Azim Manji is an accomplished urban infrastructure and management practitioner with key expertise in linking urban infrastructure to ensure city competitiveness and growth with commitment to improved service delivery through consensus-driven approaches. He has over 24 years of experience in helping cities plan, manage and unlock their development potential via improved urban services. Azim has undertaken assignments with DFID, ADB, World Bank, Cities Alliance, AusAID (now DFAT), as well as, UNDP, UN-HABITAT and UNICEF. He was the founding director of comHABITAT, the Commonwealth Foundation's response to implementation and delivery of the UN HABITAT agenda—in 54 countries. Moreover, he is also on the Board of Advisors for Global Urban Development, catering to a range of urban development issues from a national policy lens, and aiming to devise and implement local solutions.
His country experience spans over nearly 40 countries across Europe, Asia and Africa. Azim holds a Master of Science in Economics from the Development Planning Unit, University College London, as well as, undergraduate degrees from Canada and the U.S.A. Azim was also recently working as the Team Leader for DFID's Infrastructure and Cities for Economic Development (ICED) initiative and is currently the Fund Evaluability Lead for the U.K.'s Foreign and Commonwealth Office's (FCO) £1.3B Prosperity Fund.