Jack Sim, Mr. Toilet, has broken the taboo on sanitation and brought issues about toilets and hygiene out into the open. After attaining financial independence as a businessman in Singapore by 40, Jack decided to devote the rest of his life to development work in line with his motto: “Live a useful life.”
In 1998, Jack established the Restroom Association of Singapore (RAS) whose mission is to raise the standards of public toilets and address the issues of poor toilet design, inadequate building codes and poorly trained cleaners in. As Jack began his work, he realized there were organizations similar to this in other countries and without any central governing body. Soon thereafter, he founded the World Toilet Organization (WTO) in 2001.
Since 2001, Jack has been involved in sustainable sanitation efforts all over the world. He was a founding member of American Restroom Association and was invited to launch The German Toilet Organization in Berlin in 2006. In 2007, Jack became one of the key members to convene the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance comprised of over 130 organizations active in the sanitation sector including UN-Habitat, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNDP, and the World Bank. He heads its Asian Secretariat in Singapore. He also sits on the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Councils (GAC) for Water Security and the GAC for Social Entrepreneurship.
Jack has received many honours and accolades for his work over the years. In 2004, Singapore's National Environment Agency awarded Jack the Singapore Green Plan Award 2012. He was named Social Entrepreneur of the Year by Schwab Foundation of Switzerland in 2006 and was also the Asian Development Bank’s Water Champion. Time magazine named Jack Hero of the Environment in 2008 and in 2009, he became Channel News Asia’s Asian of the Year. In 2011, Reader’s Digest named Jack Asian of the Year and most recently, he was named a Synergos Senior Fellow 2013. Jack is also an Ashoka Global Fellow and a Schwab Fellow of the World Economic Forum.
To improve his impact on sanitation, Jack has studied at various international institutions, including the Norway University of Life Science and the Harvard Business School. He holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in International Marketing from the University of Strathclyde and is currently enrolled at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy’s Masters in Public Administration programme and is the school’s visiting fellow at the Institution of Water Policy.
Jack’s current project at WTO is to establish the BoP Hub in Singapore.
R Subramaniam Iyer
Chief Executive Officer
After a 21-year career with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) of which 10 years were spent as Partner in its Advisory division in Singapore, Subra became an entrepreneur in October 2009. His career with PwC was diverse, including roles as auditor, advisor on financial and commercial due diligence, taking charge of restructuring, acting as an insolvency appointee, playing the role of an expert witness (forensic accountant) and performing several forensic accounting investigations. Subra is currently Chairman and shareholder of an emerging biotechnology company that manufactures and distributes a product that improves the yield of various crops. He is also Executive Director of an advisory capital business based out of South India and continues to act as Expert Witness in Singapore as a forensic accountant. Subra serves on the board of Jurong Port and is also the chairman of their audit committee.
He is the Director and Treasurer of Executives Without Borders. He holds a degree from the National University of Singapore, completed his Professional Year with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and attended the General Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Joe serves as Chairman of the World Toilet Organization, is Founder and Chairman of Next Generation Infrastructure Group, a green energy development company, and has been based in Asia since 1994. He was previously a project finance lawyer, representing developers and lenders during the course of a 20-year legal career with two major international law firms. He has deep experience in key regional markets such as China, India, Indonesia, Laos, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. During the course of his career, he helped close over US$5 billion worth of deals in the infrastructure sector, including ground-breaking transactions such as the first non-cogeneration independent power project in the United States, the first privatized independent power project in Thailand, the first cogeneration project in Thailand, an award-winning cross-border utility debt restructuring in India, and an Asia-Pacific petrochemical deal of the year in Indonesia.
Joe has a track record of industry leadership and community engagement. He founded the International Private Energy Association, a Washington D.C.-based industry trade group which was active in the nineties, and has served as a Guest Lecturer at Nanyang Technological University's Center for Advanced Construction Studies for over 15 years. He serves on the Singapore American School’s Board of Governors and is Founder and Chairman of the Joint International Pro Bono Committee, an initiative of the Singapore Law Society designed to support cross-border pro bono practice among law firms in Singapore.
He holds a degree from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and a Juris Doctorate degree from Harvard University Law School.
Ash was appointed to the Board in September 2011. He is Managing Director of Japan and APAC for IntraLinks (NYSE: IL) a leading global provider of Software-as-a-Service (“SaaS”) solutions for securely managing content, exchanging critical business information and collaborating within and among organizations.
Before Ash’s appointment to IntraLinks, he was Group Vice President for sales at Oracle Corporation for 11 years. During his tenure at Oracle, he oversaw rapid sales growth across several key regions, including Greater China, India, Korea, South East Asia and Australia.
Ash is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia and the Institute of Company Directors, Australia. He is a graduate of the International Company Directors Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Chris is the Executive Director of Ashoka Singapore. He joined Ashoka in 2000 after working for seven years with various grassroots human rights organizations in Southeast Asia. While at the Ashoka Global office in Washington, DC, Chris was responsible for managing Ashoka’s global process for electing new Ashoka Fellows. He is currently based in Singapore and is leading Ashoka’s expansion efforts in Asia.
· Lee Hui Wen, Senior Manager
· Juliet Ler, MICE and Convention Manager
· Divya Chandran, Communications Manager
· Anirudh Rajashekar, Business Development Manager
· Laura Simei, Business Development Manager
· Maung Min Zaw, Training & Finance Manager