Joint Secretary and Mission Director (Smart Cities)
Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, New Delhi, India
Kunal Kumar’s biggest passion is cities, and he has contributed to creating a positive change in India’s urban sector in various capacities for over a decade. He is a rare combination of a visionary thought leader and one who has mastered the art of strategic and tactical thinking to the core. He has been using this combination to catalyze action, seed new ideas, and implementation. He currently leads the nationwide implementation of arguably the largest and most complex urbanization initiative on the planet, the Smart Cities Mission. He firmly believes that cities need to be built around communities and that technology as a medium also has to be used in a way that helps create inclusion and support bottom-up innovation.