Country Manager- India, UN Habitat
Mr. Hitesh Vaidya has over 20 years of experience in the field of urban management, urban governance and capacity building. He has been involved in providing technical assistance and capacity building support to several urban local bodies to initiate significant urban reforms.
He brings on board strong demonstrative experience of improving institutional capacities including developing client strategies to help deliver the program results. He was recently involved with the Ministry of Urban Development with World Bank supported Capacity Building for Urban Development project. As a Team Leader, he led an eleven-person multidisciplinary team to provide technical as well as strategic assistance to deliver program components. Since the last two years, he is actively engaged in rolling out National Urban Missions in India, particularly Smart Cities Mission. Some of his significant assignments include supporting Ministry of Urban Development in designing and rolling out National Mission Mode project on e-governance, support to State of Odisha and cities of Bhubaneshwar and Dewas to develop strategies for Urban Poor and developing City Sanitation Plans under USAID’s Financial Institution Reform and Expansion (FIRE-D) project. Mr. Hitesh Vaidya holds a Master’s degree in Business Development and Post-Graduate Diploma in Urban Development & Planning and specialization in Urban Management from Institute of Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), Rotterdam, Netherlands.