Vasudevan Suresh

Director, Hiranandani Group

With over 51 years of experience in the housing, infrastructure, rural and urban development, real estate development and built environment sectors, Vasudevan Suresh is a director in the Hiranandani Group, dealing with integrated and self-contained mixed-used townships. Prior to this, he served as principal executive officer of Hirco Private Limited for four years till 2012.

Suresh has worked in the Tamil Nadu Public Works Department for a year and a half and later in the Bureau of Indian Standards for over 12 years. He was directly associated with the formulation of the National Standards and Codes and National Building Code (NBC). He has an over 50-year association with the NBC effort right from the first version in 1966.

Suresh served as chairman and managing director, Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO), till June 2002, during which time the company registered all-round growth in housing and infrastructure development. He was associated with the company for over 23 years and was directly involved in HUDCO’s assistance and implementation projects after the Latur, Uttarkashi, Chamoli and Gujarat earthquakes and the Odisha cyclone.

Being a strong advocate of sustainable development, Suresh passionately pursues disaster-resistant, environment-friendly, ecologically-appropriate and energy-efficient options in the built environment and green building areas. He is also chairman of the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) Policy and Advocacy Committee and is working closely with the Good Governance India Foundation as adviser for initiatives for meeting the challenges of urbanisation and making smart, green and vibrant cities. He has been a member of the Government of India Technical Advisory Group on real estate/housing price indices and is also a member of the Government of India task force on rural housing and habitat.

Besides national committees, Suresh also guides habitat policy in Kerala and Rajasthan as member of their state committees. He is also associated with councils such as the Indian Buildings Congress, National Real Estate Development Council, All India Housing Development Association and Construction Industry Development Council.

Representing India globally and working closely with international organisations such as the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements, and the United States Agency for International Development on various aspects of sustainable and safe human settlements, Suresh has been conferred with 16 distinguished awards in recognition of his work.

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