India Program Leader, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP)
Shreya Gadepalli leads the India & South Asia Programme of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), a global non-profit organisation works worldwide to design and implement high quality transportation systems and policy solutions. Their goal is to make our cities more sustainable, equitable, and enjoyable. Her work since the late ‘90s has established her as one of the foremost experts on sustainable urban mobility.
In a region where nine out of ten trips by women are made on foot or public transport — often in uncomfortable and unsafe conditions — Shreya and her team engage with public agencies and others groups to ensure that these modes become safer and better. She also walks the talk — buses and walking are her primary modes of transport.
As a woman leader in the field, she ensured that her organisation provides the space for young women to learn, grow, and shine. Often, she and her teammates are the only women on the table in a severely male-dominated sector. Their motto: a city that is good to its women, its children, and its elderly, is a city that is good for all.
Over the last two decades, she has guided dozens of cities in the design and implementation of high-quality urban bus systems and complete streets for all. Planning of inclusive transit-oriented cities and regulation of personal motor vehicle use are her other areas of expertise.
Today, she leads a young and committed team to achieve tangible transformation at scale in cities across the region. Her work nspires urban leaders to take action, provides in-depth technical support in creating inclusive urban transport and urban planning best practices, helps to embed best practices into policies and standards, and expands capacity of public officials and practitioners.