Om Prakash Agarwal
Senior urban transport specialist, The World Bank
Since December 2009, Om Prakash Agarwal has been working as a senior urban transport specialist at the World Bank’s Transport Anchor. His responsibilities involve formulating World Bank policy and strategy relating to urban transport and advising urban transport projects and project teams of the World Bank across all regions.
From December 2007 to December 2009, he was managing director of the Urban Mass Transit Co. (UMTC) in India, which is commissioning solutions for sustainable urban mobility.
From July 1979 to August 2007, Agarwal was a member of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), the premier civil service in India. As is the norm for IAS officers, he held several positions under both the national and provincial governments. He twice headed the urban transport division of the government of India—first from April 1995 to June 1996 and then from April 2005 to October 2006—during which he authored India’s National Urban Transport Policy. This document, now officially adopted by the government, formalizes the priorities at all levels of government for developing sustainable urban transport. He was also a key member of the team that conceptualized and launched a huge national initiative for accelerated development of urban infrastructure in India (known as the JNNURM), under which the national government offered significant financial support for the required reforms and the construction of urban infrastructure.
He has written several papers on urban transport policy and governance issues.