Aswathy Dilip | Program Manager
Aswathy started off at ITDP in March 2014 to manage ITDP India’s communications and outreach. She is an architect – urban designer, who finds communicating ideas about these fields more appealing than crafting the ideas. She received her postgraduate degree in Urban Design from Cardiff University, UK and a graduate degree in Architecture from Anna University, India.
Prior to joining ITDP, she worked as the Communications Manager at HCP Design, Planning and Management Pvt. Ltd. in Ahmedabad where she set up and managed the Communications and Knowledge Centre. At HCP, she also worked as an Urban Designer on the Sabarmati Riverfront Project and represented the firm in programs aimed at improving awareness of the project. Aswathy enjoys travelling, listening to music and photography.
Advait Jani | Program Coordinator
Prior to joining ITDP in 2012, Advait had worked as an Urban Designer with HCP Design and Project Management Pvt Ltd on the Sabarmati Riverfront Project (SRFD) in Ahmedabad. He was part of the team from Environmental Planning Collaborative (EPC) which worked on the Street Design Manual and the Our Cities Ourselves exhibition for Ahmedabad in 2010. He is currently the Coordinator of Street Design & Management at ITDP.
Advait has attended the European Postgraduate Masters in Urbanism (EMU) program at IUAV Venezia, Italy and TU Delft, The Netherlands from 2010 – 2012. His thesis focused on creating a Transit Oriented Development around the Rotterdam The Hague Airport. After living in the Oranje land during his masters, Advait has come to enjoy Biking, Ultimate Frisbee and Football the most.
Jaya Bharathi Bathamaraj | Senior Associate – Transport Systems
Bharathi joined ITDP in November 2013. She is currently working as a Senior Associate, Transport Systems. Prior to joining ITDP India, she worked on various projects related to public transportation and mass rapid transit systems. She has real time work experience in regional government offices, MPOs, Cincinnati area GIS, transportation data analysis and other transportation related studies.
Bharathi holds a bachelor’s degree in urban planning from JNTU and completed master’s coursework in community planning with specialization in transportation planning from the University of Cincinnati. Her major strength is the knowledge of both Urban/Transportation Planning and GIS.
Kashmira Medhora Dubash | Senior Associate – Transport Planning
Kashmira received a bachelor’s in planning and a master’s in urban design from the University of Auckland in 2011. Soon after graduating, she worked for Auckland Transport as a transport planning consent officer before moving to Chennai in 2013. Her role at Auckland Transport entailed assessing development consents against any effects on the Auckland road network and working with Auckland Council and developers to mitigate any adverse effects. Her interest for transport planning grew with this experience. After moving to Chennai, she taught urban design at Hindustan University and soon after joined ITDP in November 2013 and now works as a Senior Associate of Transport Planning.
Sarah Natasha | Senior Associate – Advocacy
Sarah Natasha is a psychologist by qualification and practise with domain expertise in the areas of behavioral skills assessment and training, perception management, branding and event management. The experience of having conceptualized and administrating Chennai Shopping, a 1 lac + membership Facebook group, Sarah realizes the difference the society can make in bringing about change. Wanting to play a significant role in influencing people to adopt sustainable ways of living, Sarah joined ITDP in late 2016, and is part of the advocacy team. Based in Coimbatore, she is helping co-ordinate the implementation of multiple SUT projects.
Pranjal Kulkarni | Associate – Urban Planning & Design
Pranjal is an architect from Mumbai, who has completed his post-graduation from C.E.P.T. University, Ahmedabad (2016) in Urban Design with minors in History, Theory and Criticism. Following this, he worked with the UN and Ministry of Nepal (MoUD) for ‘post-earthquake reclustering of settlements’ in Kathmandu (design and process manual) as a part of his master’s thesis and continued the work post thesis till completion of the project. He has worked as an architect for 2 years at architectural consultancy firms in Mumbai. His interest lies in designing and planning for sustainability in urban scale projects.
He enjoys trekking in the mountains and travelling in general. He likes to read and sketch in his free time.
Sai Ratna Chaitanya Gurugubelli | Associate – Transport Systems
Ratnam joined ITDP as an associate in 2017, after a short internship in March. He completed a fellowship in interdisciplinary urban practice at IIHS in Bengaluru. Prior to his fellowship, Ratnam worked with Hyderabad Urban Lab (HUL), a research organization working on several projects around buses in the city. He is an architect by profession from Sri Venkateshwara College of Architecture, Hyderabad. With a deep interest in state operated public transport, Ratnam along with his friends run a blog LOVEofZ, where they write about buses in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. At ITDP, Ratnam works on various projects related to Public Transport.
Nashwa Naushad | Associate – Communications
Following a brief internship at ITDP, Nashwa joined as a full-time staff in 2016. Although an architecture graduate (from School of Architecture and Planning, Anna University), her passion for sustainability and promoting sustainable lifestyles beyond sustainable buildings drives her to work with Communications. Prior to joining ITDP, Nashwa was a freelance architect.
As an admirer of the arts, Nashwa enjoys singing, playing the violin, sketching and photography. She also tutors kids in her free time.
Ameya Ravishankar | Associate – Policy & Research
Ameya joined ITDP in May 2017 and worked on studying state- and city-level budgetary allocations for sustainable transport. Prior to joining ITDP, she worked as a Junior Research Fellow in the Government of Andhra Pradesh. Her work focused on understanding the impact of the Goods and Services Tax on the state’s economic development, and on facilitating the state’s transition to a cashless economy.
She received her master’s degree in Development Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad, and a post-graduate diploma in print journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai. She enjoys reading and music and, of late, swears by Zumba.
Kokilavani Ravi | Accounts Associate
Vani joined ITDP in February 2013 as an Accounts Associate. She assists the finance team with keeping accounts up to date, reviewing bills and making payments to staff. Before joining ITDP, Vani completed a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Madras in 2012 and 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.
Pranjali Deshpande | Program Manager
Pranjali manages various sustainable transportation programs of ITDP for the cities in Maharashtra. Her work experience includes operational planning & infrastructure designing of BRT systems, as well as designing streets. Before joining ITDP over half a decade ago, she was associated with an architecture firm where she worked on large-scale industrial projects.
Pranjali completed her undergraduate studies in architecture from BKPS College of Architecture, Pune, and earned a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from CEPT University, Ahmedabad. She enjoys painting and reading.
Harshad Abhyankar | Co-ordinator, Policy Advocacy
Harshad is an electronics engineer from IIT Bombay and worked as an IT professional for 18-odd years. Since 2002, he has been an active member of the Save Pune Traffic Movement, an NGO in Pune promoting safe and sustainable transportation. He has been the mastermind in preparing the “Citizens’ Transportation Status Report” for Pune, perhaps the first report of its kind for any city in India. He is interested in convincing decision-makers to promote safe and sustainable mobility for all. With ITDP, amongst other things, he has also developed a tool to help cities quickly estimate the investments they would need for sustainable transport projects over the next 15 years, and has worked on policies as well as communications and outreach.
Harshad is an amateur astronomer, who likes to listen to Indian classical music and old Hindi film songs, enjoys calligraphy und kann auch ein bischen Deutsch.
Rohit Gadiya | Associate – Urban Planning & Design
Rohit is an Architect and Urban Designer with a Masters Degree in Urban Design from CEPT University, Ahmedabad and an undergraduate degree in architecture from Pune University. He joined ITDP in October 2016, after working on various urban design and architecture projects at HCP Design, Planning & Management Pvt. Ltd, Prasanna Desai Architects and TAO Architecture Pvt. Ltd.
Rohit has a keen interest in urbanism, architecture, travelling and sports.
Mayank Balakrishnan | Associate – Transport Systems
Mayank Balakrishnan joined ITDP as a Program Associate in March 2016. He holds a diploma in Civil Engineering under MSBTE and a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Mumbai. He also holds a masters degree in Transport Planning and the Environment from the University of Leeds in UK. In early 2016, he was invited to present his thesis work at the Young Professionals Conference and at the Enforcement Group meeting organised by ITS UK in Birmingham and London. With his interest in research, Mayank is also collaborating with the University of Leeds and the Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC) on a publication based on a Manchester case study.
Mayank enjoys reading particularly transport research papers and articles. He is a football enthusiast and has always enjoyed playing and watching the sport.
Suraj Bartakke | Surveyor Coordinator
Suraj works as a Surveyor and Data Entry Operator with ITDP on various transportation programs in Pune Metropolitan Region. Suraj has a Bachelors Degree in Arts (General) from Pune University and has completed his Industrial Training Institute Course of ‘Computer Operator’ from Pune University.
Avinash Mishra | Program Associate
Avinash is from Ranchi and has completed his Bachelors in Computer Applications from Marwari College, Ranchi. Prior to joining ITDP, he was working with another NGO which focused on developmental communication and grass-root governance.
Photography, writing, politics & social work are his main areas of interest.
Sonal Shah | Senior Manager
Sonal leads urban planning strategy, projects and policy at ITDP India. She has 12 years’ experience over a dozen cities in India, across multiple sectors and scales from city development to neighbourhood plans, transit oriented development and station accessibility planning to street design, historic precinct conservation, urban redevelopment and housing policy research. Some of her projects include contributing towards the Transit-oriented Development Policy for Jharkhand state, Reviewing the Smart City Proposal for Bilaspur (Chattisgarh), Improving Safe Access and Pedestrian Environments in MIDC Marol (Mumbai) and Recreation and Tourism Development Plan for Manori-Gorai-Uttan Notified Area (Mumbai). She is a member of the H8 Committee responsible for developing an Urban Roads Manual for the Indian Roads Congress.
She wears dual hats as a practitioner and educator. Sonal previously worked with reputed organizations such as the Indian Institute of Human Settlements (where she led urban transportation research and strategy), World Resources Institute (where she managed the Public Streets, Public Spaces and the Gender, Transport and Access Work Areas) and with the late Charles Correa at the Urban Design Research Institute. Sonal completed her B.Arch from KRVIA, Mumbai University and MSc Urban Planning from Columbia University.
Sonal is an active volunteer with the Columbia Alumni Association of India (CAAI) and enjoys walking – both as a means of transport and as a feminist act of claiming public space.