The Team


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we welcome interested people with expertise in our research areas to be a part of our exciting and enthusiastic team.

Ms. Komali Yenneti

KomaliWith a background in Architecture (Hyderabad industries gold medal) and Environmental planning (Vastushilpa foundation gold medal),  Komali Yenneti brings bifocul lens to the fields of energy efficiency, renewable energy, climate change, sustainable development, urban planning and green buildings with experience in socio-politics, policy analysis and international project management, as well as advocacy representative. She has had research experience working in the UK, European Union, Japan and India. Komali has extensively published, presented at various international conferences and also received numerous awards, research grants and scholarships. A few of them if not limited recognitions include the Gujarat Ecological Education and Research (GEER) foundation ‘Environmental award’ in 2009 from Chief Minister, Journal of Environmental Research & Development (JERAD) ‘Young Environmentalist award’ 2011,  Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany ‘Green Talent 2012’ and finalist of ‘Young Innovator of the Year 2013’ by Falling Walls foundation.

Komali is currently completing her PhD  at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom on ‘Social justice and Solar energy implementation in India’ through the case of Gujarat solar policy.  Before commencing her PhD she worked on energy efficiency and green buildings as a researcher at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), India. “My work lies at the interface between climate and social issues as well as understanding factors necessary for technological implementation,” says Komali.

Mr. Gaurav Joshi

GauravGaurav has five years of very rich experience in the field of urban and regional development, infrastructure planning, transport management and public private partnerships (PPP) in urban infrastructure systems. He has worked with Shell India for about three years on transport development and project management. Prior to joining Shell, while working with international consulting firms, Gaurav also worked with various national and international projects including urban planning and infrastructure projects funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB), and Ministry of Urban Development of Government of India.Gaurav has a background in Bachelors in Civil Engineering, Master of Technology in Infrastructure Planning and executive MBA in Infrastructure Management. His past research experience includes impact of aviation on climate change, GIS based modelling for Airport site selection and PPP projects – specifically on ADB funded water supply, roads, urban governance projects North-East region of India, Ahmedabad Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS), etc.

Guarav’s current interest areas lies around energy resilience in cities, role of land-use in low carbon mobility, socio-spatial pattern in cities, urban governance and energy transformations. “To transform around the fate of urban landscape, there is a need for sustainable management of resources and planned growth of cities”, says Gaurav.

Mr. Phanindra Yenneti

Untitled-31Phanindra (Phani) has about three years of enriched experience in the fields of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) modelling, geo-visualisation, computer mapping and spatial analysis in both urban and rural planning. While working with international consulting firms, using advanced GIS, and other mapping tools, Phani has worked on various master and zoning plans, invest regions and special area development, river front development, and other urban and rural development projects funded by Government of Assam, Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. He also experience in creating online tools and database for property tax payments. Phani has a background in Bachelors in Computer Applications, and Masters in Geomatics and Space Applications. His past research includes working with Dr A.P.J Abdul Kalam, India’s former president, on PURA (Provision of Urban Amenities in Rural Area), and urban disaster management (vulnerability assessment) in Nepal using GIS, remote sensing and image processing softwares.

Phani’s current interest areas lies around urban and infrastructure planning and governance using advanced technical tools and models such as ArcGIS, Erdas Imagine, Autocad Map, Global Mapper, Geomatica. “To address the issues of data management, project development, spatial analysis in both urban and rural planning, there is a need for supporting advanced technical tools”, says Phani.