Shri. Anjum Parwez, presently working as Secretary, Urban Development Department (M & UDAs) and Managing Director, KBJNL. In about 22 years of working as IAS officer, he has held various positions. As Chief Executive Officer of Zilla Panchayat in Belgaum district, he has handled rural development and panchayat raj institutions. He was associated with World Bank assisted water supply schemes in rural Karnataka.
Shri Kunal Kumar is an alumni of IIT, Roorkee, National University of Singapore, Singapore and Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, USA. He is an officer of the 1999 Batch of the IAS and has recently taken charge as the Commissioner at Pune Municipal Corporation. Prior to working of Pune, Mr. Kumar has worked as District Collector in the three district of Bhandara, Jalgaon and Aurangabad and has also worked as Municipal Commissioner in Kolhpur Municipal Corporation. Besides travelling, he has an avid interest in reading and follows sports across the world.
Adam has spent more than 20 years influencing infrastructure and urban regeneration projects across the world. In this time, he has worked for global consulting firms, as well as transformational non-profit organisations. For the past seven years he has supported the building of movements and marketplaces for sustainable cities.
Sridhar Pabbisetty, a public policy and Urban Governance specialist, is the Chief Enabler at Centre for Inclusive Governance, a citizen’s collective for social actions on public problems. Sridhar has devised various innovative campaigns and devised and executed public policy and legal strategies to ensure these campaigns culminate in meaningful action.
Sridhar is a regular speaker at various national and international fora on the issue of open governance, inclusive growth, emerging technology and also advises various government departments on the same. This includes the Harvard India Conference, Mobile India Conference, and IIMB Management Review Conference on Global Supply Chain Management. Sridhar is a prolific writer having co-authored - a case study for Harvard Business Review, a book chapter in“How Think Tanks Shape Social Development Policies” published by Penn Press of the University of Pennsylvania, apart from regularly writing columns and features in various leading newspapers and magazines. He is a regular media panelist in various national and regional news channels. He was an expert member of the drafting committee of the Joint Legislative House Committee on Conservation of Lakes in Bengaluru. He is a member of the Bellandur Lake Rejuvenation Monitoring committee set up by Government of Karnataka to develop a comprehensive development plan for the revival of Bellandur Lake.
Madhav Ragam wants us all to live in safe, secure, well planned, healthy and thriving cities and nations. And in his role as Vice President - Government & Healthcare Industry Solutions, he works to find ways for Governments around Asia Pacific to better understand their citizens, businesses and work to deliver innovation and efficiency to the systems that support life on this planet, from social programs, defense, tax, customs & borders, transportation to healthcare.To help Governments deal with the challenges of today's global society, Madhav leverages his more than twenty years of experience working with Governments. Since joining IBM in 1993 – Madhav has held a variety of solutions and sales management positions with a good exposure and successful track record of working with Government and Healthcare clients – starting with Singapore, ASEAN, Asia Pacific, Growth Market countries and most recently Global Government clients.
Before joining IBM in 1993, Madhav worked for a number of IT firms targeting public sector clients. His achievements included developing a Geographical Information System for the Indian Government and several other IT systems for the Governments in Singapore and Asia. Madhav is a frequent speaker and works with clients on transformation opportunities in Government industry. One of his special interest areas is Economic Vitality for a Smarter Planet - helping Government organizations connect their physical infrastructure, the IT infrastructure, the social infrastructure, and the business infrastructure to create new models for economic agility, scaling the potential for both organic economic growth and a community’s ability to attract new and expanding businesses.In 2011 – Madhav was selected to become a pioneer member of IBM’s prestigious Industry Academy - whose goal is to foster the growth of IBM’s collective industry eminence and shape the future of our client industries and organizations.
Mr. Prakash Gaur is working with IL&FS group over last one decade and has a rich educational background in planning, economics, and transport from India and Europe. In the profession spanning across two decades, Prakash has worked with various institutions like School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi (SPA) Delhi, CEPT Ahmedabad, International Consulting Organizations, International Finance Corporation (The World Bank group) in the past. He has worked on Urban Development, Tourism, Transport, Port and Infrastructure projects on Public Private Partnership.
He has presented/published various scientific research papers in national and international conference. He is a member of various professional bodies. He is a visiting faculty for infrastructure and urban development in various international repute institutes. He is involved in conceptualization of GIFT City the first smart city of India since its inception including planning design, implementation and operations of the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT) with next class urban infrastructure developing as International Finance Center. He has been specially roped in by Government of Andhra Pradesh as Director Strategy to assist in development of new capital of Andhra Pradesh “Amaravati” as a city of 21stcentury since January 2015. He is Chief Executive Officer of Andhra Pradesh Urban Infrastructure Asset Management Limited a JV of Government of Andhra Pradesh and IL&FS an asset Management Company for setting up of Urban Development Fund.
Rajendra Jagtap who is an Indian Defence Estate Service officer (IDES) presently holding the post of Chief Executive Officer at Pune Smart City Development Corporation Ltd. Earlier Mr Jagtap has worked as Additional Municipal Commissioner, Pune Municipal Corporation, Chief Executive Officer in various Cantonment Boards in the country. Pune Municipal Corporation is an urban local governing body for the Pune city which is rapidly developing as metropolitan city in the Maharashtra State with a population of 4 million. Few proposed major infrastructural development projects of the Pune Municipal Corporation for next 5 years (2016-20) are Pune Metro Project, Pune BRTS, HCMTR, Slum Housing, Water Supply 24X7, River Conservation, River Front Development & Solid Waste Management, etc.
Sophie is the enthusiastic COO and Co-Founder of Dsposal, a clean-tech start-up working
towards a world where all waste is treated as a resource. Dsposal builds easy-to-use tech to
connect UK waste producers to licensed waste services and simplify compliance. We believe in
making the relevant data accessible and convenient to use, driving behaviour change and
creating value by maximising the utility of waste.
As part of a recent GovTech Catalyst Smart Waste Tracking research project Dsposal worked
with Open Data Manchester to develop a prototype Open Data Standard for waste as well as
propose a holistic suite of solutions to digitally transform the whole waste pathway and
revolutionise the industry.
Sophie is passionate about sustainability and draws on her varied background and experiences.
Born in Tamil Nadu, India, she spent her early years on rural development projects before
moving to North Devon, UK. Sophie spent many years traveling before studying Conflict
Resolution at the University of Bradford. After graduation she gained extensive experience in
logistics and supply chain roles before embarking on an 8700-mile cycle tour of North America
with her fiancé Tom in 2015. Since co-founding Dsposal in 2016 Sophie has used her drive to
turn a brilliant idea into reality and build a company culture of innovation and inclusion.
Mr. Koh Lin Ji has taught and researched in economics in the University of Ottawa from 1982 – 1985 and worked on an econometric forecasting for the Singapore Economy in the National University of Singapore from 1986 – 1989.
He joined BCA (then known as the Construction Industry Development Board) in 1989 and developed the first econometric forecasting model for the Singapore construction sector. Under his supervision, his team formulated the first Singapore Construction Tender Price Index, developed and managed the ports at Lorong Halus and Tuas for the imports of sand and granite and made forecasts for construction trends in Singapore between 1990 and 2002.
In 2002, Mr. Koh moved on to be the Group Director for the International Development to promote BCA services and Singapore firms overseas, in particular China, Southeast Asia, South Asia and the Middle East. His team also set up the BCA International to facilitate the export of BCA services overseas.
In April, 2018 Mr. Koh’s team is transferred to the Built Environment industry transformation office, BuildSG. He continues to oversee the internationalization of Singapore firms in his role as Centre Director.
Mr. Koh led the BCA team to work with his Chinese counterpart to develop and implement the green building standards and regulations for the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city, draft the green building and district standards for the Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City, and capacity development in green building designs and eco-city developments for Chinese government agencies and industrial organisations. He also worked with a BCA-Jurong Consultants Team on the design of the Low Carbon Living Lab Building in the Eco-Business Park in the Tianjin Eco-city. He has been invited and accepted to talk on sustainable development policies at various national and international conferences and forums. Mr. Koh is one of the few foreign members of the China Green Building Council.
Since April 2018, Mr. Koh led his team to participate in the development of Amaravati, the new capital of Andhra Pradesh, a state in south India. This is a collaboration between the Singapore Government and the Andhra Pradesh State Government.
Received Master of Business Administration in Strategy Planning Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Received Master of Arts in Economics University of Ottawa, Canada
Received Bachelor of Social Science (Hon) in Economics University of Ottawa, Canada
Dr. P. G. Diwakar is currently the Director of Earth Observations Applications and Disaster Management Programme Office of ISRO HQ. He joined ISRO in 1984. In the past 34 years, he held many important positions, such as Programme Director, Earth Observation Systems and Disaster Management Support Program (2011-2013); Deputy Director, National Remote Sensing Centre (2013 – 2016); Scientific Secretary (2016-2018). He has been the recipient of many awards at national and international level.
Mr Vivek Mittal has more than 15 years of experience in the areas of Financial Management, Monitoring & Evaluation, Capacity Building, Government Reforms, and Programme Management in the Public Sector. Some of the major projects delivered under Vivek’s leadership and guidance are illustrated below
Currently, Vivek is leading DFID funded programme- Technical Assistance for Smart Urban Development in Indian States (SmUDI). The programme aims to strengthen urban governance, increasing the flow of investment in Smart City infrastructure and establish strong partnerships with UK institutions. Some of the key interventions being delivered under SmUDI, focus on promoting low carbon mobility, leveraging data for governance and decision making, establishing institutional framework for investment promotion in cities, developing urban design guidelines, and promoting / catalysing innovation.
Vasu brings to our team over 14 years of
professional experience in the field of Project Management and is responsible
for end-to-end delivery of Project Management and Design-Build Fit-out
assignments with aggressive timelines.
Chief Executive Officer of Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and
Democracy. Srikanth joined Janaagraha in
2011 in the municipal finance program and prior to this role was head of the
advocacy and reforms department. In his
current role, he is responsible for all aspects of strategy and execution of
Janaagraha’s programs across civic learning, civic participation and
Manit Rastogi commenced his architecture studies at the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi, then went on to the Architectural Association where he graduated with distinction from the Sustainable Environmental Design program under Simos Yannas, and subsequently, the AA Diploma with Honours, under John Frazer. The influence of all three programs have formulated and influenced his thinking to date, to create sustainable architecture through the framework of an evolutionary practice inspired by nature, with an emphasis on passive design. Manit is the Founding Partner of Morphogenesis, one of India’s leading Architecture and Urban Design practices with over 95 international and national awards and 750+ international and national publications. Known as an architect who consistently pushes the boundaries of sustainable design, Manit has lectured extensively on numerous global platforms and has published several research papers with respect to zero energy buildings.
Mr. Rao Munukutla is currently working as Chief Real Estate Officer at Bangalore International Limited (BIAL). His current focus is on Developing the massive Airport City at Kempegowda International Airport.
Mr. Rao has vast experience in managing large, complex operations in multiple geographies. His areas of expertise include Strategic Planning, Growth Engineering, Global Alliances, Project Finance, Project Management, Construction and Business Development.
In a career spanning over two and half decades, Mr. Rao has handled various leadership roles in the Infrastructure space and delivered multi-billion-dollar Projects in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Australia, Myanmar etc.
In Singapore, Mr. Rao has worked for Jurong International, Bintan Resort Management, Meinhardt and Beca Carter. He has also worked on the prestigious projects like Singapore Tourist Promotion Board (STPB) HQ office, UOB Plaza and Suntec City. In his previous position as Director & CEO of Jurong India, he had successfully built and ramped up operations for Jurong International in India.
As part of his stint in India, Mr. Rao was responsible for securing and implementing massive projects like IT Corridor and International Tech Park (ITPL) in Bangalore, major SEZs pan India like MiSEZ for Reliance, TATA SEZ, Mahindra World City Chennai and other large projects like the Delhi - Mumbai Industrial Corridor, iLabs, ING Vysya Bank HQ etc.
The massive Bintan Beach International Resort Project in Indonesia covering 230 sq. km., the 25000 acres MUSE SEZ Project in Myanmar and Springfield - a Greenfield City in Australia are also the key highlights of his career.
Mr. Rao holds a Master degree in Engineering from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand specializing in Civil & Structural Engineering and a second Master degree from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, specializing in International Construction Management and International Marketing. He is a recipient of National Science & Technology Board (NSTB) and Guthrie Gold Medals in Singapore.
Mr. Rajesh C. Mathur is Director, Esri India Technologies Ltd., Esri, Inc., is the World’s largest provider of GIS software. Prior to that, he has held the position of Vice Chairman of the Board and President of the company.
Mr. Mathur is an Electrical Engineer from IIT Delhi. He has attended general management program conducted by Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. Mr. Mathur has been associated with the IT industry both in India and overseas for more than 30 years. He has handled assignments in General Management, Marketing, Corporate Planning and International Operations. Prior to his current assignment he has worked with Wipro, IDM and DCM Data Systems in India and USA.
As the head of Esri India, India’s premier GIS products and services company, Mr. Mathur spearheaded the growth of GIS deployment in India. He is actively involved with various professional bodies associated with the Indian GIS industry. He is currently Chair of FICCI Committee on Geospatial Technologies. He is past President of Association of Geospatial Industries (AGI). He is also former President of Indian Society of Geomatics (ISG) and was honored with ISG Fellowship in the year 2012. He has also been honored and acknowledged by the India Geospatial Forum by conferring Lifetime Achievement Award in year 2012 for his pioneering contribution to the Indian Geospatial Industry by creating awareness and demonstrating benefits of this wonderful technology in different walks of life in India.
Reena Suri, Executive Director with India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF) since 2013, brings over 19 years of experience in the Energy Sector. She is responsible for the research projects, advisory services, business development, training and capacity building programs, customer outreach activities, members relations and finances of ISGF. Reena has contributed to the various advisory services, whitepapers and research reports of ISGF such as: Implementation Plan for Electrification of Public Transportation in Kolkata City; Smart Grid Handbook for Regulators and other Stakeholder; Blockchain for Electric Utilities; Energy Storage Roadmap for India; Smart Grid Roadmap for Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Ltd; Development of Roadmap for Implementation of Smart Grid – Concepts, Practices and Technologies in SAARC Region; Study on Infrastructure and Enabling Environment for Road Electric Transport in SAARC Member States; and World Bank EV Project: EV Ecosystem Support for Kolkata.
Reena is the founder-editor of the Smart Grid Bulletin published by ISGF since January 2014 which has the online circulation of over 50,000 senior professionals in 100+ countries. As an outreach specialist, she has been involved in the development of the Customer Outreach programs for the utilities implementing the Smart Grid projects in India. The outreach program helps the utilities to educate the project benefits to the customers well in advance of the start of project implementation. Reena is also responsible for designing and delivering training and capacity building programs on various domains of Smart Grids for Policy Makers, Regulators and Utility Officials. Reena is instrumental in making the India Smart Grid Knowledge Portal (www.indiasmartgrid.org), one of the most popular portals on smart grids globally.
Reena has worked with ISGF Board to conceive, design, develop and the successful delivery of ISGF’s Annual Event, India Smart Utility Week (ISUW, www.isuw.in) since 2015. She is the principal show director of ISUW which in a short span has grown to be the signature event on Smart Grids and Smart Cities around the world.
Prior to joining ISGF, Reena has worked with various international organizations such as Tetra Tech, Nexant Inc., PA Consulting and Academy for Educational Development (AED). She has worked on energy-related projects funded by United States Agency for International Development such as Distribution Reform, Upgrades and Management (DRUM) Project, South Asia Regional Energy Initiative for Energy (SARI/E) and Small Grants Program. Under the DRUM Project, Reena worked with electricity distribution companies in India to help them upgrade their infrastructure to match international benchmarks. Reena has also helped in developing several modules on Smart Grid and been instrumental in conducting Train the Trainer workshops. She was involved in conducting a series of Smart Grid Maturity Model (SGMM) workshops for utilities in India. These workshops enabled her to study the position of Indian utilities on the SGMM landscape and their aspirations for the future. Reena assisted BESCOM in the design of their IT Strategy and Roadmap and Pilot Architecture Design for a Smart Grid Pilot.
Sumit Banerjee is currently the Chairman of the Board of ASAPP Info Global Services Private Limited. He is also serving as an independent director on the boards of a few listed and unlisted entities in sectors such as infrastructure, engineering, energy, and print media. Previously, Sumit has been the Vice Chairman, of Reliance Cement, and CEO –Infrastructure Businesses of Reliance Infrastructure Ltd. Earlier on, as the MD and CEO of ACC Limited, a premier cement company, he led the organization to superlative levels of performance.
A Mechanical Engineer from IIT Kharagpur, he is a professional with top management level exposure in various core sector industries, such as Non-Ferrous Metals, Steel Processing, Cement and Infrastructure. He has a highly successful track record as a Leader of People and Businesses, and as a CEO, and has been recognized for his work through many awards and laurels, like The Corporate Citizen of the Year by CNBC TV18, Award for Fair Business Practices, etc.
Sumit has been involved in education and skill development activities, having served for 5 years on the board of governors of Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow, a well-known management school. He is currently the government nominee on the governing body of the Construction Sector Skills Council. He has been the founding Chairman of the Cement Division of Confederation of Indian Industry, the largest and most respected industry association in India, and he continues to be an invited member on the Board of Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, one of the oldest chambers in the country. Recently, he has accepted to serve as the “Chief Mentor” of the Centre for Mediation and Conciliation which the Chamber is incubating.
Mr. Kalyan Kolachala has over 25 years of experience - almost exclusively in enterprise product development. Currently heading India engineering for Hitachi Vantara UOM (Unified Offerings Management) for multiple products and solutions based on AI/machine learning, Big Data, IoT and Cloud. These include AIOps (AI for IT operations), Smart Data Center, Manufacturing Insights and Smart City platform. These products and solutions provide advanced analytics capabilities (automated root cause analysis and remediation, image detection and redaction, anomaly detection, noise reduction, predictive analytics, NLP, etc. using machine learning and deep learning), highly scalable big data processing, powerful integration, configurable reports, and data-driven dashboards.
Prior to Hitachi, he spent around seven years in the US as developer/lead/architect with Sybase, Fujitsu, and HP. He later headed engineering for the development of innovative, industry-leading, next-generation products with Nokia, Divine, BEA and Altisource based on Cloud, SOA, analytics and machine learning, middleware, EAI, e-commerce, smart utility space using Web Services, Java/J2EE, microservices and C++.
He is a graduate in Computer Science from IIT Kharagpur (1993). He has been a featured/keynote speaker on seminars involving SOA, Cloud, AI, Big Data and relevant technologies. He was also involved in C++ standardization and SOA/web services standards with ANSI/ISO and OASIS respectively.
Dr. Shalini Rajneesh, woman topper of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) 1989 batch, is a gold medalist in Psychology, MBA from Australia and Ph.D. in Rural Development. She has penned 13 books, 8 in English and 5 in Kannada covering subjects like Management, Personality Development, Women Empowerment, IAS Coaching, etc. Besides, she regularly writes articles and gives lectures/interviews on T.V., Radio, seminars, etc., to connect to people at large, on issues of public interest. Her most momentous experience has been during her stint as Deputy Commissioner, Belgaum District when she deftly handled the worst floods of the century. She won the 2nd Best Panchayat Raj National Award in 2012. She steered revolutionary legislation ie Karnataka's Guarantee of Services to Citizens Act, 2011 popularly known as "Sakala" Project, which bagged the PRIME MINISTER'S Award for Excellence in Civil Services. She is currently Principal Secretary to Planning Department and Chairperson of Tumakuru Smart City Corporation Limited.