This dialogue explores the different partnership models in the fields of urban regeneration. Many of these models have gone onto create islands of culture in the middle of throbbing economies which have developed lasting employment and revenue generating avenues for the citizens of these locations. In many cases, community and conservation-led development can work to create a sense of pride in local communities which boosts confidence for newer realms of economic activity to emerge. When encouraged and supported, these communities are rich banks of knowledge which can also offer unique experiences to domestic and international tourists. It is through these restoration efforts that communities are sustained through culture, at the same time as rejuvenating local economies. 

V Sunil
V. Sunil
Director, Motherland Joint Ventures Pvt. Ltd.
Sunil began his career with India’s foremost advertising agencies like Contract, McCann Erickson and O&M Delhi. During his tenure as Creative Director at O&M, Sunil created and launched several major marketing initiatives, including Incredible India. In 2004, Sunil founded ‘A’, which went on to become India’s most successful independent agency before merging operations with Wieden+Kennedy in 2007. Sunil is also a Founder Trustee of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, a festival of international contemporary art, which made its debut in 2012-13 in Kochi, Kerala.


Ratish Nanda
Mr. Ratish Nanda
India CEO for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture
Ratish Nanda studied architecture at the TVB School of Habitat Studies, Delhi and graduated with a gold medal. Ratish then did a masters programme in Conservation Studies focussed on built heritage at the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies, University of York, England. He heads the multi-disciplinary Aga Khan Trust for Culture teams presently undertaking two major urban conservation projects in India: the Nizamuddin Urban Renewal Initiative in Delhi and the Qutb Shahi Heritage Park Conservation in Hyderabad. For AKTC, he was earlier responsible for the Baghe Babur restoration (2002-2006) in Kabul, Afghanistan and the garden restoration of Humayun’s Tomb (1999-2003).


Deepa Sahi
Deepa Sahi
Chairperson of Mayanagri World One Pvt.Ltd
Deepa Sahi is a film and television producer and a media entrepreneur. She began her career as an actor and turned a producer in 1992 with the feature film ‘Maya Memsaab’, an Indo-French-British co-production. She has so far produced 7 feature films, over 25 TV series and numerous ads and documentaries. She is the Chairperson of Mayanagri World One Pvt. Ltd, a new age entertainment media Company- currently developing Gobindgarh Fort in Amritsar as a high-tech cultural hub on a PPP model with the government of Punjab. It is a first of its kind venture in the world. She has a perfect blend of both creative and management talents.