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Arish Dastur

Urban Development

Arish is an Urban Specialist at the World Bank working with countries in the East Asia and Pacific Region. His work spans issues of national strategies for urbanization, sustainable approaches to urbanization, slum upgrading, urban planning and low income housing. He is the co-team leader of the World Bank's new Eco2 Cities Initiative, which was recently launched as part of the Bank's new corporate Urban Strategy. Previously Arish was also the co-editor of the World Bank's Sourcebook on Slums, and had worked on the Disaster Risk Management business plan for the East Asia and Pacific Region. Outside the Bank, Arish has been involved in social venture capital related to the use of renewable energy in rural electrification and livelihood creation. He has a Master's Degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University, and a Bachelor's Degree in Neuroscience and Religion from Oberlin College.