Founder and Director Dr. Meera Hira-Smith, Ph.D., started Project Well in 1999. Dr. Hira-Smith is originally from Kolkata, India, and now resides in Oakland, California. Her involvement in arsenic crisis relief began in 1996 after meeting victims in affected villages and attending conferences on arsenic health issues with her husband, Dr. Allan Smith. She began researching this widespread tragedy and surveying contaminated villages extensively. Three years later, she established Project Well to provide safe drinking water to this part of the world. Dr. Hira-Smith is also a research specialist in the Arsenic Health Effects Research Group of University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on West Bengal and Bangladesh.
Prof. Allan Smith, MD, Ph.D. - Treasurer of Project Well and Emeritus Professor of Epidemiology in the University of California, Berkeley. He is also Principal Investigator of many arsenic health studies in Chile, Argentina, USA, India, and Bangladesh.
Timir Hore, Ph.D. - President of and Technical Advisor to Project Well. Hydrogeologist and Vice President of C&H Environmental, New Jersey, USA.
All donations go straight to India--we do not have any overhead or administrative costs in the United States. All the members and advisors donate their time and expertise in developing and executing the program.