Shreya Gadepalli | Director, South Asia
Shreya’s engagement with ITDP started in the late 90s with the immensely successful India Cycle Rickshaw Improvement Project. This initiative has put on road over half a million modern cycle rickshaws keeping the air clean without GHG emissions, and has provided a livelihood to over a million people.
Over the last decade, she has guided the planning and design of bus rapid transit (BRT) systems and complete streets in many cities across the region. Her other areas of interest and expertise include parking reform and transit-oriented development. As one of the foremost experts on sustainable urban mobility in India, she is frequently sought after as a speaker at many venues.
Under Shreya’s guidance, the South Asia team implements a multi-pronged approach—inspiring urban leaders to take action, supporting them in creating urban transport and planning best practices, embedding these best practices in policies, and expanding capacity of public officials and practitioners—to achieve tangible transformation in the cities of this region!
Ms. Gadepalli has a Master’s in Industrial Design from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, and a Bachelor’s in engineering. She is an avid photographer and enjoys capturing urban life while exploring cities on foot.
Rajendra Verma | Program Manager
During his postgraduate course in Economics from Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Rajendra was inspired to do his part in preserving the environment. He thus decided to work with social groups that fight against environmental issues. Post-graduation, he participated in an International Course on Transportation Planning and Road Safety at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi and worked for nearly ten years on promoting Sustainable & Equitable Transportation in several Indian cities before joining ITDP.
He is a member of the Institute of Urban Transport (IUT), established as a professional body under the purview of the Ministry of Urban Development (MOUD), Government of India, which promotes, encourages and coordinates state-of-the-art urban transport. Rajendra was also part of the advocacy team that endorsed policy changes to promote usage of non-motorized transport (NMT) in Delhi, India. He is one of the founding members of the Delhi Cycling Club, thus helping create a buzz around cycling in India’s capital city.
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.
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.
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 relating to 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.
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.
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. Prior to joining ITDP in April 2011, he worked with the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation as a Computer Operator. Suraj enjoys playing cricket and reading.
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 a with another NGO which focused on developmental communication and grass-root governance. Photography, writing, politics & social work are his main areas of interest.