Jeffery is a University Professor and Director of the center of sustainable Development at Columbia University, where he directed the Earth Institute from 2002 to 2016. He is also Director on the UN Sustainable Development solutions network and a commissioner of the UN Broadband commission for development. He has been advisor to three United Nationals secretary- General Antonio Guterres. He spent over 20 years as a professor at Harvard University where he received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. He has authored numerous bestseller books. His most recent book is:- A New Foreign Policy: Beyond American Exceptionalism(2018). Sachs was twice names as Time magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders and was ranked by the Economist among the top three most influential living economists
Professor Stern is the IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, Chairman of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and Head of the India Observatory at the London School of Economics. President of the British Academy, July 2013 – 2017, and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 2014.
Professor Stern has held academic appointments in the UK at Oxford, Warwick and the LSE and abroad including at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Ecole Polytechnique and the Collège de France in Paris, the Indian Statistical Institute in Bangalore and Delhi, and the People’s University of China in Beijing.
He was Chief Economist of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, 1994-1999, and Chief Economist and Senior Vice President at the World Bank, 2000-2003. He was knighted for services to economics in 2004, made a cross-bench life peer as Baron Stern of Brentford in 2007, and appointed Companion of Honour for services to economics, international relations and tackling climate change in 2017. He has published more than 15 books and 100 articles and his most recent book is “Why are We Waiting? The Logic, Urgency and Promise of Tackling Climate Change”.
Mr. Arun Nanda is currently the Chairman of Mahindra Holidays & Resorts (I) Ltd. and Mahindra Lifespace Developers Ltd. He is also the Chairman of Holiday Club Resorts Oy, Finland, Director of National Skill Development Corporation, Chairman of CII National Committee on Skill Development, Chairman on the Governing Board of Centre for Social and Behaviour Change Communication, Member of the Governing Body of Helpage India and on the Advisory Board of TechnoServe India.
Mr. Arun Nanda is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (FCA) and a fellow member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (FCS).
He joined the Mahindra Group in 1973 and held several important positions within the Group over the 40 years he was with the company. He was inducted to the Board of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M) in August 1992 and resigned as Executive Director in March 2010 to focus on the social sector and create a favourable ecosystem for senior citizens. He was a non-executive director from April 2010 till August 2014.
Mr. Nanda was honoured with an award of “Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur” (Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour) by the President of the French Republic, Mr. Nicolas Sarkozy in 2008.
Vishaan Chakrabarti is the Associate Professor, Columbia University's School of Architecture, Planning & Perservation (GSAPP) | PAU, a New York architecture firm working globally. Simultaneously, he teaches design and urban theory at Columbia University. His book, A Country of Cities, argues that a well-designed urban world would result in more prosperity, sustainability, equity and joy.
Chakrabarti and his team are designing distinctive architecture projects that reflect and rethink global urban life in the 21st Century including the Domino site in New York, the beginnings of a new downtown for Philadelphia and a remarkable urban village and cultural centre in Ulanbator, Mongolia.
Chakrabarti has appeared on Charlie Rose, PBS, NPR, MSNBC, the main stage of TED and the pages of the New York Times and the Financial Times.
Tia is an award-winning entrepreneur moderator, lecturer and author. She is the founder and director of Kansara Hackney Ltd. (KH), the first ISO quality controlled sustainable lifestyle consultancy in the UK. Tia did her Ph.D. at the Bartlett, University College London on designing future cities and energy evaluation in the Gulf. Since then, she has published several papers and has been invited to advise on sustainable cities with governments and the private sector such as the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, BioTrade Initiative on sustainability. Her recent work involves providing city governments with her concept of Replenish Earth, a per capita assessment of ecosystem services and is publishing her book, Protocol.Earth.
She is also a Member of the Group Executive Board, Mahindra Group and Co-Chairperson, Group Diversity Council, Mahindra Group
Mahindra Lifespace Developers Ltd. is the real estate and infrastructure development arm of the Mahindra Group. The Company is committed to transforming India’s urban landscape through its residential developments under the ‘Mahindra Lifespaces’ and ‘Happinest’ brands; and through its integrated cities and industrial clusters under the ‘Mahindra World City’ and ‘ORIGINS by Mahindra World City’ brand.
Sangeeta is a frequent speaker and panelist at prestigious industry and international events. She has addressed audiences at multiple editions of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, where she spoke on trends, challenges and opportunities in urbanisation; business and people strategy in the digital era; and action on climate change. She was also a speaker at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, or ‘COP 21’, in Paris, and at the eighth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM8) held in Beijing in 2017. Sangeeta was part of the FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry) delegation to Hannover Messe in 2015 and a panelist at the FICCI Seminar on ‘Smart Cities – the Urban Challenge’, at the same forum. She has been a member of the Board of Governors, IIM Lucknow, between 2012 and 2018. Sangeeta is also an active member of the FICCI Smart Cities Committee.
Dr. Shirish Sankhe is a senior partner in McKinsey’s Mumbai office and supports clients in our Infrastructure, Public Sector, and EPNG (Electric Power & Natural Gas) practices. In his 18 years with McKinsey, Shirish has worked closely with major energy and infrastructure companies in India and across the world. He specializes in transformations and turnarounds of industrial companies; over the past decade he has helped over ten such companies achieve significant, sustained performance improvement. He is also an expert in the global metals and mining industries, and works closely with several metals and mining companies around the world.
Shirish spends a significant portion of his time on public policy work in India, working with the government to improve primary education, manage the process of urbanization, and drive economic growth. In 2010, Shirish co-authored the landmark MGI report on India’s Urbanisation, a topic he is passionate about. In 2014 coauthored another MGI report, this time on India’s Path from Poverty to Empowerment. .”
Arun Maira worked for 25 years in the Tata Group in India in senior management and board positions and worked with Arthur D. Little Inc, the international management consultancy, USA, from 1989 to 1999. He returned to India in 2000 and was appointed Chairman of The Boston Consulting Group in India prior to joining the Planning Commission.
He was appointed as a Member of the Planning Commission in the Government of India in 2009 and is a globally recognised thought leader and writer on the subjects of transformational change and leadership.
He is the author of several books including Transforming Capitalism: Business Leadership to Improve the World for Everyone, and Shaping the Future: Aspirational Leadership in India and Beyond and has also consulted with companies across the world on issues of growth strategies and transformational change.
Bipin is the Co-founder and Director at Gaia Smart Cities, a start up in the IoT space aimed at city scale solutions. He serves on the United Nations Centre for Trade facilitation and Electronics Business as an expert. As Chair for the Smart City Group for TEC, DOT he led the report on Design and Planning Smart Cities using IoT/ICT.
As part of the ‘Equal Streets Movement’, Renuka conceptualised and delivered the Mumbai Car Free Day. She was equally invested in the execution and maintenance of the Carter Road Promenade Extension. The ventures she is invested in truly resonate with the vibe of city for its citizens and in the real sense making Mumbai a more resilient city.
Anoop Nautiyal is the founder of the Dehradun based research and policy think tank, Gati Foundation. Gati is working on the issues of waste management and sustainable urbanization in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand. The Foundation has pledged to adopt a participatory approach, engage with citizens, undertake policy research and facilitate better standards of governance.
In a short span of time, Gati has delivered several positive and forward-looking interventions, both at the policy and on ground level, with respect to knowledge creation and intellectual stimulation in Uttarakhand. Currently, Gati is engaged with a number of government departments. Gati is working closely with Urban Development Directorate, Govt. of Uttarakhand and Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority as their official Knowledge Partners. Gati has also been successful in engaging positively with some of the largest private players working in the sector of sustainability and governance like Nestle and Janaagraha.
Rajeev Dubey is the Group President (HR & Corporate Services) & CEO (After-Market Sector), Member of the Group Executive Board, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. His key focus areas are Human Capital initiatives of the Group, the After-Market businesses whose CEO’s report to him, Group Communications, Government Relations, CSR and Infrastructure. He is the Chairman of Mahindra Insurance Brokers, Mahindra Steel Service Centres and Mahindra First Choice Services, and serves on the Boards of several Group companies including Ssangyong Motors Korea, Mahindra Intertrade and Mahindra First Choice Wheels. He is Chairman of the Group CSR Council and the Corporate Governance Cell, and a Member of the Governing Council of the Mahindra Institute of Quality and the Governing Board of Mahindra Ecole Centrale.
He joined Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. in January 2004 after a career spanning 29 years in the Tata Group, which he joined in 1975 as a member of the TAS, the central managerial cadre of the Tata Group. He spent 21 years with Tata Steel, and the next 7 years as CEO first of Tata Metaliks and then of Rallis India.
Rajeev is a Member of the Governing Body of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Geneva and serves on the Board of the International Organization of Employers (IOE), Geneva, where he is also the Chairperson of the Future of Work Policy Group. He is a core member of the Council of Global Advisors of the Yale School of Management (Yale SOM), USA and is a Past President of the National Human Resource Development Network (NHRDN) and the Employers’ Federation of India (EFI). He is also a member of the Advisory Board of Konecranes India.