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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 is an international lawyer and policy specialist with more than ten years of work experience in five continents. She currently works for the United Nations Climate Change agency on adaptation and the project on Resilience Frontiers.

She has worked for UN-Habitat as Project Manager for Local Authorities on SDG Goal 11, the Urban Legislation Advisor and the New Urban Agenda Partnership Advisor in Kenya and Thailand.

Jasdeep has consulted on transboundary waters and interlinks with fragility, migration and climate change (for the World Bank, Oxfam, the Government of India, the German Development Institute and the German Federal Environment Ministry); on water security (OECD, Harvard); on global governance reforms and cities (Bosch); sanitation contracts (Gates); justice and federal reforms (the Government of India) and constitutional design (Nepal). She has clerked at the Supreme Court of India and the High Court of Hong Kong, and taught courses in law and public policy in India, New Zealand, Kenya and the United States.

Jasdeep has been selected for various leadership fellowships and made policy recommendations in global forums on governance trends (migration, the Syrian conflict, transitional justice, digital technology, social entrepreneurship, climate change and human rights), including the G20 Forum; at COP23; as a BMW Foundation World Responsible Leader; a Robert Bosch Fellow; a Global Diplomacy Lab member; Federal Foreign Office Training for International Diplomats; UNLEASH; the Global Media Forum and the Brandt Conference.

She has a strong publishing record and interdisciplinary skillset including negotiation and mediation, policy analysis, public international law, human rights, leadership theory, SDGs, foresight analysis and systems design.

A recipient of several international scholarships, she has a Master’s in Law from Yale, a Bachelor’s in Civil Law from Oxford, a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy, and a JD from GLC Mumbai.

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