Vandana Vasudevan is a Senior Fellow under the Sustainable Cities and Transport program of WRI, India. She is the lead coordinator for WRI India’s upcoming work on national economic geography for Urban India.

She holds a bachelor’s in Economics from Lady Shriram College, Delhi and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A). Vandana held senior management positions in Standard Chartered Bank, ICICI Bank and HT Media Ltd. At HT Media Ltd, she conceptualized a tele-sales unit, HT SEAL, in Noida, and grew it to a profitable business employing over a hundred people.

Vandana wrote a fortnightly column in the business daily Mint (2010-13) and another one for DNA (2017-19). She has authored two non-fiction books: Urban Villager: Life in an Indian Satellite Town (SAGE, 2013) and Tough Customer (Westland, 2014).

While writing her first book Vandana got interested in urban development following which she studied the subject formally at the University of Grenoble, France where she lived for two years. She holds a master’s in Urbanisme and a Ph.D from the same university. Her thesis was on Mobility and Spatial Accessibility of Urban Working Women.

After her Ph.D, she researched on Gender Segregated Transport in the Ride Hailing industry with IFC Washington.

Vandana grew up in Delhi and Mumbai, is widely travelled and speaks five languages.