Bhaskar is a climate change and urban expert with more than 10 years of experience working with national and local governments, multi-lateral agencies, global non-profits and think tanks across multiple countries in South Asia. He serves as UrbanShift's Country Coordinator for India.
Bhaskar brings strong technical and policy expertise to advise, design and deliver successful, results-based development projects with a focus on climate change, urban sustainability, energy transition, sustainable development, cleantech innovations and international climate negotiations. Bhaskar is also skilled in conducting capacity-building and training for state and non-state stakeholders.
Before joining ICLEI South Asia, Bhaskar worked for the Indian Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) and WWF-India, among others. He has published over 10 technical publications in peer-reviewed journals and books and holds a postgraduate degree in Climate Change & Sustainable Development from CEPT University, Ahmedabad, and an MSc in Environmental Science from the Institute of Environment Education and Research, Bharati Vidyapeeth University (BVIEER).
Transforming Pune, one neighborhood at a time
Pune's Chief Knowledge Officer talks about some of the inspiring initiatives – from electric buses to urban farms – that the Pune Smart City Corporation is implementing to make the city smarter, greener and more resilient.
Mainstreaming climate action into urban development
While many sub-national governments are already undertaking direct or indirect climate actions, data aggregation and reporting remain a major challenge. One key way to facilitate sub-national reporting is to showcase best practices, like the CSCAF.