Dr. Prashant B. Narnaware is a 2009 batch Indian Administrative Services (IAS) Officer. Currently, he is posted as the Joint Managing Director in City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO), Navi Mumbai. He has a strong inclination for social work and also an equally strong interest for research and teaching. This has helped him in attaching with some nationally and internationally reputed institutes like TISS, Mumbai; Bath University, London and Roskilde University, Denmark. TISS, Mumbai recognises Dr. Narnaware for his academic distinction and has appointed him as an ‘Adjunct Professor’ in the University. He is known for bringing in administrative innovation in health, agriculture and tribal sector of Palghar district in Maharashtra. Some of the noted initiatives are: Agriculture – Beyond sugarcane movement, Krishi Kranti Project, Jal Yukta Shivar; Tribal – Palghar Development Corridor, Sampurna Seva Abhiyan, FRA-TREE (Tribal Right Expansion and Empowerment Programme), Katkari Utthan Scheme, Osmanabadi Goat Breeder Association; Health – Aarogya Vardhan Project, Matrutva Samvardhan Din. He has also worked as a member of Maharashtra State Reform Committee, Expenditure Monitoring Committee for Local Body Elections and Course Advisory Committee for Module on Water Conservation, constituted by Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie. He has also received various awards, like Yashwant Panchayat Raj Award, Mahatma Phule Jal Bhumi Award, Beti Bachao Award and Best Collector Award for his contributions. In terms of educational qualifications, he is an MS, MA (Public Administration), Masters in Public Policy and PhD.
Mr. Hitesh Vaidya is currently the Director of the National Institute of Urban Affairs. He has over 20 years of experience in the field of urban management, urban governance and capacity building. He has been involved in providing technical assistance and capacity building support to several urban local bodies and instituting significant urban reforms at local level. He brings on board strong demonstrative experience of improving institutional capacities including developing strategies to support in delivering the program results. He has been associated in areas of urban development, urban governance and urban Infrastructure management with UN, World Bank, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) assignments. Poverty Alleviation has been an integral component in all his assignments. Prior to joining NIUA, he was the Country Representative of UN-Habitat in India. He was intensely involved in supporting an eco-system to design and roll-out urban programs including localizing Sustainable Development Goals. His strength lies in developing institutional arrangements and project implementation strategies through facilitating effective liaison and coordination with various stakeholders. Mr. Vaidya holds a Master’s degree in Business Development and Post-Graduate Diploma in Urban Development & Planning and specialization in Urban Management from Institute of Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Mrs. Vidya Tambve has been working with CIDCO for the last 35 years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Shivaji University in Kolhapur. During her tenure with CIDCO, she has worked across various departments, including Marketing, Town Services and Personnel. Since July 2016, she has held the position of Manager Personnel and implemented several HR initiatives in terms of Employee Engagement and Induction. She is the first female CIDCO officer appointed to this role. Mrs. Tambve was instrumental in the digitization of records in Town Services and Personnel. She also played a key role in set-up of CIDCO’s Citizen Facilitation Centre. In her current role, she is driving implementation of SAP-HCM and CIDCO’s capacity building initiatives under its new training policy.
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.