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Dr. Manvendra Deswal, formerly the Head of Smart City Mission (SCM), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is an urban strategist who works closely with all stakeholders on various urban initiatives in the country. He was with CII for more than 7 years.
CII is a non-government, not-for-profit, industry-led and industry managed organization, playing a proactive role in India's development process. It works to create and sustain an environment
conducive to the development of India, partnering industry, Government, and civil society, through advisory and consultative processes.
Dr. Deswal was awarded his PhD from the Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), University of Delhi in the area of Economics, with his research topic being, “Impact of FDI on Structure & Productivity of
Indian Automobile Industry”, publications from which were well appreciated in academia & industry.
He also holds Masters in International Business (MIB) from Delhi School of Economics.
Another key area of responsibility with him in CII is the new Land Acquisition Act in India that has replaced the archaic Act of 1894, besides stimulating Public Private Partnership (PPP) in Infrastructure.
He is credited with coming up with numerous policy papers on these areas which have been submitted to the Indian Government on frequent intervals.

Prior to joining CII, he was in academics & was last serving as Assistant Professor in University of Petroleum & Energy Studies in Dehradun where he taught & published on various themes of International Business & Economics.