Parisar Family


Kanchan pursued her graduation in Botany from Ramjas college, University of Delhi. She completed her post-graduation in Environment Science from Bharti Vidyapeeth Institute of Environment Education and Research, Pune. 

She joined Parisar as a project assistant, with the aim to do research and development in the area of urban mobility in 2009. From then till 2011, she worked on projects such GIS mapping of Pune's transport infrastructure which included mapping of cycle rental stores, para-transit, hawkers and vendors, land use along roads and so on.

She is now pursuing a PhD in Environmental Science at BIT Mesra.




Ranjana Menon

Ranjana completed her masters in economics from Central University of Hyderabad. She is very interested in the growth and development of Urban spaces , the notion of a 'world class city', the ideas of sustainability in urban areas, as well as the governance of these spaces. She has worked on analysing the city budgets, to understand the relation between the policies of the city and the actual allocation of resources. Ranjana also contributed in developing a framework to evaluate the quality of cycle tracks.






Abhimanyu Singh Kanwar

Abhimanyu is a Mechanical Engineer, from SRM University, Chennai, by qualification. He joined the Parisar team in June 2010 as a volunteer. He joined Parisar with the intention to gain an insight into sustainable growth of a city. Before joining Parisar he was in Chennai where he was working with a auto-component manufacturer for 2 years as a manufacturing engineer.

At Parisar he worked as a project assistant, working on projects related to non-motorized forms of commute.





Raji Satyamurthy

Raji has a Masters Degree in Computer Software from  College of Engineering, Andhra University.

She worked as an Engineer/Scientist with DRDO and thereafter in various managerial/leadership roles with major software product and services companies for over 20 years.

Joining the social sector in 2010 as a consultant to Door Step School, Pune, she divided her time between Door Step School and Parisar. At Parisar, Raji works on executing programs that support the cause of sustainable urban transport.



surendra nayak Surendra Nayak:

 Surendra Nayak has a Bachelor degree in Commerce and Diploma in Import/Export Management. He worked as a  manager in one of India’s leading hospitality groups and looked after the logistics of import/export and  warehousing prior to retirement.

 After a long innings in the corporate world, he wanted to devote some time to the social sector and joined Parisar in  May 2010. At Parisar, he looked after the office administration and accounts until 2015.

Interns at Parisar



Saga Wingård - Pedestrianization of Laxmi Road - 2011

Saga is an urban planning student from Sweden, doing her master thesis project in cooperation with Parisar. Studying at Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH) in Karlskrona, Sweden. She was in India on a Minor Field Study scholarship from SIDA, for 2.5 months, autumn 2011. Working with a planning proposal for a pedestrian street on a part of Laxmi Rd, and a concept plan for sustainable transport in the whole core city.






Maya Fe Holzhauer - Mobility Issues of the Disabled -  2011

Maya Fe is in her third year at University of Vermont where she is majoring in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Policy and Development, with a double minor in Political Science and Music.  She is studying abroad in India for the fall semester with the Alliance for Global Education and joined Parisar in October. At Parisar, Maya Fe is working to promote a pedestrian friendly, handicapped accessible city.







Kendra Dawsey - Mobility Issues of the Disabled -  2011

Kendra is a third year student at Yale University. She is majoring in Environmental Studies, with a focus on human rights and the environment. From September to November 2011, she worked to promote a pedestrian friendly, barrier free environment for those with disabilities. The work she has done includes creating and doing site surveys, legal research, and writing reports of what she has seen in the city of Pune.






Aishani Sharma - Analysis of Transport Budget of Pune - 2011

She is currently pursuing her Second Year in Bachelors Of Science (Economics) from the  Symbiosis School Of Economics(SSE) a constituent of  Symbiosis International University,Pune.Her area of interest lies in the field of Financial Economics .At Parisar,she was working on the PMC Budget Analysis Project. She also contributed to the signature campaign for supporting BRT in Pune.






Thomas Howland - GIS based Transport Network of Pune - 2011

Thomas is student of University of Wisconsin, Madison, pursuing a degree in English. He came to Pune for an internship of two months of June and July 2011. He helped collect and collate the data of an Origin-Destination survey of cyclists in Pune, which was later used in the GIS based Transport Network of Pune.






Radhika Mulay - GIS based Transport Network of Pune - 2011

Currently studying in the second year of her degree in Foundation for Liberal and Management Education (FLAME), Pune, she was interning in Parisar from

Her internship project involved field study -  conducting surveys for the  12 Para-Transit routes in the city, gaining first hand data from Drivers and Passengers, data entry and data analyzing. She also had to mark the surveyed routes on Google maps to gain a visual perspective of the routes through out the city.






Angad Deepak Gadgil

He completed his graduation as a Civil Engineer from Pune University and has been involved with a couple of projects in Parisar like the Walkability Survey, data collection and compilation for the GIS based Transport Network of Pune and the PMPML Report Card 2010-11.





aditya kuwalekar

Aditya Kuvalekar - Analysis of the proposed Metro rail system in Pune - 2009

Aditya helped with the Analysis of the proposed Metro Rail System in Pune. Currently he is pursuing a PhD in Economics at New York University.

Advisory Board

Parisar proposes to constitute an advisory board to oversee its activities and provide critical feedback to help it improve its functioning. The advisory board would have distinguished members from various civil society organizations. The board is currently under formation.

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