Shipra Narang Suri
Shipra Narang Suri
Vice-President of General Assembly of Partners towards Habitat III (GAP), Co-Chair of World Urban Campaign, Vice-president of International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP)
Dr. Shipra Narang Suri is an urban planner with a Ph.D. in Post-War Recovery Studies from the University of York, UK. She is a Vice-President of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP), responsible in particular for technical cooperation and projects. Shipra has extensive experience in advising national and local governments, as well as private sector organisations and networks, on issues of urban planning and management, good urban governance and indicators, livability and sustainability of cities, urban safety, women and cities, as well as post-conflict/ post-disaster recovery. She is the co-Chair of the World Urban Campaign, a platform that brings together a large array of global organisations to advocate for sustainable urbanisation. In April 2015, Shipra was elected Vice-President of the General Assembly of Partners, a platform established to bring stakeholder voices to Habitat III and in the drafting of the New Urban Agenda. GAP has now emerged as the leading stakeholder mechanism to engage in Habitat III, with over 1200 registered members representing 58000 networks, with a potential collective outreach to a billion people.
Shipra has worked with the United Nations, specifically, UN-HABITAT, UNDP, and UNESCO, as well as international NGOs and private sector organisations, for nearly two decades, and is currently based in Delhi. She has just finished developing a global strategic framework on Cities for Children for World Vision International and is working on a National Governance Assessment Framework for UNDP and the Prime Minister’s Office, Government of Bangladesh. She has worked across Asia, Africa, South Eastern Europe and the Middle-East. She is an Associate (Visiting Fellow) at the Department of Politics, University of York (U.K.), and has also lectured at several universities in India, Europe and the US. She is an Editor of the international journal ‘CITY’, and a member of a global think tank on ‘Livable Cities’ set up by Philips. Shipra is also a member of the Urban Planning Advisory Group (UPAG) set up to advise UN-ISDR on urban planning issues and their relationship with disaster risk reduction.
Shipra has been involved in the development and execution of a variety of development, research and training projects and programmes, is a regular public speaker at national and international fora, and has several publications to her credit.