AICE’19 Speakers

Dr Ajit Vishnu Salvi
Executive Engineer

Ajit Salvi has rich experience of 30 years of service in Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai mainly covers Maintenance of entire Sewerage system & handling of new projects.As a lecturer he has spoken on various subject and with a spotlight on maintenance of Sewerage infrastructure, solid Waste Management, safety in Sewer Maintenance, pumping and disposal of sewage, sewage treatment plants, disaster management, various soft skills such as time management, communication, leadership, team building etc.

Amla Ruia
Aakar Charitable Trust

Amla Ruia was born in a highly literary, patriotic and spiritual family of Uttar Pradesh. Thanks to that background she ploughed herself in social work at the first opportunity she got.

Amla says, “I believe that the two foremost issues in our country are water and education, hence, the Trust has taken up both these sectors seriously. It has set up highly replicable model schools from pre-primary to higher secondary in Ramgarh, Rajasthan imparting the finest education at minimum cost. From 2000 to 2005 they built 200 Drinking Water Kunds (ancestral type) in which a total of one crore liters of pure natural drinking water from the rains is collected year after year in the remotest areas where no municipal water is available.

We had embarked upon the construction of check dams from 2006. In this field the Trust has been really successful as its constructions have withstood the test of time and the villagers who had initially contributed structures which have taken them to a new level of prosperity and self-sufficiency.
Dr. Ann-Perry Witmer

Ann-Perry Witmer, PhD, PE, is a lecturer in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department at the University of Illinois, as well as an affiliate of the university’s Applied Research Institute, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, and Carle Illinois College of Medicine. Her Contextual Engineering research group explores aspects of theory and practice associated with humanitarian engineering design and implementation for non-industrialized societies. The Contextual Engineering courses she teaches are multi-disciplinary and draw upon social sciences to inform technical design decision-making for infrastructure engineers, and several water systems designed by student teams have been constructed and are operating in Central America. In addition to her doctoral degree, Witmer holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois, as well as a B.S. in journalism and a B.A. in art history from Boston University.
Shri. Anil Kumar
Country Manager
Royal HaskoningDHV

Anil Kumar is BE (Civil) from Bangalore University, M.Tech. (Environmental Engg.) from IIT Delhi & MBA (IIM C). He is also pursuing PhD in Water Resources from IIT Delhi. He has worked in India, Middle East & United Kingdom and twenty-four years’ experience in diverse technical, commercial, operations and corporate roles in the water infrastructure sector. His experience involved in developing and implementing strategic business strategies, commercial management, innovative tactical solutions and demonstrating a sustained record of profitable business achievement through a balanced management style and developed skillset. He has extensive knowledge and understanding of the water infrastructure and projects in India and Asia. He has a strong record of success in the leadership of complex programs and program management with a multi-sectoral team in Government Institutions and Companies in delivering water projects. Prior to Royal Haskoning DHV, he has worked in CH2MHill (Now Jacobs), MWH & Halcrow UK.
Prof. Arun Kumar
Department of Hydro and Renewable Energy (formerly Alternate Hydro Energy Centre)
Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

Prof. Arun Kumar is a Bachelors in civil engineering from IIT Roorkee, Masters in Civil Engineering from IISc Bengaluru and PhD from IIT Roorkee. He did Hydropower Diploma studies at NTH, Trondheim.

Prof. Kumar is currently working as Professor of HRED, IIT Roorkee and held MNRE Chair Professor from 2013 to 18 and headed the department from 1998 to 2011. He is Board member of NHPC Ltd, Govt of India PSU. His research areas are Hydropower Development, Environmental Management of Water Bodies, Energy Economics and Policy. Prof. Kumar has over 36 years of experience in the field of Hydropower and environmental management of rivers and lakes. He served CLA for Hydropower on SRREN for IPCC. He established Hydraulic Turbine R&D Laboratory, Real-Time Hydropower Simulator, Sediment Monitoring, and Impact Analysis Laboratory and developed standards for small hydropower. He initiated a master programme in the environmental management of rivers and lakes in 2004.

He appraises project proposals for Government of India regularly. He carried out CIA studies of hydropower projects on few major rivers. Prof. Kumar had received various awards and recognitions from CBIP, Institution of Engineers and Hydro Power Association.
Col. Bhaskar Tatwawadi (Retd)
Technical Director
Tandon Urban Solutions Pvt. Ltd. Mumbai.

Col. Bhaskar Tatwawadi (Retd), an army veteran and a Civil Engineer from VNIT Nagpur with a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering (with Honors) from IIT Roorkee has over 45 years of professional experience. His 22 years stint in the Army, Corps of Engineers, included construction of water treatment plants and design of several sewerage and sewage treatment projects for military, naval and air stations. Later, he has worked on many projects in water and wastewater management including design and execution of rural and urban water supply and sanitation schemes, the Visakhapatnam Industrial Water Supply Project (1998), construction of the BWSSB Water Treatment Plant of 300 MLD (2000 -01) and the first Chennai Metro-water Seawater Reverse Osmosis Plant of 100 MLD (2007). He has led design teams for several industrial wastewater recycle projects for automobiles and textiles industries.

Treated wastewater reuse is his area of special interest. He specializes in technology / process evaluation and analyses. His projects in the recent past included 23 MLD Sewage Recycle Project for RCF Trombay and 20 MLD Sewage recycle project for HZL at Udaipur. Other projects include 42 MLD sewage recycle project for NMMC and another similar project for PCMC.

A leading professional and mentor for water and wastewater engineers, Col. Bhaskar Tatwawadi believes that sustainability of water sources can be prolonged only through recycle and reuse. He strongly feels that AWWA India create a Water Reuse Resource Cell and promote the concept vigorously among the water professionals and policy makers.

David B. LaFrance
Chief Executive Officer
American Water Works Association

David B. LaFrance is Chief Executive Officer of the American Water Works Association, the world’s largest and oldest association of water professionals, with 43 sections throughout North America and more than 50,000 members worldwide. Overseeing a staff of more than 150 in Denver, Washington D.C. and Mumbai, India, LaFrance guides AWWA’s extensive scientific, educational, and public policy work to build a better world through better water.

Prior to joining AWWA in 2010, he was the Chief Financial Officer for Denver Water where, during his 17-year tenure, he also served as the utility’s Manager of Rate Administration. LaFrance’s professional background also includes extensive water policy and management experience with the global engineering and consulting firm CH2M and the US Army Corps of Engineers.
David E. Rager
Immediate Past President AWWA
Principal of Rager Management Consulting, LLC

David is the Principal of Rager Management Consulting, LLC following 40 years of experience at the local government level. Prior to consulting, David was CEO of SD1, the wastewater and stormwater utility for three counties of Northern Kentucky. Prior to his position at SD1, David served for 17 years as the CEO of the Greater Cincinnati Water Works. While at Cincinnati, he worked to create a high-performance organization using strategic business planning processes that included employee work teams, regular customer surveys, and focus groups for insight into service delivery.

David has served on the Board of Directors for the American Water Works Association (AWWA) in a variety of roles. From June 2012 to June 2016, David served as AWWA Treasurer. He has also served as chair of the Water Utility Council, chair of the Board of Trustees for the Water Research Foundation, a member of the International Council, and President of the Board of Directors for the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies. He has served on the board of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies and is a member of the Water Environment Federation.

David received his BS from the University of Cincinnati and his MBA from Xavier University. David lives in Cincinnati with his wife Susan. Their daughter, Theresa is a biology and premed student at Boston College.
Shri. Dilip Amrut Dongare
Mechanical Engineer
Shah Technical Consultants Pvt. Ltd

Mr. Dongare is working as a Mechanical Engineer with Shah Technical Consultants Pvt. Ltd. Dilip Dongare worked with the water supply sector for 47+ years, Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran for 38+ years, for 16 years he was in charge of various water works of 20 MLD & leading 50+ workforce for 10+ years he was also the controlling officer for O & M of WW in a District of Nashik & Dhule.

Shri. E. Ravendiran IAS
Member Secretary

Shri. E. Ravendiran, M.Sc. (Environmental Science), MPP (Public Policy), L.L.B. joined as Member Secretary of MPCB on 24th September, 2018. He is selected as an I.A.S. Officer in Year 2008. He is worked on following posts till date:
Probationary Assistant Collector, Dhule,
Asstt. Collector at Arvi Sub Division, Wardha,
Chief Executive Officer, Zilla Parishad, Akola,
Chief Executive Officer, Zilla Parishad, Sindhudurg,
District Collector & District Magistrate, Sindhudurg District,
Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation, Kalyan,
Commissioner Skills Development, Employment and Entrepreneurship, Navi Mumbai,
CEO, Maharashtra State Skill Development Society,
CEO, Maharashtra State Innovation Society,
Member Secretary, Rest of Maharashtra State Development Board, Mumbai (Additional Charge),
Director, Director Vocational Education Training

As a Member Secretary he is working in implementing rules under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986. The Board is implementing various environmental laws in respect of water, air, solid wastes (such as municipal solid wastes, hazardous wastes, bio-medical waste, plastic wastes, etc.). He is attending various meetings, workshops and trainings related to Environment betterments. He has participated in the Exhibition on dispose of bio waste Expo 2019 between 5th to 12th May, 2019 at Las Vegas, United States.

Shri Hrushikesh Sandhe
Head- Civil/ Water
Walter P Moore

Hrushikesh Sandhe is Head- Civil/ Water for Walter P Moore with more than 19 years of experience in Water resources, steady and unsteady modeling, river basin and reservoir operations, and water resources planning. He is an expert with planning and feasibility studies for drainage and water supply projects. He has extensive experience with complex drainage projects across the globe (India, US, Saudi Arabia, Oman, United Kingdom). He has special expertise in hydrologic and hydraulic systems that are key to creating an effective sustainable site drainage design. He provides expertise and direction for site drainage, water recycling, and site water amenities.
Dr. Imre Pascik
Levapor/Biofilm Tech GmbH

Dr. Imre Pascik is the founder and main think tank behind inception of Levapor as global process solution provider. A PhD in Polymer Science from prestigious Aachen University, Germany, Imre has more than 40 years of experience in the field of Environmental Biotechnology. He is highly acclaimed professional and scientist for his contribution to the degradation of difficult to biodegrade complex effluents and nitrification of industrial effluents. He is chair person of German DWA committee for Industrial Nutrient Removal. With numerous patents and hundreds of publications attributed to him, Imre brings on board his extensive process knowledge which helps the Levapor team delivers optimum solutions for the clients requirement.
Shri. K B Wadhavane
Ex. Deputy Chief Engineer

Shri. K B Wadhavane is a technical consultant in Water & Wastewater Sector. He retired as Deputy Hydraulic Engineer & Factory. He was a manager of 1910 and 900 MLD Asia's Largest WTP of MCGM, having 31 years of experience in Water Works. He is a former Hon. Director (Technical) IWWA, former Executive Committee Member of National Safety Council, Maharashtra Chapter, former Member Board of Governors, National Safety Council of India.Mr. Wadhavane to date presented 16 papers on water, wastewater & energy efficiency including one at ACE16 Chicago USA. He received special training in Canada on subjects Water & WastewaterTreatment Plant Technologies, Asset Management & Risk Assessment. He received the award for best lectures, disaster management & best article published in IWWA Journal on water treatment.

He was a visiting faculty at MCGM training centre, MIDC Training Centre and Maharashtra Environmental Engineering Training & Research Academy (MEETRA) Nasik & guest lecturer on water treatment subject for VJTI & SIES college.
Jim Ginley, Consultant
Municipal Water Sector, USA

Jim Ginley is an independent consultant with more than 30 years of experience in the municipal water sector, including more than 16 years on the staff of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), more than 14 years as a utility management consultant, and more than 10 years in service as an active volunteer. Ginley specializes in strategic planning, benchmarking, organizational assessments, workshop and session facilitation, and training.

At AWWA, Ginley managed the QualServe program and the AWWA Utility Benchmarking effort and played a role in the development of the AWWA/ANSI Utility Management Standards, including co-authoring the AWWA guide book on the Utility Management System Standard (G-400). He represented AWWA on the team that built the nationally known and multi-association sponsored EUM framework (back in 2007 and 2008) and was retained by AWWA to build and present the revised version of EUM (which has been delivered across the US in 2017, 2018, and scheduled again in 2019). Simultaneously, Ginley also teaches EUM workshops for US EPA in locations across the country.

Ginley is a long-time member of both AWWA (since 1989) and WEF (since 2008). He chaired and remains a member of the AWWA Strategic Management Practices Committee (SMPC). The SMPC collaborated with several other committees in AWWA’s Management & Leadership Division to complete the newest edition of M5, AWWA’s manual for Utility Management. He also participates in the WEF Utility Management Committee and served as the co-chair of the 2014 Utility Management Conference in Savannah, GA. Ginley’s education includes both a BA in Biology from Kenyon College (Gambier, OH) and a Master of Environmental Management (MEM) from Duke University (Durham, NC).
Dr. Malini Shankar IAS

A career bureaucrat belonging to the 1984 batch of the Indian Administrative Service, Malini V Shankar has had an illustrious career spanning over three and a half decades both at the field and at the policy level. Her last assignment was that of Director General Shipping, on the rank and pay of Secretary to Government of India. She is currently a Member of the Government appointed Board of the Directors of the IL&FS group of companies.

She obtained her doctoral degree in Institutional Economics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (India) and Management degree from the Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Philippines. She also holds a Master's Degree in Chemistry from Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, USA. She had her professional mid-career training at the IIAP (Institut Internationale d'Administration Publique), in Paris, France, from where she obtained a diplome in International Economics. A large part of her career at the senior level has been spent in the Water Sector (municipal, irrigation, environment), and economic sectors (power, commerce and industry). In each of her assignments, she has focussed on the introduction of technology and modern management systems and practices, as well as on citizen-friendly initiatives.

Dr. Malini V Shankar has been a recipient of several academic recognitions - National Merit Scholarship of the Government of India for graduate studies; International Fellowship for Exchange Studies in the USA; the Phi Beta Kappa Scholarship for Higher Education; and the CIDA Scholarship (Canada) for Management Studies.

In recognition of her professional achievements, she has been invited by academic and professional organizations to contribute to policy making and represented India in international forums.

Dr. Shankar was nominated by the IMO as an honorary Member of the Board of Directors of the World Maritime University.

Mr. Mathew Roberts
Vice President - Sales and Marketing
Roberts Filter Group

Mr. Roberts has spent nearly his entire life involved in the water and wastewater industries. The Roberts Filter Group was founded in 1889 by Charles V. Roberts; Matt Roberts carries on the rich family tradition, joining the company as the fifth-generation Roberts.

As Vice President of Sales and Marketing, he oversees business development, domestic and international sales for the Roberts Filter Group. Responsibilities include negotiating key product distribution agreements globally, managing global manufacturer representative networks, and introducing new treatment technology into diverse markets. Mr. Roberts has completed water projects in more than 25 countries, ranging from small villages to the largest metropolitan cities in the world. Beyond Roberts Filter, Mr. Roberts has been a Invited speaker on International Project Management – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Municipal Drinking Water Engineering Design - Ecole Mohammadia d'Ingénieurs (Rabat, Morocco) and Project Delivery Mechanisms - Singapore International Water Week.
Dr. Mihir Shah
Committee Chair for
National Water Policy

From 2009 to 2014, Dr Mihir Shah was Member, Planning Commission, Government of India, holding the portfolios of Water Resources, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj. He is the youngest ever Member of the Planning Commission. Dr. Shah was chiefly responsible for drafting the paradigm shift in the management of water resources enunciated in the 12th Five Year Plan. He also initiated a makeover of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), the largest employment programme in human history, with a renewed emphasis on rural livelihoods, based on construction of productive assets.

In 2015, the Government of India invited him to chair a Committee on Restructuring the Central Water Commission and Central Ground Water Board and also to chair a Committee to draft the National Water Framework Law and the Model Groundwater (Sustainable Management) Bill. These are currently under the active consideration of the Government of India. In 2017, he was invited by the Government of Karnataka to Chair the Task Group set up to draft the State Water Policy. In 2019, the Government of India asked him to chair the Committee to draft the National Water Policy and the Government of Madhya Pradesh invited him to chair a Group of Water Experts to develop a new water strategy for the state.

Dr Shah graduated in Economics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University (where he won the prestigious KC Nag Economics Prize) and did his post-graduation from the Delhi School of Economics (where he was Merit Scholar) in the 1970s, before going on to complete a much acclaimed doctoral dissertation at the Centre for Development Studies, Kerala.

Dr Mihir Shah spent three decades living and working in remote, central tribal India, forging a new paradigm of inclusive and sustainable development, and strengthening Indian democracy through initiatives for people's empowerment, led by women.

Dr. Shah is a Founding Signatory of the Geneva Actions on Human Water Security, 2017. He was a Member of the International Steering Committee of the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) from 2012 to 2018. He is Distinguished Professor, Shiv Nadar University, where he has designed a globally first-of-its-kind Masters Program on Water Science and Policy. He serves on the Governing Council of the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bengaluru and the Academic Council of the Ambedkar University, Delhi. He is also the first President of the Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation, which supports innovative civil society action in close partnership with state governments.

Dr. Shah has addressed audiences on his life’s work all over the world from Stanford University to the World Bank in Washington, the OECD in Paris, the Asian Development Bank in Manila, the Arctic Circle in Iceland, Chatham House and University College, London, UNESCO-IHE at Delft, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria, the EAT Forum, Stockholm, the Himalayan University Consortium in Chengdu, China, International Water Management Institute in Colombo and the Singapore Water Week. He was the Keynote Speaker at the Global Water Summit at Rome in 2012 and the International EcoSummit Congress at Montpellier in 2016. His papers have been published extensively in pre-eminent journals such as Economic and Political Weekly, Current Science, Ambio, Hydrogeology Journal, Journal of Hydrology, Contributions to Indian Sociology, Ecology, Economy and Society, Review of Development and Change, Seminar, The India Forum and Indian Journal of Labour Economics.
Dr. Mritunjay Chaubey
Global Vice President, Environment & Sustainability
UPL Limited

Dr. Mritunjay Chaubey is a sustainability, environment & water technology expert of international repute. He has done Ph.D. in environmental engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. He has nearly 23- years of professional working experience in renowned MNCs Pentair, Shell, Unilever & UPL in field of sustainability, environmental engineering, water & wastewater treatment. Currently more than 100 environmental protection technologies are successfully working in Asia, Africa, Europe and America designed by him. Dr. Chaubey is having experience working in a cross-cultural environment - Netherlands, Italy, Turkey, Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia, Dubai, USA, Libya, Indonesia, Russia, China, South Africa, etc. More than 50 technical papers have been published in renowned international journals & conferences with his name.

Dr. Chaubey is currently working as Global Vice President – Environment & Sustainability with UPL Limited. He heads & leads the Environment, Sustainability & Green Cell team at UPL globally. Recently Dr. Chaubey is awarded “Most Influential Sustainability Leader Award” and “CSO of the Year Award”.
Smt. Nidhi Choudhary IAS
Deputy Secretary, Water Supply & Sanitation Department, Govt of Maharashtra

Smt. Nidhi Choudhary IAS is presently working as a Deputy Secretary, Water Supply & Sanitation Department, Govt of Maharashtra. She worked as a Manager at Reserve Bank of India for 5 years and Indian Audit & Accounts Service for 1 year.She joined Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 2012, She was Assistant Collector at Pen (Raigad), Chief Executive Officer, Zilla Parishad at Palghar MCGM Mumbai as Joint Commissioner.Nidhi has completed MA in English Literature (2005), Public Administration (2007), Masters of Arts (MA) in Rural Development (2009).

Nilaksh Kothari
Executive Member, International Council,AWWA
CEO of Manitowoc Public Utilities (MPU), USA

Mr. Kothari has more than 30 years of experience in the utility sector. MPU is a municipally-owned electric; water and wastewater utilities in the State of Wisconsin, the U.S. with total annual revenues of $70 million and assets of over $250 million. The utility serves both retail and wholesale water and electric customers. Mr. Kothari is a past president of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and past Board member of the American Public Power Association.
Prabhat Pani
Senior Advisor for Partnerships and Technology
Tata Trusts

Since 2019, Prabhat is associated with SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, as Head of Social Sector Interventions and Projects, towards amplifying the work done by the institute in the social sector – Building capacity of social sector professionals, research, and influencing management practice.

Since 2016, Prabhat Pani is associated with Tata Trusts - currently, as Senior Advisor for Partnerships and Technology, and earlier managing Tata Water Mission (drinking water, sanitation and hygiene), and Digital Interventions (promoting digital literacy, and data-driven governance). During the previous 30+ years, Prabhat managed roles in for-profit entities in FMCG, Telecom and Hospitality spaces.

Prabhat completed BE from BITS, Pilani, and PGDM from IIM, Ahmedabad. He has been associated with CII, and is a member of the Board of Governors of IIM, Sambalpur.
Prasoon Gargava
Regional Director
Central Pollution Control Board,
(Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Govt. of India)

Over 20 years of contended experience in the field of environment & pollution control in various capacities. Responsible for coordination of activities with state agencies, pollution control enforcement, public complaint investigations and pollution potential & status of environment-related assessment studies in the highly industrialized western region of the country. Contributed for execution of number of studies focused on waste management, assessment of common environmental infrastructure facilities, urban environmental status, polluted river stretch studies, environmental performance of industries etc besides training/awareness programs.

Currently heading the Regional Directorate (west) of CPCB located at Vadodara which is looking after activities in Maharashtra, Gujarat & Union Territory of Daman, Diu & Dadra Nagar Haveli. CPCB is the apex statutory body under Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Govt. of India, contributing for policy making, environmental & pollution assessment and pollution control enforcement in the country.
Rajesh Dalvi
Regional Manager

An Engineer and MBA with over 18+ years of experience in the field of filtration and water treatment. Currently with Rochem as Regional Manager for the past 9 years.

Some of his achievements and activities include;
Various discussions, papers and presentations on:
* Use of membrane technology for various types of industrial waste water re-cycling, Spentwash management, Zero Liquid Discharge

2. Use of Rochem’s new generation High-Pressure membrane technology for maximized recovery and enhanced reject concentration/reduction in reject volumes, Leachate and Sewage treatment.
3. Rochem’s innovative and comprehensive solutions with waste heat utilization for Zero Liquid Discharge and various other process applications

Exceptionally motivated to now fully utilize this experience and expertise in the environmental and industrial wastewater recycling segment in an attempt to preserve Environment.

Ramola Vaidya
PhD student
Virginia Tech

Ramola Vaidya is a PhD student in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at Virginia Tech. She is conducting her research at Hampton Roads Sanitation District’s managed aquifer recharge project called SWIFT. Her research focuses on removal of organics and trace contaminants removal in an ozone biofiltration process. She also has a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Virginia Tech.

Dr Sanjay Dahasahasra
Former Member Secretary (Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran)
Past president (Indian Water Works Association)

Dr S.V. Dahasahasra is a former Member Secretary of Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran, Mumbai and past president of the Indian Water Works Association. He is post graduate (M. Tech. with distinction and first position) in Environmental Engineering. In 1986, he was awarded Ph. D. degree in the field of water treatment. He published 51 research papers in Indian and international journals. He wrote a book on prestressed concrete pipes. He is Ex Hon. Editor of journal of Indian Water Works Association. He is life fellow of Institution of Engineers, Indian Water Works Association, Indian Operational Research Society, Indian Association for Environmental Management, Indian Society for Technical Education, Indian Earth Quake Society and Indian Concrete Institute. He is ex-officio member of Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB).

He is a winner of the BE Awards of Excellence (Charlotte, US in 2006) for his work of interlinking of water works in the disaster that struck Mumbai and its metropolitan area on 26th July 2005. Dr Dahasahasra was honoured with Jal-Nirmalata award in the area of quality of water in 2008. He is again a winner of the BE Awards of Excellence (Baltimore, US in 2008) for his extraordinary work of hydraulic model of 24x7 water supply. For the same work, again he is a recipient of National Urban Water Award in 2008. He was honoured on 21 Oct 2008 by the Hon. Governor and Chief Minister of the Maharashtra state for outstanding contribution in reforms of urban distribution network. He won the National Award of Pre-stressed Concrete on 12th Dec 2009. This award is given by the National Design and Research Forum of Institution of Engineers for outstanding work.
Sanjeev Sirsi
Associate Vice President - Water Utility
Grundfos Pumps India Pvt. Ltd

Sanjeev Sirsi is the Associate Vice President - Water Utility at Grundfos Pumps India Pvt. Ltd. He joined Grundfos in February 2007 and handles the Water Utility business for the company in India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives and Nepal. Sanjeev has more than 25 years of industry experience covering marketing, sales, design and project management. He has been involved in initialisation of innovative products in solar and water supply products for Grundfos in India and focuses on water and energy conservation.

Prior to joining Grundfos, Sanjeev has worked with various multinational companies in India and abroad handling East Europe and Middle East markets.

Sanjeev has a Degree in Production Engineering from Walchand Institute of Technology and a Post-Graduation in Marketing Management from Narsee Monjee Institute, Mumbai.
Shri. Shirish Jayant Kardile
Immediate Past Chairman
AWWAIndia Strategic Board

Mr. Shirish Jayant Kardile is currently working as a Consulting Engineer/ Proprietor of firm K Consultation and immediate Past Chairman of AWWAIndia Strategic Board. His experience in this field is over thirty years, the cumulative experience of 70 years including that of late Dr.J.N.Kardile (Founder) around hydraulics, process, engineering of water/ wastewater treatment plants and solid-liquid separation systems, Water Supply schemes, Retrofit/Augmentation of existing plants for capacity and quality upgrade, troubleshooting of plants mainly in sector drinking water (mainly government and Municipal) and industrial process water (mainly private). He worked in all the states of India, with all major consultants and Industries. He has been awarded as “ Young Consultant of the year 1989 “, constituted by Consultancy Development Centre, Ministry of Science and Technology, New Delhi “International Water Professional Recognition Award” – American Water Works Association, Jan 2015, for 40 years of dedicated service to Water Industry, “Outstanding Contribution to AWWA and Industry”, during tenure as a Chair-AWWAIndia Strategic Board, 2015-2018
Dr. Siddhartha Roy
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Virginia Tech

Dr. Siddhartha Roy is an Environmental Engineer and Postdoctoral Research Associate at Virginia Tech who works at the nexus of drinking water, public health and environmental justice. He and his team's collaborative work, with residents of Flint Michigan, in uncovering the Flint Water Crisis has been discussed in hundreds of news reports, including The New York Times, BBC World Service, and the PBS® NOVA documentary "Poisoned Water." Dr. Roy's current assignments include supervising water quality investigations in underserved communities and post-industrial cities across the U.S., conducting research on plumbing corrosion, blood lead modeling, citizen science, and engineering ethics, and producing documentaries and podcasts to enhance public understanding of science. His TED talk "Science in service to the public good" has been viewed over a million times worldwide. Dr. Roy received Masters and PhD degrees in Environmental Engineering and Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech, where he studied corrosion failures in drinking water infrastructure, served as the Student Leader for the Flint research team, and was the 2017 Graduate Student of the Year. In 2019, the American Society of Civil Engineers recognized him as one of Ten New Faces of Civil Engineering Professionals across America.
Sonali Bhatia
Ph.D. Student

Sonali Bhatia is currently pursuing PhD. in Geography from the Center for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Her main research interests center around social and political ecology of drinking water; water governance; role of technology; gender and space. She also has MPhil and Master’s degree in Geography from JNU.
Dr. Uday G. Kelkar, P.E., BCEE
Managing Director
NJS Engineers India

Dr. Kelkar has more than 30 years of experience in the field of environmental engineering. He holds a B.E. in Civil Engineering from College of Engineering, Pune, India and Masters and Doctoral Degrees in Civil/Environmental Engineering from, Virginia, USA.

Over these years, Dr. Kelkar has served in various capacities, presently he is the Managing Director of NJS Engineers India (a wholly owned subsidiary of NJS Co. Ld., Japan). He has worked on a number of design/engineering projects and/or studies in water and sanitation sector in USA, Middle East, Sri Lanka and India. His specific experience includes; advance treatment processes including nutrient removal, membrane bio-reactors, membrane tertiary treatment process, advance oxidation and disinfection with Ozone and UV, recycling/reuse of wastewater for non-potable and indirect potable use, and water quality modeling.

Dr. Kelkar has more than 150 technical papers/presentation to his credit and has received a number of awards including “Hall of Fame Award” as one of the “50 Most Influential People in the Indian Water Industry”

Dr. Kelkar holds Professional Engineering License from State of Michigan and is a Board-Certified Environmental Engineer from American Academy of Environmental Engineers. He is an active member of various professional organizations including AWWA and WEF.
Uma Vempati
Water Solutions Practice Group Leader

With extensive experience in civil and environmental engineering, Uma has specialized expertise in water supply systems, water and wastewater treatment systems, water distribution and wastewater collection systems. Uma strategically develops designs and custom solutions to support a sustainable and cost-effective facilities with his One Water vision in mind.

Uma is actively involved and recognized in the industry. He served on the Board of Directors and various committees of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) providing his volunteer contributions to the industry.

Uma currently works as the Water Solutions Practice Group Leader at ISG, a regional firm in North America that specializes in Engineering and Architecture.

Shri. Venkat Radhakrishnan
Session Chair

Shri. Venkat Radhakrishnan is an infrastructure planning leader with more than 12 years of experience in the United States. He has proficiency in conveyance hydraulic modeling, asset management, and data analytics. He has extensive international experience in water/wastewater master plans, water resources, conveyance systems, condition assessment, water reuse, pump station sizing and treatment plant hydraulics. His expertise includes specialized modeling applications like water quality analysis, pressure zone analysis, assessment of force main systems, pump station operation and treatment plant hydraulics as well as GIS applications.

He is presented several papers and topics at local and national AWWA conferences in the US since 2008. Currently, he is the Associate Technical Director at Arcadis in India developing a team of around 70 high performing individuals. He is extremely passionate about the future of work and the implementation of technology in the water sector.
Shri Velrasu IAS
Member Secretary
Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran (MJP)

Shri P Velrasu IAS is Member Secretary at Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran (MJP). He worked as Municipal Commissioner at Kalyan-Dombivali and as Joint Managing Director at Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC). He is a 2002 Batch IAS of Maharashtra Cadre.
Dr. Vijay Pakhmode
Deputy Director (Research & Development)

Dr. Vijay Pakhmode is presently working as Deputy Director (Research and Development) in Directorate, Groundwater Surveys and Development Agency i.e. GSDA at Pune. He is also holding additional charge of Deputy Director (National Hydrology Project) which is a World Bank aided project. He has over 25 years of experience of working in the field of hydrogeology. He did his M.Sc. Tech. in Applied Geology from Nagpur University and completed his Ph.D. in Hydrogeology in 2004 from Pune University. Before joining GSDA, he worked in Private sector, Public Sector, Central Government and in NGO also. He was awarded as Best Hydrogeologist while with one of the corporate organisation. In GSDA he worked in Buldhana, Amravati, Hingoli and Nagpur districts. At GSDA he has co-ordinated various projects which includes ‘Aquifer Delineation’ in Jalswarajya project (aided by World Bank) in Buldhana District, ‘Aquifer Management’ under Maharashtra Water Sector Improvement Project (MWSIP) in Amravati district, ‘Genesis of Fluoride’ project in Nagpur district (aided by Central Government), and ‘Real Time Water Level Monitoring and Prediction of Scarcity Project’ in Chadrapur district (aided by UNICEF). Among his other publications, he has published a research paper in ‘Hydrogeology Journal’ which is a peer-reviewed international Journal of the ‘International Association of Hydrogeologist’.

AICE’19 Award Winner

Mr Dilip Jeminis
Retd Commissioning Manager from Thermax Ltd. (Freelance Consultant)

“Life time achievement award recipient”

Mr Jamenis joined Wanson India Company in Pune in 1976 as a mechanical draftsman. While working on the job, he completed his Mechanical Engineering Diploma from GPP from 1976-1981.

Wanson (now Thermax) promoted him to Head of Construction Dept., where he worked for twenty years leading a team of engineers from various engineering disciplines . During the last ten years of his tenure with Thermax he worked as Head of Commissioning Dept till he retired in 2014.

The tough job of a commissioning engineer requires the knowledge of chemical engineering and process too. Commissioning inherently includes trouble-shooting too. During his long tenure with Thermax he has commissioned almost all types of treatment plants. Viz Pretreatment (Clarification & Filtration) upto 6000 cum/hr, DeMin plants upto 1000 cum/hr. He has to his credit large capacity RO and industrial waste-water treatment plants based on MBBR technology.

However the feather in his cap is when he commissioned then the largest Seawater RO plant in India (2002) for Nirma Ltd in Bhavnagar, Gujarat. The 150cum x 3 stream permeate capacity plant had pretreatment units, two stage filtration and three skids of RO membranes. The RO feed pumps were of 600 M head and 900 KW rating. Each unit was required to be fine tuned to achieve the optimum performance. This required infinite patience and hardwork , the qualities, which Mr. Jamenis has in abundance.

Starting with a humble background as a draftsman, he reached the level of Head, Commissioning Manager of a giant international environmental Company. An unsung hero , a water professional, needs recognition at the highest level AWWAIndia is honored to bestow on him the lifetime achievement award “for 40 years of service to the water industry as a dedicated water professional: Heartiest Congratulations sir. Very best wishes for your career as a consultant.
Mr Jaswant Mistry
Retd EE from NMMC

“Life time achievement award recipient”

Mr Jaswant Mistry has a bachelor degree in civil engineering from University of Indore in 1982. Most of his tenure, he has spent with two major prestigious organizations viz CIDCO Ltd and NMMC.

He joined CIDCO as an assistant engineer in 1983. and retired from NMMC in 1917 as an executive engineer. He has vast and varied experience of executing and commissioning large water supply scheme for both the organizations.

For CIDCO he has executed and commissioned Hetawane Dam water supply scheme of 150 mld.

For NMMC he has executed and commissioned Morbe Dam Water Supply scheme of 150 mld which supplies the water to Navi Mumbai.

His leadership skills and engineering courage were prominently displayed when he restored the collapsed old Pump house of NMMC Water supply scheme ( 300 mld) in only 60 days in the year 2009.

However the feather in his cap is Augmentation of existing Water Treatment Plant in 2010 at Bhokarpada complex from 300 mld to 450 mld with retrofitting the existing units with tube settlers and dual media filters . He executed the project in record 18 months without causing hinderance to the city water supply. The plant was executed at 60% of the cost of a new plant of similar capacity. And He also saved the precious and costly land of NMMC. This, today is largest augmented plant in the Municipal sector in India. And has become reference center for new technologies in India for other organizations.

Simple by nature, friend off all, he is a tiger on the field.

AWWAIndia is honored to bestow on him the lifetime achievement award “for 40 years of service to the water industry as a dedicated water professional: Heartiest Congratulations sir. Wish you a very happy and contented retired life.