Emerging Leaders

Rakesh Ranjan

Director in Housing and Urban Affairs Division of Planning Commission

Government of India

Mr. Rakesh Ranjan is Director of Housing and Urban Affairs Division in the Planning Commission, Government of India. Managing urbanisation has emerged as a key challenge as well as opportunity for ensuring high and inclusive economic growth. In this important position, he has contributed significantly in drafting the policies and programs for urbanisation for the 12th plan period. In India, the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) is the main programmatic intervention at the federal level to ensure efficient urbanisation. Considering his experience, he was nominated as a member of the Committee on JNNURM-II for effectively re-launching the program. In addition, recently, he has been nominated as convener of the committee on Capacity Building and Urban Planning.

Recently, he had the opportunity to study various aspects of urban strategic planning in cities like Paris, Strasbourg and Bordeaux in France. His other major responsibility is to examine proposals of large urban transport projects and help in optimal restructuring and financing of such projects. He has also worked as Director in Infrastructure Division (Highways and Power sector) in the Planning Commission for a year where creation of a suitable regulatory framework for attracting private investment was the main focus.

Research working title:

Use of land-based financial instruments in funding urban infrastructure projects and state level regulatory framework suitable for attracting private investment in infrastructure projects.