Speakers WSDS 2024

Mr. Anshuman

Director
The Energy and Resources Institute

Mr. Perumal Arumugampillai Kalyani

Manager
UNFCCC

Mr. Arun Awasthy

President & Managing Director
Johnson Controls India

Mr. Mukhtar Babayev

Minister
Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources

Mr. Manish Bapna

President and CEO
NRDC

Mr. Ranjit Barthakur

Founder Forester
Balipara Foundation

Ms. Suruchi Bhadwal

Senior Fellow and Programme Director
TERI

Mr. Satyajit Bhatkal

CEO
Paani Foundation

Dr. Yash Veer Bhatnagar

Country Representative
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Prof. Amar Bhattacharya

Senior Fellow
Brookings Institution

Mr. Andreas Bjelland Eriksen

Minister of Climate and Environment
Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment

Dr. Akanksha Chaurey

Director
IT Power Private Limited

Dr. Rajiv Chhibber

Vice President
Sahajanand Medical Technologies Ltd (SMT)

Mr. Manish Chourasia

COO - Corporate & Cleantech Finance
Tata Capital Limited

Mr. Dipak Dasgupta

Distinguished Fellow
TERI

Mr. Nitin Desai

Chairman
The Energy and Resources Institute

Dr. Vibha Dhawan

Director General
The Energy and Resources Institute

Ms. Bahar Dutt

Associate Professor
Shiv Nadar University

Mr. Eric Garcetti

Ambassador
U.S. Embassy, New Delhi

Dr. Prodipto Ghosh

Distinguished Fellow
TERI

Ms. Sugandha Gopal

Partner
JSA Advisors & Solicitors

Ms. Urmi Goswami

Assistant Editor
The Economic Times

Mr. Tim Gould

Chief Energy Economist
International Energy Agency (IEA)

Mr. Vineet Handa

CEO
Kaizzen

Dr. Veena Joshi

Senior Advisor, Energy
Embassy of Switzerland

Ms. Pamela Jouven

Director
SME Climate Hub

Dr. Livleen K Kahlon

Associate Director
The Energy and Resources Institute

Dr. Tejal Kanitkar

Associate Professor
National Institute of Advanced Studies

Mr. Amitabh Kant

G20 Sherpa
Ministry of External Affairs

Mr. Amit Kapur

Joint Managing Partner
JSA Advocates & Solicitors

Dr. Shailly Kedia

Senior Fellow and Associate Director
The Energy and Resources Institute

Ms. Deepali Khanna

Vice President
The Rockefeller Foundation

Ms. Palak Khanna

Research Associate
The Energy and Resources Institute

Ms. Aarti Khosla

Founder Director
Climate Trends

Mr. Ban Ki-moon

Former Secretary-General of the UN
Ban Ki-moon Foundation for a Better Future

Dr. Priyanka Kochhar

CEO
The Habitat Emprise

Ms. Heeta Lakhani

Founder & Director
ClimAct Foundation

Ms. Temina Lalani Shariff

Regional Director South Asia
CGIAR

Dr. Hoesung Lee

Special Ambassador for Carbon free Energy
Carbon Free Alliance

Ms. Steffi Lemke

Federal Minister
German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection

Ms. Madhuparna Maiti

Research Associate
The Energy and Resources Institute

Ms. Heena Makhija

Associate Fellow
The Energy and Resources Institute

Mr. Ajai Malhotra

Distinguished Fellow
TERI

Dr. Ajay Mathur

Director General
International Solar Alliance

Dr. Purvi Mehta

Senior Advisor
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Mr. Himanshu Shekhar Mishra

Senior Editor (Political & Current Affairs)
New Delhi Television Ltd. (NDTV)

Ms. Jennifer Morgan

State Secretary and Special Envoy for International Climate Action
Federal Foreign Office

Ms. Charlotte Morton

CEO
World Biogas Association

Mr. Deb Mukherjee

Managing Director
Cenergist Energy Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Santhosh Muzumdar

Director of Government Relations and Sustainability
Johnson Controls

Ms. Jayashree Nandi

Climate and Environment Correspondent
Hindustan Times

Ms. Shloka Nath

CEO
India Climate Collaborative

Ms. Damilola Ogunbiyi

Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, and Chief Executive Officer for Sustainable Energy for All, Co-Chair UN-Energy
Sustainable Energy for All

Dr. Ash Pachauri

Co Founder and Senior Mentor
POP (Protect Our Planet) Movement

Dr. Saroj Pachauri

Director and Climate-Health Mentor at the POP Movement, USA
POP (Protect Our Planet) Movement

Prof. Anand Patwardhan

Professor
University of Maryland, College Park

Mr. Avinash Persaud

Special Advisor
Inter-American Development Bank

Mr. Joseph Phelan

Executive Director, Asia Pacific
WBCSD

Mr. Mark Anthony Phillips

Prime Minister
Prime Minister of Guyana

Mr. Golo J. Pilz

Advisor Renewable Energy
Brahma Kumaris

Ms. Vaishnavi Prabhakaran

Head - Sustainability
Tata Power

Ms. Nameeta Prasad

Joint Secretary
MoEFCC

Mr. Amit Prothi

Director General
Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure

Mr. Manjeev Puri

Distinguished Fellow
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

Dr. Dhruba Purkayastha

India Director
Climate Policy Initiative

Mr. Martin Raiser

Vice President
The World Bank

Ms. Shivangi Raj

Project Associate
The Energy and Resources Institute

Mr. Amit Raj

Director
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change

Mr. Ivan Ransom

Sustainability Ambassador and Youth Mentor
The Protect Our Planet Movement

Mr. R R Rashmi

Distinguished Fellow
TERI

Mr. Vatimi Tidara Tuinasakea Kaunitawake Rayalu

Minister
Ministry of Agriculture and Waterways, Fiji

Ms. Maria Teresa Ribera Rodriguez

Deputy Prime Minister of The Government Of Spain And Minister For The Ecological Transition And The Demographic Challenge
Ministry For The Ecological Transition And The Demographic Challenge

Prof. Rajeswari S. Raina

Professor
Shiv Nadar University (Institution of Eminence)

Prof. Jeffrey Sachs

University Professor
UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and the Center for Sustainable Development

Dr. Dipankar Saharia

Senior Director- Administrative Services & Regional Centres
TERI

Ms. Abanti Sankaranarayanan

Chief Group Public Affairs Officer & Member of the Group Executive Board
Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd

Prof. Celeste Saulo

Secretary-General
World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Ms. Sunaina Saxena

Editor-in-Chief, Vasundhara Magazine
TERI School of Advanced Studies, New Delhi

Mr. Sanjay Seth

Senior Director - Sustainable Infrastructure Programme
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

Mr. Girish Sethi

Senior Director-Energy Program
The Energy and Resources Institute

Ms. Priya Shankar

Program Manager
Bloomberg Philanthropies

Mr. Shombi Sharp

UN Resident Coordinator
United Nations

Mr. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat

Union Minister
Ministry of Jal Shakti

Ms. Prachi Shevgaonkar

Founder & CEO
Cool The Globe

Ms. BK Shivani

Rajyog Teacher
Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organisation

Mr. R.K. Singh

Hon'ble Cabinet Minister (Power, New & Renewable Energy)
Government of India

Ms. Vaishali Sinha

Co-Founder, ReNew, Chairperson, Sustainability
ReNew

Mr. Sumant Sinha

Chairman & CEO
ReNew

Mr. Virginijus Sinkevičius

Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries
European Commission

Prof. Jim Skea

Chair
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Mr. Erik Gudbrand Solheim

6th Executive Director
UNEP

Ms. Ishita Srivastava

Capstone Researcher
The Energy and Resources Institute

Mr. Achim Steiner

Administrator
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Ms. May-Elin Stener

Ambassador
Royal Norwegian Embassy

Mr. Yasuo Takahashi

Executive Director
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies

Mr. Himal Tewari

CHRO & Chief Sustainability & CSR, Tata Power
Tata Power Company Limited

Mr. Rajiv Tikoo

Consulting Editor - Sustainability
Outlook Group

Mr. Willie Tokataake

Honorable Minister
Ministry of Infrastructure & Sustainable Energy

Mr. Adair Turner

Chair
Energy Transitions Commission

Mr. Mannu Upadhyay

Director
Ministry of Jal Shakti

Ms. Neha Upadhyay

Founder
Guna Organics

Mr. Nuguri Venu

Managing Director & CEO, India & South Asia
Hitachi Energy

Ms. Namita Vikas

Founder & Managing Director
auctusESG

Mr. Arne Walther

Ambassador
Walther International Consulting

Dr. Priyantha Wijayatunga

Senior Director, Energy Sector Office
Asian Development Bank

Mr. Bhupender Yadav

Minister
Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change and Labour & Employment, Govt. of India

Dr. Hans Adam

Senior Research Scientist
Norwegian Institute for Water Research

Mr. SMH Adil

Director
GEED Simulations Pvt Ltd

Ms. Smita Agarwal

Head Education
Tata Steel Foundation

Prof. Ashish Aggarwal

Professor
Indian Institute of Management Lucknow

Dr. Shailesh Agrawal

Executive Director
BMTPC

Mr. Rajnish Ahuja

Head - Transport and Urban Development
Agence Francaise de Developpement

Mr. Taukeer Alam

Sanctuary Asia Young Naturalist Awardee, 2019
Nature Science Initiative, Dehradun

Mr. Amit Anand

Chief Executive Officer
Carbon Check (India) Private Limited

Mr. Perumal Arumugampillai kalyani

Manager
UNFCCC

Dr. Nupur Bahadur

Associate Director
TERI

Mr. Sanjay Bajpai

Executive Director (Strategic Planning, Distribution Logistics and Customs)
Container Corporation of India Ltd. (CONCOR)

Ms. Ipshita Nandi Banerjee

Communications and Engendering Lead
United States Energy Association (USEA)

Dr. Manjushree Banerjee

Gender Expert
Gender Expert

Dr. Girija Bharat

Managing Director
Mu Gamma Consultants

Dr. Alka Bhargava

Senior Policy Advisor TEEB AgriFood India
United Nations Environment Programme

Mr. Biswadeep Bhattacharjee

Vice President and Head of Green Steel India
Primetals Technologies Private Limited, A Group Company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

Mr. Kundan Burnwal

Senior Advisor
GIZ

Dr. Malancha Chakrabarty

Senior Fellow and Deputy Director (Research)
Observer Research Foundation (ORF)

Prof. Paromita Chakraborty

Professor & Head
Centre for Research in Environment, Sustainability Advocacy and Climate CHange (REACH) Directorate of Research SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur-603203 Tamil Nadu, India

Mr. Subhash Chandra

ADG, CEO & MS- National CAMPA, GOI
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC)

Ms. Archana Chatterjee

Programme Manager
IUCN

Ms. Chandrima Chatterjee

Secretary General
Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI)

Dr. Ashish Chaturvedi

Head, Action for Climate and Environment
United Nations Development Programme

Dr. Divya Datt

Deputy, UNEP India Office
UNEP

Dr. Arindam Datta

Senior Fellow
The Energy and Resources Institute

Prof. Binay Dayal

Professor
IIT(ISM) Dhanbad

Ms. Sabina Dewan

President and Executive Director
JustJobs Network

Prof. Sagnik Dey

Institute Chair Professor
IIT Delhi

Mr. Saurabh Diddi

Director
Bureau of Energy Efficiency

Mr. Pyush Dogra

Senior Environmental Specialist
The World Bank

Dr. Lokesh Chandra Dube

Senior Manager (Standards Development and Innovation)
Gold Standard

Mr. Gohul Deepak G N

Executive Director
Glazing Society of India

Ms. Vibhuti Garg

Director, South Asia
Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis

Mr. Rohit Garg

Regional Director
South Pole Carbon Asset Management Ltd.

Mr. Nilanjan Ghose

Project Manager
Indo-German Energy Programme, GIZ

Dr. Anju Goel

Associate Director
TERI

Mr. Dinabandhu Gouda

Scientist F and Director
Central Pollution Control Board

Mr. Tim Gould

Chief Energy Economist
International Energy Agency

Mr. Varun Grover

Associate Fellow
TERI

Dr. Neha Gupta

Senior Fellow and Area Convenor
The Energy and Resources Institute

Mr. R P Gupta

Managing Director
SECI

Mr. Deepak Gupta

Executive Vice President, Carbon Business
ReNew Private Limited

Dr. Alejandro Hernández

Director, India and Global Opportunities program
The Regulatory Assistance Project & Former Head, Renewable Integration and Secure Electricity Unit, IEA

Dr. Rachel Hurley

Researcher
Norwegian Institute for Water Research

Dr. Md Saddam Hussain

Senior Research Associate
Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy

Mr. Abhinav Jain

Deputy Team Lead
GIZ

Mr. Sachin Jain

Secretary
Network for Certification and Conservation of Forests (NCCF)

Mr. Padmanabhan Raja Jaishankar

Managing Director
India Infrastructure Finance Company Limited

Mr. Antony John

Innovation Hub Director (Asia, Oceania & The Americas)
Schueco India Pvt Ltd

Dr. Chitrarekha Kabre

Professor
School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi

Dr. Vijay Kalantri

Chairman, World Trade Center Mumbai; Board Member, World Trade Centres Association, New York and President
All India Industries Association

Dr. Vandana Kalia

Scientist F
DSIR, MoST

Ms. Pallavi Kalita

Asia Lead
Business for Nature

Mr. Amit Kapur

Joint Managing Partner
JSA Advocates & Solicitors

Dr. Arvind Kapur

Distinguished Fellow
The Energy and Resources Institute

Mr. Deependra Kashiva

Director General
Sponge Iron Manufacturers Association

Ms. Neha Khanna

Senior Manager
Climate Policy Initiative

Dr. Jagdish Kishwan

Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator
Coalition for Rainforest Nations

Mr. G Asok Kumar

IAS, Director General
National Mission for Clean Ganga, Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India.

Dr. Kartik Kumar

Centre Director
Saint Gobain R&D India

Mr. Bhuvnesh Kumar

Product Lead-Climate Technologies
Pluss Advanced Technologies Ltd.

Mr. Alok Kumar

Former Secretary
Ministry of Power, Government of India

Mr. Vijay Kumar

Managing Director
Swan Environmental Pvt. Ltd.

Ms. Prajakta L. Verma

Joint Secretary
Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India.

Mr. Amrit Lal Meena

Secretary
Ministry of Coal, Government of India

Mr. Ashok Lavasa

Former Finance Secretary
Government of India and Former Vice President (Private Sector & PPP), ADB

Ms. Nidhi Madan

Associate Director
Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation

Ms. Sherry Anne Madera

CEO
CDP

Dr. Ritu Mathur

Consultant (NITI Aayog)
Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (Deputed to Niti Aayog)

Mr. Jayant Moreshver Mauskar

Visiting Distinguished Fellow
Observer Research Foundation ( ORF), Delhi, India

Dr. Sumi Mehta

Vice President
Vital Strategies

Ms. Vaishali Mishra

Director
Communications and Advocacy- Asia

Dr. Smita Mohanty

Director & Head (Principal Scientist)
Central Institute of Petrochemicals Engineering & Technology (CIPET)

Mr. Promit Mookherjee

Associate Fellow
Observer Research Foundation

Ms. Chetna Nagpal

Senior Associate
RMI India

Mr. Jiwesh Nandan

Distinguished Fellow
The Energy and Resources Institute

Ms. Suravee Nayak

Associate Fellow
Sustainable Futures Collaborative

Mr. Mohammad Amin Nayyar

Director
ANA Design Studio Pvt Ltd

Dr. Gillian Nelson

Director, Policy
We Mean Business Coalition

Ms. Zeenat Niazi

Sr. Vice President and Chief Knowledge Officer
Development Alternatives

Mr. Viral Oza

Chief Marketing Officer
Mahindra Lifespace Developers Limited

Ms. Pradnya Paithankar

Head of Unit, Climate Change, Resilient Food Systems and DRR
United Nations World Food Programme

Mr. DMR Panda

General Manager (Renewable Energy-Hydrogen)
NTPC

Mr. Vinod Pandey

General Manager (Environment)
CMPDI Ltd.

Mr. Madhuban Pandey

Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer
SCORE Livelihood Foundation

Mr. Virender Pankaj

Chief Executive Officer
Aseem Infrastructure Finance Ltd.

Mr. Varghese Paul

Deputy Director for Environment
USAID/India’s General Development Office

Dr. Pablo Benitez Ponce

Senior Environmental Economist
World Bank

Dr. Omkar Powar

Innovations Manager (Innovation Hub - Asia, Oceania & The Americas)
Schueco India Pvt Ltd

Ms. Nidhi Prabha

Gender and Social Inclusion Advisor (GESI)
USAID’s SAREP

Ms. Khushbu Prajapati

Manager
Tata Steel Foundation

Mr. Ghanshyam Prasad

Chairperson
CEA

Dr. Manas Puri

Senior Professional, IEO,
New Development Bank

Dr. Sunita Purushottam

Head of Sustainability
Mahindra Lifespaces

Mr. Rajiv Ranjan Mishra

Chief Advisor and Chairman, Strategy & Policy
National Institute of Urban Affairs

Dr. Sissel Ranneklev

Norway
Norwegian Institute for Water Research

Dr. Vasanti Rao

DG
CMS

Dr. Sridevi Rao

Landscape architect
Independent consultant

Dr. Farran Mack Redfern

Secretary
Ministry Of Infrastructure & Sustainable Energy

Mr. Ashim Roy

General Secretary
Hind Mazdoor Kisan Panchayat (HMKP)

Mr. Sourav Roy

CEO
Tata Steel Foundation

Mr. Manoj Kumar Rustagi

Chief Sustainability & Innovation Officer
JSW Cement Limited

Mr. Mohammad Saad

Senior Engineer Research
Geed Simulation

Dr. Santosh Saini

Senior Research Associate
AEEE

Mr. A K Saxena

Senior Fellow and Senior Director
TERI

Dr. Meenesh Shah

Chairman and Managing Director
National Dairy Development Board (NDDB)

Ms. Priya Shankar

India Director – Climate and Environment Program
Bloomberg Philanthropies

Mr. Ajay Shankar

Distinguished Fellow
TERI

Dr. Jagmohan Sharma

Director
Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy (IGNFA)

Dr. Jitendra Vir Sharma

Senior Director, Land Resources Division
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

Mr. Parag Sharma

Founder & CEO
O2 Power

Mr. Kurt Shickman

Advisor
Cool Roof Rating Council

Mr. Gagan Sidhu

Director - Centre for Energy Finance
Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW)

Mr. Pankaj Sindwani

Chief Business Officer
Tata Capital

Ms. Neelima Singh

Director
eTree Project Consultants Pvt Ltd

Mr. Santosh Singh

Partner and Managing Director
Intellecap

Mr. Chhatrasal Singh

Additional Member (Traffic Transportation)
Ministry of Railways (Railway Board)

Mr. Abhijeet Singh Bal

Senior Manager - Environment & Social
Cube Highways and Transportation Assets Advisors Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Narayankumar Sreekumar

Associate Director – Electric Mobility
Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation

Dr. Christoph von Stechow

Deputy Head of Division, Policy Cooperation with South Asia
German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

Mr. Shalabh Tandon

South Asia Head of Operations & Climate
IFC (World Bank Group)

Dr. Suranjali Tandon

Associate Professor
NIPFP

Mr. Shailesh Ganeshrao Tembhurnikar

PCCF & HoFF, Maharashtra Forest Department
Maharashtra Forest Department

Mr. Mukesh Kumar Tiwari

Chief General Manager
GAIL

Ms. Ammi Ruhama Toppo

Chief Engineer (Integrated Resource Planning)
Central Electricity Authority

Mr. Kenichiro Toyofuku

Director
Suzuki R&D Center India Limited (SRDI), Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) and Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA)

Mr. Saif Uddin

Manager- Climate Policy and Sustainability
M/s Global Evolutionary Energy Design

Prof. Ravi Vaish

Professor in Architecture
DCR UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND Technology

Mr. Ramesh Kumar Verma

Deputy Secretary
Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT)

Dr. Priyantha Wijayatunga

Senior Director, Energy Sector Office
Asian Development Bank

Mr. Sanjeev Kumar Yadav

Technical Head
Shudhvayu Technologies Pvt Ltd

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