Chhavi Dhingra

Head – Capacity Building, Cities and Transport


Chhavi is Head – Capacity Building, Cities and Transport at WRI India. She works with the Cities’ team to develop training, online learning and organizational capacity development strategies for different stakeholders in the urban ecosystem. Chhavi co-leads the ideation and expansion of,a global web- learning platform that curates research and knowledge products created by the WRI Ross Centre for Sustainable Cities network in innovative ways. She also supports capacity development strategy and fundraising efforts for the network.

In India she led the empanelment of WRI India as part of Government of India’s largest urban infrastructure related capacity building effort- AMRUT (in Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation), where WRI trained over 500 officials (AMRUT) in 70+ cities in 3 Indian states. She also works closely with public transit agencies for carrying out needs analyses and developing their organizational and capacity building strategies. Chhavi was responsible for the creation of WRI Cities India’s online knowledge platform,

In the past, Chhavi has led and contributed to urban mobility related research projects and capacity building initiatives at organizations like The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the World Bank. She has published on topics like vehicle sharing in the context of developing cities, public transport benchmarking, urban transport governance and institutional analyses of urban transport in India.

Chhavi is currently the National Lead for the BMZ funded Integrated Sustainable Urban Transport Systems for Smart Cities (SMART-SUT) project, jointly being implemented by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, India and GIZ, together with WRI India and partners.  Here she spearheads activities and teams in the three smart cities- Bhubaneshwar, Coimbatore, and Kochi in identifying and implementing low-carbon and socially inclusive urban mobility projects. She is also parallelly steering institutional development activities to support these cities in enhancing their capacities for better planning and efficient delivery of urban transport services.

Chhavi holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Pune, India, and a master’s degree in Transportation Engineering from the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. 

Chhavi is a certified yoga instructor and enjoys travelling and scuba diving whenever she finds the opportunity.

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