Dr. Manvendra Deswal, currently the Head of International Projects at All India Institute of Local Self Government (AIILSG) is an urban strategist who works closely with all relevant stakeholders within and outside the country on various aspects of urban development.
AIILSG is a non-government, not-for-profit, consulting organization that strives to create and sustain an environment conducive to Indian urban development by partnering with industry, Government, and civil society, through advisory and consultative processes.
He also helped establish and lead Smart City Mission (SCM) at the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). Another key area of responsibility with him in CII was the new Land Acquisition Act in India that has replaced the archaic Act of 1894. He is credited with coming up with numerous policy papers on these areas which have been submitted to the Indian Government on frequent intervals.
Dr. Deswal was awarded his PhD from the Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), University of Delhi in the area of Economics, with his research topic being, “Impact of FDI on Structure & Productivity of Indian Automobile Industry”, publications from which were well appreciated in academia & industry. He also holds Masters in International Business (MIB) from Delhi School of Economics. Prior to joining CII, he was in academics & was last serving as Assistant Professor in University of Petroleum & Energy Studies in Dehradun where he taught & published on various themes of International Business & Economics. An avid blogger and traveler, he regularly opines on various contemporary themes affecting Indian cities.
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