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WSI Fellows


Australia Team





Sarah Farrell

Sarah is a junior at Harvard University studying Chemistry with a secondary in economics. She hopes to further explore how companies can become long-term industry leaders through sustainable innovation as well as effective management of environmental, social and governance issues. Heretofore, her water related research has been related to how IT companies might be able to apply their technology to more efficiently manage water resources in cities. Her future plans include attending Business School, where she will further her study of the role of business in effective water management. Sarah is originally from Riverside, California, and her interests include ballet and running.


Emma Chastain

Emma is currently a senior at Harvard College, concentrating in Environmental Science and Public Policy with a secondary concentration in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. She is interested in studying the interaction between society and science, particularly pertaining to the environment, as well as issues of water use and urbanization. During her time at Harvard, Emma has worked on a range of issues including urban planning and community based resource management as well as researching agriculture and technology. In the future she hopes to work in environmental policy. Emma is from the Bay Area, California and enjoys traveling and ballroom dancing.

Jasdeep Randhawa

Jasdeep is a student at the Harvard Kennedy School studying for a Masters in Public Policy. Her interests lie mainly in water policy and law, for which she hopes to work in the development field in water policy. Jasdeep has previously worked as a Law Clerk in the Supreme Court of India and as a Research Assistant for the Government of India. She gained her undergraduate degree from the University of Mumbai’s Government Law College, where she studied Law. Her hobbies include traveling and swimming.


Tom Gole

Tom is a PhD candidate in the Economics Department of Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, where his main interests lie in International Economics, Resource Economics and Political Economy. He originates from Brisbane, Australia, where he earned a joint Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Economics Degree. His interests include cricket and Australian Rules Football.




Amy Sennett

Amy is a J.D./M.B.A. student at both the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Law School. She graduated with a BA from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, after which she spent two years in the education and non-profit sectors in the People’s Republic of China. Her main interests lie in International Law and Social Enterprises. Amy spent the split this past summer between Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in NYC and the Public International Law and Policy Group in DC. She has also worked for the UN’s International Law Commission and the Boston Consulting Group. After completing her graduate degree, Amy will work at Arnold & Porter, a Public and International Law Office in Washington D.C. Amy is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and enjoys snowboarding and running marathons.


Chengyan Zhang

Chengyan is a graduate student studying Environmental Engineering at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Her main interests lie in urban water supply and infrastructure portfolio asset management, which she was responsible for in WSI team in Melbourne. Originally from China, Chengyan gained a B.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. As an undergraduate student, she has worked on UV/Hydrogen peroxide advanced treatment for degradation of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDC) in drinking water and has published one paper on activated wastewater sludge digestion. In her spare time, Chengyan enjoys traveling.

Brazil Team

Zamyla Chan

Zamyla is an undergraduate at Harvard College, where she is concentrating in Engineering Sciences with a secondary in Computer Science. Her main research interests include applying engineering and computer science to water governance and water policy, and she hopes to pursue an interdisciplinary approach towards matters of international water security. Zamyla is originally from Vancouver, Canada, and enjoys ballroom dancing. She is also a self-confessed foodie!


Daniela Martinez

Daniela is a student in the L.L.M. program at Harvard Law School, where she is specifically interested in issues of energy, with an emphasis on clean energy policies and land-use issues regarding sitting energy infrastructure. Prior to this she served as a legal advisor to Chile’s Minister of Energy where she participated in the design and implementation of energy-related policies. Having gained a degree in Law from the Universidad de Chile Law School, she is considering joining the Masters in Public Administration program at the Harvard Kennedy School. Outside of academia, Daniela enjoys traveling, Broadway musicals and salsa dancing.


Kai Graylee

Kai is a studying for a Master’s of Public Administration in International Development at Harvard’s Kennedy School. Her main interests lie in economics and public policy related to natural resource management and international development, with a particular focus on water, energy and climate change. She is originally from New Zealand and graduated with a degree in Engineering Science and Finance from the University of Auckland. Most recently, she worked with the New Zealand Treasury on energy and climate change policy. Her hobbies include traveling and running.


Arani Kajenthira

Arani is a post-doctoral research fellow for the Science, Technology and Public Policy Program at the Belfer Centre for Science and International Affairs, part of the Harvard Kennedy School. Her main interests lie in the water-energy nexus, the resource implications of the expansion of desalination infrastructure, water allocation to facilitate economic development, and tradable water rights. She gained a PhD in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford, and a Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Engineering from the University of Guelph. Arani is originally from Toronto, Canada and enjoys yoga, cooking and traveling.


Hannah Lee

Hannah is a PhD candidate at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, where she specialises in Environmental Sciences and Engineering. Having previously worked at the Department of Energy and White House Office of Energy and Climate Change, she is specifically interested in infrastructure works related to utilities, the risk and management of bulk natural resource supply, and water supply and electricity services. She gained an undergraduate degree in Environmental Engineering, with a concentration in Sustainable Energy Engineering from Columbia University. Hannah comes from Cupertino California and enjoys trail running and graphic design.


Andrei Roman

Andrei Roman is a Ph.D. candidate in Government at Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. His research interests center on Latin American and Eastern European politics, in particular the study of regime transitions, party systems, electoral politics, and social policy. He graduated with a BA in Economics and International Development from Colby College and was a visiting student at the University of Oxford. Andrei has conducted field research on economic development in China, Brazil, and India. He also worked as a research intern at the UNDP Centre for Inclusive Growth in Brasília, where he wrote a policy brief on financial access, and as a political consultant during the 2010 presidential campaign. Andrei grew up in Bucharest, Romania. He is a great fan of 70s and 80s Brazilian music and loves the people and traditions of the sertão.


Colorado Team

Vanessa Palmer

Vanessa is studying for a Master’s Degree in Environmental Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Environmental Health. She hopes to apply this knowledge to perform research-based environmental health interventions in underserved communities, which encompasses her interest in environmental health policy, socioeconomic disparities in environmental exposures, and risk assessment. She received her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Washington, where her research focused on bioanalysis. She then joined Teach for America, working as an public school teacher in Baltimore and Houston. Vanessa is from Williston, North Dakota and enjoys biking and hanging out with her two year-old daughter.


Jason Robinson

Jason is an S.J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School, whose interests lie in water law and policy in the American West. His professional experience in water law and policy spans the past decade and encompasses advisory, research, and teaching positions with the Oregon Supreme Court, Oregon Department of Justice, Colorado River Governance Initiative, and Environmental Science and Public Policy Program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. Originally form Salt Lake City, Utah, he graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Utah. Jason hopes to apply this interest to an academic career in law. His hobbies include hiking in the Rocky Mountains and playing stand-up bass.


Katja Bratrschovsky

Katya is a joint student in both the Harvard Law School’s L.L.M. program and the Harvard Kennedy School’s MC-MPA program. She is primarily interested in issues of the environment, including water, energy, and climate change law and policy. She will be spending next year as a Louis B. Sohn Fellow at the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) in Washington D.C. She earned an undergraduate degree in her hometown, at the University of Vienna’s Faculty of Law, as a Magister Iuris, and spent a year as an Erasmus student in The Netherlands. Katya’s personal interests include flamenco dancing and hiking.


Jaime Latcham

Jaime is currently a J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School, where her interests lie in Water Law and Immigration Law. Before law school, Jaime taught English in Ecuador, travelled around South America, worked briefly in a real estate brokerage before becoming a ski and snowboard instructor, and lived on a sailboat in the Bahamas. She gained her undergraduate degree in history from the College of William and Mary. Originally from Denver, Colorado, in her free time Jaime enjoys skiing and snowboarding.


Eliza Morris

Eliza is a PhD candidate in the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, studying Applied Physics. Her thesis work focuses on microrheological studies of the viscoelastic properties of biopolymer networks. That said, her main interests lies in Biological Fluid Dynamics, which she hopes to apply to a career in Science Policy. Originally from Nevada City in California, she graduated magna cum laude in Applied Physics from California State University Sacramento. Her hobbies include backpacking and cooking.


Arturo Villanueva

Arturo is a Junior at Harvard College concentrating in Environmental Science & Public Policy.  Arturo’s academic interests include water scarcity and its interplay with forced migration. He hopes to continue his studies by attending law school in the future. Arturo is originally from Texas and enjoys training for half Iron-Man marathons and volunteering in Boston teaching English to new Americans. 


Mississippi Team


Jonathan Baker

Jonathan is PhD student of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. His interests lie in water allocation and environmental economics, which he hopes to apply to a career in academia or a think tank. He graduated from Davidson College with a B.S. in Physics, and he recently completed a second masters in technology and policy, focusing on water resources within the context of large scale (CGE) economic models. Jonathan is from Durham, North Carolina and enjoys running marathons.


Laila Kasuri

Laila is a junior at Harvard College, where she is concentrating on Environmental Science and Engineering with a secondary in East Asian Studies. She is specifically interested in the fields of hydrology and geomechanics. In the future, she hopes to work as an environmental engineer, and develop engineering solutions to the problem of managing floods in different river basins, as well as improving the current capabilities of flood forecasting and hence decision making on flood management options. Laila is originally from Lahore, Pakistan. In her spare time she likes making sushi and learning about East Asian history and culture.


Sarah Katz

Sarah is currently a J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School, where she is interested in studying the interaction between law and science, specifically environmental science. She graduated with a degree in Biochemistry from Washington University in St. Louis, and will spend this summer working at a law firm. After college she worked for a year at the Health Effects Institute, which funds, evaluates, and publishes air pollution research.  In law school Sarah has been at various points been involved with Advocates, the National Security Journal, and the Environmental Law Review. Sarah is from Berkeley, California and enjoys reading and cooking.


William Niebling

William Niebling is a second year student at Harvard Law School, where his interests lie in exploring the government’s role in climate change issues. Before coming to law school he spent four years working in the United States Senate, with a particular focus on international environmental policy, Senate floor procedure, and domestic energy policy. William spent his undergraduate years at Yale, where he earned a degree in East Asian Studies. A native Californian, William grew up hearing how the history of the American West is the history of water.


Kim Smet

Kim is PhD student of in both the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, studying Environmental Engineering. Her main research interests lie in watershed and water resources management. She gained an Honours degree from the University of British Columbia in Environmental Science, specializing in hydrology. Upon graduation, she worked as a contaminated sites consultant to the petroleum industry in British Columbia for two years. Kim was born in Zimbabwe, and her hobbies include crafts, travel, and reading.


Pakistan Team


Don Kriens

Don is a Doctorate of Science student at the Harvard School of Public Heath, studying Environmental Science with a focus on Exposure Science. His main interests are around issues of water scarcity and security, the impacts of environmental constraints, and how to design low cost, innovative, small-scale drinking water systems. Don gained a degree in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Iowa. He has worked in the environmental engineering field for many years, principally on water supply and wastewater projects, hazardous waste remediation, exposure and risk assessments, and industrial processes and chemistry. He is originally from Minnesota and enjoys road cycling, fictional writing and art.


Madison Condon

Maddison is a joint degree student at both Harvard Law School and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts, at the end of which she will receive a J.D. and an MALD (Masters of Law and Diplomacy). Her main interest is in International Environmental Law, as well as law and development, and she graduated from Columbia University with a degree majoring in Environmental Engineering and minoring in Economics. After graduating, she was a Fulbright Scholar to the Netherlands where she studied international water law and policy at UNESCO-IHE.  She has researched agricultural water management in Tanzania and Ethiopia, and is particularly interested in trans-boundary water law in developing countries. Madison comes from Salisbury, Massachusetts, and she enjoys running and discovering new music.


Erum Sattar

Erum is a Barrister-at-Law from Lincoln’s Inn. She is currently pursuing her doctorate (S.J.D.) at Harvard Law School, where she is working on political and social theory and its nexus with economic development linked to the Indus in Pakistan. She is particularly interested in water and trading rights in land, as well as economic and social development, especially in rural areas. She was an LL.M. student at Harvard last year, and has a University of London LL.B. (Hons.) as well as an LL.M. (Distinction) in Commercial and Corporate Law from Queen Mary, University of London. She has also completed the Membership exam of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London, England. In the future, Erum hopes to become an effective politician in Pakistan, her home country. In her spare time, she enjoys meeting people from around the world, especially in museums and cafes.


Anjali Lohani

Anjali Lohani is a second-year Master’s in Public Administration/International Development candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is deeply interested in water and infrastructure policy, regulation, and finance. Before coming to the Kennedy School, she worked in Environmental Consulting, performing site investigation, data interpretation, and contaminant fate and transport modelling to support litigation related to water remediation. She hopes to work in the public sector doing water policy analysis or infrastructure development projects. For her undergraduate studies, Anjali gained an SB in Environmental Engineering from Harvard College. She hails from Kathmandu, Nepal and enjoys rowing and salsa dancing.