Celine d’Cruz is an urban development practitioner & began her career as a Community Development Organizer working with migrant communities living on the pavements of Mumbai through her NGO called the Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centers (SPARC), of which she is a founding member.
She served as the Coordinator of Slum Dwellers International (SDI) a network of urban poor organizations that she co-founded in 1996. She has years of experience building the capacity of urban poor communities, especially women, to obtain secure housing and basic municipal services in over 30 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Urban poor networks in these countries have collaborated with their respective local and national governments to provide housing and gain effective and sustainable access to services such as sanitation, health, education and energy.
From 2009 to 2010 Celine was invited to serve as an Urban Specialist of the World Bank’s Cities Alliance Group in Washington, D.C. where she supported the design, implementation and supervision of slum upgrading strategies in programs funded by the World Bank in Uganda, Vietnam and the Philippines.
She is presently a Board Member and Director of the Block-By-Block, a foundation supported by Microsoft (Seattle) and Mojang/Minecraft (Stockholm) focusing on the development of public spaces agenda with UN Habitat for vulnerable groups in cities.