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Tia Kansara

Tia Kansara

Future City Sustainability Evangelist & Entrepreneur

Tia Kansara speaks Gujarati, Hindi, Japanese and English fluently, Sanskrit, French, Urdu and Arabic basic.



Tia is a multi award-winning entrepreneur. The youngest to ever receive the Royal Institute British Architects honorary fellowship, she is the co-founder of Kansara Hackney Ltd, the first ISO-certified sustainable lifestyle consultancy, and CEO of Replenish Earth Ltd, a cause and a collective action to protect the global commons. Hailed amongst the Top 100 most influential leaders in Tech by the Financial Times and Inclusive Boards, her clients include Coca Cola, Bloomberg, the European Commission, Forbes, Formula One, MIT, and Siemens. Aside from being the UCL Bartlett’s Ambassador to the Gulf region and advisor to the Economic Times of India, she’s an economist and future cities thought leader. In 2010, she wrote the brief and appointed the architects Foster+Partners for the Saudi American Bank‘s multi-million dollar headquarters as the first female to judge a LEED platinum building in Riyadh. Tia did her Ph.D. at University College London, Energy Institute on designing future cities and energy evaluation, she has extensive experience in the Arabian Gulf. During her PhD, she worked alongside MIT and 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. In 2000 she was invited to present the International Baccalaureate (IB) to Lord Adonis, Educational Policy Adviser at the UK Prime Minister’s Policy Unit, Cabinet Office. Trained at SOAS in Economics and South Asian Studies, whilst working with Bloomberg, she was employed by the Japanese Ministry of Education to modernise the teaching of the English syllabus for High Schools in Japan. While in Japan, she translated the Sanskrit works of Lord Swaminarayan’s “Shikshapatri” into Japanese. Her publications in peer-reviewed journals range from sustainable cities to human performancehealth and well being, presenting her findings at conferences internationally through social media. She has been invited to advise on sustainable cities for the government and private sector as well as at conferences around the world. In 2012, Tia was invited to present her views to President Hollande and Ban Ki Moon on the UN initiative: Sustainable Energy for All and has since worked closely with the Abu Dhabi government to deliver manageable energy reductions in the built environment, presenting her findings at the World Future Energy Summit, Abu Dhabi. As a professional moderator, lecturer and author; she has interviewed world figures and experts, moderating for Forbes, Coca Cola, European Business Angels Network and London Business School, and delivered keynote speeches on the future of cities. She has lectured at New Delhi School of Planning; Musashi Institute of Technology; KEA University; McGill University; University of British Columbia; School of Architecture and Planning; and School of Architecture, to name a few. 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 Past Prime Minister Jigme Thinley and Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay on the creation of an international commission on sustainable, economic growth.

Highlight References


  • Kansara, T. (2013). Ganbappe Iwaki. In, 67 Inspiring Stories: For the people by the people of the UAE. United Nations Development Project.


  • 「今日 天気にしちゃおう」 著書 松元ゆみ 写真 田口弘章, translated into English by Tia Kansara (2012)


  • Kansara, T. (2012). Spend time with nature. In Ghadiala, A. The future we choose: A collective from Think Act Vote. Published online, p.117.


  •  Kansara T. (ed.) (2015) Replenish. E-book Published by Kansara Hackney Ltd.


  • Lu, L. (2016) Dear Female Founder: 66 Letters of Advice from Women Entrepreneurs Who Have Made $1 Billion in Revenue. Blooming Founders Publishing


  • Kansara, T. (2016) Indian tea in a British cup: About internal diversity and the joy of holding space. In Die LEAN BACK Perspektive: Leadership heute – 42 inspirierende Wege erfolgreicher Frauen, edited by Palomino, S; Kirbach, C. and Praetorius, B.


  • Kansara, T. (2017) On Conscious Community. In. On Community: A modern manifesto, edited by Mok, K.


  • Rajo, K. (2018) Stories for South Asian Supergirls’ is a treasure trove of 50 illustrated biographies of remarkable but under-celebrated South Asian women from Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Kashi House Publishing.


  • Thomason, J., Bernhardt, S, Kansara, T. & Cooper, N. (2019) Blockchain Technology for Global Social Change. IGI-Global Publishers.


  • Kansara, T. (2019) Wellbeing through the lens of thermal comfort to increase the mindful of fossil fuel use in the Built Environment, In Chetri, S., Science of Happiness, Indian Institute of Technology, KGP ~ in progress.



Conference Papers

  • Kansara, T. (2013). Transitional zone design in the desert environment of Abu Dhabi: Vernacular vs. modern. Proceedings of Global Conference on Renewables and Energy Efficiency for Desert Regions April 2014, Amman – Jordan.


  • Kansara, T (2013). Attitudes and opinions to the introduction of the Pearl Building Rating System, Proceedings of Global Conference on Renewables and Energy Efficiency for Desert Regions April 2014, Amman – Jordan.


  • Kansara, T. (2013). A visual baseline of sector-wide energy consumption in Abu Dhabi. Proceedings of Global Conference on Renewables and Energy Efficiency for Desert Regions April 2014, Amman – Jordan.



Journal Papers

  • Kansara, T. (2013). Post occupancy monitoring: An introduction. Environmental Management and Sustainable Development. Vol 2, No. 2.


  • Kansara, T. & Zenifer Khaleel (2013). Sustainable solutions for the planet. In The international India, Vol. 203 (3) p.35.


  • Kansara, T. (2012). Sustainable urbanism. In, A Smart guide to utopia: 111 inspiring ideas for a better city. LeCool.


  • Kansara, T. (2011). National Bank of Abu Dhabi, post occupancy evaluation. In Catalysing Change: Sustainability Report 2011. NBAD


  • Kansara, T., Hackney, R. (2011) Healthy People and Homes in Simopoulos, A. P. (ed) Healthy Agriculture, Healthy Nutrition, Healthy People, World Review of Nutrition and Dietics Vol. 102. Karger Publishing, USA.


  • Kansara, T. Ridley, I. (2010) Post Occupancy Evaluation of Building in a Zero Carbon City. Sustainable Cities and Society, Volume 5, December 2012, Pages 23-25


  • Kansara, T. (2009) Revisiting Cities: Cities, Politic and Economic Challenges and Opportunities in Harnessing the Power of Business, McGill World Health Platform. http://www.mcgill.ca/mwp/2009/presentations/module4/




  • Master at CEPT Neha Kulkarni, Microlivability for Nashik City


  • Master at CEPT Karishma Bhagel, The world’s next biggest tourism hub – Dubai




  • Kansara, T. (2012). Nature: the Guru of life. POSE Magazine, issue 231, p.130-131




  • My World: Sustainability Activist. Gulf News http://gulfnews.com/life-style/people/my-world-sustainability-activist-tia-kansara-1.823630


  • We Applaud Harsha Pravin Tia Kansara. Gulf News. http://gulfnews.com/life-style/people/we-applaud-harsha-praveen-tia-kansara-s-initiatives-1.865794


  • Study finds Abu Dhabi is too cold for comfort. The National. http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/environment/study-finds-abu-dhabi-is-too-cold-for-comfort



Online Articles

  • Kansara, T., Bell, M. (2017) Replenish: Convergence AI and Ecology. Medium.