Dr. Anjali Mahendra

Dr. Anjali Mahendra is Strategy Head for Research and Practice at EMBARQ, the Cities and Transport program of the World Resources Institute in India. She provides thought leadership for new research efforts related to transport, urban development, and climate issues. She has written several guidance documents for planners and decision makers on impact evaluation for transport projects and transport economics topics such as road pricing, benefit-cost analysis and transport financing.

Anjali has over ten years of experience as an expert in urban planning, transportation policy, and economic development in the U.S. and international contexts, working for organizations such as the World Bank, the European Commission, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and ICF International. At EMBARQ, she is currently leading work on indicators to assess and improve transport governance; work with private developers on incorporating amenities for non-motorized transport, access to public transport, and energy efficiency principles in new upcoming developments; research on defining a process for conducting health impact assessments in the field of transport planning, and so on. She is currently the Lead Expert for the Communitas Coalition’s work group on Universal access to basic infrastructure services, pushing to introduce a sustainable development goal focused on solving urban problems in the post-2015 development agenda.

Anjali holds a Master’s degree in City Planning, a Master of Science degree in Transportation, and a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi, India.