An American originally from India, Navin Ramani grew up in the city then called Bombay. He is a graduate of Sydenham College, University of Bombay, and received a Masters of Business Administration from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Ramani's career in the United States has included collaborations with leading architects in India and Miami as a developer's project coordinator. He serves on the board of The Miami Design Preservation League, the organisation responsible for listing the Miami Beach Art Deco District in the National Register of Historic Places, and was co-chairman of the Art Deco Weekend Festival in 2005. He has led guided architectural tours of the Art Deco District since 2002, has lectured in Miami on Bombay's Art Deco style, and has been an honorary tour guide of Bombay's Art Deco architecture for the United Kingdom-based conservation organization, the Cinema Theatre Association and The Twentieth Century Society. A founding member of the Florida Chapter of The Congress for the New Urbanism, Ramani also provided extensive research for the publication of A Guidebook to New Urbanism in Florida 2005.