Dr Dhanasree Jayaram
Assistant Professor, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE)
Dr. Dhanasree Jayaram is a Research Fellow at Centre Marc Bloch (CMB) and Guest Researcher at Freie Universität Berlin – under the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s International Climate Protection Fellowship (for postdocs) 2022-23. She is an Assistant Professor, Department of Geopolitics and International Relations, and Co-coordinator, Centre for Climate Studies, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Karnataka, India. She is also a Research Fellow, Earth System Governance; Member, Climate Security Expert Network; and Member, Planet Politics Institute. She holds a PhD in Geopolitics and International Relations from MAHE. She pursued a visiting fellowship (Erasmus Mundus – short-term PhD) at Leiden University, the Netherlands during 2014-15; and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, under the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship during 2018-19. She managed a project of adelphi (Berlin) on “Climate Diplomacy”, sponsored by the German Federal Foreign Office during 2015-20. Her primary fields of interest include climate politics and diplomacy, environmental security and military, regional environmental policy in Asia, and environmental peacebuilding.
Senior Researcher, Educator and Communicator of Environmental Law and Policy
Kanchi Kohli is a researcher, educator and communicator of environmental law and policy. Her work areas cover the fields of environment, forest and biodiversity regulation and governance in India. Her policy research and practice explores the links and gaps between law, development, sustainability and environmental justice.
Kanchi has authored several reports, research papers and popular articles as part of her work. She co-authored the coursebook Development of Environmental Laws in India (Cambridge University Press, 2021) and co-edited Business Interests and the Environmental Crisis (SAGE-India, 2016). Since 2004, she is co-editor of Forest Case Update, a public information service on forest and wildlife cases in the Supreme Court of India. She co-authored The Case for the Commons, a six part e-publication on the implementation by state governments of the 2011 Supreme Court judgment on the protection of common lands in India. Her twitter platform #lawforall publicised significant aspects of Indian environmental law for a year and was regarded as an innovative form of environmental law pedagogy.
Kanchi is an Associate Editor of the quarterly magazine Current Conservation. Kanchi teaches environment law and development courses at government training institutes and universities.,
She was selected to the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) of the US government in 2012. She was also was awarded the Fulbright Fellowship in 2013 and was affiliated to the Boalt Law School, University of Berkeley, California.
Professor Nick Stern
Chairman, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and Head of the India Observatory, London School of Economics
Nicholas Stern is IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, Co-Director of the India Observatory and Chair, Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics. He has held posts at other UK & overseas universities, and as Chief Economist at both the EBRD and the World Bank. He was Head, UK Government Economic Service 2003-2007, and produced the Stern Review on the economics of climate change. He was President of the Royal Economic Society (2018-2019). He was President of the British Academy (July 2013-2017) and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society (June 2014). He was knighted for services to economics (2004), made a life peer (2007), and appointed Companion of Honour for services to economics, international relations and tackling climate change in 2017. He has published more than 15 books and 100 articles. Most recent books: How Lives Change: Palanpur, India and Development Economics (with Himanshu and Peter Lanjouw, OUP 2018). This is the third volume on Palanpur and the first two volumes (Palanpur: the economy of an India village (with C.J. Bliss) and Economic Development in Palanpur over five decades (with Peter Lanjouw), were republished in paperback by OUP 2018; and Standing Up for a Sustainable World: Voices of Change, Edward Elgar, 2020. He is a member of the High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable and Inclusive Growth (HLAG).
Director, Climate, World Resources Institute India.
Ulka Kelkar is Director, Climate, World Resources Institute India. She is an economist with more than two decades’ experience in climate policy. She models the economic impacts of low-carbon development pathways for India and supports climate action in Indian cities and states. She previously worked as a consultant climate assessment specialist for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and research fellow with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). She was appointed by the Government of India to formulate India’s Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (STIP 2020) in the thematic group on Energy, Environment and Climate Change.
Dr Vibha Dhawan
Director General, TERI
Dr Vibha Dhawan is the Director General of India’s premier research institution- The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and has been associated with TERI since 1985. Dr Dhawan is actively involved in research as well as policy development at the national and international levels. Dr Dhawan is a well-published researcher and has been instrumental in the establishment of the highly successful Micropropagation Technology Park at TERI. In the area of advanced biofuels, she guides the activities of the DBT-TERI Centre on Integrated Production of Advanced Biofuels and Biocommodities.
She held several leadership positions such as being the Vice-Chancellor of TERISchool of Advanced Studies from 2005-2007. She is currently serving as Adjunct Professor, Consul General of South Asia Partnership, Michigan State University. She is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India. She is a task force member of a number of committees with entities such as the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), the Biotech Consortium India Limited (BCIL), among others. She has served on the boards of prestigious organizations in India and overseas including Jawaharlal Nehru University, Ambedkar University, Ayurvet Foundation and Centre for Bioscience and Agriculture International (CABI). She has also successfully completed a number of international assignments such as Coordinator for the Asia Pacific Consortium on Agriculture Biotechnology (APCoAB); Advisor to Director General, The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT); and Deputy Director, Research Partnerships & Co-ordination with the Borlaug Institute for South Asia. Her other contributions include developing e-contents for the postgraduate programme in biotechnology for the University Grants Commission. She was also an Advisor, Bio-resources & Biotechnology, to the Late Tarun Gogoi, the former Chief Minister of Assam.
She is the winner of Indian Women Achievers Sammaan 2017 by NRI Achievers; Women Leadership Agriculture Award 2016 by the Indian Council of Food & Agriculture; First Biotech Product and Process Development and Commercialization Award of the Department of Biotechnology in 2000, the KamalKumari National Award for Science and Technology and the first All India Biotech Association (AIBA) award in 1998
Vice Chairman, SUN Group Managing Trustee, The Nand & Jeet Foundation
Mr. Uday Khemka is Vice-Chairman of the SUN Group of Companies, a diversified familyowned, investment and industrial group headquartered in India with activities in varied emerging markets in new and renewable energy, electric mobility, natural resources, real estate, electronics/aerospace and private equity. Prior to the SUN Group, Uday worked at Credit Suisse First Boston and Morgan Stanley in London and New York and then established and headed up Morgan Stanley's activities in India. Uday has been on the boards of all SUN Group companies and has been responsible for the establishment of the investment management activities of the group.
Today, Uday leads the New Energy activities of the Group which include renewable energy, energy storage and electric mobility energy infrastructure. His passion for New Energy led him to set up SUN New Energy Holdings, which today includes SUN Mobility (aiming to be a global leader in electric mobility energy infrastructure), in a partnership with Chetan Maini, as well as SUN Renewables.
Uday is also a managing trustee of The Nand & Jeet Khemka Foundation, the first, and still one of the only, foundations in India to focus centrally on climate change mitigation, which it has done for 30 years, since COP1 in Rio in 1992. He was also previously the Co-Chair of the Clean Energy Finance Forum (CEFF) jointly established by Prime Minister Modi and President Obama to catalyse investment towards India's 175 GW clean energy target for 2022. Among other climate philanthropic endeavours, Uday resourced the entry of the Climate Group into India and has been on its board ever since. Uday’s key policy interests focus on large scale institutional climate finance (with respect to which he has been advising associations of sovereign and pension institutions since 2004), renewable energy policy and government policy to promote the electrification of transportation.
Uday’s philanthropic interests outside the field of climate change mitigation include his work as Co- founder of Just Giving (which became Europe’s leading online charity fundraising portal), his leadership of Youth Reach (focusing on street and slum children in India) and the Nabha Foundation (rural development in India).
Uday is on the Board of Governors of the Indian School of Business and the Public Health Foundation of India, the Board of Directors of the Synergos Institute in New York and the Board of Advisors of the Climate Group in India and has been elected a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum in Davos. He is also a member of HRH Prince’s Sustainable Markets Initiative and Senior Climate Advisor to the Institutional Investors Roundtable. Educated at Eton College and Cambridge University, Uday received an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School (Baker Scholar)
Dr P G Diwakar
ISRO Chair Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS)
Dr P G DIWAKAR is ISRO Chair Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), IISc Campus, Bangalore, India, Distinguished Scientist, ISRO – (Retd). PhD in Participatory Geomatics, NITK, Suratkal, Karnataka.
Dr P G DIWAKAR has 36 years of professional career at ISRO, Dept. of Space. Design & implementation of Diverse Space Applications for several Major National Missions; Space-based natural resources management for Central & State Ministries; Web technologies, GeoPortals & Mobile Applications; Innova tive Applications of space technologies: Design, Development and use of Geospatial technology in addressing socio-economic issues.
The Important positions he held in ISRO Head, Regional Remote Sensing Centre, Bengaluru, Associate Director, Earth Observation System, ISRO HQ, Bengaluru, Programme Director, Earth Observation & Disaster Management System, ISRO HQ, Bengaluru, Deputy Director, National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), Hyderabad, Director, Earth Observation & Disaster Management, Scientific Secretary, ISRO, Bengaluru, Honorary Distinguished Professor, ISRO HQ.
Dr Diwakar’s International Initiatives includes:
• Committee of Earth Observation Satellites(CEOS) – Primary point of Contact from ISRO. Responsible for representing ISRO in this forum for about 8 years. ISRO to chair CEOS in 2020 and conduct Virtual Plenary during October 2020.
• International Charter “Space and Major Disasters”: Board member, representing ISRO & Country, for more than a decade. Involved in key decisions and also setting up a unique disaster data processing platform in ISRO, to serve global community.
• UN-Economic & Social Commission for Asia & Pacific: Primary point of contact, representing ISRO & Country, in this forum for more than a decade. Responsible for key decisions and providing ISRO support for sustainable development goals for the Asia Pacific Region.
• Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum: Primary point of contact from ISRO for propagating Space Applications for regional development and also key member in Space Applications Working Group. Many new initiatives launched from ISRO to promote newer space applications in the forum • Led ISRO in many Bilateral coordination with key space agencies for cooperation in space sector and Earth Observation related aspects
• UN Consultant for Sustainable Development Goals Programme of ESCAP, Bangkok