Professor Srinivas Chary Vedala is the Centre Director at the Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), a premier institution for India’s public policy and capacity development. He leads the Centre for Environment, Urban Governance and Infrastructure Development. He is the CEO of the WASH Innovation Hub of the ASCI and the Government of Telangana. He is an urban planner and public health engineer with over two decades of experience in urban infrastructure and service delivery. He specialises in water and environmental sanitation (WASH) services, and his portfolio spans policy, programme, capacity development and knowledge management. He serves on various Inter-Ministerial Committees on Citywide Inclusive Sanitation, WASH in schools, urban water management, and urban development. He is a member of the High-level Committee on urban transformation, the national committee on urban water management and sanitation, and chairperson of the Amrut Start-up Water Challenge, constituted by the GOI. He supported the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India, by independently appraising city development plans, reforms implementation and smart city proposals. He was a committee member of the GOI’s Reinventing the toilet programme and the national FSSM Alliance. He co-instituted the National Urban Water Awards programme with the Government of India (2008) to establish norms and accelerate performance improvement in municipal water and sanitation in India. He has received the Water for Life UN-Water Best Practices Award (4th edition) for his successful advocacy. He has also been conferred the Ashoka Fellowship for his innovations in the WASH sector. His current area of interest includes providing 24-7 water supply, safe sanitation through non-sewer sanitation and citywide inclusive sanitation in Indian cities. He mentors start-ups associated with the circular economy, waste management and water supply.
Tuesday 9th May, 14:00 – 15:30: Sanitation has a Methane Problem: Can climate finance solve it?