Akshayaa Pasupathi

Akshayaa Pasupathi

Water Quality Intern

Likes: Cooking, Adventurous rides, Sports, Learning new sustainability concepts, problem solving.

Dislikes: Being indoors and staying silent!

Favourite Animal in the Yarra Catchment: Kookaburra


Originally from Chennai, India, Akshayaa is a current Master of Environment and Sustainability at student at Monash University and holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, complemented by a Master Diploma in Building Design.

Akshayaa’s work in the YRKA revolves around testing water quality, identifying pollution sources and hotspots and proposing engineering innovations that can help address the pressing issue of water pollution in the Yarra. She boasts a varied background in building design, administration and retail, and has also volunteered for several notable not-for-profits including the Orangutan Project, Sea Shepherd Australia and Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand.

She has previously completed a short course on LEED Green Building v4 Rating system and was awarded the Best Project Award, publishing her thesis in the prestigious International Journal of Innovative Research in Science, Engineering and Technology.

Akshayaa holds an enormous amount of passion for the Yarra River, previously conducting a thorough stakeholder analysis, critically evaluating and promoting the works of Birrarung Strategic Council. An avid learner, Akshayaa is always self-learning about new sustainability concepts and hopes to apply her skills and knowledge to improving the health of the Yarra.


“I want to help the Yarra Riverkeeper Association in ways that can help to maintain a good health of the river. I would also love to visit the Yarra Ranges and go on a number of treks in exploring their beauty.”