Karuna Gopal, is an Internationally acclaimed Thought Leader, Columnist, Keynote Speaker and Advisor on SMART CITIES. She is the Founder President of Foundation for Futuristic Cities, a Think Tank that has influenced Urban Transformation in India for over a decade. Karuna contributed to the design of SMART CITIES MISSION of Government of India and has been an invited speaker at the launch of the mission by the Prime Minister. At the event, her innovation “CITIZENS for CITY – 2009” a disruptive tool to engage citizens in governance, has been recognized as a National Best Practice and her publication “SCULPT your CITY” has been reprinted and distributed to all the delegates at Vigyan Bhawan , New Delhi
She serves as a International Juror (ICF, New York) selecting the smartest city / community of the world. In the past, she served on the Chief Minister’s Advisory Council of Andhra Pradesh (erstwhile united Andhra Pradesh) and was instrumental in forging a Sister State Partnership between Washington State, USA and Andhra Pradesh, India.. She was city representative, India for Council on Tall Buildings & Urban Habitat (CTBUH, Illinois, USA) and currently is a Council Member of GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group) New York, USA.
In 2011, she was invited to participate in IVLP – a flagship program of US Government for Foreign Leaders. As a part of the program Ms Gopal contributed to roundtables with key officials of US Federal Departments and leaders from Sweden, UK, Finland, China, Singapore etc.
She is an invited author for International Publications like FuturARC and has been Interviewed widely both by National and International Media. Her articles have been incorporated into Parliamentary Documentation of Lok Sabha for their policy relevance. She chairs and addresses conferences around the world and is a special invitee to meetings of FII (Foreign Institutional Investors) exploring investments into India. She teaches senior IAS officers at India’s Premier Academy at (LBSNAA), Mussoorie.
Ms. Gopal has been inducted into BJP ,(BharatiyaJanata Party) by ShriVenkaiah Naidu Union Minister of Urban Development. She hails from a family of freedom fighters and IAS officers.