Co-Founder/Chief Executive Officer Anu Sridharan was recently selected to the Forbes "30 Social Entrepreneurs Under 30" list for her work with NextDrop Inc. Anu holds a Master's from the Civil and Environmental Engineering program at the University of California, Berkeley where her research focused on the optimization of piped networked systems in developing economies. Prior to this, Anu completed her Bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Anu also served as the Education and Health director for a water/sanitation project in the slums of Mumbai, India called "Haath Mein Sehat" where she piloted a successful volunteer recruitment and community training model.
Chief Technical Architect Thejesh G N spent seven years at Infosys Technologies Ltd. before going on to the Infosys Foundation Fellowship to work for the Janaagraha Center for Citizenship & Democracy. Thej has been doing technology consulting for the last two years and was recently selected for the prestigious Mozilla FastFwd Scout Program. Thej holds a Bachelor's Degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Bangalore.
Chief Operating Officer Quijano Flores is passionate about creating the space where strategic planning and operational execution converge. He's implemented technology-enabled business solutions for multi-million dollar organizations, including the San Jose Water Company and the Department of Defense, enabling decision makers to save hundreds of thousands of dollars through increased access to information. Quijano earned his Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Vice President of Product Development Nishesh Mehta has over 6 years of experience spanning 13 countries in North America, Europe, Central and East Asia in water resource planning, infrastructure financing and working with public utilities. He was a consultant at Charles River Associates where he worked on Public Private Partnerships in East Asia and US electricity markets. While at the World Bank in Washington DC, Nishesh drafted proposals for the Planning Commission on using ICT to better target agricultural power subsidies and reduce groundwater consumption. He also worked on a Decision Support System to prioritize cross border water allocation between Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Nishesh won an innovation award for establishing a wiki-based platform to share green building best practices for schools. He holds a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Texas and a B.Tech from IIT Roorkee.
Chief Growth Officer Pronita Saxena led Sales and Marketing for LinkCycle, a Boston-based startup improving manufacturing efficiency prior to joining NextDrop. Before this, she helped EnerNOC, a publicly-traded, global clean energy company, align to profitability while building the mandate and team for a strategic operations group. Following her degree in Economics (with Honors) and a minor in Global Poverty and Practice from the University of California, Berkeley, Pronita worked with MIT's Poverty Action Lab on a project in Bangladesh and at the Center for Global Development in Washington, DC. In collaboration with "Haath Mein Sehat", her Honors Thesis studied how gender and household decision-making structures impacted water treatment behavior among households in Behrampada, a Mumbai slum.