Mohali Campus

Speaker Profiles


Abraham, Reuben - ISB

Prof Abraham is the founding Executive Director of the Centre for Emerging Markets Solutions at the Indian School of Business (ISB). He serves on the Next Generation Leaders Board of ISB. In addition, he is a non-resident scholar at the Urbanization Project at New York University’s Stern School of Business.

He is a frequent international speaker at locations ranging from Davos to Caracas, Barcelona, New York, at events ranging from the World Economic Forum to the Brussels Forum to TED-U. Recently, he joined CNN International’s emerging markets show, “Global Exchange with John Defterios” as a Gx20 analyst. He also served as a consultant at the World Bank and conducted research at three Columbia University research labs. Before Columbia, he was involved in co-founding two start-up companies in the media/telecom space.

He completed his M.A., M.Phil and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He is an audio/cine-phile, and his current interests include world music with a bias towards electronica, and international cinema. A voracious reader, he also happens to believe that there is no such thing as too much travel.


Bandyopadhyay, Simanti - ICRIER

Dr. Bandyopadhyay is a Senior Fellow at the Indian Council for Research On International Economic Relations, New Delhi. She is the Principal researcher for the MoUD funded Program on Capacity Building, Knowledge Dissemination and Research on Urbanization in India. She has been a consultant for Fourth State Finance Commission of Tamil Nadu.

She has had visiting appointments at Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University and Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. She has also taught at ISI-Kolkata, JNU, Delhi and Calcutta Universities, IFMR-Chennai and a part of the course ‘Global Cities’ at University of Toronto, Canada.

She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, JNU, Delhi. She has received fellowships from UGC, University of Sussex and Mac Arthur Foundation.


de Neufville - Richard MIT

Dr. de Neufville is a Professor of Engineering Systems and of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT. His research and teaching focus on inserting flexibility into the design of technological systems, particularly major infrastructure investments.

He is expert in Airport Systems, Planning, Design, and Management. He is known for innovations in engineering education. His associations with India include work on airport development and with the World Bank in Delhi. He has been the Programme Leader for Infrastructure Management for the Indian School of Business since 2010.

He has a Ph.D. from MIT and an honorary doctorate from the Delft University of Technology. In 1965 he served as a White House Fellow for President Lyndon Johnson.


Krishnan, K P - Government of Karnataka

Dr. Krishnan is a 1983 batch Indian Administrative Service officer. He has served in various field and secretariat positions with the Government of India and Karnataka. Among some have been Secretary Finance and Secretary Urban Development in Government of Karnataka. He also served as Adviser to the Executive Director, World Bank. He was Joint Secretary (Capital Markets), Ministry of Finance. Before joining as Principal Secretary (Co-ordination), Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms (DPAR) he served as Secretary, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister.

He has authored a number of reports on the Indian financial sector and published many academic papers on urban development and financial sector issues.

He holds a Ph.D in economics from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. He lectures part-time on economics and regulation related topics. He holds the BoK Visiting International Professorship in the University of Pennsylvania law school.


Kumar, Suresh - Government of Punjab

Suresh Kumar is a 1983 batch Indian Administrative Service officer. He is currently Chief Administrator, Punjab Urban Planning & Development Authority, Government of Punjab.

He has held key positions at various levels of Government ranging from policy, planning and analysis to implementation and management of reforms, business process re-engineering and pro-poor development programs at grass-roots.
He has dealt with key governance issues in matters concerning agriculture, cooperation, education, power, industries, tax and economic administration, water resources, intra-state and inter-governmental coordination. He has been a Member convener of Inter UN Agency Working Group on Primary Education in India and on Gender Database.

He has a Masters in Social Policy and Planning from London School of Economics, University of London and is a Post-graduate in Commerce from Delhi University, Delhi.


Guha, Chandan - Vishvaraj Group of Cos

Chandan Guha is presently leading Vishvaraj Infrastructure Limited as the CEO of the Group. He is a growth-oriented business leader, backed up with business and technical management expertise gained over the last 23 years of his vast experience in various industries. His expertise lies in the field of power transmission and distribution domain and his proficiency ranges from distribution automation domain to integration of SAP-GIA-DMS with engineering capability in almost all leading SCADA, DCS, GIS and PLC systems and in hi-spec solutions implementation.

He has previously worked as the CEO of the Mahindra & Mahindra’s solar division and also with companies such as General Electric, Honeywell and Reliance. He has also worked for projects in various countries like India, Indonesia and Singapore rounded off by specialized international training programmes in Germany, USA and Japan.


Mittal, Navin - Government of Andhra Pradesh

Navin Mittal belongs to the 1996 batch of Indian Administrative Service. Presently he is working as Special Commissioner of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation and specializes in finance, e-governance and sanitation.

His works, in the area of E-governance and sanitation, as Commissioner, Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation from 2002 to 2004 have won the CRISIL awards for Excellence in Municipal Governance. During his three year stint as Collector, Krishna District, he was the Special Officer of Vijayawada Municipal Corporation and also Chairman of Vijayawada Urban Development Authority and was responsible for a unique land acquisition model for JNNURM housing through land sharing with land owners. As Hyderabad Collector for two years, he actively worked for development of schools and eradication of child labor and was given the Rotary Award for Vocational Excellence.

He has a B. Tech. in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Delhi. His interests include urban development, infrastructure and public finance.


Mukherjee, Debashree - Delhi Jal Board

Debashree Mukherjee, heads the Water and Waste Water Utility of the NCT of Delhi catering to the needs of 1.68 lac people. She is also the Member Secretary, Delhi Pollution Control Committee and the Additional Director - Education.

She has been the Urban Advisor in the Department of International Development (India),     Government of U.K. She provided technical advice and managed all urban governance programs in DFID’s portfolio in India. She extended support to national urban renewal programs and the Senior Infrastructure Advisor on Infrastructure, particularly Water and Sanitation policy. She has held positions in the government of Delhi, Goa and Arunachal Pradesh (AP). She was involved in the Acquisition of land for urban infrastructure projects like the Delhi Metro. She was also Joint Secretary Planning and Development in the Govt. of AP.

She holds a post graduate degree in Water and Environmental Management from UK and also a Master’s degree in English from JNU, Delhi.


Pandey, Shalini - IDES

Shalini Pandey is a 2005 batch Indian Defence Estates Services officer (IDES). She currently holds the post of Chief Executive Officer, Cantonment Board, Ambala.
She has held the same appointment for the Clement Town and Chakrata Cantonment, Dehradun. In addition she has served as the Director, Defence Estates, Directorate of Defence Estates, Western Command, Chandigarh. She has also served in the states of Jharkhand, Orissa and Bihar.

She completed her graduation from the Banaras Hindu University. She is also a Post Graduate and holds an M.Phil in Political Science from JNU, Delhi. Her research work was on creation of States in a federal policy.


Patel, Sheela - SPARC

Sheela Patel is the founder Director of Society for Promotion of Area Resource Centres (SPARC), an NGO that supports urban poor in their efforts to access secure housing and basic amenities and seek their right to the city. SPARC has been working in alliance with two Community Based Organizations – National Slum Dwellers Federation (NSDF) and Mahila Milan (women’s collectives in slums) that are active in 70 cities in different states of India. She is also the founder of Slum/Shack Dwellers International, an international network of poor people’s organizations and the NGOs that support them in Asia, Africa and Latin America, and is currently its Chairperson.

Through SPARC she pioneered the experiment of building the capacity of poor people’s organizations so that they could negotiate their rights at different levels.  This has been considered a new developmental model.

A graduate of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, she is the recipient of the United Nations Habitat Award in 2000 and the David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership award in 2009.


Pathak, Shailesh - Srei Infrastructure Finance Ltd.

Shailesh Pathak has over 27 years’ experience in infrastructure private equity, project development, and investment banking and the Indian government infrastructure sector.

After gaining vast experience in infrastructure policy during his IAS tenure, he joined IDFC and later went on to lead infrastructure investments in ICICI Venture. He is currently the President of Srei Infrastructure Finance Ltd.

He is an alumnus of SRCC Delhi, IIM Calcutta and also holds an LLB degree. He has a Diploma in Business Finance from ICFAI, and in Ornithology from Bombay Natural History Society. He is a high altitude trek enthusiast; he has scaled a 6831 m peak in the Garhwal Himalayas, apart from high altitude treks to Kailash Mansarovar, and the Nanda Devi. He is a committed environmentalist and wild lifer.


Ramachandran, M

Dr Ramachandran, during his 38 years in the IAS served as Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development. During his tenure India saw a whole lot of new initiatives, prominent among them being the JNNURM, launching of the National Urban Transportation Policy, National Sanitation Policy, credit rating of cities, new metro rail projects for cities of Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai and Hyderabad. He was also the Infrastructure Development Commissioner and then Chief Secretary of the state of Uttarakhand.

He was a member of the national committee which structured the Urban strategy of the 12th Plan, and the second phase of JNNURM. Presently he is a member of the National Steering committee on Urban Capacity Building. He is an Honorary Advisor to the Administrative Staff College of India, member of the India Advisory Council of the Project Management Institute, member of the Board of Governors of IIT Roorkee.

He holds a Masters in Economics, an M Phil in Economic Planning from University of Glasgow and a Ph.d in Project Planning.


Ramasubramaniam, R S - Feedback Infrastructure Services Private Limited

R S Ramasubramaniam is the co-founder of Feedback Infrastructure and heads the Realty & Townships Division, and is responsible for overseeing internal operations; and management of select strategic initiatives.

He has been actively involved in the fields of strategic consulting, infrastructure policy, infrastructure planning, design management of civil construction projects, project management and capacity building.  He has led and participated in numerous projects in sectors spanning integrated townships, highways, urban infrastructure, hospitality, urban water supply, construction, healthcare, etc.,.  He has also been involved with policy issues and planning of infrastructure in rural areas. He serves on the National Committee on Real Estate and Housing of CII and also represents CII on the Committee constituted by the MoUD to select and make recommendations of awards to the deserving urban local bodies.

He has an MBA from IIM, Ahmedabad and a B. Tech from IIT, Madras.


Rogers, Edward - NASA & ISB

Dr. Rogers is a visiting faculty at ISB each January where he teaches a popular elective on Managing Complexity. He is also the Chief Knowledge Officer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Before NASA, he taught strategic management and entrepreneurship at Cornell, Duke and the University of Alabama.

His expertise is in systems thinking at the organizational level making extensive use of concept mapping. He recently wrote a case study on urbanization challenges in Madhya Pradesh. The son of a physicist, he grew up in Saudi Arabia, attended boarding school in Kodaikanal, India and performed years of relief work in Southern Lebanon.

He is a Ph.D. from Cornell University, an MIB from the University of South Carolina and a BS in Agriculture from the Ohio State University. He aspires to be in a Bollywood movie.


Singh, Nisha - Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon

Nisha Singh’s role as councilor is to ensure effective and efficient functioning of the MCG. The MCG’s role is to build and maintain the civic infrastructure of Gurgaon. This includes, laying new roads and maintaining old roads, sewage drains, rain water drains, building and maintaining government public spaces like grounds and parks etc.

Over last few years, she has been investing her time and skills in the field of social development. She is striving towards sustainable development of roads, sewerage systems electricity, health, education, crisis management etc…

She is an Engineer in Electronics from Mumbai University and also holds an MBA from the London Business School. She has also worked across companies in the corporate sector, namely, Siemens, Barclays and Google.


Singh, Pradeep - IDFC Projects

Pradeep Singh has over 34 years of work experience in government, non-government organizations, private sector and academia. He has been a visiting faculty member at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He has also been engaged in consulting for the World Bank and the ADB.

He was a member of the Indian Administrative Service and later served as the Assistant Country Director at CARE India, an international NGO. He has previously served as the CEO of IL&FS Infrastructure Development Corporation. He oversaw the development of infrastructure projects in PPP formats in various sectors including Roads, Ports, Airports, Water Supply and Sewage systems, e-Governance, Industrial Parks and Tourism.

He holds a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from Harvard University and was a Rotary International Graduate Fellow at Stanford University.