Our Team


Rahul Bakare

CEO & Founder

Rahul is the founder and CEO of Urdhvam. He completed his BE Mechanical Engineering from MIT, Pune and pursued his MS in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University, USA, and he holds an executive program in Business Management from IIM, Kolkata. Before embarking on his new venture on sustainability and environmental management – Urdhvam, he has been pivotal in developing the strategy and implementation programs in philanthropy space with Mrs Rohini Nandan Nilekani in Water and Sanitation Space, where he established more than 80 projects in Water and sanitation across India, developed four pan India networks on participatory groundwater management, fluoride & arsenic mitigation and water conflicts. He is a member of Business Network International (BNI), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Mahratta Chamber Of Commerce Industries & Agriculture (MCCIA), The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) and Indian Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH). He is always buzzing with new ideas and happy when his ideas take some shape & form. He is our green evangelist for sustainability with more than 20 years of experience and is an ardent farmer not many know about. Rahul loves to drive and when he hits the road he is our ‘fast and furious’

Email – rahul@urdhvam.com


Vinit Phadnis


Vinit is the Chief Technical Officer at Urdhvam. He completed his B.Sc. in Geology from Shivaji University, Kolhapur and M.Sc. in Geology from University of Pune, and he additionally also holds a MS in Tropical Hydrogeology from Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Germany. He is a DAAD fellow & Life member of Indian Society of Remote Sensing. He is a person with a experience of working across corporate, nongovernmental & Educational Organizations. Prior to joining Urdhvam he was heading the Department Of Earth Sciences at Sinhgad College, Pune, where he played a pivotal role in establishing and nurturing earth science courses. Having work on different geological settings he brings in lot of sound technical knowhow from the geology/hydrogeology domain . He is been hydrogeology consultant for various organizations including World Bank. and been part of many Hydrogeology projects. Not to mention he has quite a few papers published in peer reviewed journals on the Deccan volcanism. He is a member of Indian Society of Remote Sensing (ISRS), Deccan Volcanological Society (DVS) and International Association of Volcanology & Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI) He is a seasoned geologist and a huge fan of the books & movies.

Email – vinit@urdhvam.com


Renie Thomas

Project Officer: Geologist

Renie is a hard core Geologist, ardent trekker and has a great interest in understanding Deccan Physical Volcanology. He possesses more than 5 years of work experience in water sector and has been associated with many well-known organisations like WOTR, IofC - Grampari, CSE, to name a few. He has completed his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Geology from Fergusson College, University of Pune. In addition, he also holds a Diploma in ‘Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and Nature Conservation’ from Ecological Society, Pune. At Urdhvam, he is our Project Officer where his main task is into aquifer mapping, hydrogeological studies, geophysical surveys, ecological studies and using GIS & 3D modelling tools in deciphering how aquifers behave. He is a member of Volcanological Society and International Association of Volcanology & Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI) and Maharashtra Pakshimitra (MPM). He just loves birds and their flight, an upcoming photographer who is always ready with his camera to capture his best friends - birds. In short, he is our ‘birdman’.

Email – renie@urdhvam.com


Imon Ghosh


Imon is a trainee geologist who has completed his B.Sc. & M.Sc. in Geology from Fergusson College, University of Pune, and holds a diploma in GIS from MITCON, Pune. His main task are working on GIS tools, mapping and collecting field data. He is a huge fan of books & movies. Additional he has great interest in mixing beat and to create heart thumping music - I hope you may have guessed by now.

Email – imon@urdhvam.com


Tushar Patil

Project Officer

Tushar has completed his B.Sc. in Microbiology and M.Sc. in GIS & Remote sensing from Sinhgad College, University of Pune. He is our Project Officer, where his main task is into surveying and providing inputs on GIS mapping. He manages to survey difficult terrains using sofisticated land-surveying machines, He has a 'Go-getter' attitude and our best geodetic guy in business. He is full of energy and possesses unending enthusiasm in and off the field. Prior to joining Urdhvam, he was running his own business on GIS mapping and surveying. He also has more than 8 years of working experience with well-known GIS firms and local government bodies like MCGM. He has great interest in flowers and in creating great pieces of art.

Email – tushar@urdhvam.com

Contact Us



3rd Floor, Mayurpankh, Ram Indu Park, Near Saplings Play School,
Lane Besides Pune Sahakari Bank, Baner, Pune 411045,Maharashtra, INDIA.

+91 777 403 4634, +91 982 265 8851
info@urdhvam.com, rahul@urdhvam.com