We conduct action-oriented, mixed methods research on sustainable, gender equitable cities, public spaces, and transport
Transform transport to mitigate and adapt to climate
Create vibrant public spaces for all genders and universal access
Design participatory processes to reconceptualize cities and transport
Who we are
Sonal is a multi-sectoral professional driven by the goal of catalyzing sustainable, gender equitable transport and cities. She has over 18 years experience in sustainable transportation, gender equality and social inclusion, station accessibility planning, neighbourhood and street design, public spaces and land-use transport integration.
Sonal is responsible for introducing gender responsive guidelines in India's URDPFI guidelines - a first for the country. She was a key contributor to the urban street design guidelines for the Indian Roads Congress. She has advised development banks in incorporating a gender perspective in urban transport projects, and influenced investments of $9 billion, directly impacting 500,000 women and girls.
Sonal has led projects funded by the ADB, AfD, Bloomberg Philanthropies, GIZ, UN-Habitat, World Bank and worked across 10 states in India, South and Central Asia, Middle East and the United States. She graduated from the urban planning from Columbia University, New York.
Sonal was featured in the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative's network of "Remarkable Women in Transport 2020" to recognize women change makers in the sector. She serves on the alumni board of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University.