Riya is a Lead Specialist - Infrastructure for Resilient Island States(IRIS) at CDRI. With 12 years’ experience focussed on urban and infrastructure resilience, climate action, environment assessment and urban planning, Riya has contributed to the implementation of various national and international programs. Her expertise focuses on research and policy analyses to inform governance and support governments through capacity building and technical advisory to foster sustainable and resilient development. Prior to this, Riya was the India Program Lead at Clean Air Asia. Previously, she also led the policy research at ‘Centre for Urban Planning and Governance’ at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and was a visiting faculty at the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi. She has authored several publications and is a Coordinating Lead Author for Global Environment Outlook (GEO) for cities, a UN global publication released in November 2021.
Riya has a bachelor's in Civil Engineering and master's in Environmental Planning.