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April 20 @ 4:00 pm - July 29 @ 6:00 pm

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Virtual & In-Person – Various

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Invite-only; No cost for participants

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The School of Policy and Governance is excited to announce the Net Zero Fellowship Programme
Net Zero Fellowship, 20 Apr 2022, Location: Virtual & In-Person – Various.

Program Overview

The Net Zero fellowship is an exclusive programme for 100 emerging political and public leaders in India. The programme will facilitate a deeper understanding of India's position and plans for tackling climate change. This invite-only fellowship will introduce participants to the issues and pathways to a low carbon or Net Zero economy. The fellowship will cover climate change basics, its impact and ways to address it. It will also move deeper into issues that affect polity and how leaders can engage on different aspects of the Net Zero transition. This would include getting familiarised with issues like climate justice, acknowledging the idea that climate change is as much about ethics and society, as it is about physical and environmental concerns. The program will then move to enabling growth for the country, but also making sure the marginalised are protected through the transitions that such growth will obviously bring. The course will end with a discussion amongst participants about issues that affect India specifically and where the biggest impact for opportunities lies for them in their careers and their work, as well as for India as a whole.


Participants will have access to:

  • International speakers on climate change and net-zero
  • Expert mentors for one-on-one support and guidance
  • Learning resources
  • A community of political and public leaders across India to discuss ideas
  • An all-expenses paid trip to Delhi to spend half a day together
  • Social catch-ups (when possible)

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

Breadth Of Coverage

SOLUTIONS FOCUSED

The fellowship will tread a balance between theory and practice. You will have the opportunity to learn about the issues and how you can use solutions in your roles in politics and public life.

Workshop oriented

TRANSITION, GROWTH AND PROTECTION

The topics will cover how India can transition the country, grow the economy and protect its most vulnerable. We will discuss and delve on issues across land, water and energy.

Diverse Participation

COMMUNITY OF OUTSTANDING LEADERS

Its not just all work. There will be a range of social engagements including a trip to Delhi to build a true fellowship for the participants.

Speakers

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.

Kanchi Kohli

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).

Ulka Kelkar

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

Uday Khemka

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

Mentors

Ramya Natarajan

Research Scientist at the Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP)

Ramya Natarajan is a Research Scientist at the Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP). She works on modelling and simulating scenarios for India’s future in the context of meeting climate (net zero) as well as development goals. Her work also focusses on biofuels and assessing their role in India’s net zero transition. By training, she’s an Environmental Engineer from Johns Hopkins University, Maryland.

Shloka Nath

Head of Sustainability, Head of Policy & Advocacy - Tata Trusts and Acting CEO, India Climate Collaborative

Shloka Nath is currently leads the Sustainability and Policy & Advocacy portfolios at the Tata Trusts, one of India’s leading philanthropic foundations. She is also the Acting CEO of the India Climate Collaborative, an India-led platform founded in 2018 by a group of philanthropies interested in continuing to accelerate India’s development, while also exceeding its climate goals. Shloka is the Vice President of the Bombay Natural History Society, one of the largest non-governmental organisations in India engaged in conservation and biodiversity research, and she is a member of the Advisory Board to IUCN’s Nature-based Recovery initiative. She is currently the Trustee of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS). Prior to this, Shloka co-founded and was the Managing Partner of Sankhya Women Impact Funds, a gender lens fund with a focus on sustainability. She has spent over a decade in journalism with the BBC in London, as a news anchor with New Delhi Television (NDTV) and Principal Correspondent with Forbes in Mumbai.  Shloka has a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a BSc in Government from The London School of Economics and Political Science. She is also the author of the book, “Hidden India: Journey to Where the Wild Things Are” (April 2018), a compendium of photographs and writing about Indian wildlife and landscapes.

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.

Kanchi Kohli

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.

NET ZERO FELLOWSHIP

The Current program outline is as follows.


4:05 pm

Welcome and Introduction - Mr Manuraj Shunmugasundaram, Member - Steering Committee, School of Policy & Governance

4:20 pm

Fellow Greetings

4:30 pm

Session Lecture Global Climate Governance, Diplomacy and Net Zero. Topic Expert: Dr Dhanasree Jayaram, International Climate Protection Fellow, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Berlin, Germany and Assistant Professor, Department of Geopolitics and International Relations, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka, India

5:10 pm

Q&A Session

5:45 pm

Concluding Notes and Thanks


4:05 pm

Welcome and Introduction - Dr Monika Barthwal-Datta, Senior Lecturer, UNSW Sydney, Member - Steering Committee, School of Policy & Governance

4:10 pm

The Importance of Net Zero for India - Special Guest and Plenary Speaker: Professor NICK STERN, IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, Co-Director of the India Observatory and Chair, Grantham Research Institute at the London. Former Chief Economist, World Bank and Author of The Stern Review

4:40 pm

Q&A Session - Dr Monika Barthwal-Datta, Moderator

5:00 pm

Session Lecture Exploring decarbonization pathways with the energy policy simulator for India - Topic Expert : ULKA KELKAR, Director, Climate, World Resources Institute, India

5:30 pm

Q&A Session - Dr Monika Barthwal-Datta, Moderator

5:55 pm

Concluding Notes and Thanks -Dr Monika Barthwal-Datta


4:05 pm

Welcome and Introduction - Mr. Chandrakanth B N Founder and Chairman, Pairee Group, Member - Steering Committee The School of Policy & Governance

4:15 pm

Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Growth - Dr Vibha Dhawan, Director General, TERI

4:30 pm

Role of Business in Net Zero: Renewable Energy, Energy Storage and Electric Mobility - Mr Uday Khemka Vice Chairman, SUN Group Managing Trustee, The Nand & Jeet Foundation

4:45 pm

Space Technology for Sustainable Development - Dr P G Diwakar ISRO Chair Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS)

5:00 pm

Leaders’ Panel Discussion: Net Zero as a Growth Opportunity, Driving change in Business and Industry

5:55 pm

Concluding Notes and Thanks - Mr. Chandrakanth B N

OTHER DETAILS

Date And Location

Dates and Times

April 20 @ 4:00 pm - July 29 @ 6:00 pm
Location: Virtual & In-Person – Various

Cost

Participants will be able to participate if invited. Participants will receive a certificate from the School of Policy for attending more than 80% of the seminars.

The fellowship program will take place from April 2022, There will be an estimated 12 hours of seminars and workshops, 10 hours of social engagements including half a day of activities in Delhi.

Workshop oriented

PARTICIPATION

Participants will be emerging political and public leaders from across India. They will be chosen and invited based on their ability to impact policy.

Certificate

ENGAGEMENTS & CERTIFICATE

There will be a number of media engagements for participants towards the end of the program. Participants who take part in 80% of the seminars will be given a certificate of participation.

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