Dr. Vivek Nanda

Dr. Vivek Nanda

Urbanist and Master Planner London

Vivek Nanda is the CEO of Hinduja Investments & Project services - the infrastructure and development arm of the Hinduja Group – located in London. He is a renowned urbanist who has worked on major city -building, regeneration and development projects in the UK, Europe, Middle East and India. He is a Board Member of the UK India Business Council. He is also the Executive Director of the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development and Senior Fellow at Somerville College, University of Oxford. He was formerly part of the Global Executive at AECOM where he also took a strategic role in developing the India practice. He was a Partner at Alan Baxter where he led the urban design and transport practice.

He is an active policy maker. He has pioneered new approaches towards understanding, regulating and implementing sustainable growth and regeneration of urban settings at the national and regional level. He has led strategic projects focussing both physical and social infrastructure - planning, transport, heritage, public realm, housing and education / capacity building – for the public and private sector. He is leading several initiatives on Smart Cities, Low Carbon and Urban Resilience. He is author of several significant good practice publications which constitute national policy / good practice. He has been on the Strategic Urban Design Panel for CABE, South East Regional Design Panel, Bloomsbury Area Conservation Committee, Transport for London - Urban Design Panel, and, Trustee for the Friends of the V&A.

Vivek trained at Ahmedabad and Cambridge. He is actively involved in the art, heritage and education sectors. Jointly with his wife, their collection of South Asian historic and contemporary art is well recognised with various accessions often displayed in museum shows and galleries. He has curated several exhibitions including ‘Krishna & Devotion’ (Asia House, London, 2009) on Indian painted textiles, and more recently ‘Cosmology to Cartography‘ (National Museum, New Delhi, 2015) on Indian mapping. He has taught and lectured at various institutions including the University of Cambridge, University College London and the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology, Ahmedabad. He is Trustee / Patron / Board Member of several institutions / initiatives focussing on urban heritage and conservation projects, policy initiatives on urban sustainability, and, museums.