Director, Indian Institute for Human Settlements

Aromar Revi is the founding Director of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements. He is an alumnus of IIT-Delhi and the Law and Management schools of the University of Delhi.

Aromar is a global expert on Sustainable Development and Co-Chair of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), from where he helped lead a successful campaign for an urban Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 11) as part of the UN’s 2030 development agenda. He is one of the world’s leading experts on global environmental change, particularly climate change. He is a Coordinating Lead Author of the synthesis chapter on Climate Resilient Development Pathways of the IPCC Working Group Assessment Report 6 on Adaptation, to be released in 2021. He was the Coordinating Lead Author of the 2018 IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C which Science and Nature have cited as one of the most important scientific reports of 2018.

Aromar is Commissioner of the Lancet Pathfinders Commission that will identify and communicate global, regional and local pathways to a healthy, low carbon future. He is also a member of the Task Force on Global Health Diplomacy and Cooperation of Lancet COVID-19 Commission, that will make recommendations on strengthening global governance and multilateral cooperation to build back better, paying particular attention to global health governance and science diplomacy.

Aromar has been a senior advisor to various ministries of the Government of India, consulted with a wide range of UN, multilateral, bilateral development and private sector institutions and worked on economic, environmental and social change at global, regional and urban scales. He is on the editorial Boards of Nature Sustainable Earth (Springer), npj Urban Sustainability (Springer), the International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development (Taylor & Francis) and Urban Climate (Elsevier). Aromar has published 115 peer reviewed publications and books; lectured and taught at over 90 of the world’s leading Universities and think tanks; helped structure, design and review development investments of over $8 billion; and worked on 5 of the world’s 10 largest cities, all of India’s 29 states and in multiple international projects across over a dozen countries.