Aromar Revi is the founding Director of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS). He is a global practice and thought leader, and educator with over 37 years of interdisciplinary experience in sustainable development, global environmental change, long-term futures, governance, public policy and ﬁnance, and urbanisation. Aromar is a global expert on Sustainable Development; Co-Chair of UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). He is a member of the Advisory Board of UCLG the global voice of local and regional governments from 0.24 million towns, cities and regions.
Aromar is a leading expert on global environmental change, especially climate change. He was a Coordinating Lead Author (CLA) of the 2018 IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C. He is a CLA of the synthesis chapter on Climate Resilient Development Pathways of the IPCC AR 6 on Adaptation, and a member of the AR6 Synthesis Report Core Writing Team. He was also a CLA of the 2018 SR1.5 Summary for Urban Policymakers, and the 2021 Summary for Financial Decision Makers. He was earlier a CLA of the IPCC Assessment Report 5 on Urban Areas, that established the role of cities and regions in addressing climate risks in 2014.
He is one of South Asia’s most experienced risk and disaster management professionals and has been a member of the Advisory Board of UNDRR’ Scientiﬁc & Technical Advisory Group (STAG) and its bi-annual Global Assessment of Risk (GAR), from 2008. He has led the design for UNDRR of the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) a global partnership to promote the resilience of infrastructure systems to climate and disaster risks.
Head – Technical Support Team
Affiliation: Associate Dean, School of Environment and Sustainability; School of Systems and Infrastructure; Senior Lead-Practice, Indian Institute for Human Settlements.
Amir Bashir Bazaz is Senior Lead-Practice at IIHS. He has a PhD in Management from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, with a specialisation in Public Systems. He has substantial experience of working with various integrated assessment frameworks and modelling arrangements. His current research interests are low-carbon societies/infrastructure, climate change mitigation and adaptation (across scales) with speciﬁc focus on urban climate change linkages and climate, energy and environment policy.
Amir he has been a Contributing Author to the IPCC Special Report on 1.5C (Chapter 4), is Contributing Author to the Feasibility assessment in the AR6 cycle, has been a Lead Author on the Summary for Urban Policy Makers (SUPM), and has been a Lead Author on the Summary for Financial Decision Makers (SFDM). He was also the National Expert Consultant to the Government of India, managing the production and submission of India’s Second National Communication to the UNFCCC.
At IIHS, Amir had been the Regional Research Lead for a multi-partner, multi-year climate adaptation research project — Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR).
This project was part of an IDRC/DFID funded global climate adaptation research programme — Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) operational across West, South and East Africa as well as South Asia. In addition, Amir has been a part of many practice-based engagements at IIHS, notably on ‘Energy Innovation’ in partnership with Cambridge University; and ‘GCRF-PEAK program, focusing on sustainable energy transitions in the Urban context’ in partnership with Oxford University, Peking University, and the University of Cape Town and EAFIT University, Colombia. He is the Lead Researcher for the Volkswagen Foundation funded multi-country, multi-year RESET project (Reconﬁguring Sustainable Energy Transitions) that tracks the energy transition in India, Germany, the Netherlands and South Africa. He also manages the Disaster Risk & Resilience portfolio at IIHS.
Deputy Head – Technical Support Team
Affiliation: Senior Research Consultant, Indian Institute for Human Settlements.
Chandni Singh has a PhD in International Development from the University of Reading, United Kingdom and works at the interface of climate change and development in the global South. At IIHS, she works on climate change adaptation, drivers of diﬀerential vulnerability to climate change and hazards, and rural and urban livelihood transitions. She was a Contributing Author on the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C and is a Lead Author on the Working Group II Assessment Report 6 (Chapter 10 Asia and Cross-chapter Paper on Cities and Settlements by the Sea).
Chandni is also a Lead Author on UCCRN’s Third Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities, and Contributing Author on the UNESCO-ICOMOS-IPCC “Cultural Heritage and Climate Change” Initiative. She serves on the editorial boards of Regional Environmental Change, Urbanisation, and Climate and Development, and is the ‘Vulnerability and Adaptation’ Domain Editor for Wires-Climate Change. She has previously worked in research and practice-based organisations such as the University of Reading (UK), Bioversity International, Pragya, and WWF India across South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Chandni is also deeply interested in science communication for lay audiences and is a published poet.