Tia is the founder and director of Kansara Hackney Ltd, a partnership with Dr Rod Hackney (PPRIBA, PPUIA).
Completing her Ph.D. at UCL, Energy Institute, on the design of future cities, she has worked alongside MIT, McGill, and UBC. At present, she is working in Abu Dhabi, in collaboration with the Urban Planning Council, the Executive Affairs Authority, Department of Municipal Affairs, Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority, Regulation and Supervision Bureau to create the first energy baseline and comprehensive energy evaluation in the Gulf. An executive committee member of London Business School’s Global Energy Summit, and also Co-director of the international CleanTechChallenge.
In association with the Club of Rome and the United Nations General Assembly she has advised the Royal family of Bhutan and Prime Minister Jigme Thinley on the creation of an international commission on sustainable, economic growth. She is the Global Ambassador for Sandbox, a community of 800+ leading change-makers below 30 as well as the UCL Bartlett Ambassador for the Gulf region.
She is an accomplished linguist (Gujarati, Japanese, Hindi, Urdu, Sanskrit, French and Arabic as well as English), an advanced deep-sea diver (Open water, Advanced and Nitrox), a Physical Training Instructor (British Territorial Army); and classical Hindi vocalist.
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