Center of Excellence in Infrastructure
Center of Excellence in Infrastructure

The Center of Excellence in Infrastructure (CoEI) has been set up with the assistance of the Department of Industries and Mines and the Industries Commissionerate to support smart infrastructure planning, implementation and management. The focus is on developing robust procurement methods and improving project management practices in large-scale infrastructure and development projects.

Towards this, the Center generates new knowledge and shares best practices through a variety of capacity building initiatives and advises government bodies on managing bidding processes, program management, impact assessments and other processes. It also supports advanced research in construction methods, materials and allied fields.


Suren Vakil

Suren Vakil

Acting Center Head and Principal Researcher

Suren joined CRDF in 2018.  He comes from a background of engineering consultancy having worked in this field from 1984 to 2018.  He spent 14 years in the UK working with leading firms followed by 21 years in India, during which he set up and led the Indian operations of two well-known UK based international companies namely Babtie Group and BMT (British Maritime Technology).  In his career spanning 33 years, he has worked on several hundred infrastructure projects at various stages in India and over ten other countries.

As Vice Chairman, Suren is responsible for strategic leadership and improving, governance capacities and operational systems to enable CRDF deliver high quality outcomes. He is at the helm of growing the organization into a leading ‘think-and-do tank’ at the forefront of technological innovation and policy and planning reform in the built environment sector. He is also deeply interested in fostering and strengthening the culture of research and collaboration at CRDF.

Suren holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a Masters in Environmental Engineering from the University of Leeds, UK.  He is a UK Chartered Engineer and Chartered Environmental Manager and has been the regional representative for the Institution of Civil Engineers, UK.  He also has a Certificate in Company Directorship from the UK Institute of Directors. 

Suren’s interests lie in reading history, popular science and amateur photography.



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Center of Excellence in Infrastructure

Near AES Boys Hostel Campus,
University Ground, Navrangpura,
Ahmedabad - 380 009

Phone: +91 8851420313
Fax: +91 7926302075