Panel Speakers

Sustainable Housing for 1.2 Billion Indians

India is rapidly urbanizing and as it urbanizes it is looking to technology to drive urban innovations. The Government of India has allocated US $ 1.2 billion in the fiscal year 2014-15 to build 100 new “smart cities” as satellite towns around existing cities. How will this urban retrofitting shape a new Urban India and what are the challenges. Isher Ahluwalia (ICRIER), Ashwini Chabbra (Uber), John Werner (MIT, Media Lab), Bish Sanyal (MIT, panel chair) discuss current trends and opportunities.

Isher Judge Alhuwalia

Chairperson, ICRIER

Isher Judge Ahluwalia is an Indian economist. She is Chairperson, Board of Governors, the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations .

Praveen Pardeshi

Principal Secretary, Government of Maharastra

Praveen Pardeshi is the Principal Secretary of the State of Maharashtra, the largest state in terms of GDP in India.

John Werner

MIT Media Lab

John is the Head of Innovation & New Ventures for the Camera Culture Group. He is working on new imaging platforms, developing hardware and software technologies for augmenting human vision. John is also working on large scale online learning, bringing young people from around the world together to solve some of the most important problems through rapid prototyping and helping foster an environment of entrepreneurship to take ideas into the real world for impact. He is a a co-instructor of MIT's Computational Photography and Imaging, Fabrication and Ventures and an advisor for MIT's Engineering the Medical Tricorder. John is building a community to foster and disseminate technology for social impact. He is a founder of Ideas in Action/, All-American Triathlete, Loeb Fellow, Harvard University, one of the founding members of Citizen Schools, active photographer (blog has over 100k images, over 1m views, contributor to Getty Images) and family guy.

Bish Sanyal


Bio Coming Soon