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Ms Champaka Rajagopal

Principal, Urban Practice at Egis India, Bangalore

Ms. Champaka is Principal, Urban Practice at Egis India. Over the last fifteen years she has worked on public and private sector projects in urban contexts, including formulation of policy, regulations, investment plans, master plans for green field townships and architecture of buildings. She has focused on devising place specific development norms. Her work spans across city-regions in India, Sri Lanka, France, United States, China and Libya. She is presently working as the Project Manager, Development Plan for Greater Mumbai 2014-34. She has a Masters in Urban Design from University of California at Berkeley and Diploma in Architecture from School of Architecture, Centre for Environment Planning and Technology, Ahmedabad.

Mr. Ravikumar

Consultant Quantuam Sun

Mr. Ravikumar has been associated with the solar industry for thirty five years. He worked in the first solar company in India, Central Electronics Ltd (CEL) and later moved on to work in Siemens Solar, Shell Solar, Tata BP Solar and SEMI. He has worked across various functions from solar cell R&D to design, quality, project execution, monitoring, business promotion and training. He was involved in the first World Bank funded training programme to train 200 engineers and 600 technicians between 1998-2000. While in Tata BP Solar, as Training Manager, he was engaged in training of the technical and sale staff of nearly 200 dealers spread across the country besides running the much acclaimed “Arunodaya” solar awareness campaign. He is also engaged in training activities. He is a guest faculty in Power System Training Institute and speaks regularly in colleges and workshops. He advises few startups in developing business. He has recently attended the Training of Master Trainer programme organized Skill Council for Green Jobs.

Lt Col L ShriHarsha, Retd

Specialist in Contract Management

Lt Col L Shri Harsha, Retd, PgMP, PMP, champions good project management practices and has successfully managed major infrastructure and IT solution, across various parts of the world. He shares his rich and varied field experience through training and enhances the learning experience of the participants in his workshops on Project Management, Contract Management and Alternate Dispute Resolutions.

Mr. Shiva Kumar

Mr. Shiva Kumar

Mr. Shiva Kumar is a trainer with specialization in urban solid waste management, green campus development and biogas plants. He has trained numerous professionals in the field of solid waste. He has taught the undergraduate engineering students also. Equipped with a wide experience related to solid waste management issues, he has been responsible for implementing various initiatives for the same

Dr. Somnath

Dean AIMS Institutions

Dr. Somnath has a PhD in Corporate Finance and EEP from Indian Institute of Management, Bengaluru. He is currently the Director, Consulting and Senior Professor of Management in a top Business School. He mentors business innovations, incubators, startup challenges and SMEs including crowd funding and private equity. He has written books in Finance and Management in the areas of Microfinance, Stock and Commodity Market, and Micro Clusters. His core areas of interest area financial analytics, Supply Chain Finance and Block Chain finance.

Ms. Nalini Shekhar

Cofounder Hasiru Dala

Ms. Nalini is a co–founder of Hasiru Dala, the wastepickers’ non-profit organization in Bangalore. Previously she was a co-founder of Kagad, Kach Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP), the union of wastepickers in Pune and Coordinator of the national Alliance of Indian Wastepickers. Nalini is a pioneer in advocating for wastepicker rights. She has trained hundreds of waste pickers, municipal officials and elected representatives on zero waste practices and integration of informal workers in solid waste management. Nalini lived in the US for a decade working on human trafficking and child labour issues. Her work resulted in policy changes and the passing of legislation to support victims of human trafficking. Nalini has won many awards including an Honor by the San Jose City Government, a certificate of Honor from Governor of California, Mr. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Star award from Asian Community in the San Francisco Bay Area, a finalist at the Numma Bengalurur award and Bangalore city’s Kempe Gowda award 2014.

Dr. Hala Lingaya


Dr. Lingaiah is a motivational speaker, emotional counsellor, a behavioural specialist trainer, and a STRESS MANAGEMENT trainer. He believes training is TRANSFORMATION . Being a HORTICULTURE graduate Dr. Lingaiah is fascinated by NATURE and shaped his carrier as a “HORTICULTURAL OFFICER” in various positions over a period of 37 years. After his retirement from Government service, now TRAINING is the purpose of his life.

Mr. Kshitij Amodekar

Head of Sustainability & Climate change Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Mr. Kshitij has a multidisciplinary experience, projects in all continents of the world. He has worked on several projects, Masterplanning, Infrastructure ,Retail , Hospitality, Housing, Commercial, Manufacturing, Social front with NGOs and also sustainable energy. This has given him insights in the world of business and deep understanding of development of business along with socio-economicecology capital management.

Ms. Pooja Narang

Chartered Accountant, Finance Consultant

A qualified Chartered Accountant with drive, determination and experience of working in Finance sector; providing support to management with possessing comprehensive understanding of commercial, administrative and accounting procedures. Having ability to work towards achieving organizational goals and ensuring work is carried out in line with the agreed policies and procedures and quality standards.

Dr. Srinivas Ravindra

Environmental specialist

Dr. R Srinivas has completed his doctoral studies in Environmental Law from the National Law School of India , Bangalore. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) and a PG Diploma in Environmental Law. He was Senior Environmental Specialist ( Consultant) with the World Bank prior to joining CSD. He has worked in the Ozone Cell, Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India ,involved in the implementation of the Montreal Protocol. He has deep experience in the field of Clean Technology and Cleaner Production and has worked for over five years with the Karnataka Cleaner production Centre, Government of Karnataka. He has undergone training in Environmental Economics at the Indian Institite of Managemnt- Calcutta (IIM-C) and Sustainable Production and Consumption in Germany. He was selected for Temasek Water Leadership Program at Singapore in 2012.

Mr Vasudevan Kadalayil

Director and Principal Architect for Ecumene Habitat Solutions Pvt Ltd

Mr. Vasudevan Kadalayil is the Director and Principal Architect for Ecumene Habitat Solutions Pvt Ltd. His expertise lies in designing Hotels, Convention Centres, Sustainable Affordable Housing, Residential Real Estate, Schools, Industries and Private Homes. He is a pioneer in Green Buildings and has been instrumental in the creation of Green Building Codes for Colombia & Indonesia through the World Bank.

Mr. Lohit Jagadeesha

Chartered Accountant Founder and Trustee of Lohit’s Academy

Mr. Lohit Jagadeesha is a chartered accountant by training and profession. He is also the founder and trustee of Lohit’s Academy College of Commerce, affiliated to Bangalore University and recognised by the Government of Karnataka that offers degree in B.Com and BBA with a focus on Chartered Accountancy.

Dr. Shashi Kad

Executive Director of SAGE Sustainability

Dr. Shashi has extensive knowledge of issues such as climate change, sustainability, greening supply chain, green buildings etc. and understands the social context very well. She has worked in UK and Japan on Governance and Sustainable Development issues. She has also worked with an Indian donor organization on Water issues and Green Building Industry. Her interest is to mainstream sustainability and believes that if everyone does a little bit that would amount to major and measurable changes. Currently she is the Executive Director of SAGE Sustainability.

Mr. Rajib Kumar Debnath

Corporate Sustainability Expert

Mr. Rajib has over 22 years of consulting/audit experience primarily in the areas of sustainability and allied services of CSR, ESG, green bonds, climate change, supply chain, and energy. He has served in leadership roles for over 12 years in leading and growing the “Sustainability and CSR” service streams of regional and global chapters of consulting majors Deloitte, Grant Thornton, and EY. He has authored books on ‘Handbook for Industrial Managers on Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) Managers’ on SHE legal requirements and ‘Societal Sustainability Governance’ in collaboration with ICFAI, Hyderabad. His publication of a white paper on e-waste has served as the reference document for policy level formation of e-waste rules in India. He is an EHS, corporate sustainability expert with a professional background in civil engineering and a postgraduate in management.

Mr. Amitabh Satyam

Chairman of Smart Transformations

The Chairman of Smart Transformations, Amitabh is the former Managing Partner of SAP and the global leader of Telecom Consulting at IBM. Amitabh also established the global IoT Practice at IBM.
A graduate of IIT Kanpur with an MBA from Fisher College of Business, USA, His earlier roles include Managing Director at MobiApps, Vice President for Telecom Services at Siemens, National Head of Operations at Reliance Infocomm, and Financial Analyst at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.
Published by Bloomsbury, Amitabh’s book ‘The Smart City Transformations’ is an authoritative guide that is used as a reference and a textbook at leading global universities including the Oxford University, National University of Singapore and IIMs.

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