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International experts and practitioners working in Asia, the Pacific and Africa presented in WASH 2011. The conference addressed arguably the biggest challenge to water supply, sanitation and hygiene: sustainability. Sustainability was considered from institutional, environmental, social and financial perspectives.

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Dr. Val Curtis

Director, the Hygiene Centre, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Val is a behavioural scientist whose principal interest is in hygiene (its evolution, its history, its relationship with water and sanitation, and how to improve it). She is Senior Lecturer in Hygiene Promotion and directs the Hygiene Centre  at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Originally trained in engineering, she has a Master’s in Public Health and a PhD in Anthropology. Dr Curtis was a founder of the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing with Soap and is on the steering committee. Dr Curtis carries out advisory work in Africa, Asia and the UK for organisations such as DFID, the World Bank and Industry.

Val is a regular contributor to TV and radio (Channel 4 series the Anatomy of Disgust , BBC Human Instincts , The Body Snatchers, Body shocks, Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, BBC World Service, etc).


Prof. Richard Carter

Head of Technical Support, WaterAid

Professor Carter has worked for 35 years in water management, focusing especially on sub-Saharan Africa.  After training as a geologist, he took a Masters degree in irrigation and water resources engineering, and later completed a PhD in water policy and management related to semi-arid west Africa. 

Richard joined Cranfield University in 1981 after several years working for consulting companies in UK and overseas.  He was appointed Professor of International Water Development in 2002, and in recent years also ran his own consulting firm. In 2009 he left Cranfield and became Head of Technical Support at the international NGO WaterAid.


Clarissa Brocklehurst

Chief, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

Ms Brocklehurst joined UNICEF in April 2007. Prior to her appointment, Ms Brocklehurst was a consultant in water and sanitation based in Ottawa, Canada. She has worked for a variety of clients including the World Bank, the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) Building Partnerships for Development (BPD) and WaterAid.

Ms Brocklehurst started her career with research into the water and sanitation needs of aboriginal communities in Canada. From 1987 to 1989 she was the Technical Adviser for Small Sanitation Projects on a CIDA-financed rural water and sanitation project in Togo, and between 1991 and 1992 was based in Sri Lanka on a project to plan rural water and sanitation investments. In 1997 she was appointed the Country Representative for WaterAid in Bangladesh, serving in that country for two and a half years, working on a mix of rural and urban programmes. Ms Brocklehurst then became the Regional Urban Specialist for the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) at their Regional Office for South Asia in New Delhi, India, returning to Canada in August 2001. Ms Brocklehurst is a national of Canada and Great Britain. She studied Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto (1979-1985) where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in 1983 and Master’s Degree in 1985.

Jaehyang So

Manager, Water and Sanitation Program (WSP), World Bank

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Ms So comes to the WSP with a background in urban service delivery, utilities and corporate restructuring, and public private partnerships.

Ms So has focused on improving the performance of service providers, utilities, and local governments in the World Banks programs in Eastern and Central Europe, East Asia and South Asia. Immediately prior to joining WSP, Ms So was the Lead Infrastructure Specialist in the South Asia Regional Infrastructure Department working primarily on Bangladesh and Pakistan on urban water and sanitation sector programs. Ms So has also worked on the World Bank’s corporate strategy and risk management development, most recently, leading the team preparing for the World Bank Groups Sustainable Infrastructure Action Plan.

Prior to joining the World Bank, Ms So was with Monitor Company in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she advised fortune 100 level companies on corporate strategy issues in the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. She is a Korean National, and holds an MBA and BA in Economics from Stanford University.

Dr. Junaid Ahmad

Sector Manager, Urban Water Africa Region, World Bank

Dr. Ahmad has been the Sector Manager in the Urban and Water Unit for the South Asia region since 2005. He focuses on the region's program on urban reform, water and sanitation, disaster management, fiscal decentralization and local governments. He is the South Asia Thematic Leader for Decentralization and Local Governance.

Prior to the World Bank, Dr. Ahmad worked as an Economic Consultant, Government of Bangladesh (1985 - 87). His World Bank career began as an Economist (1991-94), Special Assistant to the President, World Bank, Washington DC focusing on Africa (1995), Deputy Resident Representative and Principal Economist, World Bank Office, South Africa (1996-2000) and as Regional Team Leader and Lead Economist, Water and Sanitation Program, South Asia, World Bank, New Delhi from 2000-2004.

Dr. Ahmad received his Doctorate in Applied Economics from Stanford University(1991), his MPA - Public Policy, from Kennedy School, Harvard University (1985) and BA, Economics & Development Studies, Brown University (1983).


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