Savitha Rammohan

External Consultant | smohan at iihs dot ac dot in

2008    Masters, Urban and Regional Planning (International Development Studies) Cornell University, USA
2002   PGD, Urban and Regional Planning, Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology,
CEPT University, Ahmedabad
2000   BArch, University of Madras, Chennai

Countries: India, United States, Kenya
States: Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu, New Delhi, Karnataka
Cities: Ahmedabad, Porbandar, Rajkot, Junagadh, Hyderabad,New Delhi, Raichur
Languages: English, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, German, Sanskrit

Savitha Rammohan is an External Consultant with the Urban Practitioners’ Programme (UPP). She has fifteen years of experience in the fields of Environmental Management, Urban Land Use planning, Climate change and post-disaster reconstruction.

At IIHS, she has been anchoring, designing and delivering courses across all three training modules of orientation, custom capsule 1 and custom capsule 2. She has taught multiple sessions on Urban Sanitation, Urban Transportation, Urban Water Supply, State Missions and Policies, Project Life Cycle, Public Health, Expression of Interests and Request for Proposals preparation, Rejuvenation and Transformation of Urban Lakes, Parks and Town Planning practica sessions and assisting with site visits to specific project sites. She has been involved with design of exposure visit programmes for participating states and preparation of proposals. She has trained participants from multiple states to include Tamilnadu, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat and Kerala.


She has served as an independent consultant for several leading international organisations to include the World Bank Group’s South Asia Environment and Social Unit in Washington DC and New Delhi, United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, Geneva, United Nations Development Programme in   New Delhi and the Global Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction, Washington DC and for leading management consulting firms to include Ernst and Young and Deloitte. She was also part of the team that formulated India’s Initial National Communication to the UNFCCC. She has also worked as a freelance architect and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity.


She was also an invited speaker at the World Bank Conference  titled Sixth Urban Research and Knowledge Symposium in 2012. She has served as Assistant Vice President with Environmental Management Centre, Mumbai, Executive Director at Sri Sai Manasa Nature Tech an environmental management firm and as a Senior Consultant with Environmental Resources Management India Pvt. Ltd in the recent past. Her name was listed on the UN roster of international experts in the field of disaster risk management.


She holds a Bachelors’ degree in Architecture from University of Madras, a PG Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning from CEPT University and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Cornell University, New York with specialisation in International Development Studies and Environment. She is a Gold Medalist at Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) and a recipient of the Ekalavya Scholarship from CEPT. She is  a recipient of the Best Student Planning Project Award from the American Planning Association of Upstate New York for the work undertaken on Rebuilding New Orleans post Hurricane Katrina disaster and a recipient of the AMM Murugappan Foundation Travel fellowship. She is also a Gold medalist in the undergraduate program in Architecture and also secured the 8th rank at the University of Madras.


Her hobbies include blogging, singing and art. She is a trained Carnatic music vocalist with 14 years of experience and has performed on stage and a disciple of Shrimati T.M.Prabhavati

Previous Teaching Experience

2013 – 2014 Undertook Training and Teaching as a part of capacity building initiative at Sri Sai Manasa Nature Tech Pvt. Ltd. Undertook weekly training lectures, tests, and mentoring for 20 staff members to ensure technical knowledge building and understanding of core NABET functional areas to include Land Use, Water, Waste Management, Air Quality and Hazards and Risk management
2012 – 2013 Organized, coordinated and conducted information dissemination workshop as well as stakeholder coordination workshops as part of the World Bank initiative to set up an Environmental Compliance and Assistance Centre for the state of Andhra Pradesh while working with Environmental Management Centre
2011 Taught a course  on disaster risk management for the undergraduate program in urban planning at Jawaharlal Nehru   Fine Arts University, Hyderabad
2007 Undertook capacity building and training exercises for non-profits especially youth groups in Nairobi, Africa to achieve self-sufficiency in implementing slum development projects formulated by Cornell Technical Assistance Team as a part of a UNDP Nairobi initiative.
2006 – 2008 Research and Teaching Assistant at Cornell University. Teaching Assistant for the following courses:

New Orleans Planning Initiative

Environmental Law

Interior Design

Collaborative Planning/Architecture Studio: urban africa: Nairobi as ‘zone of indistinction’

Theories of Development and Underdevelopment

Teaching Assistant for Tamil Language Program offered virtually in partnership with Syracuse University

2002 – 2003 Assisted with organizing multiple training and information dissemination workshops for government officials as well as institutional associates to arrive at greenhouse gas emission levels for the sectors of Land Use, Forestry, Industries, Energy, Transport and Agriculture to prepare India’s Initial National Communication for the UNFCCC


  • Mohan, S. R., Jha, A. K., Barenstein, J. D., Phelps, P. M., Pittet, D., & Sena, S. (2010). Safer homes, stronger communities: A handbook for reconstructing after natural disasters. Washington, D. C.: The World Bank.
  • Contributed to ACORN Housing/University Consortium. 2007. The people’s plan for overcoming the hurricane Katrina blues: A comprehensive strategy for building a more vibrant, sustainable, and equitable 9th Ward. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University.
  • Contributed to MOEF, I. U. (2004). India’s Initial National communication to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India.
  • Climate change and India: Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation
2013 Role of RTIA in Hazardous Waste Management in India’ presented at the 6th Urban Research Symposium titled ‘Cities of Tomorrow’, conducted by the World Bank, City of Barcelona in Spain, October 8-12th, 2012
2012 Innovative Approaches to Post-disaster Debris Management presented at the International Symposium titled Cities Under Restoration: Kolkata, Theme: Restoration of Disaster Affected Cities, 18-21 Nov 2013
2011 ‘Urban Disaster Risk Management for Small Island Developing Nations and Good Practices in Urban Disaster Risk Management ‘presented to the Department of Environment, Maldives
2003 Coastal Resources and Management for School Children presented at Kovalam under the Sustainable Cities Program in Chennai