The Berkeley MBA
March 16, 2013   Haas School of Business   University of California, Berkeley


Sustainability & Resources Panel

Water in Asia: Exploring Business Opportunities in a Changing Landscape

"Water, water everywhere; nor any drop to drink." The Rime of the Ancient Mariner still rings true today, and especially throughout Asia where water scarcity, quality and distribution issues are growing. As both the populations and economies of Asian countries continue their high growth, the opportunities around the Asian water industry have become a focus for companies and investors. Firms have sought opportunities in wastewater treatment, desalination, and household water filtration to name a few. We will explore how companies are approaching the Asian water market, which players are emerging, how new technology is impacting the business opportunities, and how the public-private dynamic is playing out across the industry.


Abhishek Shrivastava - Engineering Leader (R&D), Dow Water & Process Solutions

Abhishek Shrivastava, Engineering Leader at Clean Filtration Technologies, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, has more than 10 years of experience in research and development of water purification technologies. His current work is focused on understanding the water-energy nexus from a thermodynamic perspective and commercialization of a novel fine particle water filtration technology. Earlier at Dow, Abhishek worked on development and commercialization of energy efficient reverse osmosis membranes, membrane manufacturing scale up and process development, and application development of reverse osmosis and nanofiltration membranes for desalination and water reuse applications.

Abhishek graduated from University of Minnesota's prestigious Chemical Engineering program with a PhD in 2007. He is the author of more than 10 peer reviewed journals and conference presentations and a co-inventor on a Dow issued patent.

Anu Sridharan - Co-Founder & CEO - Next Drop

Anu holds of Masters Degree from the University of California Berkeley where her research focused on the optimization of pipe networked systems in emerging economies. She also worked on business models for the dissemination of water purification technologies for arsenic removal in emerging economies. Anu served as the Education and Health director for a water/sanitation project in the slums of Mumbai, India called "Haath Mein Sehat" where she piloted a successful volunteer recruitment and community training model.

Jim Short - Director - TSMC

James is the Director of Facilities and Environmental at WaferTech, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd. (TSMC), and has more than 25 years experience in process engineering, project management, and for the last 16 years has been focused in semiconductor manufacturing facilities design and operational efficiency. His current sustainability focus is on water recycling and reuse, energy efficiency, and hazardous waste reduction and reuse.

James holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Colorado State University, a Masters Degree in Management of Science and Technology from Oregon Health and Science University, and is currently pursuing an MBA in Sustainable Business from Marylhurst University. Jim is also a registered Professional Engineer in Washington State and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).


Tony Kingsbury - Vice President of Corporate Sustainability, ChemRisk

Tony Kingsbury is Vice President of Corporate Sustainability for ChemRisk where he currently leads the consulting practice in sustainable chemistry. He honed his sustainability expertise during a nearly three decade long career at Dow Chemical in a variety of roles. He is a recognized expert in global sustainability, green chemistry, environmentally preferred purchasing, life cycle thinking, environmental and societal issues associated with corporate and product sustainability.

Kingsbury spent the period between 2007 and 2012 as an Executive in Residence at UC Berkeley on loan from Dow. In his UC Berkeley role, he led the multidisciplinary Sustainable Products & Solution Program and taught a variety of graduate level courses on sustainability. During this same period in his Dow role, he directed Dow’s Breakthrough to World Challenges 2015 Corporate Sustainability Goal and led both Dow’s and UC Berkeley's engagement with The Sustainability Consortium (

Tony lives in the SF Bay Area and has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University

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