7 TH B4E Global summit 2013




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Ajay Pradhan

India Country Managing Director
CH2M Hill

With over 22 years of experiences with Government, Public, Development Agencies and Private Sectors, Dr. Pradhan’s focus areas include Trans Boundary Issues, Climate Change, Sustainable Hydro Power Development and Flood Plain Management, etc. Having managed and executed a large number of water projects funded by multilateral agencies like World Bank, UNCESCO, and bilateral agencies like USAID, DIFID, etc., in the South Asian Region, he has been the recipient of UDYOG RATAN award towards contribution to development of Water and Environment Sector.

Ajay Raghuvanshi

Vice President, Business Management
Nissan Motor India

Ajay Raghuvanshi joined Nissan Motor India in March, 2013 and is responsible for marketing, sales, branding , pricing , new product development, product launch and other support operations as a Vice President, Business management. He has an extensive experience in the Indian automotive industry. As sales, marketing and distribution strategist, he brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding to Nissan Motor India’s growth and expansion. With strong customer focus approach, he contributed to improving customer satisfaction, sale volumes and market shares.

Ajit Jha

Director, Corporate Affairs and Legal
SAB Miller, India

Ajit Jha has consummate experience in leadership roles in organisations like Tata Steel, Godfrey Philips India and more recently, Coca-Cola. At SABMiller India, his role includes external affairs, government & media relations and image management, while leading its Sustainable Development initiatives. Having actively interfaced with International bodies, like UNDP, UNICEF, World Bank, WHO in various capacities, he owns a Masters and M.Phil in Political Science & International Relations and completed the Corporate Leadership Programme (Cambridge University).

Akshaya Kamath

Head, South Asia Territory

Before his current appointment, Akshaya joined Syngenta in 2005 and managed strategic projects in the Crop Protection business (Asia Pacific region). He became the Head of South Asia’s Seeds business in 2008 after which he was the Business Manager for Glyphosate in 2010. Prior to joining Syngenta, Akshaya worked for Tata Group in Mumbai, India as a Management Consultant, consulting for blue-chip companies on strategy and operations assignments across various industries such as automotive, chemicals and agriculture.

Amitabh Kant

CEO & Managing Director
Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (DMIC)

In essence, the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation project is aimed at the development of smart industrial cities in India integrating new generation technology across sectors. The project also envisages development of infrastructure linkages like power plants, water supply, high capacity transportation and logistics facilities, as well as softer interventions. The DMIC cities will address not merely the urbanization requirements of India, but will also contribute to the overall economic growth.

Andrew Steer

President & Chief Executive Officer
World Resources Institute (WRI)

Dr. Steer is The third President of WRI. He has three decades of experience working on international development on the front line in Asia and Africa, and at a senior level in international policy roles. Andrew joined WRI from the World Bank, where he served as Special Envoy for Climate Change since 2010. From 2007 to 2010 he served as Director General and Member of the Management Board at the UK Department of International Development (DFID).

Anupam Saraph

Smart Cites Expert / Future Designer

Dr. Anupam Saraph is a Future Designer. He supports building capacity, strategies, innovation and leadership that enhance futures. He advises and supports the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council for Complex Systems, Public and Private Sector companies and NGOs as an independent director and universities as a Professor of Systems, Governance, Decision Sciences, Environmental Systems and Business.

Arun Kumar

President, Business Initiatives
Development Alternatives Group

Dr. Arun Kumar is the current founder director of TARA Machines and Tech Services, a social enterprise of the Development Alternatives Group promoting sustainable technology solutions to small and medium enterprises. Dr. Kumar a material scientist by training possesses a plethora of experience in the areas of technology design, systems engineering, business development and organization of research having represented the DA Group on several national committees including the Confederation of Indian Industries and the Ministries of the Government of India.

Ashishkumar Chauhan

Chief Executive Officer
Bombay Stock Exchange

Serving on the Board of ICCL, CDSL, USE, BOISL, BSE Training Institute and Marketplace Technologies Limited, Ashish is a member of the Board of Governors of IIIT D&M, Jabalpur. He serves on several government and regulatory committees; CBDT, SEBI and FMC, among others and was part of the 5 member team that set up NSE. He was also the Group CIO of the Reliance group and was ranked amongst the top 50 global CIOs by several magazines and institutions.

Ashok Khosla

President Emeritus
The Club of Rome

After post-graduate degrees in experimental physics from Cambridge and Harvard Universities, Ashok Khosla became Director of the Indian Government’s first Environment Office in 1972 and then Director of Infoterra in UNEP. Since 1983 he has been Chairman of Development Alternatives, an organization that promotes commercially viable and environmentally friendly technologies. Dr Khosla is Co-Chair of the UN’s International Resource Panel and was President of IUCN (2008 to 2012) and Club of Rome (2005 to 2012).

Chandrashekhar Pitre

Senior Director Marketing
DHL Express India

Chandrashekhar is responsible for Marketing Communications, Products, Pricing and Research and Planning for DHL Express South Asia. In addition, he is also responsible for the development and implementation of marketing plans that contribute to the market share for DHL Express in the region. Prior to joining DHL Express, Mr, Pitre has over 15 years of experience in financial services. At Development Credit Bank (DCB), he was head of branch banking.

Charles Emmerson

Independent Advisor and Senior Fellow
Chatham House

Charles Emmerson is an independent adviser and writer based in London, and a Senior Research Fellow at Chatham House, where he works on the global political economy of natural resources. He is the author of The Future History of the Arctic, exploring the emerging geopolitics and geo-economics of the Arctic region under conditions of climate change. He was previously an Associate Director at the World Economic Forum where he headed their global risks’ work, and has contributed to their sustainability work over several years.

Damandeep Singh

Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) – India

Daman has worked for over two decades writing and researching on environment and development issues in India. He worked as an independent consultant and journalist primarily on environment and climate change issues working with ERM UK, Worldwatch Institute, The Climate Group, Bureau of Energy Efficiency and Suzlon Energy. Prior to that he was heading Research and Programme Missions Divisions of the National Geographic Channel for five years.

David Steuerman

Programme Officer, Business and Biodiversity
Secretariat of Convention on Biological Diversity

David joined the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity in early 2011 to help them with their program of engagement with the business community. Prior to joining, David worked for the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, where he was in a variety of positions including Disarmament and Nonproliferation, Climate Change and most recently, as Deputy Director of Canada-US Commercial Relations. David also served overseas as a trade commissioner in Tokyo.

Deepak Mukarji

Essar Energy

Over the past 30 years in his leadership roles with various multinational organizations in India, Mukarji has nurtured the license to operate by driving strategic positioning of issues across industry profiles. Having worked across various industries, some of the brands he has been associated with are JWT, the UN, Bell Labs (Lucent Technologies), MetLife and Shell. He is a Member of Indian Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board Committee for formulation of Access Codes for Petroleum & Petroleum Product Pipelines.

Dipak Kripalani

Head, Solutions & Partnership, Eco-Sustainability Services
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)

Prior to TCS, Dipak was the Co-founder of NatureFirst-Green Ecological Managed Servcies which delivered ecological solutions to corporate India. He has built skills in conceptualizing and operationalizing businesses, ranging from strategy formulation to putting these businesses on the ground. His experience encompasses a wide range of industries including FMCG, agriculture, food proccessing, telecommunications, technology, outsourcing and healthcare. Till 2002, Dipak was with Netdecisions where he was responsible for creating their business in Singapore.

Dorothy Maxwell

Executive Director
TEEB for Business Coalition

Dorothy Maxwell has an MSc and PhD in Environmental Science from Imperial College London. She has over 20 years professional experience working in the environmental / sustainability arena with government and industry in Europe, USA & Asia, including the Sustainable Business Programme. She served as an advisor to various organisations including The Prince of Wale’s International Sustainability Unit, to support business and government on sustainability in products, services and supply chains.

Emani B.V. Kumar

Executive Director
ICLEI South Asia

Other than overseeing strategic development of ICLEI in Asia region, Emani Kumar also coordinates various multi-year & small scale projects and research work supported by various donor and UN agencies; State and National governments of India and Research Organizations. He has more than 17 years of professional experience on issues related to climate change policy and planning, local governance, renewable energy and energy efficiency, social accountability, systems management and auditing.

GS Krishnan

Regional President – India
Novozymes South Asia Pvt. Ltd.

He is associated with the company for more than 20 years and has played a key role in the growth of the Indian operations, from a Liaison Office with 6 employees to a full-fledged operation of 400+ employee organization. He was actively involved in the acquisition of Biocon’s enzyme business and subsequent integration of the business. In his current role, he is responsible for growing the Indian business operations and maintaining closer coordination with external stakeholders.

Gwen Andrews

Vice President, Environmental Policies & Global Advocacy, Asia & Oceania
Alstom International

Gwen Andrews carries out advocacy with governments throughout Asia and Oceania and is involved with customer relations and selected projects in countries including Australia, China, India and elsewhere in Asia. Recognised as the first Chief Executive of the Australian Greenhouse Office (1998 to 2002), between 2002 and 2007, she used her expertise to contribute to sustainable development planning issues on a regional level. Gwen is also a director of the Carbon Market Institute, which assists Australian businesses to understand and engage in the carbon market.

H.M Nerurkar

Managing Director
Tata Steel

With over 35 years of experience in steel industry in various functions, Mr. Nerurkar’s multifaceted experience ranges from Project Execution, Manufacturing, Quality Control, Supply Chain and Marketing. Mr. Nerurkar has been conferred with several prestigious awards such as the ‘Tata Gold Medal 2004′, ‘SMS Demag Excellence Award 2002′, CEO with HR Orientation Award – 2010, among others, and most recently, he was awarded with the Maxell Foundation & Maharashtra Corporate Excellence Award – 2012.

Hitoshi Mihara

Head of Rail Systems Group
Hitachi India

Mr. Hitoshi joined Rail System Company of Hitachi in 2007. He was appointed a his current position in December 2012. Within Hitachi, he first assumed General Manager of Global Sales and Marketing Department Group I in Sales and Marketing Division. He was responsible for Oceania, Taiwan, India and Russia markets. Until now, he has been involved in various successful projects, including Taiwan Tao Yuen Airport Link Project and Power Supply, Sydney Rail Corp PPP project and Electricals for Sofia Metro in Russia.

Howard-Yana Shapiro

Chief Agricultural Officer
Mars, Incorporated.

Howard has been involved with sustainable agricultural and agroforestry systems, pattern recognition, plant breeding, molecular biology and genetics for over 40 years releasing hundreds of cultivars into the public domain. A Fellow of the World Agroforestry Centre, he was named recipient of The Award of Distinction from The College of agriculture and Environmental Sciences, UC Davis and The Award of Distinction from The College of agriculture and Environmental Sciences, UC Davis in 2009.

Jayanthi Natarajan

Minister for Environment and Forests

Having elected for her fourth term as Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha, Jayanthi Natarajan is one of India’s most influential ministers with regards to the infrastructure sector. Her ministry is responsible for permitting clearance to infrastructure projects while minimizing the impact on the environment. She has represented India in various International Parliamentary forums including the Inter Parliamentary Union, United Nations. Prior to her career in the public service, she was a well-known and respected constitutional lawyer in the High Court and Supreme Court.

Jeeva Perumalpillai-Essex

Manager, Sustainable Business Advisory
International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Jeeva has over 30 years of development experience of which 20 years is with the World Bank Group working in Africa and Asia. Since 2000, she has been a leader of the World Bank’s sustainable business practice in Africa, East Asia and South Asia. In Africa, she was responsible for rural development and infrastructure project lending in Southern and Eastern Africa. In East Asia Region she led the World Bank’s sustainable lending and advisory activity.

Jochen Ebert

Managing Director, India / Head
Danone / Global BOP Initiatives

Jochen Ebert has been with Danone, the world’s largest fresh dairy maker, for more than 20 years. Mr. Ebert currently spearheads Danone’s Dairy business in India. He was also responsible for the establishment of the Danone social business model in cooperation with the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh as well as for Danone’s global Base of Pyramid Initiatives, which aims at bringing health through food and affordable nutrition to a maximum number of people.

Kris Gopalakrishnan

Co-Chairman / President
Infosys Technologies / CII

Recognized as a global business and technology thought leader, Kris was selected to Thinkers 50, an elite list of the world’s most influential management thinkers. Having represented Infosys and India in various international forums such as The Indo-US CEO Council and the President’s Council of New York Academy of Sciences, Kris is also the Chairman of The Business Action for Sustainable Development 2012, a coalition of international business groups committed to sustainable development.

Lakshminarasimhan Srinivasan

Global Head, Eco-Sustainability Services
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)

Lakshminarasimhan Srinivasan heads TCS Eco Sustainability Unit, a strategic business unit of TCS that enables its clients to integrate sustainability into their business strategy. With more than 16 years of experience in the Information Technology Sector, he previously headed TCS Telecom vertical in Europe and positioned TCS as one of the leading system integrators in Europe. He built a high performing Sales & Relationship team that resulted in strong relationships for TCS with a number of European Telecom Service Providers.

Mahesh Rao

Country Director, India

With over 27 years of experience in the water-treatment business, Mahesh is passionate in providing solutions with a positive impact on the industry and the community. As such, he is focused in delivering sustainable and safe solutions that can reduce the cost of operations in the most sustainable way possible. He strongly believes in working closely with research and development to develop and execute innovative and differentiated solutions, which are sustainable and holistic in nature

Mallika Kapur

CNN’s Mumbai-based International Correspondent

As CNN’s Mumbai-based international correspondent, Mallika is responsible for the network’s coverage from India’s financial capital. She also covers news stories from across South Asia. She covered a number of key economic stories for the ‘Eye on India’ week of special programming, including the emergence of the country as an auto manufacturing hub, innovations in providing quality but affordable healthcare. She has also contributed stories to CNN’s Freedom Project which exposes human trafficking and modern day slavery in countries worldwide.

Mark Kenber

Chief Executive Officer
The Climate Group

An expert on international climate policy, Mark advised former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair in the joint policy initiative Breaking the Climate Deadlock (2008-2009) and co-founded the successful Verified Carbon Standard (VCS). Previously, Mark worked in WWF’s International Climate Change Programme where he led the creation of the CDM Gold Standard, a tool for channeling carbon market investments into sustainable clean energy projects. He has also served as Director of Planning at Fundacion Natura, Ecuador’s largest environmental organization, and climate change advisor to the Ecuadorian government.

Martin Hiller

Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP)

With more than 20 years of experience in specialised policy communications and clean energy campaigns, Martin Hiller has an extensive knowledge in climate change and energy issues. Under his leadership, REEEP has sharpened its focus as a catalyst for up-scaling clean energy business models. Prior to REEEP, Martin had a distinguished career with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) where he led campaigns and communications in the global climate and energy programme.

Martin Wright

Editor In Chief, Green Futures
Forum for The Future

With over 20 years’ experience as a writer, editor, broadcaster and communications and strategy adviser, he has contributed to a wide range of medium including The Financial Times, Newsweek, The Times of India, the BBC and many others. Having won awards as both a writer and photographer, including Science and Environment Journalist of the Year, Martin is also Visiting Judge (Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy) and Chair of the Judging Panel (Guardian Sustainable Business Awards).

Michael Dax

Director International System

Responsible for system adaptation, Michael Dax holds talks on a regular basis on the DGNB System at international conferences and has conducted training sessions of International Consultants. Mr. Dax studied architecture, and began his professional career in the mid nineties in a number of architecture firms across Europe and the USA. With nearly 20 years of professional experience in both industry and consulting, he is an accredited DGNB Auditor with an expertise derived from leading corporate architecture and corporate design.

Mili Majumdar

Director, Sustainable Habitat Division
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

With over 19 years of experience in the field of energy and environment, Mili Majumdar contributed to major policy formulation in the green/energy efficient building segment in India. Awarded the Construction World Woman of the Year 2011, she has also led a team to conceptualise and develop GRIHA – a system for rating of green buildings in India. GRIHA addresses environmental and social building construction concerns and provides a framework for developing habitats and buildings that are environmentally benign, cost effective and socially responsible.

Naveen Madishetty

India Representative
Global Marshall Plan Initiative

A young professional committed to his vision towards Global Sustainable Development by mainstreaming environment into formal economy, Naveen Madishetty strongly believes in eco-Social entrepreneurship. He was the recipient of prestigious DAAD-STIBET Fellowship & DAAD Alumni Scholarship of BMBF, Germany. Having worked in international organizations such as ARCI (Govt. of India), Forschung Zentrum Karlsruhe and European institute of energy research, he has contributed to waste and renewable projects as a project manager.

P.K Mukherjee

Managing Director
Sesa Goa

With 34 years of experiences holding positions at different levels, Mr. Mukherjee has been leading Sesa Goa from 2006 till date. in 2009, Business world declared him to be India’s most ‘Value’able CEO and was rated No. 1 in India. He was also selected as one of India’s Best Chief Financial Officers in 2005 by Business Today Magazine and is often recognised as one of the sharpest minds in Corporate India’s storm troopers.

Patrick Rousseau

Chairman & Managing Director
Veolia Water India

Patrick is also Veolia Environnement Delegate for India and the Managing Director of Grameen Veolia Water Ltd. Patrick joined Veolia in 1977 and was in charge of the company’s operations in the Czech Republic, Southern Africa, Morocco and Gabon. He is President of the French Foreign Trade Council and Vice-Chairman of the Indo-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Having graduated in 1974 from Ecole Superieure des Ingenieurs de Poitiers, France, he completed his master’s degree in civil engineering in the USA.

Pavan Sukhdev

Study Leader
The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB)

Pavan is founder and CEO of GIST Advisory, a consulting firm focused on assisting governments and corporations measure and manage their impacts and dependencies on nature. A career banker, he took a sabbatical in 2008 to lead “TEEB” (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity) and the Green Economy Initiative for UNEP. These projects create awareness for natural capital as a key factor of production and a means of solving persistent poverty, and for a ‘green economy’ as an engine for development, decent employment, and poverty reduction.

Peter Graham

Executive Director
Global Buildings Performance Network (GBPN)

Dr. Peter Graham has been the Technical Advisor and past Coordinator of the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative where he has developed and managed many of UNEP’s key projects and publications in the building sector. He comes to the GBPN as Head of Discipline for Architecture & Design ( University of New South Wales) where he worked with across sectors to assist the global transition to a sustainable building and construction industry.

Peter Holmgren

Director General
Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

Before his current position at CIFOR, Dr. Peter Holmgren was responsible for the overall profile and coordination of FAO’s work related to climate change, energy and land tenure across the agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors. He set up inter-agency UN-REDD Programme, led the development of the climate-smart agriculture approach, and coordinated FAO’s preparations for Rio+20. Peter is determined to expand forestry development agenda to address current major challenges: poverty, food security, climate change and green growth.

Peter Lacy

Managing Director – Asia Pacific Region
Accenture Sustainability Services

Peter Lacy is a member of Accenture’s Management Consulting leadership team for the region. Prior to Accenture, Peter worked for McKinsey and Co, Andersen Consulting and the Academy of Business in Society. Peter has worked for over a decade with the CEOs and top management of Global 1000 companies and government bodies like the UN, the EU Commission and the UK government. In 2010, he was voted as an outstanding ‘Young Global Leader’ by the World Economic Forum.

Rakesh Sharma

Senior Director
Philips Electronics India Limited

With Philips, Rakesh has worked in Strategy, M&A, New Business Development, Business Unit Management, Sales & Marketing, Product Management, and has been Head of Global Marketing at the headquarters of Philips in The Netherlands for a business unit. Currently, he is responsible for Public & Professional Affairs, Government Affairs, and B2G Business Development. He is engaged in initiatives related to developing public policy and business models with policymakers and other stake holders in the areas of Energy Efficient Public Lighting, Heritage Lighting, Cancer Screening and related Healthcare areas

Ramesh Kymal

Chair & Managing Director
Gamesa Wind Turbines

Mr. Kymal is a Mechanical Engineer with specialization in Operations Research, Statistical Quality Control. With over 25 years in various capacities across blue chip companies in both India and Europe, he serves as Chairman of Renewable Energy Council of CII – Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre, maintaining his larger commitment to make India a global leader in Renewable Energy by facilitating formulation of attractive policies at both state and central level, and creating innovative financing mechanisms.


Corporate Eco Forum

M.R. Rangaswami is the founder of the Corporate Eco Forum. He is CEF’s catalyst, critic and cheerleader. MR brings the same energy, enthusiasm & impact to the sustainability arena that he brought to his career as a 25-year veteran of the software industry, co-founder of SandHill Group, and founder of the acclaimed Software & Enterprise Conferences. He is also the Founder of Indiaspora a Forum for 100 influential leaders from the India American community.

Ranjit Barthakur

Secretary-General / Chairman
Club of Rome India / GMS

Ranjit heads the overall GMS operations, and brings 30 years of experience in managing and leading companies in a wide range of industries. Currently the chief architect of the thought process at GMS in developing the theme of NaturenomicsTM (which involves capital formation through the creation of ecologically ‘compliant’ assets in a sustainable manner), he was formerly CEO of Orange in India, Chairman of Marconi in the Indian Sub-continent, and has held senior positions at ITC, one of India’s leading FMCG companies.

Ravi Chaudhry

Founder & Chairman
CeNext Consulting & Investment

A Business Strategy Consultant and a mentor to CEOs, Ravi’s book, Quest for Exceptional Leadership: Mirage to Reality has been globally acclaimed as “a seminal book, the best in years, and a rare combination of sound business thinking and accessible philosophy.” He is a Fellow of World Business Academy USA; International Board Director, Future 500 USA; Strategic Advisor to Swiss Federal Government; Member, New Civilization Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative, Japan; EVIAN Brains Trust at IMD Switzerland, etc.

Ravi Sharma

Principal Officer
UN Convention on Biological Diversity

Mr. Ravi Sharma is Head of Implementation, Technical Support and Outreach Programs at the United Nations Convention for Biological Diversity in Montreal, Canada. He is an Economist by education and has 30 years experience in environmental policy and programs at both international and national levels. Previously he worked at the World Bank and United Nations Environment Programme managing complex multi-country programs. In his current assignment, engagement with the business sector is one of his priority activities.

Richard Mattison

Chief Executive Officer

Richard Mattison is chief executive of Trucost. He oversees the development of Trucost’s research methodology, with the support of an International Advisory Panel of leading academics in the fields of economics and the environment. He is a member of the UK Government’s Sustainable Development panel and is a regular public speaker on environmental issues. Richard has a PhD in Neuroscience and a BSc (Hons) in Physiology from Edinburgh University.

Romi Khosla

Architect & Urban Planner

Romi Khosla is an internationally known architect and urban planner who has designed and implemented large-scale international development projects as well as national ones. He graduated in Economics from Cambridge University, worked as an accountant in Price waterhouse in London and then graduated in architecture from The Architectural Association in London. He established his independent consultant’s office in Delhi in 1972 and become a Principle Consultant to the UNDP

Rowan Williams

Regional Manager, Biodegradable Polymers
BASF, Asia-Pacific

Rowan has more than 25 years experience in business management within the chemicals and plastics industries. Currently the President of the Australasian Bioplastics Association, this voluntary role complements his position as the Regional Manager for BASF (Asia Pacific). With his passion towards sustainability and the impacts of human activity on the planet, Rowan is dedicated to educate and advocate sustainable solutions and the use of BASF products as intelligent solutions waste management and landfill avoidance.

S. Ramadorai

Adviser to Prime Minister
National Council on Skills Development, India

In addition to his appointment as Advisor to the Prime Minister in the National Skill Development Council, with the rank of Cabinet Minister, Ramadorai is also the Vice-Chairman of Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS) and Chairman of several Tata companies. TCS is a company he has been associated with for over 40 years. He was awarded with the Padma Bhushan (2006), and the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 2009.

Sandeep Kumar Mishra

Member Secretary
Delhi Pollution Control Committee

Sandeep Mishra is a Scientist by education from IIT Kanpur, a Management Graduate from FMS Delhi and a Civil Servant by profession. He has varied experience of over 20 years in Government and Public Sector Enterprises ranging from Mines, District Administration, Rural Development, Education, Transport, Power, HR, IT, to Chief Minister’s office. In his current assignment, controlling pollution levels in Delhi is his top most priority and the biggest challenge.

Sanjay K Gupta

Senior Advisor
Waste Ventures

Sanjay K Gupta has more than a decade of experience in waste management, recycling and livelihood issues. He has worked as an Advisor and Consultant with WSP-World Bank, USAID, Care India, UN-Habitat, Swiss Red Cross, Waste Netherlands and is currently with Waste Ventures Charities, an international Not for Profit Organisation. He has worked with the development sector, corporate houses on CSR, state governments and municipalities, and has established more than 120 small and medium enterprises for waste management services and recycling resource centers.

Sean Patrick Wall

Senior Vice President, Network Operations and Aviation
DHL Express Asia Pacific

Based in Singapore, Mr. Sean Patrick Wall oversees DHL’s aviation network across 40 countries and territories, four main hubs in Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, and Shanghai, and over 70 gateways to ensure timely delivery of shipments. Having worked in DHL for over 25 years, he has served extensively in the UK as well as key Middle East operations (Country General Manager of DHL in the Sultanate of Oman, 1995), and as Deputy Managing Director of DHL-Sinotrans in 2011.

Seema Arora

Executive Director
CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development

With 25 years of experience in environmental management and sustainable development, Ms. Arora catalysed the establishment of the Environmental Management Division in CII and transformed its activities into the Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development. As the Centre’s head, she worked with the industry, government and community to develop policies and approaches to sustainable development, including a Low Carbon Growth Strategy for India. Her contributions help define Sustainable development Action plans at the State level.

Seethapathy Chander

Director General
Regional & Sustainable Development Department (RSDD) / Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Seethapathy Chander is Director General of the Regional and Sustainable Development Department (RSDD) that is responsible for enhancing quality and knowledge management across ADB to improve its development impact. RRSD ensures that all processes of ADB comply with its own environmental and social safeguard standards. Seethapathy is also concurrently the Chief Compliance Officer of ADB.

Serge Younes

Director, Sustainability Service, Accenture’s Global Strategy and Sustainability practice,
Accenture Sustainability Services

He is currently heading the India Sustainability practice and is based in New Delhi. An active member of the International Solar Energy Society, he also leads the clean energy advisory offering and is a Principal in Accenture’s Intelligent Cities programme. Serge has successfully delivered a number of high profile sustainable city and energy infrastructure developments including Masdar in Abu Dhabi and the Jaypee City project (F1 circuit) in India, among other projects in China, the Middle-East, Africa, Europe and North America.

Sheila Dikshit

Chief Minister
Delhi, India

Smt.Sheila Dikshit brings to the administration vast experience in Administrative and Parliamentary matters. She served as a Minister in the Union Government during 1986 – 89, first as the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and later as a Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s office. She is also the Secretary of the Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust. The trust has come to play a leading role in promotion of international understanding.

Shrashtant Patara

Senior Vice President
Development Alternatives Group

An architect by training, Shrashtant Patara has been with the Development Alternatives Group since 1988, providing research expertise, management capability and strategic direction to teams of up to 60 persons engaged in the promotion of sustainable technology, creation of green jobs and fulfilment of basic needs amongst the rural poor. His current work focuses on projects aimed at creating community benefits around the use of renewable energy, particularly through decentralized generation of power.

Stefan Helming

Country Director
GIZ India

Mr. Helming was responsible for the Technical Backstopping for GTZ’s worldwide water and sanitation programs. He was also the Director of Corporate Policy Department and Department of North Africa and Middle East in the GTZ Office in Eschborn. From 2003 to 2006, he held the post of Deputy Director General of ‘Planning and Development’ before heading the GTZ IS in Ethiopia, which was the largest Country Program for GTZ IS for four years.

Stella Thomas

Founder & Executive Director
Global Water Fund

Stella Thomas is the Founder and Managing Director of the Global Water Fund, an international boutique advisory group that helps navigate water strategies for the public and private sectors. The Global Water Fund serves as a platform for multi-stakeholders to address the increasing global problem of water management by seeking solutions in new technologies, financing and policies. The Global Water Fund also seeks to create an awareness of the world’s water crisis through its Foundation.

Sujoy Ghosh

India Country Head
First Solar

With more 20 years of industry experience, Sujoy Ghosh is responsible for developing and executing First Solar’s business strategy in India. Prior to his appointment at First Solar, he was GE’s Regional General Manager for GE Energy’s Power and Water business, where he worked in a diverse range of businesses from T&D (SCADA, network management etc) to Thermal Power Generation (Gas and Steam Turbine etc) to Renewables (Wind), and led GE’s Thermal Products and Renewable Sales in India/Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Suresh P Prabhu

Former Union Minister & Chairman
Council Energy, Environment & Water

An all India rank holding Chartered Accountant armed with a Law degree Shri Suresh Prabhu is amongst those admirable names in public life with emphasis and jest for academics. As a Union Cabinet Minister with the government of India he has managed six ministries including Industry, Environment and Forest, Power, Chemicals &Fertilizers, Heavy Industry & Public Enterprises & ILR. He introduced landmark legislations in the power sector, Energy Efficiency, Environmental issues,etc.

Tarun Tejpal


In a 30-year career as a journalist, Tarun has been an editor with the India Today and the Indian Express groups, and the managing editor of Outlook. He is the founder of Tehelka – which has garnered international fame for its aggressive public interest journalism. Recognised as Asia’s 50 most powerful communicators (AsiaWeek) and one of Asia’s leaders at the forefront of change (BusinessWeek), he was also named among the 20 who constitute India’s new elite in 2007 (The Guardian, UK).

Thomas R. Tavella

American Society of Landscape Architects

A licensed landscape Architect and a LEED Accredited Professional with over 26 years in private practice, Tom’s projects consistently embraced philosophies and technologies on LEED and sustainable design even before they were common practice. From industrial greening projects to incorporating pervious pavements, biofiltration swales and urban rain gardens, he is recognized as a leader and advocate for sustainable design and planning. Currently The Director of Design for Fuss & O’Neill, Tom has dedicated much of his time to advancing the profession of Landscape Architecture.

Tobias Engelmerier

Founder & Managing Director
Bridge to India

Tobias founded Bridge to India in 2008 to provide financing solutions for India’s sustainability challenges. Bridge to India focuses on solar technology developing their own projects, wherein solar power is sold to end customers. With Bridge to India, Tobias has produced reports analysing how India’s solar power industry shapes and how to expedite the learning and growth process in India. He has a PhD in Indian politics, which became the main subject of his two books.

Tony Simons

World Agroforestry Centre

Tony Simons has worked 27 years on issues at the tropical agriculture/forestry interface – in the private sector (Shell Forestry), academia (University of Oxford), official development assistance (ODA/DFID) and research (CGIAR). He holds degrees from Massey University and Cambridge University and an Honorary Professorship in Tropical Forestry at the University of Copenhagen. He has published over 100 research papers. He is passionate about the transformative and profitable change that the private sector can bring to development.

V. Subramanian

Chief Executive Officer & Secretary General
Indian Wind Energy Association

V. Subramanian joined the Indian Administrative Service, premier service of the Government of India in 1971. With a rich experience both at the implementation level and policy making level across diverse sectors like Finance, Aviation, Tourism, Power and Labour, he undertook path breaking initiatives that resulted in more than doubling the grid connected renewable power generation capacity in less than three years as the Secretary in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy before retiring in 2008.

V.G. Ramakrishnan

Managing Director, South Asia
Frost & Sullivan

Ramakrishnan is responsible for building the business in this region, both in scale and diversity. His key areas of focus will be on emerging businesses, mega trends, and leveraging breakthrough best practices. Prior to the role, Ramakrishnan headed the Automotive, Transportation and Logistics business unit for Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. Some key assignments include market entry strategy, market penetration and expansion strategy, new product acceptance assessments, location analysis, and financial feasibility, competitive benchmarking and distribution channel.

Vibha Dhawan

Executive Director
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

Dr Dhawan has been actively involved in tree tissue culture and has developed the technique of in-vitro nodulation for the leguminous tree. She was instrumental in setting up of the modern tissue culture laboratory at the institute and plays an active role in policy development both at the state and national levels and is a task force member for a number of committees of the Department of Biotechnology and projects for rural development and climate change.

Vijay Chhibber

Ministry of Road Transport and Highways

Vijay is responsible for all policy matters relating to road transport & highways as well as Public Private Partnership programme for development of national highways in the country. Under his leadership, India is implementing the largest Public Private Partnership project in the Road Sector in the World. He has worked in the Ministries of Defence, Fertilisers, etc. He is Alumni NDC (38th Course). MA (History, St. Stephens College, Delhi University).

Vishnu Swaminathan

India Director & Representative

Vishnu leads Ashoka India’s efforts to create an “Everyone a Changemaker” world—one where each person has the skills, drive, and resources to push forward solutions to pressing social and environmental problems. He also heads the Housing for All program at Ashoka in India, which is working on increasing the supply of affordable housing for low income communities in India on market based models. The program has reached six cities, catalyzing around 10,000 homes in two years.

Vivek Bharati

Executive Director
Pepsico India

Vivek is responsible for Corporate Affairs, Agriculture, Exports, Corporate Communication, Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility. Prior to joining PepsiCo, he was a leading financial journalist and columnist and has had several roles in the editorial teams of the Economic Times, Times of India and Hindustan Times, after which, Vivek was at the World Bank, as Advisor to the Country Director. He has also headed the National Policy Division of the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Yoshiro Owadano

Vice Representative / Deputy Director-General, Planning Headquarters
Japan Council for Renewable Energy / AIST

Yoshiro Owadano received a PhD in electric engineering from University of Tokyo in 1979. Following that, he joined Electrotechnical Laboratory, METI, visited Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK in 1984-1985, and became Director of Energy Division in 1999. In 2001, he became director-general Energy Electronics Research Institute of newly founded AIST and has lead researches on new energy technology such as renewable energy, fuel cell and hydrogen. In 2008, he became vice representative of Japan Council for Renewable Energy.