Experts at Connect Karo 2018

Amit Bhatt, Strategy Head, Cities & Transport

Amit Bhatt is strategy head for integrated urban transport at WRI India Ross Center. He provides vision and leadership to all transport initiatives, and manages relationships with partners and stakeholders. Bhatt leads the work around BRT projects and city bus services in SuratIndoreJaipur and Bangalore; urban transport projects in Naya Raipur; restructuring the auto-rickshaw sector in Rajkot; and developing a public bicycling scheme in Jaipur. He has over 12 years of experience in the sector, and was educated in transport planning, economics and transport economics and management.

Ani Dasgupta, Global Director, WRI Ross Center For Sustainable Cities

Aniruddha (Ani) Dasgupta is the Global Director of WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, WRI’s program that galvanizes action to help cities grow more sustainably and improve quality of life in developing countries around the world. Ani guides WRI Sustainable Cities in developing environmentally, socially, and financially sustainable solutions to improve people’s quality of life in developing cities. Prior to joining WRI, Ani served at the Director of Knowledge and Learning at the World Bank, where he provided leadership and direction for the Bank’s role in offering knowledge services for development. In 2010, he helped develop the World Bank’s first knowledge strategy. Before leading the Bank’s knowledge work, he coordinated the Bank’s internal reform program as the director of the Reform Secretariat. 

Madhav Pai, India Director, WRI India Ross Center for Sustainable Cities

Madhav Pai is the Director, India of WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. Previously, Madhav was regional director for South & South East Asia at Citilabs, a transport planning software company. In the San Francisco Bay Area, he spent four year working at Dowling Associates Inc. managing and executing several transport planning, demand estimation, transport modeling and traffic engineering projects. Madhav is educated in transport planning, and is a qualified civil engineer.

Jamshyd Godrej, MD Godrej & Boyce and Chairman WRI India

Jamshyd Naoroji Godrej is managing director and chairman of Godrej & Boyce, the family's consumer durables holding company. In 2012, Forbes magazine named him one of the richest green billionaires. He is committed to halving the carbon footprint of the Godrej Group, and developing a new line of energy-efficient refrigerators for Asian and African markets. Godrej is also committed to making cities liveable, and mentors the World Resources Institutes’ Cities and Transport programme in India, in his role as Chairman of the Board.

Jessica Seddon, Director Of Integrated Urban Strategy, WRI Ross Center For Sustainable Cities

Jessica Seddon is the Director of Integrated Urban Strategy at the WRI Ross Center for Cities. She is the global lead for the Urban Development team, a network of researchers and practitioners across WRI’s offices that focuses on helping cities leverage spatial planning tools and strategic investments to achieve resource-efficient, equitable, resilient, and livable cities. Prior to joining WRI, Jessica co-founded and led Okapi, an India-based strategy group incubated at IIT Madras that focuses on institutional design for social innovation. Her earlier career spans academic and strategic advisory roles focused on institutional design for integrating science into policy and social initiatives. 

O.P. Agarwal, CEO, WRI India

Prior to joining WRI India, Om Prakash (O.P.) Agarwal was the Executive Director at the Indian School of Business and chaired the U.S. Transport Research Board's Committee on Transportation in Developing Countries. He is a highly respected thinker and practitioner with a wealth of experience in cities, urban transport, climate change and related development and environment issues. He has served as a member of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and held several positions from 1979 to 2007.