Suneethi Sundar has a PhD in Environmental Biotechnology from Anna University, Tamil Nadu, India. She also has a PG Diploma in Urban Environmental Management and Law from the National Law University, New Delhi, India. She is a recipient of a UGC Research Fellowship for meritorious scholars in Sciences from 2007–2012 and also a recipient of the Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral and Professional Research Fellowship to pursue research in Columbia University, New York from 2011–2012.
An environmental scientist by training, Suneethi has worked in IIT Madras as a Project Officer for over 3 years, leading the team on anaerobic biodigester operation, maintenance and monitoring, and decentralised sustainable wastewater treatment and reuse technologies for India. She has also been guest faculty in the Department of Ecology and Environmental Science at Pondicherry University teaching ‘Industrial Ecology’ and ‘Advanced Water Treatment Technologies’.
Suneethi’s doctoral thesis was on the removal of ammoniacal nitrogen from landfill leachate and sludge digestate by autotrophic processes in advanced biological systems such as anaerobic membrane bioreactor and moving bed biofilm reactor. She has published over nine papers in international and national peer reviewed journals and co-authored a book chapter.
At IIHS, she works as a Specialist at the Tamil Nadu Urban Sanitation Support Programme (TNUSSP).