As Senior Advisor, Amit Prothi provides context specific advisory services to facilitate the implementation of the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center’s global programs and projects. Specifically, he leads the center’s engagement on several flagship initiatives to deliver extreme heat solutions in multiple geographies including Athens and India. With 25 years of professional experience, he brings to this role a high level of proficiency in engaging with diverse stakeholders including governments, private sector, and civil society, and technical expertise in urban planning and resilience.
Prothi was previously regional director (Asia Pacific) at the Resilient Cities Network, where he managed preparation of resilience strategies across several of Asia’s largest cities including Seoul and Chennai. He was also instrumental in establishing an Urban Resilience Unit at NIUA, a policy advisory to Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in India. Prothi serves as a global mentor to several Smart City projects in India, was a former consultant to the World Bank and ADB, and manager of sustainability planning at AECOM, a global infrastructure advisory. He has worked on flood management in China, settlement planning in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert, special economic zone planning in Mauritania, national-level spatial planning regulations in Jordan, national parks management in the US, green city action plans in Thailand and Malaysia, and nature-based solutions in India.
His expertise is often sought on high-level committees and workshops. He is currently a member of the Appraisal Steering Committee for urban programs at the Coalition of Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI), and was an advisory board member for Water for Leverage for Resilient Cities, a Dutch government program promoting innovative water solutions in Asia. Prothi pursued doctoral studies in urban studies at MIT, holds a dual masters in regional planning & landscape architecture from UMass Amherst, and a bachelor’s of architecture from the School of Planning and Architecture in Delhi, India.