Centre for Symbiosis of Technology, Environment & Management


Prof. B. Bhaskara Rao


M. Arch. – IIT, Kharagpur
B. Arch. – Anna University, Guindy, Madras

Experience: He was former Dean, IIM Bangalore; Advisor, Saudi Arabia Government; Consultant to World Bank and other organizations. Prof. Rao has more than 40 years of experience in government, private sector and academics.

Key Expertise Areas: Urban Planning and Development, Public Policy, Sectoral reforms and Capacity Building.

V. M. Hegde

Managing Director

Diploma in Urban Management, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK
PG Diploma in Planning (equivalent to Master’s Degree), School of Planning and Architecture, CEPT, Ahmedabad
Master of Arts, Karnataka University (Urban and Regional Geography), Dharwad

Experience: He was the former Director, Directorate of Town and Country Planning, Government of Karnataka. Has more than 40 years of experience in state government and private sector. He was the Team Leader for Bangalore Master Plan; Master Plans for six towns in Karnataka and three towns in AHUDA Region. He was instrumental in bringing amendments to Karnataka Town & Country Planning Act. Also brought out Urbanization Policy for the State of Karnataka.

Key Expertise Areas: Infrastructure and Development Planning; Urban Planning including General town planning, urban master planning, transportation planning, infrastructure development & investment planning.
He was part of the team which prepared the book “Urban Planning and Development at Crossroads.

Dr. P H Rao


Fellow - IIM Bangalore
M. Pharm. – BHU-IT
B. Pharm. – BIT, Mesra, Ranchi University
Elementary Certificate in German, Ranchi University

Experience: Has more than 35 years of experience with prestigious organizations like ORG, Baroda; IIHMR, Jaipur and ASCI, Hyderabad before joining STEM.

Key Expertise Areas: His major competencies are Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), Capacity Building (CB) and Social and Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) and Quality Improvement (QI). Dr Rao’s sectoral expertise extends over health and other Human Development sectors like education, nutrition, environment, rural development and urban development.
He has extensively published in national and international journals, on health, urban development, bio-medical waste management etc. Dr Rao has also authored chapters in books, training modules and case studies.

S. Srikumar

Director – Projects

M. Tech (Planning) – School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi
B. Arch., JNTU - Hyderabad

Experience: About 20 years in research and consultancy in development planning sectors viz. urban development, infrastructure, environment, housing, water and sanitation, among others.

Expertise areas: Advocacy Planning, Policy Research & Strategy Development, Project Formulation & Implementation, Environmental Planning & Management, Monitoring & Evaluation, Socio-economic Surveys & Analysis, Program Management, etc. Was associated in more than 45 assignments and led more than 20 research/consultancy assignments.

K. Narasimhamurthy

Advisor – Urban Planning, STEM

Management in Urban Development - Birmingham, U.K
Aerial Photography Interpretation - NRSA, Dehradun
Degree in Town & Country Planning - University of Madras
Master of Engineering (Structures) - University of Bangalore
Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) - University of Mysore

Experience: He was former Joint Director of Town Planning, GoK. He has more than 48 years of experience in Urban Planning, Infrastructure Planning (BWSSB) and Development.
He served as Faculty in Urban Planning and allied subjects for Institute of Development Studies, University of Mysore. He also served as Professor – Urban Planning (HUDCO Chair), SIUD, Mysore and was Training Coordinator for Urban Local Bodies (ULB). He is also a trainer of trainers (Leadership).

Key Expertise: Preparation and revision of Master Plans and policy preparation and analysis and Capacity Building.

B.V. Suranjana Reddy

Senior Manager- Social


Experience: Over 30 years in Community Development, Participatory Training, Research Studies, consultancy and Participatory Rural Appraisals in development sectors viz. Rehabilitation & Resettlement, Sanitation and hygiene, watershed development, Sustainable Development among others.

Expertise areas: Participatory Training Methodologies; NGO Management; Rural appraisals and Evaluations; Field studies; etc. Conducted over 80 NGO Development and Sanitation and Hygiene Capacity Building Training programmes and involved in more than 45 research/consultancy assignments.

Ms. Padmavathi.N

Associate Director - Development Sectors

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Experience: More than 13 years of experience in Education, Health & Rural Development sectors. Has working experience in Resettlement projects & Evaluation of Health, Rural development, Social development Agriculture, Environmental assessment studies;

Expertise: Community mobilization/Coordination in field surveys, translation of questionnaires from English to Kannada language, data analysis, planning and develop strategies for NGOs activities, monitoring and supervision of field staff, training, FGDs, etc. Involved more than 10 consultancy assignments.

Durga Prasad Inampudi

GIS Manager

Fellow (B. Tech); CIVIL.

Experience: Over 3 years in research, GIS Mapping and Utility projects. Involved in Base Map Preparation for APMDP region and GVMC regions.

Key Expertise: Data collection of all the required data for base maps. Monitoring the survey progress with respect to the Project Timelines and scope; Land Records and Property Tax. Also possess knowledge in GIS Masterplan projects.

Girivardhana Reddy. M

Project Associate

M. Sc (Geology)

Experience: Having 4 years of experience in GIS mapping, Data collection and compilation of data.

Key Expertise: GIS and Urban Planning

C. Josyl Joseph

Senior Manager – Administration


Experience: He has more than 22 years of working experience in office administration, system admin, accounting and logistics management. He was responsible for supervising day-to-day operations of the administrative department and staff members. Hiring, training, and evaluating employees as and when required. Developing, reviewing, and improving administrative systems, policies, and procedures.

B. E. Nagaraju

Accounts Executive

B.COM. – SK University, Anantapur
MBA in Finance – JNT University, Anantapur

Experience: He has four years of experience in Auditing, Taxation, Preparation of Balance Sheets, Budgeting and Other Statutory Compliances. His expertise includes Tally, filing GST and TDS and other statutory payments; Finalization of Accounts – Profit and Loss A/c, Revenue and Expenditure, Balance Sheet and Other allied activities.