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The Swachh Bharat Mission in India – Transformational Impact by Changing the Behavior of 550 Million People

June 17 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

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The presentation is a continuation of the Urban & Water Group’s “Talk Shop” series.

Speaker: Parameswaran Iyer

Parameswaran Iyer is currently the Advisor and Global Lead for Strategic Initiatives in the World Bank’s Water Global Practice. Prior to this, he served as Secretary to the Government of India at the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation from March 2016 until August 2020, where he also led the implementation of the flagship Swachh Bharat Mission. A former IAS officer, Iyer headed the innovative community-led Swajal Project in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand in the 1990s. He has over twenty-five years of global experience in the water and sanitation sector and has worked in many countries, including Vietnam, China, Egypt and Lebanon. Iyer also served as road manager cum coach to his daughter and son on the pro tennis circuit during a two-year sabbatical from his professional career.

Param will also present some highlights from his recently published book entitled “Method in the Madness: Insights from my Career as an Insider-Outsider-Insider”.

Host: Alex Bakalian
Note: The host will open the meeting at 10:30 AM for a half-hour of socializing.

Facilitator: Letitia Obeng

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June 17
11:00 am - 12:30 pm


(via Zoom connection)


The 1818 Society Urban and Water Thematic Group