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Arcadis Director to judge the Water Breakthrough Challenge

Arcadis Director to judge the Water Breakthrough Challenge

 August 04, 2021

Anusha Shah is the Director of Resilient Cities, Arcadis. Appointed the Vice President of Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Anusha holds a major focus on climate change and resilience and possesses significant insight into the water sector, and beyond.

Anusha joins the judging panel of the Water Breakthrough Challenge organized by the Water Services Regulation Authority, or Ofwat.

The judging panel will consider entries against the assessment criteria and recommend the most promising entries to receive a share of £40 million innovation funding available. Ofwat will then make final decisions based on the panel’s recommendations.

The eight judges forming the Water Breakthrough Challenge panel have been selected for the wide range of perspectives they bring, with a balance of water sector and non-water sector voices. The judges also bring a range of expertise and experience in relation to each of the strategic innovation themes for the Water Breakthrough Challenge.

The Water Breakthrough Challenge is funded through the Ofwat Innovation Fund and provides an opportunity for water companies, in partnership with other organisations, to receive funding for innovative initiatives that go beyond business as usual to deliver tangible benefits for customers, society and the environment.

The Challenge aims to spark ambitious innovation and enable new approaches and ways of working; equipping the water sector to address the big challenges facing the sector, driving far-reaching and long-lasting benefits to customers, society and the environment across England and Wales now and into the future.

Advocating for responsible use of water

“Climate and nature emergency is posing an existential threat to humanity, severely impacting the water cycle causing extreme weather events; from flooding to drought. Cities worldwide including the UK face threats of 'Day Zero' when water sources run dry," says Anusha. "We have a choice, we can carry on business as usual or take advantage of the crisis and drive bold solutions by thinking out of the box, driving behavioural change and seeking multi-benefits through cross-sector collaboration, for example, implementing blue-green infrastructure: creating new habitats, improving air quality and reusing flood water for the benefit of all," she explains.

"It’s time to fully leverage Data Analytics and IoT for empowering consumers for better decision making, driving smart end to end solutions, reusing wastewater, reinventing systems, applying principles of circular economy thus averting a Day Zero and reducing greenhouse gas emissions at the same time. Responsible use of freshwater, can only drive positive outcomes for people, nature and climate," she adds.

Anisha is an accomplished professional

Anusha is Director of Resilient Cities at Arcadis. She is also a Royal Academy of Engineering-Visiting Professor at King’s College London on Climate Adaptation, Sustainability and Inclusive Design. A Fellow with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), she is the third woman and only BAME Vice President in 200 years of ICE’s history and is set to be President in 2023 (subject to interim council elections). She has recently been appointed as a Non-Executive Director at the Met Office, UK.

Anusha is an External Examiner at Leeds Beckett University, an Honorary Professor at University of Wolverhampton and a Visiting Professor at University of Edinburgh. She is also Past Chair of the Thames Estuary Partnership Board a charity working towards sustainable management of the Thames Estuary. Anusha has held various roles at the ICE including youngest and first female Chair of ICE London. She has specialisation in Water & Environmental Engineering with over 20 years’ experience in designing, managing and leading projects and programmes both in the UK and internationally. Anusha sits on various industry NetZero groups and represents Arcadis at the London Climate Change Partnership and 50L Home Initiative of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. A recipient of several awards including 2020 – Top 50 UK Women Engineers Sustainability Award and CECA FIR Inspiring Engineers Award 2019, Anusha is regularly invited to panel discussions and for delivering keynote speeches at various high profile industry events. She was recognized by Climate Reframe as one of the UK’s leading BAME voices on climate change.

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