Who We Are

Dr. Sarath Guttikunda, Founder/Director, conducts research on air pollution. His interest stems from the guidance received during Bachelors in Chemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology (Kharagpur, India, 1997) and during Doctorate from the Center for Global & Regional Environmental Research (CGRER) at the University of Iowa (Iowa City, USA, 2002). He then worked as an air pollution analyst at the World Bank (Washington DC, USA). Since returning to India in 2007, he conducts research in an independent capacity to support science, policy, and public dialogue on air pollution. He was a visiting faculty at the Indian Institute of Technology (Delhi and Bombay) between 2011-2014 and 2014-2016. In 2009, Sarath became part of the global TED fellows community.


Ms. Puja Jawahar, Founder/Co-Director, is trained in Economics and Statistics from the University of Mumbai (Mumbai, India) and Environmental Policy from the University of Maryland (College Park, USA). She worked as a research assistant at the Resources for the Future (RFF) – one of the leading environmental economics policy think-tanks and as research associate at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Since returning to India in 2007, she joined the Central Himalayan Rural Action Group (CHiRAG, Mukteswar, India, 2007-2011) to assist them with research design, documentation, and marketing for their product line – Kilmora.


Dr. Nishadh KA, Research Associate, graduated from Sálim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History, Bharathiar University (SACON, Coimbatore, India) in 2017. His doctorate thesis was on “Particulate Air Pollution Data for Coimbatore, India: Real Time Monitoring and Modeling with Data-Interoperability Measures“, which emphasized the need for open and standardized real time data for better air quality management. He is an admirer of open source software movement, specializes in geo-spatial visualization, and data analysis using Python and D3.js.

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