Climate Smart Cities

Our Team


Ms. Vaishali Nandan

Project Head - Delhi

I have been associated with GIZ for over a decade and during this time, I have contributed in the areas of urban development and planning largely in the fields of sanitation, waste management (municipal solid waste, construction & demolition waste, plastic waste) and urban climate change (storm water management, green cover, green buildings). Educated as an Urban and Regional Planner and Geographer, I am currently heading three projects within GIZ-India, Climate Smart Cities (CSC), Cities Combatting Plastic entering Marine Environment (CCP-ME) and Management of Organic Waste in India (MOWI).


Mr. Sebastian Markart

I have professional experience working with GIZ in Zambia, South Sudan and India in the fields of urban development and planning, water, sanitation and climate change. My education has been in the field of Geography, with a Master's degree in the same. In recent years, I have worked as an advisor for the Urban and Industrial Development Cluster of GIZ India.



Mr. Vibhor Sood


Advisor Delhi

I am an urban sector professional working with the CSC project as a Technical Expert (Climate & Infrastructure). My position is embedded in the Smart Cities Mission Management Unit of Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, Government of India. I support project interventions at the national level such as Indo-German Joint Working Group on Urbanization, Climate Smart Cities Assessment Framework, International Smart Cities Network and Capacity Building activities.



Mr. Liju Mathew

Technical Advisor


I am a Civil Engineer working with the CSC project as a Technical Expert. I mainly look after the Solid Waste, Construction & Demolition and Stormwater Management components of the project. I am furthermore coordinating and supporting international and national project partners from the head office in Delhi. I have 8 years of experience working in the Urban Development Sector and hold a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning.



Ms. Soma Biswas

Communications Advisor


I am a Communication and Behaviour-Change specialist working with the CSC project as a Communications Expert. My main responsibilities include branding, promotion and awareness-generation about the project. I am also managing partners associated with media and communication. I have worked for more than 22 years in the area of Communications and Behaviour-Change and hold a master’s degree in English Literature and professional degree in Communication and Public Relations.


Mr. K. Ravikumar

Technical Advisor


I am an Urban Development Professional working with the CSC project as a Technical Expert. I work closely with the Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation (CCMC) and Coimbatore Smart City Limited (CSCL), Government of Tamil Nadu. I support project intervention at the city level in the areas of Urban Green Cover Framework, Construction & Demolition Waste Management, Urban Finance, and capacity development activities. For over 12 years, I have been working on urban planning and infrastructure projects at State and city level and I am holding a master’s degree in Urban Planning (M.Plan) and business economics (MBE).



Mr. Ramesh P.K.

Technical Advisor  


I am an environmental researcher working as a Technical Expert with the CSC project. I closely work with Cochin Smart City Mission Ltd (CSML) for the Climate Smart City Assessment Framework and Green Building projects. I am also supporting the Kochi Municipal Corporation in various mitigation programs related to climate change. I have more than 20 years of experience in the field of water and sanitation and have worked with many national and international urban sector programs related to water quality, sanitation and solid waste management. I hold a Master's and Doctoral degree (PhD) in Limnology.



Ms. Sunitha Ashok Menon

Technical Expert


I am an Architect-Urban Planner working with the CSC project as a Junior Technical Expert. My main experience lies in the housing sector, low energy and low carbon technologies and architectural exchange between vernacular and the modern technologies for building climate resilience. Apart from these areas, I also have experience in waste management, gender planning, public health and wellbeing. I am posted in Kochi and coordinate the Energy and Green Building aspect of the project.



Mr. Shabaz Khan

Technical Advisor


I am a development practitioner working as a Technical Advisor with the Climate Smart Cities (CSC) project, based in Bhubaneswar. My main responsibilities include contributing to the operational planning for the implementation of the CSC project, coordinating and managing partnerships with state and city level government authorities, stakeholders, and national and international implementation partners. Furthermore, I provide technical support for activities related to stormwater management and urban resilience and assist in organizational and management issues as well as knowledge management.



Ms. Nishu Tirkey



I am an administrative professional working with the CSC project as an administrative officer. I am the primary point of contact for all contract and procurement procedures. My main responsibilities include monitoring and administration of contracts, budgets, and other finance related topics. I have worked for over 5 years in the area of administrative, contracting & financing and have a post graduate degree in Operations Management.



Mr. Nitin Suri



I am working as an administration officer with the CSC project. My focal tasks are the management of contracts, travel, logistics, inventory and the procurement of goods. I also coordinate and support the outstation offices. I worked for more than 9 years in the administration & finance sector, holding a Graduate degree in Commerce.