Director of the Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Program, Gates Foundation
Brian Arbogast leads the foundation’s effort to bring groundbreaking innovations in sanitation technology and new ways to deliver sanitation products and services to people in the developing world.B Arbogast was previously a corporate vice president at Microsoft Corporation, leading an international portfolio of research and development projects. More recently, he concentrated in cleantech and international development, driving market solutions to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges. He served as a senior advisor with The Boston Consulting Group and as a board member of the Northwest Energy Angels and of Water1st International. He is a founding board member of Progress Alliance of Washington and an advisor to Upaya Social Ventures. Arbogast received his Bachelor of Mathematics in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, Canada, and a Certificate in Sustainable Business from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute.
What we need to look at now is an extension of the Swachh Bharat vision where we go beyond building basic facilities and look holistically at the sanitation value chain - from containment to treatment and safe disposal/reuse. While toilets are an essential part of overcoming the sanitation challenge, they are the means not the end.