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Ms Karuna Gopal
President - Foundation for Futuristic Cities: Hyderabad, India
“Imagineering Indian Cities - Governance for Sustainability”

Poised to contribute 70% of the nation’s GDP, the promising Indian urban system is paradoxically slipping into urban decay. Versatile but vulnerable, Indian cities are victims of a chaotic and unplanned growth. Vibrant cities make Vibrant Economies. Can India afford not to capitalize on the capability of her cities? In this presentation, while attempting to demystify the way Indian cities are managed and governed, Ms Gopal will share her experiences with three promising pathways - REFORM, ADAPT, INNOVATE to capitalize on the huge opportunity that Indian Urban System presents.

 
Biography
Karuna Gopal is the President of Foundation for Futuristic Cities that is into urban advisory services. She contributed to the City Development & Renewal Strategies of five JNNURM Mission cities in India. Worked on city reform projects of DFID (UK), USAID, World Bank and developed policy guidance documents to accelerate Urban Transformation.

Believing that instruments aimed at cosmetic changes rarely rectify the systemic problems of Indian Cities she launched CITIZENS for CITY initiative. Scalable, replicable and an innovation in the Indian urban landscape, it is meant to usher governance reforms.

She was a faculty / mentor for ASCI/WBI (World Bank Institute) Certification program on Urban Management. She speaks on Governance Reforms and Leadership at programs meant for Policy Makers and Bureaucrats.

She addressed and chaired seminars organized by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), Ministry of Science & Technology (GOI), Centre for Good Governance (CGG), Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Indian Institute of Management (IIM-A), Indian School of Business (ISB), The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) and corporate houses like Infosys, ITC etc.

Prior to the urban foray, she was the Founder President of Confluence Consulting, a Strategy Consulting firm.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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