Team

Advisory Committee

Prof. Jagan Shah

Director, NIUA

Prajakta Lavangare

Joint Managing Director - I, CIDCO

Vidya Tambve

Manager - Personnel, CIDCO

Dr. Debolina Kundu

Associate Professor, NIUA

Prof. Ashok Kumar

Professor, SPA Delhi

Project Team

Ravindrakumar Mankar

ACP, CIDCO and Project Coordinator
Navi Mumbai

Siddharth Pandit

Chair and Team Lead
New Delhi

Manjali Arora Suneja

Training Coordinator
Navi Mumbai

Deepika Deo

Training Research Fellow
Navi Mumbai

Neethu Mathew

Research Associate
Navi Mumbai

Rewa Marathe

Research Associate
New Delhi

Graphics Design

Deep Pahwa

Communication Expert
(Graphics Designer)

Kavita

Communication Associate

Software Team

Pranay Bhardwaj

Team Lead (Web Development)

Abhijeet Mishra

Web Developer

Arjun Dev

Software Professional

Ankur Kumar

Assistant Web Developer
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Prof. Jagan Shah

Director, NIUA | 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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Prajakta Lavangare

Joint Managing Director - I, CIDCO | Mrs. Prajakta Lavangare Verma is the Joint Managing Director at City and Industrial Development Corporation, Navi Mumbai. She is an IAS Officer with diverse experience in both rural and urban sectors. She has a strong track record of working in Water Conservation, Education, Sanitation, Women And Child Development, Information and Public Relations and Urban Development. She is seen as a sensitive administrator with a strong understanding of government programmes with active local participation. Prior to joining CIDCO in August 2016, she worked in different positions with the state and central governments, including Joint Commissioner Investigation at the Sales Tax Division for the Government of Maharashtra and Deputy Director General – Legal and Finance, Director General of Shipping, Government of India. She has received multiple awards for her work including the prestigious LC Singhvi Award at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in 2002.
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Vidya Tambve

Manager - Personnel, CIDCO | 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.
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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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Prof. Ashok Kumar

Professor, SPA Delhi |
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Ravindrakumar Mankar

ACP, CIDCO and Project Coordinator
Navi Mumbai |
Mr. Ravindrakumar Manoharrao Mankar is currently the Additional Chief Planner for Navi Mumbai at the City and Industrial Development Corporation,  Navi Mumbai. He is in charge of coordinating NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab’s activities on behalf of CIDCO. He has over 25 years of experience of working with CIDCO and he currently heads a team of 15 planners, working in Northern and Southern nodes of Navi Mumbai. Mr. Mankar obtained his Bachelors in Civil Engineering from YCC Nagpur a Master's degree in Urban Planning from VNIT, Nagpur. He has been a part of international infrastructure and smart city projects' conference. Mr. Mankar is also a member of the Institute of Engineers, India and the Institute of Town Planners. He has previously worked as a secretary for the Indian Institute of Town Planners India, Maharashtra chapter and is presently the Chairman of the ITPI MRC.
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Siddharth Pandit

Chair and Team Lead
New Delhi | 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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Manjali Arora Suneja

Training Coordinator
Navi Mumbai | 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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Deepika Deo

Training Research Fellow
Navi Mumbai | 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.
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Neethu Mathew

Research Associate
Navi Mumbai | nmathew@niua.org
Neethu Mathew studied Urban Design from Mumbai University and proceeded to work as a freelancer before joining a consultancy firm for Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation. She worked with a team of Architects and Planners while also handling the role of co-editor, photographer and graphic designer for MMRC's monthly Newsletter. She has also worked with The Town Planning Department of Kochi. Driven by people and books, her fields of interest include urbanism, sociology, civilization studies, history, art and much more. She is also a proponent of heritage conservation.
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Rewa Marathe

Research Associate
New Delhi | 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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Deep Pahwa

Communication Expert
(Graphics Designer) |
Deep Pahwa is a graduate in Commerce from Delhi University. Being inspired by art he pursued his interest by studying design, multimedia and animation. He has around 20 years of experience in graphic design. A major part of his stint has been with top media houses. He also worked as a professional photographer. He takes care of healthy user's experience with design and visuals on Smartnet. Additionally, he handles design of publications, brand identity, events collateral & likes.
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Kavita

Communication Associate |
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Pranay Bhardwaj

Team Lead (Web Development) |
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Abhijeet Mishra

Web Developer |
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Arjun Dev

Software Professional |
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Ankur Kumar

Assistant Web Developer |