Team

Advisory Committee

Prof. Jagan Shah

Director, NIUA

Ms. V Radha IAS

Joint Managing Director, CIDCO

Dr. Pradnya Saravade IPS

Chief Vigilance Officer, CIDCO

Prof. Ashok Kumar

Professor, SPA Delhi

Dr. Debolina Kundu

Associate Professor, NIUA

Project Team

Rewa Marathe

Research Associate

Suzana Jacob

Research Associate
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Prof. Jagan Shah

Director, NIUA | director@niua.org Jagan Shah is the Director of National Institute of Urban Affairs, the premier thinktank associated with the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India. The institute conducts research, policy and evaluation work for the Ministry and is presently also executing projects supported by the Cities Alliance, ADB, World Bank, Rockefeller Foundation, Bernard van Leer Foundation, the Tata Trusts, the Bhubaneswar Development Authority and the City & Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra. NIUA is the national PMU for the HRIDAY Scheme for heritage cities.
Shah has 20 years of professional work experience in various aspects of urban development in India. He studied Architectural Design from School of Planning & Architecture (SPA), New Delhi and Architectural History & Theory from the University of Cincinnati and Columbia University inNew York. He has served as the Director of Sushant School of Architecture, Gurgaon and has taught at the School of Planning & Architecture (SPA) from 1998 till 2006. From 2007 to 2010, he was the Chief Executive of Urban Space Consultants, providing consultancy in policy formulation, spatial planning, heritage conservation, transportation and livelihoods development.
Shah was deeply involved with revision of the Regional Plan 2021 for the National Capital Region, has devised intervention strategies for the India Foundation for the Arts and the Sir Ratan TataTrust, and has executed large scale urban design assignments such as 27 stations for the Regional Rapid Transit System for the NCR and the Master Plan for the Mizoram University campus in Aizawl.
Shah was a founding member of the Modern Asian Architecture Network. He has authored ‘Contemporary Indian Architecture’ (Roli, 2008) and co-authored Building Beyond Borders (NBT, 1995) with Satish Grover. His next book, ‘5000 Years of Indian Architecture: From River Valley to Metropolis’will be published by Roli Books.
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Ms. V Radha IAS

Joint Managing Director, CIDCO |

Mrs. V Radha is an IAS Officer of Maharashtra Cadre with 20 years of experience in serving at various senior levels in the Government of Maharashtra and Government of India. Since May 2014, she holds the office of Joint Managing Director of City and Industrial Development Corporation Ltd (CIDCO Ltd)

Prior to her posting as the Joint Managing Director at CIDCO, she held the post of Assistant Collector, Nagpur in 1996, where she looked after land revenue and management. She has worked as Member Secretary, CEO, Mumbai in 1998 and has planned various urban development projects and in the year 1999, she also executed various rural development projects.

Later in the year, 2001-2004, she held the post of Collector, at Aurangabad and worked on land revenue management and district administration. She also worked as Associate Professor at Yashada from the year 2004-2007.

After her success in urban development projects, she was honoured with the post of Deputy Municipal Commissioner in 2007, MCGM wherein she developed concrete plans in Urban Development Area. In the year 2009, she was bestowed with Vice Chairman and MD of Youth Affairs, Tourism and Cultural Development of Hyderabad and State Project Director, Maharashtra Prathamik Shikshan Parishad. In the year 2012, she took up Mid Career Programme for IAS Officers.

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Dr. Pradnya Saravade IPS

Chief Vigilance Officer, CIDCO |

Dr Pradnya Saravade, an Indian Police Service Officer of the 1989 batch, is currently posted as the Chief Vigilance Officer of City and Industrial Development Corporation, Maharashtra Government. In this role, she handles risk management, internal integrity, safety and security services, in addition to the planning and execution of development of support area around Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.

Earlier, she worked as Inspector General of Police, in charge of planning, procurement and modernization in Maharashtra Police HQ during 2012-14. She was Executive Director, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), heading SEBI’s investigation team for 3 years, dealing with securities market manipulations and insider trading.

She was Additional Commissioner of Police, Anti Corruption Bureau, Mumbai between 2005 to early 2008. In this position, she spearheaded M-PAC, a Public Private initiative of ACB, creating a platform for civil society's participation in the fight against corruption, through NGOs and individuals.

She was posted as the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Enforcement, in May 2003 and was responsible for control of human trafficking in Mumbai city, investigation of intellectual property offences and cyber crimes. She also headed the Cyber Crime Investigation Cell of the Mumbai Police. In that capacity, she organized week-long public awareness campaigns to raise awareness about cyber security, called Cyber Safety Week, in 2003 and 2004. She created Mumbai Cyber Lab, a joint initiative of Mumbai Police and NASSCOM, which is a resource centre for cyber crime investigations.

She joined the Mumbai Police in the year 2000 and looked after the Preventive wing of the Crime Branch. She was the prime mover for the Crime Prevention Week organized by Mumbai Police in December 2000. She was posted as DCP, Port Zone in Mumbai in March 2001 and worked on areas of vital installations security and community policing in slum areas.

Dr Saravade served on deputation with the Central Bureau of Investigation for four years, supervised investigation and prosecution of major bank fraud cases, including India's first mega-fraud, called the Harshad Mehta scam. Earlier, she served in West Bengal (1990-96) handling local policing at Kalyani, security of Kolkata airport and administration of North 24 Parganas district police.

She was awarded the Indian Police Medal for Distinguished Services. She studied at Grant Medical College in Mumbai and holds degrees of MBBS and MS (General Surgery).She writes an occasional blog on policing issues at https://pradnyanblog.wordpress.com/

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Prof. Ashok Kumar

Professor, SPA Delhi |
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Dr. Debolina Kundu

Associate Professor, NIUA | dkundu@niua.org Dr. Debolina Kundu is an Associate Professor at the National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi, India and has over 20 years of professional experience in the field of development studies. She has a Ph.D degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has been a doctoral fellow with the ICSSR and post-doctoral fellow at the Local Government Initiative, Hungary. She has previously been engaged as a consultant with several national and international organizations, including IIDS, UNDP, UNESCAP, KfW Germany, GIZ, Urban Institute, Washington etc. on issues of urban development, governance and social exclusion.
She was the coordinator of JNNURM Reform Appraisal for eight states. At present, she is in charge of the Data Centre and HUDCO Chair activities at NIUA, coordinating a project on 'Internal Migration in India' and working as an urban specialist for the ADB  supported Knowledge Hub for South Asia. She is the editor of the journal Environment and Urbanisation, Asia. She has a large number of articles published in books and journals of international and national repute with Sage, Oxford  and other leading academic publishers.
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Siddharth Pandit

Chair | spandit@niua.org Siddharth Pandit currently leads the CIDCO Smart City Lab project at National Institute of Urban Affairs. Prior to joining NIUA, he has worked on urban policy focusing on transportation in developing countries.
Siddharth has work experience in long range metropolitan planning as a consultant to New York Metropolitan Transportation Council and in urban advocacy at UDRI, Mumbai. He has background in technology, data and public policy with graduate education in Computer Science and Geography from University at Albany, and in urban planning from NYU Wagner School of Public Policy.
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Rewa Marathe

Research Associate | rmarathe@niua.org Rewa Marathe is an urban planner and architect. She has a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Rajiv Gandhi Technical University (Bhopal) and master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University, New Jersey.
Before joining NIUA, she worked with the Regional Plan Association in New York City, Rutgers Center for Green Building and Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center. Her research interests include data visualisation, geo-spatial & statistical analysis, safety in public spaces, access to transit, sustainable mobility and active living.
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Suzana Jacob

Research Associate | sjacob@niua.org Suzana Jacob holds a master’s degree in Urban Planning from National Institute of Technology, Nagpur and a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Cochin University. Prior to joining NIUA, she worked as a research assistant for a project on Cluster level sustainability of Nagpur City and also as a Lecturer in Department of Architecture and Planning at National Institute of Technology, Calicut.
During her tenure in Calicut she was associated with an independent international research on 'Smart Economy'. Her research interests include anthropology, social planning, housing, urban finance and urban land management.