World Toilet Summit 2017

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Keynote Speakers

The World Toilet Summit will feature a dynamic mix of keynote speakers from across the globe.  All speakers will be announced over the coming weeks, but we are pleased to announce the first speaker:

Jack Sim, Founder, World Toilet Organization (Mr Toilet) 
Tuesday 21 November, 4.30pm – 5.00pm

Jack Sim is the founder of BoP HUB and World Toilet Organization and a leading global advocate for sanitation. Formerly in the construction industry, he founded the World Toilet Organization in 2001, after attaining financial independence at age of 40, and deciding to devote the rest of his life to social work. In 2001 World Toilet Organization (WTO) declared its founding day 19 November as World Toilet day. In 2013, 19 November was designated as UN World Toilet Day - the day is now celebrated globally each year as a day raise awareness of the need for action to end the sanitation crisis. 

For ‘creating good will and bringing the subject into the open’ and ‘mobilizing national support in providing on-the-ground expertise’ Jack Sim received the Schwab Foundation award for Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2001. In 2007, Jack became one of the key members to convene the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance composed of key players for sanitation. He is an Ashoka Global Fellow, and was named one of the Heroes of the Environment for 2008 by Time Magazine. 

Widely known as Mr. Toilet, Jack broke the global taboo around toilets and sanitation by bringing it to centre-stage with his unique mix of humour and serious facts.

Video: Jack Sim's TED Talk

Bruce Gordon, World Health Organization
‘WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Program SDG Baseline Report: Implications for Policy & Practice’ 
Monday 20 November, 11.30am – 12.00pm

Rose George, Author & Journalist 
‘The Big Necessity: Waste to Resource’
Rose George is an author and journalist. Her second book was The Big Necessity: Adventures in the World of Human Waste/The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why it Matters, published by Portobello (UK) and Metropolitan (US). Rose’s two TED talks, on sanitation and seafaring, have had nearly 3 million views. She writes frequently for the Guardian, New Statesman, Scientific American, Rotarian and many others, and enjoys doing book reviews for anyone who asks. She has been war correspondent in Kosovo for Condé Nast Traveler magazine (for one day); reported on an alternative World Cup final in Bhutan between Bhutan and Montserrat (Bhutan won); and attended Saddam Hussein’s birthday party, twice. She has worked as a sanitation consultant for UNICEF India, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, WSSCC and WASH United. Rose received a congratulatory first-class honours BA in modern languages from the University of Oxford in 1992, and an MA in international politics in 1994 from the University of Pennsylvania. She speaks fluent French and Italian and lives mostly in Yorkshire. Rose is currently working on her fourth book.

Video: One of Rose's TED Talks