Green Festival Speakers

Meena Palaniappan

Meena Palaniappan directed the International Water and Communities Initiative and the Community Strategies for Sustainability and Justice Program at the Pacific Institute for eleven years. She is now developing a new venture called Atma, to connect people who have mobile phones but lack critical needs with each other, so they can support each other with recommendations and advice to improve their quality of life, and drive better products and services to the base of the pyramid. Ms. Palaniappan is an engineer with more than 20 years of experience in community-based environmental planning and research. She has directed projects on water and sanitation, climate change resilience, water pollution, and releasing trapped knowledge in the water sector. She has led projects in Africa and Asia. Ms. Palaniappan received an MS in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley and a degree in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University.