Kalpana Viswanath

Co-founder, Safetipin

Dr. Kalpana Viswanath is the co-founder and CEO of Safetipin, which is a social enterprise using data and technology to support cities in their endeavour to become safer, more inclusive and smarter. Since its inception in 2013, Safetipin has worked with more than 30 cities in India and other developing countries. Safetipin collects public space data through multiple sources including the MySafetipin app, and works with governments, to use this data for better planning and maintenance of cities.

Earlier, Kalpana headed Jagori, a leading NGO working on women’s rights. She has led large projects globally, and has been a consultant for many agencies including Women in Cities International, Action Aid, Plan International, UN Women, and UN Habitat. She has published widely in journals, magazines and newspapers, and is frequently called upon as an expert on various TV channels. She is on the board of several organizations including International Centre for the Prevention of Crime in Canada and Advisory Board of Women in Cities International.

Kalpana is part of the 2017 Global Urban Innovators cohort.