WAFA Advisory Board
With their resources, expertise and high profile, Advisors support WAFA’s mission to promote solutions to global water, air and food security challenges.
Birgitte Mogensen is among Denmark’s most experienced CSR leaders. A public accountant
and owner of www.boardmanagement.dk, she has worked for over 20 years with top-level management on business-related CSR: change management, risk management, transparency, business and CSR interaction. She also serves as chair of the Danish Institute of Chartered Accountants’ CSR Committee and member of the Danish Council on Corporate Social Responsibility.
Dr. V. Kurian Baby
Dr. Baby, formerly from the IAS, is a well-known water and sanitation expert at policy and programme levels. Credited with many innovations, he has served as Lead, WASH-India, Oxford Policy Management; India Country Director, IRC, Netherlands; and Managing Director, Kerala Water Authority and
Executive Director, Kerala Rural Water & Sanitation Programme (Jalanidhi). He has also undertaken extensive international assignments for the World Bank, UNDP, UNICEF, DIFID, BMGF, JICA and EU in South Asia, Middle East, Europe and Africa.
He holds a first-class MA with PhD in regulatory economics, specialized in Project Management (IIM-A) and Environmental economics and Development Policy from the USA. While working as District Collector, Thrissur, Kerala, India, he conceptualized, designed and implemented the ‘Mazhapolima’ rainwater water conservation programme, the winner of the 2018 WAFA Water Award.
A PhD in man-made climate change and ecological ecosystems, Jakob Zeuthen focusses on environmental legislation and business sustainability. Working initially with NGOs, he has over 15 years experience in the EU. Senior positions include: environmental committee chair of the EuroCommerce; co-chair of the Forum on Sustainable Procurement; board member in Danish Environment Ministry partnerships; council member for the Nordic Swan and EU eco labels; managing counselor for environmental committees in the Danish Chamber of Commerce and the IT-Branchen trade association. He is also General Director of Danish chemical producer Kemi & Life Science.
Business-oriented entrepreneur, Strategic change management, CSR & innovation, Brian Sundstrup is former Senior Social Responsibility Advisor at Coop Denmark, Denmark’s largest retailer. With 11 years experience in CSR-related issues, he has spearheaded national and global initiatives promoting social, economic and environmental development. Brian’s work ranges from Fairtrade and organic food production to strategic farm-to-fork business partnerships in Coop’s value chains.
Director, Partnerships & Innovation at CARE Danmark, Jonas Engberg is responsible for developing business solutions for IKEA’s social and environmental strategies. He is currently involved in developing circular economy solutions, and sustainability-related campaign development. He is also responsible for external partnerships.
Suhas Wani, M.Sc (Agri), Ph.D.
Dr. Wani, former Research Program Director – Asia and Director, ICRISAT Development Center (IDC) at International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Patancheru, India. Currently serves as a Consultant to: the International Rice Research Institute, South Asia Regional Center, Varanasi, India, Asian Development Bank, (ADB) Manila; and Advisor to the JSW Foundation, Mumbai. He works to improve rural livelihoods in Asia and Africa with sustainable agricultural practices and integrated water resource management. Dr. Wani has been a member of the many Expert Committees on climate change and for Technical Evaluation and as an Honorary Trustee and organizing committee member of the S.M. Sehgal Foundation (SMSF) and the Institute of Rural Research and Development (IRRAD), BAIF Integrated Rural Development, Hyderabad. He has served as Sustainable Agriculture Advisory Board (SAAB) Member of Unilever and as a jury member for the JSW-Times of India Earth Care Awards and Times of India-PRF Social Impact Incubator Program.
Ajith Radhakrishnam MPA, MSc
Ajith Radhakrishnan has 15 years of increasingly responsible experience as program manager and technical lead on sustainable development and climate-resilient natural resource management in South Asia and Africa. As a Senior Specialist at the World Bank’s Global Water Practice, he is the Country Lead for the 2030 Water Resources Group in India. His many and varied assignments have included: evaluating social impact investments in 10 Indian states; building partnerships between government, business, and civil society; advising the Green Growth Institute in Seoul, South Korea; developing Bhutan’s climate adaptation and disaster risk management programs for UN-GEF; ;co-ordinating value chain analysis of climate resilient crops in three states in the Action on Climate Today (ACT) project, serving as a lead expert in agriculture and natural resource management in the Philippines; and building partnerships for poverty reduction and agricultural development in dryland regions of Asia and Africa.
He has administered grants through consortia of partner governments, NGOs and multilateral aid donors. His design of a Resource Mobilization Information System generated a 20% increase in successful project submissions and receipts from 27 to 35 million USD. Expanded the CSR program portfolio from 2.5 to 8million USD in three Southern Indian states by coordinating twelve NGOs and over 20 community-based organizations for natural resource management and rural poverty eradication. He contributed to the initiative’s first-ever sustainability reporting GRI compliance certification and ISO certifications through successful CSR initiatives.
Mr. Radhakrishnan holds graduate degrees in agricultural development from the National Dairy Research Institute and public policy from Columbia University.