Dr. Nagaraja Rao Harshadeep
Nagaraja Rao Harshadeep (Harsh), the Global Lead for Watersheds, promotes integrated multi-sectoral approaches in a spatial, hydrologic context. In over 20 years at the World Bank, he has led/supported environmental, water, and natural resources projects and analytical activities, primarily in Africa and Central, South and East Asia. This includes work on transboundary watersheds, integrated watershed planning and management, climate resilience, pollution, irrigation, biodiversity, environmental assessments, institutional strengthening, decision support tools, and monitoring systems). He leads a spatial team that has developed the Spatial Agent App for public domain geospatial data access and visualization.
Earlier, he worked with other international organizations, academia, and the private sector on issues ranging from wetlands management and environmental indicators to New York City water supply systems and Middle East water conflicts. He has a B.Tech in Civil Engineering from IIT-Madras, a Masters in Environmental and Resource Engineering from Syracuse, and a Ph.D. in Water Resources and Environmental Systems from Harvard University.