Humphrey Fellows 2019-2020

First row (left to right):Paulo Alvarado, Andrea Urgiles, Ayawavi Attisso, Milagros Richards, Chandra Hada, Alejandra Gomez, Second row (left to right) Vineet Abhishek, Ognyan Georgiev, Zina Ruzdic, Sarnai Battulga, Samer Wanan, and Javed Khoso.

Vineet Abhishek (India)

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Civil servant with Indian Railway Traffic Service. Since 2011, he has served in various capacities in Mumbai division of Western Railway overseeing train operations, control and safety, infrastructure planning, passenger amenities, and business development. His areas of interest encompass transit-oriented development and active transport–based urban mobility policymaking. Abhishek has published peer-reviewed as well as journalistic pieces on the issues of urban mobility and congestion. As a SPURS/Humphrey Fellow, he will be focusing on modeling, public transport operations and planning, urban logistics, data analysis, and urban mobility management.

Email: vineet07@mit.edu

Ayawavi Attisso (Togo)

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Technical advisor for Councils, Management, and Support to Territories/Community Initiatives for Good Governance (NGO CONGAT/ICB). She is a civil engineer with expertise in designing, building, surveying, supervising, and enforcing standards for public health infrastructures. She raises awareness of the needs of disabled people and advocates for spaces to be made accessible. She holds a master's degree and bachelor's degree in civil engineering and infrastructure/construction from International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering (2iE), Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. At MIT, she intends to research sustainable urban planning and low-income housing to support local development process in Togo.

Email: attisso@mit.edu

Paulo Alvarado (Chile)

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Chilean architect at the Ministry of Housing and Urbanism. He has worked for the past eight years in urban planning for the Districts Recovery Program, which focuses on helping communities address issues related to poverty and recover from natural disasters. He works with the Chilean government, municipalities, and the community to model more equitable, healthy, efficient, and attractive neighborhoods. At MIT, he plans to strengthen his work on spatial and urban planning tools that can be used to reduce the risk and vulnerability of communities to natural hazards.

Email: paulces@mit.edu

Sarnai Battulga (Mongolia)

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Cities program officer Mongolia with the Global Green Growth Institute in Ulaanbaatar and CEO, Mongolian Green Urban Development Research Institute. She has 17 years of professional experience in regional and urban planning and affordable housing policy with the government of Mongolia including deputy director program planning, Capital City Housing Corporation. She holds an M.A. from Mongolian University of Science and Technology and a master of philosophy from Yokohama National University, Japan. At MIT, she seeks to deepen her study on green affordable housing and green housing finance in developing countries.

Email: sarnaib@mit.edu

Ognyan Georgiev (Bulgaria)

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Journalist with 16 years of experience. His expertise is in local economy, regional issues, urban development. Deputy-managing editor of the leading Bulgarian newspaper Capital. Head of the special project Capital Cities, devoted to life and business in the leading urban centers of Bulgaria. Specialist in the urban and regional development of Bulgaria before and after the country joined the EU.

Email: ognyan@mit.edu

Alejandra Gómez (Colombia )

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Coordinator of Ciudades at Findeter (a Colombian development bank focusing on infrastructure), where she coordinates the technical assistance provided to municipalities in their territorial management and planning. Previously, she worked in the financial sector. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, a postgraduate’s degree in corporate finance both from the National University of Colombia, and a master’s degree in development practice (MDP) from the Andes University, Colombia. At MIT, she is studying the role of urban planning and the global partnership in addressing sustainable development.

Email: agomezgj@mit.edu

Chandra Laxmi Hada (Nepal)

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Architect, urban planner, and disaster risk reduction (DRR) specialist. She works as a team leader for urban development projects executed by the government of Nepal. She has 17 years’ experience working with government, UN agencies, NGOs and the private sector in architecture, housing development, urban planning, including DRR and management. She has a master of science in urban planning and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. She is keen on studying how US local governments mainstream DRR, address gender sensitive, incorporate innovative technologies, and promote green recovery principles in urban planning.

Email: chada@mit.edu

Javed Nabi Khoso (Pakistan)

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Member of Pakistan Administrative Service, an urban planner and a mid-career officer who served in various important positions within Government of Balochistan, Pakistan. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics and an MBA from the University of Sindh, Jamshoro. His main areas of interest are innovative urban systems and policies, sustainable city planning and development with special focus on solid waste management, housing and water, and sanitation management.

Email: jnkhoso@mit.edu

Milagros Richards (Argentina)

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Architect, graduated in Universidad de Buenos Aires; completed her studies on Universidad Torcuato Di Tella with different programs on landscape architecture, smart cities and financial public and private associations. She is secretary of public works in charge of architecture and urban development of the city of San Miguel, a metropolitan area of Buenos Aires. While at MIT, she intends to capitalize on current technological tools for the urban and territorial administration, challenging the legal organizational frameworks in force, and increasing the need for sectoral coordination for the re-elaboration of public policies connected to development.

Email: mili2019@mit.edu

Zina Ruzdic (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

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Department head for cultural heritage and environmental protection in the Institute for Planning Development for Canton Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, with 13 years of experience in regional and urban planning, legal frameworks, and polices. She holds a master’s degree in architecture from the Faculty of Architecture, University Sarajevo, and a master's in restoration, conservation, and management of cultural heritage from the University Urbino-Carlo Bo and Sapienza University Rome - Italy. At MIT, she will research sustainable management of cultural heritage in the process of urban regeneration.

Email: zruzdic@mit.edu

Andrea Urgilés (Ecuador)

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Architect/Urban planner, institutional advisor for the planning of public works in the Municipality of Quito, Ecuador. She has 10 years of experience in urban planning and design, including relocation and redevelopment projects, neighborhood development, and micro-urbanism based on community action, and development and evaluation of housing policies and regulations. At MIT, she will focus on redevelopment of areas transformed by irregular urbanization and conflict, public policies and financing tools, and multiregional systems planning.

Email: aurgiles@mit.edu

Samer Wanan (Palestine)

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Instructor in the Department of Architectural Engineering at Birzeit University, Palestine. He holds a BSc in architectural engineering from Birzeit University, Palestine, and an MA in architecture, planning, and landscape from Newcastle University, UK. Samer is interested in exploring the potentials and challenges of emerging technologies and their modes of production (spatially and culturally), ranging from the scale of building components to the urban and city scale. At MIT, he aims to pursue these interests through interdisciplinary research and design projects. In particular, he hopes to explore alternative modes of living and spatial production and their relations to new and emerging technologies, ecological systems, tectonics, and material assemblies.

Email: swanan@mit.edu