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Jyoti Hosagrahar


Jyoti Hosagrahar is Deputy Director for the World Heritage Centre at UNESCO.

Among other responsibilities, she leads the implementation of the Historic Urban Landscape Recommendation, the Cities Programme, policies for cultural and natural heritage for the 2030 Agenda and the New Urban Agenda, the Earthen Architecture Program, and the World Heritage Fund as well as the development and implementation of Thematic Indicators for Culture in the Sustainable Development Goals across the Culture Sector. From May 2016-November 2018, she served as Director of the Division for Creativity at UNESCO.

Prior to joining UNESCO, she was a professor and Director of the SUI Lab at GSAPP, Columbia University, New York; UNESCO Chair in Culture, Habitat, and Sustainable Development at Srishti Institute of Art, Design, and Technology in Bangalore, India where she was also Chair of the Ph.D. program; and Founder-Director of Sustainable Urbanism International (SUI), an NGO in Bangalore, India. She has a Ph.D in Architecture and Urbanism from the University of California, Berkeley.