V. Surya Prakash works as Senior Manager at World Resources Institute India, where he has been associated from January 2013. He works closely with municipal corporations at the city level, as well as urban development departments at the state and national level on Landuse Transport Integration, regional and master plans, local area plans, town planning schemes, development control regulations, city assessment indicators, metropolitan geospatial data models, data analytics, interactive tools, visualization, capacity building and revision of town and country planning acts.
Prior to joining WRI, Surya was involved mainly in the preparation of regional and master plans for multiple cities and towns across India for seven years in key positions at corporate and academic institutions. He employs remote sensing and GIS in assessing the land capabilities of a place before working out the detailed program. Such techniques were implemented in the preparation of the Revised Structure Plan 2031 for the Bangalore Metropolitan Region and the development plans of several cities along Yamuna Expressway from Greater Noida to Agra.
Surya holds a master's in Urban and Rural Planning from Indian Institute of Technology - Roorkee and a bachelor's in Architecture from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad with a gold medal. He is a registered member at the Institute of Town Planners (India), Institute of Urban Transport (India), Indian Society of Remote Sensing and Council of Architects (India).
His interests include simplification of complex things, nature-based solutions, e-governance, use of ICTs in planning and sustainable development. Apart from work, he enjoys trekking and photography.