Junaid Ahmad is the Country Director for the World Bank in India. He joined the World Bank's Delhi office on 1 September 2016.
Junaid, a Bangladeshi national, was formerly the Chief of Staff to World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim. He joined the World Bank in 1991 as a Young Professional and worked on infrastructure development in Africa and Eastern Europe. He has since held several management positions, leading the Bank's program in diverse regions including Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, as well as in India and South Asia.
Prior to joining the President's office in January 2016, Junaid was the Senior Director for the Water Global Practice, a position he held since the creation of the Global Practices in July 2014. In this role, Junaid has built a strong and collaborative Global Practice and has brought a strong track record of management and leadership in the area of service delivery and international partnerships, combining intellectual and analytical rigor with strategic operational focus. Junaid has championed the Practice's focus on water and the economy, and emphasized institutions and resilience in water management.
Junaid spent 10 years in the field, first as the Deputy Resident Representative and Principal Economist in Johannesburg, and then as Regional Team Leader of the Water and Sanitation Program in New Delhi. In 2004, he was a team member of the World Development Report (WDR): Making Services Work for Poor People. From 2004-2008, he was the Sector Manager for Social Development in South Asia Region and subsequently for Urban Water & Sanitation before taking on the latter responsibility for the Africa Region in 2010. He was also the Director for Sustainable Development in the Middle East and North Africa Region, a position he held from 2012-2014.
He holds a PhD in Applied Economics from Stanford University, an MPA from Harvard University, and a BA in Economics from Brown University.
H.E. Marten van den Berg
Honourable Ambassador Netherlands
H.E. Mr. Nils Ragnar Kamsvag
Honourable Ambassador, Royal Norwegian Embassy
Ambassador to the Republic of India, September 2015 - onwards
Ambassador to Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Belgrade 2010 - 2015
Deputy Director General, Section for West Balkan Affairs, MFA, October 2006
Norwegian Representative to the Palestinian Authority, Al Ram, 2003 - 2005
Ambassador, Middle East and North African Affairs, MFA, 2001 - 2003
Minister Counsellor, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Beijing, 1997 - 2001
Counsellor, Norwegian Delegation to the European Union, Brussels, 1994 - 1997
Head of Information Division, MFA, 1993 - 1994
Director of Public Affairs, Norsk Hydro, 1990 - 1993
Senior Executive Officer, Political Department, MFA, 1989 - 1990
Secretary of the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Rome, 1985 - 1989
Secretary of the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Beirut, 1983 - 1985
Joined MFA, 1981
Education : M.A. History, University of Oslo
H.E. Mr. Peter Taksoe Jensen
Honourable Ambassador Royal Danish Embassy
Ambassador of Denmark to India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka, Nepal
Ambassador of Denmark to the United States, 2010- 2015
Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, United Nations, New York 2008-2010
Under-Secretary for Legal Affairs and Head of the Legal Service, Ministry of
Foreign Affairs of Denmark, 2003-2008
Head of Section, Department for Legal Service, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, 1999 - 2003
Counsellor, Permanent Representation of Denmark to the European Union, Brussels, 1999
Head of Section, Permanent Representation of Denmark to the European Union, Brussels, 1995-1999
Head of Section, Department for Security Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, 1992-1995
First Secretary, Royal Danish Embassy, Vienna, 1989-1992
Head of Section, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark 1988-1989
Head of Section, Danish Ministry of Justice, Denmark, 1986-1987
Chairman of the Danish Governments Commission on the Red Cross, 2007-2008, Vice-Chairman 2000-2007
Member of the Commission on Jurisdiction, established by the Danish Minister for Justice, 2004-2008
Member of the Commission on the Law on Archives, established by the Danish Minister for Culture, 2002-2003
Lecturer at numerous courses on EU Law, EU Policies and negotiations, and on EU procedures and techniques, 1999-2008
H.E. Mr. Klas Molin
Honourable Ambassador, Embassy of Sweden
Ambassador of Sweden to the Republic of India based in New Delhi, 2017- Onwards
Ambassador and Chief of Protocol, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Stockholm, 2015-2017
Ambassador of Sweden to the Kingdom of Thailand based in Bangkok. Accredited also to the Lao Peoples' Democratic Republic, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and the Republic of the Philippines, 2011-2015
Deputy Director-General, Head of Department for Asia and the Pacific, Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA), Stockholm, Sweden, 2006-2011
Director, Deputy Head of Department for Asia and the Pacific, MFA, 2004-2006
Counsellor, Embassy of Sweden in Washington, D.C. , 1999-2004
Deputy Director, Department of Personnel, MFA, 1997-1999
Desk Officer, Department of Personnel, MFA, 1995-1997
Desk Officer, Department for Political Affairs, MFA, 1992-1995
Second Secretary, Permanent Representation of Sweden to the UN, New York, 1989-1992
Second Secretary, Embassy of Sweden, Bangkok, 1987-1989
Desk Officer, Department for Political Affairs and Diplomatic Training Program, MFA, 1985-1987
US Senate, Office of Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Assistant to Mr. Gregory Craig, the Senator's Foreign Policy Advisor, 1984
Teaching Assistant in Political Science, Tufts University, Medford, MA. , 1983-85
Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD), Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (USA), Fulbright Fellow, 1983-1985
Fil kand (Bachelor of Arts) with honors, Uppsala University (Sweden), 1980-1983
Grand Cross: Chile (Orden de Bernardo O'Higgins), Germany (Verdienstordens Der Bundesrepublik Deutschland), Lithuania (Order for Merits to Lithuania), Thailand (Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant), Commander First Class: Tunisia (Ordre de Merite)
Counsellor for Economic Affairs, Science & Technology, US Embassy
Ms. Jane Treadwell
Practice Manager, Digital Development Global Practice, The World Bank
Mr. Rajiv Agarwal
Director General, All India Institute of Local Self Governance
Mr. Munish Sharma
Commercial Consul & Trade Commissioner (South Asia Head - Infrastructure), Austrade
Ms. Patricia Holly Purcell
Head of Partnerships UN Global Compact Cities Programme
Mr. Hitesh Vaidya
Country Manager UN Habitat
Mr. Rasmus Malmborg
Senior Innovation Advisor Nordic Innovation
Responsible for the Nordic Prime Ministers’ Initiative on Sustainable Cities and the Nordic Innovation program on Health, Demography and Quality of Life.
Prior to joining Nordic Innovation in 2017, Malmborg has been with LHL International 2013-2017, the last four years as CEO. Before that Malmborg was nine years with LHL.
Extensive international experience in complex project management, predominantly within health care system development.
Malmborg holds a MSc in Human Geography and a Masters in Public Health.
Dr. S.N. Tripathi
Director, Indian Institute of Public Administration Delhi
Dr. Shashank Ojha
Task Team Leader Digital Development Global Practice, The World Bank
Mr. Ravi Ranjan Guru
Deputy Director General All India Institute of Local Self Government
Mr. Morten Meyerhoff Nielsen
Operating Unit on Policy Driven Electronic Governance, UNU-EGOV
Dr. Charru Malhotra
Indian Institute of Public Administration
Ms. Annemie Wyckmans
Professor & Head, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Her main goal is to promote smart sustainable cities, through research, innovation and education. She leads several cooperation projects with public and private sector in Norway, EU and China.
Wyckmans is project coordinator of the URBAN-EU-CHINA Innovation Platform of Sustainable Urbanisation, programme coordinator of the EERA Joint Programme Smart Cities (European Energy Research Alliance), project leader of SiNoPSE Sino-Norwegian Partnership in Sustainable Energy, and project leader of PI-SEC Planning Instruments for Smart Energy Communities.
She has an MSc in Architectural Engineering from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, a PhD in Building Technology and a postdoctoral degree on education for environment-friendly architecture from NTNU.
In 2010 she initiated the international interdisciplinary MSc programme in Sustainable Architecture at NTNU, and has led an interdisciplinary Experts in Team course in Sustainable Architecture at NTNU 2006-2013. Wyckmans has systematically used her training as facilitator in Experts in Team, to develop and lead cooperation projects with public and private sector (triple helix).
Ms. Rolee Aranya
Professor and Vice Dean of Education, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in the Department of Architecture and Planning, Faculty of Architecture and Design
2006-2017 - Associate Professor, Department of Urban Design and Planning, Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art, NTNU
2006-2009 Post Doctoral Researcher, Department of Urban Design and Planning, Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art, NTNU
2004-2005 Post Doctoral Researcher, Department of Geography, Loughborough Univerisity, UK
2003-2004 Research Consultant, Centre for Urban and Regional Excellence, New Delhi, India
1999 Research Associate, National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), New Delhi, India
Ms. Rolee Aranya has Bachelor in Physical Planning and Masters in Urban Planning from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. She has done Doktor Ingenior (Advanced Ph.D.) in Urban Planning from the NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway. She has also done PED-UP, Pedagogical development course for permanent scientific staff from NTNU. She is associated with various organizations which includes UNHABITAT, FUS, Shelter Norway and CURE. She has published a number of papers and articles on urban, sub-urban, country and town planning.
Dr. Carley Pennink
International Projects, IHS Netherlands
Prof. Chris Zevenbergen
IHE Delft, Netherlands HIS, Netherlands
Dr. Lovneesh Chanana
Vice President Digital Government Asia Pacific and Japan, SAP India Pvt. Ltd.
Mr. Sumit Padmakar Joshi
Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Signify Innovations India Ltd.
Ms. Shabnam Siddique
Director UN Global Compact Network, India
Mr. Nupur Gupta
Senior Transport Specialist, The World Bank
Mr. Hakan Lind
Senior Innovation Advisor, Nordic Innovation
Responsible for the Nordic Prime Ministers' Initiative on Sustainable Cities and the Nordic Innovation program on Nordic Smart Mobility and Connectivity.
Prior to joining Nordic Innovation in 2018, Lind worked at Business Sweden 2014-2018 as Project Manager and Market Area Manager with postings in Norway, South Africa and Nigeria.
15 years experience within international business development and project management in various sectors e.g. Energy, ICT, Healthcare and Manufacturing.
Lind holds a MSc in Mechanical Engineering with focus on Integrated Product Development.
Brian Rosenkilde Jeppesen is part of Smart Mobility Spearhead Services Department in Ramboll Denmark with focus on simulation models and ITS/Digital services.
He has a Master of Science in Transportation Engineering and in the last 8 years he has specialized in optimizing traffic flow in signalized intersections and developed strategies for implementing ITS.
Brian and his team combine microsimulations and ITS to test various projects before implementing in real life traffic systems.
Mr. Vinod Kumar
Manager Tom Tom (Smart Mobility)
Mr. Pradeep Valsangkar
Senior Consultant, Digital Development Global Practice, The World Bank
Mr. Anindo Roy Das
Industry Busines Unit, Future Cities, SAP India Pvt. Ltd.