Work Experience

 
 
 
 
 

Graduate Research Assistant

University of Central Florida (UCF)

Aug 2021 – Present Orlando, US
 
 
 
 
 

ORC Doctoral Fellow

University of Central Florida (UCF)

Aug 2020 – Jul 2021 Orlando, US
 
 
 
 
 

MOPGA Researcher

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)

Nov 2018 – Dec 2019 Grenoble, France
Responsibilities include:

  • Develop post-flood survey questionnaires for collecting human behavioural responses and perceptual data in Southern France
  • Analyse the data and performed statistical analysis for understanding the human behavioural dynamics during the flash floods
  • Develop questionnaires for participatory modelling exercises for stakeholders
  • Develop an agent-based model for simulating individuals and groups behavioural responses during flash floods
  • Study flash flood dynamics, population exposure and vulnerability dynamics in order to predict the potential socio-economic impacts of flash floods
  • Study the social dynamics associated with flash flood disasters, the decision making of people to adapt their daily practices to changing environmental circumstances
 
 
 
 
 

MSc. Thesis Researcher

Technical University of Dresden - TU Dresden

Feb 2018 – Aug 2018 Dresden, Germany

Project: Simulating Human-Flood Interactions for Flood Risk Management using Agent-Based Modelling

Responsibilities include:

  • Developed a hydraulic model and an Agent-Based Model (ABM) based on geospatial information, disaster psychology and decision-making theories for simulating the human-flood interactions to evaluate the effectiveness of flood risk communication systems, social vulnerability and determining the critical factors in regional flood evacuations.
  • Analysed the human behaviour, and their responses during the flood event and their perception of risk.
  • Determined the critical factors that govern the effectiveness of the evacuation process due to extreme flood events, considering the road network, the information dissemination among people, local information centres and the lead-time of the early warning system.
 
 
 
 
 

Technical Advisor

Empresa Mixta Valenciana de Aguas S.A.

Aug 2017 – Oct 2017 Valencia, Spain
Worked as a Technical Advisor on project “Leak Detection in Water Supply System by means of Sound Signal Recording (Shazam-like Leak Detection Method)”. This project consisted of recording the sound signals that are produced by water fixtures and appliances, building a database and then use these recordings to detect any abnormal situation by using a Shazam-like water leak detection model, which may be an indication of a leak.
 
 
 
 
 

Climate-KIC Pioneer

Climate-KIC, European Institute of Innovation and Technology

May 2017 – Nov 2017 Utrecht, Netherlands

Climate-KIC is one of three Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) designated by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) as key drivers of European excellence, innovation and growth. The Pioneers into Practice programme is a professional mobility programme, aiming to create a team of agents for change. Professionals on low carbon economy from education, research, enterprise and administration put in practice their expertise in the territory to create new products and services on the field of the climate change.

I took part in the Pioneers into Practice programme from Clime-KIC (the EU’s main climate innovation initiative). I worked with the Municipality of Bunnik in Utrecht District on a climate adaptation project.

Project: Climate Adaptation for the Sustainable Development in the Bunnik, Utrecht, Netherlands Supported by Municipality of Bunnik

Responsibilities include:

  • Worked as a Research Lead and proposed policy recommendation, a series of workshops and action learning cycles and developed a framework for the policy-makers.
  • An awareness campaign was created with some exemplary cases for climate adaptation for the municipality.
 
 
 
 
 

Consultant, Open Modelling and Urban Flooding

Resurgence Urban Resilience Trust

May 2017 – Dec 2017 London, United Kingdom

Project: “Design for Impact Framework: Integrating Open Data and Risk Communication for Decision Making”

A project by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (World Bank), Resurgence and Vizonomy that aims to optimize the use of risk data to guide and support different stakeholders in their decision-making for disaster risk management and climate change adaptation.

The purpose of the Framework is to aid in design and planning of projects that use disaster risk data for effective risk communication and decision-making at various levels. This Framework is introduced through a publication which includes approximately 20 case studies, a real world scenario, and additional resources.

Link to the publication: https://opendri.org/resource/design-for-impact-open-data-and-risk-communication-for-decision-making/

Responsibilities include:

  • Research Lead on OpenDRI initiatives on Risk Modelling, Risk Visualisation, and Risk Communication Projects and the projects submitted by different organizations from all around the world
  • Supporting graphics generation for the Intellectual Framework and Process Diagram and other publication graphics
  • Lead Author for Risk Modelling, Visualization and Communication Projects
  • Analysed 20+ projects that were submitted from across the globe + OpenDRI projects
  • Corresponded and managed relationships with multiple stakeholders - The World Bank/GFDRR, Vizonomy, Project Submitters, DRR and related Community Experts
  • Co-developed the narrative and text of the publication.
 
 
 
 
 

Water Professional Trainee

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

May 2017 – Jun 2017 Florida, USA
Responsibilities include:

  • Attended lectures, seminars and training in the fields of Hydrologic Modelling, Integrated Hydrologic-ecological Modelling and Water Quality Modelling with specific reference to the Great Everglades Ecosystem Restoration Project
  • Learnt different Hydroinformatics tools used in this project for predictions & projections of future precipitation, linking hydrologic scenarios with ecological models, real-time spatial hydrological & ecological forecasting and climate change impact on the environment.
  • Visited the Greater Everglades restoration project sites and interacted with the scientists from South Florida Water Management District, United States Army Corps of Engineers, Florida State Local Government Officials, Florida Center for Environmental Studies (FAU)
 
 
 
 
 

Summer Intern

Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative Limited (IFFCO)

Jul 2014 – Aug 2014 Allahabad, India
 
 
 
 
 

Summer Research Intern

Irrigation Research Institute (IRI), Government of Uttarakhand

Jun 2014 – Jul 2014 Roorkee, India

Project: Experimental Studies of Constructed Wetlands Treating Polluted Groundwater

Analysed the quality of water and the amount of nitrate absorbed by the plants in the water using ion-selective electrode analysis and ion chromatography

Professional Activities

Volunteering Based Activities

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Regional Representative for North American Region

YESS | Young Earth System Scientist Community

May 2021 – Present
 
 
 
 
 

Early Career Reviewer for IPCC AR6 SOD-WGII

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Nov 2020 – Jan 2021
Reviewed Chapter 4: Water, Second Order Draft of the Working Group II contribution to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). Part of Group Review jointly organized by APECS/MRI/PAGES-ECN/PYRN/YESS
 
 
 
 
 

Hazard Information Profiles Reviewer

International Science Council

Mar 2020 – Apr 2020
 
 
 
 
 

Junior Rapporteur at World Water Week 2019

SIWI - Stockholm International Water Institute

Aug 2019 – Aug 2019 Stockholm, Sweden
Responsibilities include:

  • Summarizing and analysing the discussions that took place during World Water Week 2019
  • Extracting solutions and ideas on how to create situations that provide economic as well as societal benefits while at the same time maintaining ecosystem integrity or even improving environmental conditions.
  • Preparing a concluding report on social aspects from events, seminars, and showcases at World Water Week 2019 that addressing water-related issues with the theme “Water for Society - including all.”
 
 
 
 
 

Regional Representative for the European Region

YESS | Young Earth System Scientist Community

Apr 2019 – Apr 2020
 
 
 
 
 

Reviewer

IPCC — Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Feb 2019 – Oct 2019
Reviewed the First Order Draft of the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis from the Working Group I (WGI)
 
 
 
 
 

Communication & Outreach Coordinator

The Early Warnings Systems Young Professionals Network (EWSYP)

Jan 2019 – Present
 
 
 
 
 

Scientific Reviewer

TROP ICSU: Climate Change Education Across the Curriculum

Jan 2019 – Apr 2019
Reviewed, evaluated and provided feedback to some of the educational tools which are currently being developed by the International Council for Science (ICSU), within the TROP ICSU project.
 
 
 
 
 

Disaster Risk Reduction Team Co-coordinator

Water Youth Network (WYN)

Sep 2018 – Present
Responsibilities include:

  • Coordinate members of Water Youth Network DRR Team to contribute to the intergovernmental process on DRR, Habitat and the Agenda 2030 through the United Nations Major Group of Children and Youth (UN-MGCY).
  • Develop and support pilot local level research projects on DRR by young scientists.
  • Design, coordinate and implement capacity building and knowledge sharing events on DRR and sustainable development for young scientists together with UN-MGCY, GFDRR World Bank, WMO and other organizations. For example UN World Conference on DRR, Understanding Risk Forums, World Water Forums, EFDRR, GPDRR etc.
  • Support the development of the Young Scientists Platform on DRR being facilitated by the Science Policy Interface Platform of UN MGCY
 
 
 
 
 

Panellist, Official Rapporteur and Co-coordinator

8th World Water Forum

Mar 2018 – Mar 2018 Brasilia, Brazil

Responsibilities include:

  • Panellist on Regional Process Session (Asia-Pacific Region) – “Risk Communication Strategies for Water-Related Disasters” at 8th World Water Forum held in Brasilia, Brazil during 16-23 March 2018

  • Official Rapporteur in the following sessions:

    • “How Climate Change Affects Water Users: the Need for Cross-Sectoral Approaches for Adaptation”
    • “Managing Risk and Uncertainty for Resilience and Disaster Preparedness”
  • Co-coordinator of the Session 8.c.1 “Use of Mobile Phone Technology, Sensor Technology, Remote Sensing, Drones and Modelling in Water Monitoring and Management” organised by World Meteorological Organization (Switzerland) in collaboration with ISDR United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (India), K-Water (Korea), University of Brasilia (Brazil) and Water Youth Network (the Netherlands) at the 8th World Water Forum.

 
 
 
 
 

DRR Communication Focal Point

Water Youth Network (WYN)

Dec 2017 – Present

Communication Focal Point for Disaster Risk Reduction Thematic Group of Water Youth Network

Responsibilities include:

  • Be aware of the status and achievements of DRR projects

  • Develop and maintain materials to represent DRR project achievements

  • Responsible for communicating with external organizations on behalf of DRR Working Group

  • Reporting about the WG

    • Info on new projects + updates on existing ones
    • Any engagement reports (links / docs)
    • Events participation / coordination (webinars / consultations / meetings / conference side events - concept notes, flyers, pictures)
  • Update the information on the website about Working Group projects / events

  • Coordinate a write up (blog post) for the website within Working Group

  • Communication in WYN internally / externally before, during and after an event

  • Manage the Water Youth Network’s social media platforms (FB, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram)

  • Providing brief updates that can be used in the newsletter

  • Comments, additions and corrections on newsletter before it is submitted to the Advisory Board

 
 
 
 
 

Conference Assistant at World Water Week 2017

SIWI – Stockholm International Water Institute

Aug 2017 – Sep 2017 Stockholm, Sweden
Responsibilities include:

  • Assisted SIWI in organising events, seminars and interviews during the World Water Week 2017
 
 
 
 
 

Focal Point, Database Management

Water Youth Network (WYN)

Apr 2017 – Apr 2020

Focal Point of Database Management for the YouKnoW (Youth-driven Knowledge in Water) Platform.

YouKnoW! is a virtual space for collaboration founded on collective wisdom towards today’s water challenges. It’s an online centralized dynamic database where youth-led organizations are able to connect with a vibrant community. Just with the “click of a mouse” on our interactive world map, you will have access to knowledge from projects aimed at solving water issue & sharing of successful and innovative water practices.

 
 
 
 
 

Project Reviewer

Water Meteorological Organization (WMO), Global Water Partnership (GWP) and Water Youth Network (WYN)

Apr 2017 – May 2017
Project Reviewer for Global Competition for Youth-Led Projects on “Integrated Approaches to Flood and Drought Risk Management: The Role of Youth”
 
 
 
 
 

Disaster Risk Reduction WG Member

United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth (UN-MGCY)

Dec 2016 – Present
Member of Disaster Risk Reduction Team at UN-MGCY

  • Contributed an article on “Developing and implementing effective (multi-hazard) early warning systems: the vital role of young professionals” to UNMGCY Youth Science Policy Interface Publication – Special Edition: Disaster Risk Reduction: A Road of Opportunities. May, 2017.
  • Attended European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (EFDRR) 2017 as a Youth Delegate of UN-MGCY hosted by Government of Turkey in Istanbul.
  • Member of the organizing team for Technical Season 1: Economic Risk Management in Disaster Risk Reduction for EFDRR2017.
 
 
 
 
 

Climate Reality Leader

The Climate Reality Project

Mar 2015 – Present
Trained by Former U.S. Vice President and Founder of The Climate Reality Project Al Gore. I’m working with a vision to

  • Cut Carbon Pollution and create a healthy & prosperous future powered by clean energy,
  • Make people aware of the impacts of Climate Change and the possible solution of such problems,
  • Inspire youths to take action to reduce the impacts of climate crisis.
 
 
 
 
 

Teaching Volunteer

ASTITVA

Aug 2013 – May 2015 Pantnagar, India
Teacher in the NGO formed by university students, ASTITVA, for providing free basic education to the underprivileged children inside the Pantnagar University Campus Area
 
 
 
 
 

Team Leader and Social Service Volunteer

National Service Scheme (NSS), Department of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India

Aug 2012 – Jun 2014 Pantnagar, India

The National Service Scheme (NSS) is an Indian government-sponsored public service program conducted by the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports of the Government of India. I currently hold ‘B’ and ‘C’ certificates for serving the society.

Responsibilities include:

  • Coordinated the teams responsible for social surveys
  • Conducted surveys in the village to understand the social and environmental problems
  • Promoted social awareness through street plays, rallies and interviews regarding the various problems related to water, sanitation, education and basic human rights for the welfare of society and rural development in India

Summer Schools

 
 
 
 
 

eX-Modelo Summer School

Institut des Systèmes Complexes (CNRS) and UMR Géographie-cité (CNRS)

Jun 2019 – Jun 2019 Paris (France)
OpenMOLE ex-Modelo Summer School

  • Learnt different methodologies to explore models on OpenMOLE platform, including innovative sensitivity analysis, calibration, direct sampling, stochastic replications, fitness and calibration method, pattern space exploration method, spatial sensitivity and validation techniques.
  • Built a zombie agent-based model and explored the ways how zombies and humans can co-exist?
 
 
 
 
 

Summer School: Water Accounting Plus (WA+) for Standardized Reporting on Water Resources

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education

Aug 2017 – Aug 2017 Delft (Netherlands)
Main topics covered during the course:

  • Water Accounting Plus: theory, applications and exercises
  • Water Policy Negotiations: the need for supporting, independent and verified information
  • GIS and Remote Sensing, and open access databases for Water Accounting
  • Spatial Data: Remote Sensing precipitation, ET, green & blue water, ET partitioning, vegetation data
  • Energy Balance Modelling: Remote Sensing based ET
  • Water Productivity, Biomass production and crop yield
  • Hydrological modelling for Water Accounting: Water Pix and SurfWat
  • Runoff calculator and pixel, based water balance, continuation exercises
  • Groundwater recharge and groundwater abstraction

Other Activities

Trainings and Workshops


Reviewer Experience


Professional Memberships