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A Four-Part Virtual Symposium Examining Areas of Major Global Interest
Hosted by The Fletcher School, this four-part symposia series will examine areas of major global interest where India will play a pivotal role.
Session topics will cover climate and sustainability, digital public infrastructure, urbanization and internal migration, and India-China geopolitics.
Session one: A Conversation on Climate and Sustainable Development, June 15th 9:30am EST / 7:00pm IST
Join Amitabh Kant, India’s G20 Sherpa and former CEO of NITI Aayog; William Bissell, chairperson of Fabindia; and Rachel Kyte, dean of The Fletcher School, for an in-depth virtual symposium on climate and sustainable development in India, moderated by Gaurav Dalmia, chairman of Dalmia Group Holdings, and Bhaskar Chakravorti, dean of global business at Fletcher.
Learn more about the participants:
India’s G20 Sherpa, Amitabh Kant is a governance reformer and a public policy change agent for India. He has driven key reforms and initiatives during his tenure as the chief executive officer of India’s apex policymaking institution, the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog), and as the Secretary of the Department for Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Government of India.
William Bissell is the managing director of Fabindia, an Indian chain store retailing garments, furnishings, fabrics, and ethnic products handmade by craftspeople across rural India. When Bissell took over Fabindia, he immediately refocused the group away from exports to India’s domestic market. Over the next three decades Bissell grew Fabindia from an unlisted Indian ethnic wear chain, from just two retail locations in Delhi, to over 117 stores.
Rachel Kyte is the 14th dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University. She is a member of the UN secretary-general’s high-level advisory group on climate action and an advisor to the UK presidency of the UN climate talks. Kyte is co-chair of the Voluntary Carbon Markets Integrity Initiative (VCMI), and chair of the FONERWA, the Rwanda Green Fund. She serves on the boards of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), the Climate Policy Institute, and CDP. She advises investors, governments, and not-for-profits on climate, energy, and finance for sustainable development. Kyte has received numerous awards for leadership in climate and sustainable development and was named by Time magazine as one of the 15 women that were leading climate action.
Gaurav Dalmia is the chairman of Dalmia Group Holdings, a holding company for business and financial assets. He is an early investor in and a board member of True North, a leading Indian private equity fund, which manages approximately $3.5 billion. He is also the founder and chairman of Landmark Holdings, a real estate investment firm. A cofounder of GTI, a long-term investment vehicle for India-focused investments, he is also a board member of Brookings India and a member of the governing board of The Institute for New Economic Thinking in New York. He is chairman of the Indian Advisory Board of Room to Read, a global education charity. He was selected as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in 2000.
Bhaskar Chakravorti is the dean of global business at The Fletcher School, the founding executive director of Fletcher’s Institute for Business in the Global Context, and founder and chair of Digital Planet, one of Fletcher’s flagship research programs that studies the impact of technology on lives and livelihoods around the world. He founded the institute in 2011 with the mission of connecting the world of business with the world, exploring issues at the intersection of business and global context, including geopolitics, technology, security, development, the environment, and the human condition. Over his 30-year career, he has been an advisor to CEOs, senior management, and boards of over 30 companies in the Fortune 500 and policymakers at national and international organizations and worked across the Americas, EU, Asia and Africa, and multiple industries.
This page will be updated with more information on subsequent events which will focus on:
- Discussion on Digital Public Infrastructure
- Examining Urbanization and Internal Migration
- A Conversation on India-China Geopolitics