Karti Sandilya

Advisor, Blacksmith Institute


An expert in development policy and strategy, Karti works closely with the Blacksmith Institute and international governments on Blacksmith's effort to end toxic pollution in some of the world's worst polluted places, focusing in particular on Blacksmith's work on the World Bank's Global Alliance for Legacy Pollution and Health initiative, a worldwide effort to clean up pollution left behind by past industrial activities.

A former U.S. Resident Director of the Asian Development Bank, Karti wrote the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) policy on good governance and led the development and implementation of its Poverty Reduction Strategy. Prior to the ADB, Karti held several senior positions in the Indian government, including Under Secretary and Director in the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Director and Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Finance. He also served in Argentina, Switzerland and Bangladesh as part of the Indian Foreign Service. Karti currently divides his time between India and U.S. He travels the world frequently connecting Blacksmith with governments, international agencies and institutions.

In His Own Words:  Karti Sandilya Talks About Pollution and Blacksmith's Impact