In the upcoming event at the Asian Institute of Technology, the academic community is set for an enriching session with the globally recognized Prof. Jack Sim, also known as “Mr. Toilet”. Dive deep as he unravels insights on “The Leverage Model for Sanitation Advocacy”. This significant talk, presented by the Global Water & Sanitation Center, will be complemented by a moderated discussion led by Prof. Thammarat Koottatep, Co-Director of GWSC.
Date: 21 September 2023
Venue: Milton Bender Auditorium
Jack Sim, also known by his Chinese names 沈锐华 (simplified) and 沈銳華 (traditional), and pinyin Shěn Ruìhuá, was born in 1957. He is best known for founding the Restroom Association of Singapore, World Toilet Organization, World Toilet Day initiative, and the Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP) Hub. Originally from the construction sector, Jack pivoted towards dedicated social work after achieving financial freedom at 40.
In 2001, his contributions to raising awareness and gathering national expertise earned him the Schwab Foundation’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year award. By 2007, Jack had been recognized as a Fellow of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public. Furthermore, he played an instrumental role in establishing the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance, which includes major stakeholders in the sanitation field.
Time magazine honored Jack Sim as one of the Heroes of the Environment in 2008. In addition to his aforementioned ventures, he initiated the BOP HUB and various social enterprises and startups. Presently, he is working on a 65,000 sq ft World Trade Center for the Poor in Singapore. This ambitious project aims to revolutionize the marketplace for the world’s 4 billion impoverished individuals, with the ultimate goal of eradicating global poverty.