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Natural Resources: Seeking All-Round Sustainability

Day 2 - 6th APRIL

Dr Kirit Parikh

Chairman | Integrated Research & Action For Development (IRADe)

IRADe helps to promote ideas for inclusive developments at local and global levels, and negotiate international agreements better. Dr Parikh is one of the architects of power sector reforms in India. He is the former member of Planning Commission. As a Member of the Economic Advisory Council, he got an opportunity to work closely with five prime ministers. He is also one of the founders of the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research. He has authored, co-authored and edited 29 books in the sphere of policy and planning. He was honoured with Padma Bhushan in 2009.

Ravichandran Purushothaman

President | Danfoss India

Mr Purushothaman has 25 years of experience and has worked in India and Asia-Pacific. A key member of Danfoss’ global management team, he has been working extensively in the areas of automation & safety, energy efficiency, green buildings, cold chain and supply chain infrastructure and capacity building. He also heads the CII National Task Force on cold chain development. He was also a member of World Economic Forum’s India Working Group on smart cities.

Dr Prodipto Ghosh

Distinguished Fellow | TERI

Mr Ghosh is involved in research and teaching at the interface of science, economics, philosophy, and public policy. He is also a member of the Task Force on Inter-linking of Rivers, and of the Indian Resource Panel. He is Adjunct Faculty at the Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, TERI University, and Visiting Fellow at the Smith College, Oxford. He was a member of the IAS from 1969 to 2007, when he retired as Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests. He is the author of a number of peer reviewed research papers, and several newspaper articles. He has a Ph.D (and M.Phil) in Economics and Policy Analysis from the Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, and a B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering from IIT Delhi.

Prof. Andrew MacLeod

Director, Beyond Shared Value Commission | Kings College London

Prof Macleod was Managing Director of Good Super in Australia. He also serves as a Non-Executive Director for the New York-based Cornerstone Capital and Vision Developments in Australia. He is a Senior Adviser to Homestrings plc in London. He is an accomplished organizational leader. He brings a practical, experienced analysis to the link between sovereign and community risks and the valuation of major assets particularly in developing economies. He also sits on the Sustainable Accounting Advisory Board.

Mark Wiseman

Vice President | Sustainability, Avalon

Mr Wiseman is a biologist with over 36 years of experience in Health, Safety, Environment and Social Responsibility. He is a graduate of Guelph University (BSc, 1979) and Laurentian University (MBA, 1989). Following a period of acid rain research with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, he joined Falconbridge Ltd in 1980 and worked in progressively responsible HSEC positions in the mining industry, both in operations and large scale projects nationally and internationally. He has R&D experience as well as having developed and implemented innovative and leading edge environmental protection measures.

Dr Amita Prasad

Additional Secretary | Ministry of Environment & Forests

Dr Prasad is a 1985-batch Karnataka Cadre IAS officer. Currently, she is heading the activities related to conservation of biodiversity and biosafety regulations among other responsibilities. She led the Indian delegation in the recently held Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity and other related meetings at Cancun, Mexico. Dr Prasad has served in Karnataka in various capacities in departments of land revenue management, urban and rural development, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Commercial Taxes, Panchayati Raj, Agriculture & Cooperation, Energy, Karnataka Silk Industries Corporation.

Pierre Gratton

President & CEO of Mining Association | Canada (MAC)

Based in Ottawa, MAC is the national organization for the Canadian mining industry. Prior to his appointment to MAC, Mr Gratton was President and CEO of the Mining Association of British Columbia. From 1999-2008, he served as Vice President, Sustainable Development and Public Affairs for MAC. In 2005-06, Mr Gratton was honoured as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum. Mr Gratton is First Vice-President of the Inter-American Mining Society (SIM – Sociedad Interamericana de Mineria), the Vice-President of the Raw Materials Committee of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD as well as the Co-chair of the Green Mining Initiative Advisory Committee.


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