Ms. Saloni Shah is an Urban and Regional Planner with a background in Architecture, having experience and inclination in the fields of urban planning, architecture, and interior design. After having worked on varied projects in Ahmedabad and Surat, India, as well as Zurich and Lausanne, Switzerland, she has based herself in Surat, Gujarat (India), where her Architect-Urban Designer husband and she have set up their own firm S. Team Design Services (now ESSTEAM) which provides design services in various fields ranging from graphic design to interior design, architecture, urban design and planning. Their firm has over the years received several awards in the fields of architecture as well as interior design. She is currently also heading a 6 year young design firm called OBL/QUE ®, which is an art company rendering expertise in the field of arts, graphics and product design. She has had an impressive academic record at both undergraduate as well as post-graduate level, being amongst the top 10% of the class, which provided her with the opportunity to go as an exchange student to ETH University Zurich, 1998. She has also gained valuable experience having worked with eminent architects and firms such as Charles Correa Consultants, Mumbai (1997), Schnaebli Amman Menz (S.A.M.) Architects, Zurich, Switzerland (1998), and Mr. Bimal Patel, Environmental Planning Collaborative, Ahmedabad (2000 - 2001). She is also keenly interested in design education, and teaches as a visiting faculty at the Department of Architecture, Sarvajanik College of Engineering and Technology, Surat. Her principal areas of interest include Art History, Urban Governance and Its Changing Role in the context of Globalization, Local Economic Development, Urban Management and Finance, Urban Design and its role in Urban Planning.