Using technology to create cities of the future, today

Rethinking cities into dynamic and intelligent spaces

Providing answers to the challenges of an urban century

Optimizing public services and resource utilisation to improve quality of life
To develop and apply a well structured smart city framework


Carley Pennink

Ms. Pennink (BA, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; BFA, Parsons School of Design, NYC; MA Urban Management, Urban Management Centre, Rotterdam) joined IHS in 1994. At IHS, she leads the acquisition and management of the institute's project portfolio. Thematically, Ms. Pennink trains and consults on the privatization of municipal services and public - public private partnerships in infrastructure provision, as well as quality and performance in local government, institutional development and organizational change. She has managed teams working on city-wide development strategies, and planning processes that incorporated community based and participatory approaches. She has extensive experience working with public private partnerships. She is also an expert in capacity building, training and human resource development, and has led many institutional development projects in Africa, Asia and Central and Eastern Europe.

Sanjay Saxena

Sanjay is the managing director of Total Synergy Consulting Pvt. Ltd. He is a Qualified Management Accountant and holds advanced diplomas in urban management and planning as well as in IT. He has extensive experience in the urban sector over the last 20 years designing, implementing, and managing various smart-city initiatives in over 25 donor-funded projects in several countries. He combines this extensive work experience in the urban sector with outstanding expertise in the fields of e-governance and ICT application. He has worked on over one hundred donor funded projects in over 20 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America, applying ICT and GIS tools to urban management. Donors included all major institutions including the World Bank, Asian Development Bank Department for International Development and many other international development agencies. He has published over 135 books on Management Information Systems, Decision Support Systems, and ICT. Collectively, his books have sold over 3 million copies.

Maartje van Eerd

Maartje van Eerd (PhD Leiden University, MA Human Geography University of Amsterdam) has extensive experience as a researcher, trainer and advisor on housing and social development issues, including PhD research on resettlement in Chennai. She has developed, coordinated and facilitated several accredited courses on housing rights, forced evictions and alternatives for NGOs, CBOs and local government globally (Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe), training courses on gender and tenure security for local NGO and several trainings on alternatives to forced evictions and resettlement in Africa. For UN-Habitat she conducted research on evictions, acquisition, expropriation and compensation, and was involved in developing a training program slum upgrading. Recently she has managed and lectured in a training of trainers program on social housing in Nigeria and a training program on the rights based approach to resettlement in India. Currently she is conducting research on the impact of resettlement and opportunities for social upward mobility in India (Chennai).

Banashree Banerjee

Banashree Banerjee is an urban planner, working as an independent consultant and also as an associate staff member of the IHS, Rotterdam and visiting faculty member at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and CEPT University, Ahmedabad. In a career spanning more than three decades, she has been responsible for designing, implementing and institutionalizing participatory planning and monitoring at neighbourhood and city levels and putting in place city-wide approaches to improvement of informal settlements in a number of cities. In the last twenty years Banashree has worked extensively as a consultant for bilateral and international agencies. She also conducts short international courses on land management, strategic planning and action planning. She has undertaken prestigious assignments such as Panellist at the World Urban Forum 2010; Chairperson of the International Jury for the UN-HABITAT best Practices Awards in 2008; and working group member of the Global Commission for Legal Empowerment of the Poor in 2007.

Somesh Sharma

Somesh Sharma is an urban planner and is working in the field of sustainable urban infrastructure. He has more than 12 years of experience in advisory, research, education and training. At IHS Somesh is working as an academic staff and is involved in developing and teaching in various courses related to sustainable cities and green growth. He is in-charge of 3-months post graduate diploma course ‘Urban Management and Development Theories (UMDT)’. He is also the coordinator of short course ‘Green Cities for Eco-efficiency’. His main areas of focus are environmental planning and policy, green and smart infrastructure, sustainable urban transport, and climate change adaptation and mitigation planning. He specializes in designing decision support systems for urban management. In the past Somesh has worked with the Bhaskaracharya Institute for Space Applications and Geo-informatics (BISAG), Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM-A), and German International Services (GIZ-IS).

Prof. Harry Geerlings

Professor Harry Geerlings is professor of Governance of Sustainable Mobility at the Department of Public Administration of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Most of this research is related to the interaction between transport, environment and policy making/transition management. He holds a PhD in economics from the Free University in Amsterdam. Geerlings started his career as assistant professor at the Erasmus University Rotterdam in January 1988 within the department of Environmental Sciences. In the early nineties his interests and activities moved towards research and consultancy activities in the field of transport & the environment. This was a new and emerging domain in those days. In this context he also became involved in several projects for the European Commission.

Dr. Alexander Jachnow

Dr. Alexander Jachnow (Ph.D) has dedicated the last 15 years of his professional life to urban development, specializing in capacity building, urban governance and management. He was engaged in South Asia in DC programmes for urban development and governance for a total of six years in Urban Development Projects supported by GIZ, KfW, ADB and WB. He was the team leader of the Municipal Support Team for the Urban Governance and Development Programme in Nepal which he joined in March 2012. Before, he led a team of 38 staff for the Urban Good Governance Project in Bangladesh, coordinated the focal area “Governance” for the German DC Ministry, chaired the Urban Sector for the Donor Harmonization Group, with UNDP, Worldbank, ADB, DfiD, SIDA and JICA as permanent members.

Carlos Morales-Schechinger

Carlos H. Morales-Schechinger is a senior expert on urban land management. He runs the MSc program at Erasmus University of Rotterdam on Urban Land Development, the research workshop on Land Value Capture instruments and the diploma course on Land Management and Informal Settlements Regularisation. He also lectures on finance, housing and urban spatial theories. He has given advice, been a speaker, and/or a lectured on land issues in Africa, Europe, and North and South America. He held various posts in Mexican government and in public and private banks. He has been a visiting faculty member of LILP (Lincoln Institute of Land Policy) for 15 years and was a lecturer on urban finance, land and housing at UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) for 22 years. He holds a MPhil on urban studies from the University of Edinburgh.