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Mr. Jit N. Bajpai 2518657

Lecturer (Sustaining Access and Mobility), GSAAP, Columbia University

Lecturer in Professional Studies , M.S. in Sustainability Management , School of Professional Studies

35, Claremont Avenue
New York, NY 10027
United States

BIOGRAPHY: Jitendra (Jit) Bajpai is an Independent Consultant and an Adjunct Lecturer (Sustainable Cities) member of the Earth Institute serving the School of Professional Studies of Columbia University since 2011 and the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation at the Columbia University, New York since 2019. Prior to his current positions he had served the World Bank for almost twenty years (1990-2011) in various positions including as the Director, Manager of Transport sector operations in East Asia and Pacific Region (EAP) and Advisor to the EAP Vice-President. Besides his World Bank career Jit had worked with several firms and institutions dealing with infrastructure and urban development issues including COMSIS (US), RATP (Paris, France), Atkins & Das (India), Ministry of Works & Housing (India), and as an Assistant Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT, Mumbai), and as a visiting faculty at the IIT (Mumbai) and Indian School of Business (ISB, 2016-20). He is a member of the Advisory Board on Future of Urban Development for the World Economic Forum, and has recently served the Inter-American Development Bank (Washington, DC), Brookings Institution (Washington, DC), the Rwanda and Uganda Governments under the sponsorship of International Growth Center (UK), World Bank and CAF, the development Bank of Latin America.

He is an engineer and urbanist with a doctorate degree from the University of Paris. He was a Fellow of Johns Hopkins University (1978-79), and has completed an executive management program at the Harvard Business School. As the Treasurer of his family foundation (DeFries-Bajpai Foundation) Jit promotes the science for sustainable development.


Recent Papers & Policy Notes

Bajpai J.N. and Bower Jonathan, Preparing Future for E-mobility Solutions in Rwanda, International Growth Center (UK), 2020.

Bajpai, J.N. Integrating Accessibility in Urban Transport Project Appraisal Methodologies, Journal of the Indian Roads Congress, Volume 80-1. January-March 2019.

Bajpai, J. N., The Belt and Road Initiative and Transport Connectivity in East Asia, paper prepared for the East Asia Region, World Bank, June 2018.

Bajpai, J. N., Gutman J. and Patel N., Moving to Access: Urban Transport Investment Priorities, Integrating Accessibility in Appraisal Methodologies, Brookings Institution, Washington D.C.

Bajpai, J.N. Managing Complexity of City Growth in India – A Planner’s Dilemma. International Journal of Town Planning and Management, Vol. 4, No. 1, 2018, New Delhi.

Bajpai, J.N. and Hass, Astrid R.N., A Framework for Initiating Public Transport Reform in the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Region, International Growth Center (UK), 2017.

Bajpai, Jitendra N., Emerging Vehicle Technologies and the Search for Urban Mobility Solutions, Journal of Urban, Planning & Transport Research, Vol. 4, 2016, Issue 1

Bajpai, J. N., Quiros, T. P. and Murray, Sally, Managing Accessibility for Sustainable Development of Kigali, Rwanda, International Growth Center (UK), 2016.

Bajpai, J. N. and Muzzini E., Cities as Growth Accelerators: Fostering National and Urban Development Policies for Success, CAF Development Bank for Latin America, 2016.

Buckley, B. and Bajpai, J. N., Delivering Affordable Housing and Supporting Infrastructure in Kigali, Rwanda, International Growth Center (UK), Feb. 2015.

Bajpai, Jitendra N., Skylines as fate lines, Open, 27 Feb. 2015.

Bajpai, Jitendra N., Building a foundation for smart Indian cities, published in “Insight”, a Journal of Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, April 2015.

Bajpai, J.N., Holusan, B. and Murray, S., Building Affordable Neighborhood in Kigali – A framework for incremental development and low income house building, International Growth Center (UK), 2015

Bajpai, J.N., Ottolenghi, R. and Berlanda, T., Sustainable Urbanization in Support of Economic Transformation – A Rwanda Study, International Growth Center (UK), Aug. 2012