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Anand Shah

Clean water evangelist

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Anand Shah

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CEO, Development Consultant

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Piramal Foundation, Teach for India,


TEDXNarimanPoint - Anand Shah - Transformation in Education

Anand Shah is CEO of Sarvajal and Piramal Foundation. Sarvajal aims to bring clean water to rural parts of India in order to stop the diseases spreading due to unsafe water. The private foundation of Piramal Foundation builds a platform for India's youth to participate in progress of the whole nation. He is also on the board of members for Indicorps, non-profit organization for Indians around the world to participate in India's progress. -------------------------------------------------- TEDxNarimanPoint 2011 took place on Friday September 2nd, 2011 at Y.B. Chavan Auditorium. At TEDxNarimanPoint ideas were shared by eminent speakers on ways to transform the educational landscape in India and beyond. The speakers came from varied backgrounds of being educators themselves, social entrepreneurs in the education sector, policy makers, leaders in CSR etc. to present a view of the concerted effort required to change the educational landscape of a country. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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Sarvajal means “Water For All”. Nearly one billion people lack access to clean water, a crisis that is responsible for fully half of all hospitalizations for illness in the developing world. In India alone, over 40 million people suffer from waterborne diseases each year, erasing an estimated 73 million working days, or USD 600 million in economic value. Our mission is to provide affordable, accessible, pure water for everyone.
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Anand is CEO of Sarvajal, a social enterprise increasing access to pure drinking water through entrepreneurship. He is also CEO of the Piramal Foundation, where he helps India's youth actively participate in national progress, and incubates rural social enterprises. Anand graduated from Harvard College in 1999 and spent two years helping launch the Media and Technology Charter High School. In 2001, he moved to India to start Indicorps, a program started with his siblings to encourage Peace Corps-like service from the Indian Diaspora. He has long been a proponent of developing public service programs, and was involved in helping launch national service programs such as Teach For India. Anand is also a consultant to the upcoming Vedanta University in Orissa. He is a member of the Aspen Institute's inaugural India Leadership Initiative, and on the board of organizations including Copilot International.

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