Nagaraja Rao HARSHADEEP, 
Global Lead (Watersheds/Disruptive Technology),
World Bank

World Hydropower Congress  |  14-16 May 2019  |  Paris


Speaker biography

Nagaraja Rao Harshadeep (Harsh) is the Global Lead for Disruptive Technology in the Environment and Natural Resources Management Global Practice at the World Bank.

In his 23 years at the Bank, he has led and supported several environmental, water, and natural resources projects. In addition, he has provided studies and policy support around the world, primarily in Africa and Central, South and East Asia. This includes topics such as transboundary watersheds, integrated basin planning and management, environment and climate resilience, monitoring systems and analytical or decision support tools.

Nagaraja has been a Global Lead for Watersheds and currently represents the practice in the World Bank Group Disruptive Technology Network and co-leads the Bank’s HydroInformatics focal area with the Water Global Practice. His work on spatial data and analytics includes the development of interactive spatial apps such as ‘Spatial Agent’ to improve public domain geospatial data access, visualisation and analysis as well as innovative interactive e-books for outreach.

Previously, he has worked with other international organisations, in academia, and in the private sector on urban water supply and Middle East water conflicts.

He holds a Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-Madras), a Masters in Environmental and Resource Engineering from Syracuse and a PhD in Water Resources and Environmental Systems Engineering from Harvard University.