Dr. A. Ravindra heads the Centre for Sustainable Development, a non-governmental organization dedicated to environmental and social issues such as water and energy conservation, e-waste management, and clean technology. He specialized in the urban sector and served in many key positions including commissioner of the Bangalore Municipal Corporation; chairman of the Bangalore Development Authority; and secretary of Housing and Urban Development. His contributions include raising funds for the city—for the first time—through municipal bonds; property tax reform; and setting up Swabhimana, a citizen-local government initiative to promote community participation in city governance. In addition, he served as the deputy chairman of the State Planning Board and was responsible for preparation of the Karnataka Vision 2020 document.
Dr. Ravindra holds a PhD in development studies and has written extensively on urban and public issues. His publications include “Urban Land Policy,” Metropolitan Bangalore: A Management Perspective” and “Dance of Democracy.” He is a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Public Policy, Indian Institute of management, Bangalore.