Global Natural Resources Conclave (GNRC)
  • Betting Big on Vedanta and India to Drive Growth - Anil Agarwal
  • Removing red tape and laying out the red carpet - Gina Rinehart
  • Reducing import dependency through local extraction and manufacturing - Sajjan Jindal
  • Time ripe for exploration of India’s Natural Wealth - Piyush Goyal

About the Initiative

Natural resources are at the heart of any country’s economic progress. India is well positioned for a major economic lift-off and the coming months and years will see it produce and consume natural resources at a scale not seen in the past. So it is imperative that as a nation, India thinks deeply and strategically on its overall approach to natural resources.

Network 18 & The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) will be organizing the first ‘Global Natural Resources Conclave’, a platform that aims to create awareness and spell out the ground realities, in terms of issues, opportunities and drawing the natural resources dividend.

The Conclave will see proactive collaboration from industry leaders as well as the most influential Indian and global names in the natural resources space spanning all sub-sectors including oil & natural gas, mining & minerals, power, metals - aluminium, copper and zinc, etc.

This initiative will seek to position India as a formidable global player in the natural resources landscape. It will, therefore, enable an opportunity for global business to partake of the untapped opportunity in India.

Lending support to the Conclave will be leading domain experts, country partners and global think tanks active in the space. These include The Energy and Resources Institute, World Economic Forum & World Business Council for Sustainable Development, International Council on Mining and Metals, Federation of Indian Petroleum Industry, among others. The two-day Conclave will also build scale and gravitas through collaboration with Canada that will share ‘Country Perspective’ at the Conclave.

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The event is scheduled to be held in New Delhi on the 5th and 6th of April.

Program Schedule

  • 17:00 - 18:00 hrs Registration
  • 18:00 - 18:10 hrs Welcome Note & AV - Shereen Bhan, Managing Editor, CNBC-TV18 / Senior Representative of CII
  • 18:10 - 18:20 hrs Opening Address
    • Anil Agarwal, Group Chairman, Vedanta Resources Plc
  • 18:20 - 18:40 hrs Keynote Address by Guest of Honour & Q&A
    • Gina Rinehart, Chairman, Hancock Prospecting
  • 18:40 - 18:50 hrs Cover Launch of GNRC Coffee Table Book
  • 18:50 - 19:00 hrs Special Address
    • Sajjan Jindal, Chairman, JSW Group
  • 19:00 - 19:50 hrs
    Ministerial Dialogue Special Video Message - James Gordon Carr, Minister of Natural Resources, Canada
    • Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister of Railways
    • Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister of Human Resource Development
    • Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Petroleum & Natural Gas
    • Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
    • Dr Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (Independent Charge), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy & Department of Space
    • Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Culture & Tourism
    • Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting
    Theme: Leveraging Natural Resources To Harness The India Growth Story
    Moderator: Shereen Bhan, Managing Editor, CNBC-TV18
  • 19:50 - 20:05 hrs Special Address
    • Melody Meyer, President, Melody Meyer Energy LLC
  • 20:05 - 20:20 hrs Presentation by McKinsey Title: “ How Natural Resources can be Leveraged to Accelerate a Country’s Growth”
    • Henrik Arwidi, Director Emeritus, McKinsey
    • Sigurd Mareels, Senior Partner, McKinsey
  • 20:20 hrs onwards Cultural Program: Amaan and Ayaan Ali Bangash
    Networking Dinner
  • 09:00 - 10:00 hrs Registration
  • 10:00 - 10:15 hrs GNRC AV
  • 10:15 - 10:30 hrs Session Keynote Address - Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Petroleum & Natural Gas*
  • 10:30 - 11:30 hrs Panel Discussion: Re-Energizing India - Focus on Oil & Gas
    • Roberto Bocca, Head of Energy Industries, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum (Co-Moderator)
    • Dinesh K Sarraf, CMD, ONGC
    • Atanu Chakraborty, Director General, Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH)
    • Lalit Kumar Gupta, MD & CEO, Essar Oil & Gas
    • Ashish Bhandari, Chief Executive Officer (Oil & Gas), GE South Asia
    • Anil Kumar Jain, Adviser, Energy, NITI Aayog
    • Shaleen Sharma, Country Manager – Upstream, Shell India
    • Johannes Benigni, Chairman & Founder, JBC Energy Group
    • Occo Roelofsen, Senior Partner, McKinsey
    Moderator: Shereen Bhan, Managing Editor, CNBC-TV18
  • 11:30 - 11:50 hrs Tea / Coffee Break
  • 11:50 - 12:50 hrs Panel Discussion: Natural Resources : Best Practices & Global Linkages
    • Stewart Muir, Executive Director, Resource Works
    • Pierre Gratton, President & CEO, Mining Association of Canada
    • Dr Brian Fisher, Managing Director, BAEconomics Pty Ltd
    • Aldo Pennini, Director Communications, ICMM
    • Sami Riyad Abu Ahmad, Founder, Al Etihad Gold
    Moderator : Arunoday Mukharji, Senior Associate Editor, CNN-News18
  • 12:50 - 13:50 hrs Lunch
  • 13:50 - 14:50 hrs Panel Discussion: Explore in India to Make in India - Focus on Metals & Minerals
    • Dr Sarat Acharya, Chairman & MD, NLC India (Co-Moderator)
    • Arun Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of Mines
    • Satish Pai, Managing Director, Hindalco Industries
    • Sandeep Lakhwara, Managing Director, Deccan Gold Mines
    • Tom Albanese, CEO, Resources Plc and Vedanta Limited
    • Peter Nicholls, Fellow, PerthUSAsia Centre
    • S Vijaykumar, Distinguished Fellow, TERI
    Moderator : Manisha Gupta, Editor - Commodities and Currencies, CNBC-TV18
  • 14:50 - 15:30 hrs Session 5: Disruptive / Future Technologies for Natural Resources
    • Stewart Muir, Executive Director, Resource Works
    • Scott P. Lawson, Chief Technology Officer & Executive Vice President, Newmont Mining Corporation
    • S. Vijay Iyer, Managing Director, Rio Tinto India
    • Scott Caithness, Head, Exploration, Hindustan Zinc Limited
    Moderator : Peter Nicholls, Fellow, PerthUSAsia Centre
  • 15:30 - 16:00 hrs Tea / Coffee Break
  • 16:00 - 16:30 hrs Natural Resources: The States’ Perspective
    • Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh
    • Manohar Parrikar, Chief Minister of Goa
    Moderator : Bhupendra Chaubey, Executive Editor, CNN-News18
  • 16:30 - 16:40 hrs Special Address
    • Gajendra Singh Khimsar, Minister for Forest, Environment , Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of Rajasthan
  • 16:40 - 17:40 hrs Panel Discussion: Focus on States - The Opportunities Ahead
    • Nihal Chand Goel, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Environment & Forest, Rajasthan
    • Vineel Krishna, MD, Odisha Mining Corporation
    • Aboobacker Siddique P, Commissioner, Mines, Department of Industries, Mines & Geology, Government of Jharkhand
    • Anurag Diwan, Joint Director, Mining, Government of Chhattisgarh
    • Shirish Sankhe, Senior Partner, McKinsey, India
    Moderator : Bhupendra Chaubey, Executive Editor, CNN-News18
  • 17:40 - 17:55 hrs Special Address
    Amitabh Kant, CEO, Niti Aayog
  • 17:55 - 18:25 hrs Special Address
    • Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines
  • 18:25 - 19:25 hrs Panel Discussion: Natural Resources : Seeking All Round Sustainability
    • Pierre Gratton, President & CEO, Mining Association of Canada (Co-moderator)
    • Dr Amita Prasad, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment & Forest
    • Dr Kirit Parikh, Chairman, IRADe
    • Dr Prodipto Ghosh, Distinguished Fellow, TERI
    • Ravichandran Purushothaman, President, Danfoss
    • Mark Wiseman, Vice President, Sustainability, Avalon
    • Prof. Andrew MacLeod, Director, Beyond Shared Value Commission, Kings College London, Corporate Director and Non-Executive Chairman, Humanitarian
    Moderator : Anuradha Sengupta, Consulting Editor, CNN- News18
  • 19:25 – 19:35 hrs Special Address : Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs
  • 19:35 – 19:40 hrs Vote of Thanks
  • 19:40 hrs onwards Networking Dinner
  • *TBC
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Key Speakers

Gina Rinehart

Executive Chairman

Hancock Prospecting

Anil Agarwal

Group Chairman, Vedanta Resources Plc and Chairman Emeritus

Vedanta Ltd (Formerly known as Sesa Sterlite Ltd)

Sajjan Jindal


JSW Group

Amitabh Kant


NITI Aayog

James Gordon Carr

Minister of Natural Resources


Piyush Goyal

MoS (Independent Charge)

Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines

Dharmendra Pradhan

MoS (Independent Charge)

Petroleum and Natural Gas

Gajendra Singh Khimsar

Minister for Forest,Environment, Youth Affairs & Sports


Melody Meyer


Melody Meyer Energy LLC

Kiren Rijiju


Home Affairs

Prakash Javadekar

Union HRD Minister


Manohar Parrikar

Chief Minister


Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Chief Minister

Madhya Pradesh

Rajiv Pratap Rudy

MoS (Independent Charge)

Skill Development and Entrepreneurship

Rajyavardhan Rathore


Information and Broadcasting

Jitendra Singh

MoS (Independent Charge)

Development of North-Eastern Region

Mahesh Sharma

MoS (Independent Charge)

Culture and Tourism

Suresh Prabhu

Union Railway Minister

Jayant Sinha


Ministry of Civil Aviation


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