Program Director, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Institute
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Institute, New Delhi
As WASH Institute Program Director, Arumugam Kalimuthu (AK) is responsible for the overall management of WASH Institute program profile. Especially, AK is the Program In-charge for the Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) Technical Assistance program unit of WASH Institute in New Delhi, which is supported by USAID and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
AK has 29 years of experience in the development sector with a strong focus on water supply, sanitation and hygiene. Before joining WASH Institute, AK worked with Water For People, WaterAid India, WaterAid Nepal and Plan International (India).
As a technical expert, AK has been representing in top level committees of Government of India namely SACOSAN-VI Planning Committee and Committee on Ganga Action Plan on Sanitation technology of Ministry of Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation (MoDWS), Whole School Development Committee of SarvaShikshaAbhiyan, Water and Sanitation Road Map development committee, Govt of Bihar and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). Also, AK is part of Program Coordination Mechanism (PCM) of Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) and Eminent Jury member of FICCI Award on Sanitation and Water Digest Water Awards. AK has published several technical papers and guidebooks on water and sanitation.
AK holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Coimbatore Institute of Technology, Bharatiar University, India, and a Master of Science degree in Water and Environmental Engineering, University of Surry, UK, along with many other diplomas, awards, and publications. He has submitted Ph.D thesis titled “Climate Change Impact on Farmers across Five Agro-Ecological Zones of India” in Gandhigram Rural University, India.
Topic of delivery : “Rain Water Harvesting”