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Theme: A City and its Used Water

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December 4, 2021
Bangalore, Karnataka

In this event, several speakers from different walks of life - residents, entrepreneurs, govt agencies, experts - will talk about different aspects of wastewater. The talks will cover the treatment and reuse of wastewater from the home level to the city level, its effects on human health, the role of women and the effects of our daily practices on wastewater quality.

Biome Environmental Trust
264, 6th Main, 6th Block, BEL Layout, Vidyaranyapura
Bangalore, Karnataka, 560097
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Alka Palrecha

Co-Founder, People in Centre
Alka Palrecha leads the thematic area of ‘Restructuring Human Interventions for Ecological Balance’. She coordinates projects related to natural resource management, water management, watewater use, rainwater harvesting, coastal salinity, and environmental planning.

Asha S

Founder - Secretary, Aarohana Grameena Abhivruddhi Samste
Arohana Grameenabhivruddhi organization was established on 17th December, 2018 in Minijenahalli, Mulabagilu Taluk, Kolar District and is registered under the Karnataka Society Act. It is a woman headed NGO in which all BODs are women, who have vast experience in rural development. Our organization mainly focuses on women empowerment and works towards it vigorously. We even provide basic education to the children of the rural areas and work towards the betterment of their future.

Chanakya Hoysall

Chief Scientist, ASTRA / Centre for Sustainable Technologies, IISc
Carrying out R,D & D on decentralized energy technologies (biogas plants and peripherals) and energy system integration into rural life from 1980. Early studies had revealed, being energy resource deficient, rural South India will continue to depend on biomass as the primary energy resource - biogas option has a great potential to convert all compostable organics to fuel gas and rich organic manure. Cattle dung based biogas plants have already spread but have finite potential. Thus new processes / technology for other biomass have to be developed. Biomass biogas plants can be built to meet all current and future base-load energy needs in villages. Unless such plants are built, operated and managed by people in rural areas, there is not likely to be major impact on policy. The efforts are largely in R&D on biomass biogas plants, demonstrating their use in various areas, making them more attractive to end-users and finally pushing towards a green bio-energy policy.

Farah Ishtiaq

Senior Scientist, Tata institute for Genetics & Society
Dr Farah Ishtiaq is a Senior Scientist at TIGS, and she uses ecology and population genetics to understand how mosquito ecology and landscape drive the evolution of vector-borne diseases. She is an expert in the epidemiology of avian malaria and its spread in high-altitude malaria-free zones in India.

Kavita Wankhade

Senior Lead – Practice, TNUSSP-IIHS
Kavita Wankhede has a Masters in City Design and Social Sciences from the London School of Economics, U.K. Trained in architecture, urban design and social sciences, Kavita’s work primarily revolves around urban service delivery and the interface between physical infrastructure and socio-economic dynamics. Kavita has worked as a researcher, project manager, educator and has built her expertise through a rich mix of field research, managing complex projects with multiple stakeholders, teaching and training. She has engaged with various state governments in India, multilateral institutions, and with public sector enterprises in the UK. At IIHS, Kavita is Senior Lead – Practice. Currently, she leads the Tamil Nadu Urban Sanitation Support Programme (TNUSSP) that is working to establish two model towns in Tamil Nadu, as well as enabling state-wide scaling up.

Mahalakshmi Jayaram

A graduate in Mathematics from Chennai, Mahalakshmi studied Architecture at IED, Vallabh Vidyanagar in Gujarat. She has an architectural practice in Bangalore that was established in 2009. Her projects include residences, farmhouses, and institutional projects with a focus on traditional architectural design and sustainable practices. She has worked with Ar. Asoka Katakam of Katakam and Associates, Hyderabad and Mr. Benny Kuriakose of Vedika, Chennai. She has also been involved in conservation projects of the Forts of Karnataka under the Bangalore chapter of INTACH in 2002-2003.

Shameer A

Senior Technology Architect
Shameer is a Graduate (B-Tech) in Mechanical Engineering, currently working as a Senior Technology Architect in Unified Communications and Collaboration Domain. His passion towards understanding the working of Electro-Mechanical equipment has driven him closer to the amenities like Sewage Treatment Plant, Water Treatment Plant, etc. Shameer has played an instrumental role in revamping the STP and WTP at SJR Verity, where he lives, and has resolved all issues related to dirty water coming to the apartment's flush tanks. He has also played a vital role in implementing several water and energy conservation measures, optimizing and fully automating the borewell operations which has taken the apartment complex's dependency of freshwater from almost 100% to less than 40%. His strength lies in his ability to come up with innovative solutions and he loves helping other societies as well in implementing water and energy conservation measures to promote a greener and cleaner future for all.

Smitha Kamath

Founder, Pranapoorna Collective
Praanapoorna collective works on community driven model dedicated to provide alternative natural and safe solutions replacing harmful chemicals in everyday living. Our products are handcrafted and made using natural, traditional, indigenous, locally sourced ingredients like citrus peels, soapnut, shikakai and pure grade essential oils. Our products are safe for humans, pets, water and soil on the recommended dilutions. Our products contribute to safe living spaces inviting more life force into our lives. Praanapoorna is dedicated to promote adoption of natural and zero landfill lifestyle by supplying in repurposed containers after proper disinfection.

Uma Ramakrishnan

Professor, Dept of Ecology and Evolution, NCBS, TIFR
Dr. Uma Ramakrishnan is a professor at the National Center for Biological Sciences (NCBS) in Bengaluru, India. Her passion for ecology and evolutionary biology led her to complete a bachelor’s degree in Physics, Chemistry and Math. Ramakrishnan obtained her PhD on population genetics from the University of California, San Diego and continued her postdoctoral training at Stanford University. She joined the faculty at NCBS in 2005, where her laboratory uses genetic data to understand how changes in the ecosystem affect biodiversity. Her laboratory has pioneered methods to study the population genetics of tigers by studying their fecal samples. She is also interested in understanding how geography affects the biodiversity in mountain bird communities. For her scientific contribution in the field of conservation biology, she received the Parker/Gentry Award in 2016, and was awarded the Core Fulbright Visiting Fellowship in 2015.

Varsha Shridhar

Co-founder, Molecular Solutions Care Health LLP
➢ Director and Co-founder of Molecular Solutions Care Health, LLP ➢ Innovator of diagnostic tests and devices ➢ 2018 Awardee of the Biotechnology Ignition Grant (BIG) by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India ➢ Industrial partner in a DST funded IMPRINT grant for rapid diagnosis of pathogens and antimicrobial resistance in bloodstream infections in ICU patients ➢ Molecular biologist with a focus on point of care diagnostics ➢ Public health researcher passionate about health access . ➢ Crusader for respectful, non-judgemental, empathetic and holistic health care. ➢ Certified NABL Internal Auditor ➢ Certified Assessor for Malcolm Baldrige Healthcare Criteria for Performance Excellence. Trained at the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)

Vishwanath S

Water conservationist
Vishwanath S is the founder of Rainwater Club (, Director of Biome Environmental Solutions (, Trustee of Biome Environmental Trust ( He is also an Ex-Secretary General: International Rainwater Catchment Systems Association ( A member of the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance, he also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Azim Premji University. He has been a columnist at the Hindu since May 2007 (Waterwise - Property Plus - Saturday)

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