Amit is trained in urban planning, landscape architecture and architecture, and has practiced in North America, Asia and Africa on projects and studies funded by the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Rockefeller Foundation, US Government, and numerous municipalities and private sector clients. For nearly 20 years, he has led or worked with multidisciplinary teams on thematic areas that relate directly to urban resilience, including environmental planning, urban policy, land use planning, natural resource management, flood management, disaster risk reduction, housing, and community development. Amit has worked in the private sector, including in the role of Manager for Sustainability Planning at AECOM, and in the public sector, as an environmental and land use planner for a regional planning agency in the US. Most recently, as team leader, Amit was responsible for leading a diverse team of hydrologists, wetland specialists, social development experts, environmental specialists and economists to prepare an integrated urban flood management project for ADB loan approval in Haidong City in China.
Amit grew up in India before moving to the US for graduate studies. He holds a dual Masters in Regional Planning and Landscape Architecture from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi. In addition, Amit was a MIT Presidential Fellow and pursued doctoral studies (all but thesis) in urban studies and planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge.