Utsav Choudhury

Brief Experience

Utsav Choudhury currently leads the Building Accessible Safe Inclusive Indian Cities programme at the National Institute of Urban Affairs. Utsav is a trained Anthropologist from Delhi University, India with about a decades experience working on development sector initiatives. Mr. Choudhury has demonstrated experience of implementing and managing human centric projects, which includes various multilateral engagements with USAID, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bernard van Leer Foundation, Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office of the UK Government and more recently with the United Nations in India. Utsav is skilled in Project management, Program Evaluation and Monitoring, Financial Monitoring, Statistical Data Analysis, Research Design, Management, and Data Collection.

Area of Expertise

Project Mangement
Inclusive Development
Participatory Design
Reserach and Data Collection
Monitoring and Evaluation
Innovations for inclusion

Qualifications

Masters in Anthropology (University of Dehi) –2011

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Shilpi Chakraborty

Brief Experience

Embarking on her professional journey as a Junior Research Specialist at NIUA, Shilpi is fueled by an insatiable curiosity and a passion for exploration in all her endeavors. Her current focus lies at the intersection of themes such as Water Sensitive Cities, Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM), and Urban Water Budgeting.

She has 1.5 years of professional experience in the development sector and actively seeks to understand the impacts of climate change on the informal sector and women, and believes in the perspective and role of youth in bringing a change.

Shilpi has done her Bachelors in Environmental Sciences from Calcutta University and Masters in Environmental Studies and Resource Management from TERI.
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Satarupa Roy

Brief Experience

Satarupa is an enthusiastic urban development professional with over 5 years of experience driven by a passion for sustainability and planning. Fascinated by the dynamics of cities, their cultures, and complexities, she is committed to enhancing inclusivity and liveability. Beginning her career as an architect with various firms, she later transitioned into planning with Jabalpur Smart City. She made significant contributions in her experiences encompassing urban governance, tourism, water management, community participation, and area-based development. Notably, she has collaborated on urban planning projects with Srinagar Smart City and Municipal Corporation, focusing on pan-city and area-based development initiatives. Moreover, she played a key role in developing the Climate Smart Cities Assessment Framework-1 with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. She also spearheaded the creation of a WISE framework for the In-WARDs dashboard, facilitating ward-level evaluation of service delivery and SDG contributions, which was piloted in Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation in collaboration with Pimpri Chinchwad Smart City. Leveraging her expertise in planning and architecture, Satarupa has effectively managed various responsibilities including research, data analysis, surveys, tool and framework development, strategy planning, implementation, proposal writing, team management, and financial oversight.

Currently, she is focused on data-driven decision-making strategies and people-centric urban planning. She is actively exploring frameworks and indices for evaluating urban governance and planning aspects and is particularly interested in developing toolkits for assessing urban services and ecosystems to mitigate climate change impacts. Her research interests span climate change adaptation in cities, nature-based solutions, water-sensitive urban design, traditional river management practices, and the development of toolkits and dashboards for informed decision-making and sustainable urban planning.

Satarupa holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture and a Master’s in Urban Planning from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. After working hours, she enjoys indulging her passions for art, travel, and gardening.

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Deepshikha Sinha

Personal Experience

Her multidisciplinary experience in Architecture, Landscape Planning & Design, Inclusive Street Design, Public Engagement, Government Handholding & Capacity Building, Tactical Urbanism, Public Space Design, Urban Research, Participatory Practices, and Academia have allowed her to approach urban planning and design challenges with a system-based understanding for actionable outcomes. Over the past 7+ years, she has collaborated with multiple public and private offices, NGOs, and research organisations in Delhi-NCR. She has been an Architect, Program Coordinator at Raahgiri Foundation and Assistant Professor at University School of Architecture & Planning, Indraprastha University. Her post-graduate thesis has been about planning and designing city morphology for inclusive urban microclimates against heat stress, especially for outdoor workers and commuters. Currently, she is aiding the development of a technology-driven participatory approach to local governance for climate resilience in Indian cities, besides building capacities for implementing water-sensitive urban design in informal neighbourhoods and innovating methods of organising public capacity for climate action.

 

Area of Expertise

Urban Design
Architecture
Tactical Urbanism
Public Engagement

Qualifications

M. Architecture (Urban Design) (S.P.A. Delhi) –2019
B. Architecture (S.P.A. Bhopal) –2015

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Puducheri Yashwanth Kumar

Personal Experience

Yashwanth is a seasoned professional with over 7 years of rich experience in diverse areas such as sustainable urban and transportation planning, climate resilience, and community participation. His extensive background includes impactful collaborations with organizations like TERI, judicial bodies, central government, various state and local governments, where he has contributed significantly to the field. An alumnus of the School of Planning & Architecture (SPA), New Delhi, Yashwanth holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Urban Planning, showcasing his dedication to academic excellence in his field. Beyond his professional endeavors, Yashwanth is an avid traveler with a passion for exploring new places. In addition to his love for travel, he is an enthusiastic follower of cricket and stays abreast of the latest advancements in technology. His multifaceted interests and experiences contribute to a well-rounded and dynamic professional profile.

Qualifications

Post Graduation (School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi) –2016

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Ishleen Kaur

Personal Experience

Ishleen Kaur is a Senior Environment Specialist with the Water and Environment Vertical, Climate Centre for Cities at the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), currently working on Integrated Water Resource Management with a focus on urban rivers as well as shallow aquifer management in Indian cities. Her professional experience encompasses a range of policy domains, including water management in nearly 12 Indian cities, enhancing regional connections for Delhi, and contributing to flagship missions such as Housing For All and Smart Cities Mission. Over 9 years she has worked at the intersection of urban planning, environmental protection and social inclusion with projects like Master Plan for Delhi 2041, Child-friendly Smart Cities mainstreaming the needs of the most vulnerable into city planning and participatory policy implementation in the Himalayan region. She has earlier worked with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) and Delhi Development Authority. Her area of expertise includes urban river management, shallow aquifer management in cities, designing and formulating urban policies and programs, city master planning, city-level policy implementation to building strategic partnerships, capacity building and participatory approaches to planning.

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Dr. Victor Rana Shinde

Personal Experience

Victor R. Shinde is the Head of the Climate Centre for Cities at the the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA). He is a water management expert and has worked as a scientist and technical expert in nine countries in Asia and Africa: Bhutan, India, Japan, Mauritius, Philippines, Seychelles, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam. Over the last 17 years, he has worked in diverse domains of climate change and urban water management that includes flood risk assessment, urban river management; integrated water resources management; water security assessment; and climate change adaptation in water sector. He has carried out joint research and development projects with several international organizations such as APN, CTCN, DAAD, GIZ, GWP (Thai Chapter), IWMI, UNDP, UN Environment, USAID, US Army Corps of Engineers. At NIUA, he has led the development of several national level frameworks, tools, and advisories for climate change adaptation and urban water management in Indian cities. He also led the Water and Environment Chapters for the draft Master Plan for Delhi-2041. He has 50+ publications as journal articles, books chapters, conference papers, and knowledge products. Victor has a PhD in Urban Water Management from Kyoto University Japan, Masters in Water Engineering and Management from the Asian Institute of Technology Thailand, and Bachelors in Civil Engineering from Karnatak University India.

Area of Expertise

Climate change adaptation
Resilience planning and management
Flood risk assessment and mitigation
Urban river management
Urban environmental planning
Integrated water resources management
Water security assessment

Qualifications

PhD (Urban Management-Water) (Kyoto University) –2012
M.E. (Water Engineering and Management) (Asian Institute of Technoloogy) –2009
B.E. (Civil Engineering) (Karnatak University ) –1999

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Nikita Madan

Personal Experience

Nikita is an Environmental Planner from the School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi. With almost a decade of experience of working with government organizations, international institutions, academic setups and NGOs in the urban environment sector, her areas of expertise include water-sensitive planning and design, urban river management, integrated urban water management, management of urban ecosystems, climate change mitigation & adaptation, and revival of water bodies.

At NIUA, she has spearheaded multifaceted initiatives in the field of urban environment management. She has been involved in developing strategic frameworks, preparing guidelines, developing digital tools, piloting innovative technologies, and building capacities of individuals, on multiple aspects of sustainable urban development and environmental resilience. Notable contributions include the strategic framework for ‘Making River-Sensitive Master Plans’, the ‘Urban River Management Plan’ framework, the ‘Urban Water Body Diagnostic Tool’, and the ‘draft Master Plan for Delhi-2041’.

In addition to these, she is leading the preparation of an integrated database towards adoption of Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) in Indian cities, and establishing water-sensitive resilient communities in Delhi under the AIWASI initiative. She is also involved in preparing an advisory on Climate Finance. She is playing a pivotal role in developing a guideline for estimating the economic value of urban ecosystems in India, and identifying nature-based solutions for water related challenges in a city.

She has been extensively involved in knowledge sharing and capacity building related to the water and environment sector, and is the author for a number of publications in this subject.

Prior to joining NIUA, Nikita was working with the Landscape & Environmental Planning Department at the Delhi Development Authority, where she was engaged with the preparation of a revitalization plan for Yamuna floodplains, up-gradation of biodiversity parks in Delhi, and management of urban greens.

Area of Expertise

Urban policies, guidelines, frameworks
Urban environment and water-sensitive planning
Urban river management
Integrated urban water management
Ecosystem based adaptation
Ecosystem services and valuation
Nature based solutions

Qualifications

Masters in Environmental Planning, 2014, School of Planning & Architecture, Delhi Bachelors in Planning, 2012, School of Planning & Architecture, Delhi (gold medallist)
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Lovlesh Sharma

Personal Experience

Lovlesh is the Senior Infrastructure Planner at the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), India. Lovlesh has 11+ years of experience as a development expert & Urban Infrastructure Planner, Architect and Academician in India and UAE. His areas of expertise include city master planning, infrastructure services including urban water supply, Urban waste management, Blue green Infrastructure. At NIUA, Lovlesh leads the infrastructure section for various projects including Master Plan Delhi (MPD-41), Urban River management framework plans (URMP) for Ganga basin towns, in association with NMCG, Formulation of City Water Forum (CWF) for Under-advantage communities of Delhi with WRI, MCGREGOR Coxall (Australia), and MHT.

Prior to joining NIUA, Lovlesh worked as an academician. As an assistant professor for Architecture and deputy HoD for urban planning program with Amity University Dubai (UAE) and Noida, (India). Lovlesh has worked for Center for Research and Development consultancy at CEPT Ahmedabad, India, where he worked on various Master Plan projects including Hyderabad master plan for Hyderabad Municipal Development Authority (HMDA), India and Reliance SEZ, Jhajhhar, Haryana, India. Gujarat Industrial Development Authority, Industrial Area Master Plan, Gandhinagar, India.

Lovlesh has also worked with Center for Public Policy (CPP) at Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore, India for a water security assessment project for Bangalore city with Bangalore water supply and sanitation board (BWSSB). He is also a guest faculty with University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES)-Dehradun for Urban Planning Program.

Lovlesh holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Govt. College of Architecture, Lucknow, India and a postgraduate degree: Masters of Planning (Infrastructure) from CEPT university Ahmedabad, India.

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Rahul Sachdeva

Personal Experience

Rahul is a Project Coordinator at Water and Environment vertical of the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), the think tank of Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Government of India. Rahul is an environmental scientist by education and urban environment planner by practice with over 19+ years of experience across countries like India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Tanzania.

His area of expertise includes citywide planning for urban water, sanitation, wastewater and solid waste management with focus on integrating decentralized approaches for service delivery with mainstream sanitation planning in urban and peri-urban areas. He has worked at various levels on professional assignments with rich field experience blended with macro level planning projects.

He was actively engaged in preparing couple of earliest City Sanitation Plans prepared in India after the launch of National Urban Sanitation Policy in 2008. Prior to joining NIUA, Rahul worked at Consortium for DEWATS Dissemination (CDD) Society (Bengaluru), where he worked with state governments, academic institutes and private sector on aspects of decentralized sanitation planning for urban areas.

He has a master’s degree in environmental science and a bachelor’s degree in Bio-chemistry, both from Gujarat University, Ahmedabad. He is fond of music and an avid cricket lover.

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