Ms. Karuna Gopal, is an Internationally acclaimed Thought Leader, Columnist, Keynote Speaker and Advisor on Smart Cities. She is the Founder President of Foundation for Futuristic Cities, a Think Tank that has influenced Urban Transformation in India for over a decade.
Ms Gopal contributed to the design of the Indian Government’s 100 Smart Cities Mission and was invited to speak at the launch of the mission by the Prime Minister. At the event, her innovation “Citizens for City” – a disruptive tool to engage citizens in governance – and her publication “Sculpt your City” were widely praised.
In the past, Ms Gopal served as an institutional development expert for the UK Government’s Department for International Development and more recently as Senior Advisor at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Her current focus is on disruptive technologies in the field of urban transformation.