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Who are the people behind the initiative ?

Prof.Ashwin Mahesh, Prof. Ashwin Mahesh received his PhD degree from University of Washington. Research Scientist, AS & M., Inc./NASA Langley, Hampton Virginia, September 1999 to August 2000, Research Faculty, Goddard Earth Sciences and Technology Center, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center & University of Maryland, September 2000-August 2005.
Dr Mahesh is the Co-founder and Editor, India Together, Bangalore.
Dr Mahesh also worked as Director – GOIS/Transport, E-Governments Foundation, Bangalore during April 2005-July 2006.
He was a Consultant – Second Administrative Reforms Commission, Govt of India, New Delhi during February 2006-December 2006. Dr Mahesh is also a Co-founder and Director, Mapunity, Bangalore since 2006.

Murali H. R. is a Creative Consultant .  He now trains corporate sector in Business Process Management and Web Technologies. He has worked and travelled in Asian and European Nations and is aware about the models used in these nations. In fact it was his cycle journey along the coast of France that gives the impetus for cycling initiatives in Bangalore. He enjoys writing in Kannada. He loves travelling on cycle and playing carnatic flute. He is with Ride A Cycle Foundation.

Lavanya Keshavamurthy is a freelancer who writes about her experiences in the sustainability space with a special focus on bicycling, waste management and urban farming. Her recent experience of using and studying the BIXI bicycle sharing system in Montreal, Canada has added valuable inputs to Namma Cycle.

She is with Ride A Cycle Foundation.

Pradeep Banavara is the co-founder of Mapunity, a social enterprise that develops technology to tackle social problems and development challenges in India. He is one of the key persons behind the development of the Bangalore Transport Information System (www.btis.in). He is a neo geographer and contributes to the OpenStreetMap project. His other interests are cycling and organizing tours on cycles. He was the tour director for the inaugural edition of Tour Of Nilgiris (www.tourofnilgiris.com). He is also a Trustee at the Ride-A-Cycle Foundation (www.rideacycle.org) and is actively involved in advocating cycling as a mode of transport. 

Dr. H.  S. Sudhira has a PhD from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore for his research on urban sprawl. He has worked on studying the evolution and growth of cities, with focus on land-use land cover changes and mobility. He worked with the Directorate of Urban Land Transport, Government of Karnataka as Land-use and Transport Specialist. Currently, he is involved in a research project that looks at comparative analysis of urban forms in India and China.

Besides that he is a birdwatcher and volunteers for India Literacy Project (http://ilpnet.org). He is with Gubbi Labs.


Sanjay Sridhar is the Strategy Head – Urban Development and Accessibility at EMBARQ India. He is also the anchor for EMBARQ India’s work node in Bangalore. Under his leadership, EMBARQ India has started to work at the intersection of urban development and mobility; leading and managing participation in several projects, including metro rail accessibility, and bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure projects in Bangalore and Mumbai, and transit-oriented development and review of the master plan in the Hubli-Dharwad area. He has also been involved with influencing private developers to incorporate pedestrian and bicycle connectivity in their projects.


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