Zeenat Niazi

Master of Architecture,
McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Zeenat Niazi, vice-president of Development Alternatives Group, leads the policy studies and development action initiatives at the Development Alternatives Group. Her work over three decades has focussed on sustainable housing and habitat in human settlements, community-based approaches to climate and disaster resilience and support to national, sub-national and local government governments in mainstreaming integrated planning for achieving Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement in India. Her current work in habitat planning now increasingly addresses the concern of Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) systems through resource efficiency, circular economy and equity concerns in resource access. Her research interest and expertise lies in the area of resource-efficient and people-nature centric development planning. Using social and ecological systems approaches for resilience building in human settlements. She is a third time member of the Board of the Climate Action Network South Asia, member of the Multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee (MAC) of the Sustainable Buildings and Construction Programme of UN’s One Planet Network, Strategic Steering Committee member of UNEP PAGE Programme in India and the Steering Committee member of the Green Economy Coalition in India. She also contributes to the Global Green Growth Platform. Programmatic responsibilities include guiding research, policy studies, and institutional strengthening processes focused on local and national action for sustainable development and climate change. Lead for policy alliances and partnerships initiatives of the DA Group and also oversee the grassroots development action initiatives of the DA Group. Institutional Management responsibilities include knowledge management and corporate communications systems of the DA group.