Foundation for Futuristic Cities India
Ms Karuna Gopal is an Internationally acclaimed Thought Leader as well as an Advisor on Smart Cities, Governance & Policy. She is the Founder President of Foundation for Futuristic Cities, a think tank that has influenced Urban Transformation in India for over a decade.
The governments of the United States (USA), Sweden, South Korea, the United Kingdom (UK), Philippines, Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have invited her for inputs on Smart Governance. In 2018, Ms Gopal was invited by the Prime Minister of the UAE to address their flagship event – World Government Summit at Dubai.
Ms Gopal contributed to the design of the '100 Smart Cities Mission' of India and has been invited to speak at the launch of the Mission. Her innovation, SCULPT YOUR CITY - 2009 (a crowd sourced protocol), has shaped the Mission guidelines and has been declared a National Best Practice.
Ms Gopal was a member of the Speaker delegation representing India at COP21-UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) Paris. She chairs and addresses conferences around the world and is a special invitee to meetings of FII (Foreign Institutional Investors) exploring investments into India.
Ms Gopal served as senior advisor Union Ministry for Housing and Urban Affairs Government of India. She was also an Urban Expert for The WORLD BANK, DFID (Department for International Development, UK), USAID (United States Agency for International Development) & ADB (Asian Development Bank). She is an alumna of Harvard Kennedy School of Government, IVLP Fellow of US Department of State and a Member Royal Institution of Surveyors (UK).