Aromar Revi, the Director of Indian Institute for Human Settlements – India’s first prospective National University for Research and Innovation to address challenges of urbanization through an integrated program of education, research, consulting and advisory services. He is an alumnus of IIT-Delhi and the Law and Management schools of the University of Delhi; an international practitioner, researcher and educator with 30 years of interdisciplinary experience in public policy and governance, political economy of reform, development, technology, sustainability & urbanisation. Aromar is the Chair of the Sustainable Cities Thematic Group of United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UNSDSN). Founded by Columbia Professor Jeffrey Sachs, the UNSDSN has local and regional networks including one in Turkey. Launched in June 2014, the SDSN Turkey Network is led by Boğaziçi University in collaboration with Columbia Global Centers | Turkey. It aims to serve as a platform for universities and other stakeholders for the exchange of expertise on sustainable development, to generate research, applied projects and policy proposals.
Aromar Revi's Istanbul visit will focus on the global agenda for sustainable cities and its connection to Istanbul. He will lead a roundtable with leading experts on urbanization and give a public lecture at Studio-X Istanbul on Tuesday, February 17 at 7:00pm.
He is a member of the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), co-chair of its urban thematic group, where helps lead a global campaign for an urban Sustainable Development Goal; as part of the UN’s post-2015 development agenda, which brought major global urban institutions and over 300 cities and organisations together.
Aromar is one of South Asia’s leading experts on global environmental change & Climate adaptation and mitigation. He is a Coordinating Lead Author of the IPCC Assessment Report 5 on Urban Areas and co-PI of a 5-year international multi-million dollar Climate Adaptation research programme that spans India and Africa.
He is one of South Asia’s most experienced risk and disaster management professionals having led teams to plan & execute rehabilitation programmes for ten major earthquake, cyclone and flood events affecting over 5 million people and is on the Advisory Board of UNISDR' Scientific & Technical Advisory Group & its bi-annual Global Assessment of Risk.
Aromar has led over 100 major research, consulting & implementation assignments in India and abroad; has published 60 peer reviewed publications and books; lectured & taught at over 35 of the world’s leading Universities and think tanks across 6 continents; helped structure, design & review development investments of over $ 8 billion; worked on 3 of the world’s 10 largest cities; and across all of India’s 29 states and in multiple international projects in half a dozen countries.
He had the distinction in 2014 of addressing the United Nations at the General Assembly’s OWG in New York and the TEDx Palais des Nations in Geneva on sustainable cities. He delivered the EU-UNDPs first Kapuscinski Development lecture in Africa on a similar theme following a distinguished list of global thought leaders.