Prior to her current position, Dr Ahluwalia served as Director and Chief Executive of ICRIER from 1997 to 2001. Dr Ahluwalia is an economist and policy adviserwith wide experience in the fields of economic growth, productivity, and urban planning and development.In 2008, Dr Ahluwalia was appointed Chairperson of the High Powered Expert Committee on Urban Infrastructure and Services, by the Ministry of Uban Development, and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation,Government of India. Dr Ahluwalia is an author/co-author/editor of several books including India’s Economic Reforms and Development: Essays for Manmohan Singh (OUP, 1998) – the current Prime Minister of India. She has also recently co-edited a volume on Urbanisation in India: Challenges, Opportunities and the Way Forward, with Prof Ravi Kanbur of Cornell University and Dr P K Mohanty, former Secretary,Housing Government of India (Sage India). For her contributions to the field of education and literature,Dr Ahluwalia was awarded Padma Bhushan – India’s third highest civilian award, by the President of India in 2009.
Synopsis: In recent years, India has been transforming its urban environment in parts. Over four years of travel, Dr Ahluwalia has seen several innovations and enterprises in sectors like wastewater and waste treatment, public transportation and city planning that have led to improvements in governance and the quality of life in small towns, medium cities and large megacities. In this lecture, Dr Ahluwalia will share her insights and launch her bookwhich details the processes and people involved in these success stories.