Delivering Tomorrow’s Cities Together


Imagine Delhi
Towards a Clear Sky

Delhi is the inaugural forum for our 2018 series, Towards a Clear Sky.  What pathway will enable India’s capital to continue to grow and flourish into one of the top World Cities by 2060?

Delhi is the inaugural forum for our new series ‘Towards a Clear Sky’, the second year of our three year global conversation programme for everyone who has a passion for delivering tomorrow’s cities together. In 2018, for the first time in its history, Delhi is categorized amongst Emerging World Cities as a megahub.* As one of the fastest growing urban centres, Delhi is facing a formidable challenge commonly associated with growing cities, air pollution. A balance between economic growth and environmental stability requires attainable policies, informed citizens and smart operations management across economic sectors including energy, agriculture, automotive and other industries How can this path be forged? National and international experts will participate in an exchange of ideas and best practices on how to make it happen for one of the world’s most populous cities.

Imagine 2060: Imagine Delhi Speakers & Panelists

Goh Chok Tong

Emeritus Senior Minister of the Republic of Singapore

With a career in politics spanning more than four decades, Goh Chok Tong, in his roles as Singapore’s second Prime Minister from 1990 to 2004 and Chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) from 2004 to 2011, orchestrated the meteoric rise of the country from an Asian Tiger into a global financial hub. Currently Emeritus Senior Minister of the Republic of Singapore and Senior Advisor to the MAS, ESM Goh was first elected to Parliament in 1976. Prior to his ascension to the Prime Minister role he served as Minister in the Ministries of Trade and Industry, Health and Defense, and Deputy Prime Minister, equipping him with the requisite tools to launch his country into prominence in the technological, commercial and political arenas.

Amitabh Kant

CEO, National Institution for Transforming India

Amitabh Kant is presently CEO of National Institution for Transforming India (NITI). He is a member of the Indian Administrative Service, IAS (Kerala Cadre: 1980 batch). He is the author of Branding India-An Incredible Story. Kant has been a key driver of the award-winning campaigns “Make in India”, Startup India, “Incredible India” and God’s Own Country” that positioned India and Kerala State as leading manufacturing and tourism destinations. These campaigns have embraced a host of activities – infrastructure development, product enhancement, private-public partnership and positioning and branding based on extensive market research. Kant also conceptualized and implemented the “Atithi Devo Bhavah” – “Guest is God” campaign to train Taxi Drivers, Guides, immigration officials and make them stake holders in the tourism development process.

Urmi Goswami

Assistant Editor,
The Economic Times

Urmi Goswami is Assistant Editor with The Economic Times. She writes on environment and climate change, sustainable development, social sector, education, minorities, and politics, and foreign policy. She has reported extensively on the international negotiations and domestic policy and developments on climate change and environment. She has attended and reported on the ups and downs of international negotiations on climate change beginning with the 2009 UN climate summit at Copenhagen. She has also attended and reported on the United Nations Environment Assembly meetings. Besides reporting for The Economic Times, she does programmes for public radio, All India Radio and is a regular discussant in programmes on the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha’s television channels.

RC Bhargava

Independent Automotive Professional Noida Area, IndiaAutomotive

R.C. Bhargava joined Maruti Udyog Limited, soon after its incorporation in 1981 as Director Marketing and Sales. Bhargava was appointed as the Managing Director (CEO) in 1985. He continued on this post till he retired in 1997. He was re-inducted to the Board in 2003 when the Company was listed. He was appointed as the non-executive Chairman in 2007, a position he continues to hold to date. Bhargava has been on the Board of Directors of a number of leading companies in India. He has also been associated with educational institutions for a long time. Presently he is Chairman of the IIT Kanpur.

Bunty Chand

Chief Executive Officer, Asia Society India Centre

Having lived and worked in various sectors from strategy and business development to human resources, training and development in the US, Philippines, Hong Kong and Singapore, Bunty Chand injects multicultural flair to her position as Chief Executive Officer of Asia Society India. Chand has devoted her international vision to Asia Society for more than a decade, championing its variety of society-changing causes, from policy making to arts and culture. She is a founding director of the non-profit organization The Lok Foundation, which was set up to provide the Indian microfinance sector with tailored technical assistance and guidance.

Sean Chiao

President, Asia Pacific,

The President of Asia Pacific at AECOM, Sean Chiao’s depth and breadth of experience in challenges arising from Asia’s accelerating urbanization enables him to take the lead in strengthening the built environment by advising on sustainability, resilience and innovation for strategic projects. An engaging thought leader, Chiao has delivered keynote speeches at major international conferences and seeded with Harvard Graduate School of Design the “AECOM China’s Studio”, an urban research program that has delved into complex, emerging issues in urbanism in China’s developing cities. He is also the executive sponsor of “Jigsaw City”, a book that examines the new towns in Asia. Chiao is a global trustee of the Urban Land Institute, a member of the American Institute of Architects and a member of the Mainland Business Advisory Committee of Hong Kong Trade Development Council.

Navroz Dubash

Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research

Navroz K Dubash is senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) and coordinator of the Initiative on Climate, Energy, and Environment. His research interests straddle the terrains of climate change policy and governance, the political economy of energy and water, the regulatory state in the developing world and the role of civil society in global environmental governance. Acknowledging his indelible influence on climate change governance in India and beyond, he was awarded the 12th
T N Khoshoo Memorial Award in 2015. He is an associate editor of Climate Policy and serves on the editorial boards of Global Environmental Politics, Energy Research in Social Science, Environmental Policy and Governance, and the Journal of Environment and Development.

Rob Hills

Market Sector Directo – Power, Australia and New Zealand, AECOM

As Market Sector Director – Power for Australia and New Zealand, AECOM, Rob Hills endows his role with two decades of experience straddling the power, energy, industrial and infrastructure sectors where he held a range of market leadership, operational and project positions that allowed him to craft the framework for the region’s burgeoning economy. Prior to joining AECOM, Hills worked for Beca and Arup, in Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific, the UK, Europe, Africa and the US in a variety of project delivery and leadership positions in the power generation, energy, infrastructure and commercial buildings markets.

Avinash Misra

Chief Executive, India,

Avinash Misra brings nearly three decades of comprehensive experience in infrastructure development to his leadership role in AECOM India, one of the largest global integrated infrastructure consultancy firms in the country. Under his stewardship, AECOM India has developed a diverse and holistic range of services including Urban Planning & Design, Transportation, Power Plant, Sea-Ports, Ship building yards, Airport Planning, Water Supply, Sewerage & Drainage schemes, Environment, Railways and ICD. Misra is at the helm of the firm’s contribution to large-scale infrastructure projects that are transforming the face of the nation for enhanced competitiveness on the global stage, such as the building of India’s first private rail port, metro projects in various cities, DJB Sewage Master Plan 2030, and program management for new cities such as Dolhera.

Lara Poloni

President, Europe, Middle East, India and Africa, AECOM

As President of Europe, Middle East, India and Africa at AECOM, Lara Poloni brings to her role at the forefront of the building industry over a quarter century of experience in the planning, assessment and development of major transport infrastructure. Her work has covered both the public and private sectors in which she oversaw prominent projects from initial planning to make them into operating realities. Poloni has been with AECOM as far back as 1994, arming her with a holistic understanding of the company’s best practices. Her most recent role was Chief Executive of Australia – New Zealand.

Praveer Sinha

CEO and Managing Director of Tata Power

Praveer Sinha is the CEO & Managing Director of Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL), a joint venture between Tata Power and the government. A pioneer in implementing power distribution reforms in the capital city, TPDDL serves a population of 7 million in Delhi. With experience stretching across 31 years, Sinha was indispensable in the reshaping of the power distribution sector and the establishment of Greenfield and Brownfield Power Plants in India and overseas. He is a member of major committees for reforms in Power Sector such as Committee to Review the National Electricity Policy and co-chairman of CII Regional Committee on Power Reforms & Renewable Energy.

Tonny Xie

Director and founder, Innovation Center for Clean-air Solutions

Tonny Xie is the director and founder of a leading Chinese environmental think-tank, Innovation Center for Clean-air Solutions (ICCS). ICCS is acting as the Secretariat for Clean Air Alliance of China (CAAC), which is an integrated platform initiated by ten leading Chinese research institutions. ICCS works with the alliance members and partners to provide integrated technical support on clean air policy making and implementation, cleantech assessment, demonstration & promotion, and innovative investment. Before joining in ICCS, Xie served varied posts, including senior consultant, technical director, program manager, at environmental consultancies and development agencies in the field of environmental protection and curbing climate change.

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