Avinash Y. Kumar


Avinash Y. Kumar
Lead - Water, Sanitation & Environment

  • Email: avinash.kumar@nium.org.in
  • Key Areas: Water, Sanitation & Environment

Avinash Yadhav Kumar is primarily a consultant and researcher with a decade of professional and academic experience in urban and regional planning. He holds a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from CEPT, Ahmedabad and an undergraduate degree in planning from Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture & Fine Arts University, Hyderabad.

Avinash has worked in varied roles offering technical assistance on urban infrastructure projects spread across India, Bangladesh and Afghanistan for projects sub-contracted or directly commissioned by the World Bank, ADB, USAID, GIZ and BMZ. His major experience has been in providing advisory for sanitation investment planning to state and urban local governments.

Avinash brings in a deep understanding on the institutional processes, sectoral policies and service delivery intricacies for urban wastewater, solid waste and water supply systems. He also has conceptualized training programs, provided content development support and served as a trainer for numerous capacity building initiatives targeting urban development initiatives in India, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

Apart from his core focus area in infrastructure planning, Avinash has also worked on land use and development planning initiatives like the Metropolitan Master Planning for the city of Hyderabad (i.e. the HMDA Master Plan 2031) and Planning for the historic core of Hyderabad (i.e. as part of the Heritage Demonstration Project led by the World Bank in the Old City of Hyderabad in 2013).

Outside consulting, Avinash also has contributed as a visiting faculty from time to time at CEPT University-Ahmedabad, TISS-Hyderabad and SPA-New Delhi. He also has developed and delivered a seminar course on sustainable cities for the public policy program at NLSIU, Bangalore.

Avinash is presently enrolled in a study program at IIIT, Hyderabad focusing on integrating the science of location (taking courses on Spatial Informatics) and behaviour (taking courses on Cognitive Science) to aid his practice in Planning & Public Policy.


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