All Speakers

Dr A Ravindra

Dr A Ravindra is an advisor on Urban Affairs to the Chief Minister. Previously he served as a Chief Secretary to the Government of Karnataka. Dr. Ravindra has a Ph.D in Development Studies and has specialized in the urban sector. He has considerable experience in urban practice, having worked as Administrator/Commissioner of the Bangalore City Municipal Corporation, Chairman of the Bangalore Development Authority, CMD, Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development& Finance Corporation and Secretary, Housing and Urban Development.

Prof. AGK Menon

A. G. Krishna Menon is an architect, urban planner and conservation consultant who has been practicing and teaching in Delhi since 1972 and is currently the convener of INTACH Delhi Chapter. As a Conservation Consultant he has undertaken many pioneering urban conservation projects in India on behalf of The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), and authored several documents setting guidelines for conservation practice in India, including The Charter for the Conservation of Unprotected Architectural Heritage and Sites in India, 2004.

Ajit Mohan

Ajit Mohan is an independent consultant focused on serving fast growing institutions in emerging markets, and an Executive Council Member at the Centre for Emerging Markets Solutions at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. He was a Fellow at the McKinsey Global Institute where he led the work and co-authored “India’s Urban Awakening: building inclusive cities, sustaining economic growth”, a roadmap for urban reforms in India, presented to the Prime Minister in 2010. Ajit writes on urban issues, most recently for the Wall Street Journal and the World Policy Journal. 

Prof. Alexander Felson

Assistant Professor, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and Yale School of Architecture

Professor Felson is a landscape architect and urban ecologist whose research and practice focus on integrating knowledge of ecological processes with the multifaceted socio-economic, political and infrastructural factors of the city. Relying on a combination of basic and applied research coupled with the creative design process, he has established robust ecological experiments that help to define urban sustainability and guide planning and design. As components of built environments, his projects are functional and aesthetic, and they place experimentation in the public realm.

Amit Chandra

Amit Chandra is currently works as Campaign Coordinator for Jeevika: Law, Liberty & Livelihood Campaign with Centre for Civil Society. He has worked as youth mobilizer for past couple of years and has motivated hundreds of youth to take up civil society initiative in their own capacity across the country. He graduated in Commerce and post graduated in Social Work. He has been participant of "International Youth Exchange Program". He worked for campus and community radio of  “Guelph University,Canada” and hosted a show spreading awareness about the availability of various social services in the city. He also worked at grass rout level with "Society for Promotion of Youth and Masses", Hathin, Haryana for assessment of micro financial status of self help groups of women. He is a Think Tank MBA graduate from “Atlas Economic Research Foundation”, USA and graduate of “Globalization and Free Market Economy” from International Academy of Leadership, Germany. He also ha the honour to participate in ”Atals Experience”, an esteemed international conference of think tanks around the world at Niagara on Lake, Canada.

Amita Bhide

Amita Bhide is the Chairperson of the Center of Urban Planning, Policy and Governance in the School of Habitat Studies at Tara Institute of Social Sciences. She also convenes the Masters programme in Habitat Policy and Practice.

Amitabh Kundu

Amitabh Kundu is Professor of Economics at the Centre for the Study of Regional Development at Jawaharlal  Nehru University, New Delhi and has been its Dean at the School of Social Sciences. He has been nominated as a member of National  Statistical Commission and served as Director at the National Institute of Urban Affairs, Indian Council of Social Science Research and Gujarat Institute of Development Research. Currently he is chairing several Committees at the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.

Amrita Sharma

Amrita Sharma is currently working with the Migration Resource Center at Aajeevika Bureau, the knowledge generation and technical support unit of the organisation. She has also worked as a policy researcher with International Water Management Institute (IWMI). Some of her publications include –“The Tipping Point” in Indian agriculture: Understanding the withdrawal of Indian rural youth”, Asian Journal for Agricultural Development, The Changing Agricultural Demography of India: Evidence from a Rural Youth Perception Survey, International Journal for Rural Management.

Amy Jensen Mowl

Amy Jensen Mowl is a professor at the Institute for Financial Management and Research, where her research focuses on household economic behavior. Previously, she was a senior researcher and head of the longitudinal studies programme at the Centre for Micro Finance, IFMR. Ms Mowl currently implements the Yale ECG-IFMR Socioeconomic Mobility Survey, a long-term panel study of 10,000 households in Tamil Nadu. She continues to serve as an advisor to CMF. Previous to her work at IFMR, Ms Mowl worked on issues related to renewable Entergy and early childhood education. She is a graduate of the University of California and Harvard Kennedy School.

Anand Sahasranaman

Anand Sahasranaman leads the work of the IFMR Finance Foundation, working on issues of financial system design such as consumer protection and capital markets development. He also drives the agenda of sustainable financing of public infrastructure and services in small cities and villages. Prior to IFMR Finance Foundation, Anand was a founding member of IFMR Capital, a company that provides debt markets access for institutions that impact low income households, such as MFIs and SMEs. Anand previously worked on the structured credit desk at Broadstreet Group, a New York based hedge fund. He graduated with an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and has a bachelor’s degree in engineering.

Ananya Bhattacharya

Ananya Bhattacharya, Vice President & Director of banglanatak dot com is an electrical engineer from Jadavpur University and a Commonwealth Scholar with Masters in Sustainable Development from Staffordshire University, UK. Ananya has 21 years of global work experience. Gender, Culture & Development and Sustainability are Ananya’s key areas of interest.

Anjali Borhade

Anjali Borhade is Assistant Professor with Indian Institute of Public Health, Delhi, India.  Her areas of interests are; labour migration, urban health, strengthening health systems and policies towards better access to health care for internal labour migrants.   Anjali is Founder Director of NGO ‘Disha Foundation’ dedicated to work with internal migrants and their rights in Maharashtra State.  She has worked extensively with migrant workers through interventions and policy dialogue with government.

Armida Fernandes

Dr. Armida Fernandez was Prof of Neonatology at the LTMM College for over two decades and retired as the Dean of the institution. Her major work has been on appropriate technology for survival of neonates in developing countries. Dr. Fernandez is the Founder Trustee of SNEHA(Society for Nutrition , Education and Health Action) that works in the slums of Mumbai  which reorients and reorganizes the limited resources of India’s public health system, crafting efficient programs to secure quality maternal and neonatal health care for low income families.

Aromar Revi

AromarRevi is Director, IIHS. Mr. Revi is an international practitioner, consultant, researcher and educator with over a quarter century of inter-disciplinary experience in public policy and governance, the political economy of reform, development, technology, sustainability and human settlements.

Aruna Sundarajaran

Aruna Sundarajaran, IAS is Joint Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, and Mission Director, RAY. She has held key administrative posts with Union and Federal Governments in India, as well as served in as CEO, IL&FS, where she headed the national rural Common Service Centre project under the National E-Government Programme. Much of her work over recent years has focused on harnessing ICT for improving governance and public expenditure.

Aruna Sundararajan, IAS

Joint Secretary and Mission Director, Rajiv Awas Yojana, Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (MoHUPA)

Arvind Lal

The Chairman and Managing Director of Dr Lal PathLabs, Dr. Arvind Lal is a pioneer in bringing Laboratory services in India at par with the Western world. Dr. Lal has revolutionized laboratory medicine in the country by introducing new tests, instruments and ICT systems. He is also a recipient of the Indira Gandhi Solidarity Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, Eminent Medical Person award, Delhi Ratan Award besides many others. Under his leadership his lab was conferred the prestigious ICICI – CNBC ‘Emerging India Award’ by the British Defence Minister at London in 2008.

Ashok Kamath

Ashok Kamathgraduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai and started to work in the semiconductor industry. He has worked for nearly 25 years , almost all of it for Analog Devices Inc., a Boston based manufacturer of integrated circuits and set up the Indian operations of Analog Devices . In March 2004, he retired as the Managing Director of Analog Devices India and is now focusing full time on social initiatives. He is currently Chair at Akshara Foundation ( ) which is a public-private partnership that aims to have Every Child in School and Learning Well. He is also a Trustee of Pratham Books which is a public charitable trust that publishes low-cost, high-quality books for children in multiple Indian languages (

Ashutosh Varshney

Ashutosh Varshneyis Professor of Political Science at Brown University and the VKRV Rao Chair Professor at the Institute for Social and Economic Change in Bangalore. He joined the Brown faculty in January 2009. Previously, he taught at Harvard and the University of Michigan. His work has won a number of awards including Guggenheim fellowship and the Carnegie Scholar award winner (2008), Luebbert Prize of the American Political Science Association, and the Daniel Lerner Prize at MIT.

Azhar Tyabji

Azhar Tyabji is trained in urban planning, social anthropology, and architectural history. He is an adjunct professor at IFMR, Chennai, and a consultant to the IFMR Finance Foundation, where his research focuses on infrastructure needs assessments for small cities and the valuation of heritage real estate. Tyabji has consulted on a range of projects which combine participatory planning with statutory development planning, and has published and presented papers widely. He holds an MPhil in Social Anthropology (Cambridge University) and a Master's in Community Planning (Univ. of Maryland, College Park).

Barun Mitra

Barun is a commentator on current affairs on a range of issues from economic development to environmental quality. His articles have appeared in publications across the world. He the founder and director of the Liberty Institute, a non-profit, independent public policy research and advocacy organisation. It is dedicated to harnessing the power of the market to enhance individual freedom in economic and political domains.

Bharath Jairaj

Bharath Jairaj is a Senior Associate at WRI and works specifically on the Electricity Governance Initiative (EGI). He was previously associated with environmental and consumer advocacy groups in India including with WWF-India, Toxics Link and Citizen consumer and civic Action Group (CAG). He was Director of CAG till 2008, and worked on issues ranging from access to information and improving urban governance to consumer protection and public interest advocacy campaigns for enforcement of environmental laws. He was part of the India team that implemented the EGI toolkit in India in 2004-06.

Bijal Bhatt

Bijal Bhatt is a Co-ordinator at the Mahila Housing SEWA Trust, a housing service organization promoted by the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA). She is a Civil Engineer, and has over 12 years of experience in housing issues for the poor.

Bontha V. Babu

Bontha V. Babu is currently Deputy Director General in Health Systems Research Division of Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi. He is a health social scientist, who specializes in the use of qualitative and quantitative information in community-based studies. His areas of interests include community-based interventions for health promotion and disease prevention. Earlier, he worked in Orissa, on projects related to global programme to eliminate lymphatic filariasis. Presently, he is coordinating a collaborative nation-wide intervention study on migrants’ access to health care in 13 Indian cities.

Carol Furtado

Carol Furtado is the Chief Operating Officer of the South region of Ujjivan, after serving as Head of Operations and Manager of Operations previously.Prior to Ujjivan, Carol has worked with BankMuscat and ANZ Grindlays. Carol completed her PUC at Jyothi Nivas College, her Degree at St. Joseph’s College of Arts & Science and her MBA (post graduate) at Mount Carmel Institute of Management, Bangalore.

Darshini Mahadevia

Professor DarshiniMahadevia (PhD), Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, and PhD from Centre for Studies in Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Since, 2009 December, she is member-secretary of Centre for Urban Equity, which also functions as a National Resource Centre for the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India. She is on the boards of four NGOs in India working on pro-poor and pro-women development issues in urban and rural areas.Prof.Mahadevia has widely published on urban development, shelter security, urban poverty, human and gender development.

Dean Sakamoto

Dr. Sakamoto serves on the Cultural Affairs Commission of the City of New Haven. At Yale College, he is a resident fellow at Samuel F.B. Morse College. Dean Sakamoto is a multidisciplinary practice that is responsible for notable projects in the areas of urban design, architecture and exhibition design.

Mr. Debashish Nayak

Debashish is an Ahmedabad-based architect. He is Director of the Institute of Heritage Management, Ahmedabad and is advisor to the Heritage Programme of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and to the Indian Heritage Cities Network of UNESCO.

Deepjyoti Konwar

Deepjyoti been with SEWA from last 3 years and involved in research and publication across SEWA's various activities, including 'Empowering Women in an Insecure World.' Presently, she is coordinating an ongoing pilot study conducted by SEWA supported by the Delhi Government and UNDP India, which offers self-employed women (targeted BPL families) a choice between unconditional cash transfers and participation in the PDS ration system. She will share the experience and initial findings of the study in context of food security.

Digu Aruchamy

Associate Manager, Green Initiatives

Dileep Mavalankar

Dr. Dileep Mavalankar is Dean (academics), Indian Institute of Public Health, Gandhinagar, Public Health Foundation of India. Dr. Mavalankar has been an adviser to organizations including Columbia University, MotherCare Project (USA), the WHO, UNICEF, DANIDA, and UNDP/World Bank (India). His areas of expertise include: management of maternal health programs and health systems improvement, quality of care, reproductive healthcare, and management of services. His current work includes: management of maternal health programs, monitoring the quality of health services, and research revolving around the management capacity for health.

Mr. Divya Bhatia

Divya Bhatia works in Mumbai as an artist, artistic director, consultant and creative producer. Currently he is Artistic and Festivals Director, Jaipur Virasat Foundation; Festival Director, Jodhpur RIFF; Creative Producer, Eternal Mewar Festivals (Udaipur); Visiting Faculty, Central School of Speech and Drama - Applied Theatre Department (London, UK); Faculty at ArtThink South Asia, an Arts Management Fellowship Program hosted by the Goethe Institut, New Delhi.

Dunu Roy

Dunu Roy, formerly A.K. Roy, is a chemical engineer by training, social scientist by compulsion, and political ecologist by choice. He worked for over four decades in both rural and urban scenarios, on land and water management, secure settlements, safe work, environmental planning, leadership training, and pollution control. His work is poised on the delicate borderline between environment and development. He is the founder of the Hazards Centre, which provides research support to community and labor organizations in Delhi.

Durganand Balsavar (Nandan)

Durganand Balsavar (Nandan) is the principal Architect of Artes - Human settlements development Collaborative co-founded with Aneela Rao. He received his formal training from School of Architecture, Ahmedabad and ETH-Zurich. Balsavar has been a visiting faculty at CEPT, Ahmedabad since 1990 and SAP, Chennai and has guest lectured at IIM-Ahmedabad. He has also been a visiting faculty for the CEPT- India studios of the Rensealller Polytechnic New York, Bartlett - London and several other international schools of Architecture. Nandan also contributes on urban development issues, renewable energy, urban ecology in both national newspapers and international publications. Over the last two decades since he graduated, he has been involved in rural development, alternative technologies, disaster mitigation, housing and urban planning. After apprenticeship with Ar Bernard Kohn in Paris, he returned to work in the atelier of Ar B V Doshi on projects like IIM Bangalore, New Bombay, Township for L & T and a Classical Music school for Pt Bhimsen Joshi.

E. P. Nivedita, I.A.S.

Director, Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India

Prof. Edgar Ribeiro

Prof. Edgar Ribeiro studied Architecture at Sir J.J. School of Arts, Mumbai and Urban Planning at the University of Manchester, U.K. He joined the Government of India in its Town and Country, Planning Organisation in 1962 and became its Chief Planner (1983-88). He has published a large number of articles, participated in several national and international professional events and served on many government committees. He is currently Chairman, Board of Governors of SPA, Bhopal.

Dr. Gautam Sengupta

GautamSenguptais currently Director General of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Prior to this, he was Director of Archaeology and Museums, West Bengal and Member-Secretary, Centre for Archaeological Studies and Training, Eastern India. He has written extensively on art history and historical archaeology of eastern and north-eastern India.

Harvey Koh

Harvey Koh is a principal in the Inclusive Markets practice of Monitor Group in Mumbai, where he leads projects in the low-income housing programme and other market-based solution areas. Until recently, Harvey was the founding Head of Investment & Performance at Private Equity Foundation (PEF), a London-based venture philanthropy fund backed by leading US and European private equity firms, with a focus on breaking the cycle of poverty for young people. Whilst at PEF, Harvey authored Building Powerful Agents of Change: A Perspective from Venture Philanthropy (UK Government Cabinet Office, December 2010) and co-authored Measuring Social Results (PEF, March 2010). Before PEF, Harvey led strategy development for portfolio organisations at The One Foundation, a pioneering European venture philanthropy fund partnered with US-based New Profit Inc, and also worked at New Philanthropy Capital, a leading nonprofit sector advisor based in London. Until 2005, Harvey was a senior manager at Monitor Group in London. The focus of his private-sector project experience was competitive and growth strategy for clients in a number of industries including banking, consumer goods, hospitality and life sciences, across northern Europe and North America. His public-sector project experience includes healthcare system reform, national economic competitiveness and business cluster development. Harvey was born and raised in Malaysia, and holds an MA (Cantab) from Robinson College, University of Cambridge.

Himanshu Kulkarni

Founder Trustee and Executive Director, Advanced Centre for Water Resource Development and Management (ACWADAM)

Groundwater management has been Dr. Himanshu Kulkarni’s interest and forte for more than 28 years now, and he is still an ardent student of the subject.  His work on the occurrence and movement of groundwater in the hard-rock regions of India is known in academic and research circles. He is currently working on groundwater management in different hydro-geological settings of India. He has co-ordinated projects under grants from the ODA, DFID, Ford Foundation and more recently under the Tata Trust and Arghyam Trust.

Mr. Himanshu Verma

An arts curator, HimanshuVerma is the founder of Red Earth a New Delhi based independent arts organisation that works with Indian contemporary visual art as well as diverse forms of cultural expression, started in 2004. Under the banner of Red Earth, Himanshu curates exhibitions, visual art projects, and art festivals. His curatorial work engages with diverse themes and narratives, such as Indian seasons and festivals, Food, Delhi, as well as other themes like masculinity, and contemporary Indian urban culture.

As an artist, he is involved in multi-media collaborative art projects.

Dr. Indira Chowdhury

Indira Chowdhury is the Founder-Director of the Centre for Public History at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bengaluru. Formerly Professor of English at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, she has a doctorate in History from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. Indira has experience of setting up archives and compiling oral history for scientific institutions, non government organisations and corporations and creating exhibitions and books from the collections.

Indu Prakash Singh

InduPrakashSingh, is with the Indo – Global Social Service Society (IGSSS) as Technical Advisor, City Makers Programme (Homelessness and Urban Poverty). He has workedas the National Theme Leader (Senior Manager), for Shelters / Housing & urban poor/ informal labour, with ActionAid International – India (AAI-I). Since the inception of AashrayAdhikarAbhiyan (AAA), a programme of AAI-I in 2000 – he has been working to ensure  the shelter rights of the homeless in Delhi – and has been its Director.

Jaideep Srinivas

I S.S.Jaideep, did M.Phil in Anthropology in 1990 and since then had worked with the Corporate for an year and subsequently been engaged in the development sector and working for the poor. Since 1994 onwards he has worked with ActionAid India and in 2008 onwards working as Regional Manager, with Aide et Action International. Has worked onthe planning and implementation of interventions for the poor through - Participatory planning, Institution Building, Livelihoods, Migration Governance and Policy & Advocacy.

Jay Thakkar

Jay Thakkar is an Assistant Professor at Faculty of Design, and Research Head of Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre (DICRC) at CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India. He is a professional consultant in Visual Communication and Traditional Building Practices and Crafts and the Hon. Secretary of IIID (Institute of Indian Interior Designer) Ahmedabad Regional Chapter.

Jay Thakkar is an author and designer of two books 1. “Matra: Ways of Measuring Vernacular Built Forms of Himachal Pradesh” (2008) and 2. “Naqsh: The Art of Wood Carving of Traditional Houses of Gujarat – Focus on Ornamentation” (2004). Matra won a Critic’s Choice Award – Best Written Work on Architecture 2009.

Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan

Dr. Jayaprakash Narayanis a physician by training, who is currently serving as the president of the Lok Satta Party and as a Member of the Legislative Assembly from Kukatpally consitiuency in Andhra Pradesh. He started the Lok Satta Movement (people power) in 1997 to educate citizens of India about voting, rights and government.

K R Thankappan

K R Thankappan is Professor and head of the Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies that hosted India’s first Master of Public Health (MPH) program. He is trained as a public health physician and took his MD in social and preventive medicine from Trivandrum medical college in 1986 and an MPH in international health from the Harvard School of Public Health, USA in 1997. He teaches MPH students and guides PhD students in chronic disease epidemiology. His research interests are chronic non-communicable diseases and their risk factors particularly tobacco.

K S Raikar, (To be confirmed)

Municipal Commissioner, Mysore

Kala Seetharam

Dr. Kala Seetharam Sridhar is currently Head, PPRG, and Senior Research Fellow, Public Affairs Centre, Bangalore, India, prior to which she was Ford Public Affairs Fellow. Her primary research interests are in urban and regional economics/policies, urban infrastructure, state and local finances, and developmental issues.

Karen Coelho

Karen Coelho is an Assistant Professor at the Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai, India, where she specializes in urban governance and reforms. Her research interests include urban collective action, reforms, and water policy.

Karen Seto

Professor Seto studies the human transformation of land and the links between urbanization, global change, and sustainability. She is an expert in remote sensing analysis and integrating satellite data with social science research methods. She has pioneered methods to reconstruct historical land-use and to develop empirical models to explain and forecast urban expansion. She has over fifteen years of research experience studying Asia’s urbanization, with projects in China, India, Vietnam, and Qatar. She is Co-Chair of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP) Urbanization and Global Environmental Change (UGEC) Project, and a Coordinating Lead Author for Working Group III of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report.

Kavas JalKapadia

Architect planner from SPA Delhi. After completing my B Arch (!969) and PG in 1971 from school of Planning and Architecture (SPA),New Delhi. I worked in India for 3 years followed by work experience in Nigeria ,Iran and Singapore for about 5 years. On returning ,started my own consultancy and in 1981 joined the Department of Urban Planning ,SPA as a lecturer. Since then have worked up my way to the position of the Dean of Studies. Held the post of the Head of the departments of Urban Planning, Regional Planning, Architectural Conservation and helped SPA start the first time in India the UG course in Planning.

Kavita Narayan

Kavita Narayan is currentlyAssociate Head, Health Systems Support Unit and Hospital Services Expertat Public Health Foundation of India. In her present role, Kavita co-leads the strategy and operations of the most recent unit within PHFI; the Health Systems Support Unit (HSSU).  Among others, key success indicators include building strategic partnerships and relationships with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and other associated entities at several states and the center as well as bilateral/multilateral development partners and the industry.

KC Sivaramakrishnan

KC Sivaramakrishnanis a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Policy Research. He was previously the Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development in 1988 and was involved in the legislation to amend Constitution to provide a framework for decentralisation and empowerment of rural and urban local bodies. He has also worked as a Senior Advisor to the World Bank on urban management issues.

Prof. Kiran Joshi

Kiran Joshi is Professor & Head of the M.Arch. Programme at the Chitkara Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture, Chandigarh. A conservation professional, Kiran has worked on several prestigious research, documentation and assessment projects. She has worked with the Chandigarh Administration on various issues related to preparation of a Conservation Management Plan, framing Heritage Regulations for Chandigarh, and the preparation of the nomination of the city to UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

Dr Kripa Ananthpur

Dr Kripa Ananthpurwill Chair the “Formal structure of citizen participaiton” deep dive session. She is currently an assistant professor at Madras Institute of Development Studies. She has a Ph.D in Development Studies from the University of Mysore and works in the broad area of governance and civil society. Her work has a special focus on the interface between customary and formal local institutions of governance, and she has contributed to books and articles in this field.

Dr. Kshama Fernandes

Dr. Fernandes heads the Risk Management team at IFMR Capital. She has extensive experience in the capital markets space, and has been previously involved in financial advisory, consulting and academia. Prior to joining IFMR Capital, she was a Professor and Head of Finance at the Goa Institute of Management. She has worked on consulting assignments for the World Bank, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the Government of India (Ministry of Finance), and NSE.IT, and was a core committee member of the Percy Mistry Committee on ‘Making Mumbai an International Financial Centre’. She has also developed the SEBI mandated certification programme for derivatives for the National Stock Exchange and NCDEX. Dr. Fernandes holds a Ph.D. in Finance, an MBA, an FRM certification from GARP, and an undergraduate degree in Mathematics.

Dr. Kulwant Singh

Dr. Kulwant Singh is working with the UN-HABITAT as Advisor for Asia and the Pacific since 2004. Before joining UN-HABITAT, Dr. Singh was Executive Director of Human Settlements Management Institute of India for twelve years. He was also Director of the Association of Municipal and Development Authorities (AMDA) India. Dr. Singh is a visiting faculty of the UNESCO-IHE Institute, The Netherlands. His teaching, training, capacity building and research interests are very wide. Dr. Singh has been in the urban sector for the last two decades.

L.S Ganapati

Chairman, CII National Award for Excellence in Water Management

L S Ganapti has experience of 31 years in dealing with industrial customers and consultants, while working for a large private sector manufacturing organisation. His specialisation was in energy and quality management. He continues to provide consultancy services in general management and quality management.

He is a Life Fellow of Institution of Engineers (India) with a degree in Electrical Enggineering and MBA. He has been associated with the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) on the Energy, Water and Environmental Management Awards.

Lalitha Kamath

Lalitha Kamath is an Assistant Professor in the School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Her research interests include critical explorations of both formal and informal practices of planning and governance in cities, especially those to do with infrastructure sectors, the politics of public participation, and urban reforms. She received her doctoral degree from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Lourdes Baptista

Chief Executive, WaterAid, India

Mr. Lourdes Baptista has worked with various renowned Non-Government Organizations such as Don Bosco, Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (India) and Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI). Over the last 15 years he has been closely associated with Integrated Water Resource Management with a focus on drinking water and livelihoods. His major contribution has been in programme development and management, finance management and organization development.  He has been instrumental in setting up Don Bosco Development Society in Mumbai and now Jal Seva Charitable Foundation for WaterAid.

M P Vasimalai

M P Vasimalaiis an Executive Director of DHAN (Development of Humane Action) Foundation, a post graduate in Agriculture and a management graduate from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He has specialised in community organisation, designing development interventions in the fields of natural resource management, livelihood promotion and institutional development. His areas of interest are institution building, leadership development and promoting various development themes for poverty reduction.

M S Sriram

PGDRM [IRMA], and Fellow [IIM Bangalore]
Sriram is Adjunct Professor at IIMA and a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute for Development of Research in Banking Technology where he spends time in addition to being an independent researcher. He was till 2010 the ICICI Bank Lalita D Gupte Chair Professor of Microfinance, at IIMA. He was also Vice President at BASIX, and faculty of IRMA. He is currently on the board of Union Bank, NABFINS, IRMA and BIRD.

Dr. M. Govinda Rao

Dr. M. Govinda Rao is the Director, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy. He is also a Member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister. His past positions include Director, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore (1998-2002) and Fellow, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia (1995-98). Dr. Govinda Rao has a number of advisory roles including: Member, International Advisory Panel on Governance, UNDP; Member, Expert Committee on Multilevel Planning, Planning Commission, Government of India; Chairman, Expert Group on Taxation of Services; Chairman, Technical Experts Committee on VAT. He is a Member of the Taxation Policy Group in the Initiative for Policy Dialogue led by Prof. Joseph Stiglitz of Columbia University. Dr. Rao’s research interests include public finance and fiscal policy, fiscal federalism and State and Local finance. He has published technical articles extensively in a number of reputed journals besides 12 books and monographs on various aspects of Public Finance. His recent books include, Political Economy of Federalism in India, Oxford University Press, 2005, Sustainable Fiscal Policy for India: An International Perspective (edited with Peter Heller), Oxford University Press, (2005) and Poverty, Development and Fiscal Policy, Oxford University Press, 2002 (Paperback, 2004).

Mr. M.N.Thippeswamy

Former Chief Engineer, BWSSB and Co-ordinator, City Managers’ Association - Karnataka

Mr. Thippeswamy has had a long career as a technocrat at Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB), rising up through the ranks to retire as Chief Engineer. He has a wealth of knowledge on all aspects of water supply and sanitation and was responsible for initiating and executing several innovative projects at BWSSB. Recently he has been an advisor to the Integrated Urban Water Management project of Arghyam trust and is the Chairman of the Technical Committee for the Bangalore World Water Summit, scheduled for February 2012.

Madhav Pai

Madhav Pai is the director EMBARQ India and is responsible for overall leadership and management of the program. He has over 12 years experience leading; designing and managing urban transport programs and projects in India, Asia and United states. He has lead and managed EMBARQ’s involvement in BRT and city bus system projects in cities of Bangalore, Colombo, Indore, Jaipur, Naya Raipur and Surat; in capacity building initiatives with the Ministry of Urban Development, the World Bank and the British High Commission. Madhav was a senior member of the EMBARQ team that evaluated the Delhi BRT corridor in Feb 2009 and the Ahmedabad BRT corridor in Oct 2009 prior to opening.

Madhu Kishwar

Madhu Kishwaris the Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), based in Delhi, and the Director of the Indic Studies Project. Her research at CSDS on the theme “Laws, Liberty and Livelihoods,” is aimed at giving a pro-poor direction to economic reforms in India.

She is also the founder of Manushi Sangathan, an organisation committed to strengthening democratic rights and women’s rights in India. She is the founder editor of Manushi - A Journal About Women and Society that has been published continuously since 1978.

Madhusudhanan Menon

Madhusudhanan Menon is the Chairman of Micro Housing Finance Corporation Ltd. Madhu is a Chartered Accountant with over 23 years of banking experience, initially with the Reserve Bank of India and then with American Express Bank (“AEB”). Since leaving AEB in 2002 as Senior Director, responsible for Commercial Banking and Capital Market activities in India, he has been an advisor to various business groups in India as a wealth management and capital market specialist. He has a keen interest in using commercially viable business models to stimulate and sustain social change.

Malini V.Shankar, IAS

Principal Secretary, Water Supply and Sanitation Department, Government of Maharashtra

Ms. Malini Shankar, IAS is Principal Secretary of the Water Supply & Sanitation Department of the Government of Maharashtra. A post graduate in forensic Science with a PG Diploma in Management, Ms. Shankar has an experience of 25 years of working in government sector. She has worked in various government departments including Industries, Electricity, Women and Child Development and Commerce. She had conducted many seminars and workshops in the water and sanitation sector. She is also the associate editor of ‘Harmony’ – the monthly newsletter of the IAS Officers Association, Maharashtra Branch.


Manish Chalana

Manish Chalana is an Assistant Professor in the Urban Design and Planning Department in the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington. He is a multi-disciplinary design and planning professional, with interests in urban design, cultural resource management, international planning and development, and historic preservation.

Mr. Manoj Neel

Mr. Manoj Neel is Associate Senior Faculty Information & Interface Design at the National Institute of Design (NID) R&D Campus in Bangalore.

Margaret Deamer abstract

Dr. Deamer is Professor at the School of Architecture, Yale University, where she teaches design and history/theory. Her Ph.D. was on the English 20th century art and architecture critic, Adrian Stokes, who was analyzed by Melanie Klein and saw his aesthetic work as an extension of her psychoanalytic theories. Deamer's current work concentrates on how theories of form and architectural production - especially prefabrication and mass-customization - influence contemporary culture.

Marian Chertow

Dr. Marian Chertow is Associate Professor of Industrial Environmental Management and has been Director of the Industrial Environmental Management Program at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies since 1991. Her research and teaching focus on industrial ecology, business/environment issues, waste management, and environmental technology innovation.

Meera Mehta

Professor Emeritus, Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT)

Dr. Meera Mehta is currently a Professor Emeritus at CEPT University and an international consultant with experience in water, urban development and infrastructure finance. She joined CEPT in 1979 and was the Director of the School of Planning before working on projects with USAID and the World Bank. She has also consulted for a number of international agencies, national and local governments, NGOs and infrastructure and housing finance institutions. She is presently working on developing and implementing a performance assessment system for urban water and sanitation in Gujarat and Maharashtra.

Michelle D. Addington

Dr. Addington is Professor at the School of Architecture, Yale University. She researches discrete systems and technology transfer, and she serves as an adviser on energy and sustainability for many organizations, including the Department of Energy and the AIA. Her areas of interests are energy, environmental design, environmental systems, lighting, and materials.

Milind Babar

Milind has worked in corporate sector for more than 20 years and then moved to development sector since last 15 years.  He has significant contribution in the area of human rights specially pertaining to child rights and unorganised sector workers.  His area of expertise lies in community empowerment and advocacy with state and national level for ensuring human  rights of most marginal communities.  At present Milind is associated with Disha Foundation, Nasik working for human rights of internal migrant workers in Maharashtra and India.

Milind Mhaske/ Nitai Mehta

Milind Mhaskeis the Project Director and founder of Praja Foundation. The foundation is a non-partisan organization in Mumbai started in 1997 with a vision to establish accountability and transparency in governance, and been an advocate of establishing a pro-citizen work ethic at the city government.

Prior to Praja, Milind has an experience of about ten years as a management consultant for both the non-profit sector and the for-profit sectors. In the non-profit sector he has helped set-up and manage social development projects in both urban areas as well as in rural and tribal areas. He has been deeply involved in facilitating approaches to improve civic governance in Mumbai. Milind has studied business management at University of Mumbai.

Nitai Mehtais managing trustee of Praja Foundation.

Mohan Rao

Mohan Rao is an Environmental Design & Landscape architecture professional. He is a partner at Integrated Design, a multi-disciplinary consultancy practice in regional planning, environmental design and landscape architecture. Mohan is actively involved in master planning of existing & new settlements; ecological restoration/conservation; impact assessment of natural disasters, management & reconstruction; resource assessment & management; Conservation & site interpretation of world heritage sites.

Mrinalini Rajagopalan abstract

Dr. Mrinalini Rajagopalanis currently Assistant Professor in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2010-2011 she was a Postdoctoral Associate in the South Asian Studies Council at Yale University and participated in the first Urban India conference held at Yale in May 2011. Her research interests include: urbanization and urbanism in South Asia; the colonial legacies of architectural preservation in India; and contemporary architecture and urban design in India.

Ms Amita Baig

Amita Baig is the Regional Representative of the World Monuments Fund, India. She has over two decades of experience in managing conservation projects and historic sites in India and the Asia Region. She has worked with UNESCO Asia Pacific Region in the development of the Lijiang Models for Stakeholder Participation, and was also a consultant to the Gulbenkian Foundation, Taj Mahal Conservation Collaborative; as well as advisor to NIRLAC, Jaipur Virasat, and Jaisalmer Heritage Trust. She joined the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage at its inception in 1984 and was Director General of the Architectural Heritage Division from 1993 to 1999.

Ms Laila Tyabji

LailaTyabji is a designer and Founder Member and Chairperson of DASTKAR, an Indian NGO working with crafts & craftspeople. Helping craftspeople, especially women, use their own inherent skills as a means of employment, earning and independence is the crux of DASTKAR’s work. Laila writes regularly on craft, development and social issues and represents the craft sector on many national and international forums.

Ms Poonam Verma Mascarenhas

Poonam is interested in architectural education, urbanism, conservation, traditional technologies, energy efficiency and sustainability. An architect and a post-graduate from University of York, U.K. in Conservation of Buildings, she has over 20 years of work experience in building with alternative technologies at Auroville, conservation and development of 22 government-owned heritage buildings at Jaipur. Her work is guided by the inter-relationships of human consciousness and the environment and believes in collaborating- which has led to setting up of a multidisciplinary collaborative space RAINTREE.

Ms Shveta Mathur

ShvetaMathur is Programme Officer, Urban Development at the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC). In her nine years of experience as an architect and urban planner, she has worked both at the advocacy and the grass root levels on various community development projects. Her primary area of interest in all projects has been to translate the needs and information gathered from communities into meaningful planning interventions with the use of PLA (Participatory Learning and Action) tools and community based mapping techniques.

Ms. Manvita Baradi

Director at the Urban Management Centre (UMC), Ahmedabad, ManvitaBaradi has 17 years of technical experience in developing and administering programs for local governance, citizen participation, capacity building of local government associations and NGOs, urban planning, development of urban indicators and performance measurement and international development. Much of her professional work has been conceptualizing, operationalising, administering and popularizing City Managers' Associations in India. She has hands-on experience of setting up the first City Managers' Association of Gujarat, which was the first of the 12 City Managers Associations formed across India.

Ms. Peggy Deamer

Peggy Deamer is a Professor of Architecture at Yale University. She also is a Visiting Professional Research Fellow at Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand. Ms. Deamer is a principal in the firm of Deamer, Architect. She is the editor of The Millennium Houseand co-editor of Building in the Future: Recasting Architectural Labor, BIM in Academia (forthcoming)andRe-Reading Perspecta. She organized, with Phil Bernstein, both the “Building (in) the Future” (2006) symposium and the “Building Information Modeling: Implications for Architectural Pedagogy” (2010) symposium, both at the Yale School of Architecture.

Mukesh Kanaskar Abstract

Mukesh Kanaskar is an Additional Director with Regional Centre for Urban and Environmental Studies, All India Institute of Local Self-Government, Mumbai (AIILSG). He coordinates poverty alleviation initiatives of AIILSG and Coordinates National Resource Centre for Urban Poverty Alleviation at AIILSG established by Government of India

He has experience of 20 years in development and inclusion. He was the Director of a European Union supported NGO implemented poverty alleviation project (1996-2004) covering 217 locations, outlay of 19.5 million Euros & team of 220.

Neera Chandhoke

Neera Chandhoke is Professor of Political Science, University of Delhi, and Director of the Developing Countries Research Centre, University of Delhi. She received her M.A degree (1968) and her PhD (1984) from the University of Delhi. Her main teaching and research interests are Political Theory, Comparative Politics, and the Politics of Developing Societies with special focus on India. She has published three books: The Conceits of Civil Society, 2003 (Delhi, Oxford University Press), Beyond Secularism: The Rights of Religious Minorities, 1999 (Delhi, Oxford University Press), and State and Civil Society: Explorations in Political Theory, 1995 (Delhi, Sage). Furthermore, she has edited three books: Mapping Histories, 2000 (Tulika), Grass-Roots Politics and Social Transformation, 1999 (University of Delhi Press), Understanding The Post-Colonial World, 1995 (Published under the Auspices of Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi). Continuously contributing a number of articles to national and international journals she additionally writes regularly for the Indian newspapers on contemporary themes. Currently she is directing two projects: ‘Conflict and Institutional Change in India’ in partnership with the London School of Economics and Political Science, and ‘Globalization and the State in India’. The latter project seeks to examine the impact of globalization on the capacity of the Indian state to provide basic goods/services to particularly the poorer sections of society. The paper written for the UNRISD project overlaps to a large extent with the concerns of the second project.

Nithya V. Raman

Nithya V. Raman is an urban planner and researcher based in Chennai, whose work has focused on questions of government accountability and citizen participation, informal settlements and land rights, urban policies, and urban poverty. Most recently, she founded and continues to head the Transparent Chennai project, housed at the Centre for Development Finance, IFMR. Her work has been published in EPW, Seminar, Caravan, in newspapers, and as book chapters. She has a BA in political science from Harvard University and a Masters in urban planning from MIT.

P.S. Vastrad

P.S. Vastrad is Deputy Commissioner of Mysore. Mr. Vastrad earlier served as Deputy Commissioner of Haveri and Davangere. Mr. Vastrad cleared the KAS in 1982. He has also served as Block Development Officer in K.R. Nagar and as Tahsildar in Periyapatna. He was promoted to the IAS in 1998. He served as Chief Executive Officer of the Zilla panchayats in Kodagu, Bagalkot, Bidar, and Dharwad. He was also previously Commissioner of Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation (HDMC) and pre Deputy Secretary at Raj Bhavan.

Patrick Heller

Patrick Heller is an associate professor in the sociology department at Brown University. His research areas include development, political sociology, and comparative political economy. He has authored "The Labor of Development" (Cornell University Press, 1999) which examines the role of subordinate classes in the transformation to capitalism in the Indian state of Kerala.

Patrick Heller has written on a range of topics on India, including democratic consolidation, the politics of economic transformation, social capital and social movements. He has taught at Brown University, University of Durban-Westville and Columbia University.

His long term project is to re-evaluate the relationship between development, democracy, and civil society by comparing India, Brazil, and South Africa. Patrick Heller holds a doctorate in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley.

Prem Chandavarkar

Prem Chandavarkar is the managing partner of CnT Architects: an architectural practice based in Bangalore, India, with a historical legacy across generations that dates back to being the city’s first architectural firm.  He is a former Executive Director of Srishti School of Art Design & Technology in Bangalore.  He is an academic advisor and guest faculty at some of the top architecture colleges in India.  Besides his design practice at CnT, he also writes and lectures on architecture, urbanism, art, cultural studies and education.

Priya Balu-Kakkar

Priya Balu-Kakkar is a public health specialist and researcher with the Public Health Foundation of India. She is the founding partner of Future Health Inc, Toronto Canada.

Priya’s work across multiple health domains has included linking private sector funds to public health systems research and planning, evidence based public policy development, social sector program evaluation and organizational development in India, Canada, Mexico and the United States. Her professional interests include the role of social entrepreneurship and public/private partnerships in bridging gaps in health inequity in emerging economies and its subsequent policy implications in public health research for the government and other pertinent stakeholders as they try to define and set a road map for public health programs in developing countries.

R. Reghunathan,

Chief Engineer, Commissionerate of Municipal Administration, Tamil Nadu

Er. R. Reghunathan is Chief Engineer in the Commissionerate of Municipal Administration of the Government of Tamil Nadu. Currently he is heading the Engineering wing, being the first Chief Engineer for the entire state of Tamil Nadu. He is handling large water supply and sewerage projects worth INR. 2000 crore for urban local bodies with individual project size ranging from INR. 30 crore to INR. 350 crore. Er. Reghunathan is also president of the Indian Water Works Association.

Dr Rachana Bhangaokar

Rachana Bhangaokar, Ph. D., is an Assistant Professor at Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS), The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. Her research interests include cultural psychology, human development across cultures (specifically, moral development) and youth civic engagement. She has been a Fulbright junior research fellow at the University of Chicago, IL, USA (2004-2005). She was the co-investigator for a project funded by Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi (2008-2010) on the development of morality in Indian families.

Prof. Raghav Rajagopalan

Raghav Rajagopalan, 48, obtained his graduation in Chemistry from Bombay University and then his Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management from IRMA in 1984. He has been a management practitioner and consultant in varied settings, both corporate and social. He was a Senior Visiting Fellow at IRMA in 2007. He currently works as an independent consultant and practitioner on organisational culture and human processes. He has recently completed a study on the handicrafts sector for the Crafts Council of India. He is an Honorary Trustee of Samvada, a Youth Resource Centre at Bangalore.

Raghu Rama Swamy

Raghu Rama Swamy is the Chief Executive Officer of iDeck. He has over fifteen years of experience in infrastructure advisory, development, project finance and management consulting practices. He has assisted various government agencies, multi-lateral agencies and private sector clients in the urban infrastructure, integrated transportation, tourism, energy, commercial and industrial infrastructure verticals. He has strong experience in development of public private partnership (PPP) frameworks – conceptualization, transaction advisory, policy advisory activities. A mechanical engineer and a MBA by education, he started his career with Avalon Consulting, a management strategy consulting firm. Subsequently, he has worked with GMR Group, assisting in development of the 220 MW barge mounted power plant at Mangalore. He is a member of various committees in infrastructure sector in the state and a visiting faculty at management/ law schools.

Raj Cherubal

Raj Cherubal is the coordinator for City Connect and Janaagraha in Chennai. He is interested in improving urban governance, urban quality of life and promoting market-based solutions to poverty. He has written and worked to promote decentralisation, good urban governance, promote economic freedom for urban entrepreneurs like street hawkers and others in the informal sector and for their recognition as profit seeking entrepreneurs. He holds a M.S. in Physics from the University of Louisville and a M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has worked in the software industry in area like computational physics and visualisation, telecom and finance.

Professor Rajeev Gowda

Professor Rajeev Gowda received a PhD in Public Policy and Management from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is currently Professor of Economics and Social Sciences, and Chairperson, Centre for Public Policy, at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. His research interests focus on how people and societies make decisions about risks, and also on Indian politics.

Mr. Rajeev Lunkad

Rajeev Lunkad, project director at JalMahal Resorts Pvt Ltd, has dedicated better part of the last 15 years to architecture, design and environment. He has worked with renowned architect firms B.V. Doshi, SAAR and Rajeev Sethi, leading projects with distinct design influences.

Rajeev Sethi

Rajeev Sethi, Chairman and Founder Trustee, The Asian Heritage Foundation, is South Asia’s leading designer and is noted internationally for his innovative contribution to preserving and celebrating the subcontinent’s rich cultural heritage. For more than 35 years, through his work in design and architecture, performances and festivals, exhibitions and publication, policy and program, he has identified ways to bring contemporary relevance to traditional skills of vulnerable artisan communities and creative professionals.

Rajen Ghadiok

Dr.Rajen Ghadiok is working in Nova Medical Centers Pvt Ltd as Executive Director- Medical Strategy & Operations since September 01,2011.  He previosuly worked with Fortis Healthcare Limited as Vice President - Medical Strategy & Operations since January 2005 till 30th August 2011.Dr Rajen Ghadiok has been Head, Cardio – Thoracic Anesthesiology Department at Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, For the past 5 years he has been devoted to the Development of Healthcare in the Corporate Sector.

Rajesh Bansal

Rajesh Bansal is currently the Assistant Director General with the UIDAI responsible for integration of Aadhaar for the financial sector. He is responsible for handling relationships with the banking, insurance and securities market regulators and the respective market players. He has 18 years of experience in the area of Payment Systems both as a practitioner and a policy maker at Reserve Bank of India. He has worked closely on the Committees of RBI for providing Access to Finance to the SME sector & Committee on Securitization of Trade Credit Receivables and has been a member of the RBI Group on Financial Literacy. He has been awarded the Golden Jubilee Scholarship of RBI. He holds a Masters in Economics and also a Masters in International Development Policy from Duke University.

Rajesh Sagar

Dr. Rajesh Sagar is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. He is the Secretary of The Central Mental Health Authority of India. He is an international resource person for various projects and also a consultant to many governmental organizations for mental health. He is the principal investigator for elaborate projects of the WHO, including the WHO multi-centric study of urbanization and mental disorders in migrant populations.

Rajesh Tandon

President, Society for Participatory Research in Asia

Rajesh Tandon founded PRIA, a voluntary organization that provides support to grassroots initiatives in South Asia, in 1982. He is currently promoting local government bodies as institutions of local self-governance in South Asia, with a special focus on women and marginalized groups. Under his leadership, PRIA has conducted major research on a wide variety of topics and also created numerous innovative methodologies for participatory learning and training, participatory bottoms-up micro-planning, and participatory monitoring and evaluation to strengthen the capacities and institutional mechanisms of voluntary development organizations in India and other developing countries.

Rajshekhar Ramnath Iyer

Dr. Iyer (M.B.B.S, DPH), is presently working as Medical officer of Health Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation. He is in charge of Administration of 8 Hospital and 22 dispensary under Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation and Health department with staff @ 4,000. In charge of various health sanitation and solid waste management projects under JNNURM some of which are fully functional and others at various stages of implementation.

Rakhi Mehra

Rakhi Mehra is co-founder of mHS and determined to make people and players think more creatively about urban housing and building inclusive cities. A Rhodes scholar and an MBA from Harvard (‘09) she has many years of international development experience with CARE, Ashoka Fellows, Grameen Bank, RABO Bank, Jeffery Sachs’ office at Columbia University. Rakhi was a competitive swimmer for India, swam in the winning English Channel Relay for Oxford University and remains an enthusiast for outdoor sport. She studied Economics at St. Stephens College, Delhi (2001), and read Politics, Philosophy & Economics at Oxford University (2001-03).

Rangashri Kishore

Mrs. Rangashri Kishore is Chief Librarian at PHFI by profession and a social worker by avocation. She is the Founder Secretary of Richmond Fellowship Society. She has been instrumental in setting up of 3 homes for the mentally challenged in India. Her significant contribution to this cause has been that she is an excellent resource person for families who have a person suffering from Schizophrenia. Her main focus has been to integrate persons suffering from this illness into the community and she has managed to train mentally ill persons in managing a library and who have further been employed as librarians in schools and elsewhere. Rangashri was the First Asian to be awarded the ASCLA EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE AWARD for the year 1999 from the American Library Association.

Renu Khanna

Renu Khanna is a founding member of Sahaj (Society for Health Alternatives) and is based in Baroda, Gujarat in India and is actively involved in women’s health movement. She has over 25 years of experience in Health Care Management and Organisation Development in health organisations. Her work  has focused on women’s health and rights, and she is also involved in policy critique and policy and programme advocacy in India.

Rishi Aggarwal

Rishi is an environmental activist based in Mumbai and active for more than a decade in numerous environmental and urban planning issues of Mumbai. He has played a pioneering role in the conservation of mangroves in Mumbai and worked closely with grassroot activists in protecting a number of pockets in Mumbai.

He was a project officer at Bombay First during 2003-05 when the Vision Mumbai report was submitted to the Government of Maharashtra and had a ring side view of how a number of urban planning decisions are taken in the administration.

Ritu Anand

Ms. Ritu Anand is the Group Head-Policy and Chief Economist at IDFC. A prominent economist, she has over 30 years of experience that includes several international assignments.  Her areas of expertise include macroeconomics and public policy. Prior to joining IDFC, Ms. Anand held the position of Deputy Managing Director and Chief Economic Adviser at the State Bank of India. In her previous experience, Ms. Anand worked as Lead Economist at the World Bank, Washington, D.C, U.S.A, and the Reserve Bank of India as Adviser and at various positions with the Finance Commission, Planning Commission, Bureau of Industrial Costs and Prices, Government of India, and Tata Consultancy Services.

Robin Ann King

Dr. King is currently a Principal Research Scholar at CSTEP in Bangalore, where she helps manage the Next Generation Infrastructure Laboratory.  In January 2011 she will join EMBARQ at the World Resources Institute as Director for Urban Development and Accessibility. Her research in India covers topics such as institutional aspects of infrastructure policy, mango supply chains, Indian-Latin American economic ties, and links between mobility, shelter and livelihoods to understand the evolution of present day Bangalore where wealth has increased significantly along with poverty increasing. 

Mr. S P Shorey

S P Shoreyis an architect and town planner currently working as Regional Programme Coordinator, Support to National Policies for Urban Poverty Reduction, GHK. He is also a member of the Hyderabad Heritage Committee and has earlier worked as Director, Urban Management Resource Group at the Centre for Good Governance, Government of Andhra Pradesh.

Dr. S. Janakarajan

Professor, Madras Institute of Development Studies (MIDS)

Dr. S. Janakarajan, an Economist, obtained his Masters degree from Madras Christian College, Tambaram and Ph.D. from MIDS, Chennai. His areas of interest are rural development and agrarian institutions, disaster management, water management and irrigation institutions, conflicts and conflict resolution, environment, urban and peri-urban issues. He is currently engaged in a project on climate change and adaptation in collaboration with six other institutions in South Asia. He is the brain behind the 'Cauvery Family', an initiative which he started in 2003 that brought together farmers of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

S. Selva Kumar

Shri S. Selva Kumar is Mission Director, National Rural Health Mission, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, Karnataka. With his expertise and interest in the fields of both governance, health and urbanization, Shri Kumar will give a broad overview on the critical need for identifying urban health priorities in national and state health policy and cooperation of urban local bodies in non-health sectors to improve health outcomes and influencing urban health governance.

S. Vishwanath

Advisor, Arghyam and Director at Biome Environmental Solutions Pvt. Ltd

Mr. Vishwanath Srikantaiah is an Urban and Regional Planner. A passionate, practitioner of sustainable water and sanitation management systems, he is dedicated to generating awareness on the usefulness of rainwater harvesting practices, both in rural and urban India. Mr. Vishwanath is an ardent and influential voice in shaping the agenda on WATSAN issues in India. He is a member of the Planning Commission Working group on “Urban and Industrial Water Supply and Sanitation” and the subgroup to draft a model bill for a state level Water Regulatory Authority Act.

Sadhana Bhagwat

Dr. Sadhana Bhagwat has been with GAIN for the last four years as a Program Associate, in charge of GAIN's nutrition programmes. She is a medical specialist with a Postgraduate Diploma in Otolaryngology and an MD in Preventive and Social Medicine. She has been in the field of public health for the past 12 years. She worked as a consultant with the Sector Investment Programme of Maharashtra State Family Welfare Bureau and as a WHO consultant in the National Cancer Control Programme of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Mr.Saleem Beg

Saleem Beg has a permanent base in Jammu and Kashmir and is currently Honorary Convener, Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, J & K. Earlier he was Director General, Tourism. Saleem has been associated with crafts having worked as Director and Managing Director, Handlooms and Handicrafts.

Salma Sadikha

Social Development Specialist, Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB)

Ms. Sadikha’s professional experience encompasses 20 years of fighting urban poverty, from the grass roots level to the policy making levels of the government. Ms. Sadikha at BWSSB works on improving the access and quality of water supply and sanitation services to the urban slums without compromising the interest of the utility. Including two major reforms to the sector— rationalizing connection charges to reduce the actual fees, and relaxing the land tenure requirement for installing piped connections.

Sameer Sharma Abstract

As Municipal Commissioner, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporartion (GHMC) Dr. Sameer Sharma has focused on adapting municipal public policy to the meet the challenges of a growing city. He is a strong advocate for increasing efficiency through technology - for example, using the camera of the mobile phone to make municipal managers more accountable and bottom-up decentralization through establishment of ward committees. Dr. Sharma received his PhD in urban development at the University of Cincinnati and specializes in globalization, metropolitan development, e-governance, and resource mobilization for cities. In addition, Dr. Sharma is a notable contributor to the Economic Times of India and has published more than 20 articles in the last four years and in September 2011 he addressed the Global Mayors Forum at Columbia University, New York.

Mr. Sandeep Munjal

Professor Munjal has been a Hospitality and Retail industry professional with over 18 years of experience. In addition to his academic responsibilities at IIMT, he is also involved with wide ranging consultancy assignments in the Tourism/ Hospitality sector. "Business Strategy" is an area of special interest for him. In recent years he has taken up consultancy assignments, and conducted research in the heritage tourism space. He is currently Assistant Dean & Head, School of Hospitality and Tourism ManagementInstitute for International Management & Technology, Gurgaon.

Professor Sandeep Shastri

Professor Sandeep Shastri is the Pro Vice Chancellor of Jain University, and Director, International Academy for Creative Teaching at Bangalore, as well as the National Convenor of the Lokniti Network (Programme for Comparative Democracy). He has also been a Member of the Planning Committee for the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems.

His research interests are in the fields of survey based research, election studies, federalism, and creativity and innovation in teaching.

Sandipan Rama Zombade

Mr. Zombade is a slum dweller who has through his constant efforts helped to develop and improve the quality of life of his community. As a user of health services in urban slums, he offers a variety of perspectives in bridging the gap between users and providers through solution-focused initiatives towards contemporary urban challenges.

Sanjay Kumar

Sanjay Kumar has been working at Aashray Adhikar Abhiyan since 2002. He is currently working as Director of Operations. Aashray Adhikar Abhiyan is an organisation which campaigns for the rights of the homeless in Delhi and provides shelters and emergency relief. Aashray Adhikar Abhiyant aims to empower, mobilise and strengthen the capacity of the homeless.

Sanjay Zodpey

Dr. Zodpey is currently Director, Public Health Education at Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), New Delhi. He holds a leadership role as Director at the Indian Institute of Public Health, Delhi and Indian Institute of Public Health, Bhubaneswar. He also served as Director of Indian Institute of Public Health, Gandhinagar and worked as Professor of Preventive and Social Medicine and Vice Dean at Government Medical College, Nagpur. He has vast experience of research collaboration and partnership with national and international agencies, development partners, governments and contract research organisations.

Prof. Shekar Muddu

Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (India)

Prof Muddu was the Member of Central Level Expert Group for overall re-assessment of ground water resources of the country – 2010 by Ministry of Water Resources, India. His area of interest in research includes groundwater hydrology, numerical modeling, and environmental engineering. His research work includes analysis of flow and reactive transport in groundwater systems, field-scale experiments in watershed hydrology, hydro climatic & anthropogenic controls on groundwater, numerical methods, geospatial & geophysical methods, optimization and inverse problems, and modeling of environmental hydraulic processes.

Shikha Jain

Shikha Jain is Director, DRONAH (Development and Research Organisation for Nature, Arts and Heritage, and Chief Editor of the biannual refereed journal ‘Context. She is a consultant to UNESCO, New Delhi working on various urban conservation projects including the Cultural Heritage DPR Toolkit under JnNURM. She is also involved in Urban Heritage ADB funded projects for the State Governments of Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh.

Her experience in conservation ranges from steering conservation projects for various state governments to preparing conservation plans funded by international organizations such as the Getty Foundation, USA; World Monuments Fund and, preparation of Nomination Dossier and Management Plans for World Heritage Sites in India. She has contributed a number of papers and articles on the cultural heritage of India in national and international journals and conferences and, authored and edited books.

Shri Manu Kumar Srivastava

Shri Manu Kumar Srivastava is the Secretary for the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation. His Profile is to come.

Siddharth Hande

Siddharth Hande recently graduated from Monash University in Melbourne with a Masters in Environment and Sustainability. He is currently a researcher at Transparent Chennai, a government accountability project at CDF, IFMR that provides information to empower residents who want to take action on civic issues. His interests include community engagement, collaborative data creation and geo-spatial analysis. He was also one of the founding members of Reclaim Our Beaches, a campaign that focuses on widening the debate on issues relating to waste management in the city of Chennai.

Siddharth Swaminathan

Siddharth Swaminathanis the Shri R.K. Hegde Chair Professor on Decentralization and Governance at the Institute for Social and Economic Change in Bangalore. He has attained a Ph D in Political Science at Claremont Graduate University. Siddharth’s areas of research include comparative political economy and world politics. Siddharth is currently collaborating with Janaagraha and Brown University in developing the Citizenship index.

Somnath Sen

Trained in public economics, management and consumer marketing research, Somnath has managed and led a number of institutional development and strategic advice tasks, across public sector reform, urban management and environmental services delivery, natural resource management, social development and energy sectors. Over the past two decades,  he has worked on multiple initiatives including the following: assisting the Government of India’s Urban Sanitation Task Force in preparing the National Urban Sanitation Policy for India; working with the Ministry of Urban Development, Govt. of India,  on developing the methodology for and commissioning of Rating of Class I Cities of India on Sanitation; carrying out a study to contribute to the INDIA 2030.

Srikanth Nadhamuni

Srikanth Nadhamuniis head of the technology department at Unique Authorisation Authority of India (UIDAI) and Co-Founder & Managing Trustee of eGovernments Foundation.

Srikanth is a Silicon valley entrepreneur who has spent 16 years in the US, creating technology solutions at companies such as Sun Microsystems, Intel, Silicon Graphics, WebMD and startup GlobeTrades, having worked in diverse projects such as the Pentium and UltraSparc chips, interactiveTV & Internet technologies. He has worked with NGOs in India for the past 12 years, including serving as President of Indians for Collective Action - a San Francisco Bay Area non-profit that funds NGOs across India.

Prof. Srinivas Chary Vedala, Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI)

Prof. Srinivas Chary is the Director of Centre for Energy, Environment, Urban Governance, and Infrastructure Development at ASCI. He specialises in urban governance and institutional reforms, urban environmental management, capacity building and service delivery improvement strategies, particularly in water and sanitation. Prof. Chary was instrumental in establishing the Urban Resource Link (in partnership with MoUD)- a unique model of information support for urban local and state governments, the Change Management Forum, which facilitates peer learning amongst a network of municipal officers and elected representatives for achieving 24-7 water supply in urban India.

Subhadra Menon

Dr Menon is a health communication and advocacy expert who has worked in the health field in India in diverse capacities covering professional and community activist experiences.An active contributor to India’s HIV/AIDS response, she has led a technical, advocacy capacity building effort supported by Avahan – the India AIDS Initiative of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to this she was Editor-in-Chief and Project Director at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) in India and a senior member of the core team that initiated the first AIDS vaccine trial in the country.

Subhash Salunke

Dr. Salunke has been faculty in the subject of Preventive and Social Medicine (Community Medicine) for eight years. His 30 years’ experience in the Public Health Department spans from Deputy Director to Director General in the Health Services of Maharashtra. He has assisted State Governments to initiate a number of schemes such as: “Jeevan Dai ArogyaYojana”, free blood supply to Thalassemia patients, monitoring medical care in Trust-hospitals for poor, etc. mainly focusing on health services to the poorer section of society.

SubirHari Singh

SubirHari Singh is the Additional Chief Secretary to the Government of Karnataka, Commissioner, BMRDA and Chair, KUIDFC. Shri Singh is also chair of SIUD. Shri Singh has held various other prestigious offices in past as former Principal Secretary, Housing Department, former Principal Secretary, Industries & Commerce Department, and former Commissioner and Director of the Karnataka Handloom Development Corporation.

Prof. Sudhakar M. Rao

Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (India)

Prof. Sudhakar Rao’s area of interest and research includes engineering behaviour of unsaturated soils, hazardous waste management, surface and ground water quality and remediation of contaminated groundwater. He is also an Editorial Board Member of The Open Waste Management Journal and honorary advisor to Institute of Integrative Omics and Applied Biotechnology (IIOAB), Medinipur, West Bengal and Scientific advisory committee member of Department of Biotechnology, Institute of Chemical Technology Mumbai.

Sujatha Srinivasan

Sujatha Srinivasan is a Researcher with CDF’s Urban Infrastructure and Governance group. Her current research focuses on egovernance design and its effectiveness and understanding governance processes. Her previous experience was as a Financial Analyst in investment banking operations. She has also worked in implementation of SAP finance/accounting modules in the defense industry. She holds an MBA from Suffolk University and an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the University of Madras.

Sumila Gulyanitook

Sumila Gulyanitook over as head of the World Bank’s Urbanization Knowledge Platform in 2011 after four years as Sector Leader for Sustainable Development for six African countries, based in Kenya. She was also the Lead Urban Specialist and Team Leader for a series of World Bank-supported urban programmes aimed at assisting the Kenyan government in catalyzing transformation of the urban and local government sector in the country. Her recent research includes analytical frameworks for understanding poverty and living conditions in slums; comparative State of the City baselines in 15 cities in Kenya; and inequality in access to infrastructure in three capital cities in Africa.

Sunita Nadhamuni

Chief Executive Officer, Arghyam

Sunita has been involved in various initiatives including SEVA, Indians for Collective Action, Rejuvenate India Movement and Bala Janaagraha. She has been the CEO of Arghyam since it began working on water in 2005 and has been instrumental in the rapid growth and influence of the organisation. She has been a member on various national and international committees  related to domestic water and sanitation, has presented at World Water Week and is a board member of AKVO, an international organisation using IT to enhance transparency and accountability for the water sector.

Sunny George

Sunny George is HUDCO Chair Professor and Head of the Centre for Urban Governance, Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA), Kerala. He received M.A. in Economics and M.A. in Econometrics from University of Kerala and M.Phil. in Applied Economics and Ph.D. in Industrial Economics from Cochin University of Science and Technology. His areas of interest, in training, research and consultancy, are Local Governance, Participatory Planning, Training and Capacity Building and Managing Development Projects. Apart from conducting various programmes for local governments in Kerala, he conducts training programmes on Participatory Planning and Poverty Reduction for participants from other countries. He has managed several development projects including UNDP-GOI Project on Capacity Building for Elected and Official Functionaries of South Indian States of Kerala, Karanataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, Modernising Government Programme (MGP) Initiatives relating to Local Bodies of Kerala, World Bank sponsored Study on Rural Service Delivery in Kerala, World Bank sponsored study on Citizens Report Cards in Kerala, UN-HABITAT’s Leadership and Management Training Programmes for Elected Representatives of Urban Local Bodies in Kerala. He has been coonsultant to Bangladesh for Evaluating the project on ‘Strengthening Local Governments in Bangladesh’ supported by CORDAID and to the Evaluation of ‘Strengthening Rural Decentralisation’ Programme of Government of West Bengal. He has several publications in journals and edited books.

Mr. Takahiko Makino, IHCN- UNESCO

Mr. Takahiko Makino is Programme Specialist Culture at the UNESCO Office at New Delhi.

Tariq Thachil

Dr. Tariq Thachil is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Yale University, a Research Fellow at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, and a Faculty Affiliate of the South Asian Studies Council. His research focuses on political parties and party-voter linkages, social movements, ethnic politics, and South Asian politics.

Mr. TS Krishna Murthy

After completing his studies in University of Mysore/Madras, Mr. TS Krishna Murthydid a Masters in Fiscal Studies at the University of Bath, U.K.  He held the post of Election Commissioner from 2000 to 2004, & thereafter he was the Chief Election Commissioner of India till May 2005, when he oversaw the 2004 General Elections utilising Electronic Voting Machines for the first time in all polling stations.  He has also advised foreign governments on electoral systems, and observed elections for the Commonwealth Secretariat in Africa.He has also undertaken work for IMF in Ethiopia.

V Renganathan

Dr. Renganathan is a Co-Founder & VP Alliance at Vaatsalya Healthcare Solutions.  Renganathan, a scientist by training, is interested in healthcare delivery particularly with reference to chronic diseases.  He has developed a PPP concept for providing cost-effective quality delivery related services in villages.  He is also spearheading a complete Diabetes Disease management program at Vaatsalya.  He was an Associate Prof of Biochemistry at Oregon Health Sciences University and has published extensively in metabolic biochemistry.

V Satyanarayana

V Satyanarayana is the CEO of Aarusha Homes. Satyanarayana holds a master’s degree in housing planning from CEPT, Ahmedabad, and a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. He was Project Finance Advisor at the Slum Upgrading Facility (SUF), a global facility of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) to attract domestic and commercial capital into slum and urban upgradation in Asia and Africa.

Dr. V. Gayathri

Dr. V. Gayathri is an Advisor at Maya-LabourNet and Sattva Media and Consulting Private Limited. She holds 16 years of experience in Managing and Leading development and implementation of projects. She has successfully developed research and project proposals; set up and managed as part of a core team, programmes and teams, defined concrete and achievable development outcomes, planned and executed LabourNet-MAYA’s flagship social enterprise and ILO’s largest child labour project within specified timeframes.

V. Manjula

Ms. V. Manjulahas worked with the Government of Karnataka in sectors like Education, Rural Development, Power, Housing and Urban Development. She was Deputy Commissioner of Bellary District and Chief Executive Officer of Kolar and Dharwad Districts. She was also the Managing Director of Karnataka Handloom Development Corporation, Bangalore and Gulbarga Electricity Supply Company, Gulbarga. Currently she is the Commissioner for Directorate of Urban Land Transport and also the Directorate of Survey Settlements and Land Records.

V. P. Baligar, IAS

Chairman & Managing Director, Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO)

V. Phatak

Vidyadhar K. Phatak, after 37 years of experience in various sub-fields of urban planning and development in government agencies in Mumbai,retired from the service of Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority as its Principal Chief, Town and Country Planning Division on February 29, 2004. His interests include - Urban and Shelter Sector Studies, City Development Strategy, Preparation and appraisal of projects for the Development Banks and Financing local governments and Structuring projects for Public-Private-Partnership.

Prof V. Srinivas Chary

Prof V. Srinivas Charyis the Dean of Research and Management Studies at Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), Hyderabad, India, specialises in governance, institutional reforms and capacity building for improvements in urban service delivery. He has over 20 years of professional experience in the areas of urban infrastructure and service delivery and extensively worked on 24-7 Water Supply, urban sanitation, PPP, pro poor strategies. An engineer, urban planner and management professional by training, Prof. Chary, prior to joining ASCI, was a Senior Faculty at the Environment Protection Training and Research Institute (EPTRI), Hyderabad and at Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI), New Delhi. 

He is passionately committed to capacity building with the objective of ensuring continuous water supply and open defecation free urban systems in India.

V. Suresh

Facilitator, Change Management & Institutional Transformation, Organisational Development & Excellence Consultants (ODEC)

Dr. V. Suresh has worked in the human rights movement in India for two decades. Today, he serves as the National Secretary of the People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), where he has conducted inquiries into human rights abuses, including civil liberties violations, caste and communal violence, and state repression. He has worked as an activist with the Adivasi (indigenous) people of Maharashtra on issues of environmental protection and land and earning rights. Dr. Suresh guides organizations and governmental institutions in change efforts, strategic planning, and civic engagement.

Vaishnavi Jayakumar

Vaishnavi Jayakumar is a co-founder of the Banyan and has worked in the field of mental health, homeless and the rights of the margianlised. The Banyan has reached out to more than 300 mentally ill destitute women abandoned on the streets of Chennai. Currently it houses 80 women, and 220 inmates have been successfully rehabilitated and reunited with their families since the inception of this organisation.The Banyan has grown from being a transit care centre for homeless persons with mental illness to a movement that advocates rights.

Vani Sethi

Vani Sethi has 10 years of public nutrition research and programming experience. She has worked in varied capacities with national and International development agencies. During her tenure as a nutrition specialist with UNICEF Gujarat she supported launch of the Gujarat State Nutrition Mission, Annaprashan Diwas and use of SMS and satellite communication for information dissemination. Her areas of interest include infant and young child nutrition, nutrition surveillance, positive deviance, trials for improved practices, urban nutrition, community mobilization and behavior change communication.

Mr. Vidyashankar

Mr. Vidyashankarwill chair the e-governance deep dive session. Mr. Vidyashankar is the Principal Secretary of the e-Governance Department at the Government of Karnataka. He has a Masters in Economics and M.Phil from Delhi School of Economics at University of Delhi. He has also obtained a Post Graduate degree in Business Administration from Harvard University, USA.

He joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1982 and served in different departments in the state government including Rural Development, Revenue, Animal Husbandry, Panchayat Raj, Agriculture and Energy. He also served in the Ministry of Personnel and Public Grievances, Government of India.

He was also Chairman, BWSSB from the year 2000 – 2004, was Commissioner, BDA from July 2004 to May 2006, was Principal Secretary to Government, Department of Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science & Technology from October 2006 to March 2008.

Prof. Vijay K Dhar Abstract

Mr. Vijay K. Dhar is a HUDCO Chair Professor at the Institute and has over 30 years professional experience in the field of Urban Planning, Housing and Environment sector. He has a Master Degree in Geography from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and a Post Graduate Diploma in Town and Country Planning with specialisation in Urban and Regional Planning from School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), New Delhi.

He has initiated, guided and coordinated research on many topics including urban planning, public-private partnership in Land and Housing, urban management, urban poverty and evaluation of Government policies and programmes. He has conducted training programmes on these topics for the state government and municipal officials. He has number of published papers and research reports on the subjects mentioned above. He has published a large number of research based papers in journals of international and national repute. He is a member of various committees constituted in the field of urban housing, land development and urban management.

Mr. Vikas Dilawari

VikasDilawari is a practicing conservation architect with two decades of exclusive experience in conservation, ranging from urban to architecture. He is presently the Head of Department of Conservation Dept at KRVIA Mumbai. He was instrumental with INTACH Mumbai chapter to list the CST station as World Heritage Site in 2004. Several of his projects have received national and international recognition. One of the signifcant one being the restoration of Dr BhauDaji lad Museum in Mumbai. This got the UNESCO Asia Pacific Award of Excellence in 2005.

Vikasben Desai

Dr. VikasKishor Desai was Former Director (RCH) and Additional Director (FW) and Professor and HOD (PSM) of the Gujarat Government. She dealt with infectious disease outbreaks and several initiatives in dealing with disease epidemics and public health challenges in urban areas. Dr. Desai is one of founding members of the Urban Health Society of India, a non-profit focused on the building of evidence based robust urban health systems, promoting areas of operational research in urbanization and health in India and to advocate innovations in urban governance and health.

Mr. Vikram Kapur

Mr. Vikram Kapur, is an officer of the Indian Administrative Service, borne on the Tamil Nadu State cadre of 1988 batch. He is a graduate in Physics from St. Stephens College, Delhi and a post graduate in Public Policy and Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, University of Syracuse, New York. Mr Kapur has worked in the State of Tamil Nadu in various capacities including as Member Secretary, Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority, MD & CEO, Tamil Nadu Urban Development Fund, Executive Director, Tea Board of India and District Collector, Dindigul. He has authored several papers on small farmers, cooperatives and public private partnerships. His current area of interest is in the field of urban development and infrastructure finance.

Vineet Sukumaris

Vineet Sukumaris the Head of Origination and Treasury, IFMR Capital. Vineet has several years of experience in strategy, corporate finance and investment banking roles in large corporates and in the financial services industry. Prior to joining IFMR Capital, he worked with Standard Chartered, managing the bank’s largest corporate relationship. Vineet has also worked with the Tata Group in leadership roles across diverse industries. Vineet graduated from IIT Kharagpur and completed his MBA from IIM Bangalore.

Vinod Paul

Vinod K. Paul (MD, PhD) is Chair of the Department of Paediatrics at the All India Institue of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi, as well as Visiting Professor at the Public Health Foundation of India, and a member of the High Level Expert Group on Universal Health Coverage constituted by the Prime Minister of India. Professor Paul also leads the WHO Collaborating Centre for Training and Research in Newborn Care and the ICMR Centre for Advanced Research in Newborn Health at AIIMS.

Vivek Benegal

Dr. Vivek Benegal is currently Professor of Psychiatry, Centre for Addiction Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences [NIMHANS], Bangalore.  M.D. Psychiatry; Diploma in Psychological Medicine; (M.B,B.S.) His major research areas include:  Epidemiology of substance abuse in India, Neurobiology and genetics of the susceptibility to alcohol dependence, Translational research and Genetics of psychoses. He is an advisor/ consultant in several major public health policy initiatives both nationally and internationally.

Vivek Raman

Reserach Analyst, Water and Sanitation Programme - South Asia (WSP-SA)

Vivek Raman supports the urban sanitation programme as a research analyst.  An economist by training, he has a Masters degree in Applied Economics from Northeastern University, Boston and Bachelors degree in Economics from the London School of Economics .  Vivek has been working with WSP supporting urban and rural sanitation activities at the national and state level.  He has supported the team in developing sanitation strategies and has carried out multiple and varied research and analytical work including conducting situational analysis and rapid assessments. 

Yamini Aiyar

Yamini Aiyar is currently a senior research fellow and director of the accountability initiative being set up at the Centre for Policy Research. The Accountability initiative aims to promote research, innovations and tools to strengthen accountability and citizen’s engagement in India’s governance processes. Prior to joining CPR Yamini was working as an independent consultant providing research and policy support to government, international donors and civil society organizations on governance reform with a focus on issues related to strengthening accountability in basic service delivery. Yamini has also worked with the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program and Rural Development unit in New Delhi. The focus of her work was on action research aimed at strengthening mechanisms for citizen’s engagement in local government. She was a member of the decentralization team at the World Bank that provided policy support to strengthen Panchayati Raj (local governance) in India. Yamini has also worked on issues related to decentralization and service delivery at the Ford Foundation with the Foundation’s Governance and Civil Society program. Yamini has an Msc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics, an MA in Social and Political Sciences from St. Edmunds College Cambridge University, UK and a BA in Philosophy from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University.