Speaker: Vijay Jagannathan. Vijay will speak about what he has learned about smart cities but still hasn’t figured out how to operationalize.
Speaker Bio: Vijay is currently Secretary General of Citynet, a network of cities and partner agencies in Asia and also a member of an advisory team to Chengdu. He also leads a World Resources Institute effort promoting low carbon cities on the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Zone financed by the Asian Development Bank.
Vijay retired from the Bank after 24 years. His last position was Sector Manager for infrastructure in the East Asia and Pacific region. During the same period he also associated with the APEC-led green growth and green finance initiatives. Prior to that he managed the water program of the World Bank in the Middle East and North Africa region. Earlier in his Bank career, worked in the infrastructure, environment and urban development sectors. Before joining the Bank he spent 10 years in the Indian Administrative Service (an elite civil service program) including his last stint as Secretary of the Calcutta Metropolitan Development Authority, which was responsible for all urban development programs in one of the largest cities of the developing world.
Vijay is an economist by training, with a PhD from Boston University. His dissertation on informal markets for the poor was published by Oxford University Press in 1987 and recognized as one of the “Outstanding Academic Books of the Year” by the American Library Association. He has published extensively on water, urban development, agricultural development and environmental issues.