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Minakshi Arora

Affiliation’s : Manager-Hindi India Water Portal/ Exe. Director- TREE, Mid Upper Yamuna Riverkeeper with Waterkeeper Alliance.

Brief Profile :
A development professional with more than twelve years of experience Results driven female professional with a political science background and solid verifiable career track for successfully demonstrating leadership skills at different stages of career. Known for Scientific interest in land and water resources and climate change issues. Exceptional communicator with strong writing skills, negotiation, use of information technology, analytical and research abilities with a focus to understand different aspects of sustainability. Equally adept at identifying opportunities, strategizing and providing tactical solutions.

Core strengths include:

● Scientific interest in land and water resources
and climate change issues
● Networking and building partnerships
● Research and analytical skill ● Computer Skills
● Team building and leadership ● Policy analysis and advocacy
● Writing and Communication Skills
● Documentation and reporting

Relevant Experiences

Honorary Member International Council of Jurists London, U.K 2018—
Arghyam, Bengaluru, India 2007-Present
Consultant/ Managing Editor India Water Portal-Hindi Summary Responsibilities
Worked with diverse group of internal and external stakeholders related to policy advocacy & research, networking, coordination and documentation of best practices.

Key Result Areas
➢ Worked closely with the CEO and advisors and various teams at Arghyam on water policy, advocacy and related matters
➢ Proactively built knowledge networks around water, sanitation and environmental issues for communities through an online, open source web based platform
➢ Researched and analyzed the Data on status of Drinking Water and Sanitation among Gram Panchayats (Local Administrative Bodies) for Planning Commission with Arghyam.
➢ Researched and analyzed Data of House hold drinking water ASHWAS in Karnataka with Arghyam.
➢ Researched and analyzed various schemes like MNREGA, Balram Talab Yojna, Total Sanitation Campaign for convergence and improvements in water resources in India.
➢ Researched, analyzed and wrote a series on sustainability of traditional methods of water conservation and management for water securities in drought prone areas in India.
➢ Worked closely with communities on ground facing and working for water and environmental challenges for sustainable solutions especially in drought prone areas
➢ Provided proactively knowledge aid to the communities for sustainable solutions of water conservation and management
➢ Managed dissemination of Arghyam’s advocacy work, primarily evidence-based through the on-ground work of its partners. Involved creation of advocacy material from the project lessons and Arghyam’s broader sector understanding, and its dissemination in appropriate forms and fora
➢ Analysed lessons learnt from Arghyam projects, developed strategies for advocacy and outreach
➢ Responded to requests for input from different government departments and other networks and organisations through India Water Portal-Hindi
➢ Proactively kept abreast of current developments in the sector and assessed its impact on the communities on ground
➢ Reviewed and analysed water and sanitation policies and their implementation, identified areas for advocacy
➢ Networked to facilitate information exchange and dialogue across different stakeholder groups (government, civil society, research and other institutions) in the sector
➢ Based on external advocacy interactions, provided inputs into internal and partner projects
➢ As part of the senior management team for the India Water Portal, was involved and provided inputs on key decisions and activities at Arghyam for India Water Portal. Trust for Research on Earth and Environment- TREE, Delhi, INDIA 2008-Present


Managing Director
Key Result Areas

➢ Provided strategic direction and management to the organizational growth, which showed in the increased annual turnover, higher sales of revenue earning products and professionally managed research and monitoring projects
➢ Held floor-to-ceiling responsibilities of research designs, proposal writing, preparing budgetary estimates and financial reporting
➢ Demonstrated ability to effectively prioritize a broad range of responsibilities in order to achieve maximum level of operating effectiveness
➢ Trained government representatives and liaised with government agencies on water resources management, disaster risk reduction and watershed development
➢ Negotiated with donor agencies, raised funds, managed programs and reported the progress back to the donors Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India 2013- Present


Researcher
Summary Responsibilities

Worked with diverse group of internal and external stakeholders related to Creation of knowledge
Networks for eco- friendly rural housing and livelihoods & research, networking, coordination and
documentation of best practices.

Key Result Areas

➢ Worked closely with the Principal Investigator of the department CRDT under Industrial Research and Development Unit and advisors and various teams at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi on creation of knowledge networks on rural housing for livelihoods, advocacy and related matters
➢ Researched and analyzed the impacts and importance of Eco-friendly rural house in the currecnt scenario of climate change.
➢ Based on the above research and analyses proactively built a community platform for various stakeholders in rural housing – rural families, masons, small scale building entrepreneurs panchayats, block and district administration, state and central government officials, voluntary organizations, architects, civil engineers, and financial institutions
➢ Created a knowledge bank comprising technology solutions, experiences, publications, technology demonstrations and other information of use to aspiring home owners as well as practitioners of rural housing
➢ Managed sharing, learning and disseminating of information and experiences pertaining to rural housing among all the stakeholders
➢ Reviewed and analysed policies for eco-friendly, sustainable solutions for rural housing and their implementation, identified areas for advocacy. Waterkeeper Alliance, USA 2011- Present
International Rep. at Waterkeeper Council, Board Member/ Yamuna Waterkeeper

Relevant Experiences

➢ Led research projects on environmental sustainability in emerging economies
➢ Analysed policies, institutional and legal environment impacting broader sustainability issues in emerging and developed economies
➢ Represented International Waterkeepers from Asia, Australia, Africa and Europe not only on Board but events like River Rally 2013.
➢ Actively contributed to a strategy paper on Implementation of Rights of Waterways in India in annual conference of Waterkeeper Alliance, held in 2013 in Georgia, Atlanta.

Greenpeace, Bengaluru, India 2010-2011


Consultant
Summary Responsibilities

Building up an online knowledge resource on environmental issues with a focus on activities and projects led by Greenpeace International Management and Sourcing of Content, documentation of best practices, research and their analysis impacting the communities.

People’s News Network (PNN), New Delhi, INDIA 2006-2008


Executive Editor
Summary Responsibilities

➢ Reviewed and analyzed developmental policies and their implementation, identified areas for advocacy
➢ Networked to facilitate information exchange and dialogue across different stakeholder groups (government, civil society, research and other institutions) in the sector
➢ Worked closely with communities on ground facing developmental challenges
➢ Provided proactively knowledge aid to the communities fighting to preserve their own resources in the present economies
➢ Managed translation in local language and dissemination of content received from the experts
➢ Contribute various articles in various newspapers and magazines
➢ Built up a strong media network and learnt to enhance my own communication skills at the time

M.S. Degree College, Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh, INDIA 2002-2005


Lecturer, Political Science
Relevant Experience

➢ Worked closely with the HOD and students of various Degree levels from Arts stream.
➢ Research, analysis and teaching Political Science to the students of degree level.
➢ All the roles and responsibilities provided by the Head of the Department.

Relevant Publications/ Presentations

➢ Presentation on ‘Bonding Himalayas to Bay of Bengal’ in Nepal in the regional summit of Waterkeeper Alliance, USA on September 22, 2019
➢ Presentation on ‘Role of web based technologies in society education with a focus to environment’ on December 17,2019 in National Water Summit, NIH Roorkee.
➢ Presentation on IWMP in Bundelkhand Area before Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation on October 23, 2013, in Lucknow..
➢ Paper presented and published in India Water Association for International conference on Water for Future generation to be held in August 2013, titled; Save Rivers save Generations.
➢ Paper presented and published in Atlanta, Georgia, 2013 titled; Implementation of Rights of waterways in India.
➢ Paper presented in Atlanta, Georgia 2013 on Coal Impacts in India.
➢ Paper published in BAPA, Bangladesh for the International Conference on Water Resources of South Asia : Conflicts to Cooperation (IC WRSA-CC), 2012 titled; River Yamuna Actionable Blueprint for Revival.
➢ Paper presented and published by National Institute for Hydrology, Roorkee, UK, titled, Impact of Arsenic in Western Uttar Pradesh on 17th December 2011 during Fourth National Hindi conference.
➢ Paper presented in International Conference of WATERKEEPER Alliance, U.S. in Chicago, titled ‘River YAMUNA: Issues and Way Forward’.
➢ Paper presented and published in Teri University titled ‘Industrial water use efficiency.’ On April 01, 2011.
➢ Paper presented as a resource person in the workshop titled ‘Let’s be friend of Nature’, organized by NCUI in Kolkata on 8th January 2010.
➢ Wrote and published a series on Climate change issues in Hindi in various newspapers, magazines and websites Workshops & conferences
➢ Conducted numerous training programs targeting Youths, industry, journalists and nongovernmental organizations.
➢ Organized several water conservation awareness and quality monitoring camps for rural and urban youths.
➢ Organised a Training workshop on Yamuna Trash Clean Up for school students in a village Sanauli, Panipat, Haryana on 17th January 2010 with support of Rivers of the World Foundation, USA.
➢ Organised a Three day workshop on Youth for Yamuna for school students in a village Samalkha, Panipat, Haryana on 7-9th August 2009 with support of Rivers of the World Foundation, USA.
➢ Organised a Media Workshop on Water, Environment and Media in Bhopal in collaboration with Makhan Lal Chaturvedi University of Mass Com on 14th January 2010 with support of Arghyam, Bangaluru.
➢ Stall in the pavilion of Ministry of Water Resources in 2008 and 2009 in India International Trade Fair with support of Arghyam, Bengaluru.
➢ Organised a one week program in March 2010 for All India Radio on water education with support of Arghyam.
➢ Organised a conference on Ailing and Dead Rivers in 2007
➢ Organised Save Rivers & WASH Literacy Campaign during India International Trade Fair 2011, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.
➢ Organised World Water Monitoring Challenge Program with local communities in Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh with support of World Environment Federation in 2012.

Scholastic Profile

● LL.B at CCS University, Meerut, UP. 2014
● Master of Philosophy (Political Science) at Kurukshetra University, Haryana, INDIA 2003
● National Eligibility Test for Lectureship, University Grants Commission, INDIA 2005
● Post Graduation English at Kurukshetra University, Haryana, INDIA 2006
● Post Graduation Political Science at CCS. University, Meerut, INDIA 1996
● Graduation with Arts at CCS University, Meerut, INDIA 1994 Awards and Honors
● Kaka Kalelkar Journalist Award 2015
● The Green Apple Environment International Award 2013
● Water Champion Award from WEF & IWA 2012
● Elected as a board Member in Waterkeeper Alliance, USA 2011
● WASH Media Award Certificate 2010
● UNESCO-Water Digest Water Award 2010
● University Topper in Post-Graduation 1996
● National Scholarship for Academic Achievements in Graduation 1994
● National Scholarship for Academic Achievements in School 1987-1991
● Received First Honour’s in High school 1989
● Received various first awards for debates and essay competitions at various platforms Personal Profile
● Date of Birth December 05th, 1975
● Marital Status Married
● Nationality Indian
● Language Known Hindi, English, Sanskrit, Punjabi

Publications : https://hindi.indiawaterportal.org/minakshiarora

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