Reducing Water & Waste Stress by 2050
The water and climate coalition leaders in a call for action, stresses "We lead the way in rethinking how our societies and economies best resist climate change. Improving how we use water is a pathway to develop food security, protect health and livelihoods, promote the just transition to clean energy, build water and climate smart cities, protect the environment, build resilient economies, help the world achieve the SDGs, and meet global climate commitments."

Safe drinking water, sanitation, wastewater management are fundamental to health, survival, growth, and development. The 36th UN-Water Meeting as held on 8th of April 2022 discussed about the purpose of discussing the role of water and sanitation in addressing the roadmap on human rights to water, sanitation, and waste. This led to a lively discussion about climate change, water management, and sanitation.


United Nations Environment Assembly 5.2 held on 28th February 2022 focused on the Support to enhanced waste management through capacity-building, financial funding, and technology transfer. Including Transitional economies given all the resources to better manage their solid waste, resulting in less stress on the environment, business, economies, and the overall construction of our future. Presently, two billion people around the world are living in water-stressed areas, and the same will be true of more than half the world’s population by 2050 if no action is taken. Based on projected demand, the world will face a 40 per cent shortfall in freshwater supply within 10 years. Climate change is already greatly exacerbating the world water crisis – intensifying floods, prolonging droughts, and more. In many ways, the worst impacts of the climate crisis will be felt through water. Unless urgent action is taken, these impacts will only worsen in the coming years and decades.

Big Business Of Water And Waste Management
Water security isn't limited to access to drinking water. It's about sanitation - more people worldwide have mobile phones than toilets. According to the United Nations, by 2025, 1.8 billion people will be living in water scarcity, and the demand for irrigation will jump by 15%. Though it's not a silver bullet, technology can help to change this course, and it's already started.

Each year, 829 000 people die because of poor water, sanitation, poor waste management and hygiene issues and middle-income countries, accounting for 60% of all diarrhoeal deaths due to improper waste management. Each year, 297 000 children under the age of five die because of poor water, sanitation, and hygiene. Through the WHO Guidelines on sanitation and health, safe use of wastewater, recreational water quality, and promotion of sanitation safety planning and sanitary inspections, WHO collaborates with partners to promote effective risk assessment and management practises for sanitation and waste in communities and health facilities.

Given the state of resource availability, use and competing demand, the critical challenge lies in foresight of the issues and preparedness to respond to them for sustainable business operations. The world requires solutions to new and growing existing problems in the availability and quality of water for 6personal, agricultural, industrial use and nature. At the same time, the focus must be on sustainable solutions for these problems requiring less energy, reuse of valuable minerals and metals and low or no production of greenhouse gases.

Water being an important and widely discussed goal within the SDG’s, we intent to schedule a full day virtual event on the subject. With the idea to provide a high profile and wide-ranging platform for businesses, knowledge institutions, investors, UN and governments to forge partnerships, boost innovation, investment, trade and learning, ET Water and Waste Management Conclave is introduced by The Economic Times as part of the bigger umbrella of ET SDGs Summit which will be an ideal platform for the water stakeholders to understand and deliberate on the need of clean, safe water and waste management for all, the growing elements of technology and their application in crisis, risk mitigation and business growth.

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  • Corporate Water Stewardship: Driving Water to the Top of the CSR Agenda
  • Water for All: Water Conservation and Emerging Issues
  • Innovation and Technology Intervention in Waste Management Ecosystem
  • Water security, sanitation & hygiene for sustainable development
  • Scaling-up and deepening of best practices and strategies in Industrial water & waste use efficiency
  • Water technology and utility innovation
  • Improving water-use efficiency
  • Wastewater Management
  • Increasing safe water access for communities that face scarcity
  • Adoption of smart water policies and regulations
  • Sustainable Investment in Water and waste management
  • Water and waste management Infrastructure
  • Optimising water use
  • AI, IOT, Data and Innovations in water & waste management sector



The Economic Times Global Sustainability Congress Series – Water & Waste
With the theme “Reducing Water & Waste Stress by 2050” the virtual summit will initiate thought provoking discussions and advocate for SDG-6, water technology innovation, waste management and new scientific practices for business growth. Water is an economically strategic resource and a core element of natural capital underpinning many business activities. A combined technological approach, based on the state-of-the-art in science and technology, may offer a solution to several developments, within business and society, with a worldwide impact on the demand for and use of water.

The deliberations will revolve around water use management, waste management, technology update, water infrastructure, financing opportunities and profitable partnerships. We bring together business, government and finance groups, supported by academics and expert practitioners, to tackle challenges they could not solve alone.


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June 29, 2022

09:45 – 09:50
Opening Address by The Economic Times
10:10 – 10:15
Chief Guest Address: Reducing Water & Waste Stress: Vision 2050

Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Union Cabinet Minister, Ministry of Jal Shakti

10:15 – 10:30
Guest of Honor Address

G Asok Kumar, Director General, National Mission for Clean Ganga

10:35 – 10:50
Special Address – Leaders view on innovation: Water management

H.K. Agarwal, Managing Director, Grasim Industries Limited and Business Director- Pulp and Fibre, Aditya Birla Group

10:55 – 11:30
Inaugural Leaders Dialogue: Towards water-wise world

Advancing private-sector water management by empowering businesses to lower business risks and fostering innovation in water-related data, tools, and strategies. through Integrated Design and Planning.

For the first time in history, urban parts are home to more than half of the world's population. Around 6.4 billion people will live in cities by 2050. These people will be living in a world that is becoming increasingly water limited, with demand for water expected to rise by 55% by 2050. Rapid population increase, industrialization, climate change, water pollution, and maintaining, renewing, and extending urban water infrastructure are just a few of the enormous difficulties that urban water management and systems are confronting.

Discussion Points

  • Importance of industrial water management
  • Water management and sanitation in developing countries
  • Deep dive into the water management of huge corporations
  • High-quality content, and inclusive, solution-driven collaboration at its core


  • Ashish Dwivedi, CEO, Birla White, Aditya Birla Group
  • Pravin Karve, CEO, Thermax Babcock & Wilcox Energy Solutions

Namrata Rana, Director Strategy & Brand, Futurescape - Moderator

11:35 – 11:45
Partner Presentation: - Future of sustainable solutions for water and wastewater recycling

Vishal Mehra, Business Unit Head – Water & Waste Solution, Thermax Limited

11:50 – 12:10
Leaders dialog on waste management: Solutions to Industrial Waste Management - Sustainable waste treatment

Discussion Points

  • Designing, building, and operating wastage treatment plants, wastewater treatment and industrial waste treatment plants
  • Tertiary treatment for reduce and reuse of the industrial waste
  • Smart waste management creating improved data quality and better insights into waste streams during operations and other processes
  • Cross-Industry collaboration to enhance the recycling value chain
  • Systemic circular economy for recycling to benefit businesses, society, and the environment.
  • Industrial Waste-to-energy in India


  • Kiran Sarkar, Head Sustainability, Mahindra & Mahindra (Automotive & Farm Business)
  • Prabodha Acharya, Group Chief Sustainability Officer, JSW Group

Dr Suneel Pandey, Senior Fellow and Director, Environment & Waste Management Division, TERI - Moderator

12:15 – 12:25
Special Address - Circular Economy, E-waste & EV Battery Recycling Ecosystem: Achieving A More Sustainable Future with Deep Technology

Nitin Gupta, CEO & Co-Founder, Attero Recycling

12:35 – 13:00
In conversation: Embracing digital solutions for waste management

Digital solutions in waste management are now not seen as option but as “imperative”. The session aims to provide an overview of the current state of digital in the e-waste and waste management sector the value potential for digital solutions, and the lessons learned from those on the digital journey.

  • Big data, innovative solutions, autonomous vehicles in the applications for e-waste and waste management, efficiency, supply, quality and more


  • Dr Vedpriya Arya, Head – Herbal Research Dept., Patanjali Research Foundation
  • Dr Sameer Joshi, Honorary Treasurer Governing Council, Indian Plastic Institute

Utkarsh Majmudar, Member of Board of Governors, IIM Raipur- Moderator

13:05 – 13:20
In conversation: Making Hygiene & Sanitation Accessible & affordable to lead a thriving community
  • Current scenario of Hygiene & Sanitation in India
  • Substantial progress that has been made over the past few years
  • Rise in the awareness of hand-sanitation & Hygiene post COVID 19 outbreak
  • What are the other challenges & opportunities in India?
  • Solutions to make hygiene and sanitation affordable & accessible
  • Moderator: Syamal Sarkar (Ph.D.), IAS (R) Former Secretary, Min. of Water Resources & DoPT
  • Amit Konlade, Global SCM Operations - Leader, SATO
13:20 – 13:35
Special Talk: Collaboration, Government Regulatory and Policies to promote Recycling/Waste Management across the industry.

Wilma Rodrigues, Founder and CEO, Saahas Zero Waste (SZW)

13:40 – 14:20
Panel Discussion: Financing and Promising solutions with potential to address the world’s increasing water and waste management needs

According to the UN-Water GLAAS report released in 2017, a massive increase in water and sanitation investments is necessary to fund the Sustainable Development Goals. The current level of WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) funding is insufficient to accomplish the SDG goals of universal access to safe and inexpensive drinking water, as well as appropriate sanitation and hygiene.

Looking at the companies' goals for this year in terms of investing in cleanliness, water, and sanitation, as well as creating a long-term work environment for future employees and for the better world.

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  • Financial flows to the water and sanitation sector
  • Investments in    water-related    and    sanitation    infrastructure    by government and
  • International aid and credit flows for water, sanitation sector
  • Partnerships and country level initiatives


  • Prabhjot Sodhi, Senior Program Director – Circular Economy, Centre for Environment Education
  • Nitin Bassi, Programme Lead, Council on Energy, Environment and Water
  • Seema Bhardwaj, Director India, Germany Trade & Invest
  • Joop Stoutjesdijk, Lead Water Specialist, World Bank

Somouleendra Ghosh, Associate Partner, KPMG India - Moderator

14:25 – 14:35
Special Address: Water Security, Sanitation & Hygiene for Sustainable Development
  1. Water allocation and water Economics
  2. Water supply and sanitation


Dr Anil K. Garg, CEO, Energy and Environment Foundation, India

14:35 – 14:45
Closing Address


Chief Guest

Sh. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat

Union Cabinet Minister, Ministry of Jal Shakti

Gajendra Singh Shekhawat is an Indian Politician who is currently serving as Cabinet Minister for Jal Shakti. As a Member of Parliament representing Jodhpur and having won the Indian General Elections, 2019 with a margin of 2,70,000 votes, Mr. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat is seen as a member of the youth brigade, a symbol of a farmer who is progressive and a technocrat, the reason why he has been exclusively handpicked by the Prime Minister with a responsibility to align policy objectives with dynamic optimism and work ethics. As the Minister for Jal Shakti, “Gajju Bana” as he is lovingly called has been given the herculean responsibility and opportunity of reversing the water scenario of the country, the task of taking India from being water scarce to water secure. He is now leading the crusade to bring water to 14 Crore Households through the Prime Minister’s ambitious “Jal Jeevan Mission”, this scheme also called as “Har Ghar Nal sey Jal” scheme is an opportunity to solve the household water distress in large swathes across India’s topography. Armed with a clinical understanding of the bevy of problems that plague the particular water sector, he is expected to accomplish the promise of Jal Jeevan Mission by 2024.

Known for his extremely amicable nature and grounded personality, Mr. Shekhawat is a philosopher by education and a farmer by profession. Thrust into politics at an early age, he was elected as president of Student union of JNVU University in 1992 under the banner of Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad . For the better part of his life he had chosen nation building over a political career and held several positions like being the co-convener of the Swadeshi Jagran Manch, the General Secretary of Seema Jan Kalyan Samiti, an organisation dedicated to strengthening of national security by developing border towns and villages. As the General Secretary, Mr. Shekhawat was instrumental in building a second line of defense that consisted of civilians residing near the border area of Rajasthan. He was also instrumental in furthering the impact of civil defense by setting up 40 schools and 4 hostels along the Indo-Pak border. Extremely approachable on Social Media, he is massively popular on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube. Also has the distinction of being the most followed Indian Politician on Quora. His Quora profile has more than 70,000 followers and his answers on the social media platform has been viewed a record 6.8 Million times, more than that of former U.S.A President Barrack Obama. As an example worth emulation, he led an internship program that leveraged his cult following on Quora to create a nationwide youth led development initiative, something that impressed the Prime Minister because of its unique approach towards problem solving for public policy issues and challenges.
Guest of Honour

Sh. G Asok Kumar

Director General, Natil Mission for Clean Ganga

G. Asok Kumar is currently working as Director General of the National Mission for Clean Ganga, in the Additional Secretary rank in the Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India.

A 1991 batch IAS officer belonging to the Telangana Cadre, G. Asok Kumar, had earlier served at the Centre as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Civil Aviation where he set-up the Aircraft Accidents Investigation Bureau and played a keyrole in reviving the then ailing airline industry. A winner of Telangana Excellence Award in 2018 and Jalmitra Award in 2002, he has initiated/completed many infrastructure projects like the Outer Ring Road, Krishna Phase-2 Drinking Water Pipeline, Godavari Drinking Water Pipeline Project, etc. in Hyderabad. As Principal Secretary BC Welfare Dept., he was instrumental in starting 119 English Medium Residential Schools in all the Assembly segments on 12th June 2017. He has also worked in the sectors of Power, Medical and Health, Urban Planning, Urban Water, Information Technology, Education, Tribal Welfare and Sports.

G.Asok Kumar has made significant and diverse contribution to the Water and Sanitation Sector: As Additional Secretary and Mission Director, NWM, he made many innovative initiatives in the Water sector management, the most prominent being the "Catch The Rain" campaign, with the tagline, "Catch The Rain, where it falls, when it falls" in February 2020. Due to the restrictions imposed by the Covid 19 pandemic, it was initially taken up in institutions under Ministry of Defence- the establishments and offices of of Army, Navy and Air Force and their training institutions, Cantonment Boards, Ordinance Factories etc; institutions under the Ministry of Home Affairs, like the offices, establishments and training institution of Central Armed Police Forces; Railways; Airports; Universities and Education institutions like IIMS,IITs etc which have large land parcels with them.

This caught the attention of Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, who mentioned it in his Mann Ki Bath on 28 February, 2021 and directed the Ministry of Jal Shakti to start a countrywide campaign- "Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Catch The Rain", with the tagline, "catch the rain, where it falls, when it falls". This campaign was launched by Hon'ble PM himself on 22nd March, 2021 by virtually addressing almost all 2.5 lakh Sarpanchs of the country. This campaign, held during the pre-monsoon and monsoon periods, covered all areas- both Urban and Rural- of the country and is perhaps the largest Rain Water Harvesting campaign ever launched in the world. National Water Mission, under Asok Kumar, is the nodal implementing agency for the campaign. The success of this campaign has given him a popular moniker- "The Rain man of India". Earlier he had also started a series of lectures titled “Water Talks” which is held in the 3rd Fridays of every month, starting from the World Water day, March 22, 2019. In these “Water Talks” eminent personalities/ activists from the theoretical and practical field of water conservation, water management and water technology share their insights and experiences. This series was followed with the "Water-Tech talks" on every 2nd Fridays of the month, starting from 8 October, 2020 and "Water Biz -Talk" every 4th Fridays in addition to "Catch The Rain: Dialogues with DMs" every Saturdays. Since, now these talks are being held in he digital platform, some of them have gathered over 2.5 million views, underscoring their popularity and acceptability among the people. During his tenure, the National Water Mission Awards were presented for the first time on 25th September, 2019. The awards, in 10 categories, carry total prize money of Rs 45 lakhs. As Executive Director (Projects), National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG)(Namami Gange) , he was in charge of the implementation of project works estimated over Rs 20,000 Crores related to the cleaning of Ganga river in its 11 basin states and was the chief organizer of the "Great Ganga Run", the mini marathon held in New Delhi on 15 September 2019 and the 31 days- 2500 km Ganga River rafting expedition -"Ganga Amantran" in the Oct- Nov 2019 period.

Another significant achievement of this winner of “Jal Mitra” award from the Government of Andhra Pradesh (under Sri Nara Chandrababu Naidu) and the first TEX (Telangana Excellence) Award by the Government of Telangana (under Sri K.Chandrasekhar Rao) for Outstanding work done in Public Administration, is the successful completion of over 1.20 lakh Individual Sanitary Latrines (ISLs) in Nizamabad District in the year 2002. Conceived, planned and executed under the leadership of Sri Asok Kumar, who was then the District Magistrate and Collector of Nizamabad district, (in erstwhile Andhra Pradesh State), presently in Telangana, this locally conceived project, aptly named “Shubrata” was originally intended to complete One lakh pucca Individual Sanitary Latrines (ISLs) in the houses belonging to the people living Below Poverty Line in SIX months (June- December, 2 2002). With the massive participation of the people, not only the target was successfully achieved, but it went on to complete another 20,000 more ISLs. (This was even before the advent of the Atal Nirmal gram Yojana and the Swatch Bharat Mission.) “Shubrata” was a perfect example of convergence of funding from schemes like the Total Sanitation Campaign and Food for work program of the Government of India, the contributory funding of the total sanitation program by the Government of Andhra Pradesh; the funds from the local bodies and local contribution in addition to the beneficiaries contribution- either in cash or kind and implemented with overwhelming public participation. The foundation of the “Shubrata” program was another local initiative which built 3500 toilets+ in 1000 government schools, particularly for the girls in the year 2001- 2002 with UNICEF assistance. Girls from these schools acted as the main motivators and drivers of the massive construction of pucca latrines (and many cases with expanded area to include a space for bathing) in their house hold, encouraging their mothers to demand these ISLs at home. Earlier habitation wise drinking water committees were also formed in all 1168 habitations. The combined effect of these initiatives resulted in a drastic decrease in diarrhea cases in the following year.

As Managing Director of Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB), he (a) started the Daily Water Supply in the core city of Hyderabad after a gap of 24 years on14/11/2008; (b) completed the 339MLD Sewerage Treatment Plant (STP) at Ambarpet; 172 MLD STP at Nagole and 30 MLD STP at Nallacheruvu and started the work on 30 MLD STP at Attapur; (c) completed Krishna Water Phase II project to bring 90 MGD water to Hyderabad from Krishna River (inaugurated on 19/7/08); (d) Constructed a corporate office building for the Board (All these projects were inaugurated by Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy, CM of Andhra Pradesh); (e) constructed 14 new water reservoirs in Hyderabad under JnNURM (f) prepared project report, obtained government approval (on 1/10/08) and started the work on Rs 3375 Cr, 120 MGD Godavari Water Supply Scheme to bring water from Godavari river, 186 kms away to the city to meet futuristic needs of Hyderabad (g) Set up the Hyderabad Water and Sewerage Museum (h) Commissioned the Rs 10 Cr SCADA system 3 for monitoring reservoir water level and its chlorine content (i) introduced GPS monitoring of water tanker movements in the city. For these efforts the HMWSSB was awarded the National Urban Water Award by the Ministry of Urban Affairs, GoI in 2009.

As Vice Chairman, HUDA ( Hyderabad Urban Development Authority ) Asok Kumar initiated restoration and renovation of many other lakes in Hyderabad city. Completed the STPs and parks at Safilguda lake and Langar Houz. Organized massive tree-plantation drives in the city, the biggest one being the one day-two lakh tree plantation drive on 26/7/04.

As Project Officer, Integrated Tribal Development Agencies (ITDAs) of Bhadrachalam and Utnoor, he implemented the IFAD funded Andhra Pradesh Participatory Tribal Development Program (APPTDP) in the scheduled remote and interior tribal villages of Adilabad and Khammam districts. In Adilabad district, under APPTDP, he introduced soyabean cultivation (in 1995), which led to diversion of large area under cultivation of cost-intensive-cotton crop to Soyabean crop in a short period. The area under Soyabean cultivation in Adilabad has increased more than 100 times now from the humble beginnings in 1995. Under APPTDP, in Bhadrachalam, 132 micro irrigation tanks, each with ayacut between 20-100 acres, were constructed with active participation of tribal population. 94 new lift irrigation schemes to lift water from Godavari river and 67 borewells to irrigate lands of tribal farmers were developed.

As Collector of Nizamabad, he started the cleaning of Phulong river and removal of encroachments from its banks in 2002. Rejuvenated and restored a lake in Nizamabad.

As a token of their appreciation, this lake near Janakampet is now named as “Asok Sagar” and is a local tourist attraction. This lake has a 18ft statue of Goddess Saraswati installed in the middle of the lake and a restaurant on its banks.

Apart from these initiative in Water and sanitation sector, the successful campaign he started to end child labor in a highly child labor prone Veilpur mandal of Nizamabad; the reformation of Pothurajus and Joiginis; all sustained over 20 years and the BeBold campaign to end stigma and discrimination of HIV patients have won international recognition. The notification of the 162 kms 8 lane Outer Ring Road around Hyderabad city and the work on it was started during his tenure. as VC, HUDA. He has also made significant contributions to the Aviation, Sports, Education and IT sectors also. G. Asok Kumar is currently working as Director General of the National Mission for Clean Ganga, in the Additional Secretary rank in the Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India. A 1991 batch IAS officer belonging to the Telangana Cadre, G. Asok Kumar, had earlier served at the Centre as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Civil Aviation where he set-up the Aircraft Accidents Investigation Bureau and played a keyrole in reviving the then ailing airline industry. A winner of Telangana Excellence Award in 2018 and Jalmitra Award in 2002, he has initiated/completed many infrastructure projects like the Outer Ring Road, Krishna Phase-2 Drinking Water Pipeline, Godavari Drinking Water Pipeline Project, etc. in Hyderabad. As Principal Secretary BC Welfare Dept., he was instrumental in starting 119 English Medium Residential Schools in all the Assembly segments on 12th June 2017. He has also worked in the sectors of Power, Medical and Health, Urban Planning, Urban Water, Information Technology, Education, Tribal Welfare and Sports


Amit Konlade

Global SCM Operations - Leader, SATO

Amit is the Leader- Global SCM and Operations at SATO. SATO by Lixil is a global enterprise that makes pioneering water and housing products that makes better homes a reality for everyone in more than 150 countries. Amit joined Lixil in 2017 and has been leading Operations for SATO markets across the globe. He is also heading product development and developing strategies for continual evaluation of global distribution network.

Before joining SATO, Amit has provided his consultancy to Unilever for 6 years where he headed the Project Management for global packaging projects across Europe, UK, The USA, and Asia. He led initiatives for Product Development, Growth and Leading on all projects managed across Unilever.


Dr. Anil K. Garg

CEO, Energy and Environment Foundation, India

Dr. Anil Kumar Garg is the Founder of Energy And Environment Foundation. Dr. Garg has more than three decade experience in energy sector. Doctorate in chemistry and completed post-doctoral work at University of Oklahoma, Norman USA and has large number of publication in international journals of repute. He has promoted renewable energy and encourages the use of clean and green technologies to achieve carbon neutral growth for economic development. He is responsible for organizing annual international conference namely World Renewable Energy Technology Congress, World PetroCoal Congress, World Water Summit, World Hydrogen Energy Summit, World Waste-to-Wealth Summit, World Future Fuel Summit apart from consultancy, training and research in energy sector.

After completing teaching and research assignments for more than a decade, Dr. Garg served Oil and National Gas Corporation Ltd. India for more than 26 years. He has been invited at number of International Conferences world over to deliver keynote address in energy and environment sector. He is a recipient of many national and international awards.


Ashish Dwivedi

CEO, Birla White, Aditya Birla Group

Mr. Ashish Dwivedi is currently the CEO of Birla White, Aditya Birla Group. Prior to this he was President of Specialty Chemicals and Business Strategy for Chemicals, Fertilizer and Insulators sector of the Aditya Birla Group. He drove business strategy, new businesses, Innovation, R&D and business communication and built a downstream specialty chemicals business across multiple segments and built country largest municipal and industrial water treatment chemicals business.

He has been with the Group for about 25 years. He has served multiple Corporate roles across business sectors to play a role in several strategic initiatives including mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and corporate initiatives.

He is a Chemical Engineer and holds an MBA


Kiran Sarkar

Head Sustainability, Mahinda & Mahindra (Automotive & Farm Business)

Ms Kiran Sarkar is a environment graduate and completed her Environmental Law from National Law School. Ms Kiran Sarkar has been working with Mahindra since 2007. She currently leads the sustainbility work in M&M. During her tenure with Mahindra she has worked in various domains of sustainability across value chains.

Kiran specialises in a diverse portfolio of renewable energy, water and Energy resource efficiency, watershed recharge management , waste minimisation and recycling, enterprise risks and mitigation , carbon positive efforts, employees health and safety, road safety , environment assurance etc. She has expertise in ESG Disclosures, reporting and rating.

She is a member of the audit practitioner team of CII and a member of working group of FICCI Water mission. Western region. She has been recognised as an Emerging Sustainability Leader of the year by Sustainability Outlook magazine.


Joop Stoutjesdijk

Lead Water Specialist, World Bank

Joop has worked at the World Bank since August 1996 on a wide range of project activities related to irrigation and drainage, dam safety, flood management, and integrated water resources management. Considering the competing uses of water and climate change and realizing that water for other sectors will mostly have to come from irrigation water sources, he has a particular interest in improving irrigation services to ensure that more productivity can be achieved with less water. Improvements will have to be achieved through a mix of institutional changes and modernization of infrastructure and irrigation methods. This is also where his work on integrated water resources management, including dam safety and flood management, is of critical importance. Prior to joining the Bank, Joop worked from 1982 to 1996 for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), mostly on irrigation design and construction and capacity building. He graduated in 1982 from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands with a M. Sc. In civil engineering, with specialization in irrigation and drainage. Joop has worked in about 35 countries all over the world and has lived long-term in Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Singapore, and Washington DC.


Nitin Bassi

Programme Lead, Council on Energy, Environment and Water

Nitin is a Programme Lead for the Water Team at the Council. He is a Natural Resource Management Specialist and his focus areas include River Basin Water Accounting, Agriculture Water Management, Institutional and Policy Analysis in Irrigation and Water Supply Management, Water Quality Analysis, Climate-induced Water Risk Assessment, and Wetland Management.

Nitin played a key role in establishing the India-EU Water Partnership (IEWP). He was a Member of the Water Quality Task Force (River Ganga), set up by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation (MoWR, RD & GR), Government of India (2017). He was also a Member of the Thematic sub-group on Water Management for Climate-Smart Cities Assessment Framework 2.0, set up by the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) and Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India in 2020-21. Before joining the Council, Nitin worked with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the Institute for Resource Analysis and Policy (IRAP). He was also engaged as a specialist in projects and research studies supported by various national and international organisations including the European Commission, World Bank, GIZ, DFID, WRG 2030/IFC, UNICEF, WWF, and Department of Biotechnology, Government of India.

Nitin has nearly 80 publications to his credit. He has co-edited four books, two of which were published by Routledge UK, and two by Springer Nature, Switzerland. He regularly reviews manuscripts for Water Policy, International Journal of Water Resources Development, Journal of Hydrology, and book proposals for Routledge, Sage, Springer, and Wiley.


Prabhjot Sodhi

Sr. Program Director – Circular Economy, Centre for Environment Education

“Mr. Ashish Dwivedi is currently the CEO of Birla White, Aditya Birla Group. Prior to this he was President of Specialty Chemicals and Business Strategy for Chemicals, Fertilizer and Insulators sector of the Aditya Birla Group. He drove business strategy, new businesses, Innovation, R&D and business communication and built a downstream specialty chemicals business across multiple segments and built country largest municipal and industrial water treatment chemicals business.

He has been with the Group for about 25 years. He has served multiple Corporate roles across business sectors to play a role in several strategic initiatives including mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and corporate initiatives.

He is a Chemical Engineer and holds an MBA.”


Dr. Sameer Joshi

Honorary Treasure Governing Council, Indian Plastic Institute

Sameer Joshi holds a degree in Polymer engineering in along with holding a PhD on Waste Management. He has been working in plastics waste management and been supporting young Entrepreneurs who are dedicated to reduce Plastic pollution.

He is Fellow of Indian Plastics Institute and of Indian Institute of Valuers, Member Institution of Engineers India, and Senior Member Society of Plastic Engineers USA. He holds expertise in Circular Economy, Recycling, EPR & Plastics, and has his own Plastic injection molding unit in Pune. He is an approved Valuer for Plant and Machinery and Hon. Treasurer Governing Council of Indian Plastics Institute. He is member WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM REGIONAL COMMITTEE PLASTIC WASTE SOUTH - ASIA and also member UN marine litter action group and also on Niti Ayog committe

Along with multiple feats, he also holds a Guinness World Book Record Holder for the world 's largest T shirt from plastic waste in 2018.

Other associations-
• Member Advisory Committee CIPET- Dept. of Chemicals and Petrochemicals, Govt. of India
• Member CSR Committee Assochem India
• Member Industry academia Committee Amity University
• Mentor International Council on Circular Economy
• Former Head Plastics Commodity Material Recycling Association of India(MRAI)
• Signatory to Global Commitment To End plastic waste(Ellen Mac Arthur Foundation)
• Member Prevent Waste Alliance ( Germany)
• He has been a guide to students for their Masters and Phd degree.
• He has been on several committees of national and state level for plastic waste management ,viz -member CM Mahrashtra Task force on Plastic waste management, member of drafting committee plastic waste rules for NITI Ayog, committees of State Pollution boards in India.
• He has several publications and holds a patent, has been a speaker/ moderator at national and international conferences, besides being recipient of awards at state and national level.


Sameer is a good friend and a great companion always is human in heart and rich in knowledge of plastics .He is always ready to do anything good for the betterment of the society.
In Short- Sameer--- a lovable man for all. PADMASHRI R VASUDEVAN

May 2022


Seema Bhardwaj

Director India, Germany Trade & Invest

Seema Bhardwaj, Director India Germany Trade and Invest
Seema Bhardwaj is an Indo-German Professional with over two decades of experience in strategic advisory. Before joining GTAI in July 2020, she headed the India Desk of a major German Law firm for 14 years, consulting companies from German speaking countries (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) in their market entry into India. She studied law in India and Germany and holds a Master’s degree in Political Science. In her current position as Director India, Seema Bhardwaj is responsible for Indian investors providing support on all questions relating to business establishment in Germany. Market data, legal and tax framework information, personnel recruitment and site-selection support are all part of Germany Trade and Invest’s service portfolio. She is the author of various publications in German and English on Indian Law and is a regular speaker in international conferences. Further Seema Bhardwaj is:

- Head of the German Indian Roundtable (GIRT) in Berlin
- A Founding member of the Indo German Association of Legal Cooperation (IGAL)
- Ambassador German Indian Start up Exchange program (GINSEP)
- A Member of Internationalization Committee of Berlin Chambers of Commerce


Sumouleendra Ghosh

Associate Partner, KPMG India

Sumouleendra Ghosh Leads KPMG’s Global Water Network. He is an Associate Partner from KPMG India and has more than 24 years of experience, 21 of them in management consulting profession. In water and wastewater sector, Mr. Ghosh has worked with national and provincial governments in his country and abroad as well as with international financial institutions and private sector clients – primarily in program management, policy formulation and review, PPP transaction advisory, water sector market assessment and entry strategy, etc. He has led engagements across several geographies, including India, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan.


Dr. Suneel Pandey

Senior Fellow and Director, Environment and Waste Management Division, TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute)

Dr Suneel Pandey is Senior Fellow and Director, Environment & Waste Management Division, TERI. In addition, he is also working as Adjunct Faculty at TERI School of Advance Studies (TERI SAS). He has more than 30 years of consultancy/ research experience in the areas of municipal, industrial and hospital waste management, waste-to-energy issues, impact assessment, air, water and soil quality monitoring, site assessments, performance evaluation of ETP and institutional strengthening and capacity building. He has obtained his Ph. D. degree in hazardous waste characterization from Nagpur University while working as Project Fellow at NEERI, Nagpur. Prior to joining TERI, Suneel has worked for ERM India and at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology on development of landfill liner for containment of land disposed hazardous waste and deriving material balances and associated environmental pollution for Hong Kong region as part of Post Doctoral Research.

At TERI SAS, he was involved in curriculum design for module – solid and hazardous waste management on its inception and taught this module for postgraduate course in Natural Resource Management and Environmental Science for five years. Presently he is engaged in guiding students for their major projects and PhD scholars for their doctoral research.


Dr. Vedpriya Arya

Head – Herbal Research Dept., Patanjali Research Foundation

Dr. Vedpriya Arya is currently leading Patanjali Herbal Research Department at Patanjali Research Institute as Research Coordinator under the divine guidance of Revered Acharya Balkrishna Ji. Having post-graduated in Bioscience with Gold-medal, she had completed her Ph.D. in Genetics from M.D. University, Rohtak in 2011. She has attended more than 25 national and international conferences on several advanced scientific and sustainable methods to study plants like Molecular biology, Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, and Ethnopharmacology, etc. She has published around 70 articles having a total of 1,136 citations on Google scholar along with 16 h-index and i10-index scores.

Her dynamic approach and diversified experience in scientific study, analysis, and publication of evidence-based knowledge about medicinal plants have led to the successful accomplishment of around 16 projects. She actively organizes different workshops, conferences, and training programs for the education and development of plant-based sciences to promote herbal medicines. Around 300 research articles, 15 national, and 5 international books have been published under her leadership on diverse research topics through advanced approaches. She aims to integrate statistical and technological methods with plant sciences to conduct meticulous analytical research in the field of plant-based medicines.


Utkarsh Majmudar

Member of Board of Governors, IIM Raipur

Utkarsh Majmudar is a professional with over two decades of experience encompassing teaching, research and administration at premier business schools in India (IIM Bangalore, IIM Lucknow, IIM Udaipur etc.) and working with large corporations in India at GE Capital, iGATE and HSBC. He teaches finance at leading management institutions. Utkarsh is also a member of the Board of Governors at IIM Raipur. Apart from finance, he has done significant work in the area of sustainability–conducting an annual study of the performance of companies on corporate responsibility, working with large companies, publishing cases on sustainability, and writing extensively on the theme. He has co-authored two books. His second book, Shift: Decisions for a Net Zero World has been released recently.


Wilma Rodrigues

Founder and CEO, Saahas Zero Waste (SZW)

Wilma Rodrigues is the founder and CEO of Saahas Zero Waste (SZW), a social enterprise committed to implementing holistic zero waste solutions across India. This registered MSME, believes that in the 21st century businesses must not just talk but deliver on environmental and social impact.

Wilma moved to Bangalore from Mumbai in 1995. She is a former journalist with the Times of India group and BusinessWorld Magazine.

India got its first set of Municipal Solid Waste rules in 2000 and this was the trigger for Wilma to step into the waste management sector so as to support implementation of the rules. She first set up NGO Saahas in 2001 and then a business model SZW in 2013. The company today brings together Nature People and Technology so that waste is managed in a manner where up-to 96% of waste is diverted from a landfill and maximum resources is recovered. Waste Management through Resource Recovery results in environmental and social impact. SZW today manages around 100 tonnes of waste per day.


H.K. Agarwal

Managing Director, Grasim Industries Limited and Business Director- Pulp and Fibre, Aditya Birla Group


Syamal Kumar Sarkar

IAS (R) Former Secretary, Min. of Water Resources & DoPT


Namrata Rana

Director, Strategy & Brand Futurescape


Nitin Gupta

CEO and Co-founder, Attero Recycling

Nitin Gupta is the CEO and Co-founder of Attero Recycling Pvt Ltd, which is India’s largest electronic asset management company with expertise in developing eco-friendly reuse and recycling solutions for electronics. He is regarded as a visionary and a technology expert with proficiency in bringing cleantech to India.

Nitin is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, with a strong foundation in Engineering. He further went on to the prestigious NYU, Stern, and London Business School to study business & marketing. Following the mantra of “it's not waste, until it's wasted” and with a strong desire to make a notable change in the cleantech space, Nitin founded Attero in 2007. E-waste is growing in India at the rate of 10%. Major recycling of e -waste is carried out in the non-formal sector using primitive and hazardous methods. With the objective of Rethink, Redesign, Restore and Reuse materials, Attero Recycling processes more than 1,44 lakh metric tons of e-waste and 1,000 metric tonnes of lithium-ion battery every year. The extraction efficiency of the process adopted by Attero Recycling for lithium-ion batteries is the best in the world. Through its worldclass process, Attero Recycling has also extracted valuable elements such as pure Gold, Silver, Palladium, Tin, Copper, Aluminium.

Nitin has been the invigorating force behind the growth and expansion of the company. Under his leadership, Attero Recycling in the last 14 years has raised a total of $30M funding over four rounds from institutional backers such as Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Granite Hill India Opportunity Ventures, Kalaari Capital, and International Finance Corporation, which is the private investment arm of the World Bank. As a technology enthusiast, he also introduced disruptive technologies in India which were recognized by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and UNFCCC. Attero has applied for more than 200 patents and has been awarded over 32 global patents to date. At Attero Recycling, Nitin’s responsibilities re volve around envisioning organizational goals and creating plans & strategies that will help the company in achieving these goals. Nitin follows a more collaborative and entrepreneurial approach to business and the workplace, which is instrumental in the growth of the brand. He intends to establish Attero as the largest urban mining company in the world.


Pravin Karve

CEO, Thermax Babcock & Wilcox Energy Solutions

Pravin Karve became a member of the Executive Council in August 2010, and is the CEO of Thermax Babcock and Wilcox Energy Solutions (TBWES). He also supervises the Corporate Sourcing Group and the Corporate Materials Forum.

He joined Thermax as a Graduate Trainee Engineer in 1984 and has worked in various functions like sales, proposals, field sales, international marketing, sourcing, operations, etc. He was part of the core team leading the company’s transformation initiatives. Before taking over the current role, he was the Business Unit Head for Boiler & Heater, and prior to that, he headed the Air Pollution Control (Enviro) business.

Pravin completed his Mechanical Engineering from Walchand College of Engineering, Sangli in 1984.


Vishal Mehra

Business Head, Water & Waste Solutions, Thermax

Vishal has over 20 years of experience in diverse industrial sectors and corporate profiles. He has done his engineering in Chemical and master’s in business administration. He has been associated with water industry since 2013.

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