Shagun Mehrotra is an assistant professor at The New School. His research, teaching, and policy advice focus on climate change, infrastructure economics and finance, and poverty reduction in cities—particularly in large developing-country slums. Mehrotra is the founding director of Climate and Cities, a global policy advisory facility established at The Earth Institute at Columbia University, and NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Previously, he was on the staff of the World Bank, leading infrastructure reform of public utilities in Africa, with a focus on expanding services to the urban poor. Mehrotra has a PhD in Infrastructure Economics and Urban Planning from Columbia University. Over the last decade, his research and advice have been sought by national and local governments in Latin America, East Africa, South-East Asia, China, and India, as well as by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He has authored and co-authored several articles and two scholarly books, and his work has recently been featured in Nature and Scientific American.