Dr. Kiran Kulkarni has post graduate degrees in Commerce, Sociology and law. He has presented Doctoral thesis in Development Economics which relates to Forest related laws and Tribal Resettlement process. He got nomination by Department of Personnel and Training, GOI for the course on Training Methods at Bangkok. He has eight books and around 250 articles to his credit and has participated in the production of 18 documentaries and short films in the capacity of a Screen Play Writer. An officer from State Civil Services 1994 batch, he is currently working as Director Janwani, a social initiative of MCCIA, Pune. His prior postings consisted of Deputy Commissioner, Resident Deputy Collector and Sub Divisional Officer in Vidarbha region. He is known for experiments in citizen centric governance during the tenure. He also served in YASHADA as Additional Director of RTI Cell and was National Resource Person for RTI to conduct training programs in 25 states across the country. During his tenure at Aurangabad, he was Executive Director of Maharashtra Centre for Entrepreneurship Development, an autonomous body established by Department of Industries, Govt. of Maharashtra. Janwani, an initiative of MCCIA (Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture) was established in 2006 for advocating and promoting equitable and sustainable development of Pune region. The underlying philosophy for this initiative is that the region will not be an attractive destination unless it is truly a “livable city”. Janwani endeavors to take a comprehensive view of city development, by identifying gaps in the development process, deciding priority areas and also providing well researched, tangible solutions. Since its inception, Janwani’s activities have gathered momentum attracting more and more human resources for creating efficient systems for effective urban management. Janwani’s focus areas of work include Heritage, Traffic and Transportation, City Structure, Environment, Governance and Energy. Participatory Budgeting, Heritage Walk, Heritage Week, Zero Garbage Ward project, Local Area Planning Project are some of the signature initiatives of Janwani.
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