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Asit Nema

Asit Nema is a civil engineer and holds double masters in environmental/sanitary engineering from IIT Kanpur and from UNESCO-IHE, Delft (The Netherlands). He brings over 25 years of experience in engineering and management consulting in the field of environment management and urban and rural development ñ particularly related to infrastructure and services for water and sanitation in India, Nepal, Afghanistan, Mongolia and Kiribati. Since 2002, he has been working as an independent consultant and have also set up Foundation for Greentech Environmental Systems ñ an advisory with the objective of promoting appropriate technologies and sustainability considerations in watsan infrastructure planning. Over the years he has worked with a wide range of multilateral and bilateral organizations, national and international governmental and nongovernmental organizations as well as consulting companies e.g., World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Water and Sanitation Programme, UNICEF, Stockholm Environment Institute, Japan Bank for International Cooperation(JBIC/JICA), USAID, DFID, DANIDA, Dutch Aid, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), GTZ, Stockholm Environment Institute, Aga Khan Foundation, Plan India, WWF, Deloitte, CRISIL, Bennat Consult-Austria, AECOM ñ USA, SMEC-Australia, Halcrow- CH2M HILL ñ USA, GHK International ñ UK, Tokyo Engineering Consultants ñJapan, NTPC, Kirloskar Consultants, etc. At the early stage of my career he was selected in the Indian Engineering Services-1985 and served briefly in the Central Water Commission, Govt. of India.

Over the years he has worked on a wide range of assignments related to strengthening of urban infrastructure/services, municipal solid waste management, urban and rural sanitation, poverty alleviation, livelihood as well as industrial pollution control. His breadth of experience enables me a strong understanding of the technological, institutional and social dimensions typically associated with development sector projects. As a result of this insight, lately he has been involved in providing expert advisory services on, among others, project conceptualisation, formulation, development of strategic plans, appraisal, monitoring and evaluation, implementation support, closure review, training and capacity building, preparation of resource guides, sectoral studies, etc. in the field of solid waste management, water and sanitation. He has developed couple of manuals/ resources guides on rural and urban sanitation and have several international and domestic publications. His innovative approach enables him to offer out of the box solutions to the complex development challenges. In a voluntary capacity he am currently serving third term as Honorary Secretary of the Delhi centre of the professional body called Institution of Public Health Engineers, India of which he his a Life Fellow. Recently he also became a member of the Solid Waste Association of North America.


February 19, 2015 from our Articles, The 2014 Global Dialogue on Waste Landfills--what image does this word startle into your mind? Is it a landscape smeared with trash, piled high in the blistering heat of the Sun, with tires and plastic bags, old T-shirts and banana peels? With waves of toxic gases spiraling off, the smelly sock odor burning your eyes and the thickness of the air constricting your lungs? In fact, this is a negative connotation.Read More

June 4, 2014 from our The 2014 Global Dialogue on Waste, Video Panels Watch Sandra Cointreau, Derek Greedy and Asit Nema discuss the Relevance of landfills in developing countries - Public Health & Quality of Life themeRead More

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