Speakers  

Abha Narain Lambah

Ms. Abha Narain Lambah, the principal at Abha Narain Lambah Associates, is a conservation architect. She holds a Master's degree in architectural conservation from the School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi with field experience of two decades. In addition to acquiring several awards, she authored various books on Architectural History & Conservation. Her firm specialises in Architectural Conservation, Building Restoration & Retrofit, Museum Design, Historic Interiors, Preparation of Urban and Regional Level Management Plans, Conservation Assessment Studies, Urban signage and Street furniture.

Aromar Revi

Aromar Revi is an international practitioner, consultant, researcher and educator with over a quarter century of inter-disciplinary experience in public policy and governance, the political economy of reform, development, technology, sustainability and human settlements. Revi along with being the Director of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) is also considered as one of South Asia's leading disaster management experts. Over his career, he has led over a hundred major research, consulting and implementation assignments in India and internationally as well as an active member of several organisations in his respective field.

Farooq Ameen

Farooq Ameen, an urban designer and licensed architect has over 25 years of experience in urban design, architecture, planning, and project management in the US, Europe and Asia. In addition to his current focus, he has extensive project management experience of complex institutional, residential and commercial projects along with a unique understanding of the development process from both the public agency as well as private investment perspective. Ameen is a recipient of several awards and commendations for impressive ventures.

Dr. Jagath Munasinghe

Dr. Jagath Munasinghe is the Head of the Department of Town and Country Planning and Senior Lecturer at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. He holds a PhD from the National University of Singapore (NUS). His research interests include Urban Design in Sri Lankan context, Planning Theory & the Evolution of Contemporary Planning Practice & Institutions, and Spatial Cognition & Environmental Imageability.

Kamran Asdar Ali

Kamran Asdar Ali is an associate professor of Anthropology, Middle East Studies and Asian Studies and the Director of the South Asia Institute at the University of Texas, Austin. He is the author of Planning the Family in Egypt: New Bodies, New Selves (UT Press, 2002). Adding to that he has published several articles on issues of health and gender in Egypt, and recently published works on Pakistan’s cultural history, popular culture, urban politics and gender issues.

Professor Fuad Mallick

Professor Fuad Mallick is the Pro Vice Chancellor and Chairperson, Department of Architecture at Brac University. He holds an M. Phil in Housing Studies from University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK (1987) and a Ph. D. in Environment and Energy Studies from the Architectural Association Graduate School, London, UK (1994). His research interests include Energy Conscious Design, Architecture and Development, and Architectural Education. Several awards and honours have been presented to him in recognition for his hard work.

Rahul Mehrotra

Rahul Mehrotra is a practising architect, urban designer, and educator. His firm, RMA Architects, was founded in 1990 in Mumbai and has designed and executed projects for clients that include government and non-governmental agencies, corporate as well as private individuals and institutions. Mehrotra has written and lectured extensively on issues to do with architecture, conservation, and urban planning in Mumbai and India.

Ratan J. Batliboi

Ratan J. Batliboi is one of the leading architects in Mumbai and heading the prestigious firm - Ratan J. Batliboi Consultants Pvt. Ltd. Some of their diverse works in urban design and planning include Marine Drive makeover, Bandra-Worli Sealink and Yamuna Bridge design projects. His firm belief lies in an integrated approach to design by challenging conventional beliefs of aesthetics and planning. It engages with a multiplicity of interdisciplinary issues concerning cost-efficient effective solutions.

Shahnaz Rouse

Ms. Shahnaz Rouse a visiting faculty at University of Hawaii, Manoa and the American University, Cairo. She began an academic career of BA from Kinnaird College, Pakistan, followed by an MA from Punjab University, Pakistan and finally an MS and PhD from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Highlighting her academic specialisation, her focus was in the fields of historical sociology, with emphasis on the mass media, gender, and political economy. Rouse is also the author of Shifting Body Politics: Gender/Nation/State, 2004.

Sheela Patel

Sheela Patel is the founder and Director of the Society for Promotion of Area Resource Centres (SPARC), an NGO established in 1984 to address the problems of women pavement dwellers in Mumbai. Under Patel’s leadership, SPARC has catalysed the construction of housing for over 8,500 families and over 500,000 toilets and latrines, with programs in 70 cities in India. In September 2009, she received the prestigious David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award from the Synergos Institute in New York.