Team

Advisory Committee

Mr. Hitesh Vaidya

Director, NIUA

Dr. Prashant B. Narnaware

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

Priyank Khare

Research Associate
New Delhi

Sandip Nehe

Research Associate
Navi Mumbai

Graphics Design

Deep Pahwa

Communication Expert
(Graphics Designer)

Devender Singh Rawat

Communication Associate (Graphic Design)

Bhavnesh Bhanot

Communication Associate (Graphic Design)

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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Mr. Hitesh Vaidya

Director, NIUA | 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.
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Dr. Prashant B. Narnaware

Joint Managing Director - I, CIDCO | 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.
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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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Priyank Khare

Research Associate
New Delhi | pkhare@niua.org
Priyank Khare is an Urban Planner and Architect by qualification. He did his bachelor’s degree in architecture from Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal and acquired his master’s degree in Urban planning & policy design from Politecnico di Milano, Italy. His working experience includes working on economic feasibility models, managing construction works and researching & designing development models. His research interests are about organic planning, complex adaptive systems in neighbourhood development and concept of cities as a self-organising system.
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Sandip Nehe

Research Associate
Navi Mumbai | snehe@niua.org
Sandip Nehe works as a Research Associate in NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab. He has completed his Masters in Social Work (MSW) from CSRD- ISWR Ahmednagar. Prior to NIUA, he worked as a Training and counselling officer in Magic bus Livelihood programme. He has also worked as a training and monitoring officer in magic bus National programme. His specialisation is in Urban and Rural Community Development.
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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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Devender Singh Rawat

Communication Associate (Graphic Design) |
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Bhavnesh Bhanot

Communication Associate (Graphic Design) |
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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 |