Asia Initiatives

A Practitioners’ Panel on Urban Community Engagement with Local Government

Join us as panelists share their experiences working in severely under-resourced urban settings, leveraging the social capital of impoverished communities to activate cash-poor and capacity-constrained local governments to respond to health and welfare challenges.


  • Abenaa Akuamoa-Boateng, Founder/Executigve Director, Women’s Health to Wealth; former West Africa Regional Coordinator for Columbia University Earth Institute’s Millennium Cities Initiative
  • Geeta Mehta, urban designer, architect, Founder/Director of Asia Initiatives and URBZ, Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation and Planning
  • MP Vasimalai, Founder/Director, DHAN Foundation (Madurai, India)
  • Moderated by Susan M. Blaustein, Founder/Executive Director, WomenStrong International, Co-Founder/Director, Millennium Cities Initiative, Adjunct Research Associate, The Earth Institute, Columbia University.

Event details:

Wednesday, June 7, 6:10-8pm

602 Lewisohn Hall, Columbia University, New York


For More Information:  Contact Susan Blaustein ( or Steven Caputo (, with any questions.

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