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Ratnesh Kumar
Senior Specialist - Research , Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI)
New Delhi, India
A research and project expert with experience in infrastructure risks and resilience, programme and projects management, innovation, research design and implementation; having worked across international, public, private and academic organizations. I have firsthand experience of working with field projects, mid management, top bureaucrats and international funding organizations.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Infrastructure, Technology, Engineering, Science
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
Professional Experience:
Overall, my career consists of experiences at a diverse mix of organizations, including an international initiative on climate and disaster resilience (CDRI), apex disaster management authority (NDMA India), a world-class academic institute (IIT Delhi), a large public sector company (NBCC), and a technology conglomerate (L&T). Across these organizations, I have designed, conducted, managed, and delivered both management and academic research. These organizations also cover development sector, construction industry, private sector and academia. Along with L&T sponsored M Tech and PhD in Project management from IIT Delhi, I have field experiences of executing and managing construction projects including subcontracting, budgeting, resource scheduling, etc. Such relevant experiences make me a highly competent professional with a refined disposition.

Through my academic research and consulting jobs, I have undertaken complex socio-techno-management research, which helped me learn deep qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research skills. I have successfully used case studies, content analysis, scenario analysis, surveys, and longitudinal analysis leading to top-quality journals and industry reports. For instance, in M Tech I developed a prototype to integrate skill-level of workers in project scheduling software; in PhD I developed a Project risk management system for a large public sector corporation; and at NDMA/CDRI I am leading programmes for the global community. These diverse projects have trained me in solving complex engineering, organizational, and social problems and managing multiple stakeholders at international level.

Since 2019, I have had a rare opportunity to become the first staff for set up an international initiative CDRI. In this role, I manage many aspects of designing and commissioning institutional systems, global programmes such as CDRI Fellowship, Innovation Conclave, Case studies, and networks of researchers. This rare exposure has helped me build a vast network of international delegates for intellectual engagement.

I have worked with top bureaucrats, board members of larger corporations, esteemed academicians, and international delegates on range of matters including strategic planning, operations business process engineering, procurement, and project delivery. I have routinely participated in international dialogues and bilateral meetings.
PhD in Risk Management, Jul 2020
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, Dept. of Civil Engineering New Delhi, India
Thesis: “A risk management framework for construction projects aligned to actualities;”

•Thesis combines risk data from past, present and future projects using multiple research methods to align literature and practice on risk management.
• Assessed by the international thesis examiner as “ground-breaking” research with very high industry application.

Master of Technology (M. Tech), Jun 2013
Construction Technology and Management,

Thesis: Project scheduling model with the skill level of workers based on interviews of500 construction workers.

CPG 8.082/10

Bachelor of Technology (B Tech Hons). Jun 2009
Dept. of Civil Engineering,
National Institute of Technology Jamshedpur, Dept. of Civil Engg. Jharkhand, India

CGP 8.66/10, 2nd rank
Affiliations and Achievements:
ACIArb (Associate, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK)

Certificate course in International Organisations Management, University of Geneva (Online, Coursera). Jun-Aug 2020.

Available for:
  • Consulting assignments
  • Job opportunities
  • Internships / Fellowships

    Years of Experience:
    10-15 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, Hindi
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