Names From left to right – Robert Martin (Programme Director), Akhilesh Gautam (Country Programme Director), Neil Jeffery (WSUP CEO)
Neil has been Chief Executive of Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) since early 2014. He has over two decade’s experiences of successfully leading and growing organizations, social enterprises and innovative partnerships, in both Europe and North America. He previously led various organizations delivering services to base of the pyramid consumers and worked with the renewable energy industry to develop their social investment initiative, taking each through complex change processes to promote significantly enhanced institutional capacity and performance.
Neil established and headed up a research institute in Washington DC which worked with the US Congress to enhance the effectiveness and impact of US policy in the Andean Region. He is presently a Non-Executive Director of the Washington Office on Latin America and he has published on stakeholder engagement and sustainable business development in emerging markets, with the Cranfield University and the US Institute for Peace. He holds an MBA with distinction from Sir John Cass Business School, an MA from the University of Cambridge and was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford. He holds the Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting from Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).
Having previously led WSUP Advisory CIC as Managing Director, Robert Martin now works with the company providing oversight and strategic guidance to the USAID funded project “Capacity Building for SBM Urban”. He has over 35 years of experience in the global water sector, including 15 years managing urban services and support to operations worldwide for an international private sector service provider. As an independent consultant since 2006, he has worked extensively with the European Investment Bank and the UN hosted Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council. Since 2010 he has developed and delivered a short course in water supply and sanitation for students in the Master in International Health programme at the school of public health in Bordeaux, France. He holds a BSc in Engineering and Applied Science from Yale University and a PhD in Environmental Health Sciences from Johns Hopkins University.
Country Programme Director
Akhilesh Gautam (India Country Programme Director, WSUP Advisory India) is an Urban Planner with 27 years of career experience in environmental sanitation, drinking water and hygiene earned largely through a staff member role in United Nations and bilateral agencies to deliver technical, financial and resource assistance to the Governments, Para-statal bodies, Utilities and Municipal bodies. He has served many thought leadership role in the development of policies, strategies and innovative tools and products that have greatly assisted most marginalized communities to benefit from improved water, sanitation and hygiene infrastructure and services. He is a member of Institute of Town Planners, India and American Planning Association.
Names from Right to Left – Rachna Gahilote Bisht (SBCC Specialist), Sunil Kumar Giri (Technical Manager), Amanda West (Mercy Corps), R K Srinivasan (USAID India), Uday Singh Gautam (City Project Manager), Akhilesh Gautam (Country Programme Director), Shiva Prasad Narala (Field Operation Manager), Amy Sproston (Mercy Corps), Thomas Schumacher (USAID USA), Robert Martin (Programme Director), Rajesh Srivastava (Administration and Finance Manager), Sonia Minhas (Administration and Finance Officer), Jyoti Verma (Project Associate)
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