Sonaar Luthra

CEO

Sonaar is a TED Fellow, a graduate of NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), and a recent recipient of a Speaker & Specialist Grant in Water Quality & Climate Change from the US State Department.  He spent his time at ITP developing low-cost water sensing hardware, and led the winning team of the 2010 NYU Stern School of Business Social Venture Competition.  He taught Physical Computing at New York’s GreenFab Laboratory and worked as a reporter for the India Today Group.

Kimberly Anakata

Lead Engineer

Kimberly Anakata is an Optical MEMS and Electrical Engineer with experience in remote sensing, agriculture, telecommunications, manufacturing, operations, and logistics.  She has worked at Glimmerglass Networks, Comcast, Grape Networks, and was the founder of MicroWeatherStation Systems, Inc.  Her degrees include a B.S. in Engineering with High Distinction from Harvey Mudd College, and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Davis.

Eric Rosenthal

Senior Scientist

Eric is an expert in optical and radio engineering and the inventor of the spectral technologies underlying Water Canary ‘s hardware.  He is a former VP of Advanced Technology Research at Disney Imagineering, and his work has been sponsored by NASA, DARPA, the NSA, and the Naval Research Lab.

Sarah Szalavitz

Director/Strategist

Sarah is the founder of 7-Robot, a social design company, teaches social design at the MIT Media Lab, and regularly consults for large corporations like Microsoft, Nokia and Hasbro.  She has a JD from Harvard Law and an MSc from the London School of Economics.

Benedetta Piantella

Field Engineer

Benedetta is an ITP Graduate, founder of T4D Lab, a co-founder of GroundLab, an adjunct professor at NYU Polytechnic & NYU ITP, and a Technology Architect at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. A graduate of ITP, Benedetta specializes in building sustainable solutions to humanitarian, social and environmental challenge worldwide. She has designed prototyped, manufactured and field tested projects in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, and built partnerships with the UN, UNICEF & the Earth Institute.