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Achieving Water Security in India: Towards Innovative Solutions

The Open Situation Room (OSR) will be hosted in Mumbai on 22 March 2017. Moderated by GDL member Jasdeep Randhawa, a lawyer and public policy analyst with over 7 years of experience in international development, the OSR will aim to make an important contribution to water security in India.

The Mumbai leg of the Humanitarian Diplomacy Lab will explore new and innovative forms of partnership to tackle the water scarcity problem in India. How can water infrastructure be improved to deliver water to the 330 million people currently facing acute water shortages? What role should technology play in creating trust amongst communities with respect to water resource management? Would pricing water enable a more equitable utilization of water? What role should public-private partnerships play? How should governance and regulatory mechanisms be reformed? These are some of the questions that social entrepreneurs, private sector reps, government officials, and young people will discuss and address.

The invited speakers are:
David Akov - Israel’s Consul General in Mumbai
Nimrod Assouline - Deputy Chief of Mission at the Consulate General of Israel in Mumbai
Adi Bhujle - The Indian representative of the German Water Partnership (GWP)
Prof. Suresh Kulkarni - The Secretary at Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority (MWRRA), Mumbai

Organizing Partners:
Martin Bienz - Consul General of Switzerland in Mumbai
Gabriele Boner - Deputy Consul General, German Consulate General Mumbai, India
Rahul Chawla - Indian Chapter Head of the BMW Foundation

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Jasdeep Randhawa

Jasdeep Randhawa is an international development and legal consultant with more than eight years of work experience spanning five continents. She has worked for UN-Habitat as the Programme Manager for Local Authorities, the Urban Legislation Advisor and the Regional Partnerships Advisor for Implementation of the New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). She has consulted for the OECD, the Governments of India, New Zealand and Australia, the World Bank and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on access to water security and sanitation services. She currently works as a Water Resources Management Specialist at the World Bank, Washington DC.  

She is passionate about tapping into the huge potential amongst young social entrepreneurs in India to localise the implementation of the SDGs, particularly in the fields of water, climate change, urbanisation, innovation and skills development.

Jasdeep has been selected to represent India at the G20 Youth Forum, and as a fellow of the Global Diplomacy Lab, the BMW Foundation, the Global Governance Futures programme and Global Table and has presented policy recommendations on global governance issues pertaining to climate change, the refugee crisis, water security, digital technology and building trust in post-conflict societies.

Jasdeep has also served as a law clerk to a senior judge in the Supreme Court of India and as a judicial marshal in the High Court of Hong Kong. Jasdeep has taught courses in law and public policy in India, New Zealand, Kenya and the United States.

A recipient of several international scholarships and awards, Jasdeep holds a Master’s in Law from Yale, a Bachelor’s in Civil Law from the University of Oxford, a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a law degree from Government Law College, Mumbai.

Jasdeep is a travel junkie, having made her way to 47 countries, and an amateur photographer.

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