Kirtee Shah INHAF

Kirtee Shah

President-Founder, INHAF


Chairman, KSA Design Planning Service Pvt. Ltd., Ahmedabad

Kirtee Shah is the founder President of India Habitat Forum (INHAF). As a member of the Prime Minister appointed National Commission on Urbanization (NCU) in the mid 80’s, he chaired a Working Group on Urban Poverty in India. Founder Director of Ahmedabad Study Action Group (ASAG), he was president of Habitat International Coalition for a decade in the mid ‘90s. He has been on several committees set up by the Planning Commission of India; was on the Board of Directors of HUDCO, and has consulted with several UN agencies, the World Bank, CDIA and others. He was advisor to the GOI’s 50,000 houses project for the war victims in Sri Lanka and Chaired a Committee, set up by HUDCO, for the Rejuvenation and Strengthening of the Building Centres Network in India. He is Chairman and Chief Architect of KSA Design Planning Services Pvt Ltd., an Ahmedabad based firm of practicing architects.

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Neeta Chalke

Secretary convener
President, Mashal

Neeta Pawar-Chalke, an alumnus of Tata Institute of Social Science and Mumbai University, has over 25 years of experience in the development sector. Her efforts have primarily focused on sectoral advancement in the field of Housing, Poverty Alleviation, Slum Rehabilitation and Resettlement, Public Transport, River and Water body Protection and Rejuvenation, Civil Society strengthening, Policy Advocacy, Research and development communication. Her commitment to institution building has ensured the professionalism and innovation in all the organisations, she has been associated with. She is presently the National Convener of INHAF and President of Mashal.

Sharad Mahajan

Sharad Mahajan

Treasurer, INHAF


Founder, Mashal

Sharad Mahajan, is founding member of Mashal, an NGO that works with the urban poor in Pune and also practices as an architect-urban planner. His professional experience of the last 35 years covers a spectrum of multi-disciplinary areas from pure architectural projects to rehabilitation projects in disaster-hit areas of Gujarat and Maharashtra. Sharad works closely with various urban local bodies in preparing the mandatory environment status reports, slum rehabilitation projects, slum sanitation projects among others. Over the years he has been working with various government agencies both at the city and state level along with parastatal agencies like MHADA, SRA, as well private organizations and individuals. He is also a visiting faculty at Pune University, YASHADA.

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Anita Reddy

Member, INHAF Governing Council


Founder, AVAS, Bengaluru

Anita Reddy has been a dedicated activist for the past 40 years and has worked for the upliftment of slums in Bengaluru. Over the years she has worked on several developments across villages of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu. She is one of the founding trustees of AVAS (Association for Voluntary Action and Service), as also of DRIK (Dwarkanath Reddy Institutes for Knowledge) and DWARAKA (Development of Women and Rural Artisans for Knowledge and Action) Foundations, both initiatives of Ramanarpanam Trust (DRRT). Reddy is a recipient of Mahila Sadhaki Award of the Guild of Women Achievers in 1997, a recipient of the Jean Harris Award from Rotary International and the Woman Achiever Award from the Ladies Circle India, she was declared as the Person of the Year by the Namma Bengaluru Foundation in 2010-11. The same year, in 2011, Reddy received the fourth highest Indian civilian award of Padma Shri.

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Arwah Madan

Member, INHAF Governing Council


Associate Professor, Economics, St. Mira’s College for Girls, Pune

Dr. Arwah Madan works as Associate Professor, Economics, St. Mira’s College for Girls, Pune. With a Ph.D in Financial Management & QT from the University of Pune, Dr. Madan has worked for over 25 years in a range of fields including Banking Law and Practice, Financial Institutions & Markets, Law and Economics, Microeconomics, Public Finance, Women and Gender, Corporate Governance, Poverty and Livelihoods. She has served as Subject Expert on Boards of Studies of Symbiosis International University and Savitribai Phule Pune University. Dr. Madan holds many national and international publication to her credit and has served as Research guide to many students on various topics like Domestic Workers, Carbon Credits, Financial Integration, Central Bank Autonomy, Reproductive and Child Health, etc.

Avinash Madhale

Avinash Madhale

Member, INHAF Governing Council


Program Coordinator, Urban Program Group, CEE, Pune

Dr. Avinash Madhale is Program Coordinator at Centre for Environment Education’s Urban Program Group based out of Pune. For last 15 years, he has been facilitating participatory budgeting and helping citizens engage in city governance processes. He has been working as a political communication expert in the area of sustainable urban transportation, water & sanitation, school education and informal economy with focus on street vendors. Avinash has been a member of City Sanitation Committee, Pune Municipal Corporation as well as a member of Pune City Volunteer Technical Corps created under JnNURM. A keen learner of political communication and political economy, he also served as International Relations Officer of the Orientation Programme of the Asia Link Project (2006) at Hunan Normal University, China and University of Pune, India supported by European Union. He recently received his PhD from the University of Pune on the thesis titled “Politics of Participation and Policies of urban governance: cases of participatory processes in Urban India”.

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Banashree Banerjee

Member, INHAF Governing Council


Urban Planning and Housing Expert

Banashree Banerjee has been associated with INHAF since its inception. She is an architect and urban planner who is a teacher, researcher and practitioner. Currently, she works as an independent consultant, teaches at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), Rotterdam and provides professional support to a number of NGOs. In the past, she has worked with the Kerala Government, HUDCO and Delhi School of Planning and Architecture. Her professional work focuses on urban poverty and informality, affordable housing, inclusive and participatory planning and urban land management. Banashree has experience working in several countries besides India, including Myanmar, Thailand, Bangladesh, Philippines, Korea and Egypt and has several publications to her credit.


G. Shankar

Member, INHAF Governing Council


Founder, Habitat Technology Group, Kerala

G. Shankar is the pioneer of a people’s housing movement based on cost effective and sustainable building technologies in India. An alumni of College of Engineering Trivandrum and Birmingham School of Architecture, UK, his concept of green architecture has brought about a qualitative change to the shelter sector in Kerala, India. His sensitivity to the needs of the common man, the marginalized, the fisher folk, the slum dwellers and the tribals earned him the title of ‘People’s Architect’. Since 1987 he is UN Consultant for disaster mitigation (Srilanka & Maldives). He is also the chairman of the national committee constituted by the Government of India to formulate guidelines on disaster resistant building technologies. He is the founder and chief architect of Habitat Technology Group, an NGO working in the shelter sector in south Asia with responding centers in India and in other developing countries like Bangladesh, Srilanka and Nigeria. Shankar was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2011.


Hariharan Chandrashekhar

Member, INHAF Governing Council


Green builder-entrepreneur

Hariharan Chandrashekar is an economist by training who turned to business in the late 1980s with a mission to mainstream and accelerate sustainability directions for watersheds, water and energy management, as well as water- and energy-efficient buildings with no Capex addition and reduced Opex. He is co-Founder and Trustee of AltTech Foundation (2003), of Prem Jain Memorial Trust (2018), of Academy for Mountain Environics (1991), and of BCIL (1994), the builder company that has created a few million Sft of pioneering green homes. He is also a Senior Fellow and national executive member of the CII Indian Green Building Council (from 2003) and a Governing Council Member at INHAF. He has striven to decentralise solutions that can make cities sustainable. He today mentors solutions for old and new buildings, promotes education to produce green business managers (, is driving a successful public campaign in Bengaluru for saving in 2021 calendar year 1000 crore litres (WOW Action Forum). In partnership with Canada India Centre Carleton Univ and the UK High Commission, he currently leads directions that nurture technology from the world over for solutioning sustainability in Indian cities. He mentors a new crop of green technologies, and sustainability professionals. He’s also advisor for the Paris-based Les Ateliers Maitrise d’oeuvre urbaine (loosely translated as ‘Workshops for urban project management’) on greening cities in Africa. His writings on the economics and ecology of urbanising have influenced substantial change.

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Ravikant Joshi

Member, INHAF Governing Council


Urban Finance and Management Specialist

Dr. Ravikant Joshi is an Urban Finance and Management specialist and has worked in India and abroad. He is a former chief accounts officer of Vadodara Municipal Corporation with more than 35 years of experience. He was responsible for the conceptualisation, designing and implementation of Municipal Financial, Budgetary and Accounting System Reforms and their computerization in Vadodara Municipal Corporation. He conceived, designed and spearheaded implementation of Accrual Based Double Entry Accounting System in 159 municipal bodies of Gujarat during 2006-2010. Since November 2002, Dr. Joshi has been working as a freelance consultant. Dr. Joshi has worked as an Advisor – Urban to CRISIL Risk and Infrastructure Solutions, Mumbai from 2002 to 2017 and with Urban Management Centre-Ahmedabad from 2017-2020. He has worked as a short-term consultant (STC) for multilaterals like World Bank, Water & Sanitation Program, ADB, USAID, DFID, UN Habitat, CLGF and for various national/state level organisations on urban issues.

Sunil Agarwal

Sunil Agarwal

Member, INHAF Governing Council


Programme and Partnership Leader, Toilet Board Coalition, Pune

Sunil Agarwal is a development professional working since 2003, with a focus on program design, evaluation, advisory, advocacy, activating stakeholder engagement and project implementation. He brings with him a diversity of experience in a range of fields including public, private, academia and non-profit sector work. He currently works with the Toilet Board Coalition as their Programme and Partnerships Leader and his work is focused on Urban WASH i.e. public and community sanitation and implementation of treatment systems based on business models. Sunil has worked on numerous assignments related to urban sanitation and municipal waste management, urban governance, conceptualizing the process for creating a shared vision for a region, natural resources management and adult literacy.

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Member, INHAF Governing Council


Professor, IIEST- Shibpur

Dr. Souvanic Roy is a Professor at Architecture, Town and Regional Planning Department and Founder-Director of the School of Ecology, Infrastructure and Human Settlement Management in Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST), Shibpur. Engaged in teaching, action research, consultancy and advocacy in the areas of Urban and Regional Planning, Housing, Urban Conservation, Environmental Planning and application of alternative technology in Architecture, Dr. Roy has coordinated number of research projects funded by national and international agencies. Presently member of the jury board of CEPT University of Ahmedabad, School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), New Delhi, Bhopal and Vijayawada and a Mentor of Design Innovation Centre at SPA Bhopal, he also served as a member of the Working Group for National Advocacy on Urban Renewal Mission; Chairman of ITPI, West Bengal Regional Chapter and Member of the Steering Committee for Govt. of West Bengal on State Urban Strategy.