IWMI SoLAR Project Implementation Team
Dr. Aditi Mukherji is the Regional Project Leader. She has over 20 years of experience and has worked in South Asia including Hindu Kush Himalayas, Central Asia and the Nile Basin in Africa. She is a Principal Researcher and leads IWMI’s Global Research Group on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience. She holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK.
Dr. Soumya Balasubramanya leads the econometric evaluations in Nepal, Bangladesh and India. Soumya has over 14 years’ experience. She currently leads IWMI’s Global Research Group for Economics and Impact Assessment. She holds a PhD from the Duke University, USA.
Dr. Marie-Charlotte Buisson leads the impact assessment component in Bangladesh. She has more than 10 years’ research experience in Africa, South East Asia, and Central Asia. She obtained her PhD from the Central Extension Resources Development Institute (CERDI) in France.
Dr. Alok Sikka supports the ground water component for India and Bangladesh, and is also the Country Lead for India. He is the Country Representative, India, at IWMI. He has more than 40 years of experience in varied water related fields. He has a PhD from Utah State University, USA.
Dr Paul Pavelic is a groundwater specialist with over 2 decades of research experience. He supports the ground water component for India and Bangladesh and holds a PhD in Groundwater Hydrology from the Flinders University of South Australia.
Mohammed Faiz Alam is a groundwater specialist and supports the groundwater component in India and Bangladesh. He has 5 years of experience and holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Infrastructure from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.
Dr Manohara Khadka is the overall lead for the Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) component and brings over 2 decades of experience in varied portfolios across agriculture, water resources and climate change. At IWMI, she is the Nepal Country Representative. She has a PhD in Development Studies from the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University, the Netherlands.
Gitta Shreshtha is a Gender specialist, supporting the GESI component for the Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan. She has 14 years of research experience. She has an MPhil in Human Geography from University of Bergen, Norway.
Labisha Uprety supports the GESI component. At IWMI, she is a Researcher for Policy and Water Governance. She has 5 years of experience in research and communications and holds a Master’s degree in Education Policy from Erasmus University, Netherlands.
Dr. Azeem Ali Shah is the Country Lead for Pakistan. He is the Principal Researcher for Governance of Water Institutions at IWMI. He has more than 15 years of research and policy related experience in varied themes of water. He holds a PhD in Management Sciences from the Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan.
Dr. Arif Anwar supports the groundwater component in Pakistan. He is the Principal Researcher- Irrigation at IWMI. He has more than 15 years of experience in water resources engineering and academia in UK and Pakistan. He holds a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Southampton, UK.
Dr. Mohsin Hafeez is the Country Representative, Pakistan at IWMI. He has over 20 years of experience in hydrology and academia across Germany, Australia, UK, China and Pakistan. He holds a PhD in Engineering (Hydrology) from the University of Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
Muhammad Zain Bin Akbar plays a supportive role in a variety of components of the project in Pakistan. At IWMI he is Research Officer for Policy and Water Governance. He has almost 2 years of experience in coordinating research, assessments and evaluation studies for projects in Pakistan. He holds an M.Sc. in Economics from Heidelberg University in Germany.
Shisher Shrestha is the Country Lead for Nepal. He has over 7 years of hands-on experience in Nepal’s renewable energy sector with expertise in Solar Project Management. He is an Electronics Engineer and holds an M.Sc. degree focused on Renewable Energy from Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences in Germany.
Yashodha Yashodha is the country lead for India and provides research support to all four country teams under the SoLAR project. She has 4 years of research experience in agricultural and behavioural economics and holds a PhD from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Smaranika Mahapatra works as a Research Officer-Water Resources Management at IWMI Delhi. She holds a master’s degree in Land and Water Resources Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-Kharagpur) and has more than 5 years of research experience. She supports the groundwater component under the SoLAR-SA project in Bangladesh.