Transportation is the fulcrum that can transform the entire world economy, by enabling access to social and economic opportunities.
Sonal is a multi-sectoral professional driven by the goal of catalyzing sustainable, equitable transportation and cities. She has over 15 years experience in sustainable transportation, gender equality and social inclusion, station accessibility planning, neighbourhood and street design, public spaces and land-use transport integration.
A results-driven individual, Sonal uses a gender and social inclusion lens to inform sustainable transport policies, investments, city planning, public space design and infrastructure. She is responsible for introducing gender responsive guidelines in India's URDPFI guidelines - a first for the country. She has advised on transit-oriented development, public transport and complete streets guidelines and projects. She was a key contributor to the urban street design guidelines for the Indian Roads Congress and the transit-oriented development policy for Jharkhand.
Sonal has worked with reputable organizations like the World Resources Institute, Indian Institute for Human Settlements and led urban planning and inclusive mobility at the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) India Program. This experience is built on a foundation of an ivy-league education at Columbia University, New York, where is she was featured in the Alumni Spotlight in Fall 2013-14. Sonal was recently featured in the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative's network of "Remarkable Women in Transport" to recognize women change makers in the sector.
Our team includes urban planning, urban design, sustainable transportation researchers and practitioners with interdisciplinary expertise in gender equity and development studies.