Dr. Ashwin Mahesh is an Indian politician, social technologist, former astronomer, former NASA scientist and a leader of Lok Satta Party. He brings together this diverse pool of knowledge coupled with his long-standing interest in urban development issues, to offer unique perspectives on public problems in the areas of governance, administration, policy and implementation.
Dr. Mahesh co-founded Mapunity, an ICT based development engine in Bangalore, which formulates technology to tackle social problems and urban challenges in India. Through his work, Dr. Mahesh has sought to promote the primacy of what he calls - 'publicly managed cities'. Mapunity interactively ‘crowd-sources’ citizen opinion and involvement in urban development issues. It successfully allows citizens to engage with city governments so as to find strategic solutions for chronic urban issues.