K C Sivaramakrishnan, honorary research professor and chairman of the governing board, had a long career in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). He has served as Secretary and Chief Executive of the Calcutta Metropolitan Development Authority, additional secretary in India’s Ministry of Environment, and secretary in both the Ministry of Urban Development and the Ministry of Commerce. During his tenure with the Ministry of Urban Development, Mr Sivaramakrishnan was involved in drafting legislation to amend the Constitution to provide a framework for decentralisation and empowerment of rural and urban local bodies, reform that eventually became the 73rd and 74th Amendments to the Constitution of India.
After his retirement from the IAS in 1992, Mr Sivaramakrishnan joined the World Bank as a senior advisor on urban management. Trained in economics, political science and law, he has authored several books and papers on urban management, decentralisation, electoral reforms and the environment. His latest book, Governance of Megacities: Fractured Thinking, Fragmented Setup, was released in 2015.