Dr Vivek Nanda

Executive Director, Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development
Oxford India Centre

Vivek Nanda is a renowned urbanist who leads strategic and capital city-building and infrastructure projects. He is CEO of Hinduja Investment & Project Services dealing with developments in the UK and India. Until mid-2017 he was part of the core global executive at AECOM leading the Cities end-market and the Country Advisor to the India practice. Prior to this he was Partner – Urban Design and Transport at Alan Baxter.

He is an expert on Urban Regeneration, Smart Cities, Sustainability and Resilience. He is a global champion in strategy, branding and innovation and in setting up integrated platforms for all types and scales of urban development. He has pioneered new approaches towards understanding, regulating and implementing sustainable growth and regeneration of urban settings at the national and regional level. He is an active policy maker and project leader focussing on both physical and social infrastructure – planning and urban design; economics; transport; heritage; mixed use and Industrial developments; town / city centres and public realm; and, complex brownfield sites. He has led several significant client accounts – including the GLA and NHS Estates in the UK and the DMICDC and Tata Group in India. He has authored several key policy publications which constitute national good practice in the UK and India.

His major city-building projects in India include Dwarka Exhibition and Convention Centre (Delhi – NCR) and Dholera Special Investment Region (Gujarat) for the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation, and, Visakhapatnam Smart City (the first of the US-India flagship joint projects launched by Prime Minister Modi in 2014). In the Middle East, he has advised the Ministry for Municipality and Urban Planning in Qatar on their national urbanisation and public realm strategy and the coordination of their proposed and ongoing national projects. In the UK, has led major regeneration projects in Coed Darcy – South Wales, North Solihull, Forest of Dean and Greater Manchester covering Carrington, Warrington and the Atlantic Gateway. He prepared the evidence base strategic study for the Thames Gateway and the other regional growth corridors in the UK.

He has trained at Cambridge University, ETH Zurich and Ahmedabad where he has also held academic positions. He subsequently lectured at University College London and remains a visiting faculty member in several institutions in the UK and India. He has held key global advocacy, advisory and board roles – for the culture, heritage and built environment sectors including the Academy of Urbanism, Transport for London Design Panel, CABE, South East Regional Design Panel, Bloomsbury Area Conservation Committee and the Princes Foundation. He was Trustee of the Friends of the Victoria & Albert Museum. He is a Board Director for the UK India Business Council.

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