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  • Dr. Anjali Karol Mohan
    Dr. Anjali Karol Mohan
    Partner, Integrated Design

    Dr. Mohan is a Partner at Integrated Design ( where she leads urban planning projects as well as initiatives at the intersection of planning, participation, development and environment. Dr. Mohan is involved extensively in action research in Bhopal, Ranchi, Dharwad, Delhi and Bangalore to evolve city-region, city and neighbourhood scale climate change responsive planning frameworks that focus on resilient and liveable cities. These projects are funded by the Adaptation Research Alliance, Nudge Research Innovation Grant, Selco Foundation and ELRHA, UK amongst others. Her professional experience over the last three straddles development, institutional and policy frameworks, urban planning and management and information and communication technologies and development (ICTD). She has successfully completed several planning assignments in her individual capacity and as part of multi-disciplinary teams, both as a team leader and a team member. She is a faculty at the Centre for Public Policy at the National Law School University of India, Bangalore, Kautilya School of Public Policy, Gitam University, Hyderabad and the Takshashila Institutions. Dr. Mohan has published in academic journals as well as popular media, in addition to delivering talks and presenting her work globally. She is a member of the Copenhagen-based International Federation for Housing and Planning and has served on several task forces and expert committees. Most recently, she was a member of the Expert Panel to the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh advising on a state wide Comprehensive Urban Development Strategy.

  • S. Vishwanath
    S. Vishwanath
    Advisor, Biome Environmental Trust

    S. Vishwanath is a distinguished Civil Engineer and Urban Planner with over 34 years of extensive experience in the water, wastewater, and sanitation sectors. His expertise lies in designing innovative solutions such as rainwater harvesting systems, aquifer recharge methods, wastewater recycling technologies, and ecological sanitation systems. He is currently serving as an Adjunct Professor at Azim Premji University in Bengaluru.

    In addition to his academic role, Vishwanath actively contributes to environmental causes as an Advisor at the Biome Environmental Trust and serves as a Director at Biome Environmental Solutions. He is deeply engaged in shaping policy frameworks, having been a member of expert committees instrumental in formulating key policies such as rainwater harvesting, wastewater, and water policies for Karnataka. His contributions extend beyond regional boundaries, as evidenced by his memberships in esteemed organizations like the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board, Sustainable Sanitation Alliance, and International Water Association.

    Vishwanath’s dedication to advancing sustainable water management practices is evident through his involvement in various projects and initiatives. He served as the Secretary General of the International Rainwater Catchment Systems Association for four years and provided advisory support to organizations like Arghyam and the India Water Portal for a decade. Prior to his current roles, he held significant positions such as Senior Projects Appraisal Officer at the Housing and Urban Development Corporation Ltd. for 14 years.

    Moreover, Vishwanath’s commitment to raising awareness about water issues shines through his weekly column, “Waterwise,” published in The Hindu for an impressive 12 years.

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  • Date: May 06 2024
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May 06 2024


6:00 pm

Water and City: Dr. Anjali K. Mohan (Urban Planner) in Conversation with Shri S. Vishwanath (Water Expert)

Habitat Forum (INHAF) invites you to the inaugural episode of its 5 Part new Conversation Series on Water and City.

Dr. Anjali K. Mohan (Urban Planner) in Conversation with Shri S. Vishwanath (Water Expert)

Join us on Monday, May 06, 2024, at 6 PM IST

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a warning that several cities in peninsular India are likely to experience intensified water stress due to abnormally high temperatures. Even as the country braces itself for an exceptionally harsh summer, India’s expanding cities fueled by unplanned urbanisation are grappling with multiple manifestations of changing climates, water scarcity being at the forefront. Fragmentation of city ecologies, changing climates, extreme events are amongst the most visible manifestations of unplanned urbanisation in India. Bangalore is no exception to this trend. It has been in the news for its soaring temperatures and water scarcity, primarily due to alarming rates of groundwater depletion. Equally well reported are the possible (re)solutions to Bangalore’s current crisis.

As part of the Water and City series organised by INHAF, Dr. Anjali Karol Mohan and Shri S. Vishwanath will be in conversation to discuss the burgeoning crises of water scarcity in Indian cities. Using the case of Bangalore, the conversation will focus on the immediate and short (re) solutions as well as proactive, systemic measures to avert the challenges in the long-term.

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