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Practitioner & Researcher in Urban Policy, Planning and Governance

This conversation around understanding India’s investments in infrastructure links recent laws and practices relating to these projects, and provides an approach to these issues from a commercial and legal perspective.

Author of the book, Investing in India’s Infrastructure and Energy Sectors, Prashanth Sabeshan, in this conversation with urbanist and policy researcher Champaka Rajagopal covers a wide range of points within the vast umbrella of infrastructure, including specific and generic legal issues that arise in certain core sectors such as electricity and renewables, airports, ports, and oil and gas, and the challenges faced by investors, developers, financiers and procurers. This conversation as a glimpse into the deeply researched book provides a primer to those who have an interest in understanding some of the practical and current commercial/legal issues and trends and relevant Indian government policies in these sectors.

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Prashanth Sabeshan


Prashanth Sabeshan completed his law from National Law School of India University, Bangalore in 1997 and is a dual qualified lawyer in India and UK and has over 22 years of experience working in India, Australia, Singapore and Indonesia working with law firms like Amarchand Mangaldas, Herbert Smith Freehills and AZB & Partners amongst others.  His areas of interest include foreign investments, commercial contracts, general corporate work, infrastructure, electricity & renewables, oil & gas, ports, project finance, regulatory and policy advisory. He has recently authored the book “Investing in India’s Infrastructure and Energy Sectors – Laws and Practice” published by Thomson Reuters. He is also a visiting faculty at law schools.

Champaka Rajagopal

Practitioner & Researcher in Urban Policy, Planning and Governance

Champaka Rajagopal is an independent practitioner and researcher in urban policy, planning and governance. She brings over twenty years of experience of having worked with national, state and local governments in India and abroad. She is faculty at the School of Public Policy & Governance, Azim Premji University, where she is Coordinator, the Hub for Law and Policy.

Prior to joining Azim Premji University, she was Head, Urban Development at Egis India Consulting Engineers Pvt. Ltd., During this time she co-led and worked on several large scale public sector projects including the Development Plan for Greater Mumbai 2034, with the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai and the Revised Master Plan for Bengaluru 2015, with the Bangalore Development Authority.

Champaka holds a doctoral degree in Planning and International Development Studies from the University of Amsterdam, a Masters’ Degree in Urban Design from University of California at Berkeley, USA and an undergraduate degree in Architecture from Centre for Environmental Planning & Technology, Ahmedabad, India. Champaka is a recipient of Oxford University’s PhD Grant in Global Challenges in Transport Studies. She trained at the Haas Business School at UC Berkeley on Leadership Skills for Women Executives in 2015.