The Ahmedabad Project aims to create awareness on governance among the citizens of the city. With expansion, Ahmedabad is urbanizing rapidly bringing with it the problems of traffic, garbage disposal, and disappearance of the city's green cover. The Ahmedabad Project wants to change that through policy engagement with citizens, organizing workshops on policy change, governance and increasing interest in issues of civic nature. We think change can come about when enough citizens understand who their ward councillors are, what does their corporation actually do and how to evaluate and make better policies. To that end, we do policy education with young people and hope to organize larger campaigns with the citizenry.
Renu Pokharna works at MICA - The School of Ideas and started the Ahmedabad Project to bridge the gap between citizens and the city government. Prior to MICA, she spent a decade in working in India and Africa on public-private partnerships, governance and education. She has a degree in public policy from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, New York. She is a trained yoga teacher and enjoys undertaking geographical expeditions to remote countries, the last one being to Madagascar.
FOUNDER: RENU POKHARNA
INTERNSHIP COORDINATOR: SHAILI PATEL
Shaili is a Business Administration graduate from Ahmedabad University and also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in International Business from Gujarat University. Her work experience includes being a Client Response Executive at DSP Investment Managers (Previously known as DSP BlackRock Investment Managers) and a Management Associate at EmpowerED, which is an Edtech startup company. She is also a part of the Global Shapers Community, which is the World Economic Forum's youngest community. She is a fitness enthusiast.