsible for designing publications, reports, newsletters etc. He also manages and develops various project websites.
Raissa Begum is an arts graduate and has completed B.ED from Osmania University. She has joined SaciWATERs as Administrative assistant and PA to Executive Director. She would be responsible for all the admin related tasks and also manage the diary of the Executive Director.
Dr. Vishal Narain is Associate Professor, Public Policy and Governance at MDI, Management Development Institute, Gurgaon. He holds a PhD from Wageningen University, the Netherlands. His teaching and research interests are in the inter-disciplinary analyses of public policy processes and institutions, water governance, vulnerability and adaptation to environmental change and periurban issues.
His research has been published in several international peer-reviewed journals like Water Policy, Water International, Environment and Urbanization, Local Environment: the International Journal of Justice and Sustainability and Mountain research and Development. He has recently co-edited ‘Globalization of Water Governance in South Asia (Routledge)’. He is currently co-editing ‘Water Security in periurban South Asia: adapting to climate change and urbanization (Oxford University Press)’ and ‘Indian Water Policy at the Cross-Roads: Resources, Technology and Reforms (Springer, the Netherlands).’ In the past, he was the Editor of the journal Resources, Energy and Development (2004-06).
He was lead author for a chapter on human vulnerability to environmental change for GEO- (Global Environment outlook)- 4, the flagship publication of UNEP, the United Nations Environment Programme. He received the SR Sen Prize for the Best Book on Agricultural Economics and Rural Development conferred by the Indian Society of Agricultural Economics (2002-03) for his book ‘Institutions, technology and water control: water users’ associations and irrigation management reform in two large-scale systems in India (Orient Longman, 2003). He has recently completed consultancy assignments for IWMI, International Water Management Institute, Colombo, STEPS Center, University of Suusex, U.K. and SaciWATERs, South Asian Consortium for Inter-Disciplinary Water Resources Studies, Secunderabad, India.
Dr. Anamika Barua is an associate professor at the Dept of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Guwahati, Assam. She has a masters in Economics and she received her PhD in Ecological Economics from School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, United Kingdom, in 2009. The title of her thesis is ‘An empirical analysis of interstate disparity in water pollution in India’ Trained in Ecological Economics, her research interest lies in understanding how political, social and economic factors shapes environmental decisions and change, particularly related to water. For the last ten years she has been involved in academic and consultancy project related to water issues in South Asia. Her research interests includes – socio economic vulnerability to climate change, water and livelihood security in the context of climate change, ecological accounting (ecological footprints, virtual water flow through trade) and water governance including transboundary water governance.
She is at present facilitating a dialogue project called Brahmaputra Dialogue with SaciWATERs, under the South Asian Water Initiative (SAWI) program of the Word Bank, which aims to create a platform for the Brahmaputra riparian countries to find avenues for co management of the River.