November 14, 2013

Innovation within India’s Cities: Innovation for Slums and Informal Settlements

past event


Penn IUR organized this special session of the university-wide conference, India as a Pioneer in Innovation: Constraints and Opportunities, to bring together leading experts in urban advancement in India. Speakers included: Aro Revi, Director, Indian Institute of Settlements, and co-chair, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Thematic Group 9 Sustainable Cities: Inclusive, Resilient, and Connected; Chetan Vaidya, Director School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi Chairman, All India Planning Education Board of AICTE; and Brian English, Director, Office of Program Innovation, Global Communities, Silver Spring, MD.

In addition to Innovation within India’s Cities, the conference featured two days of panels that brought together academic experts, policy makers, and business and government leaders to discuss the implications of innovation in India on business, law, public services, and urban planning.  Keynote speakers at the conference included Sam Pitroda, Adviser to the Prime Minister of India and Chairman of the National Innovation Council, and Arvind Subramanian, Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development.

A University of Pennsylvania Conference 


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