VK MADHAVAN
V K Madhavan is the Chief Executive of WaterAid India. Following a Master's in International Politics from Jawaharlal Nehru University in 1991, Madhavan commenced working with the Urmul Rural Health Research and Development Trust in Bikaner district of north-western India where he worked in various capacities till 1998. Since then, Madhavan has worked with ActionAid and The Hunger Project and subsequently spent eight years working in the Kumaun region of Uttarakhand with the Central Himalayan Rural Action Group (Chirag). In his years as a development professional, Madhavan has worked on an integrated approach to rural development & community health, primary education, natural resource management, on and off-farm livelihoods and investing in young people. Prior to assuming his role as Chief Executive of WaterAid India, Madhavan was Managing Director of Skills Education Private Limited, a company that provides youth with access to information, skills and opportunities leading to employment. Madhavan was a TED Global Fellow in 2009 and a TED Senior Fellow in 2010. Madhavan is an avid reader and enjoys music. He tweets @vkmadhavan