Dr. Ashwin Mahesh is a social technologist and public policy researcher who studies the way cities are growing in India. He studied to be an astronomer and an Antarctic climate scientist and worked for a few years at NASA’s Goddard Earth Science and Technology Centre. In the past, he has worked at IIM-Bangalore, IISc, and IIIT-Bangalore. Recently, he established the Centre for Public Problem Solving, an applied research organization to tackle public problems. Dr Mahesh co-founded and leads the social technology lab, Mapunity, which works to apply technology to tackle developmental challenges.