Mr Patrick Rousseau is CEO and Managing Director for Veolia – India. He has a high level expertise in water and wastewater services and has implemented roll-out plans for large contracts including restructuring programmes and staff reorganisation.
He has earlier worked with a Generale des Eaux (now Veolia) Group’s French subsidiary in France from 1977 till 1995. Subsequently, he integrated Vivendi Water (now Veolia – water services) for international activities, being in-charge of their major operations in the Czech Republic, Southern Africa, Morocco and then Gabon.
He is President of the French Foreign Trade Council and Vice-Chairman of the Indo-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in India as well as a Member of the European Business Group.
Mr Rousseau graduated in 1974 from Ecole Superieure des Ingenieurs de Poitiers, France and he completed his master’s degree in civil engineering from Oregon State University, USA.
After more than 30 years working in the water sector, I am convinced that working hand-in-hand with municipalities and all stakeholders is the main challenge to implement innovative, sustainable and equitable solutions that meet cities' and industries' expectations and needs. Whatever the location and the context, I would say that the water sector has to meet five main requirements to ensure access to water for all.