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Ani Dasgupta is Head of NUMO’s Secretariat and also serves as Global Director of WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, which houses NUMO, and WRI Director of the Coalition for Urban Transitions.
WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities helps cities grow more sustainably and improve quality of life in developing countries around the world through developing environmentally, socially and financially sustainable solutions. Ani leads a team of global experts in sustainable transport, urban development and building efficiency, as well as engagement across air quality, low-carbon energy, governance, water risk and associated areas.
Ani also serves as WRI Director of the Coalition for Urban Transitions, Special Initiative of the New Climate Economy (NCE), a global partnership of 20+ economic and policy research institutes, city networks and private companies, of which WRI Ross Center is the Managing Partner.
Prior to joining WRI, Ani served as the Director of Knowledge and Learning at the World Bank. Ani holds Master's degrees in City Planning and Architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has a B.A. in Architecture with an emphasis on low Income Housing from the School of Planning and Architecture in India. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and twin boys.
Robin Chase is a transportation entrepreneur. She is co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the largest car-sharing company in the world, and co-founder of Veniam, a network company that moves terabytes of data between vehicles and the cloud. Her recent book is Peers Inc: How People and Platforms are Inventing the Collaborative Economy and Reinventing Capitalism. Her current passion is working with cities to maximize the transformation possible with the introduction of self-driving cars.
She sits on the boards of the World Resources Institute and Tucows, and serves on the Dutch multinational DSM’s Sustainability Advisory Board. In the past, she served on the boards of Veniam and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the French National Digital Agency, the National Advisory Council for Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Intelligent Transportations Systems Program Advisory Committee for the U.S. Department of Transportation, the OECD’s International Transport Forum Advisory Board, the Massachusetts Governor’s Transportation Transition Working Group, and Boston Mayor’s Wireless Task Force.
Robin lectures widely, has frequently been featured in major media, and has received many awards in the areas of innovation, design and the environment.
Harriet leads the NUMO team and draws on her deep-bench experience in urban planning, smart mobility, disaster resilience, housing and community development issues to guide the NUMO alliance.
Before joining NUMO, Harriet served most recently as advisor to Ford Smart Mobility, Arcadis, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the State of Louisiana, Georgetown University and many other cities, states and foundations. She also prepared an amendment to Washington, D.C.’s Comprehensive Plan on Autonomous Vehicles. During the Obama Administration, she was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Community Planning and Development at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where she initiated the first ever $1 billion National Disaster Resilience Competition. Her work at HUD included helping states, regions, cities, counties and towns across the U.S. build strong foundations for climate change resilience.
Harriet has been a board member of the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority and the Washington Metropolitan Region Transportation Planning Board. She was the Director of the District of Columbia Office of Planning, where she worked to make D.C. a walkable, bikeable, livable, globally competitive and thriving city. Prior to this she was the Director of the Governors’ Institute on Community Design, co-founded with former Maryland Governor Glendening. Harriet was also a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Jyot works to align NUMO stakeholders: the people living in cities and the businesses and governments that run them.
Prior to joining NUMO, Jyot led the new mobility work at WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. Her work involved supporting impact enterprises and city governments to understand emerging models and technologies. She has a particular focus on technology's impact on women in public spaces and equality of access for all urban citizens. Her work had its inception in India and has now grown to cities in Brazil, China and Mexico.
Prior to WRI, Jyot co-founded the Be! Fund, an experimental incubation fund, to invest in businesses by young people living in Delhi’s slums. She started her career in investment banking and consulting.
Jyot has an MBA from the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Holyoke College. She is an Associate Fellow with the Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship and a Shell Foundation Fellow.
Tamar Shapiro is Senior Manager of Strategic Initiatives for NUMO. She has two decades of experience working on policies and programs related to land use, housing, transportation and economic development in the United States and Europe.
Prior to joining NUMO, Tamar was a non-resident fellow at the Urban Institute, based in Leipzig, Germany. Tamar is also the former President and CEO of the Center for Community Progress in Washington, D.C., an organization dedicated to helping cities across the U.S. address property vacancy and abandonment and build strong, stable neighborhoods for and with residents.
Before joining Community Progress, Tamar was Senior Director of Urban and Social Policy at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, where she managed transatlantic urban policy programs with a particular focus on the revitalization of older, industrial cities. Previously, Tamar served as the Director of the Governors’ Institute on Community Design at Smart Growth America. In this role, she advised governors and their cabinet officials on state policies related to urban development and transportation. An attorney by training, Tamar Shapiro also worked at Klein Hornig, LLP, a law firm specializing in affordable housing development.
Tamar received a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an M.Phil. in European Studies from the University of Cambridge, and a B.A. from Harvard College. She was also the recipient of a McCloy Fellowship in Environmental Affairs to conduct a 2010 research project on vacant property policies in former East Germany. In 1999-2000, she was a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow in Berlin and worked at the Berlin Administration on Urban Planning and Environment as well as the German Institute for Urban Affairs. She is a member of the board of Next City.
Shafaq works with NUMO alliance on developing strategic approaches, equitable policies, and inclusive outreach strategies for city interventions with “P4s” – public, private, and people partnerships.
Prior to joining NUMO, Shafaq worked as an Urban Planning and Social Impact consultant on strategic planning, civic engagement, and city-wide program initiatives between public sector, non-profits, and marginalized communities. She formerly led local and national initiatives on equitable and accessible park and public space development at The Trust for Public Land and managed the Leadership in Community Resilience Program at the National League of Cities.
With roots in Venezuela and Pakistan, Shafaq brings a global perspective to cities and believes in connecting all people to places of opportunity. Her background in design, planning, and community development extends to post-earthquake disaster recovery efforts in Pakistan and establishing a framework and toolkit on equitable transit-oriented developments (eTOD) and public space revitalization projects in Latin America. Shafaq holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and Master in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of California Los Angeles.
Carlos works in the design and implementation of pilots with NUMO allies. Before joining NUMO, Carlos had the fortune of working on almost every continent, from Thimphu in Bhutan to Kampala in Uganda, as well as Bogotá, San Francisco, Bangkok and 40+ other cities.
His work has included directing more than 20 projects, spanning the development of a bicycle strategy for cities to the assessment of value capture mechanisms for mass transit and reviewing travel demand management policies in 12 Latin American cities and motorcycle use in others. He has also written 30+ articles and books, and planned and executed 100+ capacity building activities.
He is a Colombian psychologist with a MSc in Contemporary Urbanism from the London School of Economics. He has worked for development banks, UN agencies, cooperation institutions. He founded Despacio.org in 2008 and was its Executive Director until he joined NUMO. He is the proud recipient of the Cycling Embassy of Denmark’s 2018 Leadership Award.
Sebastian works with NUMO allies to identify research gaps and produce new, insightful research that can help stakeholders better understand the latest trends in new mobility.
In addition to NUMO, Sebastian is an Urban Efficiency and Climate Associate with WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, where he provides advice and support to cities in designing and implementing low-carbon, high-efficiency transport solutions and policies, including electrification of the transport sector, fuel economy policies and Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), among others.
Sebastian holds a Bachelor’s in Electronic Engineering from the Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia), a Master’s Degree (Project Management and Technology) from the École des Mines de Saint-Étienne (France) and an MSc. in Transport Planning and the Environment, from the Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds (UK), where he is currently also pursuing his PhD, looking at the intersection between new mobility and public policy.
In his free time, Sebastian enjoys cycling, traveling, learning new languages and watching movies.
Madlyn is the Communications Manager for NUMO. She works to build awareness of and support for NUMO by engaging with the media, experts, and the public.
Prior to joining NUMO, Madlyn worked as a writer, editor, journalist, producer, and communications consultant. She was the Senior Editor of The Fem Word, a digital platform dedicated to amplifying the voices and stories of women around the world; wrote the script for an award-winning short documentary film following a Bangalore girl's journey to win a life-changing spelling bee; and provided communications, marketing, and public relations support for non-profit organizations and a sustainable retail brand. Her work has appeared on PopSugar and DC Trending, among other publications.
Madlyn holds a B.A. in English from the University of Virginia.
She lives in Northern Virginia with her cat, Suki.
As the Alliance Coordinator for NUMO, Monica facilitates team decision-making, supports working group events, conducts weekly team meetings, supports senior staff, and tracks team projects and deliverables.
Prior to joining NUMO, Monica was Executive Assistant to the lead co-counsel of the high-profile U.S. climate change case where 21 young people are suing the U.S. government.
Monica holds a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley. Her primary focus throughout her undergraduate career was on sustainable development and environmental justice. Additionally, she was selected as a Fellow for the Gender, Equity, and the Environment Program at the Sierra Club and was a blog contributor with the Worldwatch Institute.
Ken Wakabayashi is a Research Analyst for NUMO, the New Urban Mobility alliance, hosted by WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. He works to understand, quantify and analyze the new mobility landscape and define ways in which this data can be represented to support NUMO and NUMO's allies. Previously, Ken worked as a Cities Data Initiative intern around the topics of air quality, cities and transportation.
Prior to joining WRI, Ken worked as an environmental analyst and researcher. He held positions at City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Resilience, where he calculated Atlanta’s GHG emissions and produced The City of Atlanta’s 2015 GHG Emissions Inventory Report; Emory University Department of Environmental Sciences, where researched agricultural GHG emissions in the Saikawa lab; and Emory University Sustainability Initiatives, where he updated Emory University’s Climate Action Plan and GHG Emissions Inventory Report.
Ken holds a B.A. in Chemistry and a B.S. in Environmental Sciences from Emory University.
A San Diego native, Ken enjoys playing soccer, hiking and making smoothies.
Larissa leads Global Projects and Initiatives for WRI Ross Centre for Sustainable Cities, where she is responsible for project oversight and management of large-scale, multi-sectoral and multi-country projects such as NUMO, as well as stewarding relationships with some of the Center's most strategic donors. Larissa helped manage the EMBARQ Latin America program and was a key player in the creation of the Latin American Association of Integrated Transport Systems and Bus Rapid Transit (SIBRT). Larissa came to WRI with eight years of experience in both international trade and the private sector. She began her career as an international trader in fuel and lubricants for Petrobras Distribuidora in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Originally from Brazil, Ms. Da Silva holds two Master's degrees in Diplomacy and International Relations, and Strategic Communication from Seton Hall University, USA. She earned an MBA in Foreign Trade and International Negotiation from Fundação Getúlio Vargas, Brazil, and holds a certificate in Strategic and Political Studies from the High War School in Brazil.
Carrie manages reporting and proposals related to NUMO’s strategic partners, and she spends the majority of her time at WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities as Global Project Management Associate. Prior to joining WRI, Carrie worked for American University’s Honors Program, managing the budget and coordinating programs. Carrie holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from American University, with a concentration in International Management. She also holds Bachelor’s degrees in International Studies and Communication from The Ohio State University.
Kerry is Project Coordinator III for WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities’ Global Projects and Initiatives team. Kerry provides budgeting, grant management, contract and reporting support for the Coalition for Urban Transitions – A New Climate Economy Special Initiative (CUT-NCE) and NUMO, the New Urban Mobility alliance.
Kerry has a wide range of research and project management experience, including work on agricultural history and sustainable agroforestry initiatives in the Brazilian Amazon. Prior to joining WRI, he worked in design and architectural project management in Paris, France.
He holds his Master’s in Latin American Studies from the University of Chicago. In his spare time, Kerry enjoys training for marathons, hiking, cooking and traveling whenever possible.