Deepak Menon is the hub manager for Akvo in South Asia. In this role he oversees programmes and partnerships, as well as the Akvo team in South Asia and the Caddisfly team.

Deepak has a number of years experience in information technology and communications, having worked in sales and marketing roles at Oracle, and as a research analyst at Frost and Sullivan. In 2008, he moved to the charitable foundation Arghyam, where he was head of the India Water Portal and was part of a team of early advocates of open data, social media participation and large scale volunteering. In recent years, he has also had his own consulting business, been involved in fund raising for a start up venture and has taught Sustainability Management at Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, and Business Communication at Indo-German Training Centre. He has also acts as a mentor to the founders at OnlineRTI.com

Deepak has degree in engineering and an MBA from the University of Mumbai, as well as a diploma in environmental law from National Law School, Bangalore. Deepak is based in Bangalore. Follow him @deepakmenon.Ayan Biswas, partnerships manager, South Asia

Ayan leads Akvo’s partnerships engagement process in South Asia. Before joining Akvo, he worked as a senior advocacy manager at Arghyam, and was responsible for seeding and architecting the Fluoride Knowledge and Action Network (F-KAN). Prior to working at Arghyam, Ayan was a research scientist at People’s Science Institute (PSI), Dehradun, during which he trained various NGO representatives, village council members and social action groups on water quality management.

Ayan is a Nuffic Fellow and has an MSc in Environment Sciences from UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education. He also holds an MBA in Public Systems Management from the Indian Institute of Social Welfare & Business Management, Kolkata. Ayan is based in Delhi. Follow him @biswa4.

Rajashi joins Akvo with almost three decades experience as a monitoring and evaluation specialist in water and sanitation, public health, gender and integrated development. She plays a critical role shaping and strengthening Akvo’s programmes in Asia. Before Akvo she monitored and evaluated projects for organisations such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB), Department of Foreign and International Development (DFID), UNICEF UK, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Government of India. 

Rajashi has worked on assignments across India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Canada, the U.S. and Central America, including six years as Country Director, India for US-based Water For People. There, she set up the local office and executed programmes in India, one of which used Akvo FLOW for water point mapping. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Economics from the University of Calcutta, India and an MPhil in Economics and Politics of Development from the Department of Economics, University of Cambridge, UK. Rajashi is based in Kolkata. You can find her on Twitter @mrajashi.

Isha is responsible for partnership management and training on Akvo RSR and FLOW for Akvo’s Asia hub. She is the primary contact for Akvo partners in Nepal, Bangladesh and India. Isha is a sociologist by training, with a Master’s in Sociology from Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi. Her postgraduate research analysed the history of biodiversity conservation in India, with a focus on the urban areas as newer sites of resource conflicts.

In 2005, Isha completed an internship in an International Honours Programme on “Rethinking Globalization” in partnership with Boston University. Isha then worked in the corporate sector for marketing research and public relations firms. Prior to joining Akvo, Isha worked as head of the Public Relations and Media wing at Global Filmbooth Ventures Pvt Ltd, a community of short film enthusiasts, bringing the fledgling and passionate short film community in India to a larger audience. Isha is a Certified Pranic Healer, having been trained on the ancient system of healing that seeks to balance energy flows in the human body. She is based in Delhi. Follow her on Twitter@ishaparihar.

Jigmy is responsible for conducting training on Akvo FLOW and RSR in Nepal and other countries. He also initiates and strengthens coordination between NGOs, INGOs and governments on the use of Akvo tools in Nepal, as well as other Akvo FLOW users in South Asia. Jigmy started off as a microbiology graduate from Tribhuwan University in Nepal, and later worked for 3 years in Dubai, United Arab Emirates as an IT Assistant in a private firm. Returning to Nepal in 2012 he started to work with Lumanti Support Group for Shelter, a national NGO and member of Nepal WASH Alliance as water, sanitation and hygiene as Monitoring and Documentation Officer, having earlier acquired hands-on experience of as a monitoring and documentation associate in a local NGO in Nepal.

During his tenure in Lumanti, Jigmy was trained on both RSR and FLOW, and was one of the key drivers for their use and uptake in the WASH Alliance. He has also written blogs for the WASH Alliance of his experience in using Akvo FLOW in the field. He has shared the use of Akvo FLOW by Nepal WASH Alliance in its outcome monitoring, in the 37th International WEDC Conference held in Hanoi, Vietnam in September, 2014. Follow Jigmy on Twitter @jigmylama.

Joy is a programme manager and technical advisor based in Akvo’s Southeast Asia and Pacific (SEAP) hub. His primary responsibilities include business development and managing Akvo programmes in Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam and providing software help and advising partners in the Asia Pacific region.

Joy works closely with the Akvo product team, providing insights into user stories and partner behaviour. He also helps train partners on Akvo products in the region. Joy is Akvo’s local open data and open source champion and liaison.

Joy joined Akvo from IBM India Software Labs, where he worked as a senior consultant. Prior to that, he spent four years at Sterling Commerce where he worked as a senior software developer. He has a bachelor of Technology, Electronics Engineering, from the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad.

An avid motorcyclist, Joy has traveled across India on his motorcycle. He also enjoys bird watching and photography. Joy operates from Akvo’s regional office in Singapore and spends a lot of time in Vietnam. Follow him on Twitter @joycarpediem.

Karmath Subedi is a project manager for the Akvo South Asia hub. Karmath has completed his MSc in Environmental Management and has been involved in planning, monitoring and evaluation (PME) in the water sector for four years, actively using Akvo tools since 2014. At Akvo, Karmath will focus on developing the planning, monitoring and evaluation capacities within the water sector in Nepal, helping them to use Akvo tools and services to improve decision making. Beyond the water sector, Karmath will work on extending the presence of Akvo tools and services to other sectors in Nepal, from agriculture to climate change.

Guneet Narula is a technical officer with the Akvo’s South Asia hub. In this role, he is responsible for providing technical partnership support and helping train partners on Akvo tools and data management. Prior to joining Akvo, Guneet spent six years working as an information technology consultant, using open source tools mostly for web development projects. His work reflects his keen interest in sociopolitical movements and how open source, open data and open access intersect with them.

For the past few years, Guneet has been working with social activists to highlight the concerns of people affected by the Bhopal gas tragedy. Guneet has volunteered for OpenStreetMap, mapping Nepal after the earthquake and coordinating related activities in Delhi in days following the tragedy. He is also actively involved in the Delhi Datameet group and has helped organise Open Data Camps in Delhi. Apart from this he has managed web development for Youth Ki Awaaz and The Sarai Programme at the Centre for Studies of Developing Societies among others.

Guneet is a self-taught information technology professional. His academic background is in CGI and film-making as he pursued a B.Sc in Animation and Multimedia from the Birla Institute of Technology in 2009. Guneet likes to travel and in his free time likes to experiment with Android and Linux. He is based in Delhi. Follow him @guneetnarula.

Samuel Thomas is a web developer with the Akvo’s Sites team. In this role, he is responsible for providing technical support and development on Akvo Sites and Akvo.org

Samuel has a master’s degree in Computer Science from Amity University. Academically, he has worked in Natural Language Processing and Semantic Web. Prior to joining Akvo, Samuel spent six years working as an information technology consultant, using open source tools mostly for web development projects. He has worked extensively with WordPress and Django. He is based in Delhi. You can follow him on Twitter @samvthom16