Dhaval is a Resident Fellow at IDFC Institute. He is also the founder President of Future of Living Institute, a think tank that works with governments, multi laterals and investors on housing solutions. He co-founded First Home Realty Solutions Private Limited, an affordable housing developer based in India. He also founded ADD Ventures, a multidisciplinary design firm in 2001 and Integrated Sourcing, a company focused on aggregated sourcing and supply chain management for the automotive industry in Europe. In 2006 Dhaval joined International Housing Solutions (IHS), a private equity fund focused on affordable housing in the US, Europe and Africa to set up their India operations and worked with them in South Africa. He has worked with a number of Governments in Africa and the South Pacific on structing solutions for affordable housing and Public Private Partnerships.
Dhaval sits on the International Advisory Board of the Terwilliger Centre for Innovation in Shelter (TCIS), part of Habitat for Humanity International and is Director of Affordable Housing at Anant National University and a Visiting Faculty at the School of Architecture and School of Planning at CEPT University. Dhaval is also a consultant to the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on structuring on Public Private Partnerships (PPP). He helped set up the affordable housing and urbanisation initiative under the Centre for Emerging Market Solutions (CEMS) at the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad. He has been one of the pioneers of the affordable housing space in India especially in the sub five lac rupee or sub seven thousand USD space. His areas of interest are urbanisation, affordable housing, financial instruments related to the real estate and urban sectors and human-centric design.
Dhaval has a background in management and multidisciplinary design. He has an MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona, was a scholarship student at the Domus Academy in Milan and the University of Wales at Cardiff where he earned a double Masters in Design and a Post Graduate Diploma in Design from the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane.