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Act together, support innovation: PM Modi calls upon every country to think of greater good in fight against climate change


Valedictory Session WSDS 2021:
Collaboration for Green Growth

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WSDS 2021 closes with a promise to achieve
a common goal of green growth,
and net-zero by 2050

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About WSDS

We invite the global community to the World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS), the annual flagship event of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), to be held from 10th to 12th February this year. Marking 20 years in its journey of making ‘sustainable development’ a globally shared goal, the Summit series brings together governments, business leaders, academicians, climate scientists, youth, and the civil society in the fight against climate change.

With its focus on bringing the voices of youth and women to the forefront, the Summit intends to carry forward these vital discussions from the Global South to the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties in Glasgow.

Adapting to the world’s changed circumstances, the World Sustainable Development Summit 2021 is being held completely online, allowing participants to register and join remotely from anywhere in the world to attend our various thematic tracks, plenary sessions, business sessions, and an e-expo.


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Short session summmaries of WSDS 2021


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WSDS 2021 Speakers

Mr. Sreenivasulu Member Secretary
Karnataka State Pollution Control Board
Dr. Neville A MehtaChief Executive Officer
Mumbai First
Mr. Dinesh Kumar A NJoint Director(i/c)
Energy Management Centre - Kerala
Ms. Mary AbrahamFellow
Mr. Abhishek AcharyaDirector
Ministry of Finance , Department of Economic Affairs
Ms. Parul AgarwalaCountry Programme Manager
United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)
Dr. Mukesh AghiCEO & President
Mr. Rainer AgsterDirector of Operations at SEED & Executive Board Member at adelphi, Germany
SEED (by adelphi, Germany)
Dr. Mohamed Irfaan AliPresident of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana
Office of the President
Mr. Rohit AnandDirector Infrastructure, South Asia
CDC Group Plc
Ms. Inger AndersenExecutive Director
United Nations Environment Programme
Ms. Seema AroraDeputy Director General
Confederation of Indian Industry
Mr. Harpreet AroraUrban Advisor
FCDO British High Commission
Mr. Ugo AstutoAmbassador
Delegation of European Union to India
Mr. Thiagarajan BManaging Director
Blue Star Limited
Dr. Surendra BabuDeputy General Manager
National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD)
Mr. Arvinder BakshiEx Chairman
Ms. Juhi BansalProject Associate
The Energy and Resources Institute
Ms. Tosca BaruccoItalian MFA Special Envoy for COP26
Italian Ministry for international cooperation
Ms. Glynda BathanDeputy Executive Director
Clean Air Asia
Ms. Frances BeineckePresident Emerita
Natural Resources Defense Council
Mr. Mitchell BernardPresident and Chief Counsel
Natural Resources Defense Council
Mr. Jitendra BhambureAdvisor, Technology in Blue Star
Blue Star
Ms. Preety BhandariChief of Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Thematic Group concurrently Director, SDCD
Asian Development Bank
Dr. Girija BharatDirector
Mu Gamma Consultants Pvt Ltd.
Dr. Anshu BhardwajCEO
Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation
Mr. Saurabh BhardwajFellow
The Energy and Resources Institute
Mr. Souvik BhattacharjyaAssociated Director
The Energy and Resources Institute
Dr. Fatih BirolExecutive Director
International Energy Agency
Mr. Michael R. BloombergCo-Founder
Bloomberg LP (Via Video)
Mr. Arvind BodhankarJoint Executive President & Chief Sustainability Officer
Ultratech Cement
Dr. Sekhar BonuDirector General
Development Monitoring and Evaluation Office
Dr. Axel BorchmannDeputy head of unit
Federal Minstry for the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety
Dr. Michael BuckiCounsellor, Head of Section
Delegation of the European Union to India
Dr. Ravishankar C NDirector
Ms. Sakshi Chadha DasguptaSenior technical advisor
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
Dr. Paromita ChakrabortyResearch Associate Professor
SRM Institute of Science and Technology
Mr. Vivek ChandranAssociate Director Transport
Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation
Ms. Archana Khanna ChhabraTeacher
Puranchandra Vidyaniketan
Mr. Manish ChourasiaManaging Director
Tata Cleantech Capital Ltd
Mr. Stéphane CrouzatFrench Climate Ambassador
French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs
Ms. Joanna CymbalistaQuality and Sustainability Compliance Manager
IKEA Services India Pvt Ltd., Purchasing & Logistics Area South Asia
Mr. Debendra DalaiDirector
Department of Environment, Chandigarh Administration
Ms. Sheebu DavidHR Leader
General Electric
Mr. Anish DePartner and National Head - Energy & Natural Resources
KPMG in India
Mr. Yvo De BoerPresident
Gold Standard Foundation
Mr. Vincenzo De LucaAmbassador of Italy
Embassy of Italy
Dr. Jonathan DemengeHead
Ms. Jane Dennett ThorpeDeputy Director for Decarbonisation & Energy Transition
Mr. Nitin DesaiChairman
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
Ms. Rupali DeshmukhSenior Coordinator, Business Development and Marketing,
IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute
Ms. Uma DeviAdditional Secretary
Ministry of Environment Forests and Climate Change
Mr. Vivek Kumar DewanganAdditional Secretary (Thermal Transmission & I/C)
Ministry of Power, Government of India
Dr. Vibha DhawanDistinguished Fellow and Senior Director
The Energy and Resources Institute
Mr. Hans-Peter EglerDirector Public Sector / Sustainable Infrastructure
South Pole Company
Mr. Hans EnggrobCEO and Partner
Enggrob & Singh Pvt. Ltd.
Ms. Patricia EspinosaExecutive Secretary
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Ms. Susan FergusonRepresentative
UN Women India
Dr. Amy FraenkelExecutive Secretary
UNEP/CMS Secretariat
Mr. Chirag GajjarHead Subnational Climate Action
WRI India
Ms. Aditi GargChief Executive Officer
Indore Smart City Development Limited
Dr. Prashant GargavaMember Secretary
Ms. Anita Marangoly GeorgeExecutive Vice President, Deputy Head - CDPQ Global
CDPQ India
Ms. Rana GhoneimChief, Energy Systems and Infrastructure Division
Mr. Anirban GhoshChief Sustainability Officer
Mahindra Group
Dr. Arunabha GhoshChief Executive Officer
Council on Energy Environment and Water
Dr. Ashok GhoshChairman
Bihar State Pollution Control Board
Dr. Irene Giner-ReichlAmbassador
Austrian Embassy Brasília
Dr. Nallamuthu GodhantaramanHead
University of Madras
Dr. Anju GoelFellow
Mr. Tim GouldHead of Division
International Energy Agency
Dr. Mini GovindanFellow
Prof. R GuleriaDirector
Mr. R.P GuptaSecretary
Mr. Vikrant GuptaSr Executive Editor (Sports)
TV today Network (Aaj Tak/India today)
Ms. Ruchi GuptaResearch Associate
Mr. Praveen GuptaChief Engineer
Central Electricity Authority
Mr. Uday GuptaManaging Director
Adhunik Metaliks Ltd
Dr. Vijay HabbuAdjunct Professor
Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Mumbai
Ms. Marie HagaExternal Relations and Governance - Associate Vice-President
Mr. Will HallBuilidings and Industry Lead
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Mr. Andreas HansenHead of International Marine Environment
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Dr. Laurel HarmonVice President (Government Affairs)
Ms. Rhiannon HarriesDeputy Trade Commissioner, South Asia
Department for International Trade
Dr. Sebastian HelgenbergerCOBENEFITS Project Director
Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies
Mr. Vidar HelgesenExecutive Director
Mr. Benjamin HickmanAdvisor
Ms. Sriparna IyerKey Expert, EU-India Urban Partnership Support Project
IPE Global Limited
Mr. Dinesh JagdaleJoint Secretary
Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India
Mr. Anil Kumar JainSecretary (Coal)
Ministry of Coal
Dr. Subrahmanyam JaishankarExternal Affairs Minister
Ministry of External Affair of India
Mr. Prakash JavadekarUnion Cabinet Minister
Minister of Environment, Forest & Climate Change; Information & Broadcasting; and Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises,
Dr. K S JayachandranMember Secretary
Delhi Pollution Control Committee
Ms. Nina JensenCEO
REV Ocean
Mr. Rob KaplanFounder and CEO
Circulate Capital
Mr. John F. KerryU.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate
U.S Government
Mr. Iyad KheirbekProgram Director
C40 Cities
Mr. Uday KhemkaVice Chairman
SUN Group
Mr. Jasmeet KhuranaManager, REmobility
World Business Council for Sustainable Development
Ms. Kathrin KirschEnterprise Support Advisor
Ms. Karen KlimowskiDeputy Mission Director (A)
Mr. Edwin KoekkoekCounsellor on Energy and Climate Action
Delegation of the European Union to India
Mr. Jules KortenhorstChief Executive Officer
Rocky Mountain Institute
Mr. Neeraj KuldeepProgramme Lead
Council on Energy, Environment and Water
Dr. Satish KumarPresident and Executive Director
Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy
Prof. Archana KumarAssociate Professor
Lady Irwin College
Mr. Amit KumarSenior Director, Social Transformation & Knowledge Management
Dr. Ashvini KumarSenior Director
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
Mr. S. Suresh KumarAdditional Chief Secretary
Department of Power, Government of West Bengal
Mr. Emani KumarDeputy Secretary General
ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability
Dr. M M KuttyChairman
Ms. Rachel KyteDean
The Fletcher School, Tufts University
Prof. Kuntala Lahiri-DuttProfessor, Resource & Development Program, Crawford School of Public Policy
Australian National University
Ms. Dina LanziHead - Technical Business Unit Hydrogen
Mr. Ashok LavasaVice-President
Asian Development Bank
Mr. Philippe LienhartStrategy Innovation New Business Manager EDF CIST and Team leader of OSOWOG Project for ISA
EDF Electcité de France
Dr. Theresa Mundita LimExecutive Director
ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity
Ms. Christine LinsExecutive Director
GWNET - Global Women's Network for the Energy Transition
Prof. Atmanand M AVisiting Faculty
Indian Institute of Technology
Mr. Ajai MalhotraDistinguished Fellow & Senior Adviser (Climate Change)
The Energy & Resources Institute
Mr. Christophe ManetCharge d'affaires a.i.
Delegation of the European Union to India
Dr. Ajay MathurDirector General
Dr. Ajay MathurDirector-General
Dr. Ritu MathurDirector and Senior Fellow
Dr. Vinod MathurChairperson
National Biodiversity Authority
Ms. Anshika MauryaStudent
City Montessori School, Aliganj
Mr. Jayant Moreshver MauskarAdvisor
Observer Research Foundation (ORF)
Mr. Gavin McGillivrayDevelopment Director
British High Commission
Ms. Katie McGintyVP & Chief Sustainability, Government and Regulatory Affairs Officer
Ms. Taru MehtaFellow & Area Convenor
Mr. Bhadresh MehtaDirector - SLDC
Odisha Power Transmission Corporation Ltd
Dr. María MendiluceCEO
We Mean Business coalition
Dr. Nisha MendirattaScientist G
Department of Science & Technology
Ms. Geeta MenonJoint Secretary
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
Dr. Gokce MeteEvidence Lead, Leadership Group for the Industry Transition
Stockholm Environment Institute
Mr. Rajiv MishraManaging Director
Mr. Sanjay MitraDistinguished Fellow
The Energy and Resources Institute
Mr. R K MittalChief General Manager, Sustainability Department
GAIL (India) Limited
Mr. Vineet MittalChairman
Ms. Amina MohammedDeputy Secretary-General
United Nations
Mr. Wera MoriMinister for Environment, Conservation and Climate Change
Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Climate Change
Mr. Michel MouchiroudCoordinator
European Union - Service for Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI) for Asia and Pacific
Mr. Atul MudaliarHead of Business Actions, India
Climate Group
Ms. Debashree MukherjeeAdditional Secretary
Ministry of Jal Shakti
Mr. Arupendra Nath MullickVice President, TERI Council for Business Sustainability
The Energy & Resources Institute
Ms. Rashmi MuraliAssociate Fellow
Dr. Tejaswi S. NaikMD
MP Jal Nigam Maryadit
Prof. Nebojsa NakicenovicEmeritus professor and scholar
IIASA and TU Wien
Ms. Vaishali NandanHead of Projects
Ms. Jasmine Kaur NarangStudent
Panjab University, Chandigarh
Dr. Sujatha NarayanRegional Vice President
Wabtec Corporation India
Mr. Mohamed NasheedSpeaker of the People's Majlis
People's Majlis of the Republic of Maldives
Ms. Shloka NathHead- Sustainability; Acting Director
Tata Trusts; India Climate Collaborative
Dr. Shailesh NayakDirector
National Institute of Advanced Studies
Mr. Narinder NayarChairman
Mumbai First
Dr. Måns NilssonExecutive Director
Stockholm Environment Institute
Mr. Ken O'FlahertyCOP26 Regional Ambassador for Asia/ Pacific and South Asia
UK Government
Dr. Saroj PachauriDistinguished Scholar
Population Council
Ms. Neha PahujaFellow
The Energy and Resources Institute
Ms. Alexandra PaltChief Corporate Responsibility Officer
Mr. Shankar A PandeDirector
Bankers Institute of Rural Development
Dr. Suneel PandeyDirector
Mr. Banchhanidhi Pani PaniMunicipal Commissioner
Mr. Harsh vardhan PantConsultant
Ms. Janhavi ParabDeputy General Manager- Sustainability
Mahindra Lifespace Developers Limited
Mr. Sarabjeet ParmarExecutive Director
National Maritime Foundation (NMF)
Ms. Marilene PavanResearcher
Ms. Midori PaxtonHead - Ecosystems and Biodiversity
United Nations Development Programme
Mr. Kaustubh PhadkeGeneral Manager
GCCA India
Dr. Janez PotočnikCo-chair of the UNEP International Resource Panel, former European Commissioner for R&D and Environment, Partner SYSTEMIQ
UNEP International Resource Panel
Mr. Suresh PrabhuIndia's Sherpa to G20 & G7, Member of Parliament
Govt. of India
Mr. Rudhi PradhanSenior Energy Specialist
Mr. Nitin PrasadChairman
Shell companies in India
Mr. Ravi Shankar PrasadAdditional Secretary
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India
Mr. Manjeev PuriDistinguished Fellow
Dr. Sunita PurushottamHead of Sustainability
Mahindra Lifespaces
Mr. Mukundan RCEO
Ms. Kamilla Kristensen RaiCounsellor
Delegation of the European Union to India
Ms. Aishwarya RajResearch Associate
Dr. Umamaheshwaran RajasekarChair, Urban Resilience
National Institute of Urban Affairs
Dr. Madhavan Nair RajeevanSecretary to the Government of India
Ministry of Earth Sciences
Mr. Rajani Ranjan RashmiDistinguished Fellow
The Energy and Resources Institute
Mr. B N ReddyJoint Secretary
Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas
Mr. John A. RoomeRegional Director, South Asia Sustainable Development
The World Bank
Mr. Sandeep Roy ChoudhuryDirector
VNV Advisory Services
Dr. Shalini SarinCo Founder & Executive Director
Dr. Syamal SarkarDistinguished Fellow & Senior Director
Mr. Naman SawhneyStudent
City Montessori School, Lucknow
Dr. Praveen SaxenaChief Executive officer
Skill Council for Green Jobs
Mr. A K SaxenaSenior Director
The Energy and Resources Institute
Ms. Astrid SchomakerDirector
European Commission DG Environment
Ms. Astrid SchomakerDirector
European Commission DG Environment
Mr. Serge SeguraAmbassador in charge of maritime negotiations
Ministry of foreign affairs France
Ms. Moutushi SenguptaDirector India Office
Macarthur Foundation
Mr. Sanjay SethSenior Director- Sustainable Habitat Programme
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
Mr. Girish SethiSenior Director-Energy Program
Mr. Jagan ShahSenior Infrastructure Adviser
Mr. Ajay ShankarDistinguished Fellow
Ms. Priya ShankarIndia Director, Climate and Environment Program, Bloomberg Philanthropies
Bloomberg Philanthropies
Mr. Alok SharmaCOP26 President Designate
UK Cabinet Office
Ms. Richa SharmaJoint Secretary
Ms. Madhulika SharmaChief Corporate Sustainability
Tata Steel Limited
Dr. Sumit SharmaDirector
Prof. Arun SharmaProfessor
Dr. Jitendra Vir SharmaDirector
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
Dr. Manish Kumar ShrivastavaAssistant Professor
TERI School of Advanced Studies
Mr. Lennart SilvisGlobal Director Water for Industry
Royal HaskoningDHV
Mr. Pankaj SindwaniChief Business Officer
Tata Cleantech Capital Limited
Mr. Manjeet SinghAssociate Fellow
The Energy and Resources Institute
Mr. Siddharth SinghLead India Analyst and Coordinator
International Energy Agency
Mr. Santosh SinghDirector, Clean Energy, Climate Change and Agriculture
Intellecap Advisory Services Private Ltd.
Mr. Mahendra SinghiManaging Director and CEO
Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Limited
Dr. Shirish SinhaDirector, Climate
Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)
Ms. Vaishali SinhaChief Sustainability Officer
ReNew Power Pvt Ltd
Mr. Alexander SlaterDeputy Managing Director
US-India Business Council
Dr. Anna SobczakPolicy Coordinator for coal regions in transition in the framework of EU Green Deal
European Commission DG ENERGY
Mr. Thomas SpencerFellow
Mr. Ashok SreenivasSenior Fellow
Prayas (Energy Group)
Mr. Clay StrangerManaging Director
Ms. Reena SuriExecutive Director
India Smart Grid Forum
Mr. P V S SuryakumarDeputy Managing Director
NABARD (National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development)
Prof. Kazuhiko TakeuchiPresident
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
Ms. Nicole ThomasIndia Program Manager
International Energy Agency
Ms. Jan ThompsonActing High Commisisoner to India
British High Commission New Delhi
Mr. James ThorntonFounding CEO
Mr. Frans TimmermansCommissioner & Executive Vice President- European Green Deal
European Commission
Prof. Geetam TiwariMoUD chair Professor in the department of Civil Engineering and TRIPP
Indian Institute of Technology
Dr. Rahul TongiaSenior Fellow
Centre for Social and Economic Progress (CSEP)
Mr. Nigel ToppingHigh Level Climate Action Champion
Mr. Pradip Kumar TripathiSecretary
Ministry of Steel
Dr. Arun K TripathiDirector General
National Institute of Solar Energy
Mr. Upendra TripathyDirector General
International Solar Alliance
Mr. Adair TurnerChairman
Energy Transitions Comission
Prof. Magdalena UrbaniakProfessor
European Regional Centre for Ecohydrology of the Polish Academy of Sciences/UNESCO Chair on Ecohydrology and Applied Ecology
Mr. Hitesh VaidyaDirector
National Institute of Urban Affairs
Mr. Ram VaidyanathanHead - Environmental Sustainability
Godrej Industries Limited
Ms. Sanne van der MijlProject Leader Climate Adaptation Summit 2021
Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management
Dr. Annapurna VancheswaranSenior Director
Mr. Bose VargheseHead - Green Initiatives
Infosys Limited
Ms. Deeksha VatsChief Sustainability Officer
Aditya Birla Group
Mr. Darsh VatsaStudent
Delhi Public School, Sonepat
Mr. S. M. VijayanandFormer Chief Secretary
Govt of Kerala
Ms. Namita VikasFounder and Managing Partner
Dr. Amardeep WanderProject Director
Asia Pacific Waste Consultants
Mr. Mike WardSenior Evaluation and Sustainability Consultant
Climate Investment Funds
Mr. Olivier WendenVice-President and CEO
Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation
Mr. Jacob WerksmanPrincipal Adviser
European Commission, Directorate General for Climate Action
Mr. Tobias WinterDirector
Indo-Germen Energy Forum (IGEF) Support Office
Mr. Frederic WoringerHead of Climate and Infastructure
Dr. Peter ZeniewskiAnalyst

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