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Gurgaon, India
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An expert in clean environment and progressive society

Girija Bharat has over 29 years of work experience in the intersection of Science-Society and Policy in Water, Sanitation and Environment. She has worked with Government of India, Government of Georgia, The World Bank, USAID, George Mason University (USA), The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and other international organizations. Girija has 55 national and international publications in books (chapters), reports and high impact factor journals, video documentation of community-based approaches in drinking water, sanitation and solid waste management for the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Government of India
Questions I can answer:
India has National Implementation Plans (NIPs) for eliminating some of the Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), we need to gear up towards eliminating the newly added POPs.
How has Germany been able to implement river cleaning and rejuvenation programmes?
What are challenges in implementing the Water Framework Law of European Union?


Experience
Mu Gamma Consultants Pvt Ltd. • India

Director, Mu Gamma Consultants Pvt. Ltd.

2015 - Present (4 years, 10 months)
My career path from a Scientist in CSIR to an Entrepreneur, has been full of learnings and this journey has been very rewarding. I have realised the importance of technical and soft-skills in successfully manoeuvring projects. Each of the projects come with a lot of insights about system-based approach and sustainability of initiatives
The World Bank

Consultant

2016 - 2017 (1 year, 1 month)
I learnt the importance of 'voice of the people' in managing water resources. The World Bank, a member of the World Bank Group, is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world
USAID • Georgia

International Expert-Water Resource Management

2015 - 2016 (1 year, 1 month)
The hydro-power initiative in Georgia is exemplary. Advising and training senior officials of Ministry of Environment and Natural Resource Protection, Government of Georgia on Water Resource Policy and Management under the programme: Governing for Growth in Georgia (G4G). Developing curriculum for capacity building of Government of Georgia professionals and developing Water Policy for Georgia
TERI

Fellow and Area Convenor

2009 - 2015 (5 years, 3 months)
TERI has been a great place of learning in terms of project and programme management, developing strategies, business development, R & D, capacity building, organizing international events, people skills, impact of policies on society etc
M B B College Agartala

Asst Professor

1997 - 2003 (5 years, 2 months)
Faculty in Chemistry in MBB College, Tripura University for five years, where I was involved in teaching Undergraduate students. Besides teaching, I was involved in a number of ‘Science Popularization’ programmes in remote corners of the State as well as in the capital Agartala. It is here that I experienced the ‘Joy of teaching’ and making a difference in education systems in a remote corner of the country. In the year 1999, I institutionalised the ‘Late M N Krishna Pillai Memorial Trophy’ in memory of my father. The topper in B.Sc Chemistry Hons. was given this trophy and it continues till today
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research

Scientist

1989 - 1997 (8 years, 6 months)
As a Scientist in CSIR, I have led a team of 40 research personnel and conducted extensive research on Clean Coal technology. I have also conducted innovative research for removal of some priority pollutants from industrial effluents by adsorption on granular activated carbon (GAC) as per USEPA guidelines. I have provided technical assistance and consultancy on Clean Coal technology and environmental pollution to Super Thermal Power plants, Steel plants and various industries. I have published several national and international papers on the subject

Education