Jagan Shah is Senior Fellow at Artha Global, and Director of the Artha Centre for Emerging Cities. He has previously served as Senior Infrastructure Adviser in UK’s Department for International Development (2019-21), Director of India’s National Institute of Urban Affairs (2013-19), Director of Sushant School of Art & Architecture (2011-12) and Chief Executive of Urban Space Consultants (2007-10). Shah
He has been deeply involved with innovation in India’s urban sector. Under his leadership, the National Institute of Urban Affairs co-created India’s ‘Smart Cities Mission’, prepared the ‘Master Plan for Delhi 2041’, and co-created and managed the ‘City Investments to Innovate, Integrate and Sustain’ (CITIIS) programme funded by the French Agency for Development (AfD). He has also conceived the ‘Infrastructure for Resilient Island States’ (IRIS) Facility managed by the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure, with core support from India, UK, Australia and the EU.
He studied in New Delhi, Cincinnati and New York, and was Visiting Faculty at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi (1998-2006). Since 2016, he has served on the Board of Trustees of Clean Air Asia, an international NGO based in Manila.