Progressive Vellore is initiated, organized and managed by deeply
committed, passionate young residents of Vellore District
The organization is supported by a strong scientific and youth advisory committee
bringing a wide range of expertise and critically analyze our strategic plans.
Sayeed Mohammed is the founder of Progressive Vellore. He graduated from Anna University in 2007, studied entrepreneurship from Carnegie Mellon University in 2009. Since 2008, he is working as a research associate in Qatar Foundation. He led several side events during COP18 and organized conferences related to development issues in Qatar. He served as a consultant to the Ministry of Development Planning (Qatar). Sayeed’s research interest in the green economy, development cooperation, social economy, community development, etc. He enjoys reading books.
Dr. Jerome Nriagu – Prof. Nriagu's research and teaching programs center around three main issues: (i) sources, behavior, fate and effects of metals in the natural and contaminated environments; (ii) environmental justice and disproportionate exposure of communities to environmental pollutants; and (iii) environmental health problems in the developing countries. His work includes applied laboratory and field studies and has led to 30 books (authored/edited) and over 300 published articles. From 2000 to 2008, he was listed as one of the most cited scientists in the fields of Environmental Studies and Ecology researchanalytics.thomsonreuters.com/highlycited. He was the director of the Environmental Health Program from 1996 to 2006, and has been active in a number of community-based organizations. Before joining the department in 1993, he was a research scientist with Environment Canada, Burlington, Ontario. Prof. Nriagu was the Editor-in-chief of the journal Science of the Total Environment (one of the leading environmental science journals), Editor-in-chief of Encyclopedia of Environmental Health (in five volumes) published in 2011, and the editor of book series published by Wiley-Interscience (New York), Elsevier Science (Amsterdam), and Maralte Publishers (Leiden). In 1987, he was awarded the first ever meritorious Doctor of Science degree by the University of Ibadan (Nigeria). Prof. Nriagu is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. His other awards include Senior Fulbright Fellowship and distinguished Alexander von Humbolt Research Prize.
Dr. Rabi Mohtar, TEES Endowed Professor Texas AM Engineering, College Station, USA, The Executive Director of Strategic Projects, Qatar Foundation Research and Development. He is the founding Executive Director of Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI). Professor Mohtar professional activities addressed the important issues of developing and maintaining the environmental aspects of sustainable development that involves using our resources efficiently, maintaining or improving environmental quality, as well as maintaining or improving the productivity, economic opportunities, and health of all people. Dr. Mohtar has held numerous senior positions including Full Professor at Purdue University, Indiana and Inaugural Director, Global Engineering Programs at Purdue University. He received numerous international research awards and honors including the Kishida International award for contributions to agriculture research. Dr. Mohtarfocused on conserving natural resources (including land, water, air, and biological resources) that face global challenges such as increasing food and water supplies for a growing population. He developed environmental and natural resources conservation engineering programs that evaluate the environmental impacts of land use and water management; developed innovative soil and groundwater remediation technologies; applied numerical methods to biological engineering systems; characterized the soil water medium at the pedon, field, and watershed scales. He also designed and evaluated international sustainable water management programs that deal with population growth and water shortage conditions in arid climates. His research has resulted in improved methods for environmental and natural resources engineering, many of which have been adopted by other professionals and agencies internationally. As a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on water security since 2009, he authored a policy paper on Water-Energy-Food nexus that is published in Water and Growth: The Ultimate Nexus. Professor Mohtar is a member of climate change agenda council of the World Economic Forum, board of governors of the World Water Council, advisory board of the UNFCC momentum of change initiative, advisory board of the President of the University of Alberta Water Initiative among many other global leadership roles. Prof. Mohtar has published over 200 publications including peer-reviewed articles and refereed conference proceedings; and book chapters.
Dr. T. V. Ramchandra, FIE, FIE (UK) obtained Ph.D. in Ecology and Energy from Indian Institute of Science. At present, Coordinator of Energy and Wetlands Research Group (EWRG), Convener of Environmental Information System (ENVIS) at Centre for Ecological Sciences (CES). During the past fifteen years he has established an active school of research in the area of energy and environment ces.iisc.ernet.in/energy. He was a Member of Karnataka State level Environment Expert Appraisal Committee(2007-2010), appointed by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India and a member of Western Ghats task force appointed by the Government of Karnataka. He is a recipient of Energy Legend (2011), Energy Engineer (international 2009) of Association of Energy Engineers (USA), Johny Biosphere Award for Ecology and Environment (2004) and Satish Dhawan Young Scientist Award, 2007 of Karnataka State Government. He is an Elected Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE, UK; 2005), Indian Association of Hydrologists (India; 2006), Institution of Engineers (IE, India; 2003), and a Senior Member, IEEE (USA; 2000) and Association of Energy Engineers (USA; 2000), National Institute of Ecology (2011). TVR’s research interests are in the area of energy systems, renewable energy, energy conservation, energy planning, aquatic ecosystems, biodiversity, ecological modeling, geoinformatics, environmental engineering education research and curriculum development at the tertiary level. He has published over 202 research papers in reputed peer reviewed international and national journals, 38 book chapters, 168 papers in the international and national symposiums as well as 15 books. In addition, he has delivered a number of plenary lectures at national and international conferences. Publication “Milking diatoms for energy” is seminal work in biofuel research evident from reports in Scientific American, BBC, national dailies, etc.
Dr. Timothy Fischer (Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering, 1998, Cornell) was born in Aurora, IL. He joined the Purdue’s School of Mechanical Engineering and Birck Nanotechnology Center in 2002 after several years at Vanderbilt University. In 2013 Purdue named him the James G. Dwyer Professor in Mechanical Engineering. He is an Adjunct Professor in the International Centre for Materials Science at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) and co-directs the JNCASR-Purdue Joint Networked Centre on Nanomaterials for Energy. From 2009 to 2011, he served as a Research Scientist at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s newly formed Thermal Sciences and Materials Branch of the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate. Prior to his graduate studies, he was employed from 1991 to 1993 as a design engineer in Motorola's Automotive and Industrial Electronics Group. His research has included efforts in simulation and measurement of nanoscale heat transfer, coupled electro-thermal effects in semiconductor and electron emission devices, nanoscale direct energy conversion, molecular electronics, microfluidic devices, biosensing, hydrogen storage, and related computational methods ranging from atomistic to continuum scales.
Dr. Joe Ravetz - Co-Director of the Centre for Urban & Regional Ecology, Manchester University. Joe Ravetz is a leading thinker on sustainable futures for urban and regional development, and the methods and tools which are needed to help make the transition. His landmark study ‘City-Region 2020 – integrated planning for a sustainable environment’ provides new insights and new pathways, drawing on a major case study of the long-term future of a large conurbation. Following this the Centre for Urban & Regional Ecology (CURE) is now the base for a range of projects at the regional, UK and EU levels: the agenda covers urban development, environmental and landscape management, economic development, organizational / information studies, policy analysis and future studies. The added value of such trans - disciplinary work is in the linkage and synergy between one strand and another – working towards the goals of ‘integrated planning’ and ‘integrated governance’, as the necessary responses to the complex challenges of sustainable cities and regions. This is an ongoing quest, which includes visualization, Web 2.0 and interactive workshop techniques, as well as former experience as a community architect, development manager, carpenter and builder. Many of these strands are now being woven together for an in-depth exploration of possible futures, based on the underlying theme of ‘inter-dependency’. This is the core agenda of the next book in writing – ‘City-State 21 – pathways and signposts for the 21st century’.
Stephen Leahy - is an independent journalist who covers international environmental issues in the public interest. His work repeatedly appears in reputed news websites including National Geographic, The Guardian (UK), Sunday Times, New Scientist, Al Jazeera, Earth Island Journal, The Toronto Star, AlterNet, Common Dreams, and Straight Goods News. Stephen is also the senior science and environment correspondent at IPS, Inter Press Service News Agency the world’s largest not-for-profit news agency. Stephen is the recipient of the Prince Albert/United Nations Global Prize for Climate Change in 2012.
Amna Bihery earned a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical and Environmental Engineering from the University of Nottingham. She is currently working as a consultant at the climate change unit at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Amna is a youth Climate Activist with the Arab Youth Climate Movement, Amna has helped in designing a citizen scientist program to engage the public in climate issues relevant to the area, as well as reaching out to both governmental and non-governmental constituencies to cooperate on formulating and implementing initiative that address the impact of climate change on the sectors of health, agriculture, and local world heritage sites. Previously, Amna volunteered with an environmental NGO on a project to educate school children on environmental issues through organizing and conducting workshops at local schools. Amna served as a regional representative of civil society at UNEP for a year. Amna is deeply interested in the topics of environmental conservation and sustainable development, and has a keen interest in human rights and youth leadership
Guy Bou Lahdou is currently pursuing his Masters of Science in Environmental & Natural Resources Engineering at the department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering department at Purdue University. He graduated from the American University of Beirut with a Bachelor in Civil & Environmental Engineering. Before starting his Masters he spent a year as a graduate research assistant at the Qatar Energy & Environment Research Assistant where he was a member of the Soil & Water modeling group. His current research focus is on the understanding of water flow dynamics under controlled drainage (BMP) in tile drained agricultural fields. His broad research interests lie in Environmental & Water Resources Engineering, Soil Science, Hydrology, and Environmental Philosophy.
Joao Luis Barroso his a graduate from Environmental Engineering with a M.Sc in Environmental Management and Policy from the International Institute for Industrial and Environmental Economics, in Lund University, Sweden. Joao is also a LEED A.P and holds a certification as Green Globe Auditor. His international experience includes Portugal, Sweden, Belarus, Bahrain, KSA, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Jordan. Joao is passionat about Sustainable Development and has technical knowledge and skills in impact assessment, pollution prevention, cleaner production, industrial symbiosis, environmental management systems, climate change, green building design, sustainable tourism and sustainability reporting. He has extensive experience of project management, sustainable development, bio-energy systems, waste management systems, life cycle analysis and preventative environmental strategies
Paulo Rodrigues is a graduate of Environmental Engineering from the Lusofona University in Lisboawith an M.Sc in Environmental Modelling, Monitoring and Management from King’s College London. Paulo’s academic and professional experience allowed him to operate at a NGO, corporate, state and European Parliament levels. All added he has developed research, trained both workers and management staff with traditional and advanced training tools, applied and gained experience as a consultant working with organizations of different natures (NGO, industry, universities, consultancies...) and functioned with much or almost no resources or support. International experience includes Portugal, Belgium and the UK as well as a wide array of short-term missions in Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Cape Verde, Brazil, Cambodia, Indonesia, China, Mongolia, Philippines, Vietnam and East-Timor.
ZaourIsrafilof holds MBA in Strategic Carbon Management and qualified management consultant with expertise in carbon (sustainability) management strategy development. He is passionate about social entrepreneurship and experienced in humanitarian assistance NGO, economic and social development of war affected regions, business development and project management. He has multilingual and multicultural skills.
A strong team of experts, practitioners and most importantly the
talented youth will be hired soon to execute our vision