FOUNDER, WORLD TOILET ORGANIZATION
Jack Sim is the founder of BoP HUB and World Toilet Organization, and is a leading global advocate for sanitation. Formerly in the construction industry, he founded the World Toilet Organization in 2001after 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 November 19 as World Toilet day. In 2013, November 19 was designated as UN World Toilet Day.The day is now celebrated globally each year to raise awareness about 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 centrestage with his unique mix of humour and serious facts. He graduated with a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in 2013. He was shortlisted for the Sarphati Sanitation Award in November 2013.