Rudresh Kumar Sugam is a Senior Programme Lead at the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), India. He has around six years of working experience in the water sector. He has done several projects involving extensive primary and secondary research. Recently, he completed a project focussing on developing circular economic pathway for the wastewater sector in India. Recently executed and on-going research work includes, a project on identification of drivers of Collective Action for Water Security and Sustainability; a project on analysing the status of traditional water bodies in Meerut district, using on ground GPS mapping, GIS application and water quality assessment; a project on developing framework for creating smart cities; a project on Low carbon rural development; research paper on building water secured cities by adopting multi-dimension approach; impact of continuous water supply on overall livelihood of people etc. In the past, he has done a project on urban water management in India, which involved a series of multi-stakeholder round table discussions for identifying challenges and opportunities in the urban water sector in India. He also conducted an evidence-based research for the Minor Water Resources Department, Government of Bihar exploring institutional reforms that are required in minor irrigation to achieve agricultural growth targets set by the State.
He has worked as Project Executive in Asian Consulting Engineers Pvt. Ltd., Delhi, where he has executed several projects of “Source Vulnerability Assessment and Source Water Protection Plan” for the coca cola bottling plants located in different states of India. His interest areas include food-water-energy nexus, land use planning, impact of climate change on water resources, integrated watershed management, wastewater management and sustainable cities. His educational qualifications include a Post Graduate degree in Water Resources Management (gold medalist) from The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) University, Delhi and a B.Sc. in Botany from Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi. His post-graduate dissertation was on estimating storm water pond nitrogen and phosphate removal efficiency with the Yale School of Forestry and Environment Studies, Yale University, United States.
He has done trainings on Hydrological Modelling and SWAT modelling in National Water Academy, Pune and IIT-Delhi, respectively. He has done a Post Graduate Diploma in Urban Environmental Management & Law from WWF and NLU, Delhi. He has also participated in an Indo-Bangladesh IUCN sponsored two weeks programme Water Futures II: A Dialogue for Young Scholars and Professionals to understand and debate on trans-boundary water management concerns.