Director, Research Center for Sustainable Development and Innovation, School of Global Studies, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand

Prof. Bharat Dahiya

Prof. Bharat Dahiya is a Glocal Sustainability Leader, Professional Keynote Speaker, Urbanist, Planner, Geographer, Futurist, Educator, Team Leader, and Mentor. He is Director of Research Center for Sustainable Development and Innovation at the School of Global Studies, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand. He is an Extraordinary Professor at the School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa, and a Distinguished Professor at Urban Youth Academy, Seoul, Republic of Korea. He is also a Founding Board Member of the World Smart Cities Economic Development Commission under the World Business Angels Investment Forum. An award-winning urbanist, Prof. Dahiya combines research, policy analysis and development practice aimed at examining and tackling socio-economic, cultural, environmental and governance issues in the global context of sustainable development. Since early-1990s, his research and professional work has focused on sustainable cities and urbanization, strategic urban planning and development, urban environment and infrastructure, urban resilience, and cultural heritage and landscapes. Working with the World Bank, UN-HABITAT, the Asian Development Bank, United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), and UNDP, he initiated, led and contributed to international projects on sustainable urban development in a number of countries. Prof. Dahiya conceptualized and coordinated the preparation of United Nations’ inaugural report on The State of Asian Cities 2010/11.