Our Team

Aswathy Dilip
Senior Programme Manager

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Aswathy Dilip is a Senior Programme Manager leading the Complete Streets strategy, policy, and projects work for the ITDP India Programme. With support from her smart and enthusiastic team, she works with the National, State and City governments; providing them technical assistance on sustainable and equitable urban mobility. Her most exciting work includes transforming congested roads into vibrant streets with space for all users, helping cities implement bold parking reforms, and building support for high-quality, sustainable mass transit. With a keen interest in citizen engagement, Aswathy has organised Car-Free Sundays, intersection design testing, as well as street and public space exhibitions. Currently, she leads the team working on preparation of Complete Streets toolkit for the National Smart City Mission. She is also actively involved in training and capacity development of city officials, engineers and town planners in Complete Streets and parking management. Prior to joining ITDP in 2014, Aswathy spent four memorable and formative years in Ahmedabad working with Dr. Bimal Patel and his team at HCP, on the design and communication of the Sabarmati Riverfront Development Project. She is an urban designer from Cardiff University, UK with Bachelor’s in Architecture. Aswathy believes in the simple joys of life. Ordinary yet uncommon sights—such as children playing carelessly, elderly chit-chatting joyfully, and women travelling confidently—in public spaces of our cities make her smile. Through her professional endeavour, she strives to create more such settings to allow many more such heartening experiences.

Kashmira Dubash
Manager - Communication & Development

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Kashmira Dubash is a Strategic Communications Specialist for the ITDP India Programme. Kashmira leads communications efforts and works closely with programmatic teams to orchestrate dialogue for the organisation’s vision, work, and values via appropriate channels. Prior to this role, she provided technical guidance for the Complete Street project in Coimbatore. She focused on liaising with city officials and other civil society organisations to implement projects on-ground and organise Tamil Nadu’s first Car-Free Sunday in Coimbatore. Over the five years, Kashmira has prepared technical reports on budgeting and implementing sustainable transport initiatives in India, assisted national urban mobility policy drafts, and prepared and presented training modules to city officials. With a passion to improve urban life in India, Kashmira joined the India Programme as a Transport Planner after her Bachelors in Planning and Masters in Urban Design from the University of Auckland. Presently, she calls Chennai her new found home and enjoys spending time at the beach with her husband and her bundle of joy, her two-year-old son.

Sivasubramaniam Jayaraman
Manager -Transport Systems

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Sivasubramaniam Jayaraman works as Manager -Transport Systems, in charge of  public transport system and TDM. He has over a decade of experience in Traffic & transportation engineering, technology, and planning, as well as road safety.He obtained his master’s degree in urban engineering with a specialization in transportation from the College of Engineering, Anna University, Chennai. Before joining ITDP, Siva was working with Directorate of Urban Land Transport as a Sr. Transport Planner and Anchor for Traffic, Transportation & ITS Vertical. He has experience in working closely with National, State and City government, Citizen forum and external funding agencies (World Bank, JICA, LTA etc.); providing them technical assistance on sustainable mobility.His experience includes projects such as ITS master plan for Bangalore & Mysore, congestion pricing scheme for Bangalore, common mobility card for Bangalore and implementation of projects like BRTS in Hubli-Dharwar and public bicycle sharing system.Siva is passionate about sustainable transportation system, child-friendly transport networks, road safety, and street for enhancing livability of our cities.

Abhishek Kumar Sinha
Operations Manager

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Abhishek Kumar Sinha, is the Operations Manager leading ITDP India operations, finance and human resource functions. He has over nineteen years of professional experience working in the development sector with International Non Profits and UN Agencies. His expertise include in financial/grant management, budgets, audits and managing the operational aspects of the programs. He holds extensive experience managing grants for donors like Gates, DFID, USAID, 3ie, Rajeev Gandhi Charitable Trust etc.Before joining ITDP, he has worked with Harvard Kennedy School, John Snow Inc and International Center For Research on Women, along with CARE, UNICEF and WHO in the early days of his career. His contribution has been instrumental in creating systems & processes, developing financial and administrative policies for these organizations as well as managing the financials for their multi-million value projects.Abhishek has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Certificate/Diploma in Information Technology. Though his core area of work is finance and operations but information technology is his passion.Outside of ITDP, he loves to travel, explore places and food.

M Faraz Ahmad
Senior Research Associate-Transport Planning

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A Transport Planning Research Associate at the ITDP India Programme, Faraz provides technical input to the Urban Development and Housing Department, Government of Jharkhand and Ranchi Municipal Corporation. His work primarily  concentrates on developing safe, sustainable, and inclusive transportation systems. This, he believes, can be achieved through better street designs and transportation initiatives. He is responsible for developing full-scale project plans and coordinating with various stakeholders, including government officials, to build broad support for sustainable transport initiatives. Faraz majored in Architecture from National Institute of Technology, Patna and did his Masters in Infrastructure Systems, specialising in Transportation, from IIT-Roorkee. Inclusive Street Design is his forte and as a part of his thesis, he developed a complete street design for MG Road, Delhi, in consideration with all guiding parameters and global best practices.

Pranjal Kulkarni
Senior Research Associate-Urban Development

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Pranjal started working with the ITDP India Programme in 2016 and works as Senior Research Associate. Always inclined towards working for sustainable development of cities, Pranjal was previously involved with the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) and Ministry of Nepal (MoUD) for the project ‘Post-Earthquake Reclustering of Settlements in Kathmandu-Nepal’ as part of his Master’s Thesis. 

At ITDP, he is involved in various urban development projects like Complete Streets, Cycle Sharing systems, Parking management, and Transit-Oriented Development. His work includes technical advocacy with the Pune city authorities and research for development of policies and plans at city and national level. He is especially interested in on-ground implementation of projects and working for publications. His interest lies in designing and planning for sustainable architectural and urban scale projects. 

An Architect-Urban Designer from Mumbai, Pranjal completed his Master’s in Urban Design from C.E.P.T. University, Ahmedabad and his undergraduate degree in architecture from National Institute for Technology, Nagpur. Prior to working at ITDP, he has worked as an architect for two years at architectural consultancy firms in Mumbai. 

When not working, you can find Pranjal engrossed in either painting, cooking or gardening.

Parin Visariya
Senior Research Associate-Urban Development

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Parin is an Urban Development Associate for the ITDP India Programme. A flaneur, he believes that the best way to experience a place is walking on its streets and traveling through public transport. He believes that a good and safe walking environment is the birth right of every individual and cities that prioritise pedestrians in their urban planning, design, and policy making are most liveable and progressive. His key area of work at the India Programme includes aiding government officials implement high-quality walking and cycling infrastructure in urban areas. Parin has been working in close collaboration with the Indian Roads Congress for over two years, primarily working on developing national-level guidelines for non-motorised transport design and implementation. Before joining ITDP, he worked as an architect and urban designer on a variety of institutional, housing, public building, and street design projects. He enjoys marathon running and everything that makes him stay healthy and happy. He has studied architecture from Rachana Sansad’s Academy of Architecture, Mumbai and further pursued urban design from CEPT University, Ahmedabad.

Santhosh Loganaathan
Senior Research Associate-Urban Development

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Santhosh Loganaathan’s engagement with the ITDP India Programme began in 2014, when he came on board as a consultant and supported the Programme in documenting their Complete Streets work in Chennai. Having spent numerous days documenting the streets, he was inspired by the change he saw on the ground.  Understanding the organisation’s role in creating better cities, he joined the team in 2017. Santhosh is avidly involved in expanding the Complete Streets work across cities in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. He supports the team in staffing, documenting projects, and assisting capacity development workshops. Prior to joining the India Programme, Santhosh was a professional photographer. He used his knowledge of architecture to photograph the built space in all their aesthetic beauty and glory. A certified Scuba diver, Santhosh spends most of his weekends either swimming or fishing in the Bay of Bengal, or helping out at the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust; that is, when he’s not travelling or binging on Netflix.

Vaishali Singh
Senior Research Associate-Urban Planning and Design

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Vaishali joined ITDP India Programme in 2018 and works as a Senior Associate, looking into public transportation projects. Her other areas of interest lie in travel demand management and transit-oriented development. Over the years, she has worked on various urban development and traffic management projects like the assessment of public transit systems, congestion pricing, prioritization of buses, sustainable electric-mobility, development of transport evaluation framework for a city, review of master plan and zonal plans etc. Vaishali aspires to use her expertise to help cities develop into sustainable future habitats. Being a long-time public transport user, Vaishali is well-aware of the issues that plague the transport sector and advocates the need to strengthen public transport and walking-cycling facilities. She holds a Master’s in urban planning from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and an undergraduate and Master’s degree in Geography from the Delhi University.
Away from work, she is an avid techno-geek who likes to explore new technology and software to bring in new dimensions to her work. When she is not working, she likes reading novels, watching movies, and playing strategic games.

Avinash Mishra
Research Associate

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Avinash is from Ranchi and has completed his Bachelors in Computer Applications from Marwari College, Ranchi. Prior to joining ITDP, he worked with an NGO which focused on developmental communication and grass-root governance. He joined the ITDP India Programme  around the time the organisation signed an MoU with Ranchi. Actively involved in helping the city to adopt sustainable and  equitable urban development, he helped the ITDP team who wrote Mobility Plan for Ranchi. In his present capacity, Avinash is responsible for community outreach and data interpretation for the organisation. Photography, writing, politics and social work are his main areas of interest.

Naveenaa Munuswamy
Research Associate-Urban Development

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Naveenaa joined the ITDP India Programme in 2018 as a Research Associate and is currently working for the Complete Streets programme in Pune. Her work focuses on creating and inspiring walkable, bike-able and safer streets by design.

Prior to joining ITDP, she worked closely with the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) in implementing the first elevated cycle track in the city and has designed multiple streets in T-Nagar for the ‘Pedestrian Street Project’ under the smart city initiative. She also worked alongside the Puducherry government and Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) in creating the smart city proposal(SCP) for the city which earned it a smart city status.

As part of her work at ITDP, she’s worked with the Commissionerate of Municipal Administration (Government of Tamil Nadu) in providing technical assistance for the TN Mega streets project which deals with creating 2000 Kms of Non-motorized Transport infrastructure in 10 municipalities in the state of Tamil Nadu. She was also involved in creating NMT masters plans for 3 cities from the same state.

An Architect from Chennai, she is extremely passionate about built-heritage and has curated heritage walks as part of conservation measures under the “Houses of Mylapore” project and also mapped these hidden treasures for the ‘Vanishing heritage project’.

Through intense research and study, Naveenaa advocates for various stakeholders in each of the projects she is a part of.

Suraj Bartakke
Senior Surveyor

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Suraj works as a Surveyor and Data Entry Operator with ITDP on various transportation programs in Pune. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts (General) and has completed his Industrial Training Institute Course of ‘Computer Operator’, both from the Pune University. Prior to joining the ITDP India Programme in April 2011, he worked with the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation as a Computer Operator. Suraj enjoys playing cricket and reading.

Kokilavani Ravi
Accounts Associate

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Vani joined the ITDP India Programme in February 2013 as an Accounts Associate. She assists the finance team in keeping accounts up to date, reviewing bills and making payments to staff. Vani has completed a Bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Madras in 2012 and has worked as a computer operator in the sales and marketing field. Vani enjoys listening to western and folk music and indulges in crafts and painting during her free time.

Anuj Dhole
Research Associate-Transport Planning 

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Anuj is a Research Associate-Transport Planning, who joined ITDP India Programme in September 2018. He focuses on providing technical inputs for framing policies, mobility planning, prioritising, and assessing public transport networks. A philomath, he is constantly striving to further research in the field of sustainable mobility. Anuj is an Architect-Planner, who completed his Master’s of City Planning (MCP) from IIT-Kharagpur in 2018 and Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) from Pune University in 2015. As part of his post-graduate thesis, he worked with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) on the research project: ‘Service Level Optimization between public bus and paratransit services along a transport corridor’. At home, you will find Anuj on his favourite bean-chair, reading about diverse topics, especially tech. He is also an amateur guitarist, who enjoys photography and numismatics.

Aishwarya Soni
Senior Associate- Technical Communications

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Aishwarya is a Technical Communications Designer at the ITDP India Programme, and has been involved in creating compelling and creative communications for the Complete Streets project. Being a visual storyteller, she uses graphic design as a tool to educate, inform and activate the community, about matters pertinent to sustainable urban transportation. She loves to explore new cities on foot and using public transit, and believes that the ease of mobility through these two modes largely determines how people-centered designed the city is. Prior to this role, Aishwarya spent about four and a half “constructive” years as an Architect in Bangalore, and brought to life more than a dozen buildings, of varied typologies and scale.

In her spare time, she likes to play the ukelele, make animated videos and illustrate poems.

A V Venugopal
Senior Research Associate- Urban Development

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Venugopal has been working with the city government in Chennai providing technical assistance for various complete streets projects through his role at ITDP. He has been involved in the conceptualization of new projects, design reviews, and on-ground project monitoring. He is currently working on expanding the street transformation works across the city through the Chennai Mega Streets Project. He is also actively involved in strategizing capacity development initiatives for city officials, engineers, and other stakeholders. With a keen interest in research, he is also involved in policy and planning research for transforming urban mobility to nurture early childhood development in Pune. His other areas of interest lie in travel demand management and inclusive compact cities.

Before joining ITDP, he worked with L&T Construction in Chennai as a Senior Architect. He holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning & Policy Design from Politecnico di Milano in Italy and an undergraduate degree in Architecture from the National Institute for Technology, Calicut. He has always been passionate about listening to stories of people, spaces and cities; how they evolve through time and the different forces that shape it. His love for cycling and travelling has pushed him to document the experiences through short stories, travel videos and illustrations. Still a kid at heart, he loves spending his evenings playing board games and he treasures a good collection of toys which he keeps close always to add to his collection of toy photography.

Archna Menon
Senior Associate- Strategic Communications

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As a storyteller passionate about cities, Archna loves to build narratives around the urban life and people in it. Her work at ITDP involves working closely with the program team, on all outreach efforts. Her work revolves around designing user behavior research, media relations and digital media strategy and management. Through her Bachelor’s in Architecture- at School of Architecture and Planning (SAP), Anna University- she developed a passion for city news, stories and design. This lead to her winning competitions at the national and international level, and kick-starting a regional newspaper that focused entirely on urban news, stories and design of Chennai. To take this passion further, she completed her Masters in Journalism at Cardiff University, UK. These diverse experiences have enabled her to take her love for cities further, through her media and communications work at ITDP. Outside of work, Archna loves food, travel and photography.

T D Achuthan
Research Associate - Urban Development

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Achuthan has been involved in supporting Complete Streets programme in Chennai. He documents and analyzes impacts on street through surveys and photo documentation. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Anand School of Architecture. He gradually developed a passion towards urban design during his fourth year of college and continued to improve his knowledge on the same. He explores how transit corridors stitch the urban fabric together. Being an architect keenly inclined towards sustainable development, he explores and experiments with various possibilities in achieving sustainability in mobility. He loves to cycle and trek during leisure time. He is also good at penning Tamil poems.

Kawin Kumaran
Research Associate - Transport Systems

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Kawin Kumaran joined ITDP India Programme in December 2018. Since then, Kawin has been actively committed to various strategic communication endeavours, of the ITDP India team- Public Bicycle Sharing (PBS) launch in Ranchi, Urbanlogue – Webinar series to name a few. Being an avid photographer, he has captured a few of ITDP’s Complete Streets initiatives in Pune and Chennai, while setting up the Cloud Photo library for the India Programme. An Architect by education, Kawin cherishes the idea of ‘Better environment through better design’ and perseveres in extending his knowledge on it.

Aila Bandagi
Research Associate - Inclusive Development

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Believing cities that work for women and children work for everyone, Aila Bandagi joined the ITDP India Programme to work on inclusive development. Her work ensures that vulnerable road users are at the centre of the planning process. Expanding inclusivity to evidence-based policy making, she works on data systems as well. Before joining the ITDP India Programme, she worked as a data journalist and before that, she explored her passion for cities as an Urban Fellow at the Indian Institute for Human settlements in Bangalore. She has a master’s degree in Development Studies with a specialization in Urban Development and Gender Studies from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad. She worked across different areas of research including urban markets, conditional cash transfer schemes, gender sensitization training, menstrual health management, and disaster risk and resilience. Her goal in life is to ensure that all people have a right to their city by working towards making cities safe, comfortable, accessible, and affordable. After all, if the personal is political, then the public most certainly is. When she is not working, she enjoys meeting new people, dancing, and talking about anything and everything, but only if she does not find a good book to read.

Keshav Suryanarayanan
Senior Associate - Development and Communications

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Keshav joined the ITDP India Programme as Associate – Content Creation in July 2019. Growing up in 5 cities across India, he has always been fascinated by cities, language and travel. An architect by training from the School of Architecture and Planning, Anna University, Keshav focuses on writing as his process to explore ideas. After graduating , he worked on a regional newspaper focusing on urban design and news in Chennai as a way to engage with the city building process. To further develop his writing and expand the range of topics he can explore, Keshav joined the Young India Fellowship, a Post-Graduate Programme in Liberal Studies at Ashoka University. He brings his experience at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, travel and journalism to the communications team at ITDP. In his free time Keshav enjoys reading, writing poetry and singing.

Bala Nagendran
Research Associate - Urban Development

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Bala joined ITDP India Programme in 2019 and is actively involved in Complete Streets projects across the cities of Tamil Nadu. He holds a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and an undergraduate degree in Architecture from the School of Architecture and Planning, Anna University, Chennai. He has always been passionate about studying cities in relation to streets and transit; for the unique opportunities it brings up in an urban landscape. Bala’s graduate thesis explored the opportunity to restore and activate the edge of River Cooum, Chennai through the integration of NMT corridors and open space network. Apart from work, Bala loves to travel and watch movies.

Sowmya Murugan
Research Associate - Transport Systems

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Sowmya is a Research Associate who joined ITDP India Programme in July 2019. Since then, she is closely working on various urban development and transport systems projects such as developing NMT Master-plan for tier-2 cities in Tamil Nadu and assessing the accessibility to public transportation in Chennai. She holds a Masters degree in City Planning from IIT- Kharagpur, and has a year-long experience as an Architect after graduating from the School of Architecture and Planning, Chennai. As her thesis involved mapping of Chennai’s Urban-resilience, she grew a strong passion for GIS-based data-driven maps. She strongly believes that a well-connected transportation network forms the skeleton for any city to sustain and remain resilient during any disaster; without which the city is crippled and so are the people living in the city. Her passion for cycling keeps her motivated in converting car-friendly cities to cycle-friendly cities. After work, she loves exploring topics such as space syntax, economics, programming languages and software to understand a city’s network. Her day off from work is packed with some yoga sessions, dance groves, binge-watching movies, and reading books.

Aditi Subramanian
Research Associate - Complete Streets

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Aditi joined ITDP India Programme as an intern in March, 2020 and is currently working on the Impact Assessment Study of projects in Chennai and Pune and strategising its outreach. An architect who graduated from the School of Architecture and Planning, Chennai, Aditi’s fascination towards the nuances of the urban fabric stemmed from her travel experiences and resulted in a thesis that was centered around designing cities for the nightscape. She also identifies the written word as an articulation of her creativity and explored this aspect through an internship with The Hindu MetroPlus, covering a range of everyday events in the city. An aspiring urban designer, she hopes to work with the community and various stakeholders to address topics at the intersection of urbanism, ecology and development. Outside of work, Aditi is an International oarswoman who also loves to trek and travel. 


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