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 Management)

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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. 



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Aditi joined ICLEI South Asia in August 2018. She pursued her studies in Environmental Science, with B.Sc. in Environment and Water Management and later Master’s in Environment Management, from Calcutta University.

Prior to joining ICLEI, she worked as an Independent Consultant, primarily in the area of climate integration into development planning and has published two papers in this regard (focusing at hill roads planning and climate change impacts).

Previous to that, she managed the CDKN’s India country programme for three years, worked for ICF International for couple of years and had a long-long stint with PwC, Sustainability and Climate Change team since she started her career.

She would be working with the Energy & Climate and Sustainability Management teams on projects like the Asia LEDS Partnership and the CDKN Asia programme.


Manager (Sustainability Management)

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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.


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 - 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.  


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. 


Senior Project Officer (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. 


Senior Engineer (Energy & Climate)

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Tejas joined ICLEI South Asia in 2014. His area of interest are solar energy and other renewable energy sources. He completed his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from University of Pune and has an experience in designing, detailing and execution of two solar thermal power plants during his 4 years of association with IIT Bombay.

He has also conducted training programs for IIT students on operation and maintenance of solar thermal power plants.

Currently, at ICLEI South Asia, Tejas is contributing through projects such as Urban LEDS and Solar City Master Plant. He assists the entire team in developing low emission, energy efficient and renewable energy solutions for cities.


Senior Project Officer (Sustainability Management)

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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.


Senior Project Officer (Sustainability Management), 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.


Senior Project Officer (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.


Senior Project Officer (Sustainability Management)

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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.


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 Management)

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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 (Sustainability Management)

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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.


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 (Sustainability Management)

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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 (Sustainability Management)

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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.


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.


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.




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 Associate (Urban)

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Sahitya joined ICLEI in July 2015. She is an Architect Planner by profession. She has done her Masters in Planning from CEPT University, Ahmedabad with a major in Urban and Regional Planning and a minor in Urban Transport Planning and Management. She also has a Bachelors degree in Architecture from JNA&FAU, Hyderabad. She worked on more urban level projects in her bachelors. Her masters dissertation was on 'Delimiting Urban Sphere of Influence for Vijayawada City' in which she researched various regional planning theories and derived a planning region for the site she chose.

At ICLEI South Asia, Sahitya has joined as an on-site Project Associate, involved in the preparation of a heritage master plan for Amaravati city, Andhra Pradesh under the HRIDAY scheme launched by MoUD (Ministry of Urban Development).


Project Officer (Urban)

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Narender Kumar joined ICLEI South Asia in December 2016. He is a Geographer with Master's degree in infrastructure planning from Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) University, Ahmedabad.

Narender has over 3 years of experience in the field of urban development and has worked on infrastructure and management aspects of various projects in more than 5 cities, which includes Master Plan, City Development Plan, Slum Free City Plan of Action, Street Vending Plan, Detailed project report on Heritage Circuit and Buddhist Circuit under Swadesh Darshan Scheme.

Currently at ICLEI South Asia, Narender is working with the Urban team on all urban development and infrastructure activities for PROMISE Project in Karnal.


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 Associate (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 Management)

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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.


City Associate, Jabalpur (Urban)

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Aditi joined ICLEI in 2017. She holds a Masters degree in Environmental Planning from the School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal and a Bachelors degree in Architecture.

She has work experience in the domain of Architecture and Interior Design including in Design and Development, Service Co-ordination and Site Supervision.

Presently at ICLEI South Asia, she works as a Project Associate under the PROMISE project assisting in the development of a Toolkit for the Sewerage and Drainage sector of the city of Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh. The project in Jabalpur, aims to build and improve capacities of local authorities providing support in evaluating their existing and proposed sewerage & drainage system.


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 Officer, Gwalior (Urban)

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Shyambir Singh joined ICLEI South Asia as a City Officer (Urban) in March 2018. He hails from Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh. Singh has completed his graduation in Bachelors of Architecture from Amity University, Madhya Pradesh. He has over one year of experience in transportation planning. He has also studied Transportation Research and Injury Prevention from Tripp, IIT Delhi. In addition, he has worked on projects associated with Tripp, IIT Delhi, Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, ICLEI, UMTC, PMC, APSRTC. He has been involved in various projects like Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS), Pune Maharashtra, Intersection Improvement at Udaipur, Rajasthan, Improving Bus Transport Operation and Infrastructure in Himachal Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh.


City Officer, Ludhiana (Urban)

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Amir Latif has completed his Master’s in Geography from Punjab University, Chandigarh (2009-2011), Diploma in Remote Sensing and Geographical Information System (GIS) from Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla (2011-2012), and M-Tech. in Urban Planning from Guru Ramdas School of Planning, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar (2014-2016).

He has worked as a Junior Research Fellow (JRF) at Punjab Remote Sensing Centre, P.A.U. Ludhiana for one year and seven months (2013-14). During his stint, he has worked on projects like Space Based Information Support for Decentralized Planning Sponsored by NRSC, Government of India, Punjab Wetland Project sponsored by Government of Punjab, Updating of Village revenue Boundary of Punjab state, and Single building extraction in Ludhiana Municipal Corporation Limits.

Previously, I had worked as a Research Associate at Guru Ramdas School of Planning, G.N.D.U. for one year and two months (2016-17) under Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission. He prepared Integrated Cluster Action Plan (ICAP) for Punjab, Haryana and assisted West Bengal government for compilation of ICAP.

Presently at ICLEI South Asia, he is working as a City Officer - Urban for ‘Supporting Sustainable Urban Transport and Built Environment in Four Indian Smart Cities’ project. He is based out of Ludhiana.


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.


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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