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Arbind Singh

Executive Director, Nidan

Skoll Awardee

Biography

An activist and a social entrepreneur, he has been empowering informal workers by getting new laws ,polices and programs and by securing their access to markets, financial services and technology Organizing the informal workers across India has been his forte along with building collaborations to set up new models of development of informal workers . He played a pioneer role in getting a Street Vendors Act in India which empowers millions of street vendors agaisnt eviction and harrassment .He was elected as Ashoka and Eisenhower Fellow in 2007. He was awarded the Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2008 by the Schwab Foundation at World Economic Forum. He was also awarded at the first innovation forum set up by the Govt of Bihar in 2007. In 2012, Skoll Foundation awarded him with Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. Besides, he has been awarded many times at various levels.. He is on board of many Govt and Non Govt Committees at national and state level He heads Nidan and is also the National Coordinator of National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) and Secretary of StreetNet International , a Durban based Global federation of Street Vendprs. He holds a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Sociology from the Delhi University .