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Parameswaran Iyer

Shri Parameswaran Iyer


Mr Parameswaran Iyer is the Chief Executive Officer of NITI Aayog. He is a member of the Indian Administrative Service, Uttar Pradesh Cadre, 1981 batch. 


With an illustrious career spanning four decades, Mr Iyer has worked in various capacities with both the government and the World Bank.


Between 2016–20, he served as the Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation in New Delhi and led the implementation of India’s flagship $20 billion Swachh Bharat Mission, which delivered access to safe sanitation to 550 million people. 


A well-known water and sanitation expert, Mr Iyer has over 25 years of experience in the sector, having worked in several countries, including Vietnam, China, Egypt and Lebanon. In India, he headed the innovative community-led Swajal Project in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand in the 1990s. The Swajal Project became one of the world’s leading rural water projects pioneering decentralized service delivery and key lessons were scaled up at the national level in India.


Mr Iyer did his Bachelor’s from St Stephen’s College, Delhi University and MBA from the National Management Programme, Management Development Institute, Gurgaon. 


Mr Iyer has authored two books: Method in the Madness: Insights from My Career as an Insider-Outsider-Insider (2021) and The Swachh Bharat Revolution: Four Pillars of India's Behavioural Transformation (2019).