Mahima Vijendra

 

Mahima Vijendra

Specialist
mvijendra at iihs dot ac dot in

Education:
2008 MSc, Environmental Policy and Regulation, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK
2005 BA (Hons), Environment and Planning, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

Mahima Vijendra has a Master’s in Environmental Policy and Regulation and a Bachelor’s in Environment and Planning, with a focus on urban regeneration. She has worked in a number of consulting roles both in the UK and India, across a range of themes including: strategic infrastructure planning, development planning, socioeconomics and sustainability.

Her experience includes working with/managing multidisciplinary teams to provide research, analysis and technical assistance on infrastructure strategies, economic impact studies, funding bids, socio-economic analyses, employment land reviews, policy research, environmental assessments and carbon management.

Mahima has engaged with local authorities such as London Boroughs, GLA and other UK Councils; central and state government departments such as UK DfT and the Karnataka State Government; other public sector agencies including TfL and Transport Systems Catapult; and a number of private sector clients.

Mahima is supporting the Tamil Nadu Urban Sanitation Support Programme (TNUSSP).

Elizabeth Prasanna

 

Elizabeth Prasanna

Social worker

Elizabeth Prasanna has completed her Bachelors in Commerce at the Bishop Heber College, Trichy and her Masters in Social Work with a specialisation in Medical and Psychiatry from the Kodaikanal Christian College, Kodaikanal.

Elizabeth works as a social worker in the TNUSSP- Keystone Foundation and is currently working on the Menstrual Hygiene Management Project among adolescent girls and women.

Rajesh Subburaj

 

Rajesh Subburaj

Senior Community Sanitation Coordinator

Rajesh Subburaj is a development professional with a Masters in Development. He has prior experience in the retail banking sector with focus on rural lending and financial inclusion in various cities of Tamil Nadu.

As part of the TNUSSP- Keystone Foundation, Rajesh is focused on working closely with the urban local bodies in Coimbatore. His key areas of interest include working with governance systems, urban sanitation, and influencing behavioural change in communities regarding total sanitation, usage of decentralised systems and treatment of wastewater at the domestic level

Nandhini N

Nandhini N

Social Technical Expert – TNUSSP
Education:
B.E. Environmental Engineering

Nandhini has done her Environmental Engineering from PARK College of Technology, Coimbatore under Anna University, Chennai. Nandhini has worked in the Swachh Bharat Mission as Environmental Project Co-ordinator and has two years of experience as Project Engineer in the Renewable Energy Sector.

At Keystone Foundation, Nandhini is working with the TNUSSP team as the Social Technical Expert. Her work involves working with communities on health and sanitation.

Olassayil Sancy Sebastian

Olassayil Sancy Sebastian

Junior Specialist
ssebastian at iihs dot ac dot in

Education:
Masters in urban and regional planning, CEPT University, Ahmedabad;
Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kangirappally, Kottayam District.

Sancy’s thesis evaluated the “Development induced tribal transformation: Case study of Muthuvan and Malayarayan tribe Idukki district”. The study revealed the transformation level of two tribes also recommendation for tribe specific development programmes. She has also worked on research study focusing on wastewater irrigation in Maharashtra, a highlight document on how wastewater is utilized in irrigation and associated health aspects.

At IIHS, Sancy is part of the Engineering and Planning team for TNUSSP Project.

Sasikumar Eswaramurthy

Sasikumar Eswaramurthy

Specialist Implementation Support
seswaramurthy at iihs dot ac dot in

Education:
Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering, SRM Engineering College, Chennai;
Diploma in Civil and Rural Engineering, SRMV Polytechnic College, Coimbatore

Sasikumar has more than 10 years of work experience. Prior to IIHS, he was involved in Improvement of Water Distribution System, Reduction in UFW & Leakage Control, BWSSB at Bangalore West Division. He was responsible for construction of all civil work related to water retaining structure and water distribution Pipe Line (Transmission main, Feeder main, Internal transmission main & Internal network).

At IIHS, Sasikumar is part of the Engineering and Planning team for TNUSSP Project.

Suneethi Sundar

Suneethi Sundar

Specialist TNUSSP
ssundar at iihs dot ac dot in

Education:
PhD in Environmental Biotechnology, College of Engineering, Anna University;
PG Diploma in Urban Environmental Management and Law, National Law University;
Masters in Environmental Science, College of Engineering, Anna University;
Bachelor’s in Plant Biology and Biotechnology, Stella Maris college, University of Madras.

Suneethi’s doctoral thesis was on removal of ammoniacal nitrogen from landfill leachate and sludge digestate by autotrophic processes in advanced biological systems such as Anaerobic membrane bioreactor and Moving bed biofilm reactor. She has published over 9 papers in international and national peer reviewed journals and co-authored a Book chapter. She is a recipient of UGC research fellowship for meritorious scholars in Sciences from 2007 – 2012 and also a recipient of the Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral and Professional Research Fellowship to pursue research in Columbia University, New York from 2011 – 2012. She has worked as a Project officer at IIT Madras for over 3 years, leading the team on Anaerobic biodigester operation, maintenance and monitoring and Decentralized sustainable wastewater treatment and reuse technologies for India. She has also worked as Guest faculty in the Department of ecology and environmental science at Pondicherry University.

At IIHS, she will be working as Specialist at the Tamil Nadu Urban Sanitation Support Programme (TNUSSP).

Vimala P P

 

Vimala P P

Associate
vimalapp at iihs dot ac dot in

Education:
M.Tech, Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering Trivandrum, Kerala
B.Tech, Civil Engineering, Government Engineering College, Thrissur, Kerala

Vimala’s area of Interest is in Environmental Engineering: Solid waste Management, Water supply Engineering, Wastewater engineering and Air quality management. Her research during Post Graduation explores methods to enhance the rate of biodegradation of polyolefins using physical and biological means. (Polyolefins are Polyethylene and Ploypropylene). Two species of bacteria and fungi – were tested for their potential in utilizing polyolefins as their sole carbon source. The microbial species produced surface active compounds (Biosurfactants) that enhance the degradation process. She has two publications for her thesis.

At IIHS, she will be working as a junior specialist in the Engineering and Planning section for the TNUSSP project.

Rajesh Ramamoorthy

Rajesh Ramamoorthy

Senior Specialist, TNUSSP
Education: M.Tech in Water Science and Governance from TERI University, New Delhi

Rajesh Ramamoorthy is a water and sanitation practitioner. Previously, he led an independent assessment of the 24×7 water supply scheme in the city of Nagpur. Rajesh has worked on assignments that included piloting decentralized wastewater treatment solution with the Agra Cantonment Board and a tributary approach to river restoration in the state of Uttar Pradesh with multiple stakeholders.

Rajesh was involved in a civil society movement towards building city resilience in Chennai and is interested in employing multi-disciplinary approaches towards problem solving.

Gayathri Sarangan

Gayathri Sarangan

Consultant TNUSSP

Gayathri has around 14 years work experience in various aspects of development including poverty, education, food security, HIV/AIDs and in financial markets. She has a Masters in Economic, Finance and in Public Health.