Chhavi Dhingra

Manager – Sustainable Transport


Chhavi is Manager – Sustainable Transport at WRI India Ross Center. She is responsible for developing a capacity building strategy for the organisation, leveraging EMBARQ’s strengths and in-house research and eventually tying it in with the national capacity building initiative of the Ministry of Urban Development. She is based in Mumbai where she engages with EMBARQ’s various research projects in India and co-ordinates and negotiates partnerships and participation of EMBARQ India in various conferences, workshops and seminars. She works closely with EMBARQ’s peer-to-peer learning networks among urban public transport operators in Indian cities, and is developing training modules for end users and instructors on topics related to sustainable urban transport. For the last seven years, Chhavi has been researching issues related to sustainable mobility and transport in the developing country context. She started building her research portfolio at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi, where she carried out mobility diagnosis and assessments in a few Indian cities, studied energy and transport access issues for the urban poor in Delhi, developed a framework for sustainable urban public transport provision in India, helped estimate carbon footprint of urban energy use in Jaipur, and conducted a training needs assessments for urban transport personnel working in state and city governments in India. She also led TERI’s multi-disciplinary research initiative on the subject ‘Sustainable Cities’. In her last with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH’s Sustainable Urban Transport Project (SUTP), in addition to research, Chhavi was responsible for organising and conducting training and capacity building activities on urban transport for a variety of government and non-government stakeholders working in developing countries. Chhavi led GIZ’s work on development of subject modules to aid training in urban transport for a variety of audiences, which is a GEF and UNDP funded initiative of the Ministry of Urban Development. She was also part of the GIZ team advising the Land Transport Ministry in Indonesia on the formulation of a national urban transport policy. Chhavi has authored/contributed to several official reports - Impact Assessment of Rural Road Projects in India for the Green Economy Report (TRL, UK), Transport Chapter of the State Development Report of Arunachal Pradesh (Planning Commission, 2005), Sustainability Reporting on the status of urban transport in India for the United Nations Commission for Sustainable Development, and draft National Road Safety Action Plan of the Sundar Committee (2006). She also writes articles for magazines and newspapers and has two publications as part of the GIZ Technical Papers series on Public Bicycle Schemes (2010) and Public Transport Performance Evaluation (2011). She was the lead author of TERI’s research reports titled “An Exploration of Sustainability in the Provision of Basic Urban Services for Indian Cities” (2009), and “Mobility as a Driver for Economic Development: India Case Study”, a report of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (2008). Chhavi has also published a paper on clean energy access for the urban poor in the journal titled Energy for Sustainable Development (2008). Chhavi has a Civil Engineering Degree from the University of Pune, India, and a Masters Degree in Transportation Engineering from Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand.


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