Speaker Bio & Abstract

Kunal Kumar Joint Secretary - Smart Cities

BiographyKunal Kumar, IAS presently holds the position of Joint Secretary & Mission Director (Smart Cities Mission), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India since May 2018. He is an Electrical Engineering graduate from IIT Roorkee, and has successfully completed his Masters in Public Management from National University of Singapore jointly conducted with Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, USA. He has presented various papers on e-Governance which received awards / citations like the best e-governed district award for Jalgaon district nationally, the certificate of Appreciation for being a finalist in Manthan Award South Asia 2009. Moreover, he was awarded by the Prime Minister of India for excellence in AADHAR Governance award during his stint as District Collector of Aurangabad.

In his role as the Mission Director, Smart Cities Mission, Government of India (from the 25th May,2018) he is responsible for the nationwide implementation of what can be termed as the largest and most complex organized urbanization effort in the whole world. The mission intends to catalyze investments of around 30 billion USD into the 100 smart cities in a period of 5 years. The mission intends to provide a good quality of life to Indias urban residents along with the provision of integrated infrastructure and services through development of smart solutions leveraging the power of communities, bottom up planning and technology. The aim is to enable creation of connected, liveable, energy efficient, adaptive and resilient cities.