Deputy Secretary General, ICLEI
Executive Director, ICLEI South Asia

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Emani Kumar has been the Executive Director of ICLEI South Asia since its founding in 2005. He was also appointed as Deputy Secretary General of ICLEI in the year 2013. With degrees in Environmental Management, Environmental Planning and Civil Engineering, Emani has more than eighteen years of professional experience on issues related to climate change policy and planning, local governance, renewable energy and energy efficiency, social accountability, systems management and auditing.

Previously Mr. Kumar has worked with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and also with the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA). Apart from overseeing the organisation's strategic development, he also coordinates various multi-year & small scale projects and research work supported by various donor and UN agencies; State and National governments of India and Research Organizations. He also liaises for various projects like Promoting Low emission Urban Development Strategies in Emerging Economy Countries (Urban LEDS), SUNYA- Towards zero waste in South Asia and more.

In his role as ICLEI Deputy Secretary General, Emani Kumar works with all the offices in Asia, to ensure cohesion in implementation of ICLEI’s agendas and spearhead advocacy activities in the region; he also supports the Secretary General in representing ICLEI at all international fora.


Deputy Director

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Ashish Rao Ghorpade joined ICLEI in 2008. He is an Architect, Urban and Regional Planner working in the development sector since 2002.

Ashish has been working with Indian cities and believes that influencing the urban transport and urban built environment for low carbon development can go a long way in making cities more livable and sustainable. Previously, he also worked for developing a sector status study and futuristic development path for the Tourism sector for the state of Himachal Pradesh and preparation of the Public Financial Management and Accountability report (India) funded by the World Bank.

Currently at ICLEI South Asia, Ashish manages ICLEI’s urban planning, mobility and green buildings related initiatives in the South Asian region. Ashish also works as lead representative for urban planning, sustainable transport and green buildings related initiatives at ICLEI – South Asia. He has worked in various projects for cities supported by the European Commission, BMU and GIZ Germany, Asia Pacific partnership Program funded by US-DOS, USAID, Climate Works Foundation, Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, British High Commission, GGGI and city members of ICLEI, various state governments and the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India.


Deputy Director

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Soumya joined ICLEI South Asia in September, 2008 as the Manager of our Southern Center in Hyderabad. She has over four years of design engineering experience in the field of solidwaste and water resources management and over 6 years of experience in the field of environmental studies and impact assessments.

Previously, she has been involved in designing municipal sanitary landfills and hazardous waste landfills in various locations in India, Canada and Barbados. She is also specialized in the design of storm drainage systems and hydrological modeling. She is involved in developing capacity building projects with local Government and research Institutes in the fields of sustainable development and environmental management.

Currently at ICLEI South Asia, Soumya is involved in the following projects: ACCESSanitation, Urban Climate Project, Service Level Benchmarking Pilot project, realising DReAMS, EMP Compliance Monitoring in ISWM Facilities, Awareness Programme for Climate Change in West Bengal. She is involved in most of ICLEI South Asia’s projects in a technical capacity.


Senior Programme Coordinator (Sustainability)

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Bedoshruti joined ICLEI South Asia in August 2007 and has a Masters degree in Environmental Management from the Forest Research Institute, Dehradun. She has more than 10 years experience in the field of environment and project management, especially on environmental justice, environmental impact assessment and public participation in decision making.

She has also researched extensively on the environmental impact assessments of hydropower projects, especially with reference to the north-east region of India and developed a framework for socio-environmental impact assessment of hydropower projects. She has experience of training and capacity building in the field of environmental impact assessment and public participation, environmental law, environmental management systems, climate change adaptation. Along with advocacy and campaigns on environmental issues, she has also previously worked on human rights issues such as housing rights and tribal rights.

Bedoshruti is a key member of the ICLEI South Asia sustainability team. She is managing several long term international projects on environmental management systems for local governments, water and sanitation as well as solid waste management. She is a key member of the ICLEI ACCCRN team and has been working on climate change adaptation in India and Bangladesh under this project. She is also involved in ICLEI South Asia’s membership activities.


Programme Coordinator (Biodiversity)

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Monalisa joined ICLEI in July 2015. She has a PhD. In Environmental Sciences (University of Delhi), a Masters degree in Environmental Biology (University of Delhi) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law and Policy (National Law University).

She has been working for over 14 years in the fields of Biodiversity Conservation, Community Development, Enterprise Based Conservation and Restoration Ecology. She has worked across many states in India including Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Orissa, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Kerala and Delhi. She has immense experience of working on issues related to biodiversity conservation in the Eastern Himalayas- a global biodiversity hotspot. She has worked with Centre for Environmental Management of Degraded Ecosystems, University of Delhi; IUCN India and InsPIRE Network for Environment, prior to joining ICLEI.

Currently, Monalisa is working on developing the biodiversity portfolio for ICLEI South Asia.


Senior Manager (Tamil Nadu Operations)

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C. Sellakrishnan is a postgraduate in Town and Country Planning course from Anna University, Chennai. He has about eight years experience in urban and regional planning projects.

Previously, he has worked on various State and Central Government sponsored Research and consultancy projects such as City Corporate Plans, Traffic Operational and Management Plans (TOMP) etc., as a Project Associate at the Centre for Human Settlements (CHS), Anna University. He joined Speck Systems Ltd Hyderabad in 2006, and has worked on urban projects using satellite imageries, GIS and urban utility mapping jobs.

Currently at ICLEI South Asia, Sellakrishnan has been involved in CCP cities of Coimbatore and Madurai. He has worked on greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory and implementation of the GHG emission reduction plans. At present he is working on the Local Renewables Model Communities Network project in Coimbatore City Corporation in Tamil Nadu. 


Manager (Sustainability)

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Ritu joined ICLEI South Asia in October 2010. She is a master in Water Resources Management from TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) University, and holds a B.Sc. Zoology Honors degree from Miranda House, University of Delhi. She has experience in projects related to closure and rehabilitation of landfills, testing and extraction of landfill gases and other solid waste management projects in various locations in India.

During her major project at TERI, she worked on a project under Yamuna Action Plan II where she carried out a gap analysis in municipal solid waste management in towns of Haryana vis-à-vis MSW Rules, 2000.Her primary area of interest lies in urban services, environment planning, climate change and sustainability.


Manager (Energy & Climate)

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Nikhil joined ICLEI South Asia in November, 2013 and has a Master’s degree in Energy Technology from the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand and a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has diverse experience of working in areas of energy and climate change with city governments, national and international organizations, technical experts and businesses. Nikhil is also a certified lead auditor for ISO 50001 Energy Management System.

He is managing the execution of various projects and programmes as part of ICLEI’s Energy & Climate team. Nikhil is engaged in assisting cities through activities such as preparation of baseline energy and GHG emission inventories, energy and climate action planning, identification and implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions, undertaking technical research and analysis, stakeholder engagement and coordination among others.

Nikhil is currently working with Indian cities to assess their feasibility and potential to deploy efficient district cooling systems under UNEP's District Energy in Cities Initiative. He has been involved in an Asian Development Bank assignment to carry out an investment grade energy audit for a LED street lighting retrofit project for 100,000 streetlights in Malaysia. Under the CapaCITIES project, he is assisting cities to address climate mitigation and adaptation in an integrated manner. He also supports ICLEI South Asia in its activities as the Asia LEDS Partnership Secretariat and manages ICLEI’s GHG emissions inventory tool HEAT+. Nikhil has been engaged in previous projects such as Urban LEDS, Urban Green Growth Strategies for Indian cities, and NAMA research study in India.

Nikhil has previously worked as an Energy Specialist with a private consulting firm based in Mumbai.


Avantika Arjuna
Manager (Urban)

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Avantika holds a Post graduate in Planning with specialization in Environment Planning from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. She has been involved in research and consulting assignments for infrastructure up gradation of cities across the country along with research on sustainable development. She brings in an experience of more than eight years in the areas of urban, regional planning, urban governance, environment planning and management, physical planning, urban policy, urban reforms, site planning and city planning strategies.

She has primarily been involved in Smart City Mission, JNNURM projects, institutional strengthening and capacity building projects and has coordinated directly with the Ministry of Urban Development, Ministry of Finance various state governments & ULBs. She also has an experience of working on projects with multilaterals and bilaterals such ADB, IFC, World Bank, etc. Some of her completed assignments include, Smart City Proposals for Ajmer urban reform appraisal for all the north eastern states of India, city development plans for towns in Madhya Pradesh, Kohima with a focus on disaster management, institutional development study for Guwahati Municipal Corporation, city business plans for towns in Bihar, documentation of good practices of water and sanitation in India, Mapping PPP Projects in Urban Sector in India PPP database, Municipal Finance Reforms for Ludhiana Municipal Corporation.


Manager (Energy & Climate)

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Anandhan joined ICLEI South Asia in 2012 as Senior Engineer in New Delhi.
He holds B.Tech Energy & Environmental Engineering from TamilNadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore.

He has around 8 years of professional experience in the areas of Climate Change Mitigation including Renewable energy and energy efficiency; GHG inventory and Low Emission Development Strategies.

Previously he was working in Climate Change & Sustainability Services team of Ernst & Young Private Limited, where he was handling CDM validation and verification projects, involved in Accreditation and registration of Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) project and Baseline energy compilation and baseline energy audit of Designated Consumers (DC) under Perform Achieve and Trade (PAT) scheme.

In ICLEI, he has worked in a variety of projects, including Promoting Low Emission Urban Development Strategies in Emerging Economy Countries (Urban LEDS), Solar Cities, development of ICLEI’s Harmonized Emission Analysis Tool (HEAT) plus, South-South cooperation between cities in India, Indonesia and South Africa., etc.

Currently he is working to deliver “Asia LEDS Partnership Secretariat Services”, which aims to promote and advance LEDS in the Asia region; also he is involved in building Sustainable “National and Sub National Greenhouse Gas Estimates” for waste sector.


Manager (Sustainability), Bangladesh Operations

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Jubaer joined ICLEI South Asia in 2015. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Urban and Rural Planning from Khulna University, Khulna, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Development Planning from National Academy for Planning and Development, Ministry of Planning, Bangladesh. He is also pursuing a Masters in Disaster Management in University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, and have certification in Management of Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Rehabilitation by World Bank.

Jubaer has eight years of experience in the field of urban planning, development research, and geographical information system. He has worked in various municipal master plan projects by Local Government & Engineering Department in Bangladesh. Major roles have been taken in Sonargaon, Mirzapur, Monohordi, and Sreepur Municipality in preparation of 20 years of infrastructure development master plan. Also have taken major roles in energy sector, where he prepared two divisional (Jessore & Bogra) electrical GIS route profiles on the basis suitable location and their physical sustainability in assistance with JICA.

Currently at ICLEI South Asia, he is a Senior Project Officer for the project dealing with ICLEI ACCCRN Process in various cities of Bangladesh.


Manager (Communications)

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Subuhi joined ICLEI South Asia in July, 2017 as a Communications Manager in New Delhi office. She has six years of experience in journalism.

Prior to this, she was working at Microsoft as a Senior Assistant Editor for their news portal - MSN. She has also worked at NDTV and Hindustan Times in different capacities. In addition, she was associated with Washington Post as a Researcher in the Delhi bureau. She has also freelanced as an Assistant Producer for a Discovery television series.

She has studied journalism from International Centre for Journalists, Washington D.C after completing her bachelors in English Literature from Miranda House, Delhi University.

At ICLEI South Asia, Subuhi is handling the external and internal communications for South Asia operations. 


Deputy Manager (Sustainability)

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Geeta joined ICLEI in 2014. She is a proud owner of two Master’s degrees - Environmental Planning from Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) University, Ahmedabad, and a Masters in Geography from Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla. She has also done a Post Graduate Diploma in Geo-Informatics form GIS Development in collaboration with Salzburg University Austria.

Geeta has six years of experience in the field of operational research, urban development and planning, environment impact assessment, sustainable development and climate change, and has worked various on research projects related to Climate Resilient Urban Development, Sustainable Cities and Disaster Risk Assessment, Urban Development and Management. She also has an experience of working with Urban Development Departments and Urban Local Bodies for research and training activities.

Currently at ICLEI South Asia, she is a Senior Project Officer for the project dealing with Integrated Urban Water Management System for Indian cities.


Deputy Manager (Energy & Climate)

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Bhaskar joined ICLEI South Asia in 2018. He is an environment professional with diversified experience in research & analysis, policy advocacy, international climate negotiations, project management, and development. He holds a Master’s Degree in Climate Change & Sustainable Development from Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat and another Master’s Degree in Environment Science from Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune, Maharashtra.

He has over seven years of experience at various capacities in industry, government, civil society institutions working in several sectors such as climate and environment policy, renewable energy, clean energy access, cities, climate innovation etc. He also has keen interest in research and his work has also been published in various books and peer reviewed journals.

Prior to ICLEI South Asia, he has worked with different institutions like Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India and WWF-India. He was involved in India’s submissions to UNFCCC on APA and SBSTA agenda items of adaptation, Loss & Damage and Nairobi Work Programme, technical review and consultation process for Sub-Committee on Forestry to develop and finalising strategy paper for implementation of India’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) and preparation of National REDD+ Strategy and REDD+ Safeguard Information System documents.

Currently at ICLEI South Asia, he is a Deputy Manager in the Energy and Climate team. He will be working on the Urban-LEDS II project which aims at contributing in reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by the promotion of Urban Low Emission Development Strategies (Urban LEDS) in cities/towns in emerging economies (Brazil, Colombia, India, Indonesia and South Africa), and Least Developed Countries (Bangladesh, Lao PDR and Rwanda). He is also involved in the GHG platform India (GHGPI) project, a collective civil-society initiative providing an independent estimation and analysis of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across key sectors in India.


Assistant Manager (Energy & Climate)

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Keshav joined ICLEI in 2011. He holds a Master's in Environmental Studies from the School of Environment Studies (SES), University of Delhi and two Postgraduate Diploma in Urban Planning & Development and Environmental Law & Management and an Appreciation program in Sustainability Sciences.

Keshav is a Climate Reality Leader trained by Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and has a four and a half years of experience in the Greenhouse Gases (GHG) Emissions Accounting, Urban Low Emission and Climate Resilience Development planning. Previously, he has been working in the sustainable development sector with organizations like the World Wildlife Fund -India,Tehri Hydro Development Corporation Ltd., Toxic's Link etc.

Currently at ICLEI South Asia, Keshav is an integral part for most projects and programms on Low-carbon Climate-resilient Development. He is also currently preparing the Delhi State Action Plan on Climate Change (SAPCC) with the Department of Environment, Government of Delhi as per the guidelines of Ministry of Environment & Forest, Government of India. He has also been associated with ‘Quantification of Mitigation Intervention of Delhi City as a Whole’ wherein he inventorised Delhi's Greenhouse Gas Emission and critically analyzed the Delhi government mitigation interventions. 


Assistant Manager (Urban)

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Vijay joined ICLEI South Asia in August 2013. He is a Civil Engineer with Master’s degree in infrastructure planning from Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) University, Ahmedabad.

Vijay has over 2 years of experience in the field of urban development and management, and has worked on infrastructure and management aspects of various projects in more than 15 cities, which includes Freight management, Infrastructure improvement, pedestrian infrastructure for heritage area, City Development Plan, Circulation plan, Management plan, Financial feasibilities, Road network geometrics, Traffic impact assessment and decongestion and Urban Green Growth.

Currently at ICLEI South Asia, he assists the Urban team on all urban development and infrastructure activities.


Manager - Urban (Built Environment, Mobility and Planning)

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Yougal Tak is an Architect and Infrastructure Planner, who has over seven years of experience in traffic and transport planning as well as transport research. He completed his post gradation from the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) University, Ahmedabad in 2010.

Prior to joining ICLEI- SA as Assistant Manager, he was associated with the Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT), a one of its kind state government department under the Urban Development Department (UDD), in Bengaluru, Karnataka and has been involved in projects ranging from Smart City Proposals, feasibility of BRTS in tier I & tier II towns, preparation of On- Street Parking Management Systems, to planning, designing and implementing bus priority lanes.

He is currently based out of Udaipur, Rajasthan where works with the local corporation and other concerned stakeholders on the projects, Supporting Smart Urban Mobility and Built Environment in Indian Cities and CapaCITIES.  


Assistant Manager (Sustainability)

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Rahul joined ICLEI in May 2012 and has a Masters degree in Environmental Management. Previously, he has worked as an Environment Auditor and audited top hotels situated nearby National parks of India. He assisted them to manage their Solid Waste, Energy and Water Consumption. He has also worked in water and air labs of Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC, Govt. of NCT). Rahul has experience in the field of training and capacity building in the field of Sustainable Management and has a working knowledge of GIS.

Currently, in ICLEI South Asia, he is involved in environmental sustainability projects focusing on environmental management, water, solid waste, and climate adaptation and also with CPHEEO Manual on Municipal Solid Waste Management, SUNYA- Towards zero waste and Realising DReAMS projects.


Assistant Manager (Sustainability)

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Nikhil joined ICLEI in July 2013. He has a Masters degree in Technology (M.Tech) in Environmental Engineering. Previously, he has worked as an engineer (Environment) at Ambuja Cement Limited and as a Research Engineer at the Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. He has an experience of Air pollution/ dispersion modelling, GHG analytics, carbon credits, life cycle assessment in the field of environment and also worked on implementation of national lake conservation plan at various lakes in India. He has also worked on environmental legislation, industrial environmental performance, environmental planning, sustainable development and environmental audits. He has also worked with national and grassroots NGOs in the field of resource conservation, wild life conservation and awareness activities.

Currently at ICLEI South Asia, Nikhil is a representative for project cities in Maharashtra and is involved in Urban LEDS, AdoptIUWM and Development of Solar City projects.


Assistant Manager (Biodiversity)

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Sony joined ICLEI South Asia in February 2019. He will be involved in projects like the SECURE Himalaya and INTERACT-Bio.

Previously, he has been associated with various academic institutes such as Kerala Forest Research Institute (KFRI), Kerala, Salim Ali Center for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON), Tamil Nadu and NGOs like Winrock International India, New Delhi. His work in these organisations focused on wildlife ecology, conservation and management, and environmental impact assessment.

He is also pursuing PhD in ‘Conservation Science and Sustainability Studies” at the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bengaluru, Karnataka.


Senior Project Officer (Sustainability)

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Rithika holds a master's degree in conservation biology and a post graduate diploma in research methodology, specialising in natural resource management from James Cook University, Townsville Australia. Her minor project looked at the “Role of top predators in stabilising populations of macropods and contributing to better economic management of sheep stations”.

After working for two years in management sector in Australia, Rithika joined research organisation SaciWATERs where she worked on projects dealing with capacity building in IWRM and water quality.

At ICLEI, she works with the sustainability team on ACCCRN portfolio and Misereor project.


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Senior Project Officer (Urban)

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Sumskrutha joined ICLEI South Asia in 2018. She is an Urban Planner with specialisation in Infrastructure Planning. She holds a master’s degree in Infrastructure Planning from Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat and bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from JNA-FAU, Hyderabad.

She has over 5 years of experience in water and sanitation sector having covered the areas like WASH development plans, 24X7 water supply, PPP, Service level benchmarking and aided WASH implementation projects. Her experience include responsibilities like project management, strategy developments, co-ordination with clients, stakeholder consultation, community management, technical assessment, capacity building, advocacy, Draft GO development, policy research, MIS and managing PMU/ team towards project goals. Apart from water and sanitation, she also has experience in projects like Value Capture Financing, City Development Plans, Housing for All etc.

Prior to ICLEI South Asia, she has worked with different organisations like CRISlL, SaciWaters, Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) and TARU Leading edge. She was involved in projects like ‘City Wide Delivery of WASH Facilities in Warangal City’ funded by Bill Melinda Gates Foundation, Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) funded project in Indore and ‘Citizen's First Campaign on Accountability for Drinking Water and Sanitation ’ funded by WaterAid.

Currently at ICLEI South Asia, she is a Senior Project Officer for the project namely PROMotion of Inclusive, Sustainable Growth and Diversity to Strengthen Local Governments (PROMISE) funded by the European Union and Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) for Amaravati city.


Senior Project Officer (Sustainability)

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Rahul Rathi Joined ICLEI South Asia on 17th June 2013. He has a background in Geography with a Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning from CEPT University. Previously, he has worked on Arc GIS and Auto CAD.
He has a good understanding of Urban and Regional Planning. He has worked on preparing Urban Development Plan for Kathmandu (Nepal) during his masters.
He has completed his internship at PAS (Performance Assessment System) and during Internship of two months he worked for City Sanitation Plan in two cities of Gujarat.

He represents ICLEI in Rajasthan and is presently involved in Integrated Urban Water Management (AdoptIUWM). He is working for Rajasthan cities, Kishangarh and Jaisalmer, and helps in organising workshops.


Senior Project Officer (Energy & Climate)

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Nagendran Nagarajan holds a Masters in Spatial Information Technology from Madras University, an MSc in environmental science and a BSc in Geography. His project with the Tamil Nadu Institute of Urban Studies and the Coimbatore Municipal Corporation involved urban environmental planning, specifically land use assessment and the planning of cities. He has also worked as a GIS engineer for the development of a parcel mapping and 3D building in Manila, Philippines and as part of a US government project with Magnasoft Consulting India.


Senior Project Officer (Energy & Climate)

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Ankit joined ICLEI in 2014. He holds a Masters degree in Environmental Planning from CEPT University Ahmedabad and a Bachelors degree in Environmental Engineering. Also, he is now pursuing a Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Laws and Policy.

Ankit has worked in various sectors – Air pollution, Capacity Building, Road safety audit, Heritage conservation and Environmental services – at various levels. He has also worked very closely with a variety of stakeholders – from local communities, government officers and officials at various levels, and Urban Local Bodies of Gujarat.

Currently at ICLEI South Asia, he is the lead for the Urban LEDS implementation in Rajkot City, Gujarat.
Working with local governments for undertaking innovative ideas for sustainable development and enhancing the environmental condition of Rajkot are few of the key aspects of his work.



Senior Project Officer (Energy & Climate)

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Achu R.Sekhar joined ICLEI South Asia in October, 2017. He holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering, and a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. In addition, he has a double diploma in Geo-informatics and Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management. Achu is a certified lead auditor in ISO 14001 (Environment Management Systems), and is also certified as an internationally approved Safety Engineer by NEBOSH. He has over four years of experience in the field of resource efficiency, sustainable development and waste management.

Achu has been involved in technical research on utilisation of secondary building materials, project planning and implementation for solid waste management, construction and demolition waste management (C&D waste) and capacity development programs for stakeholders on waste management. He has experience in working on projects for different ministries and line departments in the Indian national and state governments as well as international clients like GIZ and IFEU.

Currently at ICLEI South Asia, Achu is a Senior Project Officer for projects dealing with waste management, sustainable development and climate change mitigation.


Senior Project Officer (Urban)

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Harshith joined ICLEI in September 2018. He holds a Master's in Advance Mechanical Engineering from University of Leicester, United Kingdom. Harshith has been working as a Strategic Consultant for 5 years for various governments, politicians in terms of governance, transport and elections.

Harshith was working as a Program Manager in Dialogue and Development Commission (DDC), Govt. of NCT of Delhi - a think tank body to assist the Chief Minister Mr. Arvind Kejriwal with recommendations on various new policies across the globe. During his tenure, he had facilitated the government on major projects such as odd-even policy, electric mobility pilot, e-rickshaw registration drive, elevated cycle track, installation of Wi-Fi & CCTV in buses, solid waste management, rejuvenation of water bodies, etc.

He also worked as a Political Consultant for Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC) to strategise and design the campaigns for upcoming general elections in 2019.

Currently at ICLEI South Asia, Harshith has been posted in the Ministry of Transport, Govt. of NCT of Delhi to assist the government on all transport and environment related projects.


Senior Project Officer (Energy & Climate)

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Souhardo joined ICLEI South Asia in September 2016. Before this he had worked with WRI India and IIM Ahmedabad. He has almost three years of work experience in the field of urban development. His expertise also includes environment planning, logistics management, and land management. He is a Master of Planning graduate from CEPT University Ahmedabad, and a Master of Science graduate from Presidency University, Kolkata. He has several publications to his name including a World Bank and an IIM paper.

Currently at ICLEI South Asia he is involved with the CapaCITIES project in Siliguri.




Senior Project Officer (Energy & Climate)

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Harini joined ICLEI South Asia in February 2019. She will be working on Holistic Waste Management Plan for Hyderabad – with special focus on Plastic Waste Management.

She is an Urban Planner with a demonstrated history of working in various fields of Urban and Regional Planning. She has been associated with various public and private sector organisations.

Previously, she was involved in preparation of Base Maps for Nandyal and Proddatur, towns in Andhra Pradesh. She worked on Urban Design Projects like market area re-development, lake revitalisation and development of strategies for green-buildings.

She has also worked on Urban Infrastructure Development Projects like AMRUT Scheme and National School Sanitation Initiative, a joint programme of the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) and the GTZ (Germany), Swachh Bharat Mission and Land Monetisation Scheme. She was also involved in projects like Revenue Enhancement, Value Capturing Finance and Housing for All and development of plans like Service Level Improvement Plan, State Annual Action Plan, Service Level Benchmarks and Master Plan.

During her experience, the major activities included project management, Reforms Implementation, strategy developments, Capacity Building, Policy development, co-ordination with clients, stakeholder consultation, technical assessment and community management.


Senior Project Officer (Sustainability)

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Pratibha joined ICLEI South Asia in February 2019. She holds a master’s degree in Urban Policy and Governance from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and a bachelor’s degree in Geography from Calcutta University.

Prior to joining ICLEI South Asia, she worked at Development Alternatives, New Delhi, where she worked on policy research on sustainable social housing, looking primarily at low carbon and resource efficient building materials. She has also been part of several projects that looked at ensuring sustainable management of resources within a city, namely water.

Her primary areas of interest are in identifying business models for circular cities, and climate change mitigation strategies specifically in the urban context.


Project Officer (Energy & Climate)

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Shardul Venegurkar is a mechanical engineer from Pune. Before joining ICLEI South Asia as Project Officer, in March 2017, Shardul worked with Orange County Foundation, Pune. He has over four years of work experience in the renewable energy sector and is familiar with environment technologies like solar PV, solar thermal, small scale wind turbines, GHG inventories, green building certification for residential buildings, lime plaster, rain water harvesting, sewage water treatment plant, waste composts, and more. His expertise includes rooftop solar PV systems, solar thermal systems, energy efficiency and management.

Shardul played a key role in a project which provided green energy (solar energy) to every apartment in residential societies through a common roof-top solar PV system ultimately spreading awareness and increasing confidence among the residents regarding solar energy use at the household level. He worked with the FRAUNHOFER ICT team, Germany, on a project aimed at turning a township of more than 100 acres into a carbon neutral one and regularly disseminates at architectural and engineering firms, information about green buildings.




Project Officer (Urban)

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Sooraj joined ICLEI South Asia in Month, 2018 as a Project Officer for the EcoLogistics project in Kochi, Kerala. He interest lies in working on the built environment focusing on sustainability and improving the quality of life. For the EcoLogistics project, Sooraj is responsible for working closely with the Local government towards the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions coming from the urban freight sector. He also assists the city to contribute significantly to the nations intended NDC.

Sooraj holds a Master's Degree in City Planning with focus on City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture from Chhattisgarh Swami Vivekananda Technical University (CSVTU), Bhilai.


Project Associate (Energy & Climate)

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Bhupandra Salodia joined ICLEI South Asia in April 2017 and is presently involved with the CapaCITIES project in Udaipur. He is an architect and has a post-graduation degree in Urban and Regional Planning (2012-2014) from CEPT University, Ahmedabad.

He has a diverse experience of four years in architecture and the planning domain. Previously, he worked as an urban planner in a Delhi based firm- Mosaic. He has worked on projects that developed the Tourism Master Plan of Chilika Lake and its Catchment in Odisha, the Tourism Master Plan of Tehri in Uttrakhand and the Coastal Tourism Development Plan for Karnataka.




Project Officer (Urban)

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Nandini is an Architect and Urban developer. She has joined ICLEI South Asia in August 2017. She is working as a Project Associate with the urban team in New Delhi office.

She has completed her M.Tech. in Urban Development and Management from TERI University, New Delhi (2015-17), and architecture from Government College of Architecture, Lucknow (2010-15).

She was associated with New Delhi Municipal Council (Smart City Project) and National Building Construction Corporation (India) Limited (Redevelopment of East Kidwai Nagar) as an intern.

Presently, at ICLEI South Asia, she is involved in projects related to sustainable urban transport and built environment in Indian smart cities.




Project Officer, Kochi (Sustainability)

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Alex joined ICLEI in May 2017 and has a Master’s degree in Environmental Science, specialising in Landscape ecology and Geo-information Technology. He is a PhD Scholar at Kerala Forest Research Institute working on ‘Developing Strategies for bio-cultural restoration, conservation and management of lateritic biotopes in northern Kerala’. He has also worked for two years in the extension and training division of the Institute.

Alex has published a children’s book in Malayalam, contributed to the Encyclopaedia of Environmental Science and has authored several journal articles and book chapters.

Currently, in ICLEI South Asia, he is the City Associate in Kochi working under the INTERACT-Bio project. The project aims at strengthening biodiversity management at all levels of governance and cooperation between national and sub-national authorities for ecosystem management in urban regions. The project is supported by BMUB ministry of government of Germany under their International Climate Initiative.




City Project Officer, Bangladesh (
Energy & Climate)

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Tansim joined ICLEI South Asia in August as a City Project Officer for Urban LEDS II project at Rajshahi City Corporation, Rajshahi, Bangladesh. He finished schooling from the same city. He completed his Bachelor's in Civil Engineering from America Bangladesh University and Master’s Degree in Management Science and Engineering from USTB, Beijing, China.

He has also worked with a construction company as a Site Engineer, and later as a Project Engineer and Quality Controller of the construction materials for two years.


Project Officer (Energy & Climate)

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Senthil Kumar Arumugam joined ICLEI South Asia in February 2019. He holds a master's degree in Sustainable Energy Technology from Delft University of Technology, Netherlands and a bachelor's degree in Mechanical with Specialisation in Energy Engineering from VIT University, Vellore, India.

He has a versatile project experience in various energy technologies and specialised in low-grade heat recovery for his master thesis research. He was shortly involved in a start-up project working on a passive cooling idea to cool down buildings using energy from sunlight.

Currently at ICLEI South Asia, he is a Project Officer working as part of the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) project.


Project Officer (Energy & Climate)

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Anuradha joined ICLEI South Asia in February, 2019. She has double master’s degree: one in Planning (M. Plan) with specialisation in Environmental Planning from CEPT University, Ahmedabad and the other in Science (M. Sc.) in Geography from University of Calcutta.

She has about 4.5 years of diverse experience in the field of on-site sanitation, municipal service delivery and community development. Prior to this, she worked with Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) and International Water Management Institute (IWMI). She was deputed as Sanitation as well as GIS expert in ASCI for providing technical support to Government of AP ‘S3 Andhra Project’, and Telangana. Responsible for developing GIS maps, data management and analysis of 100% property records of pilot towns in these two states aligned with SBM-urban.

She also has extensive working knowledge of Transaction Advisory Services, documenting the best practises and community mobilisation for research with marginalised population at the grass-roots level and worked towards providing natural resource based livelihood.

At ICLEI South Asia, she is a Project Officer, responsible for Holistic Solid Waste Management Project in GHMC with a specific focus on Plastic Waste Management.


Project Officer (Energy & Climate)

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J A M Mostahidul Alam joined ICLEI South Asia in April 2019. He is an Urban Planner with demonstrated experience in Urban Planning, Development, and Research Projects in various regions of Bangladesh. Throughout his professional career, he has worked with different Public and Private organisations.

His initial professional involvement was in a research project on Existing Building Safety Standards in Narayanganj City Corporation. Later on, he worked with German Development Cooperation (GIZ) in Climate Finance Governance project in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, where he helped assess Nationwide Climate Vulnerability and update National Climate Policy document. He has also worked in a research project on Urban Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) assessment for Chattogram City Corporation, supported by Unicef.

During his professional career, his major responsibilities included data collection, management, and interpretation, conducting focus group discussions and thematic analysis of the findings, policy development, project management, stakeholder consultation, and rapport building.

At ICLEI South Asia, Mostahidul will be working on Urban Low Emission Development Strategy (LEDS II) project in Narayanganj City Corporation, Bangladesh.


Amar Kulkarni
Project Officer (Urban)

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Amar Kulkarni joined ICLEI South Asia in April 2019. He has a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Pune and master's degree in Urban Management from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany.

He has worked professionally as well as volunteered in the field of architecture, urban development, and environmental conservation in the past. He is passionate about environmental conservation and sustainable development.

At ICLEI, he will be working on the EcoLogistics project in Panaji.


Project Officer (Urban)

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Vandana joined ICLEI South Asia in July 2019. She will be part of the EcoLogistics project in Shimla. She has completed her Bachelors and Masters in Geography from the University of Delhi and M.Plan. (Regional Planning) from School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi.

Previously, she has worked with the Government of Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh. In addition, she has worked on 'Urban and Regional Development Plans Formulation and Implementation (URDPFI) Guidelines' project of the Ministry of Urban Development as formerly known. 


City Associate, Goa (

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Hycintha joined ICLEI South Asia on the 23rd of July, 2018. She has a Post-graduate Degree in Zoology from Goa University. Apart from formal education in the subject, she is trained in wildlife biology and conservation sciences while volunteering and interning with research organisations, and attending short term courses and conferences. She has also conducted outreach and awareness activities in schools and engaged audiences in social gatherings related to conservation.

Currently, she is a part of the Biodiversity team in Goa and as a subject expert, provides Technical Assistance to local Biodiversity Management Committees of a number of villages across the state.


City Associate, Goa (

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Shayeesh holds a Master's Degree in Zoology from Goa University. He also has working experience in the field of community engagement, biodiversity documentation and environmental science research. Shayeesh has worked as a Research Assistant at Mineral Foundation of Goa under the project Development of a Sustainable Bird Tourism Model at Navelim Wetland (IBA), Goa (March 2018-August 2018) and as an Administrative Office Assistant at Tripura Foundation Builds HoPE (July 2017- December 2017). He has engaged with students from more than 20 schools in Goa during his career to aware them about nature, bird conservation and community development. He joined ICLEI on the 1st of August, 2018 as City Associate in Goa.


City Associate, Solapur (Sustainability)

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Sharad joined ICLEI South Asia in July, 2017 as an Agricultural Engineer.

He has about six months of training experience in the field of agriculture. In addition to technologies for agriculture, he has received training in agricultural activities, crop management, and conservation of natural resources for agriculture.

Currently at ICLEI South Asia, he is assisting the sustainability team under the project called Integrated Rural Urban Water Management for Climate Based Adaptations in Indian Cities.

He is based in Solapur city of Maharashtra, and co-coordinates project activities.


Project Associate (Biodiversity)

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Ishaan joined ICLEI South Asia in March 2019. He has a degree in Bachelor of Science in Forestry. Previously, he has worked at the Kullu Forest Department for six months. He has also worked at the GHNP Wildlife Division where he conducted a one-month fauna survey. He has a lot of interest in the conservation and sustainability of the environment. At ICLEI, Ishaan will be working on the SECURE Himalaya project and will be based in Lahaul, Pangi and Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh.




Project Associate (Urban)

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Akhilesh Tank joined ICLEI South Asia in July 2019 and is presently involved with the Urban95 project in Udaipur where he works with the local corporation and other concerned stakeholders on the projects. He is an architect and has a post-graduation degree in Urban Design (2017-2019) from School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal.

He has experience of two years in the architecture domain. Previously, he worked as an Architect in an Ahmedabad based firm called KUKE Associates. He has worked on various small and big scale projects which include residential as well as commercial complex and townships.


Project Engineer (Energy & Climate)

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Prateek Mishra joined ICLEI South Asia in June 2019. He has completed his Bachelors in Power Engineering from National Power Training Institute, New Delhi. During his Bachelor's program, Prateek carried out industrial training at National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) Ltd. and Indraprastha Power Generation Co. Ltd. (IPGCL). He has been associated with ICLEI through various projects as an intern during his graduation.


Manager (Human Resources)

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Garima joined ICLEI South Asia on July 2019. She comes from a corporate background, and has experience of more than 10 years, having worked for brands like GE Energy, GE Finance, GE Aviation, Aon, Walt Disney and Electrolux. She holds a double Master’s Degree in Human Resource. She has perused PDGM from Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan, Delhi, and MBA from Sikkim Manipal University.

Besides, she has been a state-level Gold Medallist in Power Lifting. She also takes interest in volunteering programs to contribute to uplifting education conditions.


Manager - Admin, IT & Membership

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Sasi joined ICLEI South Asia in February 2012. He has over 15 years of work experience in the designing of print publications such as newsletters, brochures, annual reports, posters, calendars and other print collaterals, training manuals, and policy briefs. He has worked on various design software like Adobe Photoshop, Corel Draw, Adobe Indesign, Adobe Illustrator, etc. He has previously worked with Winrock International India and Development Alternatives.

Currently at ICLEI South Asia, Sasi manages the designing of reports, documents, E-newsletter, brochures and any other publication, taking care of membership, assisting in organising conferences and other daily admin work.


Accounts Manager

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Siba has a Bachelors degree in Commerce (Accounting Hons.) from Utkal University, Orissa. He joined ICLEI – South Asia in May 2009 as an Account Cum Administrative officer. He has an experience of more than 3 years in the field of accounts & finance and has worked with Indiabulls (HO) & in Unicon Investment Solutions (HO) as an accounts executive where his responsibilities included stocks and book debt audit of various companies on behalf of Syndicate Bank, OBC, Vijaya Bank through a CA Firm. He has worked on various accounting software such as LD, Focus, Tally, Busy etc.At present he is also pursuing a master’s degree in commerce.


Senior Accounts Officer

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Vishal Joined ICLEI in July 2012. He has a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) and has more than 6 years of experience in the field of finance industry. He has a proven record of contributing to the profitability of previous employers by his efficient and hard working ability with extensive experience in Accounting & Financial systems. Previously, Vishal was working as a Senior Executive at Religare Securities Ltd.

Currently at ICLEI South Asia, he is responsible for the finance and accounts activities of the office which includes preparing financial reports of various projects, liaising with the bank, managing salaries and payments etc.


Administrative Officer

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Devishree is a commerce graduate and has about 12 years of experience in administration and business development. Prior to working with ICLEI South Asia, she was with Indian Technocrat Limited (Civil Engineering Consultant) as a Business Development Executive. She also been associated with non profits in the past. Devishree has worked with Winrock International as a Programme Associate.


Administrative Officer

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Ritwick Boyi joined ICLEI South Asia’s Hyderabad office in November 2011. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science (Computers) from Osmania University in Hyderabad and is pursuing a Master’s in Business Management. He has over four years of experience in Operations and Administration and was earlier associated with ISB, Hyderabad.

Currently at ICLEI South Asia, Ritwick manages the Hyderabad office’s activities and supports the team in managing daily operations and assists with the facilitation of ICLEI South Asia’s operations.


Office and Field Assistant

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Manoj has been with ICLEI South Asia since the beginning of 2009. He provides support to all office activities and assists with the facilitation of ICLEI South Asia's operations.


Office and Field Assistant

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Mukund joined ICLEI South Asia in 2010. He provides support to all office activities and assists with the facilitation of ICLEI South Asia's operations.


Office Assistant

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Shankar joined ICLEI South Asia in 2010. He supports all office activities and is involved in assisting ICLEI South Asia with its daily endeavours. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology.

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