Samrat Basak is the Director of WRI India’s Urban Water Program. In this role, Samrat works with the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities team and Water Program team to execute research programs, development of tools and information, and engagement with businesses, NGOs and governments for positive change related to managing urban water and waste water in India.

Samrat has over 15 years of experience working on integrated water management projects across India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Ethiopia, Egypt and Saudi Arabia through his earlier employment with ERM (Environmental Resources Management). As a thought leader in corporate water management, his work helped to drive sustainable business growth as well as managing business related water risks in a water-finite world. Samrat has assisted numerous companies across food and beverage, power, manufacturing, chemical, real estate sectors as well as a number of financial institutions and investors with water risk assessments, risk mitigation and water strategy innovation. He has technical competence in sustainable and resilient water infrastructure planning, water vulnerability assessment, water sustainability/water stewardship framework development, hydrogeological and hydrological assessment, watershed assessment, water harvesting and aquifer recharge, characterization and remediation of contaminated surface water bodies and groundwater, flood risk assessment and data visualization.

Samrat holds a master's degree in Hydrogeology from the University of Reading, United Kingdom and a second master's degree in Applied Geology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He was the recipient of the prestigious Felix Scholarship, as part of his masters program in UK.