Mitra Anderson-Oliver

Head of Urban Design and Strategy

Mitra’s role within IIG’s Real Estate team is to deliver complex and ambitious new urban programs that create real impact, both for our investors and the wider community.

She has over a decade of experience in strategic advice, policy development and implementation in urban planning and development, urban design, climate change and housing policy.

Before joining IIG, Mitra was an adviser to the Victorian State Government. She was instrumental in the realisation of groundbreaking urban policy and legislation, including for affordable housing, improvement of apartment standards and protection of urban waterways. She also played a lead role in reshaping some of Melbourne’s major urban renewal precincts, including Fishermans Bend and Arden.

Mitra has a law degree and a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Melbourne, and was twice awarded the Dean’s Honours Award. She was part of the teaching team in the Urban Environments and Inclusive Cities subjects in the Masters of Urban Planning and Bachelor of Environments at the University of Melbourne.

Mitra is active in the not-for-profit and community sectors, and was a founding Board member and Secretary of the artist-run Schoolhouse Studios in Collingwood. She is also a co-founder and Committee Member of Yarra Pools, a community-led proposal to re-introduce recreation and water-play to the lower Yarra and, in doing so, to transform an under used section of the iconic river’s northern bank into a thriving community facility.

Mitra has published articles on the visionary urbanist Jan Gehl, as well as on the importance of strong leadership in housing policy and planning. You can access them via her Linkedin profile.