Speakers: Chandra Bhushan – CEO, International Forum for Environment, Sustainability & Technology (iFOREST) Naina Lal Kidwai – Chairman, Advent Private Equity India Advisory board, and former President, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Nitin Sethi – Independent journalist and writer
Moderator: Navroz K. Dubash – Professor, Centre for Policy Research and Editor, India in A Warming World
Thursday, 21 November 2019, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. (tea at 5:30 p.m.)
As science is increasingly making clear, the problem of climate change poses an existential challenge for humanity. For India, this challenge is compounded by immediate concerns of eradicating poverty and accelerating development, and complicated by its relatively limited role thus far in causing the problem. India in a Warming World explores this complex context for India's engagement with climate change. But, in addition, it argues that India, like other countries, can no longer ignore the problem, because a pathway to development innocent of climate change is no longer available. Bringing together leading researchers, activists, and policymakers, this volume lays out the emergent debate on climate change in India. Collectively, the chapters deepen clarity on why India should engage with climate change and how it can best do so.
Chandra Bhushan is a noted environmentalist, and has distinguished himself as a researcher, writer and campaigner for environmentally sound and socially inclusive development. Bhushan has wide-ranging research and public policy interests. He has researched, written and campaigned for issues ranging from climate change and energy transformation to rights of mining-affected people and industrial pollution. He was conferred with the Ozone Award by the UN Environment in 2017. He is presently the CEO of the International Forum for Environment, Sustainability & Technology (iFOREST), an independent non-profit environmental research and advocacy organisation based in New Delhi.
Naina Lal Kidwai is Chairman, Advent Private Equity India Advisory board, a non-executive Director on the boards of LafargeHolcim, Max Financial Services, CIPLA, Nayara Energy and Larsen and Toubro, and a former President of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI). She retired in 2015 as Chairman, HSBC India and Executive Director on the board of HSBC Asia Pacific. She is a member of the Rockefeller Foundation's Economic Council on Planetary Health, and serves as a Commissioner on the Global Commission on Economy & Climate. She has previously been a member of the International Advisory Council of the United Nations Environment Program, and the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Climate Change. An MBA from Harvard Business School, Naina is the recipient of several awards and honours, including the Padma Shri for her contribution to trade and industry.
Nitin Sethi is an independent writer and journalist. He has written on and investigated the intersections of environment, energy, climate change, development and the political economy over the last two decades. A winner of several international and national fellowships and awards, he has worked previously at The Hindu, Business Standard, Times of India, Scroll.in and the Down To Earth magazine.
About the Editor
Navroz K. Dubash is a Professor at the Centre for Policy Research (CPR), and leads the CPR Initiative on Climate, Energy and Environment. He works on climate change policy and governance, the political economy of energy and air pollution, and the regulatory state in the developing world. Widely published in these areas, Navroz serves on Government of India advisory committees on climate change, energy and air pollution, and on the editorial boards of several international journals. He is currently a Coordinating Lead Author for the national policies and institutions chapter in the upcoming 6th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In 2015, he was conferred the 12th T. N. Khoshoo Memorial Award for his work on climate change policy.