Mahesh is an experienced professional with over 19 years of expertise in urban development, climate change and resilience, urban water and sanitation, and municipal finance. His key clients include ADB, WB, IFC, GIZ, EU’s IUC-India, The Rockefeller Foundation, USAID, and BMGF.
Mahesh has previously served as the Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) for the Global Resilient Cities Network for Pune and as a technical advisor for GIZ India. He has worked as a Program Head of Urban Development at WRI India, leading the team in developing Climate Action Plans for tier-II cities.

He was a special invitee to the Subcommittee on ‘Action Plan on Circular Economy in Recycle and Reuse of Treated Municipal Sewage’, representing GIZ for NITI AYOG. He led several policy and strategy mandates, such as preparing a toolkit for developing SWM projects on PPP for ADB and DEA, preparing Pune’s Resilience Strategy as part of the 100 Resilient Cities Program, preparing the State Industrial Policy for Maharashtra—2013, developing guidelines for the State Bus Transport Fund, and preparing an updated template for implementing CSP for GIZ and MoHUA.

He was involved in the review and updation of Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans (SECAPs) for Surat, Panaji, Bhavnagar, Gandhinagar, Gangtok, Kochi, and Vadodara are cities in India under the Global Covenant of Mayors (GCOM) program.

After his civil engineering degree, Mahesh has an MTech in Town Planning. He has also pursued an Executive Program in Business Management (EPBM-22) from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (IIM-C).

Apart from work, he likes to spend time with his family and loves to play cricket over weekends.