Panel members

Ajith Prasad

Ajith has about 21+ years of experience in Design management, User Experience Design, New Product Conceptualization, Design Consulting, and Education.

Currently he is a Design Practitioner, with keen interest in Emerging Technologies and small organizations.

He is an alumnus of IIT Bombay where he pursued Master’s in Design (M Des), before which he did his B-Tech in electrical and electronics. He is trained in behavioural psychology and process lab facilitation.

He has been on the Type design team of Indian language fonts for Windows 2000.
He was Co-Founder & Director of a Design firm, Aedes Design Pvt Ltd, from 2004 to 2012.

He is experienced in managing projects from discovery to design, building Ux strategies, institutionalising Ux, and facilitating learning. He was on the BPR team for re-engineering Pricol’s people management process. His assignments as a consultant for various organizations have been setting up Centre of Excellence (CoE), conceptualising and designing applications, solutions, products, communications, and brand Identities, among others.

He is involved in Design Education and has been visiting faculty for Information and Interaction design at Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology. He has also been Teaching assistant at IIT Bombay.

He is also an artist who has exhibited in state and national art exhibitions conducted by Lalit Kala Academy. He has also written and directed about seven plays, by the time he was 19 - 20 years old. His art can be found here:

He invests himself in understanding human nature, design, technology, arts, and travels extensively.

Santhosh Koroth

Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC), Abu Dhabi

M.Sc (Eng.) in Environmental & Water Resources Engineering from Aligarh Muslim University. B.Tech in Civil Engineering from University of Calicut (1988)

Santhosh Kumar is a civil engineer with more than 30 years of experience in the Water, Wastewater and Infrastructure Development field.He has worked in various capacities as a civil and environmental engineer in India and Middle-east. He has taken up key positions in the planning and execution of various water and wastewater projects during his career.He has been working with EWEC for the last 13 Years. In EWEC he is working as Lead Water Demand Forecaster in the Strategy and Planning Directorate preparing the water demand forecast, and the required water production capacity, and is involved in other vital research and studies for the sector using statistical and probabilistic forecasting models.Santhosh Kumar has worked in prestigious Consultancy Organizations such as Tata Consulting Engineers and Parsons International at various positions and involved in Urban infrastructure projects including water, sewage, stormwater, irrigation networks and sewage treatment plants. The Projects Include Master Planning and design of Infrastructure works for various projects in Abu Dhabi, Mumbai ( Mumbai Water Supply Project and Mumbai Sewage Disposal Project) and Sewerage Master plans for various Indian Cities.His experience also includes Industrial wastewater treatment projects in India and the Middle East and has worked in Design, Construction, Commissioning and Operation of Effluent Treatment Plants for various types of Industries.

KTU Panellists – Ignite 2022