Jitendra (Jit) Bajpai is an adjunct faculty member of the School of Professional Studies and the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation at Columbia University. Prior to his current positions, he had served the World Bank for almost twenty years (1990-2011) in various positions, including as the Director and Advisor to the Vice-President of East Asia & Pacific Region. Besides his World Bank career, Jit has worked with several firms and institutions dealing with infrastructure and urban development issues including COMSIS (US), RATP (Paris, France), Ministry of Works & Housing (India), and as faculty of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT, Mumbai) and Indian School of Business (ISB). He is a member of the Advisory Board on Future of Urban Development for the World Economic Forum and recently served the Brookings Institution (Washington, DC), the Rwanda and Uganda Governments under the sponsorship of International Growth Center (UK), and the CAF, the development Bank of Latin America.
He earned his doctorate degree from the University of Paris VIII in Urbanism; graduate degree from School of Planning & Architecture, N. Delhi in Transportation planning; an executive management certificate from the Harvard Business School; and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi, India. He is a former Fellow of the Metro Center, Johns Hopkins University. As the Treasurer of his family foundation (DeFries-Bajpai Foundation), Jit promotes science for sustainable development.