Advisors


Prasanna Venkatesh Srinivasan Senior Advisor

Mr. Prasanna Venkatesh Srinivasan is a management consultant. He has expertise in multiple sectors; having multi-functional exposure built around a core in project finance and business planning, in India. His work includes integrated regional development that is commercially sustainable. He has hands on exposure in enterprise development and innovatively structured Public Private Partnerships. Previously, he has worked in projects including PURA (Provision of Urban Amenities in Rural Areas), a national programme being implemented by the Ministry of Rural Development, and The Integrated Tourism Development Programme (supported by the Asian Development Bank), both PPP programmes that converges business goals with national economic priorities. He had also worked for international corporations, Indian business, not-for-profits and think tanks in areas of strategy, planning, operations, finance and policy/regulation. He is a MBA graduate from IIM, Ahmedabad and previously served as senior vice president of IL&FS and head of consulting of EIU India.
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Amitabh Mehta Senior Advisor

Mr. Mehta is the Director for Innovative Finance at Indus Blue Consulting, which advises on raising financing from non-traditional and new sources of funding, particularly capital markets. He brings with him international experience in the field of Innovative Financing Mechanisms in Healthcare and Green & Smart Cities, having worked with GAVI (a Gates Foundation, UNICEF, WHO and World Bank PPP) and several investment banks such as Deutsche Bank London and development banks over a 20 year period. As one of the few “cross-over” individuals from the investment banking world in the United Nations advisory arena, he has been developing structures and models for innovative finance including in the areas of blended finance, Islamic financing, R&D Financing, social impact and performance instruments, securitization and structured finance for various international organisations(UNIDO, GIZ, AUC, UNECE, UNITAID, WHO). His focus remains on leveraging public sector funding to build a portfolio based and life-cycle aligned product pipeline, in order to make projects bankable and attract cheaper funding.
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Harsh Kumar Senior Advisor

He comes with over three decades of experience of working in Govt, Public Sector Undertakings and Special Purpose Organizations. Have dealt with thousands of procurement cases during the career spanning over three decades, in the Govt of India and Public Sector organizations, as a member of the tender committee and/or the executive in charge of the project. Have also worked as a Financial Adviser to the department dealing with Public Procurement in Railways. A number of these cases dealt with externally funded projects. Had designed Shusha System in late 90s and offered as freeware to facilitate computerization in Indian languages (Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Gurmukhi and Bangla) and had championed computerization in Indian Languages. Has written a number of articles and papers and organized training in the domains of Public Procurement, Financial Management and Information Technology. Was conferred Lifetime Achievement Award by St. Stephen’s College, Delhi (2013) and Railway Minister’s Medal by the Railway Board, Ministry of Railways (1999).
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Bulbul Sen Senior Advisor

Ms Bulbul Sen, has focused on public procurement policy since 2012. Her publications for CUTS International, Jaipur (2012 -2015) supported by the British High Commission include ‘Government Procurement: Domestic Regulation and Trade Prospects’; ‘WTO Plurilateral Agreement on Government Procurement – Market Access Opportunities and Challenges for India’; ‘Public Procurement: Need for a National Policy in India.’ She was one of the Indian experts for UN Office on Drugs & Crime (UNODC), Delhi, on Public Procurement at the International Anti-Corruption Academy conclave at Laxenburg, Austria, in 2012 and 2013.During September 2015-March 2017 she was Consultant for a project for UN Global Compact India, producing a Report titled ‘Business Recommendations for Public Procurement Policy in India: White Paper’, released on 28 April, 2017. She been published in The Hindu Business Line, viz. ‘Public procurement rules are a maze’ (30.11.2016) and ‘Issues in Public Procurement’ (19.04.2017). She served as Independent Director, from 2013 -2016 on the Boards of Heavy Engineering Corporation Limited, Ranchi and Hindustan Copper, Kolkata. Currently she is Independent External Monitor for The Garden Reach Engineers & Shipbuilders Ltd., and was Course Director for the All India Services Training Program (December 11-15, 2017) assigned by Department of Personnel & Training, GOI to the CUTS Institute of Regulation & Competition, on public procurement policy. She is an MBA from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, with specialization in International Trade policy.
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Anand Chiplunkar Senior Advisor

Dr. Anand has a unique expertise of nearly four decades working in Central and West Asia, South and Southeast Asian countries as well as in the USA. His expertise is in developing projects through Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) across multiple sectors and he also has significant working experience in Integrated Urban Development, Water Supply and Sanitation, Environmental Management and Infrastructure Development. He retired in 2016 after a decade working in the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Manila, last as Director, Urban Development and Water Division in the Central and West Asia Department. He was the Chair, ADB Urban Community of Practice and Chair, Committee of Directors, ADB Urban Sector Group. He was a core member of the ADB PPP Thematic Group including a lead member in the preparation of the ADB PPP Operational Plan 2020, and has worked jointly with the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and UNECE in organizing series of ‘PPP Days’ Conferences.Earlier he worked in IL&FS Infrastructure Development Corporation, New Delhi as Senior Vice President. While in IL&FS Infrastructure Development Corporation and in ADB, he has led teams in developing PPP projects in partnership with government agencies in urban, transport, industrial area development and tourism sectors. He has also guided initiatives in the ADB that focused on Inclusive, Competitive and Green Cities development with climate change and resilience perspectives for projects in water, wastewater and solid waste management, urban transport and other urban subsectors. He is an expert in Water Supply and Sanitation having worked on projects aided by multi-lateral agencies such as the ADB, KfW, SIDA, UNICEF, World Bank, USAID etc.. Earlier, he also has conducted numerous Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) studies for infrastructure sectors and industries. His experience covers country sector policy development in the context of millennium development goals (MDGs) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a review of their achievement for ADB member countries under the Community of Practice; strategic planning, project development and implementation of municipal projects; development of innovative approaches; knowledge management including peer reviews and publications; and have proven managerial skills at senior level in handling multicultural teams with ability to multitask across different needs mentioned above. Currently, he provides senior advisory services to UN Economic Commission for Europe in People’s First Public Private Partnerships. He serves as a Member, Steering Committee on City Resilient Strategy for Pune, India, supported by 100 Resilient Cities, Rockefeller Foundation. He also is serving as an Economic and Financial Expert to Srinagar Municipal Corporation, Jammu and Kashmir, India, for Preparation of Zonal Plans of Srinagar Metropolitan Region. As a Strategic Adviser, he also is associated with Ernst and Young, India and other organizations.
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Tushar Pandey Senior Advisor

Tushar Pandey, is a Advisor–Financial Services and Policy at DeHaat, Gurugram. Setting up DeHaat financial services and policy and program unit.He has twenty-five years of experience in infrastructure privatisation with leading financial Institutions focusing on government and international relations, project finance, policy advisory, public private partnerships (PPP,) global collaboration, agricultural research, and sustainable development.
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Sonali A. David Advisor

Sonali A. David, is a development professional who has practiced inclusion and development through government programs in India and neighboring nations in South Asia and over the past decade she has worked with the United Nations, Government of India and World Bank with a primary focus on inclusion and gender through policy interventions and technical assistance. Sonali has lived in many cities in India and developed her interest in sustainable development through her analytical view of service delivery experiences as a citizen. This curiosity was further refined during her Sustainable Development Master’s program in Sweden. She is also a post graduate in Environmental Science from Mumbai University and Environmental Law from National Law School, Bengaluru. She views cultural patriarchy as a serious cross cutting challenge for progress and advancement.She works on the invisible filters of privilege and patriarchy that distort and alter results of public programs and policy. Her works have been published by scientific resources and academia.
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