KEYNOTE SPEAKER Paloma Durán
Director Sustainable Development Goals Fund
Paloma Durán is the director of the Sustainable Development Goals Fund, a UN mechanism that brings together UN agencies, national governments, academia, civil society and business to achieve SDGs.
She has an extensive professional experience in government and international organizations.
She acted as the United Nations Vice-Chair of the UN Commission for Social Development during her time as Counsellor of Human Rights in the Permanent Mission of Spain to the UN. Prior to that she worked as Chef de Cabinet for the Social Affairs
Secretariat and as Vice-President of the Women's Institute of Spain. She has served on the EU's Equality Committee and the Council of Europe's Expert Group on Affirmative Action, and worked with civil society in Nigeria, Guatemala, Peru, the Philippines
In her capacity as director of the SDG-Fund, she oversaw the launching of a Private Sector Advisory Group consisting of global companies from various sectors with the purpose of providing guidance and strategic support to achieve better development
results in coordination with the private sector.
She holds PhDs in Law, Canon Law and Political Science.
Private Sector and Philanthropy Engagement Consultant Sustainable Development Goals Fund
Babatomiwa Adesida is the Private Sector and Philanthropy Engagement Consultant for the Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDG Fund), a United Nations mechanism; based in New York; that brings together UN agencies, national governments, academia,
civil society and business to achieve SDGs. His role entails engaging the Private Sector to establish sustainable partnerships with the UN through the SDG Fund in numerous countries around the world.
He has over 15 years of Private Sector experience and has been involved in the development, implementation and monitoring of projects and policies through the private sector in partnership with numerous governments in different countries some of which
include Nigeria, Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, Tanzania, Zambia, Switzerland, Singapore and U.A.E. His most recent Private sector role was with Sahara Group where he served as the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Manager for Sahara Foundation; a subsidiary
of Sahara Group Limited.
Babatomiwa received a B.Sc with honours in Sociology from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria and MSc. in Public Policy from the University Of Bristol, U.K where he won a partial scholarship for international students. He is extremely passionate about
Social Reconstruction particularly in developing nations and plays an integral role in promoting the welfare of the underprivileged in the society through partnerships with various organizations and like-minded individuals. He has been nominated for
and also received several CSR awards some of which include the Future Awards Nigeria, the Nigeria CSR awards and the 100 most impactful CSR leaders (Global listing) in India.
As a motivational speaker and a firm believer in Africa's inherent greatness, he has travelled vastly delivering numerous papers to the continents youth.
Babatomiwa is married with two children. He is an avid Manchester United fan and also enjoys swimming, table tennis and travelling.
Founder and National Convenor Safai Karmachari Andolan (SKA), an Indian human rights organization
Head Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Communications Brandix Lanka Limited
Following a stint in the UN, Anusha Alles heads the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and the Corporate Communications Division of Brandix Lanka Limited, Sri Lanka's largest apparel company. The Brandix CSR Division had been working to alleviate
the stress of water poverty, especially in the lives of women, and coordinating greater impact social -investment work across the country.
Anusha strongly supported and pushed for empowerment of women through this more difficult path- building up of women's capacity which is difficult to achieve and more difficult to measure-but that which is needed for sustainable development.
She has a vision for women's' empowerment and development which goes beyond the mere numbers game.
Head - Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility, Market Area Middle East & Africa Ericsson
CEO & Co-Founder ISOS Group
Nancy Mancilla is recognized through her leadership as at ISOS Group as a GRI Certified Training Partner, CDP Educational Partner, ISO26000 and GPM (for Sustainability Project Management) Training Partner, as well as a TSC Service Provider. In her capacity, Nancy has orchestrated 300+ trainings, serves as a thought leader, speaker and expert in the non-financial reporting space. Through her practice, services extended to clients include reporting strategy, guidance and external assurance. Since inception, ISOS Group has grown to become the trusted provider of sustainability reporting knowledge and expertise.
In addition to online SA8000 web tutorials, Nancy has completed courses from the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute and registered as a Certified Sustainability Assurance Practitioner (under AcocuntAbility). Her work has earned her a position in the 2016 Leadership California cohort, the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southern California Sustainable Business Council and finalist status in the 2014 San Diego Business Journal's Women Who Mean Business Award. She also teaches Masters courses at Arizona State University's School of Sustainability.
CSR MANAGER PT ADARO INDONESIA
Ruhi Murshid Ahmed
Head of CSR, PR & Communication BSRM Group of Companies
Head CSR and Sustainability First City Monument Bank (FCMB) Limited
Temitayo Ade-Peters is a bilingual (French/ English) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) advocate and eco-segment leader with over 13 years' experience in the operations, communications and sustainability fields. She serves as Sustainability Advisor for
Equip Solicitors and is currently Head, CSR at one of the leading banks in Nigeria. Her immediate pursuit after joining the bank, was to bring improved structure to its sustainability efforts, and elevate its profile amongst stakeholders through
impact-focused initiatives. This journey has seen the bank earn several recognitions and sustainability awards.
She is also the founder and Community Development Manager of WeForGood.co, a social network that brings people together to act on causes they care about. WeForGood employs technology as an enabler for effective citizenship, collaboration and
participation in fulfillment of the SDGs, and for the overall wellbeing of communities.
In her previous role as Lead, Communications International for another top bank, she initiated its sustainability strategy migration for local adaptation at subsidiaries across Africa, endearing the bank to the nationals.
Temitayo is passionate about partnerships and she actively promotes collaborative participation, and employee volunteering in addressing issues of collective concern.
Her personal mantra is: "You can start the change you want to see."
SVP, Global Corporate Social Responsibility Wyndham Worldwide
Dr. Ing Ignatius Iryanto
CSR Senior Manager PT Adaro Energy Tbk
Dr.Ing Ignatius Iryanto is a German graduated Laser Engineer with very strong passion in social activity. After being anAssociate Professor in a leading private University in Jakarta for more than 20 years, on 2000 he moved to social
empowerment field starting with co-founding an NGO which focus on Indonesia Disadvantage Area in eastern part of the country. Having involved in various issues like conflict resolution for horizontal conflict, strengthening the
capability of municipal social researchers even the national campaign for political education after 1998's political reform in Indonesia, he had the opportunity to touch the issue of corporate social responsibility after conducting a
Stakeholder Mapping for an Indonesian gold mining company. On 2010, after joining a collaborative program between UNDP, GEF and Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry in Micro Hydro Power Plant Program, he started his activity as CSR
(Corporate) "activist" by Joining Adaro Energy Group.
He was appointed to start building the team of Adaro Corporate Foundation called Yayasan Adaro BangunNegeri and initiated the CSR Program through it. The team work, the spirit "To Work with the whole Hearts" was injected. Together with
his Superior, a small team as CSR Adaro Group was built and is responsible for policy makers and directive function as well as define the priority and Adaro CSR flagship. Adaro Foundation team is positioned as the field team of Adaro
CSR Group with special task to handle a long term program and to strengthen the CSR team of Adaro Subsidiaries. For his team, Iryanto's leadership is known as lead by example type, combination between conceptual thinker and hard field
worker, very inclusive and apply no boundaries towards the team member. His weakness is working in silent type with no exposure. This was changed by his superior Mrs. Okty Damayanti the former director of a multinational company, who
came later as the head of Adaro Foundation and CSR Division and inspired the importance of exposure, corporate branding and imaging to inspire the external parties to replicate the good work.
Now the Adaro CSR Group is well established and the initial team of Adaro Foundation were developed to become the CSR Leader of several Adaro Subsidiaries. CSR Adaro is the winner of around 45 CSR Awards both national and International
CSR Awards till now. It is not because of his work alone, as he always say that he is a small part of Adaro CSR team but surely his contribution is highly appreciated and admitted.
For Dr.IngIryanto, Inclusivity is the heart of CSR Implementation. You could have a very detail and comprehensive baseline data and accurate social mapping, and also a very good program with very dedicated and skilful team. But if your
company apply the exclusive interaction with community, your CSR Program will fail. It is as an agriculture expert plants a very high quality seed in a dry land. You have to intensify the wholehearted interaction with community by
being there with them inclusively in almost every aspect of daily life.It is the fertile land of your CSR Program.
How did Adaro Group apply the inclusivity? Dr. Iryanto will share it for us.
Head – Social Initiatives Landmark Group
Mr. Hemanth Madegowda started his journey in social sector with social movements by supporting them in advocacy through documenting their struggle. He has handled a unique program of exploring innovative strategies adopted by Organisations / institutions in reaching out to the urban poor supported by World Bank, SIDA, Ministry of Urban Development and Ministry of Housing and Poverty Alleviation, Government of India.
At IL&FS, Mr. Hemanth was a core member of the Planning and Strategy Team for Skills supporting the CEO for developing Skill Program guidelines for the company. Along with it, conceptualized, implemented and monitored Skill Programs for State Government, Public Sector Enterprises and Private Corporations.
Currently Mr. Hemanth is associated with Lifestyle International Private Limited as Head of Social Initiatives wherein evaluated the initiatives of Landmark Group in India for re-designing the programs and channelizing the efforts towards centralized theme. The Restructured programs complement each other as they are channelized towards 'Preventive Healthcare'. More than Five Lakh beneficiaries are reached through restructured programs in Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi-NCR and Pune areas. Technology integrated implementation process has strengthened the monitoring mechanisms and for achieving set objectives within the timelines and available resources.
Mr. Hemanth has been an ardent social planning and strategy development professional involved with varied initiatives and groups over the past decade. He has travelled extensively across the country / regions which has enabled him to be a good appreciator of all positive aspects and integrate them in his professional and personal life. Studying at premier institutions like London School of Economics (LSE) and Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) has complemented his learning process immensely.
Mr. Hemanth was recognized as one of the Most Impactful CSR Leader across the Globe by World CSR Congress in 2016 and as Best South India CSR Leader in 2017 by CSR Leadership Congress.
Dr. Manisha Gupte
Co-Convenors Mahila Sarvangeen Utkarsh Mandal (MASUM), Pune
Manisha Gupte has been part of the women's and health rights movements in India since the mid 1970s. She has studied Microbiology and Sociology. Her PhD thesis was on the concept and practices of patriarchal honour and how it intersects with caste, sexuality, violence and the agency of subordinated women. She co-founded MASUM, a rural women's organisation, in 1987, after living in a drought prone rural area of Maharashtra state for five years, and has been its Co-Convenor since then. She spent one year in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore as a Visiting Fellow. She is associated with progressive organisations nationally, regionally and internationally as an advisor, board member or trainer. She is actively involved in capacity building related to the CEDAW in countries in the Asia Pacific region. Manisha has participated in and has promoted campaigns related to reproductive, sexual and minority rights, and gender based violence over the past four decades. She has worked on policy issues with the state and central governments in India over the past three decades.
Dr. Ramesh Awasthi
Co-Convenors Mahila Sarvangeen Utkarsh Mandal (MASUM), Pune
Ramesh Awasthi is an alumnus of IIT, New Delhi until his MTech. He obtained his PhD degree in Chemical Engineering from UDCT, Mumbai and Masters in Economics from Meerut University. He has been active in struggles related to civil liberties in India, since the early 1970s. He co-founded MASUM, a rural women's organisation in 1987, after living in a drought prone rural area for five years and has been its Co-Convenor since then. He spent one year in the department of International Health at the John Hopkins University in Baltimore as a visiting fellow. He has made significant contribution in the development sector through his interventions at the community level in economic empowerment of rural community including micro-credit, in addressing child labour and in advancing minority rights. He has been actively involved in participatory reviews and capacity building of NGOs at the national level. He is currently President of Maharashtra unit of PUCL (People's Union for Civil Liberties), and National President of the Indian Renaissance Institute.
Mohini Daljeet Singh
CHIEF EXECUTIVE MAX INDIA FOUNDATION
Mohini Daljeet Singh, a social worker and an educationist, is widely travelled. She started her social service journey by volunteering as a student with Mother Teresa's Home "Prem Niwas", in Lucknow, where she learnt her lessons of compassion and selfless social giving.
An army daughter and army wife, she has spent more than three decades on "hands-on" social and welfare work to benefit army families in the health, education and personal counselling areas.
As Founding CEO of Max India Foundation, Mohini Daljeet Singh has worked for the underprivileged on the health platform benefitting over 30 Lakh beneficiaries at 772 locations and partnering with 441 NGOs. The Foundation has adopted one village in Punjab and two villages in Uttarakhand in 2015 for intervention on the issue of health and hygiene.
Mohini has represented Max India Foundation as a panellist and anchor at various CSR platforms in India and abroad, including that of CII, ASSOCHAM, PHD Chamber of Commerce, CSR Live week, BRICS CCI centre for CSR and IICA.
Under her stewardship as the founding CEO, Max India Foundation has won several awards including the Golden Peacock Award for CSR for four consecutive years. Recently on 29 Jan she received the award for Asia's Greatest CSR Brand at Singapore on behalf of Max India Foundation. She has been awarded 'Best Women Leadership Excellence award in CSR' at The South Asian Partnership Summit & Business Awards held in Colombo and the Hari Chand Award for Corporate Citizen of the year 2015 by Ludhiana Management Association and CSR person of the year by India CSR in 2016.
Committed to the cause of uplifting the lives of the less privileged, she has plans to cover the miles of Max India Foundation's journey with Seva Bhav and Excellence, the Max Hallmark.
President - Corporate Business Services CL Educate Ltd
Gopi is an IIMB-93 alumnus and comes from somewhere close to Kanyakumari.
The work-experience post IIMB has taken him pan-India, into the heartland, predominantly in the sales & marketing domain of the FMCG industry, in companies like Colgate, Henkel, Agro Tech Foods & Ranbaxy.
After his last innings with Walmart India, Gopi decided to be supportive of CL Educate's cause of driving the Research & Innovation ethos in this country and espousing the said cause among the Indian Corporates. In his role as President - Corporate Business Services, Gopi is putting together a road-map where Corporates can join hands with CL Educate in the journey of fulfilling the promise of this country through effective deployment of Corporate Social Responsibility funds allocated by Corporates into areas of Research, Innovation, Technology, Incubation, Education, Future Skilling and Vocational Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
His dream is the same as CL Educate's vision - to enable individuals realise their potential & make their career dreams come true.
Sally C. Gutierrez
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Sally C. Gutierrez is the Director of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Technology Innovation Cluster Development and Support Program within the Office of Research and Development (ORD). This new effort seeks to
advance environmental protection in tandem with economic development through the formation of community based public private partnerships. She has been leading EPA's efforts to leverage its research and development capability in
Cincinnati, Ohio with community based assets to establish the region as a water technology innovation hub and is leading an effort to network water innovation clusters across the U.S. (http://www2.epa.gov/clusters-program).
Prior to this new appointment, she was the Director of the National Risk Management Research Laboratory (NRMRL) in Cincinnati, Ohio for 8 years. NRMRL is one of three Federal research laboratories within the USEPA's ORD and consists
of 400 scientists and support staff. The Laboratory is responsible for conducting engineering and environmental technology research to support the Agency in policy and regulatory development and implementation.
She was the Director of the Water Supply and Water Resources Division in NRMRL before becoming its Director and was responsible for leading a national technology demonstration program for control of arsenic in drinking water. Before
coming to EPA she was responsible for administering water programs for the State of Texas environmental agency in the areas of drinking water, water monitoring, wastewater permitting, dam safety, water rights and utility rates.
As a member of the Senior Executive Service, she holds the highest career rank in the Federal government. In 2015, she was awarded the Federal Laboratory Consortium's "Laboratory Director of the Year" and the Cincinnati area YWCA
Career Woman of Achievement award.
She currently serves on the external advisory board for Rice University's Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatmentand has served on the external advisory board for the University of Illinois, Center of
Advanced Materials for Purification of Water with Systems and the University of Cincinnati, Environmental Engineering Program.
Engr. Francisco A. Arellano
Head of the Quality, Environment, Safety and Health division Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad)
Thomas Kwadwo Gyedu-Ababio
Chief Executive Officer Inkomati-Usuthu Catchment Management Agency
Dr Thomas Gyedu-Ababio is water resources professional scientist who has matured to be a competent and experienced water resources manager. Thomas obtained his honours degree in Biological Sciences and a Diploma in Education from the University of Cape
Coast in Ghana. Thomas accepted an offer by the Zambian Government to work as a Science Educator in 1989. In his quest for more academic laurels, Thomas left Zambia for South Africa to pursue further studies. He obtained his MSc in Water Pollution –
"using meiofauna as indicators of pollution" from the University of Port Elizabeth (now Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University). He obtained a PhD in Aquatic Ecotoxicology from the same university. He has 29 years' work experience (eight as a science
educator and 21 in water resource and aquatic biodiversity management). Thomas worked for Rand Water (South Africa) for six years managing the Vaal Dam Catchment where he received an award as the most admired individual in the South African Water Supply
Industry. He joined the South African National Parks as a water resources manager in the Kruger National Park (KNP). After 10 years in the KNP, he joined the Inkomati Catchment Management Agency as the Chief Operations Officer and acting CEO in April
2013. He is now the CEO of the Inkomati-Usuthu Catchment Management Agency.
As an experienced water resources manager, he has a wealth of knowledge in pollution control, capacity building, public participation and environmental education. Thomas has managed a number of environmental and water related projects in his professional
career. He interacts with government departments, mines, industries, farmers and communities (including international communities) at various levels in the discharge of his duties. He has also got experience at Governing Board level (Board member at
Inkomati-Usuthu CMA and Komati Basin Water Authority). Apart from his management duties, Thomas takes time to do research/academic work in the field of water/environment. He acts as a supervisor/promoter for postgraduate students. He also acts as an
external examiner for a few universities in South Africa. Thomas has several peer reviewed publications in water resources management.
Dr. Norhayati binti Abdullah
Associate Professor Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT)
Fredrick Harry Royan
Vice President, Global Environment & Water Practice Frost & Sullivan
Leader of the Environment & Water Practice at Frost & Sullivan which offers market intelligence and advisory services in Global Water & Waste Management Markets. Experienced consultant with specific expertise in market assessment/due diligence,
geographic expansion, technology and competitive strategies and partner/merger/acquisition identification. Tracking the Water Market as an Analyst for more than 10 years and worked on advisory assignments for Tier 1 water technology companies, OEM's and
Engr. Md. Anwar Hossain
Managing Director Ashora Engineering Ltd
ASHORA has developed a strong reputation for technical development in the water, wastewater & environmental industry by pioneering and developing systems, methods and equipment designs, leading to efficient procedures and practices being implemented throughout all our projects in Bangladesh and abroad.
ASHORA prides itself in maintaining quality (ISO 9001:2008 Certified) and innovation in the services we provide to our clients through close liaison with regulatory bodies, water authorities and water industry groups. We utilize our up to date knowledge of proven and emerging technologies and regulatory constraints to customize innovative solutions to our client's needs.
ASHORA specialized in multidisciplinary fields like WTP, ETP, STP, SWTP, RO, DM, Desalination, Bottle Mineral water plant. Zero discharge, waste to energy, solid waste management, Fluid system solutions and capable to handle Turnkey projects, EPC, DBO, BOOT , BOT, G to G models.
Prof. Dr. M. Habibur Rahman
Professor of Civil/Environmental Engineering, BUET, Dhaka and
Chairman, Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority Board
Professor M. Habibur Rahman graduated in Civil Engineering from BUET in 1982, Received M Sc. Eng. with specialisation in Environmental Engineering from BUET in 1984 and PhD in 1989 from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK.
He has about 35 years of experience in teaching, research, administration and consultancy services in BUET as well as one year as a Visiting Professor at Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK.
He presently holds the position of Chairman of Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (DWASA) Board and held the position of Pro-Vice Chancellor, BUET, Dhaka during 2009-2012.
He is actively involved with research teams of different international universities in Australia, Canada, Germany, India, Japan, Switzerland, UK and USA.
He authored two text books "Water and Environmental Engineering" and "Solid and Hazardous Waste Management", and contributory author of more than 20 books (published from USA, UK, Japan, India and Bangladesh). He also published more than 160 papers in National and International Journal and Conference Proceedings.
He contributed three (Water Supply, Sanitation and Fire Protection) chapters in Bangladesh National Building Code.
He worked as a Consultant to about 60 major Civil, Water Supply, Sanitation and Environmental Management projects of national importance including some UNCRD-Japan, World Bank, IDB, EC and WHO projects. He was elected as an International Board-member of IWSA, IWSA-ASCEN, APHW and AANESWM respectively. He was the Member of Trustee Board of Climate Change Trust Fund and Chairman of National Biogas Program.
He has been working as a Member of the Bangladesh Professional Engineers Registration Board and involved with the Board of Accreditation for Engineering & Technical Education (BAETE) of IEB.
He recently received University Grants Commission (UGC) Award for publishing a text book and Institution of Engineers (IEB) Award/Medal for the contribution in teaching, research and professional services.
Datuk Ir Abdul Kadir Bin Mohd Din
Sacra Sol SDN BHD
Datuk Ir. Abdul Kadir Mohd Din is the Managing Director/Owner of Sacra Sol Sdn Bhd. To carry on business as advisory for waste water treatment environment and purification, sewage water treatment, bio-fuels manufacturing, services providers, producers of such systems, advisers and consultants and to provide, plan, prepare, manage, water and waste treatment plants and bio-projects.
He is also the Advisor to Chief Executive/President of Ranhill Holdings Berhad since January 2017. He was also appointed as Board of Director for SAJ Ranhill Sdn Bhd and Board of Director for Ranhill Water Technologies (Thai) Ltd & Anurak Water Treatment Facilites Co Ltd since July 2017. He was elected as President of The Malaysian Water Association (MWA) in April 2017 (2017-2019).
Prior to this appointment, he was the former Chief Executive Officer of Indah Water Konsortium Sdn Bhd (IWK), a national sewerage company wholly owned by the Minister of Finance incorporated from 1 December 2009 - 30 November 2016. He has more than 35 years of industry experience in the water and sewerage sectors. He has vast exposure in the engineering consultancy and public listed companies in senior management positions. He has extensive practical knowledge in planning, designing, managing water and sewerage works projects within the country and abroad in the United Kingdom, Brunei Darussalam, Middle East and Singapore. He was the former Chief Operating Officer with Pengurusan Aset Air Berhad (PAAB), Malaysia's Water Asset Management Company, which is also wholly owned by the Minister of Finance incorporated, from February 2007 to November 2009.
He holds a Diploma in Civil Engineering from UiTM, Shah Alam and graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland.
Datuk Ir. Abdul Kadir is a Professional Engineer registered with the Board of Engineers, Malaysia (BEM), ASEAN Chartered Professional Engineer (ACPE) and Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Civil Engineers, UK (MICE). He is also a Director of Malaysian Water Academy Sdn Bhd, Alumni Member of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), and member of various professional institutions which includes: Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM), Malaysian Water Association (MWA), Environmental Management of Research Associate of Malaysia (ENSEARCH), Malaysian Water Partnership (MyWP), Member of Malaysian Capacity Development Network for Sustainable Water Management (MyCDNet), Associate of Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) (April 2016 – March 2018) and Water Environment Federation (WEF), United States. He has delivered a number of papers and presentation on water and wastewater topics at various conferences in the Asian countries including to Asian Development Bank and United Nations in Bangkok, Thailand & World Bank in Tajikistan.
Conferred the Darjah Mulia Seri Melaka on 23 January 2011 which carries the title 'Datuk' by the Yang DiPertua Negeri Melaka on the occasion of his Excellency 72nd birthday 2010.
Received THE GOLDEN GLOBE TIGERS AWARD WINNERS 2016 – under category of "Leadership Award for Outstanding Contribution to Water Efficiency".
Principal, Global Water Industry OSIsoft
Gary Wong is the Principal, Global Water Industry at OSIsoft, a leader in real-time operational intelligence. He has over 20 years of extensive international experience providing sustainable, strategic and cost-effective business
solutions, particularly in the water industry. Prior to joining OSIsoft, Gary was the Manager, Corporate Applications at Metro Vancouver and has also held previous positions in senior management and consulting. Additionally, Gary has
worked with major international organizations in both the public and private sector on Operations, IT strategy, planning, sustainability, and engineering. Mr. Wong holds a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering, is registered as a
Professional Engineer in Computer Engineering, holds an M.B.A. from the Queen's School of Business and is also a Chartered Professional Accountant.
Yuri R. Obst
Founder & Acting CEO Baleen
Yuri Obst, chemical engineer and environmental scientist founded the Baleen technology during his doctorate study while employed at the University of South Australia. During which time Yuri completed some 27-projects spanning Cleaner
Production directives prior to taking on the role of Managing Director for Baleen Filters Pty Limited.
Baleen, the technology and start-up company of same name, stemmed from these directivesin 1999 and with commercial support from the University's incubatorprogram successfully stepped into export markets in 2004. Some 200+
installations involving food & beverage, mining and municipal applications now span Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, and North America.
Yuri's vision of a cleaner, greener future to wastewater infrastructure remains steadfastwith Baleen gaining much acclaimand many accolades across the globe. The most notable of achievements being recognition that Baleen's unique
approach to 'Ending Marine Pollution' offersa unique 'Solution to Climate Change'.
Throughout2016 and 2017, Yuri's continued pursuit for a shift in paradigm from today's ever-prevalent extractive economy to one of circular merit based upon proper management of Water is surely gaining awareness around the World.
Water Market Director Atkins Global
Chief Executive Smart Energy GB
Sacha Deshmukh is an expert in consumer issues and marketing campaigns. He is Chief Executive of Smart Energy GB, which is delivering one of the largest public engagement
and behaviour change campaigns in Great Britain.
Sacha is also Chair of War Child, the charity that supports vulnerable children in conflict affected countries worldwide.
From 2010-2015 Sacha was a Trustee and Vice Chair of Citizens Advice England & Wales. He was also Senior Partner of the Engine Group, the UK's largest independent
marketing and advertising services group until 2012.
Professor Harn Wei KUA
Assistant Dean (Academic) of the School of Design & Environment and the leader of the Smart Materials Laboratory of the Department of Building National University of Singapore
Associate Professor Harn Wei KUA is the Assistant Dean (Academic) of the School of Design & Environment and the leader of the Smart Materials Laboratory of the
Department of Building of the National University of Singapore. Trained in theoretical physics, civil engineering and building technology policy, he graduated from
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, with a doctorate degree. His research areas are life cycle sustainability assessment and bio-based building materials.
Sustainability Manager Dewan Architects + Engineers
Sepehr Mousavi is a sustainability professional competent within areas of multidisciplinary planning, urban ecology, standardization as well as smart cities with focus on urban nexuses.
He chairs the national technical committee on Sustainable and Smart Cities and Communities of Sweden, works with European CEN/CENELEC/ETSI on Smart and Sustainable Cities and Communities sector forum (SSCC SF), ISO and IEC's joint committee JTC1
on smart cities and holds a chair with International Standard Organization (ISO) as technical committee member and Chair Advisory Group member for Sustainable Cities in Communities, ISO/TC 268.
Dr. Philipp Bouteiller
Tegel Projekt GmbH
Philipp is concerned with the dynamics of urban transformation as one of the great challenges of our time. He is an evangelist for all things future and innovation and a strong promoter of Berlin as the capital of freedom, tolerance and innovation.
Philipp has focused his work on sustainable urban innovation strategies in the areas of smart mobility, intelligent infrastructure, urban renewable energy and future city design. In his role as CEO of Tegel Projekt GmbH – a municipal company of the
State of Berlin – he is responsible for the largest redevelopment project around Urban Technologies in Europe, converting a whole former inner-city airport into Europe´s central hub for future industries.
After several years, as senior consultant with McKinsey, where he specialized on high-tech and the telecommunication, information, media and electronics (TIME) industries, Philipp founded and built several companies in the digital space. He is a
graduate of the University of the Arts Berlin (UdK) and holds an MSc degree and a PhD in International Management and Social Psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
Dr. Oualid Ali
Director, Training and Smart Solutions Center TSSC at GUtech Oman and President FutureCitiesCouncil.org organization
Dr. Oualid is considered as one of the international well-recognized expert in the field of Smart, Sustainable and Future Cities. He has participated in several smart (future) cities projects as a researcher or as a consultant. He was involved in the
planning and implementation of future cities in many domains such as Smart mobility and transportation, smart tourism and destination, smart energy, smart healthcare, smart logistics, smart waste management, smart parking, smart water management,
smart education, smart security, smart policing and law enforcement, etc. He has given several training and capacity building courses related to that field. Moreover, he is a member of several organizations related to the area of Smart Cities or
Urban technologies. He has been invited in several occasions in local, regional and international events as a guest or keynote speaker in order to deliver talks about future cities and its domains. Also, he is very active in the field of innovation,
open (social innovation) and entrepreneurship. Recently he founded the FutureCitiesCouncil.org where he is the president
Director Strategic Accounts - Ooredoo Qatar
Harvard Alum with 15 + years of experience across Technology, Media & Telecom and functional expertise in the area of Business Development, Sales, Strategy and Innovation.
Hands on experience of working through the phases of Start-up, Growth, Rapid scaling and Turnaround in many strategic programs in Ooredoo Qatar.
Key responsibility entrusted in Ooredoo was to establish New Lines of Business, which have been successful established to cater to IBS/Network Business and Sports & Entertainment ICT business.
Currently leading a team of senior personnel across functional areas of Business development, ICT Solution architects and Partnership management, who are responsible for managing the business of Mega Projects such as Lusail Smart City, 2022 and many other large Programs contributing to the QNV 2030.
Accomplished keynote speaker, delivered speeches at international, regional and national conference such as the GSMA, Innovate India, World Stadium Congress, Soccerex, Arab Future Cites.
Professional Experience in Ooredoo Qatar (10 + years)
• Director, Strategic Accounts
• Asst. Director, Mega Projects and ICT Business Development
• PLD (Executive MBA), Harvard Business School, Boston, MA - 2015
• VLP (Value Leader Program), HEC Paris - 2012
Current social/professional engagements:
• Chairman & CEO of Vivartana Ventures India Pvt. Ltd.
An Enterprise created to transform the Social Infrastructure (VVIPL)
Global Lead & Senior Manager
Public Sector IoT Amazon Web Services
Sri Elaprolu serves as a Global Lead and Senior Manager on the AWS Public Sector team and is responsible for IoT practice. Sri, and his team, work closely with customers, solution providers, and systems integrators across many countries, and assist them
in leveraging AWS to build scalable, secure, and cost effective IoT solutions.
Sri has been with Amazon for nearly 5yrs. Prior to current role, Sri led Solutions Architecture team at AWS focusing on Education and State and Local Govt. customers in the U.S. He specializes in areas such as designing highly scalable distributed
solutions, security, and compliance. Prior to joining AWS, Sri.
led multiple product teams at Northrop Grumman Corp and helped deliver a number of enterprise solutions to U.S. Federal Agencies and Education customers
Sri has over 20 years of IT industry experience. He has a Masters degree in Engineering Science, and an MBA in General Management.
Joint Chief Town Planner (Smart Cities Mission-Sikkim)
Urban Development & Housing Deptt.
A senior govt. officer with the specialization in Planning & Architecture with Urban Development
& Housing Department, Govt. Of Sikkim, India having responsibility of several administrative
affairs related to urban governance, monitoring and in-charge of key national flagship missions
with 14+ years of experience and having depth knowledge in handling technical as well as
bureaucratic matter flawlessly. Currently heading the Smart Cities Mission of the State of Sikkim
under which two cities from Sikkim Namchi Municipal Council and Gangtok Municipal
Corporation managed to win the All India City Challenge Competition under the flagship "100
Smart Cities Mission".
Apart from the official mandate, I am academically associated with London School of Economics
& Political Science (LSE), UK in Deptt. Of LSE (Cities) as a Bloomberg Scholar for Public
Service. I possess a Masters in Planning (First Class) from School of Planning & Architecture
(SPA), New Delhi and B.Arch (Hons) from NITP. I am an avid learner and constantly look for an
opportunity to augment my global experience in Urban Planning, Core Infrastructural Planning,
Legislation and strengthening the network with professionals of international repute, learning
from their experiences, peer to peer exchange of knowledge etc. through various platform of its
relevance enabling self to understand the emerging trend in sustainable planning and design
mechanism, to understand the creation of environmentally and economically viable smart urban
infrastructure, improve the service delivery mechanism of the govt. organisation, integration of IT
into the governance system, promotion of frugal technology and innovation in improving the lives
of the marginal section of the society.
Arun Mahesh IAS
CEO Rajkot Smartcity
CEO Barefoot College International
Meagan Fallone is an entrepreneur, a designer and a passionate mountaineer. Bringing these diverse talents together as the CEO of Barefoot College International, she exemplifies exceptional vision and commitment to social leadership while advocating for
strong professional practices within a Social Innovation context. Her commitment to empowering illiterate and semi literate rural women across the developing world through mastery of technology, unlocking rural girls creativity and confidence while
leveraging the human potential embodied in poor rural communities; is an inspiring journey of risk taking and respect for the knowledge and skills innately existent within poor communities.
In her current role at Barefoot College she leads an award winning International Social Enterprise that has, for 43 years modelled itself, on the life style and work style of Mahatma Gandhi. Her focus on human centric design have allowed her to heighten
impact for Barefoot College's beneficiaries and expand operations within her tenure to more than 80 Countries in the Global South. Meagan's personal dedication to diversity and inclusion have allowed her to effect a deep organisational shift from a
Founder driven organisation towards a more robust sustainable organisational ecosystem, fostering innovation and risk taking poised for meeting future challenges. Committed to solutions that are designed by and for the rural poor themselves.
Dr. Albana ILO
Assistant Professor, Institute of Energy Systems and Electrical Drives TU Wien
Albana Ilo received the M.Sc. degree in power engineering from the University of Tirana, Albanian in 1985 and the Ph.D. in power engineering from the Vienna University of Technology, Austria in 1998. After completing their education, Dr. Ilo was with
Siemens AG Austria, where she has successfully established the Distribution Network Analyses topic at the Development Centre Europe. She worked successfully as an expert in many research, development and implementation projects in distribution and
transmission area, and was therefore promoted to Principal Key Expert Consultant. Since October 2013, is she with TU Wien, Austria, where she invented the LINK-paradigm. She is the founder of Powersys-LINK and is developing and promoting the
LINK-solution. In addition, Albana Ilo was increasingly as an independent expert reviewer near the EU commission, energy sector and contributes in different ETIP SNET working groups
Prof. Dr. André P.C. Faaij
Distinguished Professor & Scientific Director University of Groningen & New Energy Coalition
André Faaij is appointed as Academic Director Energy Academy Europe and Distinguished Professor Energy System Analysis at Groningen University. Prior to this position he was Professor and scientific director of the Copernicus Institute of Utrecht
His research covers, amongst others, bio-based economy, carbon capture and storage, renewable energy, alternative transport fuels, energy system & scenario analysis, technological learning and energy policies.
He works as an advisor for governments, the EC, IEA, the UN system, GEF, OECD, WEF, WEC, the energy sector & industry, NGO's, etc. He contributed to various IPCC reports, the World and Global Energy Assessment and IEA's World Energy Outlook.
Furthermore he was appointed Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and awarded the Linneborn Prize for outstanding contributions to the development of energy from biomass.
He published over 600 titles in scientific journals, reports, books and proceedings, qualifies as 'highly cited researcher' (top 1% of research field) by criteria of Thomson Reuters ISI Web of Science and is frequently lecturing across the globe.
Dr. Ing. Florian Betzler
CEO & Climate Architect Betzler Development GmbH&Co.KG
Florian has started his professional career with a German Diploma in architecture at the University of Applied Science in Hamburg, Germany; followed by a three-year work period oversees which took place at Thompson, Ventulett& Stainback architects in
Atlanta GA., USA.
After returning to Germany Florian took over the family architecture business which was founded by his father in 1957.
Furthermore, Florian acquired qualifications in the field of architecture and Development for private estates and retail buildings, with a focus on commercial real estate and restorations. Florian has been the owner and CEO of a well-known and profitable
architecture Buero in Hamburg, and has been a successful developer for years.
In addition to his existing résumé as Climate Architect, Florian became a Feng-Shui consultant, which is directly linked to environmental design.
Within his career Florian pursued to connect architecture and environment in order to create efficient economic solutions to solve environmental issues which we face nowadays.
Dr. Elsarrag SHORT
Director, Research & Development Gulf Organisation for R&D
Dr. Elsarrag is a Director - Research and Development- at the Gulf Organisation for Research & Development. He has more than 25 years of experience in higher education and building industry, gained through his work in the Middle East
and Europe. In additional to his work as a consultant, he continues to be active in scientific research in buildings and energy.
Dr. Elsarrag has developed sustainability standards to the Gulf Region including unique applications such as Air-Conditioned Stadiums and Railways networks and stations.
Dr. Elsarrag has trained more than 4000 professionals, from more than 80 organisations, for Green Buildings certification from all over the world.
He also delivered hundreds of speeches and invited lectures and remains active in academic and scientific community.
He published his research in reputed institutions and journals with more than 12 patents. He has specialist expertise in sustainable developments, energy efficiency, energy modelling and building services. He is the managing editor
of the International Journal of the Sustainable Built Environment.
Dolapo Kukoyi is a Partner at Detail Commercial Solicitors and leads the firm's Power Practice. She is one of the leading lawyers in Nigeria's Power sector with extensive experience advising clients in the private sector, government agencies and
regulators on a wide range of complex transactions. Her transactional experience includes providing consultancy services to United Nations Development Fund/ Federal Ministry of Environment (Department of Climate Change) Nigeria in support of the
completion of Green Climate Fund Concept Notes as well as a Funding Proposal for sustainable Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation for project implementation in Nigeria.
She is advising the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) on the 213 billion naira Intervention Fund for the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry; and advising clients on the privatization of the Power Holding
Company of Nigeria (PHCN) and National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) assets in the Nigerian Power sector.
Dolapo led a team working with the Nigerian Energy Support Programme and NERC on recently released regulation for mini-grids below or equal to 1MW and structuring Mini-Grid Pilot Projects in 5 states in Nigeria (Niger, Ogun, Sokoto, Cross River and
Plateau) to enhance electricity supply to rural and underserved communities. She is also currently advising the Lagos State Government on the Light Up Lagos project to facilitate the delivery of 3000MW to Lagos State through embedded power generation.
Dolapo serves actively in various organizations, such as serving as an advisory board member of the Renewable Access Network (also known as the Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria; advisory committee member of Rescue Technologies Ltd; non-executive
director of Arctic Infrastructure; and executive committee member of the Ebola Containment Trust Fund.
Dolapo earned her law degree from the University of Ibadan in 2001 and was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 2004. She holds a diploma in Intellectual Property Law from the International Bar Association and College of Law of England and Wales, 2007.
Founder & Chief Technology Officer Amiran Technology Sdn Bhd
Area of Expertise:
• Factory Automation
• Advanced Material Application
• R&D and Product Development
• Nano Wave Cavitation for Biofuel and Crystalline Energy Water
• Green Hybrid Renewable Energy: Syn-Hybrid Gas Generator (Oxy-Hydrogen), Solar Hybrid System & Amiran Gas Vehicles (AGV)
• Business Development & Negotiation.
• Green Project Certificate for Hydrodynamic Fuel by Nano Wave Cavitational Reactor & Hydro-Fuel Cell System by Green Technology Malaysia Corporation of Ministry of Energy, Green Technology & Water (KeTTHA) in 2012.
• "Pioneer Status" Project by Malaysia Investment Development Authority (MIDA) in 2014.
• Patent Holder for Syn-Fuel Energy Hybrid Gas Generator - MyIPO in 2015 and Paris Cooperation Treaty in 2016.
• Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovative (MOSTI) Social Innovation Project – Design & Fabrication of Hydrogen Hybrid Fishing Boat For Malacca Fishermen Community Program in 2016.
Dr. Louise van Rhyn
CEO & Founder Symphonia for South Africa
Dr Louise van Rhyn is a social entrepreneur. She believes the worlds' huge intractable problems can be solved through cross-sector collaboration and a solid understanding of complex social change. Her approach to change is shaped by 30 years of working as an Organisational Change and Leadership Development practitioner. She holds a Doctorate in Complex Social Change and has founded a few entrepreneurial organisations.
In 2008 she returned home to South Africa (after living in Europe) and started a social enterprise with a purpose to mobilise active citizenship around the significant social issues facing the country.
In 2010 she launched Partners for Possibility, an innovative leadership development process for business and school leaders. Business leaders develop their capacity to lead in a complex and unfamiliar environment by becoming a co-learning and co-action partner to a school principal. The focus of their partnership is to lead positive change in an under-resourced school.
So far more than 1,300 leaders across South Africa have benefited from the programme and they've won many national and international awards for their innovative approach to enable business leaders to make a significant contribution in education while developing their leadership skills. Leaders report that they learn more about leadership from working with a school in an under-resourced community than attending a course at a business school.
Founder & Programme Leader The Dreamcatcher Foundation South Africa
Founder of Dreamcatcher South Africa and ARA-UK, Anthea is an enterprise developer, stakeholder engagement practitioner and philanthropist, working on initiatives which address the impact of socio-economic and environmental challenges. Working across South Africa and the South of England, Anthea applies a pluralist approach to sustainable economic development, deliberately aspiring to impact positively and grow local society. Dreamcatcher initiatives have become synomymous with 'Out of the box' thinking and innovation to facilitate a circular economy, which includes re-imagining the use of local resources. Cor principles considered to facilitate sustainability such as inclusivity, fair access, well being, environmental impact and developing duplicable models to sustainable development, are cornerstones of projects and related activities. As a result of the profound positive changes in prospects for many people in communities involved in projects spearheaded by Anthea across South Africa, she is called the Peoples Dreamcatcher by the locals
Chief Operations Officer Hirsch's
Margaret and Allan Hirsch started their family run appliance business in a tiny showroom in Umhlanga Rocks Drive, Durban, in 1979 with just R900 that they had saved. Today Hirsch's has grown into a chain of mega appliance and home
furnishing stores in KZN the Cape and Gauteng. At the end of 2012, the company had topped the R1 billion turnover milestone and are well on their way to achieving their second billion rand turnover. Their strength, they believe, is in
their well trained staff, and customer service. Margaret, Chief Operations Executive of Hirsch's, wife, mother and grandmother is also a champion of women's empowerment, and someone who firmly believes in giving back to the community,
especially to people in a less fortunate situation, having been there once herself. Having had to battle from an early age, she found that it is possible, through sheer determination and a positive attitude, to get ahead and now all
Hirsch's staff members are encouraged to better themselves and are shown that by uplifting themselves they will ultimately uplift those around them.
MARGARET RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING AWARDS OVER THE LAST 5 YEARS:
South Africa's Most Influential Woman in Business and Government in the retail and wholesale sector in 2011 - in an annual competition run by the CEO Magazine.
Business Woman's Association of South Africa (BWASA)'s Business Woman of the Year (Entrepreneur) 2012. This competition started 34 years ago (co-incidentally when the Hirsch's opened their first branch)
Lady ROCCI (Roodepoort Chamber of Commerce) Gold Award for Business Woman of the Year, 2012.
In 2013 she received the Business Excellence Award from the Ekurhuleni Business Initiative and Captains of Industry Forum. The Ekurhuleni Business Initiative (EBI).
Business Excellence Award was presented to Margaret for her positive attitude towards economic Development.
In August 2013 at the 10th ANNUAL Top Women Awards evening – held to recognize outstanding leadership from organizations that have shaped women's roles within the private and public sector in South Africa, Hirsch's were the proud recipients of two of these awards. Best Women Empowered Community Programme and the Entrepreneur of 2013 Award which was won by Margaret.
On September 4th Margaret received the SANLAM 2013 Life Time Achievement Award in Entrepreneurship. "This award serves as recognition for those entrepreneurs who have continually contributed towards the development and growth of South African entrepreneurship," said Nimo Naidoo, project manager of the Sanlam/Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year competition.
In 2014, Margaret was given the great honour of being selected to be inducted into the Global Women Leaders Hall of Fame (2014) for countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
Nominee for Africa's Most Influential Women in Business and Government 2015
Country Winner in Wholesale and Retail sector of CEO Global's Most Influential Women in Business & Government Award.
Lifetime Achiever in Wholesale and Retail sector of CEO Global's Most Influential Women in Business & Government Award.
Regional Winner in Wholesale and Retail sector of CEO Global's Most Influential Women in Business & Government Award.
Winner of the CEO GLOBAL Award for the Most Influential Woman in the Retail and Wholesale Industry for the African Continent
Lifetime Achievement Award for the Most Influential Woman in the Retail and Wholesale Industry for Africa - CEO Global
Cape Chamber Awardee of the International Womens Empowerment Challenge
Winner of the Queen Victoria Commemorative Medal by the European Business Assembly Margaret Hirsch has become a sought after motivational speaker and is a champion of women's Empowerment.
2016 - Margaret won the Global Inspirational Women Leadership Award and the United States Congressional Commendation Award from the Centre for Economic and Leadership Development.
2016 - Margaret and Allan Hirsch were finalists in the National Business Topco Awards in the customer focus category.
2016 - Margaret and Allan were also finalists in the Southern Africa World Entrepreneur Awards in the Master Category.
2017 - Voted one of the top 25 Distinguished Women in Leadership by Amazon Watch Magazine. Award presented at the African Women Leadership Summit, 2017.
2017 - Winner of the World Confederation of Businesses - World Cob, Bizz 2017 award. The awards are given every year to outstanding business people from more than 120 countries around the world.
Ingrid Lena Mari Friblick
CEO Xenofilia AB
Lena Friblick is a journalist and social entrepreneur from Sweden. She is the founder of Xenofilia, a socially conscious company, and the nonprofit foundation Botildenborg. During the last ten years, Lena has led the social sustainability movement in Malmö, a city in the south of Sweden, faced with deep challenges and opportunities to integrate the community through diversity, social good and sound employment. Lena has been a journalist for over 20 years, both as a reporter and an anchor. In 2017, she was honored as Role Model of the Year for diversity issues in Sweden.
Today, Sweden as compared to other countries, is still considered a wealthy and equal country. But even in a welfare state such as Sweden the gaps between rich and poor is starkly growing. Sweden is a country which has welcomed thousands of refugees, and in the city of Malmö, over 30 percent of the population is born in another country. Today Islam has become an increasingly prominent religion in the area. The goal of Lena's work is to connect people from different backgrounds, ethnicities and religion to create awareness and friendship between borders. To acknowledge the differences and blur the lines so we are seen as one humanity.
Right now she is developing Botildenborg, a unique community site in Rosengård, Malmö that has over 150 nationalities. Botildenborg, is a renovated historic house from 1886 to become Europe's leading site for social sustainability and understanding. The work will concentrate on three critical areas: creating employment, spreading knowledge and understanding about diversity and socially sustainable issues and give hope for everyone.
Activities within Xenofilia and the foundation Botildenborg:
Rosengård cooking: food creates the best connections with people and is a good starting point for discussion and friendship. At the same time, Rosengård cooking provides work opportunities to women with excellent culinary skills but without formal education. Rosengård cooking gives cooking classes, has created two books, TV-program, exhibitions and events.
Growing buddies: connects newly arrived families with established swedes through gardening. Families are given a plot of land to take care of, plant and harvest. The seeds in springtime become a flower of friendship by autumn.
City farming:Xenofilia has started the first incubator (organized support for entrepreneurs) for companies that farm on commercial land within the city. Thirty new companies have started in the last two years around Sweden. The method also provides a concept for the municipalities to help the new farmers.
Work: Xenofilia has developed a method to provide gainful employment for newly arrived refugees. Xenolfilia works directly with companies to provide training and education to both employees and the unemployed resulting in jobs for 60 % of those joining the program.
Change through stories: Featured interviews with Holocaust survivors and their families about how to start a new life after witnessing trauma. A book and film have both been a starting point for an exhibition in the Museum of Malmö and an educational program for students to discuss and prevent antisemitism and racism in school.
In last three decades of his life’s journey, Shri Gauranga Das has touched and transformed countless lives through his activities and different roles he has been adapting to drive change in society. He is an environmental steward and is serving as the Director of Govardhan Ecovillage, a model farm community located on the outskirts of Mumbai. He has implemented many sustainable green initiatives there including Water Conservation, Green Buildings, Waste Management, Alternative energy etc. As an emerging social reformer he is facilitating various social and economic interventions to help the tribals in the villages. He led India to win the United Nations Award for Excellence and Innovation in Sustainable Tourism by presenting Govardhan Ecovillage’s case study of “Ecotourism as a catalyst for Rural Development” in January 2017. Under his guidance, Govardhan Ecovillage has won more than 28 awards in last 5 years including the International Green World Award for Sustainable Waste Management, SKOCH Platinum and Renaissance Award for Water Conservation, National Award for Excellence in Renewable Energy etc. He recently received the title of IGBC Fellow from the Indian Green Building Council for his outstanding contribution to the green building movement in India. He is an inspirational speaker and has spoken in various events like TEDx and at Google headquarters. He is involved in the leadership and organizational development of ISKCON organization in various capacities including being one of the Temple Presidents in the Leadership Council of ISKCON Chowpatty. He is a B.Tech. Graduate from IIT Bombay.