Award ceremony: DAIDA GLOBAL Urban Thesis AWARD

Start date

Thursday 25 Feb 2021, 12:00

End date

Thursday 25 Feb 2021, 13:30

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We are pleased to invite you to the DAIDA Global Award Ceremony, which takes place on the 25th of February, from 12:00 to 13:30 CET, online. 

This event concludes the first edition of the DAIDA Global Urban Thesis Award, which brought together participants from universities all around the world, with a special interest in urban development and with this year's theme - Water and Development. 

The award - established by the DAIDA foundation - aims to acknowledge and support master graduates who, through their work, help improve the urban infrastructure and living conditions for vulnerable groups in the rapidly growing cities of developing economies. 

The award ceremony will announce this year's best theses on Water and Development and the winners of the three prizes: 1st prize: €6000 Award for Best Thesis & €5000 award for a follow-up research project, 2nd prize: €5000, 3rd prize: €4000. During the ceremony, the winners will have the opportunity to present their research projects to the audience. There will be a short  Q&A with each awardee, in which members of the audience can address questions through the chat.

DAIDA foundation will be represented by Ms. Liesl Vivier, Board Member. The jury will be represented by Mr. Shyam Khandekar, founder of the DAIDA Foundation and of the awards, who will provide more insights on the theme and selection process. The Chief Guest of the award ceremony is Dr. Anita Deshmukh, Director of the Pukar NGO in Mumbai. Read more about her journey in relation to water here.

Event programme

12:00 Welcome 

12:05 Liesl Vivier - DAIDA Foundation Board Member

12:15 Dr. Anita Deshmukh Chief Guest

12:30 Shyam Khandekar - Representative of the jury

12:40 Award winners announcement

12:50 Award winners presentation

13:20 MyLiveableCity publication announcement

Meet the speakers

Liesl Vivier

Liesl Vivier has more than 30 years’ experience as an urban designer and has led projects in The Netherlands and abroad. Liesl Vivier graduated as an architect from the University of Cape Town (South Africa) in 1990. After working in various offices in Zimbabwe and London, Liesl moved to the Netherlands where she followed a post graduate course in Urban Design at the University of Delft. She joined Khandekar Urban Design and Landscape Architecture in 1993 and became a partner in 2003. Liesl Vivier became a director of the BDP studio in The Netherlands in 2008, when Khandekar Urban Design merged with BDP. Here she led interdisciplinary design teams to find inspiring and sustainable solutions for cities in The Netherlands and abroad. Besides leading the studio, Liesl was also appointed as urban design supervisor by various cities in the Netherlands. In 2019 Liesl joined the Department of Urban Development of the City of Almere where she currently heads the design team.

Shyam Khandekar

Shyam Khandekar, founder of DAIDA FOUNDATION is the Chairman of its Board of Trustees. He is an architect, urban-planner and urban-designer who has led multi-disciplinary design teams in major urban and landscape projects in Netherlands and India.

Shyam Khandekar is the co-founder of MY LIVEABLE CITY, an international knowledge platform that publishes magazines & books and organizes conferences and educational programs. He believes cities can only be called successful and sustainable  if they can be made truly liveable for all. He is author of the book DESIGNING FOR SUSTAINABILITY  THROUGH UPCYCLING ( NAI010, 2020) and co-author of the book AFFORDABLE HOUSING, INCLUSIVE CITIES ( ORO, 2019). He has lectured extensively about his thoughts and his designs at universities and conferences around the world.

The Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB)

Dr. Anita Patil-Deshmukh

USA trained faculty neonatologist by profession, self taught social scientist by passion and developmental researcher by preference; Dr. Anita Patil-Deshmukh is the executive director of Partners for Urban Knowledge Action and Research (PUKAR). Anita received her Master’s Degree in Public Health from Harvard and worked as a faculty Neonatologist in a teaching institute in Chicago over 25 years where she was the director of Ambulatory Pediatric Residency program for 9 years and Director of Continuous Medical Education (CME)for 25 years. She played a major leadership role within India Development Service (IDS) a pioneering Chicago based organization supporting developmental projects in India. During her voluntary tenure of 15 years in IDS, she visited 44 Integrated Rural Development Projects in 12 states of India and learnt about the developmental issues from grass root activists and practitioners. She relocated to India in 2005 to contribute to the developmental sector and joined PUKAR. Her research interests are urban poverty, social determinants of health and urban knowledge production through the lens of marginalized youth.  She has built successful collaborations with major global academic institutions like Harvard, Columbia, University of Chicago Berkeley, Max Plank Institute Germany to name a few. For her pioneering work with Barefoot Researchers in slums, she was awarded Innovator of the Year Award from Harvard School of Public Health in 2012 and an honorary PhD from Bradford University in 2019. Recently she was invited by UN Foundation to speak about digital divide as a part of her work with World Benchmark Alliance of which she is a member.