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Water is Solvable

The future of water is often framed in the negative. Scarcity. Waste. Worry.

We imagine something different.

Because the problems surrounding our planet’s most precious resource—water—can be solved by our most precious human resources: ingenuity, commitment, and action.

We approach water issues with optimism, curiosity, and entrepreneurial grit. That’s because we’ve seen what’s possible as solution seekers and builders. When we back the best entrepreneurs in water, we go all in—from idea to implementation. We’re creating a more connected, effective water sector that attracts more dreamers, doers, and dollars.

From there, anything is possible. More access, more equity, more community. Better health, and better lives, for people around the world. We see that future clearly, and we can make it real. In fact, we’re already building it: every entrepreneur, every startup, and every new solution gives us another way forward. And we can do this at scale. Today, our entrepreneurs provide water solutions to over 1.1 billion people and counting. 

It’s time to transform the future of water. Let’s do this.


Our Team

Scott Bryan
Scott Bryan

Scott Bryan

Scott Bryan

Scott is responsible for leading Imagine H2O in its mission. He initially volunteered with Imagine H2O’s launch team in 2008 before joining as its first employee in 2010. Since then, Imagine H2O has supported over 150 startups and expanded its programming internationally. Scott serves on the National Alliance for Water Innovation’s (NAWI) Innovation and Commercialization Council and is an advisor to the Environmental Policy Innovation Center. Prior to Imagine H2O, Scott developed ESG and cleantech investment strategies for institutional and private clients at Royal Bank of Canada and Piper Jaffray. He has a BA in Economics from the Colorado College.

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Nimesh Modak

Nimesh Modak

Nimesh leads Imagine H2O Asia (Limited), the organization’s Singapore hub and Asia-Pacific accelerator. Since 2015, Nimesh has served as a startup advisor for Imagine H2O portfolio companies and led the organization’s global program development. Prior to Imagine H2O, Nimesh worked with economic consulting firm, Nathan Associates Inc. (Singapore & Washington, DC), and more recently worked in strategy and operational roles with Danone’s Sustainable Development team and WaterHealth Ghana Ltd. He also serves on the advisory board of Burnt Island Ventures, an early-stage water venture fund. Nimesh holds a MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a MPA from Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

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Kelly Trott

Kelly Trott

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Kelly leads Imagine H2O’s Urban Water Challenge as well as the organization’s Deployment for Impact programming. Prior to Imagine H2O, Kelly worked at the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation where she focused on strategy and business development. Kelly began her career in investment banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch before moving to the American Museum of Natural History. Kelly graduated from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and holds a BS from Vanderbilt University. While at Tuck, she interned with The Nature Conservancy and volunteered with NatureVest and Radicle Impact.

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Leigh Madeira

Leigh Madeira

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Leigh directs Imagine H2O’s water innovation accelerator, where she is responsible for the program’s operations, strategy, and growth. Leigh began her career in investment banking and investment management before co-founding Blue Forest Conservation, a mission-driven startup employing financial innovation to tackle the twin challenges of wildfire and drought in the Western US. Most recently, Leigh worked with the Climate Policy Initiative where she helped manage the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance, an accelerator program that develops sustainable investments to combat climate change. Leigh earned an MBA with honors from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Notre Dame, and is a CFA charterholder.

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John Curry

John Curry

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John leads Imagine’s H2O’s internal operations, where he is responsible for managing the organization’s financial management, operations and human resources. Prior to working at Imagine H2O, John directed the internal operations and finances for an international consumer and environmental advocacy organization. He also spent a decade at a large urban foodbank, where he managed the procurement and distribution of over 40 million pounds of food annually. John has an MBA from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and a BA from Wesleyan University.

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Taylor Evans
Taylor Evans

Taylor Evans

Taylor Evans
Taylor Evans
Taylor supports Imagine H2O’s programming, business development and marketing. Prior to Imagine H2O, Taylor earned a masters degree in Sustainable Water Management. Taylor began her career at Makena Capital where she focused on natural resources investing and helped lead the launch of the firm’s ESG initiatives, including a review of the portfolio’s $19B in holdings. Taylor holds an M.S. from Tufts University and a B.A. from Vanderbilt University.
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Simarpreet Khanijou

Simarpreet Khanijou

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Simarpreet supports Imagine H2O Asia’s startup advisory activities, accelerator program operations and the organization’s regional Ecosystem Partners Network. Prior to joining Imagine H2O, she worked as a process engineer for water and wastewater treatment system integrators, namely Envipure, Hager+Elsaesser Asia and Ovivo Singapore. Simarpreet managed key process engineering deliverables from designing plant logics to performing technical assessments during on-site commissioning and operations. She recently focused on the treatment of wastewater from semiconductor facilities.  Simarpreet holds a B.Eng (Hons) in Environmental Engineering from Nanyang Technological University.

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Ellie Barker

Ellie Barker

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Ellie supports the operations of Imagine H2O’s annual Accelerator program, including startup outreach, communications and management of the organization’s global mentors network. Prior to joining Imagine H2O, Ellie was on the Impact Investing team at Cambridge Associates. She was primarily responsible for identifying and researching investment opportunities across asset classes, but also contributed to topical research across a range of impact sectors including water, education, and gender equity. Ellie holds a BA in Economics from Bucknell University.

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Nidhi Menon

Nidhi Menon

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Nidhi manages communications and marketing across Imagine H2O’s programming and oversees the IH2O Hub, an innovation engagement platform for customers and investors. Prior to Imagine H2O, she served as a sustainability intern at Olam Spices and a research assistant at the Agricultural and Resource Economics Department at Berkeley. Nidhi holds a B.S. in Environmental Science, B.S. in Environmental Economics & Policy, and a minor in Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Annamarie Martin

Annamarie Martin

Annamarie supports Imagine H2O Asia’s accelerator operations including startup outreach, communications and market research. Prior to joining Imagine H2O, Annamarie interned at the Ministry of National Development’s Centre for Liveable Cities where she conducted research on district-level sustainability best practices within Singapore. Annamarie recently graduated with a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Yale-NUS College where she wrote her undergraduate thesis on Singapore’s water innovation economy.

Kristin-Faith Avenis

Kristin-Faith Avenis

Kristin Avenis supports IH2O operations through startup outreach, communications and market research. She is an undergraduate at American University, studying International Relations and Sustainability. As a member of the AU Honors Program. a highly selective cohort of 30 students focused on interdisciplinary learning and on hands community-based research, she is a research aid to Dr. Ken Conca on Environmental Peacebuilding. She will be graduating this upcoming Spring 2022, where she hopes to further pursue her career in the water sector and urban planning.

Robb Barnitt
Robb Barnitt

Robb Barnitt

Robb Barnitt
Robb founded Dropcountr in 2013, is a 2015 graduate of Imagine H2O’s accelerator, and successfully exited via purchase by KUBRA (an operating subsidiary of Hearst Corporation) in 2021. A veteran of several sustainable technology startups across the spectrums of stage and size, Robb also holds an MBA from UC Berkeley and an MS in engineering from Stanford University.
Concurrent with his full-time role as VP at KUBRA, Robb joins Imagine H2O as its first Entrepreneur in Residence. With a mandate to mentor both alumni and the next generation of water entrepreneurs, Robb’s growth and operating experience will benefit companies participating in each of the three Imagine H2O programs.
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Judging & Advisory Teams

Aaron Zell
Equity Group Investments

Adam Tank
Transcend H2O

Biju George
Ampcus Inc

Chris Morrison
MorrisonWater

Christine Boyle
Xylem

Debra Coy
XPV Water Partners

Dirk Brusis
SKion Water

Gary Kremen
Valley Water

Henrik Laursen
AMI Global

Ifetayo Venner
Arcadis

Jill Hudkins
Tetra Tech

John Grant
Lemnos Advisory

Josh Haacker
OGCI Climate Investments

Michael Sesko
Frontier Farmland

Mitchell Presser
Morrison & Foerster

Nicholas Dyner
Moleaer

Nicole Neeman Brady
Renewable Resources Group

Paul Gagliardo
Independent

Peter Williams
Pivot Projects

Pierre Cote
COTE Membrane Separation

Rainoo Raj Ganeindran
Kurita

Ralph Exton
Veolia

Reinhard Huebner
SKion Water

Rina Zell
Independent

Sivan Zamir
Xylem

Snehal Desai
Evoqua Water Technologies

Steve Kloos
True North Venture Partners

Tom Ferguson
Burnt Island Ventures

Vinod Ramachandran
Apstech Environmental Limited

Adrian Yeoh
Sembcorp Industries Ltd (Singapore)

Cindy Ko
Toniic (Singapore)

Choon Jin Yeoh
Enterprise Singapore

Dominic Mellor
ADB Ventures (Thailand)

Gabriel Gábor Kicsi
Suez Singapore

Hugh Chapman
Aqua Analytics (Australia)

Irwan Dinata
Moya Holdings Asia Ltd (Indonesia)

Kunal Shah
Anaergia (Singapore)

Michael Froud
Pittwater Capital (Australia)

Michael Toh
PUB Singapore

Mudasser Iqbal
Independent (Singapore)

 

Nicolas Bockhoff
Suez India

Ng Wun Jern
Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

Prashant Pundrik
Athena Cleantech (Singapore)

Puon Penn
Independent Consultant (USA)

Rodney Chapin
Ardurra International (Vietnam)

Ronnie Lim
TechWater Solutions Inc (Philippines)

Steve Kloos
True North Venture Partners (USA)

Stuthi Vijayaraghavan
Urban Venture Labs (India)

Tuck Wai Lee
Upconverge (Singapore)

Xin Gao
Independent Consultant (Singapore)

Allegra Gordon
Oceankind

Anders Jacobson
Blue Foundry

Betsy Otto
Independent

Braulio Eduardo Morera
50L Home Coaliation

Caroline Delaire
Aquaya Institute

Chaarvi Amit Badanni
American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact

Chloe Oliver Viola
The World Bank

Emily Skeehan
11th Hour Racing

Erika Montague
Schmidt Marine Technologies 

Jason Thompson
Oceankind

Jennifer Sara
The World Bank 

Jiten Manglani
Aqualateral 

Katie Velasco
Rare, Center for Behavior and the Environment

Kunal Shah
Anaergia

Margaret Bowman
Independent

Neil Jeffrey
Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor 

Paul Gagliardo
Independent

Stephanie Wear
The Nature Conservancy

Timonthy Male
Environmental Policy Innovation Center

Tom Ferguson
Burnt Island Ventures

Will Sarni
Water Foundry

Xin Gao
Formerly Grundfos, Independent


Our Board

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Tamin Pechet

Tamin Pechet

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Tamin Pechet is Chairman of Imagine H2O. He is also CEO of Upwell, a holding company for purpose-driven businesses, including one of the largest finance companies in the water industry. Tamin is the founder of Banyan Water, a leading software and analytics company that optimizes water systems nationally, and he serves on boards of four software and data businesses. Previously, Tamin was a venture capitalist at Catamount Ventures and an investor at Goldman Sachs’ Special Situations Group, where he co-founded Goldman Sachs E&P Capital and helped launch Goldman’s Specialty Lending Group. Tamin holds an AB with honors from Harvard University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was featured in two recent case studies.

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Matt Evans

Matt Evans

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Matt is Managing Principal at Julius, an online and AI education company that connects learning to job skills and careers for water professionals.  Previously, Matt was Senior Vice President at Pearson, a global education company (ticker: PSO, 25K employees), where he led its online learning division serving tens of thousands of adult learners each year.  Prior to joining Pearson, Matt was as a Principal at Salmon River Capital and an Assistant Vice President at Merrill Lynch. He received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Amherst College.

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Rebecca Hwang
Rebecca Hwang

Rebecca Hwang

Rebecca Hwang

Prior to co-founding Rivet Ventures, Rebeca Hwang co-founded YouNoodle, Cleantech Open, and Startup Nations Summit. Rebeca was educated at MIT and Stanford and has been recognized as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and as one of the top 35 under 35 Global Innovators by MIT Tech Review. Rebeca also serves on the Global Board of Kauffman’s GEN and the WEF’s Global Council on the Future of Migrations. Rebeca has worked closely with several countries on their national startup programs, including Malaysia, South Korea, Spain, Iceland, Chile and Mexico, where she is a member of the Mexico-U.S. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council. Rebeca is a frequent speaker at global conferences on entrepreneurship and women leadership.

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Brian Matthay

Brian Matthay

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Brian is Managing Director of Strategic Initiatives at Cypress Creek Renewables, a utility-scale solar project development company and long-term owner of solar projects. Prior to Cypress, Brian was a Senior Vice President in the Environmental Finance Group at Wells Fargo where he originated and structured solar tax equity investments for the bank’s own account from 2008 to 2014. Previously, as Project Director for the Global Environment Technology Foundation (GETF), he developed public-private water partnerships including a $20 million water partnership with Coca-Cola and USAID operating in 21 countries. Brian holds an AB with honors from Harvard and a MS in Resource Economics from the University of California Davis.

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Matt Servatius

Matt Servatius

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Matt Servatius has been with Wells Fargo for over 15 years in various leadership roles across relationship management and risk in CleanTech, technology, general industries and real estate. In early 2015, Servatius began leading the CleanTech banking group nationally with offices in Palo Alto, San Francisco, Denver, and Houston. Matt also sits on the Board of the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2), is on the National Renewable Energy Labs Investor Advisory Board, and is a member of the Bay Area Council Water Committee. Servatius holds a Bachelors of Commerce in Finance, and a MBA from Santa Clara University.

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Peter Werner

Peter Werner

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Peter is a partner in Cooley’s business department. He joined the Firm in 2001 and is resident in the San Francisco office. Peter’s practice primarily focuses on the representation of emerging technology companies, venture capital firms, private equity firms and investment banks. Peter regularly assists clients with financings and mergers and acquisitions, in addition to entity formation, organization and governance matters, securities transactions, and SEC and stock exchange compliance and reporting. Peter received a J.D. in 2001 from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a John M. Olin Law and Economics Fellow. Peter received a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1997.

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Current Job Openings

Imagine H2O Alumni Manager

Imagine H2O Asia Summer Intern

Future Opportunities

If you want to get involved with Imagine H2O, email us at jobs@imagineh2o.org with your resume and why you’re interested in our organization. We are always excited to meet people passionate about water innovation and entrepreneurship.