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    Dr. O P Agarwal

    Professor of Practice Advisor, Case Study Centre, ISPP

    Dr O.P. Agarwal was a member of the Indian Administrative Service from 1979 to 2007. He held several positions with the national and state government of Assam, including Joint Secretary (Urban Transport) in the national Ministry of Urban Development and Secretary for Transport in the State of Assam. He was the principal author of the National Urban Transport Policy for the country, which was adopted in 2006 and has remained the key document guiding urban transport investments since then. He was Joint Secretary (Training) to the Government of India in the Ministry of Personnel and Training for 2000 to 2005, during which time he was instrumental in redesigning the midcareer training for IAS offices by introducing the Phase III, IV and V programs. He was also instrumental in starting the Center for Public Policy at IIM Bangalore.

    He has worked with the World Bank for 6 years as its global Urban Transport Adviser in Washington DC. He was an Executive Director in the Indian School of Business. He was also the CEO of the World Resources Institute from June 2017 to September 2022.

    He chaired the US Transport Research Boards Committee on Transport in Developing countries for a period of 6 years. He has written several papers on urban transport policy and governance issues. His recent book entitled “Emerging Paradigms in Urban Mobility Planning, Financing and Implementation” was published by Elsevier.

    He has a PhD in Transport Economics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, a Master’s degrees in Transportation and in Technology Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras.