SOP India: A Global Event: Speakers & Participants from 20
Responsible Energy Security for India
|Ministry of Science & Technology as Co-Host with AABC
We plan to organize a one day event in New Delhi (SOP India)
with the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Government
of India as the partner/host.
|500 Participants from 20 countries
We expect around 40 per cent of the participants to come
from abroad, from USA, EU (Germany, France, Spain, Italy,
Switzerland, etc), SE Asia (Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia,
Indonesia, Vietnam, and Philippines), South Asia (Bangladesh,
Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Nepal), Africa, Middle East, China,
and Japan. The rest 60 per cent of the participants are
expected from Indian Companies and Chambers (FICCI),
Multinational Companies and Chambers (German Chamber,
American Chamber, European Chamber, etc). The profile of
the participants is they are leaders of business, governments,
diplomatic community, think tanks, investors, media, and
BAYERS, Siemens, Emerson, PTT, Biersdorf, Ebeling Heffernan,
The German Government (Local Embassies), European Union
have been our partners in all the previous Save Our Planet
events. Other big names we have initiated dialogue are Reliance
Industries, L&T, Mahindra & Mahindra, Aditya Birla Group,
TATA, Suzlon, IBM, Chevron, NTPC, ONGC, Toyota, Panasonic,
Thermax, ICICI, HSBC, ABB, GDF Suez (France), Hinduja
President of India/Prime Minister, India
Alternative: Min for Environment GOI, Mr Jairam Ramesh or
Min for Sc & Tech, Mr Prithviraj Chauhan
Session I – Green in the context of Gains
How to maintain Green in a rapidly changing world? With
the less developed nations rapidly catching up with the
developed world, would they follow the same path of little
regard for natural and mineral wealth?Or, would they be
wiser and conscious of the environment and the ecology?
Would the Governments balance between their responsibilities
to provide growth for its people and their responsibilities
towards the future of the world?
Would manufacturers and
service providers put priority for Green over Gain?
India’s case for instance: Of the 1 billion population, 2/3 of
its people are growing rapidly to catch up with the top 1/3.
Equally, large infrastructure projects, products, services and
resources are rapidly expanding its base to capture the smaller
towns and villages. What effective methods or models could
maintain “Green” amidst this change?
| Chair: Dr Michael Nobel
Panelists: Mr Ratanjit Singh, Hon’ble Minsiter of State
for Road Transport & Highways, Mr Bhupinder Singh
Hooda, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Haryana, Mr Mukesh
Reliance Industries, Theodore Roosevelt
IV, Chair of the PEW Centre for Global Climate Change,
Mithika Mwenda, Co-ordinator of the Pan African
Climate Justice Alliance, Mr David M Malone, President,
IDRC, Mr Achim Steiner, Exec Director, UNEP, Mr Vivek
Sahai, Chairman Rly Board,
Mr Ratan Tata, CMD, Tata
Group, Mr Y C Deveshwar, CMD, ITC Grou
Infrastructure – How would project initiators maintain Green?
How would Regulators influence Green-mindedness?
Consumerism - Would manufacturers prioritise Green over
Protection of Global Green Zones – Green zones exist across
conscious and less conscious nations:
How would the
Conscious Governments prevail over those less Conscious?
Would the Governments influence Green mindedness among
its people desiring growth and betterment of their lives?
Consideration for Weaker Segments, countries and people -
How would the weaker segments of the societies be covered
so that they are not compelled to live ‘at any cost’.
Waste – If the growth and development of just a third of the
world population has generated unmanageable waste, how
would the emergence of the next generation of the two-thirds
restrict further waste?
Or, would waste be better managed?
|Session II – The Role of Conscience Keepers
Infrastructure development would change the face of Asia,
Africa and South America in the next decade. And that
would happen at a more rapid pace than it happened in the
developed part of the world past decades, considering the
technology and financial resources the world has today. Do
we have a roadmap that would make the goal less painful
now? Are we in a position to better the roadmap through the
learning curve of past decades.
|Chair: Mr Prithvi Raj Chauhan, Hon’ble Min for Science
Panelists: Dr K P Singh, CMD, DLF Group, Mr GVK
Reddy, CMD, GVR, Mr Anand Mahindra, CMD, Mahindra
& Mahindra, Mr M S Unnikrishnan, MD, Thermax,
Mr R S Sharma, CMD, NTPC,
Mr Sunil Bharti Mittal,
CMD, Bharti Group, Mr Dilip Barooah, Minister of
Industries, Bangladesh, Mr Sachin Pilot, Minister of
State, Telecommunications, Mr Kamath, CMD, Punjab
Mr A K Bajaj, Chairman, Central Water
|Transport – Railways, Roadways,
Air: With the demand
multiplying and the need to support the demand through wider
reach and greater reliance on synthetic options, would Green
Energy - Power, Oil & Gas, Minerals – How does Green work
for industries that are inherently non-Green?
Real Estate – Commercial and Housing: Urbanised environment would have to damage Green and Forests. Can
you escape this reality?
Manufacturing – Industrial, Commercial and Consumer: The
urge to upgrade technologies leads to quicker replacements
and building of replaced waste. When the desire to compete is
high, how would Green consciousness prevail over business
Banking: Are banking laws aligned to choose between funding
eco-friendly and not fund eco-damaging?
Communications – Telecommunications, Information
Technology: Usage of mobile communications and the
Information technology would multiply manifold in less than
a decade. What would be its impact on Green and how are
manufacturers or service providers innovating technologies to
make Green inclusive?
|Session III – Infrastructure
How engaging are the conscience keepers in the pursuit to
identify solutions than just to identify thepitfalls?
|Chair: Soli Sorabjee
Panelists: Ms Suneeta Narain, Head, Centre for
Science & Environment, Shri M.K.Ranjitsinh, Global
Tiger Forum, New Delhi, Ms. Sejal Vohra, WWF, New
Delhi, Maj. Gen. (Retd) K M Kharb, Chairman, Animal
Welfare Board, Dr. Jayati Ghosh, Chairperson at the
Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Minister for
Environment & National Resources, Sri Lanka
|Judiciary: It has played a key role in India to often stop the
choke and direct the Governments to take the Green path ‘at
How engaging would the Judicial role be in a
NGOs – It is not time for slogans – what is the constructive
plan to influence change in construction of new economic
Academicians & Scholars – What is the expertise required to
truly innovate technologies to meet needs?
Students – Is Awareness good enough? Is there a will to
|Session IV – Commerce & People
The urge to move up the ladder of the consumers is inflamed
by the business communities to showcase what can make the
lives better. Can Green escape the burn?
|Chair: Mr Jairam Ramesh, Hon’ble Minister for
Environment & Forests
Panelists: Mr Tulsi Tantia, Chairman, Suzlon Group,
Mr Rajendra Pachauri, TERI, Sanjay Khosla, President
Kraft Food, Ms Neelam Dhawan, MD, Microsoft, Mr Amit
Burman, Dabur India,
Ms Swati Piramal, Piramal Group,
Mr. Raman Nanda, Managing Director & Chief Executive
Officer, Ramky Enviro Engineers Limited
| Consumption: With consumption multiplying rapidly and
grater usage of technological products in day to day lives,
would Green remain a conceptual term?
Food – Can you avoid packaged food in a globally competitive
Water – More water, more plastics. Greater urbanisation, more
polluted water. Has a Green model worked?
Energy – Are solar or less polluting energy real solutions?
Would the new energy finders fight their way through the
established regimes of the conventional energy makers?
Pharmaceuticals – How strong is the case of natural remedies?
If it is, who would take the lead to influence change?
Technology Products: The number of technology products at
home and in offices have grown and would grow? And, would
be replaced faster. Where does ‘Green’ fit in?
Waste: More usage, greater waste – Technologies would
multiply consumption and waste management would further
require technologies. Would technology manage waste or
further build waste?
|Session V – Knowledge:
Greater the knowledge, the greater would be the urge to
know, and therefore, test and experiment on the Earth and in
the space. Should science and research be restrained by the
principles of Green. Live better with what you have than to
experiment with what you do not have.
|Chair: Mr Abul Kalam Azad, Former President of India
Panelists: Mr. Sam Pitroda, Chairman Knowledge
Commission, Mr P. Ramaswamy, Secretary, Ministry of
Science & Technology, Dr. Punjab Singh, Vice Chancellor,
Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi & former Secretary,
DARE & DG, ICAR, Dr. K. Radhakrishnan, Chairman,
Mr Chetan Pandit, Chief Engineer & Head of
National Water Academy, Shri Harish Chandra
Secretary Aeronautics Research & Development Board,
Dr. B.R. Gandhe,
Director Armaments &
|Scientific Research – Should research lead to inclusion of
Education – How is education oriented towards managing
If the challenge is grave, consciousness of the
damages must be learnt.
What opportunities are being taken to
guide the next generation?
Technology Pursuits – If Mars may not yield to making lives
on the Earth better, should technology pursuits be restrained
from dissecting the Space.
|Session VI – Defence
One of the biggest world industry is caught between the moral
goal to save the society from violence, yet without violence
how would the industry support itself commercially? Who
keeps its conscience?
|Chair: Mr Farooq Abdullah, MP and Ex-CM, J&K
Panelists: Dr Vijay Kumar Saraswat, Security Advisor
to the Defence Minister, Gov of India,
Mr. Dhruv M.
Sawhney, Chairman & Managing Director, Triveni
Engineering & Industries,
Mr Ashok Nayak, MD HAL,
Mr B P Rao, CMD, BHEL, Mr Shashi Tharoor, Former
Minster of State for External Affairs India, Nikhil
Kumar, Former Director General of the National
Security Guards, Mr K K Singh, President, Rolta India,
Gotabhaya Rajapaksha, Minister for Defence, Sri Lanka
|Research & Training – Do we have conscious plans to make
Manufacturing of Technologies – When the profits are high,
who would restraint the multiplication of arms? Not the
manufacturers, for sure. Do the bigger Governments have the
capacity and the will to restrict territorial aspirations?
Acquisition of Technologies – Is the need for acquisition real
The Threat of Terror – If the desire to acquire territories may
have gone lower in the 21st century, the desire to use terror
as a means to bargain for material supremacy has not.
would arms be restrained in an environment that has opted for
more frequent shorter battles.