Team

Advisory Committee

Prof. Jagan Shah

Director, NIUA

Prof. Ashok Kumar

Professor, SPA Delhi

Dr. Debolina Kundu

Associate Professor, NIUA

Project Team

New Delhi

Siddharth Pandit

Chair and Team Lead

Rewa Marathe

Research Associate

Navi Mumbai

Manjali Arora Suneja

Training Coordinator

Suzana Jacob

Research Associate

Deepika Deo

Training Research Fellow
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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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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 and Team Lead | 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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Manjali Arora Suneja

Training Coordinator | marora@niua.org Manjali Arora Suneja leads the NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab Training Cell at CIDCO in Navi Mumbai. She has 11 years of professional experience in the field of Human Resources. She has a background in Knowledge Management, Recruitment Lifecycle, Compensation Benchmarks, Skill Mapping and Competency Assessment. She has also worked in areas of Process Improvements, Capacity Building, Formulating HR Policies, Organizational Development activities, Resource Management, Learning and Development initiatives, Change management and Leadership Development Program. Manjali has a Post Graduate degree from XLRI Jamshedpur and is a Certified Trainer from ISTD, Delhi Chapter, Ministry of Human Resource Development.
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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.
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Deepika Deo

Training Research Fellow | deepika@niua.org Deepika Deo is Training Research Fellow with the NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab. She works as part of its Training located at CIDCO in Navi Mumbai. She is a Planner and Geographer with a Master's Degree in Urban & Regional Planning from CEPT, Ahmedabad and Master's Degree in Geography from Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. Before joining NIUA she worked with Airport Planning & Design Consulting Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, Datamation Consultants Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, Planning & Resources on Urban Development Affairs (PRUDA) R & D wing of All India Institute of Local Self Government, New Delhi and The Louis Berger Group Inc., Mumbai. She has experience in Project Management, Techno-Economic Feasibility Studies, Socio economic and Financial Research of various Infrastructure projects. She is also a UGC NET Scholar.