Jitendra (Jit) Bajpai is an Adjunct Faculty at the School of Professional Studies and at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation of the Columbia University, New York. Prior to his current positions he had served the World Bank for almost twenty years (1990-2011) in various positions including as the Director and Advisor to the East Asia & Pacific region Vice-President. In addition, he led one of the largest IT modernization efforts undertaken by the Bank, Operations and Knowledge Systems Program, in support of the Bank’s internal reforms. Besides his World Bank career Jit had worked with several firms and institutions dealing with infrastructure and urban development issues, and as a faculty of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT, Mumbai) and Indian School of Business (ISB). He is a member of the Advisory Board on Future of Urban Development for the World Economic Forum, and had recently served the Brookings Institution (Washington, DC), the Rwanda and Uganda Governments under the sponsorship of International Growth Center (UK), and the CAF, the development Bank of Latin America.
Jit is an engineer (civil) and urban specialist. He completed his doctorate degree from the University of Paris VIII and an executive management program from the Harvard Business School (US). He is also a former Fellow of the Metro Center, Johns Hopkins University, US (1978-79). As the Treasurer of his family foundation (DeFries-Bajpai Foundation) Jit promotes science for sustainable development.