Have been working in water and environment related issues in South India for over 20 years. Have carried out many research projects in several river basins with particular reference to surface and groundwater management, problems of water market, water rights and water laws, implications of rural –urban, and urban and peri-urban water markets, competing demand for water and water pollution and the issue of water governance, groundwater and electricity nexus. In recent times, I have worked extensively on issues relating to water conflict and conflict resolution through multi-stakeholders dialogues with practical interventions in three river basins in Tamil Nadu. I have also completed studies pertaining to solid and bio-medical waste and on urban sewage management. The research project on climate change and adaptation in South Asia was carried out in collaboration with five other institutions in India and Nepal. At the moment I am engaged in a two-year research project on Sustaining Ecology and Environment of Chennai funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.
Dr. Ravi Narayanan has experience in the corporate sector as well as in the not for profit sector working for international development organizations. He worked in various capacities as India Director, Director International Operations and Asia Director for Action Aid and then as Chief Executive of WaterAid. Currently a Vice Chair of the Asia Pacific Water Forum and a member of the Technical Expert Group on water and sanitation set up by the Government of India. He has been a member of the World Panel on Financing Water Infrastructure (the Camdessus Panel) and the UN Millennium Task Force on Water and Sanitation.
Nafisa Barot, founder director Utthan, an NGO working on water rights and conflict transformation, completed her bachelors in Food and Nutrition from the MS University Baroda, in 1979 and co-founded Utthan as an NGO committed to demonstrate sustainable, gender-sensitive processes for development ( till 2016 June) and building peoples institutions to organize for their empowerment. Her focal issues of engagement have been water governance and conflict transformation from a perspective of intersectionalities of class, caste, religion and gender.
Nafisa has been a founder member of several forums including Pravah, network of voluntary organizations, technical experts, academicians and planners working on drinking water issues and alternatives at state level; .
Nafisa has many interests including community mobilization and theatre and human rights advocacy for conflict resolution and peace building. She presently undertakes consultancy, training and research as a free-lance expert on water, Gender and conflict transformation.
Professor N.H. Ravindranath’s contribution includes firstly, research into various areas of climate change, forests, renewable energy and ecosystem services; secondly, participation in various international and national efforts to address climate change (IPCC, Global Environment Facility, Committees of the Ministries of Environment and Science and Technology, World Bank and UN Agencies); thirdly, creating awareness on the science, impacts, mitigation and adaptation aspects of climate change - nationally and internationally; fourthly, designing climate change mitigation and adaptation projects, and; fifthly, building capacity in institutions to address climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Aditi Mukherji is leading ICIMOD´s Water and Air Theme. She previously worked at ICRISAT in Hyderabad, India, and has over 12 years of research experience on institutions and policies of water resources management.
She is an executive committee member of the Permanent Consultative Committee on Groundwater set up by the GEFand FAO, and was awarded the Inaugural Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application by the World Food Prize Foundation for her policy work in West Bengal, India.
She holds a Ph.D in human geography from Cambridge University, UK, and an MPhil in Planning and Development from ITT Bombay. She has published over 50 peer reviewed research papers and two books, and was interviewed by the BBC and National Geographic.
She was the associate editor of Hydrogeology Journal and regularly peer reviews articles for many journals including World Development, Agricultural Water Management, Energy Policy, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, and Ecological Economics.