GPEIG Co-Chairs (2017-2019)


N. Emel Ganapati

Dr. N. Emel Ganapati is an Associate Professor in Public Administration at Florida International University (FIU). She holds a master’s degree in planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. degree in planning from the School of Policy, Planning and Development, University of Southern California in Los Angeles. At FIU, Dr. Ganapati teaches courses on empirical methods, emergency management, policy analysis and public participation. Prior to joining FIU, she taught at the University of Miami and the University of Southern California. Dr. Ganapati’s research interest includes disaster management, citizen participation/ community empowerment, and international development administration.


Praveen Maghelal

Dr. Praveen Maghelal is an associate professor of sustainable critical infrastructure in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Khalifa University, United Arab Emirates. He was a faculty at the University of North Texas and Florida Atlantic University and received his Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Sciences from the Texas A&M University. Praveen has been a recipient of several national and international awards for his contributions to the field of planning including the Best Professor in Engineering Systems by the Middle-East Education Leadership Award and the Journal of American Planning Associations’ Best Article of the Year award. His research interest includes sustainable transportation planning in the context of community health and safety. He teaches courses on research methods; geographic information systems; Land-use and Transportation Planning; Project Management; and Transportation Systems Analysis.


Regular and Ad-Hoc Committees

Bylaws Committee (Ad-Hoc)

Communications Committee

Tasks: To help launch the new GPEIG website and maintain it.

  • Andrew Rumbach (Chair and Webmaster), University of Colorado Denver

  • Yiping Fang (Newsletter), Portland State University

  • Sukumar Ganapati (Listserv manager), Florida International University

Election and Nominations Committee

Tasks: Seeks nominations for GPEIG co-chair positions and administers the annual election process. To solicit nominations for various GPEIG wide representations.

  • Shelagh McCartney (Co-Chair), Ryerson University

  • John Felkner (Co-Chair), Florida State University

  • Enrique Silva, Lincoln Institute

Global Planning Education Committee

  • Francis Owusu (Chair), Iowa State University (

  • Bruce Stiftel, Georgia Tech (

  • Priyam Das, University of Hawaii (

  • Gavin Shatkin, Northeastern University (

  • Sayma Khajehei, Iowa State University (

  • Praveen Maghelal, Khalifa University (

  • N. Emel Ganapati, Florida International University (

Logo Committee (Ad-Hoc)

Membership Committee (Ad-Hoc)

GPEIG Ambassadors

GEPIG Ambassadors are members of an advisory and outreach committee that is composed of all past GPEIG co-chairs. The committee was launched in December 2016 to serve as a formal way to preserve institutional memory and actively draw on the experience and knowledge of GPEIG's past leadership to help current co-chairs build up GPEIG as a strong, vibrant and engaged organization.  

Besides providing general advice-on-request to current co-chairs, the Ambassadors help would foster deeper substantive linkages between GPEIG and other parts of ACSP, and engage in outreach with other global institutions and international organizations involved in areas of interest to GPEIG as opportunities arise.  These processes would help expand GPEIG’s engagement with planning institutions around the world (e.g., GPEAN, UN Habitat, and others). By helping GPEIG engaging actively with current debates and/or advocacy on policy and substantive issues related to global planning with actors and institutions both within and beyond ACSP, the Ambassadors would contribute centrally to GPEIG’s mission.

While all past-co-chairs are automatically members of the Ambassadors committee, the committee could pick 3-4 members for active service in any given year or for a given term.

Past GPEIG Co-Chairs

1998-2001 Ruth Yabes

1998-2000 Tridib Banerjee

1999-2001 Weiping Wu

2000-2002 Johanna Looye

2001-2003 Nihal Perera

2002-2004 Teresa Vazquez 

2002-2004 Keith Pezzoli

2003-2005 Siddartha Sen

2004-2006 Michael Hibbard

2005-2007 Faranak Miraftab

2006-2008 Petra Doan

2007-2009 Annette Kim

2008-2010 Smita Srinivas

2009-2010 Vinit Mukhija

2009-2011 Neema Kudva

2010-2012 Gavin Shatkin

2011-2013 Joseli Macedo

2012-2014 Gabriella Carolini

2014-2016 Meenu Tewari

2015-2017 Deden Rukmana

2016-2018 Ashok Das