Dhawal Ashar

Manager, Urban Transport and Road Safety


Dhawal is a Manager in the Urban Transport and Road Safety team at the World Resources Institute India. His work integrates transport engineering and urban design to improve safety and sustainability in cities. Dhawal works out of WRI’s Mumbai office, and manages road safety projects in Mumbai, Bandung, Bangkok, among other cities. Dhawal is a founder member and trustee of the Equal Streets Movement – a sustained community movement towards the provision of better and safer cycling infrastructure in Mumbai. This is an open streets movement inspired by Ciclovia in Bogota. The purpose of Equal Streets Movement is to address the mobility and safety concerns for pedestrians and cyclists, by seeking the provision of continuous and well-maintained footpaths and non-motorized transport-specific infrastructure.

Dhawal has 10 years of experience working as a transportation planner and engineer. Prior to joining WRI, he was working as a Transportation Engineer with TATA Consulting Engineers, where he was responsible for activities ranging from transportation planning to the detailed design of roads in Greenfield development projects. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Mumbai University, and a Masters in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech University, USA, with a specialization in Transportation Planning.

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