Nilam Bedi - Eastleigh Secondary School Alumni Students, Nairobi, Kenya
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Nilam Bedi (1960 - 1963)

After graduating from ESS in 1963, I swallowed my pride and went to the ESS arch rival, the Duke of Gloucester School (did we have a choice?), thereafter to MakerereUniversity for a B.Sc. and University of London for M.Sc. A one-year stint as a Junior Research Fellow at the Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi was followed by doctoral studies in the U.S.

After 30 years of developing public policy covering environmental, infrastructure, transportation, climate change and governance issues in North America, Africa and Asia, I moved into a public policy consultancy role, working with national and multilateral organizations. Most recently, I have been a Visiting Scholar in an Indian Institute of Management.

My interests include Jazz, outdoors (perhaps a carryover from ESS scouting days), cycling (reformed long-distance runner – too hard on the knees!). Highpoints – climb up Mt.Kilimanjaro and Mt.Kenya, hiking through North America.

I live in Toronto with my wife Madhu and son Isham and daughter Sarika. The reunion has serendipitously revealed many old connections. To my amazement, I have lived in Toronto for 30 years oblivious of other ESS class of 1963 such as Iqbal Butt and JayprakashTrivedi living in the same city. Seeing the pictures of students and teachers certainly brought fond memories of the four years at ESS.

- As of May 2012

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