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Temasek Foundation gift funds Asia's first multi-year water leadership programme

28 June 2011

(From left) Mr Benedict Cheong, Assistant Chief Executive of Policy at PUB Mr Chua Soon Guan, Prof Seetharam Kallidaikurichi, Dean of LKY School Prof Kishore Mahbubani, and Executive Vice-Dean and Director of Executive Education at LKY School Mr Stavros Yiannouka, at the gift signing ceremony

Chairman of IWP's International Advisory Panel, Mr Tan Gee Paw, who is also the Chairman of PUB, Singapore's national water agency, speaking at IWP's third anniversary celebration and launch of the water leadership programme on 24 Jun 2011
The Institute of Water Policy (IWP), a leading water policy think-tank at NUS' Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKY School), has launched Asia's first multi-year water leadership programme. Funded by the Temasek Foundation, a non-profit philanthropic organisation which supports human and social capital development in Asia, the Temasek Foundation Water Leadership Programme will train 700 water leaders in Asia over the next 10 years to ensure improved access to life-saving water and sanitation facilities in the continent's emerging markets.

Chief Executive Officer of Temasek Foundation Mr Benedict Cheong said: "We are pleased to sponsor this new initiative which will enable leaders in the Asian water industry to develop capabilities in water governance and management. The Institute of Water Policy's cutting-edge research and dedication to nurturing Asia's future water leaders makes it the ideal partner to take the lead in this initiative and we look forward to supporting the subsequent phases of this 10-year programme."

The Programme, which is aimed at middle to senior level professionals at water utilities, government agencies and civic organisations, will teach best practices in the governance of water utilities, as well as potential strategies to deal with existing and future challenges. The Programme will run twice a year in October and in April, with 35 students per course. Scholarships funded by Temasek Foundation will be available to participants from ASEAN, South Asian, East Asian and Central Asian countries.

IWP Director Prof Seetharam Kallidaikurichi E said: "Despite Asia's recent growth and prosperity, there is a huge inequality in the level of access to water and sanitation. In fact, 52 percent of the global population who lacks access to improved water facilities lives here in Asia. Thanks to Temasek Foundation's generous gift, we hope to develop a new generation of water leaders who will address this inequality through new ideas and technologies."

To find out more or sign up for the Temasek Foundation Water Leadership Programme, please click here.