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Dr. V. Kurian Baby is Special Secretary at the Department of Local Self Government, Kerala, India. He was IRC's India Country Director and Senior Programme Office within IRC South Asia Regional Programme. Having significant WASH sector experience, both at Policy and programme levels in India and abroad, he has worked for national/sub-national governments, NGOs, public corporate and donors (UNDP, World Bank, EU and JICA). He was Managing Director at the Kerala Water Board and Executive Director of the Kerala Rural Water Supply & Sanitation Agency (World Bank).

He has a first class Masters in Economics, a Ph.D in Regulatory Economics and specialisation in project management (IIM-Ahmadabad), Environmental Economics & Development Policy (WBI-USA). He has a number of publications to his credit and is a reviewer for international journals.