Dhaval Monani has an MBA from IESE Business School, Barcelona, was a scholarship student at the Domus Academy in Milan and the University of Wales at Cardiff where he earned a double Masters in Design and a Post Graduate Diploma in Design from the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane. He is a Visiting Fellow at the IDFC Institute and a Visiting Faculty at the School of Architecture and School of Planning at CEPT. He helped set up the affordable housing and urbanisation initiative under the Centre for Emerging Market Solutions at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. Professor Monani has been one of the pioneers of the affordable housing space in India especially in the sub-five lakh rupees or sub-seven thousand USD space. He has worked with a number of governments in Africa and the South Pacific on structuring solutions for affordable housing and public-private partnerships.
Professor Monani has a background in management and multidisciplinary design. In 2001 he founded ‘ADD. Ventures’, a multidisciplinary design firm, ‘Integrated Sourcing’, a company focused on aggregated sourcing and supply chain management for the automotive industry in Europe. He is the founder and Managing Director of ‘First Home Realty Solutions Private Limited’ and ‘M Cube ProCon Private Limited’. He was a speaker as part of TED U during TED INDIA. He sits on the International Advisory Board of the Terwilliger Centre for Innovation in Shelter (TCIS), part of Habitat for Humanity International.
Professor Monani is the Director of Affordable Housing at Anant National University.