People

  • Amit Prothi
    Amit Prothi is Director at the Global Resilient Cities Network, a grantee of the Rockefeller Foundation, that collaborates with nearly 100 cities globally to protect vulnerable communities from climate change and other physical, social and economic urban adversities and challenges. Mr. Prothi is trained as an urban planner, landscape architect and architect from MIT, UMass (Amherst) and SPA (Delhi). He has practiced in North America, Asia and Africa on projects and studies funded by the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, as well as numerous government and private sector clients. For over 20 years, Mr. Prothi has worked with multidisciplinary teams on thematic areas that relate directly to urban resilience; these include environmental planning, urban policy, land use planning, natural resource management, flood management, disaster risk reduction, housing, and community development.
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  • Pranjali Deshpande
    Ms Pranjali Deshpande is an Architect and Urban planner. She works on sustainable mobility projects with various government agencies. She is currently working as Domestic expert, Sustainable mobility for the CITIIS program launched by MoHUA, AFD and NIUA. She also works as an independent professional on various projects initiated by the World Bank FCDO (Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office- former DFID). Prior to this, she worked with the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy on street design, Bus Rapid Transit, Parking policy & Transit Oriented Development policy. Pranjali is also an active member of various government committees that aim to improve sustainable mobility in Pune. She is a co-author for Pune street design guidelines and contributor for BRT guidelines by the Indian Road Congress. She has also participated as a trainer in multiple capacity development programs for government officials. She teaches urban transport to architecture and urban design students.
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  • Swati Janu
    Swati Janu is an architect and urban researcher based in Delhi whose work engages with housing rights and urban informality in Indian cities. Her social practice combines architectural activism, community engagement, policy advocacy and design pedagogy, which she has presented at various global platforms. A graduate from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, Swati also holds an MSc in Sustainable Urban Development from University of Oxford, UK. She is the founder of Social Design Collaborative and has taught design at Ambedkar University, Delhi and School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi.
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  • Shilpi Roy
    Shilpi Roy is the Communications Specialist for CITIIS. As a development communications professional, she has more than 10 years of experience in working with national-level government units, non-profits, consulting firms, research agencies and reputed media houses. Over the years, Shilpi has worked across nutrition, public health, drinking water & sanitation, urban infrastructure and social empowerment. She has traversed the communication spectrum, including conceptualizing, designing, strategizing and successful implementation of communications, documentation, knowledge management and advocacy portfolio. Prior to CITIIS, Shilpi was associated with the National Nutrition Resource Centre (NNRC), a Technical Support Unit funded by TATA Trusts under CPMU of POSHAN Abhiyaan, a flagship programme on nutrition by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India. She was part of the India contingent for SACOSAN-VI held in Bangladesh, and presented the android-based ‘Mobile Application for Designing Individual Household Toilets’ that included a model made within the (then) government subsidy. Shilpi has done Masters in Sociology, Post Graduate Diploma in Development Communication from AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, and Graduation in Journalism (Hons.), Delhi University.
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  • Alfred Peter
    Alfred Peter, is the founder of The Atelier, a leading design studio in the field of landscape architecture and urbanism. Since its founding in 1985, the firm has successfully carried out about 100 large-scale development, infrastructure and public space projects. The landscape integration of the tramway in Strasbourg, France established us as experts in public space projects that combine mobility and urban quality. For each project, we advocate an economy of means and seek to create meaningful synergies. Each project is regarded as a new challenge requiring extensive research and experimentation. Therefore, our studio could also be described as a “Laboratory of Festive Ecology”. Atelier Alfred Peter also collaborates extensively with many internationally renowned experts, expanding our horizons and enabling effective response to any scale of planning or design. issues.
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  • Gurmeet Sangha Rai
    Gurmeet S Rai is a conservation architect based in New Delhi. She established CRCI India Pvt Ltd, a leading firm in heritage practice in India in 1996. CRCI has been involved in the preparation of conservation and management plans for a number of world heritage sites across the country. CRCI has also provided expertise in Nepal, Myanmar and in several states of India. Gurmeet is recognized for the high quality of conservation works she has undertaken on numerous protected and unprotected monuments across India. She was awarded ‘Award of Distinction’ for two projects by UNESCO under Asia Pacific Architectural Heritage Awards in the year 2002 and 2004 for demonstrating community inclusive conservation programs.
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  • Sharath Holla
    Sharath Holla is a graduate from BITS-Pilani. Sharath has worked as a software developer for Amazon before starting an education technology startup - Ignus in 2014. Ignus works on making quality education accessible at cheaper prices. They have centres in two district capitals in Karnataka and are expanding further. Working on heading the technology, Sharath built a platform where one can create lessons containing videos and questions which can be used further in classrooms for teaching.
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  • Akanksha Laroiya
    Akanksha Laroiya is a Regional Planner by profession. Her current role in the CITIIS Program Management Unit is to co-lead Monitoring and Evaluation Component of the Program. In addition, she is responsible to support in overall operations; conduct technical research; coordinate with stakeholders; and assist in daily tasks with regards to program implementation. Previously, she was associated with the Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi, where her key responsibilities included data collection; performing spatial and statistical analyses and conducting research on ‘Sustainable Development’ and its varied aspects. She has co-authored a book titled ‘Cities and the Sustainable Development Goal 11’. Furthermore, she was involved in the preparation of Integrated Cluster Action Plans under Shyama Prasad Mukherji Urban Mission for five clusters in Rajasthan. She has done her Master of Planning (with specialisation in Regional Planning) with Gold Medal and Bachelor of Physical Planning with General Proficiency Prize, from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi.
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  • Md Asif Raza
    Md Asif Raza is a Program Officer at the National Institute of Urban Affairs. His interests are in the field of multi-criteria urban analysis, urban development, climate change, data and urban systems and processes. He has over five years of experience in urban policy-focused action research. At NIUA, he is involved in the CITIIS project. In the CITIIS Program Management Unit team, Asif is responsible for overall program operations in the respective cities, coordinate & communicate across stakeholders, and assist in multiple tasks related to CITIIS program implementation & delivery. Before CITIIS, he was with the SDIC project team at NIUA, where he was responsible for objective deep-diving in data-driven processes, conduct strategic studies and process tracing of project components. He has developed & conducts specific training modules on data visualization and analytics. He enjoys exploring urban systems and understanding complex processes within the urban development projects lifecycle. Previously he was associated with Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He has also worked at Centre for Advanced Research in Building Science and Energy, CEPT University Ahmedabad. He has extensively worked on the development of a graduated benchmarking model for energy consumptions in commercial buildings in India; Assessment of the city level energy projections and savings potential; Literature reviews for Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change; and Multi-criteria scenario development for cities. He is always ready for complex discussions around data and urban phenomena. Asif has three conference papers and three numbers of technical reports to his credit. Asif is an alumna of CEPT University Ahmedabad. He holds a Masters in Technology Degree in Climate Change and Sustainable Development.
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  • Chris Blache
    Chris Blache, an urban anthropologist, co-founded Genre et Ville in 2012 with urban designer and planner, Pascale Lapalud. She studied Psychology at Paris' University, graduated from the Conservatory of Music in Brooklyn New York. Back in France, she obtained an MBA degree at ESCP/EAP, Paris. She created and managed 9A+ Consulting from 1997 to 2012. An accomplished business and socio-ethno consultant with proven success and expertise in international market research and business innovation she is actively involved in women and LGBTI rights since 2008. She is a founding member of CBLP CestBeauLePouvoir and as such has initiated a number of artistic projects, among them “L’Eternel Masculin” and the “Petite Ceinture” series.
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  • Prasanna Desai
    Prasanna Desai obtained a Bachelor’s in Architecture in 1980 and Master’s in Architecture (Urban Design) in 1983, both from the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), New Delhi. He currently runs an architectural practice in Pune which is involved in urban design, emphasising the role of an architect in the public domain namely JNNURM BSUP Slum Rehabilitation work at Yerwada and Designing of safe and socially shared streets leading to the creation of healthy hygienic and humane neighbourhoods. He has been associated with academics for the past three decades and is currently a professor and director at P.V.P. College of Architecture, Pune. He has been the guiding force in the establishment of the forum for exchange and excellence in design FEED, a unique academic platform for students and architects in the city of Pune.
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  • Shahena Khan
    Shahena Khan is a Heritage Management and Urban Development Practitioner with more than a decade of professional experience on diverse projects in social architecture, urban development, policy and planning, pro-poor heritage and tourism development. As a consultant, she has worked with multilateral and bilateral organization, national and state governments, urban local bodies, not-for-profit organisation on multi-sectoral crosscutting urban issues in India. More recently, as a Chevening Scholar, she did MSc in City Design and Social Science from London School of Economics and Political Science. Her inclination towards academics and research has also led to her association with different academic institutions as a visiting faculty, mentor and coordinating collaborative international studio programmes and workshops.
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  • Pratap Kumar
    Dr. Pratap Kumar is a clinician, neuroscientist, health economist and entrepreneur working at the interface of health sciences and healthcare markets. His work focuses on innovations in technology, clinical processes and business models in healthcare delivery. He has a medical degree (Goa Medical College) and MPhil in Neurophysiology (NIMHANS) from India, a PhD in Neuroinformatics (University/ETH Zurich), and an MSc in International Health Policy & Health Economics (LSE). He moved to Kenya in 2012 and founded Health-E-Net Limited, a social enterprise working to improve access and quality of primary healthcare in low-resource settings. He is also a Senior Lecturer in Strathmore University Business School in Nairobi, where he works on innovation and entrepreneurship in global health. His awards include a ‘Stars in Global Health’ grant from Grand Challenges Canada in 2013 and the 2018 Global Health Innovation Prize. He holds two patents on medical documentation technologies, which are in commercial use across East Africa. Dr. Kumar designs and teaches courses in the MBA-Healthcare Management program at Strathmore University, and is the Nairobi lead on a unique executive education program in Global Health Innovation Management (www.sepghim.eu), a collaboration between three business and two public health schools across three continents. He combines rich experience across medicine, health economics, technology, and business into his work on improving health and healthcare system across the world.
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  • Abdul Mabood
    Abdul Mabood is having more than 4 years of administrative, finance, and accounts experience working in different sectors. At present, he is handling the administrative and Accounting activities for CITIIS program in NIUA. "Prior to joining NIUA, he has worked as an Accountant with educational institutions based out of New Delhi". Before entering the professional arena, he did his bachelor's in Economics from Jamia Millia Islamia and has received an MBA in Finance degree from Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be a University).
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  • Dr. Shilpy Gupta
    Dr. Shilpy Gupta is Doctorate in Atmospheric Science, Certified Energy Manager & Certified sustainability Assessor having more than 13 years of professional experience working on Urban Infrastructure, Renewable Energy & Social sector. She has worked on multi-sectoral projects focusing on Climate Change, GHG Mitigation, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, across different continents in Africa, Middle East, Europe, USA and South East Asia in more than 25 Countries on Bilateral, Multilateral & Government funded projects involving institutions like ADB, World Bank, KfW, AfDB, UNFCCC etc. At present Dr. Shilpy, works as Environment & Social Specialist at the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), India, where she is working for the CITIIS program for the implementation of Environment & Social Safeguards across 12 Smart Cities. Her inclination towards academics and research has led to her association with different academic institutions as a visiting faculty for youth empowerment.
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  • Michael King
    Michael King works with progressive cities, campuses, and NGOs to invert the dominant auto-centric paradigm and advance a green mobility ethos. Trained in architecture and urban design, Michael taught himself transportation planning and traffic engineering because streets make up such a large percentage of the urban footprint and mobility is key to how we grow our economies, increase safety and combat climate change. Michael’s work has taken him to 20 states, 22 countries and 5 continents.
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  • Seetha Raghupathy
    Seetha Raghupathy received her Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard's Graduate School of Design and her Bachelor of Architecture from Anna University, India. She is the CEO of Seagull Studio, a master planning and architecture consultancy practice based in Chennai, India. She is also a senior consultant for the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the CITIIS project with the National Institute of Urban Affairs. Seetha specializes in master planning and urban design and has more than 13 years of extensive experience in project design and delivery across India, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar and USA. Her areas of expertise include townships, mixed use, airports, infill and urban revitalization, Transit-Oriented Developments, urban waterfronts, public housing and the development of detailed urban design guidelines. In addition to working with a range of public and private sector clients during her tenure as a Senior Urban Designer at the AECOM Singapore office, she has engaged in extensive community building efforts with the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has also explored the role of public art in urban design, co-curating an exhibition titled 'Mapping the Cityscape' at the Centre for Architecture, New York. Seetha has taught at the National University of Singapore, CEPT University, India, and Anna University, India.
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  • Vidhya Mohankumar
    Vidhya Mohankumar is an architect and urban designer with fifteen years of work experience in India, Ireland and the United States. Vidhya’s work is focused on creating urban spaces that are people-oriented and centred around transit as part of a sustainable development agenda that she is passionate about. In 2011, Vidhya founded Urban Design Collective (UDC), a collaborative platform for architects, urban designers and planners to create liveable and sustainable cities through community engagement. In 2015, she took on the role of Governing Board member with the US-based Center for the Living City. The Center was established in 2005 in collaboration with Jane Jacobs and with the purpose of enhancing the understanding of the complexity of contemporary urban life.
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  • Rohit Saxena
    An Economist by education, Rohit is interested in the intersection of governance and public service delivery. He believes that rooting diagnoses of public service in data-backed evidence while thinking of practical approaches to planning and implementation is critical for effective service delivery. Using the prism of cities, he hopes to develop a substantive body of discourse that attempts to answer why policy-making can be so ineffective, and what needs to change. Deeply passionate about solving the development logjam in the country, he is still figuring out whether he wants to specialise in a certain field or become a generalist wonk - in that regard, he is excited to utilise this opportunity with CITIIS to experience a diverse set of development challenges and interact with multiple stakeholders. Previously, he has worked as a consultant, with work experience in domains such as urban reforms and governance, sanitation, Smart Cities development, and technology (ERP).
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  • Naim Keruwala
    Naim Keruwala, an economist by education is an Urban Management and Public Policy professional with over 12 years of diversified sector experience. He currently leads the CITIIS program as a Program Coordinator & Team Lead. His other key engagements include: - Member of the Jury for India Smart Cities Award 2020 by MoHUA, Govt of India; Member of the Steering Committee for a Indo-French research project titled "Urban Governance in India through the prism of 100 Smart Cities Mission"; Team Lead for the "Inclusive Cities Civic Innovation Accelerator" project; and Visiting lecturer for Urban Economic Development at the Symbiosis School of Economics, Pune. As an avid commentator on urban issues, his research papers and articles have been published by UNESCO, Business Standard, Youth Policy Labs, CCDS and Cambridge Scholars among others. He is an Associate fellow of The Royal Commonwealth Society, a member of the Commonwealth Youth & Gender Equality Network (CYGEN) and an alumnus of Global Shapers Community and AIESEC respectively. He is also a recipient of the Nuffic NFP Scholarship on Inclusive Governance funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) on Smart Cities funded by the US Department of State.
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  • Swapnil Saxena
    An architect and urban planner specialising in housing, Swapnil currently works as Knowledge Officer at the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), India, where she leads the knowledge capitalisation vertical for the CITIIS Program. In addition to her current role, she contributes across different verticals of the program, including strategy, operations, and management. Before joining NIUA, Swapnil worked at Housing and Land Rights Network in New Delhi where she supported research, advocacy, training and capacity building interventions related to housing and land rights. Swapnil is a Fellow on the 2020 cohort of the Local Pathways Fellowship of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network – Youth, a global network of young leaders working to advance progress towards localizing SDGs. She writes on urban development and policy, specifically on housing and urban poverty, social inclusion, climate and gender. Swapnil has a B.Arch degree from Nagpur University and is a Registered Architect with the Council of Architecture, India. Additionally, she is the recipient of the SPA Gold Medal for the Best Student of Masters in Planning (specialisation in Housing, 2017), from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi.
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  • Mukut Sharma
    Mukut is a Civil Engineer and Contracts Management professional certified as a Chartered Project Management Surveyor (by Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, UK) with over 30 years multifarious experience in Urban Infrastructure and Real Estate Sectors. He is involved at the bidding and implementation stages for projects funded under a variety of Bilateral, Multilateral and Mixed Credit arrangements involving institutions like ADB, World Bank, OECF, SIDA, NORAD, NDF etc, enabling familiarity with the Procurement Guidelines. Mukut has approximate 20 years experience with International Contractors of repute followed by 10 years on the Client side managing Procurement Process (for Consultants / Contractors / SubContractors etc).
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