The Team

Theofilia Gracella (Ella) Sahertian

is completing her graduate studies in City & Regional Planning. As Ella was growing up in Indonesia, observing life in poverty and in flood prone areas, this piqued her interest as to how cities and communities can achieve equity and sustainability in adapting to climate change. She is also a keen hiker, traveller, photographer and sunset watcher.

Anna Canny

studies Environmental Sustainability, and is passionate about working towards the access to and agency over drinking water for all communities. Anna is working on projects about disaster resilience built through governance, education, and exploration of diverse human narratives.

Utkarsh Jain

LL.M. Cornell Law School, B.A. LL.B, Jindal School of Law. Utkash is an India trained attorney specializing in environmental law. He has a keen interest in environmental education and pedagogy, hiking and trekking and all things coffee. 

Wyatt Westerkamp

 is an Environment & Sustainability major at Cornell University. He has a deep love for the material world—people, plants, birds, water, soil, and beyond and between—and is very interested in finding new modes of managing and interacting within it.

Joseph Fulgieri

is Computer Science major at Cornell University. Joe is particularly passionate about issues of environmental justice involving drinking water, often participating in activism efforts. He is also an avid diver and hiker, interested in observing and reimagining the interactions between human and non-human life.

Kaylin Lemajeur

is an Environment & Sustainability major at Cornell University, and my coursework is mainly focused on environmental policy and quantitative analyses of environmental issues. Kaylin is interested in environmental justice, water policy, and the spiritual value of water. She is passionate about participating in service projects and civic ecology practices, hiking, and spending time by the ocean.

Vrinda Sharma

while her career lie in biotechnology, she is deeply interested in understanding how developments in science can impact communities. Growing up on the banks of Yamuna (one of the most polluted rivers of the world), Vrinda was dreaming that one day the water will be so clean that she could drink it. Her interest in water peaked again last summer when on Appledore Island, taking marine biology courses, going for whale watching, and dissecting a shark. Otherwise, she is dancing with her team (Cornell Nazaqat), exploring new fitness exercises such as Muay Thai, trying different restaurants, or walking in less urban spaces.

Emma Badini

is an Interdisciplinary Studies major concentrating in Environmental, Climate, and Food Justice. Emma is curious about the sociopolitical and ecological responses of food systems to “disturbances,” such as climate change and flooding.  Emma finds joy in writing, backpacking, harvesting vegetables, cooking, and dancing with friends.

Luisa Cortesi

(Ph.D. Environmental Studies, Anthropology, Yale University) is an environmental anthropologist who studies disasters, water, environmental knowledge, and social inequality. Currently at Cornell University, she is the Stanford H. Taylor postdoctoral fellow in Science and Technology Studies and Anthropology, and Atkinson Fellow of Sustainability. She will soon be Assistant Professor of Environmental and Development Studies at the International Institute of Social Studies of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. For the year 2020-2021 Luisa is also Marie S. Curie Fellow and Junior Fellow at the Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies. Luisa loves teaching, experimenting in the kitchen, supporting causes of social justice, and trying a new sport. 


K.J. Joy

Founder Member and Senior Fellow at SOPPECOM (Society for Promoting Participative Ecosystem Management), he also coordinates the Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India. For over 30 years, Joy has been an activist-researcher and published extensively on drought, participatory irrigation management, river-basin management, multi-stakeholder institutions, water ethics and people’s movements.

Alejandro Camargo

(Ph.D.,Geography, Syracuse University) is assistant professor of History and Social Sciences at the Universidad del Norte, Baranquilla, Colombia. He is interested in the transformation of rural livelihoods and landscapes, water and land governance, and agrarian relations in a context of abrupt environmental change and uneven development, in particular in the floodplains of Northern Colombia.

Franz Krause

Franz Krause is an anthropologist who has conducted ethnographic research on communal irrigation in the Philippines, life along a river in Finnish Lapland, flood memories in England, wetland uses in Estonia, and volatile transformations in the Mackenzie Delta in Arctic Canada


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