Water Conservation, Management and Rejuvenation – Social Entrepreneurs and Enterprises (SEE) @ IIMB

IIM Bangalore played host to “Water: Act or Perish!” on 28th April, an event organized by the Social Entrepreneurs and Enterprises (SEE), in collaboration with the IIT Kanpur Alumni Association, IIM Ahmedabad Alumni Association, PAN IIT, Technology Alumni Association Bangalore (TAAB) – IIT Kharagpur, and IIM Bangalore Alumni Association.

(L-R) Pradeep Bhargava (President, IITK AA), Pawan Kumar (IITK AA Bangalore), R Balasubramanian (IIM-A AA), Prof K Kumar (Dean – Alumni Relations & Development, IIMB), Deepankar Khasanbis (IIT-KGP AA) and Parthasarathy S (Head – Alumni Relations, IIMB)

SEE is a network of passionate individuals and institutions (alums of PAN IIT and IIM-A), which combines its skills and resources in support of key activities to promote social innovation in India. SEE seeks to create awareness amongst all about the social sector, its needs and opportunities, as well as to leverage the power of the various alumni networks to support those endeavouring within the field, through expertise, mentoring, funding, and government and corporate connects.

Keynote speaker: Tushar Giri Nath (Chairman, BWSSB)

Mr Tushar Giri Nath, Chairman – Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) provided the keynote address, urging for a greater public interest in water management, through rainwater harvesting and sewage treatment by residential complexes. The event also hosted several prominent entrepreneurs and personalities, such as Dr Rajendra Poddar, Vishwanath S, Sudesh Menon, Shweta Tripathi, Saurabh Shresth, Ananth Kodavasal and A R Shivakumar, amongst many others, who shared their experiences, endeavours and innovations in the concerned fields.

The event focussed on the various aspects of water conservation and utilisation, including rainwater harvesting, water purification as well as sewage and sullage management. With the existence of unique formats such as the ‘My Story’ and ‘Innovation in Water’ segments, which provided the platform to share experiences and innovations within the field, as well as various panel discussions ranging within drinking water treatment, water conservation and preservation, waste water treatment and recycle, rainwater harvesting and lake rejuvenation, and funding and impact investing within the field, the expert orators and concerned individuals spent the day in enriching discussions, where innovative developments were proposed and existing complications were deliberated.

Dr Rajendra Poddar (Director, Water and Land Management Institute, Dharwad)

Vishwanath S (Zenrainman, Advisor, Biome Environmental Trust, Arghyam, Rainwater Club)

Sudesh Menon (CEO Waterlife)








Shweta Tripathi (Global Head of Knowledge and Water Business Strategist, Enzen Global)

Saurabh Shresth (Genesis Director Water Management, Unilever R&D)

Ananth Kodavasal (Owner, Ecotech Engineering Consultancy)







A R Shivakumar (Principal Scientific Officer, Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology)