Speakers (Day 2)


Chandra Bhushan

Chandra Bhushan is the Deputy Director General of Centre for Science and Environment where he heads the Industry and Environment programme, and the Pollution Monitoring Laboratory, Food Safety and Toxins, Renewable Energy, Climate Change Policy and Advocacy and Training teams. He is also Consulting Editor for the fortnightly Down To Earth.

He has a diverse and distinguished track record in research, writing and policy advocacy. His five groundbreaking books on the lifecycle analysis of industries are used by Indian industry and policymakers as handbooks for improving environmental policy and practices. He advises several institutions as part of advocacy for global environmental issues. He is also a member the working groups for reforming pollution regulations and regulatory institutions under the Twelfth Five-year Plan of the Government of India.


Dr Shreekant Gupta

Dr Shreekant Gupta is currently a professor at the Delhi School of Economics, New Delhi. He has worked as a researcher, policymaker and consultant on environment, natural resources, energy and urban issues. He has also taught at the National University of Singapore (NUS), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and University of Maryland. His other affiliations include adjunct faculty positions at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS and at the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology (RGIPT); Honorary Director, Urban Governance Program, Centre for Civil Society, New Delhi, and Member of the Board of Trustees of Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia), Manila. He received his doctorate from the University of Maryland in 1993 where his dissertation committee included Nobel Laureate Thomas Schelling. He was Fullbright Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Shastri Fellow at Queens University, Canada.

Dr Gupta's policy experience includes Directorship of the National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi (in the rank of Additional Secretary to the Government of India). Prior to joining University of Delhi he was Fellow, National Institute of Public Finance and

Policy (NIPFP), New Delhi, heading its Environmental Policy Cell. He has also worked as an environmental economist at the World Bank in Washington DC and as a career economist in the Indian government (Indian Economic Service cadre). In addition, he has consulted with the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, OECD, UNEP, and Resources for the Future.

Dr Gupta has served on several national and international committees, including the Task Force to Evaluate Market-Based Instruments for Pollution Abatement; Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India; the Economics Options Committee of the Montreal Protocol, United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP); and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.


Kamal Kishore

Kamal Kishore is a coordinator for Rainfed Livestock Network (RLN) in Anand, Gujarat, a national coalition of organisations and individuals that work for better targeted public investments and policies in support of non-dairy, low-input and diverse livestock production systems in arid and semi-arid India.

Kamal Kishore is an honours graduate in Animal Sciences and a postgraduate in Animal Breeding and Genetics. He worked as senior scientist with the Indian Council for Agricultural Research for ten years after which he farmed (Angora rabbit) and worked with rural artisans (for 27 year) in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh. Since 2006, he has been associated with NGOs, working with livestock keepers in various parts of the country; since 2009, he has coordinated the work of the RLN.


Dr Sanjay Tomar

Dr Sanjay Tomar is the regional coordinator, South Asia, World Agro-forestry Centre, ICRAF, Delhi.


Anumita Roychowdhury

Anumita Roychowdhury is Executive Director, Research and Advocacy, Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi. She is in charge of the sustainable cities programme that includes the sub-programmes of Clean Air and Sustainable Mobility and Green Building and Sustainable Habitat.


Archana Walia

Dr Archana Walia is director of India Programs, Collaborative Labeling and Appliance Standards Program (CLASP) and the Superefficient Appliances Deployment (SEAD) Initiative, New Delhi. She has extensive experience in design, implementation and management of energy efficiency, clean energy, and environmental programmes and projects in India on behalf of two major bilateral development agencies and an international NGO.

Archana was most recently Deputy Director for the Office of Clean Energy and Environment at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission in India. In this capacity, she served as senior energy and climate change advisor, providing intellectual leadership for activities encompassing clean energy, energy efficiency, sustainable landscape and water. In her ten years at USAID, Archana led the development and implementation of energy and environmental programme strategies with emphasis on initiatives for policy, market transformation, capacity building and end-use efficiency. Prior to joining USAID, Archana worked for the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) for over four years and was the activity manager for the first-ever Power Sector Reform Program in India in the state of Orissa. She also served as a Project Officer for the British Council division, administering and managing projects and training programmes in the field of Natural Resources and Environment.

Archana is trained as an environmental scientist specialising in aquatic ecology and holds a PhD from Delhi University.


Venkatesh Dwivedi

Venkatesh Dwivedi is currently senior manager of the Technical and BU Head of Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), New Delhi. He is in charge of the Domestic Efficient Lighting Program (DELP) and Street Lighting and Building Initiatives of EESL for the South Zone of India. He has over 19 years of experience in marketing and technical services in Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (a Fortune 500 company).

He has had significant experience as Business Development Head in Energy and Oil Industry with experience as Key Account Manager to Energy Customers in Railways, Defence, Automobile, Cement, Metals, Coal, Power, Fertilizers and Steel Sectors.


Markus Wypior

Markus Wypior is the Proklima Project Manager, Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF), GiZ, New Delhi. He works in this capacity on environment-friendly technology cooperation in the refrigeration and air-conditioning sector.

Mr Wypior holds a degree as an economist from the University of Bonn, Germany. His main subjects are environmental economics, investment finance and business administration. He worked in various industry and development cooperation projects in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, South Asia and South East Asia. In 2005-10 he was seconded to India for the implementation of the National CFC Consumption Phase-out Plan and the National CTC Phase-out Plan under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that deplete the Ozone Layer.


B.J. Wadia

B. J. Wadia has been with Godrej Appliances since 1978 and is currently Executive Vice President (Innovationand Technology). He handles production, projects, engineering, design and quality control.

Mr Wadia received his with a B.E. (Mechanical Engg.) from M.S. University, Baroda, his M.Tech. (Heat Power and Refrigeration) from IIT, Mumbai, and MAM from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute, Mumbai.


Amit Baruah

Amit Baruah is the resident editor of The Hindu, Delhi, where he heads editorial operations. He has over 25 years of experience in journalism.

He is the author of Dateline Islamabad and has reported for The Hindu from Pakistan.


Gardiner Harris

Gardiner Harris is the South Asia correspondent for the New York Times. Before coming to India, Gardiner was the paper's public health reporter based in its bureau in Washington DC. He has worked as a reporter at the Wall Street Journal, The Louisville and Kentucky Courier-Journal. His reporting in Kentucky led to broad changes in laws governing coal-mining safety and black-lung compensation, and earned him national journalism awards, including a George Polk Award and the Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Journalism. He is the author of the novel Hazard.


Raj Chengappa

Raj Chengappa is the editor-in-chief of the Tribune. An award-winning journalist of 33 years’ standing, he has written and anchored over 150 path-breaking cover stories for India Today on a range of subjects, including foreign affairs, security, politics, defence, business, science, technology, education, environment, health, sports and entertainment.

Chengappa has won prestigious Indian journalism awards, including the Prem Bhatia Award for Political Analysis and Reporting in 1998 and the Statesman Award for Rural Reporting in 1987. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, a Henry Stimson Fellow for international security at Washington DC, and a Harry Brittain Fellow partly at Oxford University. He is the author of the best-selling novel on India’s nuclear weapons titled Weapons of Peace: The Secret Story of India’s Quest to be a Nuclear Power. He is also currently a member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change.


Sunita Narain

Sunita Narain is the director general of the Centre for Science and Environment, director of the Society for Environmental Communications, and publisher of the fortnightly magazine Down to Earth. She was among the top 100 public intellectuals included by the Foreign Policy Journal in 2005, 2008 and 2009. A renowned writer and environmentalist, her work focuses on the relationship between environment and development and on creating public awareness of the need for sustainable development. Since the signing of the Kyoto Protocol, hers has been a strong voice calling for justice for the South in international climate negotiations.

Ms Narain was awarded the Indian government’s highest honorary price, the Padma Shri in 2005. That year she also received the World Water Prize by the Stockholm Environment Institute for her work on rainwater harvesting as a way to cope with India’s worsening water shortage and for its policy influence in building paradigms for community-based water management. She also chaired in 2005 the Tiger Task Force to evolve an action plan for conservation in the country after the loss of tigers in Sariska. She is a member of the National Security Advisory Board and the National Ganga River Basin Authority, set up to implement strategies for cleaning the river.


Victor Mallet

Victor Mallet is the South Asia Bureau Chief for the Financial Times, where he leads the newspaper's editorial team on its India coverage and South Asia stories, and for FT.com. He has been a foreign correspondent for more than two decades, covering wars, famines, corporate scandals and more across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Victor Mallet is the author of the highly acclaimed book, The Trouble with Tigers: the Rise and Fall of South-East Asia, which exploded the myth of the 'miracle' economies of Asia. He is the winner in 2005 and 2006 of the Society of Publishers in Asia's award for opinion-writing and is regularly interviewed for his opinion on radio and television, including CNN International and the BBC. He speaks at various business conferences around the world, including summits like the ADB's annual meeting, and to top universities and business schools. He is a seasoned moderator of business dialogue at FT conferences and other conferences and client events and is often asked to deliver informal dinner talks.

He was previously the FT's Madrid Bureau Chief, before which he was Asia Editor. His previously held roles include Asia Correspondent, Paris Correspondent, Southern Africa Correspondent, South-East Asia Correspondent and Middle East Correspondent. Victor is a graduate of Oxford University and holds a degree in English. He is fluent in French and conversant in Spanish.


Media Briefing Workshops

Programme Agenda
List of Registered Mediaperson
Presentations Day 1
Session 1
Science and impacts of climate change

By: Chandra Bhushan, Deputy Director General, CSE

Session 2
Overview of Extreme Weather Events: What is Predicted for South Asia

By: M Rajeevan, Earth System Science Organization, Ministry of Earth Sciences

Case Studies of Recent Flood Events

By: N.N.Rai, Director, Hydrology (NE), Central Water Commission

Extreme Rainfall & Flood Forecasting

By: N N Rai, Dir(Hydrology ) and V D Roy, Dir(FFM), CWC

Cyclones and Disaster Preparedness

By: Dr. Kamal Lochan Mishra, Chief General Manager,,Odisha State Disaster Management Authority

Climate Justice and “Loss & Damage": Some Key Issues

By: Ambuj Sagar, Vipula and Mahesh Chaturvedi Professor of Policy Studies,IIT, Delhi

Session 3
Climate Resilient Practices: NICRA Experiences

By: Ch. Srinivasa Rao Director, CRIDA, Hyderabad

Agro-advisories and eco-system based adaptation: case studies from central India

By: Crispino Lobo,managing trustee, Watershed Organisation Trust, Pune

Climate adaptation actions for resilient livelihoods: Reflections from Nepal

By: Ajaya Dixit, general secretary, Institute for Social and Environment Transition – Kathmandu, Nepal

Presentations Day 2
Day 2 : November 7, 2014 - Session 1
The co-benefit agenda

By: Chandra Bhushan, Deputy Director General, CSE

IPCC Fifth Assessment Report Key Messages on Impacts (for Africa)

By: Shreekant Gupta, professor, Delhi School of Economics, New Delhi

Co-benefits of reducing livestock emissions

By: Kamal Kishore, coordinator, Rainfed Livestock Network, Anand, Gujarat

Forests and Climate Change Annual Media Briefing on Climate Change New Delhi

By: Sanjay Tomar, Regional Coordinator, South Asia, World Agro-forestry Centre, ICRAF, Delhi

Diesel black carbon

By: Anumita Roychowdhury, executive director-research and advocacy, CSE

DAY 2 : NOVEMBER 7, 2014 - SESSION 2
Appliance Energy Efficiency and Climate Change

By: Archana Walia, director, India Programs, Collaborative Labeling and Appliance Standards Program and SEAD Initiative, New Delhi

EESL ÔÇô Portfolio of Services and Programmes

By: Venkatesh Dwivedi, senior managertechnical, Energy Efficiency Services Ltd, New Delhi

Refrigerators and air-conditioners with natural refrigerants ÔÇô a safe, energy efficient and climate friendly solution

By: Markus Wypior, Proklima Project Manager, Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF), GiZ, New Delhi

Energy Efficiency & Climate Change Benefits from Room Air Conditioners ÔÇô Godrej Perspective

By: B J Wadia, executive vice-president(technology and innovation), Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd, Mumbai

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