Divyang Waghela joined the Tata Trusts in 2008 and currently heads Tata Water Mission (drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) portfolio) at the Trusts. Tata Water Mission aims to provide safe drinking water and improved sanitation services to rural underserved communities through technological advancement and enhanced service delivery mechanism through sustainable approaches.
Currently, the TWM’s outreach is in more than 5,000 villages across ten states in India.
Apart from being a part of the TWM team; he also acts as an Executive Director of the Coastal Salinity Prevention Cell, Ahmedabad (an institution supported by Tata Trusts) which works to evolve sustainable approaches for salinity ingress prevention and mitigation and enhance livelihood resilience of coastal communities through multi-thematic interventions in areas of natural resource management, improved agriculture practices, farmers producer organisations, etc.
He pursued his MBA with specialization in finance and has been working in the development sector for more than 12 years. After working with the Asian Development Bank on project finance and project management for bulk water transmission in Gujarat; Waghela made a transition to the non-profit sector in 2004 and joined Water and Sanitation Management Organisation (WASMO) where he was a State Head for community-based decentralized drinking water and sanitation projects.
After working with WASMO for more than five years; in 2008, he joined Tata Trusts in Mumbai and anchored the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) portfolio of the Trusts.
His areas of interest are working on sustainable development processes through technology innovations and community approaches in the social development space, specifically in WASH sector.
(June 24, 2021/India CSR Network)