Karuna Gopal, President, Foundation for Futuristic Cities, has been conferred the Skoch Challenger Award, a prestigious civilian honour instituted by the Skoch group in New Delhi.

Her seminal work spanning more than two decades in the area of Urban Reforms and Urban Innovations has attracted the Skoch group.

Karuna Gopal works on public policy and urban innovations for a new India wherein she has introduced innovations in 2009 including “Sculpt your City”— Crowd Sourced Protocol for Co-Creation — that shaped the Smart City Mission design and guidelines as a National Best Practice.

Founder of Foundation for Futuristic Cities and as an expert in climate change and urban habitats, World Bank, DFiD, USAID and ADB have leveraged her talent, according to a statement.

In the past the Skoch Award was conferred on M Venkaiah Naidu, Vice-President of India; Dr. C Rangarajan, Former RBI Governor, Padma Bhushan Lord Meghnadh Desai, British Economist; Yashwant Sinha, Former Finance Minister; P Chidambaram, Former Finance Minister; Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport & Highways & Shipping; Suresh Prabhu, Former Minister for Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation; Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Minister for Human Resource Development; Bibek Debroy, Chairman Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister; late Tarun Gogoi, Former Chief Minister of Assam and Kiran Karnik, Former President of NASSCOM.