Pankti Dalal, is a student of the Master’s in Public Administration-Development Practice program at Columbia University. Prior to joining Columbia University she worked in a non-profit organization—specifically, the Praja Foundation in Mumbai, where she collaborated with Mayors of over twelve city governments to push for a more accountable and transparent urban governance. As a part of her coursework she has also interned with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), New York Office. At the UN, she assisted with policy research and program management to promote its mandate of achieving “a better quality of life for all, in an urbanizing world. As a master’s student, she continues to engage with research on urban development issues.
Dipashreya Sur is a rising sophomore at Barnard College of Columbia University majoring in Mathematical Sciences and History and Theory of Architecture. On campus she is involved with the Athena Center for Women Leadership, Design for America, and Columbia Taal - an Indian Classical Fusion Dance Team.