Madhav Pai

Director, India, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities


Madhav Pai is India Director for WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. The center, founded in 2014, combines the strength of WRI’s EMBARQ network for sustainable transport with the Institute’s expertise in energy & climate, adaptation, water, and governance aspires to deliver the goal of sustainable cities. He continues to be director for EMBARQ India a program he co-started seven years ago. EMBARQ India currently engages over 35+ professionals in four offices across India and has supported provided support to 15+ cities on sustainable transport and urban development projects. Notable successes include iBus in Indore, BIG Bus Network in Bangalore, Raahgiri in Delhi and Gurgaon, transit-oriented development in Hubli Dharwad, and rickshaw rising.

Madhav has published extensively since his return to India including papers on auto rickshaws, motorcycle safety, informal public transport, reorganizing city bus systems, bus rapid transit and long-term externalities of urban transport systems. He is the lead author of "Bus Karo" a guidebook on bus operations and planning.

Madhav has more than 15 years’ experience leading, designing and managing urban transport programs and projects in India, Asia and the United States. At University of California Berkeley he was involved in shared mobility research assessing impacts of city car share on travel behavior in the city of San Francisco.

Madhav is a Civil Engineer from Mumbai and holds a Master’s Degree in Transport Planning from University of California Berkeley.

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