Ashok Gadgil

UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development: From Innovation to Social Impact
2-4 May 2016 | SwissTech Convention Centre | EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland


Ashok Gadgil
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering & Director of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division
University of California Berkeley

Dr. Gadgil has a doctorate in physics from the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley).

He has substantial experience in technical, economic, and policy research on energy efficiency and its  implementation—particularly in developing countries. For example, the utility-sponsored compact fluorescent lamp leasing programs that he pioneered are being successfully implemented by utilities in dozens of emerging-economies and developing countries. Per UNEP estimates, these programs were saving about US$5 billion per year and benefiting about 100 million households by 2011, and the numbers have continued to increase since then. He has several patents and inventions to his credit, among them the “UV Waterworks,” a technology to inexpensively disinfect drinking water in the developing countries, which enables offering, at profit, affordable safe drinking water to poor communities in poor countries. In 2014, there were about 5 million daily customers in Asia and Africa for this drinking water. He received the Discover Award in 1996 for the most significant environmental invention of the year, as well as the Popular Science award for “Best of What is New – 1996.”

In recent years, he has worked on ways to inexpensively remove arsenic from Bangladesh drinking water, and on fuel-efficient stoves for Darfur.