Title- LIFE : India’s Mission for Green Transition
31st January, 2023 | 4-5 PM | WWF India Auditorium
The Development Working Group meeting observed LiFE (Lifestyle For Environment) as a major part of its G20 Green agenda with an aim to integrate development and climate issues. This session will discuss the primary objective of this initiative and how to make the lifestyle of people environment- friendly and sustainable. This conversation will also explore LiFE as a concept for commercial benefits and how we could provide economic services that can fit into a Lifestyle for Environment.
Dr Arunabha Ghosh, Founder-CEO, CEEW
Dr Arunabha Ghosh is an internationally recognised public policy expert, author, columnist, and institution builder. He is the founder-CEO of the Council on Energy, Environment and Water, and has led CEEW to the top ranks as one of Asia’s leading policy research institutions and among the world’s 20 best climate think-tanks. He played a formative role in creating the International Solar Alliance, and was a founding board member of the Clean Energy Access Network. Co-author/editor of four books and with experience in 48 countries, he previously worked at Princeton, Oxford, UNDP (New York), and WTO (Geneva). The Asia Society honoured him recently with the 2022
Asia Game Changer Award, for his and CEEW’s “incredible work,which is making a real difference for India and for the planet”.
Arunabha advises governments, industry, civil society, and international organisations around the world. He currently serves on Government of India’s G20 Finance Track Advisory Group and advises the Sherpa Track for India’s G20 Presidency in 2022-23. In 2022, the UN Secretary-General appointed him to the High-level Expert Group on the Credibility and Accountability of Net-Zero Announcements by Non-State Actors. Since 2018, on the UN Secretary-General’s nomination, Dr Ghosh has served on the UN’s Committee for Development Policy. Arunabha is also a member of the international high-level panel of the Environment of Peace initiative, and serves on the Board of ClimateWorks Foundation. A frequent speaker and adviser to governments, industry and international organisations, he writes monthly columns across various platforms, has hosted or featured in several documentaries, and his 2019 TED Talk on air quality (Mission 80-80-80) has crossed 267,000 views. He holds a D.Phil. from Oxford
Nidhi Madan, Associate Director, Climate Policy, Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation
Nidhi manages Shakti’s long-term pathway and sub-national actions on climate change programmes. A climate change and sustainability professional, Nidhi has over thirteen years of experience in climate change adaptation, natural resource management, sustainable development, climate finance, policy research, knowledge management, and environmental impact assessment. Prior to joining Shakti in March 2021, Nidhi has worked with GIZ as a Technical Expert. Nidhi holds an M.Tech in Energy and Environment Management degree from IIT Delhi.
James Abraham, Trustee, Ananta Aspen Centre
James Abraham is currently building climate tech in support of net zero. He was the founder and director of SolarArise (a solar IPP in India), which was acquired. Prior to this, he built SunBorne Energy into a leading solar EPC. Prior to SunBorne, James was a senior partner at The Boston Consulting Group in India, where he was part of the founding team for BCG’s India offices. James is currently a member of the US-India Track 2 Dialogue on Climate Change. He serves on several boards including LTiMindtree, SmartPower India, Vistaar Finance, LnT Water, and International Justice Mission. James has a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo, an MBA (Palmer Scholar) from the Wharton School, and an MA (international relations) from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies. He is a Fellow of the 3rd Generation Class of Ananta Aspen Centre’s Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship. He chairs the Leadership Committee of the Ananta Aspen Centre and is a senior moderator for and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
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