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Naveenaa Munuswamy

Title: Program Associate
Naveenaa Munuswamy

Naveenaa joined GDCI in 2022 as a Program Associate to support the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) efforts in Asia and is based in Chennai. She has 5+ years of experience creating and inspiring walkable, bike-able, and safer streets by design.

Having grown up in India, streets are an essential part of her life. She believes great streets have the power to transform cities. As an Architect-Urban designer with an intention to improve people’s quality of urban life, she spent her formative years as a consultant redesigning the streets of her city. During this time, She worked closely with the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) in implementing the first elevated cycle track in the city and designed multiple streets in T-Nagar for the ‘Pedestrian Street Project’ under the Smart City Mission (Government of India). Working closely with engineers from GCC in designing and implementing streets one curb at a time cemented her interest in the subject.

Before joining GDCI, Naveenaa worked for the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) for 4.5 years, where she was a Senior Associate – Healthy Streets and Inclusive Compact Cities. As part of her work at ITDP, she guided National, State, and City governments, providing them with technical assistance on sustainable and equitable urban mobility. Her work included transforming congested roads into vibrant streets with space for all users, helping cities implement bold reforms, creating NMT master plans for cities, and building support for high-quality, sustainable mass transit, with a keen interest in research. Her love for streets took her to experience the streets of Pune, where she spent the last two years working with different agencies in the city to prioritize sustainable mobility.

Naveenaa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Anna University.