2020 Conference Speakers

Water & Wastewater Speakers
Mariyana T. Spyropoulos
MWRDGC, Chairperson of the Conference and Expo
Frank Avila, P.E,
MWRDGC, Chicago USA.
Executive Director, CTWT, Co Chairman of the Conference.
Operations manager, MWRDGC
Binder Group Germany
Women Leaders in WWM Speakers
Executive Director, Project Patient Care Naperville, USA
City of East Moline, IL USA
Gender and Social Equity Research AnalystWorld Resources Institute,USA
Regional Manager Baxter & Woodman, Crystal Lake, USA
Naperville, USA.
Principal with Deloitte Consulting, Washington D.C, USA
Founder and President of Araala,Inc
Geologist/Hydrogeologist, American Groundwater Solutions, USA
WWM in Agriculture Speakers
Assistant Professor Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND 58108 USA
Associate Dean of Agricultural Research and Graduate Education Purdue University, USA
Deputy Director of Research & Cooperation at National School of Applied Science, Morocco
Drilling & Water Engineering, Higher Institute of Water Sciences and Techniques, University of Gabès, Tunisia.
Groundwater Expert
Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Speakers
Director of Monitoring and Research (Retired) MWRDGC
Chairman, Dept. of Medicine, Loyola Medical USA
Resource Recovery – Energy Speakers
Director of the Energy Resources Center (ERC) University of Illinois at Chicago
Sr Vice President, Marquis Energy, IL
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering University of Illinois at Chicago
President
Power Engineers Collaborative, Chicago USA
President & CEO
Sterling and Wilson Power Solutions, USA
Business Groups Speakers
President
Principal
Kaletech, LLC Chicago, USA
Specialist at the World Bank
Founder of Global Water Works.org, and GWWConnect.com
Chairman Binder Group Germany
Binder GmbH Germany
CEO, inNow India
General Manager , NSIC
Propreiter/ Tech Director S&M Engg Crofton, Maryland USA
Managing Partner
IT/IoT in WWM Speakers
Professor at the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering University of Chicago

Dr. Tata has more than six decades of experience in the field of Water and Wastewater Treatment. He is serving as the Executive Director of the Center for Transformation of Waste Technology, Naperville, IL USA. He retired as the Head of the R &D Environmental Monitoring and Research Division, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, IL USA. He also served on the faculties of Cornell University, Ithaca, NY and the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL USA. He coauthored four books and published more than 150 papers and reports.
He received many awards.After his retirement from the Water Reclamatio District of Greater Chicago, he founded a nonprofit organization, Bharathi Theertha, in USA in 2003, and has been devoting his time in doing humanitarian service and projects in India.

Dr. Tata has more than six decades of experience in the field of Water and Wastewater Treatment. He is serving as the Executive Director of the Center for Transformation of Waste Technology, Naperville, IL USA. He retired as the Head of the R &D Environmental Monitoring and Research Division, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, IL USA. He also served on the faculties of Cornell University, Ithaca, NY and the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL USA. He coauthored four books and published more than 150 papers and reports.
He received many awards.After his retirement from the Water Reclamatio District of Greater Chicago, he founded a nonprofit organization, Bharathi Theertha, in USA in 2003, and has been devoting his time in doing humanitarian service and projects in India.

Dr. Amit Pramanik is an environmental engineer with >30 years of progressive experience in the water, sanitation, and public health sector, including non-profit research and consulting in the USA and developing nations. He has a successful record of collaborative work and outreach with world-renowned subject matter experts, volunteers, subscribers, and researchers in the water / wastewater industry; as well as in the planning, management, and direction of research in this arena. Dr. Pramanik currently serves as Executive Director for the not-for-profit One Water Academy, and previously served as the Chief Innovation and Development Officer for The Water Research Foundation.

Dr. Amit Pramanik is an environmental engineer with >30 years of progressive experience in the water, sanitation, and public health sector, including non-profit research and consulting in the USA and developing nations. He has a successful record of collaborative work and outreach with world-renowned subject matter experts, volunteers, subscribers, and researchers in the water / wastewater industry; as well as in the planning, management, and direction of research in this arena. Dr. Pramanik currently serves as Executive Director for the not-for-profit One Water Academy, and previously served as the Chief Innovation and Development Officer for The Water Research Foundation.

Mr. Mullan by training is an economist. He worked as a Principal in a consulting engineering firm for three decades and specialized in the design, construction, and operation of decentralized wastewater treatment systems. He is currently serving as a Director at the Center for Transformation of Waste Technology.

Mr. Mullan by training is an economist. He worked as a Principal in a consulting engineering firm for three decades and specialized in the design, construction, and operation of decentralized wastewater treatment systems. He is currently serving as a Director at the Center for Transformation of Waste Technology.

Mr. McCracken has a Master degree in Economics. He also has a Masters degree in environmental science. He has many years of experience in the environmental field working in developing countries. He is currently serving as a Director at the Conservation Foundation, Naperville, IL. He is currently conducting several studies on water quality issues pertaining to rivers and streams and storm water control.

Mr. McCracken has a Master degree in Economics. He also has a Masters degree in environmental science. He has many years of experience in the environmental field working in developing countries. He is currently serving as a Director at the Conservation Foundation, Naperville, IL. He is currently conducting several studies on water quality issues pertaining to rivers and streams and storm water control.

Mr. Dring has been in the Wastewater Industry for approximately 30 years. He is presently employed at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) as Operations Manager at the Calumet Water Reclamation Plant (CWRP). He worked in the Engineering design section for a brief period, but most of his tenure has been in the Maintenance and Operations Department. Mr. Dring has worked in different capacities at five of the seven MWRD Water Reclamation Plants from Sewer Control to Plant Manager of the Hanover Park WRP. He was in charge of the Technical Projects section which was the go between with MWRD and the Environmental Protection Agency and in charge of the Waterways Section which operated the Chicago Area waterways, via locks, gates, and even two -six megawatt generators. These waterways are the means of transporting storm water away from the city as opposed to reversing and discharging into Lake Michigan which is the drinking source for millions of citizens. The past 13 years Mr. Dring has been Operations Manager at two plants, the Stickney WRP and Calumet WRPs. Each plant has their own tunnel and reservoir system which will be the topic of his presentation.

Mr. Dring has been in the Wastewater Industry for approximately 30 years. He is presently employed at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) as Operations Manager at the Calumet Water Reclamation Plant (CWRP). He worked in the Engineering design section for a brief period, but most of his tenure has been in the Maintenance and Operations Department. Mr. Dring has worked in different capacities at five of the seven MWRD Water Reclamation Plants from Sewer Control to Plant Manager of the Hanover Park WRP. He was in charge of the Technical Projects section which was the go between with MWRD and the Environmental Protection Agency and in charge of the Waterways Section which operated the Chicago Area waterways, via locks, gates, and even two -six megawatt generators. These waterways are the means of transporting storm water away from the city as opposed to reversing and discharging into Lake Michigan which is the drinking source for millions of citizens. The past 13 years Mr. Dring has been Operations Manager at two plants, the Stickney WRP and Calumet WRPs. Each plant has their own tunnel and reservoir system which will be the topic of his presentation.

Alan has worked with multiple International companies throughout his career. He holds both British and American Citizenship and mainly resides in N. Carolina USA. During his career Alan has been involved in automotive braking systems, high precision bearing technology and precision pneumatic instrumentation. Alan has held Senior Director roles with Thomson Industries of America, Fairchild Industrial Products and Rotork PLC. He is currently working in a consulting role for Binder Group Germany on an International basis.

Alan has worked with multiple International companies throughout his career. He holds both British and American Citizenship and mainly resides in N. Carolina USA. During his career Alan has been involved in automotive braking systems, high precision bearing technology and precision pneumatic instrumentation. Alan has held Senior Director roles with Thomson Industries of America, Fairchild Industrial Products and Rotork PLC. He is currently working in a consulting role for Binder Group Germany on an International basis.

Pat Merryweather-Arges is a Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Naperville since 2002, and served as District 6450 Governor 2012-2013.

Pat is the Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator and serves as the District International Service Chair. Pat served as the Zone 28-29 2016 Chair and Chair of the Presidents International Peace Conference held in Chicago   She served as the Club President and received her Club’s Rotarian of the Year and Four Avenues of Service Awards.   She has served the District as District Grants Chair for 3 years and Diversity Chair.   As a Rotarian Pat has traveled to about a dozen countries working on Rotary projects and has attended Rotary Day at the United Nations, and a Rotary Middle East Peace Conference  in Turkey.   Pat’s projects include solar ovens, water wells, and medical equipment and missions.   Pat has received the Rotary Foundation Meritorious Service Award and the Rotary International Service Above Self Award.

Pat is Executive Director of Project Patient Care where she works with patients, families, and caregivers to have their voice heard in health and healthcare through advocacy, public health policy, and collaboration with providers.  Pat is married to George, a Rotarian, and they have four sons, three daughters-in-law, and vie grandchildren.

Pat Merryweather-Arges is a Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Naperville since 2002, and served as District 6450 Governor 2012-2013.

Pat is the Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator and serves as the District International Service Chair. Pat served as the Zone 28-29 2016 Chair and Chair of the Presidents International Peace Conference held in Chicago   She served as the Club President and received her Club’s Rotarian of the Year and Four Avenues of Service Awards.   She has served the District as District Grants Chair for 3 years and Diversity Chair.   As a Rotarian Pat has traveled to about a dozen countries working on Rotary projects and has attended Rotary Day at the United Nations, and a Rotary Middle East Peace Conference  in Turkey.   Pat’s projects include solar ovens, water wells, and medical equipment and missions.   Pat has received the Rotary Foundation Meritorious Service Award and the Rotary International Service Above Self Award.

Pat is Executive Director of Project Patient Care where she works with patients, families, and caregivers to have their voice heard in health and healthcare through advocacy, public health policy, and collaboration with providers.  Pat is married to George, a Rotarian, and they have four sons, three daughters-in-law, and vie grandchildren.

Brianna Huber

Brianna's thirst for acquiring and sharing knowledge in conjunction with her adventurous spirit are the foundation and energy of her life journey. She has worked in public health for 18 years; with the last six years spent as the Chemist and Assistant Department Head for the City of East Moline Water Filtration Plant. Brianna's overarching goal as a water professional is to #buildthefutureofwater. She achieves this goal by concentrating her energy on four important facets of the water industry: women in water, internships and mentoring, smart water and analytics, and emergency management.

Brianna recently launched, and is Executive Director of Her2O, an international non-profit with the vision of women equitably involved in water management in every corner of the globe. Brianna previously launched and is the Chair of the ISAWWA Women in Water Committee and ISAWWA Mentoring Committee, is Co-Chair of the Upper Mississippi River Surface Water Suppliers Coalition, and a steering committee member of the USCG Area Maritime Security Council, the QC Community Awareness and Emergency Response Partnership, and the QC Public Information Officers Group. She is also a committee member of the AWWA Diversity & Member Inclusion Committee. Brianna is currently conducting international graduate research on women in water as well.

Brianna received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Augustana College, a Master of Science in Health Sciences from Western Illinois University, a certificate in Health Services Administration from Western Illinois University, and is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration in Business Analytics from Western Illinois University.
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Brianna Huber

Brianna's thirst for acquiring and sharing knowledge in conjunction with her adventurous spirit are the foundation and energy of her life journey. She has worked in public health for 18 years; with the last six years spent as the Chemist and Assistant Department Head for the City of East Moline Water Filtration Plant. Brianna's overarching goal as a water professional is to #buildthefutureofwater. She achieves this goal by concentrating her energy on four important facets of the water industry: women in water, internships and mentoring, smart water and analytics, and emergency management.

Brianna recently launched, and is Executive Director of Her2O, an international non-profit with the vision of women equitably involved in water management in every corner of the globe. Brianna previously launched and is the Chair of the ISAWWA Women in Water Committee and ISAWWA Mentoring Committee, is Co-Chair of the Upper Mississippi River Surface Water Suppliers Coalition, and a steering committee member of the USCG Area Maritime Security Council, the QC Community Awareness and Emergency Response Partnership, and the QC Public Information Officers Group. She is also a committee member of the AWWA Diversity & Member Inclusion Committee. Brianna is currently conducting international graduate research on women in water as well.

Brianna received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Augustana College, a Master of Science in Health Sciences from Western Illinois University, a certificate in Health Services Administration from Western Illinois University, and is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration in Business Analytics from Western Illinois University.
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Ayushi Trivedi is the Gender and Social Equity Research Analyst at the World Resources Institute. She supports  deep dive integration of gender and social equity in projects across the institute through quantitative and qualitative research. Her research includes exploring women's role in water management and infrastructure sectors, analyzing gender equality as a solution to water-related conflicts, and drafting guidelines for inclusive and equitable urban forestry for city governments.
Before joining WRI full time, Ayushi interned with them for a year while completing her M.A. in International Economics and International Development at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington D.C. She also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Economics from the University of London and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Delhi, India. She has interned with several government and non-government organizations in India, conducting field work and desk research on issues relating to gender, urban development, and employment generation. She is currently based in Washington, D.C.

Ayushi Trivedi is the Gender and Social Equity Research Analyst at the World Resources Institute. She supports  deep dive integration of gender and social equity in projects across the institute through quantitative and qualitative research. Her research includes exploring women's role in water management and infrastructure sectors, analyzing gender equality as a solution to water-related conflicts, and drafting guidelines for inclusive and equitable urban forestry for city governments.
Before joining WRI full time, Ayushi interned with them for a year while completing her M.A. in International Economics and International Development at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington D.C. She also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Economics from the University of London and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Delhi, India. She has interned with several government and non-government organizations in India, conducting field work and desk research on issues relating to gender, urban development, and employment generation. She is currently based in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Carolyn Grieves, P.E is responsible for leading business development efforts throughout Chicago’s northwest suburbs for Baxter & Woodman.

Ms. Grieves joined Baxter & Woodman in 1996 and has held the positions of Senior Design Engineer, Project Manager, Client Manager, Water Department Manager, and Environmental Department Manager.

Throughout her career, she has served in both managerial and technical roles related to public works infrastructure projects. She is active in many industry organizations and is currently the ISAWWA Trustee at Large, chair of the ISAWWA Safety and Emergency Management Committee, and a member of the Water Efficiency Committee and the Water for People Committee.

Superior project execution and exceptional client service has made Carolyn a natural fit for this leadership position. In this role, she’ll be well positioned to share her skills in developing new business and building client relationships.

Ms. Grieves earned her Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Iowa and her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Champagne-Urbana. She is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois.

Ms. Carolyn Grieves, P.E is responsible for leading business development efforts throughout Chicago’s northwest suburbs for Baxter & Woodman.

Ms. Grieves joined Baxter & Woodman in 1996 and has held the positions of Senior Design Engineer, Project Manager, Client Manager, Water Department Manager, and Environmental Department Manager.

Throughout her career, she has served in both managerial and technical roles related to public works infrastructure projects. She is active in many industry organizations and is currently the ISAWWA Trustee at Large, chair of the ISAWWA Safety and Emergency Management Committee, and a member of the Water Efficiency Committee and the Water for People Committee.

Superior project execution and exceptional client service has made Carolyn a natural fit for this leadership position. In this role, she’ll be well positioned to share her skills in developing new business and building client relationships.

Ms. Grieves earned her Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Iowa and her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Champagne-Urbana. She is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois.

Dr. Vani Dittakavi , Ph. D. School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad.
MS. Nagarjuna University specialized in Soil Microbiology.
A former Postdoctoral Research Associate at University of Illinois and Rush University.
Published several articles in peer reviewed journals related to plant water relations, stress physiology, pharmacognosy and molecular biology.
Skilled volunteer at Morton Arboretum, Tree Physiology department, working on sap flow in trees.
Executive Director in Chicago Andhra Association a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Actively focusing in developmental projects of the organization in supplementing pure water and renovating schools in rural areas of the Andhra Pradesh State, India. Currently involved in welfare and women Empowerment projects for the low income and underprivileged.

Dr. Vani Dittakavi , Ph. D. School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad.
MS. Nagarjuna University specialized in Soil Microbiology.
A former Postdoctoral Research Associate at University of Illinois and Rush University.
Published several articles in peer reviewed journals related to plant water relations, stress physiology, pharmacognosy and molecular biology.
Skilled volunteer at Morton Arboretum, Tree Physiology department, working on sap flow in trees.
Executive Director in Chicago Andhra Association a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Actively focusing in developmental projects of the organization in supplementing pure water and renovating schools in rural areas of the Andhra Pradesh State, India. Currently involved in welfare and women Empowerment projects for the low income and underprivileged.

Kate Thompson is a Principal with Deloitte Consulting serving international clients in the public and private sectors. She currently leads a portfolio of global programs funded by international donors and financial institutions that are focused on strengthening good governance and service delivery, inclusive and innovative financing, increasing women’s access to safe water, sanitation and other urban services, empowering women, employing youth and scaling entrepreneurship. Kate’s successful leadership of these and other programs is predicated on her understanding of how to structure and implement technical assistance that is evidence-based, designed for and by the people, communities and systems it serves, and sustainable.  Kate is an expert in how to design programs that achieve systemic change, by aligning incentives, creating value and partnering with business, government and civil society. Over the course of her career Ms. Thompson has lived and worked in over 45 countries. She has led and advised the world’s largest multinational corporations, consulted to more than 120 national and sub national government leaders, and implemented some of the most complex donor-funded technical assistance programs in countries across Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.  Kate has a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Arizona; an MBA from Pepperdine University; and a Masters in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

Kate Thompson is a Principal with Deloitte Consulting serving international clients in the public and private sectors. She currently leads a portfolio of global programs funded by international donors and financial institutions that are focused on strengthening good governance and service delivery, inclusive and innovative financing, increasing women’s access to safe water, sanitation and other urban services, empowering women, employing youth and scaling entrepreneurship. Kate’s successful leadership of these and other programs is predicated on her understanding of how to structure and implement technical assistance that is evidence-based, designed for and by the people, communities and systems it serves, and sustainable.  Kate is an expert in how to design programs that achieve systemic change, by aligning incentives, creating value and partnering with business, government and civil society. Over the course of her career Ms. Thompson has lived and worked in over 45 countries. She has led and advised the world’s largest multinational corporations, consulted to more than 120 national and sub national government leaders, and implemented some of the most complex donor-funded technical assistance programs in countries across Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.  Kate has a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Arizona; an MBA from Pepperdine University; and a Masters in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

Vasavi Chakka is a community leader, a leadership coach, mentor, and strong advocate for value-based education. She brings her passion for public service, teamwork, leadership skills and, tenacity to build strong alliances to benefit the community. With her 15 years of leadership development expertise she conducts various workshops, and speaks at public events on leadership in India and USA.

Vasavi’s interest in public service is part of her DNA, stemming from her family’s multi- generational involvement in public service and community leadership. Her civic and public service leadership is built from her passion to serve a purpose for the greater good which was inspired by her grandfather who was a civic leader who fought along with Mahatma Gandhi for independence of India from the British.

At present she serves as on following boards:

1. Board of director on the Indian Community Outreach organization
2. Commissioner on the Naperville Sister Cities Commission
3. Board of Directors on SAFECHR (SAFE Coalition for Human Rights)
4. Member of U.S. Congressman Danny K Davis’s Multi Ethnic Advisory Task Force.
5. Policy Circle Chair Person: Community Conversations; Policycircle.org
6. Mentor at Eeverwise; https://www.geteverwise.com/

Vasavi Chakka is a community leader, a leadership coach, mentor, and strong advocate for value-based education. She brings her passion for public service, teamwork, leadership skills and, tenacity to build strong alliances to benefit the community. With her 15 years of leadership development expertise she conducts various workshops, and speaks at public events on leadership in India and USA.

Vasavi’s interest in public service is part of her DNA, stemming from her family’s multi- generational involvement in public service and community leadership. Her civic and public service leadership is built from her passion to serve a purpose for the greater good which was inspired by her grandfather who was a civic leader who fought along with Mahatma Gandhi for independence of India from the British.

At present she serves as on following boards:

1. Board of director on the Indian Community Outreach organization
2. Commissioner on the Naperville Sister Cities Commission
3. Board of Directors on SAFECHR (SAFE Coalition for Human Rights)
4. Member of U.S. Congressman Danny K Davis’s Multi Ethnic Advisory Task Force.
5. Policy Circle Chair Person: Community Conversations; Policycircle.org
6. Mentor at Eeverwise; https://www.geteverwise.com/

Ratchita Sarimanond is the Geologist/Hydrogeologist of American Groundwater Solutions, LLC.
Ms. Ratchita earned her Master’s in Science in Geo-informatics and her Bachelor of Engineering degree in Geotechnology at Suranaree University of Technology in Thailand.

Before joining AGS in Thailand, Ms. Ratchita joined the consultant company from 2005 to 2015 and has held the position of Assistant Water Resource Manager. In 2018 to 2019, she worked with research units for Geo-spatial Engineering and the Innovation Center at King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, and she got a chance to join as a guest speaker for local administrative organizations in different regions of Thailand regarding Geographic Information System and groundwater map data.
She used her knowledge and skills to help support geological, hydro geological and geo-informatics data for AGS by helping to collect and prepare basic information on topography, geology, hydrogeology and groundwater wells. This assists in the planning phase of the groundwater bank operations and has helped many local government organizations in Thailand.

Currently, in addition to her job as a groundwater business development manager for Geo & Civil Services Company Limited, she has devoted part of her time working in charity for various organizations related to groundwater such as committee for Hydro geologist Association of Thailand, Groundwater network for Department of Groundwater Resources, and data support team for AGS in Thailand.

Ratchita Sarimanond is the Geologist/Hydrogeologist of American Groundwater Solutions, LLC.
Ms. Ratchita earned her Master’s in Science in Geo-informatics and her Bachelor of Engineering degree in Geotechnology at Suranaree University of Technology in Thailand.

Before joining AGS in Thailand, Ms. Ratchita joined the consultant company from 2005 to 2015 and has held the position of Assistant Water Resource Manager. In 2018 to 2019, she worked with research units for Geo-spatial Engineering and the Innovation Center at King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, and she got a chance to join as a guest speaker for local administrative organizations in different regions of Thailand regarding Geographic Information System and groundwater map data.
She used her knowledge and skills to help support geological, hydro geological and geo-informatics data for AGS by helping to collect and prepare basic information on topography, geology, hydrogeology and groundwater wells. This assists in the planning phase of the groundwater bank operations and has helped many local government organizations in Thailand.

Currently, in addition to her job as a groundwater business development manager for Geo & Civil Services Company Limited, she has devoted part of her time working in charity for various organizations related to groundwater such as committee for Hydro geologist Association of Thailand, Groundwater network for Department of Groundwater Resources, and data support team for AGS in Thailand.

Dr. Halis Simsek is an Assistant Professor at the department of Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering, North Dakota State University (NDSU). He earned his B.S. degree in Environmental Engineering at Selcuk University and M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering at Gebze Technical University in Turkey. Later he obtained another M.S. degree in the Agricultural & Biological Engineering Department at Purdue University at West Lafayette, Indiana, USA. Then, he moved to Fargo, North Dakota and obtained his PhD degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at North Dakota State University in USA.
Dr. Simsek’s research interests mainly pertain to water and wastewater treatment, water quality, agricultural structures and livestock housing indoor environment, and agricultural waste management. Specific interests include;
a) Biological wastewater treatment, environmental biochemistry, microbial processes for bioremediation of organic and inorganic substances
b) Mathematical/numerical modeling of agricultural and environmental systems
c) Evaluation of impacts of agricultural production on surface and groundwater quality
d) Algal blooms in surface waters
e) Fate and transport of nutrients in the agricultural systems and in water resource recovery facilities
f) Photochemical and electrochemical applications on water and wastewater treatment.
Dr. Simsek teaches Bioenvironmental System Design, Structures and Environment Systems, and Management of Agricultural Systems (Capstone) courses.

halis.simsek@ndsu.edu
https://www.ndsu.edu/aben/fs/faculty/dr.-halis-simsek/

Dr. Halis Simsek is an Assistant Professor at the department of Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering, North Dakota State University (NDSU). He earned his B.S. degree in Environmental Engineering at Selcuk University and M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering at Gebze Technical University in Turkey. Later he obtained another M.S. degree in the Agricultural & Biological Engineering Department at Purdue University at West Lafayette, Indiana, USA. Then, he moved to Fargo, North Dakota and obtained his PhD degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at North Dakota State University in USA.
Dr. Simsek’s research interests mainly pertain to water and wastewater treatment, water quality, agricultural structures and livestock housing indoor environment, and agricultural waste management. Specific interests include;
a) Biological wastewater treatment, environmental biochemistry, microbial processes for bioremediation of organic and inorganic substances
b) Mathematical/numerical modeling of agricultural and environmental systems
c) Evaluation of impacts of agricultural production on surface and groundwater quality
d) Algal blooms in surface waters
e) Fate and transport of nutrients in the agricultural systems and in water resource recovery facilities
f) Photochemical and electrochemical applications on water and wastewater treatment.
Dr. Simsek teaches Bioenvironmental System Design, Structures and Environment Systems, and Management of Agricultural Systems (Capstone) courses.

halis.simsek@ndsu.edu
https://www.ndsu.edu/aben/fs/faculty/dr.-halis-simsek/

Dr Bernard (Bernie) A. Engel ( Keynote Speaker)
Associate Dean of Agricultural Research and Graduate Education
Purdue University, USA

Bernard A. Engel is a Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering and Associate Dean of Agricultural Research and Graduate Education. Bernie received his B.S. and M.S. from the University of Illinois and his Ph.D. from Purdue. His research interests are Soil and Water Engineering with a focus on hydrologic/water quality model development and application. In addition, he develops readily used environmental decision support tools. These application areas are supported with research in fields of GIS, remote sensing, optimization, and artificial intelligence. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) and recipient of the ASABE Gilley Academic Leadership Award.

Dr Bernard (Bernie) A. Engel ( Keynote Speaker)
Associate Dean of Agricultural Research and Graduate Education
Purdue University, USA

Bernard A. Engel is a Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering and Associate Dean of Agricultural Research and Graduate Education. Bernie received his B.S. and M.S. from the University of Illinois and his Ph.D. from Purdue. His research interests are Soil and Water Engineering with a focus on hydrologic/water quality model development and application. In addition, he develops readily used environmental decision support tools. These application areas are supported with research in fields of GIS, remote sensing, optimization, and artificial intelligence. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) and recipient of the ASABE Gilley Academic Leadership Award.

Dr. Rachid Salghi

Deputy Director of Research & Cooperation at National School of Applied Science, Morocco

Honorable:

Research activities

Projects

Scientific Production

Experience in technology transfer

Animation of training session of pesticide, quality system, environment for managers and technicians at many countries (Tunisia, Sudan, Senegal, Morocco, Lybia).

Dr. Rachid Salghi

Deputy Director of Research & Cooperation at National School of Applied Science, Morocco

Honorable:

Research activities

Projects

Scientific Production

Experience in technology transfer

Animation of training session of pesticide, quality system, environment for managers and technicians at many countries (Tunisia, Sudan, Senegal, Morocco, Lybia).

Noureddine Hamdi is a associate professor at the Department of drilling an water engineering of the Higher Institute of Water Sciences and Techniques (ISSTEG, University of Gabes, Tunisia) and member of laboratory of composite materials and clay minerals, National Center for Research in Materials Sciences (CNRSM). Noureddine received a Ph.D. in materials sciences and environment in 2008 at Sfax University. His research interests cover the field of solid waste storage in controlled site and synthesis of new minerals materials (Geopolymer and ceramic membrane from clay minerals). Noureddine has served on many conference committees in the field of water, materials and environment and he chaired the International water forum in 2018. He has published over 60 papers and has been a Fulbright Lecturer at Case Western Reserve University in 2016. Since 2014 he is the director of the ISSTEG.

Thanet Natisri, a self-taught groundwater expert. He was enlisted by the Thai military to come up with a way to keep water out of the cave during the Cave Rescue in Chiang Rai province, Thailand in June to July, 2018. Thanet is a Thai native, who moved to and has lived in USA since 2004.He was already working in Thailand at the time the incident took place, helping with a Groundwater Recharge project with the Department of Local Administration of Thailand to help ensure people would have enough water in the dry season. Thanet received a call from the Thai military on June 28 saying they needed his expertise for a rescue operation. In the beginning, he didn’t think it was going to be this big. But later on, it was one of the most difficult water management rescue missions anyone had ever seen. His job was to coordinate the efforts of civilian, military, and volunteers to control the amount of water in the cave, and to come up with solutions to lower the water level inside the cave and stop water from going in.

The team that he coordinated included soldiers, volunteers, a geologist, a hydrologist, engineers, U.S. military rescue personnel, and cave divers from the United Kingdom, as well as Navy SEALS from several countries.

Natisri, who received the Southern Illinois United Nations Association Human Rights Defender award, has been giving back to his home country and region for years, helping residents of rural Thailand, Myanmar and Malaysia get consistent access to fresh water.

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Thanet Natisri, a self-taught groundwater expert. He was enlisted by the Thai military to come up with a way to keep water out of the cave during the Cave Rescue in Chiang Rai province, Thailand in June to July, 2018. Thanet is a Thai native, who moved to and has lived in USA since 2004.He was already working in Thailand at the time the incident took place, helping with a Groundwater Recharge project with the Department of Local Administration of Thailand to help ensure people would have enough water in the dry season. Thanet received a call from the Thai military on June 28 saying they needed his expertise for a rescue operation. In the beginning, he didn’t think it was going to be this big. But later on, it was one of the most difficult water management rescue missions anyone had ever seen. His job was to coordinate the efforts of civilian, military, and volunteers to control the amount of water in the cave, and to come up with solutions to lower the water level inside the cave and stop water from going in.

The team that he coordinated included soldiers, volunteers, a geologist, a hydrologist, engineers, U.S. military rescue personnel, and cave divers from the United Kingdom, as well as Navy SEALS from several countries.

Natisri, who received the Southern Illinois United Nations Association Human Rights Defender award, has been giving back to his home country and region for years, helping residents of rural Thailand, Myanmar and Malaysia get consistent access to fresh water.

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Dr. Iliff had his intitial education and training as an environmental engineer. After serving as an Environmental Engineer for the US Army, he joined medical school, and obtained his MD degree from the San Francisco School of Medicine. After being in medical practice, he retired three years ago. He is also currently involved in doing humanitarian service as a Rotarian of the Rotary Club of Naperville, IL USA. He visited India in 2018 along with D. , Tata, and explored the Aruku Tribal area with the intention of doing a water
supply project in the region to serve the needs of the tribal people.

Dr. Iliff had his intitial education and training as an environmental engineer. After serving as an Environmental Engineer for the US Army, he joined medical school, and obtained his MD degree from the San Francisco School of Medicine. After being in medical practice, he retired three years ago. He is also currently involved in doing humanitarian service as a Rotarian of the Rotary Club of Naperville, IL USA. He visited India in 2018 along with D. , Tata, and explored the Aruku Tribal area with the intention of doing a water
supply project in the region to serve the needs of the tribal people.

Thomas Granato, Ph.D., BCES- Retired Director of Monitoring and Research for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (District)

Dr. Granato holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Science and a Master of Science degree in Soil Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well as a Ph.D. in Environmental Soil Science at North Carolina State University.  He is a certified environmental scientist by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists.

Dr. Granato, was the director of the Monitoring and Research Department of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, where he was employed for 29 years.  The Department conducts environmental monitoring to assess regulatory compliance and impacts of District operations, applied research to provide technical support for operations and administers the District’s Industrial Pretreatment and User Charge programs.  The Department also leads long term strategic capital planning.

Dr. Granato served on the national peer review panel for the development of the US EPA’s 40 CFR Part 503 biosolids regulation and conducted numerous studies to support the practice of land application.  He was chair of the Illinois Water Environment Association’s Biosolids Committee and Vice Chair of the Water Environment Federation’s Microconstituents Community of Practice.  He was a member of the Water Environment Research Foundation’s Research Council for 6 years, he served on the editorial boards of several scientific journals including Water Environment Research, and he is currently an Adjunct Lecturer in the Civil and Materials Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Dr. Granato has authored or coauthored two book chapters and more than 100 peer reviewed articles and technical reports.

Thomas Granato, Ph.D., BCES- Retired Director of Monitoring and Research for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (District)

Dr. Granato holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Science and a Master of Science degree in Soil Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well as a Ph.D. in Environmental Soil Science at North Carolina State University.  He is a certified environmental scientist by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists.

Dr. Granato, was the director of the Monitoring and Research Department of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, where he was employed for 29 years.  The Department conducts environmental monitoring to assess regulatory compliance and impacts of District operations, applied research to provide technical support for operations and administers the District’s Industrial Pretreatment and User Charge programs.  The Department also leads long term strategic capital planning.

Dr. Granato served on the national peer review panel for the development of the US EPA’s 40 CFR Part 503 biosolids regulation and conducted numerous studies to support the practice of land application.  He was chair of the Illinois Water Environment Association’s Biosolids Committee and Vice Chair of the Water Environment Federation’s Microconstituents Community of Practice.  He was a member of the Water Environment Research Foundation’s Research Council for 6 years, he served on the editorial boards of several scientific journals including Water Environment Research, and he is currently an Adjunct Lecturer in the Civil and Materials Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Dr. Granato has authored or coauthored two book chapters and more than 100 peer reviewed articles and technical reports.

Dr Ravi Durvasula, MD, is the chair of the department of medicine of Loyola Medicine and Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. He had assumed his new role at Loyola on November 1, 2017. Dr. Durvasula is a world leader in global infectious diseases research. He has pioneered a new approach to control the spread of vector-borne diseases, including Leishmaniasis and Chagas disease. Dr. Durvasula is an author of five books and more than 120 peer-reviewed publications, abstracts and conference proceedings.

Dr Ravi Durvasula, MD, is the chair of the department of medicine of Loyola Medicine and Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. He had assumed his new role at Loyola on November 1, 2017. Dr. Durvasula is a world leader in global infectious diseases research. He has pioneered a new approach to control the spread of vector-borne diseases, including Leishmaniasis and Chagas disease. Dr. Durvasula is an author of five books and more than 120 peer-reviewed publications, abstracts and conference proceedings.

Ruth Abbe Zero Waste USA President. Ms. Abbe will talk about Best Practice for Cities in the USA. Ruth Abbe is the president of Zero Waste USA, the national affiliate of the Zero Waste International Alliance. The mission of Zero Waste USA is to inspire communities to embrace and achieve Zero Waste. She is a Zero Waste practitioner with more than 25 years of experience in recycling and composting program and facility development. As the principal of Abbe & Associates LLC, she is working with municipalities across the U.S. to develop the social and physical infrastructure to achieve Zero Waste. In her home city of Alameda, California she is a grassroots leader with Community Action for a Sustainable Alameda (CASA).

Ruth Abbe Zero Waste USA President. Ms. Abbe will talk about Best Practice for Cities in the USA. Ruth Abbe is the president of Zero Waste USA, the national affiliate of the Zero Waste International Alliance. The mission of Zero Waste USA is to inspire communities to embrace and achieve Zero Waste. She is a Zero Waste practitioner with more than 25 years of experience in recycling and composting program and facility development. As the principal of Abbe & Associates LLC, she is working with municipalities across the U.S. to develop the social and physical infrastructure to achieve Zero Waste. In her home city of Alameda, California she is a grassroots leader with Community Action for a Sustainable Alameda (CASA).

Pal Martensson, Goteborg, Sweden Born 19491214 Swedish , Education: Technical College 70-72, Goteborg University 1972-76, Pal Martensson worked for the City of Goteborg, Department of Sustainable Water and Waste Management. Pal is a member of ZWIA, ZWEU and Swedish Waste Management Group for recycling. He works for the Zero Waste concept all over the world and has a large experience of waste management. Pal managed 5 recycle centres in Goteborg the famous Kretsloppsparken Alelyckan. International speaker about waste, reusing, recycling, influencing citizens behaviour and so on. Pal is a valued speaker at many international events sharing his technical knowledge and field experience on Zero Waste concept

Pal Martensson, Goteborg, Sweden Born 19491214 Swedish , Education: Technical College 70-72, Goteborg University 1972-76, Pal Martensson worked for the City of Goteborg, Department of Sustainable Water and Waste Management. Pal is a member of ZWIA, ZWEU and Swedish Waste Management Group for recycling. He works for the Zero Waste concept all over the world and has a large experience of waste management. Pal managed 5 recycle centres in Goteborg the famous Kretsloppsparken Alelyckan. International speaker about waste, reusing, recycling, influencing citizens behaviour and so on. Pal is a valued speaker at many international events sharing his technical knowledge and field experience on Zero Waste concept

Richard Anthony is Chair of the Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA) and several other Zero Waste NGO’s. Mr. Anthony will the Zero Waste Approach

Richard V. Anthony began his career in Public Administration in 1971 as a manager of the California State University Long Beach Recycling Center and received a MS in Public Administration in 1974. Mr. Anthony has worked his entire career in environmental program management positions Richard Anthony is a founder and member of the Board of Directors of the California Resource Recovery Association, the Grassroots Recycling Network, the Zero Waste International Alliance and Zero Waste San Diego.

Richard Anthony is Chair of the Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA) and several other Zero Waste NGO’s. Mr. Anthony will the Zero Waste Approach

Richard V. Anthony began his career in Public Administration in 1971 as a manager of the California State University Long Beach Recycling Center and received a MS in Public Administration in 1974. Mr. Anthony has worked his entire career in environmental program management positions Richard Anthony is a founder and member of the Board of Directors of the California Resource Recovery Association, the Grassroots Recycling Network, the Zero Waste International Alliance and Zero Waste San Diego.

Cliff Haefke has 19+ years of experience in the energy industry and is the Director of the Energy Resources Center (ERC) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). The ERC is an interdisciplinary public service, research, and special projects organization that works to improve energy efficiency and the environment, providing expertise in the areas of energy efficiency, distributed generation, and biofuels/bioenergy. Cliff serves as Director of the U.S. DOE Midwest and Central Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnerships, the Assistance Director of the U.S. DOE Industrial Assessment Center, and as President of the Midwest Cogeneration Association. Cliff has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from UIC and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business.

Cliff Haefke has 19+ years of experience in the energy industry and is the Director of the Energy Resources Center (ERC) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). The ERC is an interdisciplinary public service, research, and special projects organization that works to improve energy efficiency and the environment, providing expertise in the areas of energy efficiency, distributed generation, and biofuels/bioenergy. Cliff serves as Director of the U.S. DOE Midwest and Central Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnerships, the Assistance Director of the U.S. DOE Industrial Assessment Center, and as President of the Midwest Cogeneration Association. Cliff has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from UIC and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business.

Mr Suresh Jambunathan completed his BE (Petrochemical Engineering) in 1994 from the Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT-P) and an MS (Food Science) in 1997 from the Pennsyslvania State University, PA in the USA. His experience includes process design, project management and project financing across Food, Beverage & Agricultural processing and petrochemical plants.  His functional expertise includes dairy plant design plus developing Energy recycling and water and wastewater treatment projects. Suresh has developed, designed-commissioned and helped finance several projects

In November 2018, he started Energy and Water Development LLC (www.enwadev.com) to offer an A-B-C solution to customers.

A: Consulting

B: Development (technical, legal/contractual, environmental etc…) plus project finance

C: Operations & Maintenance of Energy & Water assets

He is also the Senior Vice President (SVP) of Business Development & Engineering at Marquis Energy (ME).  Marquis Energy owns & operates the world’s largest single site ethanol plant in Hennepin IL, and a smaller plant in Necedah in central Wisconsin.

Mr Suresh Jambunathan completed his BE (Petrochemical Engineering) in 1994 from the Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT-P) and an MS (Food Science) in 1997 from the Pennsyslvania State University, PA in the USA. His experience includes process design, project management and project financing across Food, Beverage & Agricultural processing and petrochemical plants.  His functional expertise includes dairy plant design plus developing Energy recycling and water and wastewater treatment projects. Suresh has developed, designed-commissioned and helped finance several projects

In November 2018, he started Energy and Water Development LLC (www.enwadev.com) to offer an A-B-C solution to customers.

A: Consulting

B: Development (technical, legal/contractual, environmental etc…) plus project finance

C: Operations & Maintenance of Energy & Water assets

He is also the Senior Vice President (SVP) of Business Development & Engineering at Marquis Energy (ME).  Marquis Energy owns & operates the world’s largest single site ethanol plant in Hennepin IL, and a smaller plant in Necedah in central Wisconsin.

Dr Sushant Anand is currently working as Asst Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago. His Education includes B.S., Mechanical Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, M.S., Thermal, Energy and Environmental Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, and Ph.D, Mechanical Engineering
University of Cincinnati, Ohio.
He has published several papers, and details are at: https://mie.uic.edu/profiles/anand-sushant/

Dr Sushant Anand is currently working as Asst Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago. His Education includes B.S., Mechanical Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, M.S., Thermal, Energy and Environmental Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, and Ph.D, Mechanical Engineering
University of Cincinnati, Ohio.
He has published several papers, and details are at: https://mie.uic.edu/profiles/anand-sushant/

Ram Madugula, P.E President Power Engineers Collaborative, Chicago USA

Mr. Ram Madugula is the President of Power Engineers Collaborative LLC and has over 37 years of experience designing power plants across the U.S. and around the world. In this current capacity, he directs power projects with various customers. He has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, has been elected as an ASME Fellow, and has several professional engineering licenses across U.S. and Canada.

Ram Madugula, P.E President Power Engineers Collaborative, Chicago USA

Mr. Ram Madugula is the President of Power Engineers Collaborative LLC and has over 37 years of experience designing power plants across the U.S. and around the world. In this current capacity, he directs power projects with various customers. He has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, has been elected as an ASME Fellow, and has several professional engineering licenses across U.S. and Canada.

Mr. Thomas Smith is currently the President & CEO of Sterling and Wilson Power Solutions, a market expert in offering Microgrid, CHP, Demand Response and Resilience solutions. He has been involved with all aspects of the energy industry both domestically and internationally for over 35 years. His vast experience includes the production, generation, distribution, procurement and utilization of all forms of energy. He has experience on all levels of the power industry from running the energy operations for the country's largest real estate company to owning a power generation development business. He has consulted for the DOE/EPA on the production, distribution and utilization of clean/efficient/reliable energy and is very familiar with federal, state and local energy policy and its operation. Previously he was the President/CEO of Professional Power Products, Inc. (3Pi), a manufacturer/packager of power generation equipment for the prime, standby and cogeneration power markets. Prior to joining 3Pi Mr. Smith founded and sold Endurant Energy LLC to a private equity group from the United Kingdom. He was the SVP of Energy Operations at Equity Office Properties, one of the largest commercial real estate owners in the US, where he was responsible for managing the company's energy initiatives: including commodity procurement, auditing/bill processing and retrofit services. Additionally, he managed On-Site Energy Providers (OSEP LLC), a business unit that developed, constructed, operated and maintained 18 cogeneration systems within the company's nationwide building portfolio. Before joining Equity Office, he served as president and general manager of two power development companies that secured energy optimization and cogeneration contracts with industrial and institutional facilities. Mr. Smith started his career with Westinghouse Electric where he held various positions and completed the executive sales engineering training program.

Mr. Smith has a Business Degree from Miami University in Oxford Ohio and is member of the Midwest Cogen Association, BOMA Energy Board, American Gas Association, CHP Association, and the Real Estate Round Table Energy Committee.

Mr. Thomas Smith is currently the President & CEO of Sterling and Wilson Power Solutions, a market expert in offering Microgrid, CHP, Demand Response and Resilience solutions. He has been involved with all aspects of the energy industry both domestically and internationally for over 35 years. His vast experience includes the production, generation, distribution, procurement and utilization of all forms of energy. He has experience on all levels of the power industry from running the energy operations for the country's largest real estate company to owning a power generation development business. He has consulted for the DOE/EPA on the production, distribution and utilization of clean/efficient/reliable energy and is very familiar with federal, state and local energy policy and its operation. Previously he was the President/CEO of Professional Power Products, Inc. (3Pi), a manufacturer/packager of power generation equipment for the prime, standby and cogeneration power markets. Prior to joining 3Pi Mr. Smith founded and sold Endurant Energy LLC to a private equity group from the United Kingdom. He was the SVP of Energy Operations at Equity Office Properties, one of the largest commercial real estate owners in the US, where he was responsible for managing the company's energy initiatives: including commodity procurement, auditing/bill processing and retrofit services. Additionally, he managed On-Site Energy Providers (OSEP LLC), a business unit that developed, constructed, operated and maintained 18 cogeneration systems within the company's nationwide building portfolio. Before joining Equity Office, he served as president and general manager of two power development companies that secured energy optimization and cogeneration contracts with industrial and institutional facilities. Mr. Smith started his career with Westinghouse Electric where he held various positions and completed the executive sales engineering training program.

Mr. Smith has a Business Degree from Miami University in Oxford Ohio and is member of the Midwest Cogen Association, BOMA Energy Board, American Gas Association, CHP Association, and the Real Estate Round Table Energy Committee.

Dr. Ajit Pant is an Alum of IIT Roorkee and Delhi College of Engineering, India. He holds an MBA from Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University, and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from Plekhanov Academy of Economics, Moscow for his thesis relating to the breakup of the Soviet Union. He also has a Diploma in Advanced Russian from Jawahar Lal University (JNU) in India.

He has served as a Diplomat (Trade and Commerce) with the Indian Embassy in Moscow, General Manager STC Group and Vice President of ITC Group in India, Singapore and Moscow. He has extensive experience in International Trade and Projects Exports. He has been a Countertrade Specialist and has lectured at different forums including the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade and The Adam Smith Institute, London.
He is one of the Founders and current President of the US India Chamber of Commerce, Midwest, USA.
He is a past President of UP Association of Greater Chicago and is presently its Trustee.

He is also a founding member and current Vice President of PAN IIT Midwest and served as Chair of Outreach for the Global PANIIT Conference held in Chicago in 2009.

Dr Pant has been actively associated with Rotary Club of Hinsdale and has served on its Board for 3 years.

Besides the US, he has lived and worked in India, Singapore and Russia and has had the privilege to travel across the globe to over 60 countries mainly on work related assignments. His interests include travelling, reading and poetry.

Dr. Ajit Pant is an Alum of IIT Roorkee and Delhi College of Engineering, India. He holds an MBA from Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University, and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from Plekhanov Academy of Economics, Moscow for his thesis relating to the breakup of the Soviet Union. He also has a Diploma in Advanced Russian from Jawahar Lal University (JNU) in India.

He has served as a Diplomat (Trade and Commerce) with the Indian Embassy in Moscow, General Manager STC Group and Vice President of ITC Group in India, Singapore and Moscow. He has extensive experience in International Trade and Projects Exports. He has been a Countertrade Specialist and has lectured at different forums including the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade and The Adam Smith Institute, London.
He is one of the Founders and current President of the US India Chamber of Commerce, Midwest, USA.
He is a past President of UP Association of Greater Chicago and is presently its Trustee.

He is also a founding member and current Vice President of PAN IIT Midwest and served as Chair of Outreach for the Global PANIIT Conference held in Chicago in 2009.

Dr Pant has been actively associated with Rotary Club of Hinsdale and has served on its Board for 3 years.

Besides the US, he has lived and worked in India, Singapore and Russia and has had the privilege to travel across the globe to over 60 countries mainly on work related assignments. His interests include travelling, reading and poetry.

Mr Chetan Kale is the founder and principal of Kaletech, LLC. Before starting his own company Mr Kale has worked extensively on major civil engineering projects in Chicago land area. Mr Kale has over 20 plus years of experience in all facets of Environmental Engineering in India, USA and East Africa.
Mr Kale was part of the design team for a major runway expansion project at O’Hare International Airport. He has also worked on the Masterplan studies with Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.

His design experience includes Water Treatment Plant Design, Storm Sewer modeling, Energy Neutrality Studies, Drainage design, Sanitary Sewer study, Sewage Treatment plant studies and Industrial Waste treatment.

He has a B.S in Civil engineering from University of Mumbai (VJTI) India and MS from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago specializing in Environmental engineering.

Chetan Kale is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Illinois, Indiana, & Wisconsin. He is also a LEED accredited professional and has worked on Gas & Energy projects.

Professional Affiliations:
Chetan Kale is a member of American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE), American Water Works Association, Water Environment Federation, President of Architecture, Engineering and IT division US-Minority Contractors Association.

Mr Chetan Kale is the founder and principal of Kaletech, LLC. Before starting his own company Mr Kale has worked extensively on major civil engineering projects in Chicago land area. Mr Kale has over 20 plus years of experience in all facets of Environmental Engineering in India, USA and East Africa.
Mr Kale was part of the design team for a major runway expansion project at O’Hare International Airport. He has also worked on the Masterplan studies with Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.

His design experience includes Water Treatment Plant Design, Storm Sewer modeling, Energy Neutrality Studies, Drainage design, Sanitary Sewer study, Sewage Treatment plant studies and Industrial Waste treatment.

He has a B.S in Civil engineering from University of Mumbai (VJTI) India and MS from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago specializing in Environmental engineering.

Chetan Kale is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Illinois, Indiana, & Wisconsin. He is also a LEED accredited professional and has worked on Gas & Energy projects.

Professional Affiliations:
Chetan Kale is a member of American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE), American Water Works Association, Water Environment Federation, President of Architecture, Engineering and IT division US-Minority Contractors Association.

Ajith Radhakrishnan, is a Senior Specialist at the World Bank and the Country Coordinator for 2030 Water Resources Group [2030 WRG] in India. The 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG) is a public, private, civil society partnership of the World Bank Group.

2030 WRG drives innovative, public-private sector participation in service delivery through Multi-Stakeholder Platforms (MSPs). Working with state governments and the national government, 2030 WRG has helped design and roll out impactful initiatives targeting water use efficiency, water reuse, private sector participation, and innovations in alternative financing and wastewater exchange platforms. Shifting the narrative from supply-side interventions to demand-side management in the states, 2030 WRG has created value addition to farmers, regulators and operators, implementing circular economy solutions across the space.

Ajith holds advanced double graduate degrees; a Master’s in Agricultural Management and a Master’s in Public Administration. He was a Fulbright Fellow, at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University, New York.

Ajith Radhakrishnan, is a Senior Specialist at the World Bank and the Country Coordinator for 2030 Water Resources Group [2030 WRG] in India. The 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG) is a public, private, civil society partnership of the World Bank Group.

2030 WRG drives innovative, public-private sector participation in service delivery through Multi-Stakeholder Platforms (MSPs). Working with state governments and the national government, 2030 WRG has helped design and roll out impactful initiatives targeting water use efficiency, water reuse, private sector participation, and innovations in alternative financing and wastewater exchange platforms. Shifting the narrative from supply-side interventions to demand-side management in the states, 2030 WRG has created value addition to farmers, regulators and operators, implementing circular economy solutions across the space.

Ajith holds advanced double graduate degrees; a Master’s in Agricultural Management and a Master’s in Public Administration. He was a Fulbright Fellow, at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University, New York.

Mary grew up on Water Street in Watertown, Wisconsin, and gave her first talk on water at age 10. After receiving a Bachelor degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and an MBA from Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management, Mary went on to work for Accenture, Dale Carnegie, Envestnet Wealth Management and Tech Image.

She created and ran an Internet Agency that played a key role in two Internet firsts, the first futures exchange on the Web and the first real-time futures trading site.

Mary came back to water by way of a Pakistani water charity. Her search for a replacement for their 30-year-old RO system introduced her to WEFTEC, leading to a partnership with Israel’s NewTech to promote the 2016 Israel/California Water Conference. Since then, she has helped create and sponsor 6 water industry events, 40 roundtable programs and 30 expert videos. She was named one of 100 Water Heroes in the #Running Dry campaign for her efforts to advance global water security with the development and promotion of smart water technologies. She is an active member of WEF, AWWA, the Smart Water Alliance Network, Alliance for Water Efficiency and the Water Pro Community. Her personal network of water industry professionals numbers in the 10s of 1000s, and spans the globe.

Her company Global Water Works finds customers for water technology companies. By partnering with industry experts who understand how the water industry operates to support engagement and education, Global Water Works is able to cut the normal water technology adoption time of 10-30 years down to under three years.

Mary grew up on Water Street in Watertown, Wisconsin, and gave her first talk on water at age 10. After receiving a Bachelor degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and an MBA from Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management, Mary went on to work for Accenture, Dale Carnegie, Envestnet Wealth Management and Tech Image.

She created and ran an Internet Agency that played a key role in two Internet firsts, the first futures exchange on the Web and the first real-time futures trading site.

Mary came back to water by way of a Pakistani water charity. Her search for a replacement for their 30-year-old RO system introduced her to WEFTEC, leading to a partnership with Israel’s NewTech to promote the 2016 Israel/California Water Conference. Since then, she has helped create and sponsor 6 water industry events, 40 roundtable programs and 30 expert videos. She was named one of 100 Water Heroes in the #Running Dry campaign for her efforts to advance global water security with the development and promotion of smart water technologies. She is an active member of WEF, AWWA, the Smart Water Alliance Network, Alliance for Water Efficiency and the Water Pro Community. Her personal network of water industry professionals numbers in the 10s of 1000s, and spans the globe.

Her company Global Water Works finds customers for water technology companies. By partnering with industry experts who understand how the water industry operates to support engagement and education, Global Water Works is able to cut the normal water technology adoption time of 10-30 years down to under three years.

Dr.Kamal is from the Uttar Pradesh cadre and holds a doctorate in Rural Entrepreneurship. He has worked as Collector, Commissioner and Union Secretary in many departments besides leading the Council for Advancement of People’s Action and Rural Technology (CAPART) and Chief Executive Officer, Khadi & Village Industries Commission (KVIC), nodal agencies for catalyzing and coordinating the partnership between voluntary organizations and the Government for sustainable development of rural areas as well as village industries.

Dr.Kamal Taori is a former Secretary to the Government of India who describes himself as a “non-conformist.‟ When asked to speak about his growing up years he says, “I was born in Wardha (Maharashtra), a year before India gained Independence. I went on to serve in the Indian Army from 1966 to 1972, and later joined the Indian Administrative Service where I served till 2006 in various capacities.”

Dr.Kamal is from the Uttar Pradesh cadre and holds a doctorate in Rural Entrepreneurship. He has worked as Collector, Commissioner and Union Secretary in many departments besides leading the Council for Advancement of People’s Action and Rural Technology (CAPART) and Chief Executive Officer, Khadi & Village Industries Commission (KVIC), nodal agencies for catalyzing and coordinating the partnership between voluntary organizations and the Government for sustainable development of rural areas as well as village industries.

Dr.Kamal Taori is a former Secretary to the Government of India who describes himself as a “non-conformist.‟ When asked to speak about his growing up years he says, “I was born in Wardha (Maharashtra), a year before India gained Independence. I went on to serve in the Indian Army from 1966 to 1972, and later joined the Indian Administrative Service where I served till 2006 in various capacities.”

After completing his studies in Mechanical Engineering Robert focused on Fluid Dynamics and Measurement & Control Instrumentation. He worked 10 years as a Sales Engineer and Office Manager for Measurement & Control at VIA GmbH and later as Sales Manager and shareholder at KWW Process Engineering GmbH.

Through an acquisition by Alfa Laval he became the International Sales & Marketing Director for the Instrumentation division. Alfa Laval was then acquired by Tetra Pack and Robert established the Binder Engineering GmbH in 1996 acquiring the Instrumentation division from Alfa Laval Flow as an MBO.

Robert acquired and founded additional sales and manufacturing companies across Europe and Asia creating the BINDER GROUP AG and establishing Representative and Distributor networks to guarantee local customer services.

Trademarks like COMBIMASS, VACOMASS, BETA and INSTRUM belong to the Binder Group that manufacture pressure & temperature switches, pressure regulators and gas flowmeters for industrial applications as well as aeration control systems for the biological process in sewage treatment plants. Robert is the inventor and Patent holder of various products designed to achieve sustainable solutions, providing better control for a better environment that reduces the global carbon footprint.

Robert is an active member of different esteemed associations such as the German DWA - Water & Waste Water, German Biogas Association, IWA, GWP - German Water Partnership where Robert is the Deputy Head of the China Section.

Roberts company vision is “to be the global industry leader in Aeration Control Systems for waste water treatment and Biogas Monitoring. Respected and admired by our customers and competitors for our people, products and performance. We will constantly strive to supply the best technology, superior customer service and value, providing better control for a better environment”

After completing his studies in Mechanical Engineering Robert focused on Fluid Dynamics and Measurement & Control Instrumentation. He worked 10 years as a Sales Engineer and Office Manager for Measurement & Control at VIA GmbH and later as Sales Manager and shareholder at KWW Process Engineering GmbH.

Through an acquisition by Alfa Laval he became the International Sales & Marketing Director for the Instrumentation division. Alfa Laval was then acquired by Tetra Pack and Robert established the Binder Engineering GmbH in 1996 acquiring the Instrumentation division from Alfa Laval Flow as an MBO.

Robert acquired and founded additional sales and manufacturing companies across Europe and Asia creating the BINDER GROUP AG and establishing Representative and Distributor networks to guarantee local customer services.

Trademarks like COMBIMASS, VACOMASS, BETA and INSTRUM belong to the Binder Group that manufacture pressure & temperature switches, pressure regulators and gas flowmeters for industrial applications as well as aeration control systems for the biological process in sewage treatment plants. Robert is the inventor and Patent holder of various products designed to achieve sustainable solutions, providing better control for a better environment that reduces the global carbon footprint.

Robert is an active member of different esteemed associations such as the German DWA - Water & Waste Water, German Biogas Association, IWA, GWP - German Water Partnership where Robert is the Deputy Head of the China Section.

Roberts company vision is “to be the global industry leader in Aeration Control Systems for waste water treatment and Biogas Monitoring. Respected and admired by our customers and competitors for our people, products and performance. We will constantly strive to supply the best technology, superior customer service and value, providing better control for a better environment”

Filza Shaikh is working as a Process Engineer at Binder GmbH. She is also responsible for the Business and Market development in India.

She moved to Germany after completing her Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from KLE College of Engineering & Technology, Belgaum, India to pursue her Masters in Chemical and Energy Engineering from Otto Von Guericke University, Magdeburg, Germany.

Filza Shaikh is working as a Process Engineer at Binder GmbH. She is also responsible for the Business and Market development in India.

She moved to Germany after completing her Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from KLE College of Engineering & Technology, Belgaum, India to pursue her Masters in Chemical and Energy Engineering from Otto Von Guericke University, Magdeburg, Germany.

Dr. Hundal has over 25 years of leadership experience in the field of wastewater treatment, water reuse, groundwater monitoring, resource recovery, and environmental sustainability. He can move smoothly between innovation and commercialization roles to improve top-line and profitability of companies. Dr. Hundal is currently serving as CEO of InNow India Pvt. Ltd. (a wholly owned subsidiary of InNow LLC USA). InNow specializes in providing integrated innovative and sustainable solutions for treating groundwater, wastewater and surface water using proprietary technologies from US, Australia, Germany, Israel and Europe. Before joining InNow, Dr. Hundal was Supervising Environmental Scientist at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, IL USA. He retired as Head of Biosolids Utilization and Land Reclamation team of the Monitoring and Research Division. He also served on the faculties of Iowa State University and University of Notre Dame, IN, USA. Dr. Hundal has published more than 45 peer-reviewed articles in the international journals. He has coauthored 15 book chapters and more than 200 reports. He has been recognized by US EPA and NACWA (National Association of Clean Water Agencies).

Dr. Hundal has over 25 years of leadership experience in the field of wastewater treatment, water reuse, groundwater monitoring, resource recovery, and environmental sustainability. He can move smoothly between innovation and commercialization roles to improve top-line and profitability of companies. Dr. Hundal is currently serving as CEO of InNow India Pvt. Ltd. (a wholly owned subsidiary of InNow LLC USA). InNow specializes in providing integrated innovative and sustainable solutions for treating groundwater, wastewater and surface water using proprietary technologies from US, Australia, Germany, Israel and Europe. Before joining InNow, Dr. Hundal was Supervising Environmental Scientist at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, IL USA. He retired as Head of Biosolids Utilization and Land Reclamation team of the Monitoring and Research Division. He also served on the faculties of Iowa State University and University of Notre Dame, IN, USA. Dr. Hundal has published more than 45 peer-reviewed articles in the international journals. He has coauthored 15 book chapters and more than 200 reports. He has been recognized by US EPA and NACWA (National Association of Clean Water Agencies).

Shri. A.B. PRABHU RAJ B.Tech (EEE) , MBA (Finanace & Bnaking) , Currently working as General Manager (Technology ) & Centre Head for National Small Industries Corporation, A Governament of India Enterprises,( Under Ministry of MSME),Technical Services Centre,Hyderabad,Telangana.

Professional Summary :

Professional with strong Business acumen in the field of (BFSI) - “Banking, Financial Services & Insurance Domain with IT expertise and worked for one of the Leading Nationalized Bank of India ‘s- DIT ) and One of the Wold’s most leading MNC IT Organisation ( IBM ) and with Overseas Experience/Exposure for over 25 plus years, which includes 18 + years of expertise in the field of Information Technology & other areas of Core Emerging Technologies .

Shri. A.B. PRABHU RAJ B.Tech (EEE) , MBA (Finanace & Bnaking) , Currently working as General Manager (Technology ) & Centre Head for National Small Industries Corporation, A Governament of India Enterprises,( Under Ministry of MSME),Technical Services Centre,Hyderabad,Telangana.

Professional Summary :

Professional with strong Business acumen in the field of (BFSI) - “Banking, Financial Services & Insurance Domain with IT expertise and worked for one of the Leading Nationalized Bank of India ‘s- DIT ) and One of the Wold’s most leading MNC IT Organisation ( IBM ) and with Overseas Experience/Exposure for over 25 plus years, which includes 18 + years of expertise in the field of Information Technology & other areas of Core Emerging Technologies .

A registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in Maryland and other US states with eligibility for licensing conferred by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).
Designed an innovative well intercepting plan to successfully kill the Deepwater Horizon oil spill (Macondo Well) in August 2010. Studied the bathymetric profile of the seashore to develop the plan.Authored the following two books:

 

Urban and suburban cities in India generate a large volume of wastewater. Most of this wastewater is discharged to streams and rivers without appropriate treatment. Often the cost of wastewater treatment is prohibitive for these cities and municipalities. To address this issue, Subijoy Dutta studied the use of various low-cost biological treatment systems for several years since the onset of his Yamuna River Cleanup Effort in 1992.

A registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in Maryland and other US states with eligibility for licensing conferred by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).
Designed an innovative well intercepting plan to successfully kill the Deepwater Horizon oil spill (Macondo Well) in August 2010. Studied the bathymetric profile of the seashore to develop the plan.Authored the following two books:

 

Urban and suburban cities in India generate a large volume of wastewater. Most of this wastewater is discharged to streams and rivers without appropriate treatment. Often the cost of wastewater treatment is prohibitive for these cities and municipalities. To address this issue, Subijoy Dutta studied the use of various low-cost biological treatment systems for several years since the onset of his Yamuna River Cleanup Effort in 1992.

An alumnus of University College London, Sahil Verma is an international lawyer specialising in business law, investment law (including M & A, VC and PE), fintech (including crypto currencies and ICOs), international law and dispute resolution. He is a fully qualified commonwealth lawyer; an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London, UK); a registered legal practitioner with the DIFC Courts (Dubai, UAE); and an arbitrator with CRCICA (Egypt). Sahil has experience of working on complex legal matters of various jurisdictions; and, is known for pragmatic legal advice, structuring and solutions. He has, in past, worked as General Counsel of market leading conglomerates in the Middle East and India. He is a mentor on the panels of Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development, BIMTECH (Noida, India) and Startup Culture (New Delhi, India).

An alumnus of University College London, Sahil Verma is an international lawyer specialising in business law, investment law (including M & A, VC and PE), fintech (including crypto currencies and ICOs), international law and dispute resolution. He is a fully qualified commonwealth lawyer; an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London, UK); a registered legal practitioner with the DIFC Courts (Dubai, UAE); and an arbitrator with CRCICA (Egypt). Sahil has experience of working on complex legal matters of various jurisdictions; and, is known for pragmatic legal advice, structuring and solutions. He has, in past, worked as General Counsel of market leading conglomerates in the Middle East and India. He is a mentor on the panels of Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development, BIMTECH (Noida, India) and Startup Culture (New Delhi, India).

Supratik Guha is Professor at the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago, and a Senior Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory. Prior to joining the University of Chicago and Argonne, he was at IBM Research where, between 2010 - 2015, he was Director of Physical Sciences. His research interests are in the areas of materials, devices and systems for information processing systems of the future. In particular, recently, he has been interested in large area sensing networks for geospatial applications such as water and soil management. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the Materials Research Society and the American Physical Society.

Supratik Guha is Professor at the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago, and a Senior Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory. Prior to joining the University of Chicago and Argonne, he was at IBM Research where, between 2010 - 2015, he was Director of Physical Sciences. His research interests are in the areas of materials, devices and systems for information processing systems of the future. In particular, recently, he has been interested in large area sensing networks for geospatial applications such as water and soil management. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the Materials Research Society and the American Physical Society.