CZC Leadership

Dr Indumathi M Nambi is the Principal Coordinator of CZC from IIT Madras.

She spearheads the entire project and manages it strategically.

Dr Indumathi M NambiProfessor, Environment and Water Resources Division, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Madras, is the Principal Coordinator of CZeroC.Dr. Indumathi Nambi  has been instrumental in visualising this competition in September 2016, and leading this initiative since its inception.

She holds a Ph.D in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Clarkson University, NY. She has been a Post-doctoral Research Associate at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before joining IIT Madras.

K.Sivaraman,  mechanical engineer from IIT Madras has over 3.5 decades of experience (most part with ITC Ltd’s Packaging and Printing Business) spanning engineering, maintenance, manufacturing and operations, projects, customer service , environment, health, safety and sustainability.He had voluntarily contributed to the growth of Industrial Waste Management Association (IWMA) for over a decade as an Office Bearer. Currently, he  is driving Industry Projects initiative of IWMA as Advisor. In addition, he carries out consultancy in environment field and works with select start up companies.He is a CII certified Sustainability Assessor .He helped create and execute Carbon Zero Challenge Competition along with IIT Madras.

Dr Sriram Krishnan is one of the key members of CZC Steering Committee since its inception. He also mentors and guides projects. Although located at Boston, USA, he constantly monitors the progress of Carbon Zero Challenge and provides critical inputs. He assists the team at every stage of the contest – like devising proper structure for judging applications, monitoring teams’ progress and organizing the events in a structured way.

Dr Sriram has held  key positions in organisations such as like Mc Kinsey, SunEdison, Photon Consulting. He currently holds the position of Director at National Grid  in Greater Boston Area, USA. Dr Sriram holds a B.Tech from IIT Madras, M.S. and Ph.D., from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA.

Hiran is business executive with more than 17 years of experience in commercialization of high quality technologies. Her domain expertise is in advanced materials and their applications for energy and water. Functionally, her expertise is in product development and scaleup, competitive technology and market intelligence and B2B market development. She is currently senior advisor for innovation and entrepreneurship at IIT Tirupati. Prior to that she was MD at nH2 – an international company that commercializes breakthroughs in advanced material technologies from world-class universities. Earlier in her career, she founded two companies and has worked in technology transfer roles at academic institutions. Hiran has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University, MBA from INSEAD, M.S. from Washington University and a B.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

CZC Partners

Indian Institute of Technology Madras is one among the foremost institutes of national importance in higher technological education, basic and applied research. Founded in 1959 with technical and financial assistance from the former government of West Germany, it was the third IIT that was established by the Government of India.Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) has, for the third consecutive year, emerged as the top-ranked engineering institute in the country ( .


IIT Madras is hosting the Carbon Zero Challenge. This includes receiving submissions, shortlisting teams, finding mentors, facilitating funding and conducting the final demo event.

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Industrial Waste Management Association (IWMA) is a not-for-profit NABET accredited organization established in 2002 with an initial strength of 35 members from various industries. It has now grown to a membership of over 2500, comprising of large, medium, small, micro industries as well as few educational institutions. The membership is spread across engineering, textile, automobile, chemicals and petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals and leather sectors.

Apart from periodic review of landfill site operations, IWMA conducts seminars, training programs and provides consultancy and problem solving services to industries in field of environment in partnership with institutions such as IIT Madras, CSIR-CLRI, Anna University, NEERI, NIOT. IWMA also conducts school programs such as Young Environment Scientist, Enviro and society initiatives such as E-waste collection.IWMA provides organizing support to IIT Madras to conduct Carbon Zero Challenge.