Mr. Ripin Kalra Vipul Thacker


Mr. Ripin Kalra Vipul Thacker


Genesis Housing Association, London ARUP London 

Area of expertise

Social and Affordable Housing Sustainability and Disaster Risk Reduction 

Brief Profile of Speaker

Vipul has been employed with Genesis Housing Association since June 2011.  Genesis is one of the largest housing association in London, UK, and Vipul is the Corporate Planning and Performance Director. Genesis manages and own 33000 properties across London and home counties and in 2015 celebrated its 50th birthday.

Vipul’s role is to lead on the corporate strategy, annual business planning, business intelligence, performance and business improvement across the organization and also leads on all operational policies.  Prior to his role with Genesis, Vipul worked at Audit Commission, a national audit and inspection body providing external audit function and national inspection service for majority of the UK public sector organisations such as Housing, Health, local authorities and the Police function.

Vipul has over 20 years of experience working with housing providers – housing associations and local authorities, leading operational services as well as being policy lead.  During all his employment, Vipul has worked closely with local and national politicians in developing, delivering and setting policies covering all housing matters.

A Chartered Institute of Housing Member, and an MBA, Vipul lead on a recent study trip of UK housing professional to India, working closely with DFID, MHFC, VBHC and Adani Reality Estates.  Married with one son, Vipul has a keen interest in cricket and follows India whenever he can. Ripin Kalra has been working on mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction, Low Carbon Development and Resilience within built-environment investment. He has first-hand experience in 25+ countries across South Asia, Latin America & Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa/ Indian Ocean Islands and East Asia/ Pacific regions working across urban, education, health, affordable housing and development finance sectors.

Ripin co-authored the multi-sector 'National Climate Resilience Investment Plan - NCRIP' in Belize working at the World Bank in 2013-14. He is Project Director for FCO/ DFID funded ‘Disaster proofing Indian Cities’ project, was senior advisor to the DFID funded ‘Nigeria Infrastructure Advisory Facility (NIAF)’, 'Support Programme for Urban Reform (SPUR, India)' and Team Leader for 'Assessment of Insurance Instruments for Climate Risk in Sub-Saharan Africa' (World Bank, 2012). He was Team Leader for World Bank/ IFC ‘Tackling climate change through Affordable Green Housing’ and 'World Bank guidelines for mainstreaming resilience within urban investment in East Asia and Pacific' (2010-11). He has worked on a number of leading-edge zero-carbon urban developments including ‘Masdar: Zero Carbon Zero Waste city (UAE)’ and ‘Graylingwell: Zero Carbon Housing (UK)’ and currently working on a project looking at future-proofing metropolitan urban areas of Ghana.  

He is Associate Director at Arup International Development (London) and leads the post-graduate course on 'Urban Risk and Resilience' at the University of Westminster (UK) where the project focus is on resilience building in flood and cyclone prone urban areas of Vietnam, Bangladesh and Indonesia. He is trustee of the Commonwealth Human Ecology Council (CHEC), Commonwealth Housing Trust (CHT) and on the Board of Editors for 'Open House International'. Ripin is deeply interested in future trends in Indian Cities and Urban Development.

Working Group

Financing Sustainable Housing (Lead Country: Korea)Urban Development with reference to Natural and Climate Change related Disasters (Lead Country: Indonesia)

Sub Theme

Ensuring Access to housing and Housing Finance in the Urban-Rural ContinuumEnsuring Sustainable and Natural Disaster Resilient Urban Development including Climate Change

Duration of presentation

10 – 15 minutes (excluding Q&A)

[Soft copy of presentation to be shared 2 weeks in advance]


Rental Models in UK; Rent to Own Model and its performance; Shares of various stakeholders in Rent to Own Model.Sustainable housing technologies; Methods of constructing disaster resilient housing using low cost techniques.

Coverage of presentation

The presentation will cover:    

1.     A brief introduction to housing in UK

2.     A brief introduction to Genesis Housing association

3.     Details of affordable housing models used and tested in UK in terms of Rent to Buy including:

a.     Right to Buy

b.     Shared ownership

c.     Rentto Buy

For each offer, the presentation will provide a brief detail of the product, pits pros and cons.

The presentation will conclude with key recommendations and challenges for both providers/developers and national governments that they will need to consider in deciding which model(s) to adopt. 

It will also set out the management conditions that need to be in place before any of the model is considered, including financing strategic options.

In the presentation I will include the experience of the recent study trip to India and make clear connections to the HFA programme and set out what practical support can UK based providers offer in terms of sharing good practice.- Framework for disaster and climate proofing housing

- Housing and resilient construction technologies

- Mitigating climate impacts with green housing

- Other cost-effective disaster mitigation and resilience measures for housing


Date of Presentation


Session No.


Session Venue

Hall No. 5 (Second Floor), Vigyan Bhavan, Maulana Azad Road, 110003Hall No. 1 (Ground Floor), Vigyan Bhavan, Maulana Azad Road, 110003

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