Senior Fellow Vijay Jagannathan provides strategic and technical advice to WRI’s sustainable cities initiative.
Vijay comes from the World Bank where he was Sector Manager for infrastructure in the East Asia and Pacific region. He was responsible for an annual lending program of about $5 billion in the urban, water, transport and energy sectors. Vijay has been also associated with the APEC-led green growth and green finance initiatives. Prior to that he managed the water program of the World Bank in the Middle East and North Africa region. He has worked in the infrastructure, environment and urban development sectors in his twenty four years in the Bank. Prior to that he spent 10 years in Indian Administrative Service (elite civil service program) including his last stint as Secretary of the Calcutta Metropolitan Development Authority, which was responsible for all urban development programs in one of the largest cities of the developing world.
Vijay is an economist by training, with a PhD from Boston University. His dissertation on the informal markets for the poor was published by Oxford University Press in 1987 and recognized as one of the “Outstanding Academic Books of the Year” by the American Library Association. He has published extensively on water, urban development, agricultural development and environmental issues.