Mr. K. Taraka Rama Rao is a Minister in the Government of Telangana, India for Information Technology, Municipal Administration & Urban Development, Industries & Commerce, Mines & Geology, Public Enterprises and NRI Affairs. Under his leadership, the Government of Telangana has undertaken an ambitious $6 billion Telangana Water Grid Project, also known as Mission Bhaghiratha, to provide drinking water to about 30 million people in the state. As the Minister of IT and Industries, he has been highly successful in attracting large investments to Hyderabad city from several top blue chip companies such as Google, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft. He is the architect of several initiatives and policies to promote smart technologies, E-governance, digital empowerment and entrepreneurship.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology and has two post-graduate degrees, M.Sc in Biotechnology from University of Pune and MBA in Marketing & E-commerce from Baruch College, City University of New York. After completing his MBA, before joining full-time in politics in India, Mr. KT Rama Rao worked in the US IT industry from 2001-2006. He has won many accolades from leaders across the cross sections of the industry for dynamism, vision, and making Telangana one of the most investor friendly states of India. He has been awarded Most Inspirational Icon of the Year 2015 by CNN-IBN and Ritz Magazine, and is one of the most sought out political leaders of India.
Dr. F. Martin Ralph is a Researcher at UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and is the founding Director of the “Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes” (cw3e.ucsd.edu). He is a scientist, manager, and program developer who focuses on developing and carrying out programs that bridge science and its applications to practical problems, especially related to information on extreme weather events and associated issues in precipitation, drought and flood. He has published over 100 scientific articles, received several awards and is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.
His technical background is in atmospheric science (PhD. From UCLA, 1992; BS from the University of Arizona, 1984) focused on understanding the physical processes that create extremes in precipitation ranging from flood to drought, and on advancing associated observations, predictions, climate projections and decision support tools. A primary topic has been atmospheric rivers and their role in mid latitude precipitation.