Dr. Geeta Mehta

Co-founder/President, Asia Initiatives


Dr. Geeta Mehta is the co-founder and president of the NGO Asia Initiatives, and an adjunct professor of architecture and urban design at Columbia University. She has worked with communities in nine developing countries on grassroots projects, and was recognized as one of the 21 Leaders of the 21st Century by Women’s eNews in 2015.

Geeta is the innovator of Social Capital Credits (SoCCs), a virtual currency for social good used in India, Ghana, Kenya and USA to incentivize participation in community improvement projects, and to empower people to take charge of their own development journey.

Geeta is also the co-founder of “URBZ: User Generated Cities” a think tank that works with informal communities in Mumbai to help them transform their own neighborhoods through advocacy and by improving education, healthcare, livelihoods and public spaces.

Geeta currently serves on the advisory committee for the Mayor of New York, and on the Boards of WomenStrong International, the Center for the Living City, and Friends of University of Tokyo. She has also been an advisor to the Millennium Cities project at the Earth Institute at Columbia University. She is a frequent speaker at international forums related to social capital and social justice.


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