Gopal is the President of Foundation for Futuristic Cities.
FFC ‘s mission is to infuse life into the avowed Vision of
Indian cities “ To become economically productive,
efficient, equitable and responsive cities “ . Last four yrs
she has been working on assignments related to City
Development, City Branding, Institutional Reforms &
challenges in E-governance implementation, Capacity
Enhancement & Knowledge Management, PPP & Stakeholder
alignment for accelerating urban reform agenda.
It is an accepted fact that cities play an important role in
economic growth and development of the Nation. Most cities are
the state’s financial and commercial capitals. They are nerve
centers for entrepreneurial activity creating a very high
visibility for the state and the Nation. Branding Cities can be
a powerful exercise to enable economic development and wealth
creation for the Nation.
Branding gives a distinct identity to the city by making it
preferred to, competition.Branding helps attract
more investments, attract quality human resources, resulting in
more activity, more enterprise, creating more capital for the
city. Cities can expect more Growth, more Prosperity and
therefore more Salability.
Gopal lectures at some of the top Management
Schools in India including IIM Ahmedabad, and ASCI
(Administrative Staff College of India), Hyderabad. She is a
Mentor for WBI (World Bank Institute) certification program on
Urban Management. A management postgraduate, Paul Harris Fellow,
Rotary GSE scholar to USA in 1991, she served as a Member,
Public Policy Panel, CII (Confederation of Indian Industry), and
was an invited member on the committee of HMA (Hyderabad
She is a prolific writer and has addressed many National and
International seminars on Management.
Under her leadership Foundation for Futuristic Cities
various city governments like Hyderabad, Vijayawada,
Visakhapatnam, and Agra etc.
Foundation for Futuristic Cities provided knowledge support to
Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad to conduct an
extensive survey to identify the various temples and heritage
sites in and around Tirupati to convert the Tirupati Region into
a Tourism Corridor and Heritage Circuit. FFC was also involved
in the preparation of a Detailed Project Report which has been
submitted to Union Ministry of Tourism Development.
FFC conducted an extensive survey and advised
the then Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad (now GHMC) on
appropriate locations for providing public toilets. FFC has also
advised Municipal Corporation of Visakhapatnam on creation of
theme parks like Remembrance Park etc.
FFC was actively involved in the 24/7 water supply initiative of
Hyderabad Water Board at Adikmet covering about 5000 households.
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