Urban Morph

The ESG & SDG Acceleration Factory

Data Science

We use data science & analytics to measure ESG & SDG accomplishments.

Planning & Design

We bring knowledge and create strategies that enables ESG for industry and SDG for cities

Policy

We provide policy inputs and guidance in order to create Sustainable Cities and make SDG a reality

Urban Morph works on accelerating ESG & SDG in urban spaces using a mix of design, technology and policy. It is led by a capable team of co-founders who have many decades of experience in working with Academia, Government and Industry. Our Ooru Labs sandbox program has helped dozens of SME’s enhance their TRL levels from 5 to 7/8.

We work with Indian Institute of Science, Directorate of Urban Land Transport and organisations like Catapult of UK, BYCS of Netherlands to deliver marquee projects like the award winning Clean Air Street for BBMP/DULT, Energy modelling for DULT, Charge point modelling for BESCOM, Electrifying last mile deliveries for Swiggy.

Our national outreach with ITDP, and the Smart Cities Mission has allowed many cities to derive benefits of data led decision making and technology led behavioural change using one of its kind Cycle To Work platform.

The industries were onboarded to the cycleto.work platform that gamifies cycling for commute through a leaderboard. We congratulate Silvassa Smart City Ltd. for a successful rollout of the #Cycle2Work campaign and thank Urban Morph for their support.

Urban Morph has been a key partner for us on our work in Bengaluru. They have really helped us maximise the impact of our work and develop innovative approaches to the issues we have engaged with.

The Clean Air Street program has won the Urban Mobility Institute 2021 commendation award from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India. It has won the Volvo Innovation Awards 2021 instituted by the Volvo Group.

Associations

Catapult
Partner - Catapult, United Kingdom
BYCS
Partner - BYCS, Netherlands
ITDP
Partner - ITDP, India
BYCS
Partner - CFAM, Bengaluru
INBC-B
Member - India Netherlands Business Circle
UTiE
Member - The Indus Entrepreneurs, Bengaluru

The Team

When you need impact, know who you are engaging with. This team delivers.

Sathya Sankaran

Co-Founder/Director

Sathya is a Computer Science graduate with a Post graduation in Public Policy. He brings more than 25 years of experience in using technology and data to effect Social Change. Over the last 13 years, as an advocate for sustainable transportation he has been a part of bringing in Rs. 34,000 crore Suburban Rail services to Bengaluru. He has enabled a 342% increased allocation in the Comprehensive Master Plan for cycling and walking, help put up more than 20kms of cycle tracks in Bengaluru. His solutions and campaigns around behaviour change in sustainable transportation are currently a national movement. He founded Council for Active mobility, a collective of 13 organisations working towards accelerating UN SDG's. His Relief Riders initiative during the COVID pandemic won the 2021 UN World Bicycle Day Special Award and nominated for the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize. He is also an adjunct faculty teaching urban governance for masters students, a director at the waste management startup, Bioman and the Bicycle Mayor of Bengaluru.

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Sonal S Kulkarni

Co-Founder/Director

Sonal has a bachelors in Architecture and Masters in Policy & Urban planning. Over the past 10 years she has worked extensively in the government on infrastructure for sustainable mobility. She architected, designed, coordinated and executed the Smart Cities Mission's award winning cycling infrastructure in Bengaluru. She has architected and designed bicycle sharing system in Bengaluru. She has conducted feasibility, designed and executeed pilot interventions of slow streets. She has been a part of many community outreach programs like the longest running Open streets campaign in the country, Cycle Day. She has played a key role in bringing to the city UMI award winning Church Street First, a fully pedestrianised street in the CBD of Bengaluru. Her passion for sustainability has made her step back into the government for a while. She currently serves as the Chief Research and Innovation Officer at the Directorate of Urban Land Transport.

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Subbaiah TS

Co-Founder/Director

Subbaiah has has a bachelors in Architecture and Masters in Design from IISc, Bangalore. He has been running successful Architecture, Design and Waste management businesses which have brought positive change in the lives of many people. Over the past 10 years he has been working on civic change and public participation. As a trustee of Citizens for Sustainability he worked on multiple initiatives that has transformed neighbourhoods in the city. He coordinated the transformation of a 3km street in Sanjaynagar and a Hebbal improvement challenge. He has held executive positions in the Indian Institute of Architects. In his current stint as Co-Founder of waste management company Bioman, he has been championing the Zero waste to landfill program aiming to transform the impact waste management will have on the city. Bioman has transformed the way wet waste is processed and is constantly spending on R&D to get the best out of waste.

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Ananya KC

IoT Engineer

Ananya has a Masters in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from Mount Carmel College. She develops IoT products at Urban Morph for the next generation of Electric Vehicles.

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Nidhi KS

Urban Designer

With an M. Arch in Urban Design from BMS School of Architecture, and previous work in urban spaces, Nidhi handles sustainability projects at Urban Morph. She is the co-ordinator driving projects and building capacity at CFAM in association with BYCS.

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Knerav Kodolikar

Research Analyst

Knerav has a Bachelors in Economics from Christ University, Bengaluru. He conceptualises and builds economic incentives for sustainablity projects at Urban Morph. He rides for Equipe Goa amatuer racing team and at the National Championships.

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Abhilash V Mana

Consulting Expert

Abhilash has a BS in Information systems from BITS Pilani. He brings onboard 20 years of technology industry experience. He has rich experience in Solutions Engineering, Business Development and technology operations across successful startups and large tech vendors. Abhilash has founded The Uperi Company, a social cause driven food venture that helps rural housewives to earn extra income, and acts as an advisor for multiple farmers cooperative societies. At Urban Morph he is leading research, development and investments in to the IoT and SaaS platforms in the domains of Electric Vehicles and Circular Economy.

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