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RELX SDG Inspiration Day Delhi - Sustainable Cities: SDG 11, critical to the rest

Thursday 2 May 2019, The Imperial Hotel, Delhi

RELX SDG Inspiration Day Delhi - Sustainable Cities: SDG 11, critical to the rest took place on 2 May, 2019 at The Imperial in partnership with the United Nations Global Compct India, the Responsible Media Forum and the Ban Ki-Moon Centre for Global Citizens.

Aim: Inspiring collaborative, scalable action on the SDGs

Form: Engaging, interactive, collaborative sessions

Who: Approximately 50+ representatives from business, NGOs, academia, and civil society

Building on the free RELX Group SDG Resource Centre: Information, data, events and more to advance the SDGs

The RELX SDG Inspiration Day Delhi was the fourth of a series of engaging, interactive and stimulating events. Previous Inspiration Days have been in London, to launch the SDG Resource Centre; Silicon Valley, exploring the themes of disruptive tech and Amsterdam, exploring the themes of partnerships.

About us

RELX is a global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. We help scientists make new discoveries, lawyers win cases, doctors save lives and insurance companies offer customers lower prices. We save taxpayers and consumers money by preventing fraud and help executives forge commercial relationships with their clients. In short, we enable our customers to make better decisions, get better results and be more productive.

We believe we have the most significant impact when we apply our expertise to areas like universal, sustainable access to information, advance of science and health, protection of society and promotion of the rule of law and access to justice.




Sustainable cities - SDG 11, critical to the rest


09:00 Registration

Opening Plenary

Welcome to Inspiration DayMárcia Balisciano, Director Corporate Responsibility, RELX

SDG corporate engagement in India: Kamal Singh, Executive Director, Global Compact Network India

Funders and the SDGs, a panel discussion facilitated by Deepak Dwivedi, Chairman Editor-in-Chief, Dainik Bhaskar: 
Anna French, Deputy Director India, DFID;
Barbara Muller, Programme Lead, BMW Foundation;
Dr. Manish Pant, Chief, Health & Development, UNDP India


Coffee and connections


Expert Café: Expert questions and table discussions

Amit Sharma, BU Head, Energy and Sustainability Services, Schneider Electric India
Anees Mohammed, Sustainability Project Manager, Siemens Ltd
Aditi Haldar, South-Asia Director, GRI
Arunava Dasgupta, Head , Department for Urban Design, Centre for Urban Design Innovation
Kritika Prabhakar, Marketing Manager, LexisNexis
Prof. Rajender Sangwan, Director, Academy of Scientific & Innovative Research (AcSIR)
Sameer Jain, Director & Lead - Urban Transformation, Infrastructure, Government & Health Care, KPMG
Hannah Lim, Head of Rule of Law and emerging Markets, LN L&P
Nainish Tikoo, UNDP 


Expert Café: feedback session

Amit Sharma, BU Head, Energy and Sustainability Services, Schneider Electric India
Aditi Haldar, South-Asia Director, GRI
Arunava Dasgupta, Head , Department for Urban Design, Centre for Urban Design Innovation
Prof. Rajender Sangwan, Director, Academy of Scientific & Innovative Research (AcSIR)


Lunch with special guest:

Yash Ranga, Stakeholder Engagement Partner, Jaipur Rugs Foundation


Partnership Fair

Featuring: I-Tech Mission, Safecity/Red Dot Foundation, BillionAbles, Unleash, RELX SDG Resource Centre, Students from the Centre for Urban Design Innovation

15:30 Coffee and collaborations

Closing plenary

Keynote: Ambassador Kim Won-soo, former UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs and Board Member of the Ban Ki-Moon Centre for Global Citizens

Business leaders and the SDGs, a conversation facilitated by Márcia Balisciano, Director Corporate Responsibility, RELX: 
Shankar Kaul, MD India, Elsevier; 
Hannah Lim, Head of Rule of Law and emerging Markets, LN L&P

Keynote: The future of mobility in IndiaOP Agarwal, CEO, World resources Institute India


Stay for drinks

Expert Café themes 

  1. Healthy cities: health planning for urban populations
  2. Clean cities: clean and affordable energy for end users
  3. Smart cities: the role of data and technology
  4. Prosperous cities: future jobs and skills
  5. Peaceful cities: the role of the rule of law
UN Global Compact India

Global Compact Network India (GCNI), formed in November 2000, was registered in 2003 as a non-profit society to function as the Indian Local Network of the Global Compact, New York. It is the first Local Network in the world to be established with full legal recognition. It, also as a country level platform for businesses, civil organisations, public and private sector, aids in aligning stakeholders' responsible practices towards the Ten Universally Accepted Principles of UNGC in the areas of Human Rights, Labour, Environment and Anti - corruption, broad goals including Sustainable Development Goals and other key sister initiatives of the United Nations and its systems. At present, the India Network ranks among the top 10, out of more than 90 Local Networks in the world. It has also emerged as the largest corporate sustainability initiative in India and globally with a pan India membership of 345 leading business and non-business participants and 280 signatories, strengthening their commitment to the Global Compact Principles by becoming proud members of the Local Network in India. For more details, please visit


Responsible Media Forum

The Responsible Media Forum is a partnership between 25 leading media companies to identify and take action on the social and environmental challenges facing the sector. The Forum provides a platform for participating companies to learn from each other and leading organisations in other sectors, to identify trends and areas for prioritisation based on sound research and robust discussions, to engage with stakeholders, be they campaigners, policy makers, academics or peers and to run collaborative projects and events on key issues.

Find out more about the Responsible Media Forum

Ban Ki-Moon Centre for Global Citizens

The Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens is an independent, non-profit organization in Vienna. It is co-chaired by Ban Ki-moon, former Secretary-General of the United Nations and by Dr. Heinz Fischer, former President of the Republic of Austria. The Centre has affiliated offices in the Republic of Korea and tentatively in Kuwait.

The Centre uses its independence, expertise and network to work for peace, poverty eradication, empowerment of youth and women, justice and human rights worldwide. Working both publicly and through informal diplomacy, the Centre engages with leaders, youth, academia, international organizations and civil society at all levels to resolve crisis and conflicts and address root causes hindering the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens works within the framework of the SDGs particularly for women and young people focusing on the following key areas:

  • Leadership and mediation for promoting peace;
  • Advocacy to empower women and the youth; and
  • Education for global citizens.
Dr. Márcia Balisciano, Director, Corporate Responsibility, RELX

Márcia Balisciano has led corporate responsibility at RELX since 2003, working with colleagues throughout the business to ensure it is a source of competitive advantage and stakeholder confidence. Márcia is a board member of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens. She represents RELX Group on the UN Global Compact and UK National Crime Agency's Child Rescue Alert Board. She is founding director of Benjamin Franklin House and previously was special advisor to the American Chamber of Commerce (UK). A fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, she holds an MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and a PHD in Economic History from the London School of Economics. She was named Member of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen's 2007 Birthday Honours List and lives in London with her husband and two boys.

Kamal Singh, Executive Director, Global Compact Network India

Mr. Kamal Singh currently leads the UN Global Compact Network India (UNGCNI) and also serves as a Member Secretary to the Governing Council. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management and is an Alumnus of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Prior to joining UNGCNI, he was the Director General at the National Human Resources Director's Network- the largest professional body of HR professionals in India. During his tenure, he introduced several key initiatives and increased its visibility significantly across India. Prior to that he worked at the All India Management Association (AIMA), where he was instrumental in growing AIMA's recognition among different stakeholders.  

He is on the Board and Sub-Committees of several organizations/institutions including UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), Bureau of Indian Standard (BIS), JIMS, BML Munjal University, IILM, BIMTECH, Manav Rachna International University, RKDF University, Jaipuria Group and Independent director on the board of Parsvnath Developers Ltd etc. and on the advisory council of some of the premier NGO’s including Smile Train. Winner of several accolades and awards, his passion is to contribute beyond business towards building a Sustainable Development Index for India and the world as a whole.


Yash Ranga, Stakeholder Engagement Partner, Jaipur Rugs Foundation

Yash Ranga provides strategic vision to the two intertwined verticals of Jaipur Rugs Foundationskill development and social development, through engaging multiple diverse stakeholders and by curating an effective partnerships platform that maximizes impact at scale.

Jaipur Rugs is known the world over for its inclusive carpet value chain that links grassroots artisans with global markets. It has got featured in ‘The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramidand has received a number of accolades. Its unique socio-economic development model is a topic of constant reference among government, industry, media and academia.

Prior to joining Jaipur Rugs Foundation, he was associated with a Silicon Valley Based Boutique IT company inspired by the disruption in technology that is taking place with Big Data, Predictive Analytics, Mobility and the CloudHis niche areas include Conscious Capitalism, Founders’ Mentality, Social Entrepreneurship, and Multi-Stakeholder partnerships for development, Sustainable Development Goals and Base of the Pyramid Innovations.

With a background in software engineering, entrepreneurship and business strategy, he is a national boxer and a theatre artist by passion.


Anna French, Deputy Head of DFID India and Head of the Urban, Energy and Green Growth Team, DFID

Anna French is the Deputy Head of DFID India, and Head of the Urban, Energy and Green Growth Team. Before heading to India, Anna was Head of DFID’s Education Policy Team for 4 years. Anna joined DFID in 2001, and has extensive experience in policy development and leading and managing programmes in fragile states including in Somalia, Afghanistan and Pakistan. During this time she also worked for 2 years as Senior Policy Adviser on Africa in the Cabinet Office, advising the Prime Minister on UK policy to Africa.

Dr O.P. Agarwal, India Country Director, World Resources Institute

Dr O.P. Agarwal is currently the India Country Director of the World Resources Institute and the CEO of its Indian arm, known as WRI India. He was a member of the Indian Adminstrative Service (IAS) from 1979 to 2007 and was allocated to the Assam cadre. He held several positions, both under the central government and the Government of Assam. Among them were Joint Secretary in charge of Urban Transport in the Ministry of Urban Development and Secretary for Transport in Assam. He was the principal author of the National Urban Transport Policy for the country, which was adopted in 2006 and has remained the key document guiding urban transport investments since then.

He has worked in the World Bank for 6 years as its global Urban Transport Adviser in Washington DC. He has been with the World Resources Institute since June 2017. He has written several papers on urban transport policy and governance issues. His recent book entitled “Emerging Paradigms in Urban Mobility Planning, Financing and Implementation” was published by Elsevier.

He has a PhD from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, a Master’s degree in Transportation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.


Barbara Müller, Programme Lead, BMW Foundation

Barbara Müller is responsible for the development of BMW Foundation`s Responsible Leaders Network and activities in Asia. Here, she draws on previous Foundation programmes in the region, and on her personal background: Barbara studied Chinese Studies as well as social and economic sciences at the University of Hamburg and at Renmin University in Beijing. Subsequently, she worked in the fields of German-Asian consultancy and business development. At the BMW Foundation, Barbara has been responsible for designing and organizing leadership formats, and from 2011 until 2016, she directed the Foundation’s communications and media activities.

As a board member of Magic Bus Deutschland e.V., she supports the Indian organizations Magic Bus. Magic Bus works with children and young people living in poverty to ensure they complete secondary education, and develop the skills required to transition successfully into the world of work.

Ambassador Kim Won-soo, former UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs and Board Member of the Ban Ki-Moon Centre for Global Citizens

H.E. Ambassador Kim is a Korean diplomat and Former UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs. Over the last decade, Ambassador Kim has served as Under Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary-General of the UN, after he led the transition team for the eighth Secretary-General of the UN in late 2006. Over the previous three decades, his diplomatic career has included many key positions such as the Secretary to the President of the Republic of Korea for Foreign Affairs and International Security and the Director General for Policy Planning and Ambassador for Regional Security, as well as overseas postings in Washington, DC of the USA, New Delhi of India and the UN in New York.

Hannah Lim, Head of Rule of Law and Emerging Markets, LexisNexis

Hannah is Head of Rule of Law and Emerging Markets for LexisNexis Southeast Asia. She aims to position LexisNexis as a leader in the advancement of the rule of law and to build meaningful partnerships with key stakeholders in the public and private sectors as well as international organizations. She identifies areas where LexisNexis can assist in improving the rule of law. Prior to this, Hannah worked as a corporate lawyer in Myanmar, developing the Myanmar legal practice of two Singapore law firms. She is qualified in both Singapore and New York, with a Juris Doctor and a Masters in Asia Pacific Policy Studies from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

Amit Sharma, BU Head, Energy and Sustainability Services, Schneider Electric India

Amit leads Schneider Electric’s Energy and Sustainability Services team in India. He helps multi-national companies develop and achieve short to mid-term and long term energy procurement goals.

Amit has more than 15 years of experience in Indian power, renewable and fuel markets covering India and regional markets in Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Japan, Korea, Middle East and Europe. In his previous work with ICF International as consultant and manager, Amit has advised Central Electricity Authority (CEA), Planning Commission (now Niti Aayog), Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas for Strategic Studies to plan an Indian energy sector. He has been instrumental in advising CEA to include

Amit has contributed to various reports and publications including State Power Distribution Utilities Performance and Financial Health Analysis for key Indian States (17 in total); Natural Gas Grid Design – India, Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC India) under Government of India, 2010-11.  Amit is based out of India. He has an MBA in Oil and Gas from the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies in Dehradun, India, and a Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering from N.I.T. Hamirpur, India.

Shankar Kaul, MD India, Elsevier

Shankar Kaul is Managing Director of Elsevier Health Solutions for their India and South East Asia operations.

Elsevier, part of RELX Group, is a global information analytics company that helps institutions and professionals advance healthcare and improve performance of healthcare delivery for the benefit of humanity. We help doctors save lives, providing insight for physicians to find the right clinical answers, and we support nurses and other healthcare professionals throughout their careers. 

As chief representative of Elsevier in India, Shankar and his team work closely with stakeholders in both public and private space including caregivers and hospitals, medical and nursing students, medical academia and medical research community, policy makers and administrators. Our objective is to enable and enhance healthcare capacity and capability that will help establish a sustainable healthcare ecosystem in India. 

Prior to joining Elsevier, Shankar has held significant leadership positions in Asia Pacific across medical device and specialty pharma working for Fortune 500 companies. He was based in Singapore and earlier in Shanghai for 16 years and brings considerable emerging market experience in terms of market insights and focus on government engagement and partnerships to build sustainable businesses. Shankar is a graduate with honors in Economics from University of Delhi and has been invited guest speaker in significant industry and academic forums on healthcare system challenges and opportunities  in emerging markets. 

Arunava Dasgupta, Head of Department of Urban Design, School of Planning and Architecture

Arunava Dasgupta is an architect and urban designer currently engaged as Head of the Department of Urban Design at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. As founding member and Vice President of the Institute of Urban Designers – India (IUDI), Arunava Dasgupta has been actively promoting the idea of holistic urban design while creating alternative development frameworks using community participation as a central tool for local area design. Arunava has been involved in multiple projects at urban scale for a range of Indian cities as adviser and consultant to various state and municipal government agencies. He has been the co-organizer of the ongoing seminar series on “Smart and Sustainable Cities” across 14 cities in India over the past three years in collaboration with South Asia Institute of Heidelberg University and ORF. Over the last 20 years, through applied research in rural and urban Himalayan settlements, Arunava has been pursuing the larger role of architects and designers beyond the city, while providing advocacy and design consultancy services to government departments towards formulation of sustainable development guidelines for settlements under transformation.

Within the academic arena, Arunava is currently involved in initiating Urban Form Labs within the Center for Urban Design Innovation (CUDi) for developing inter-disciplinary, experimental, research-by-design methodologies that encourage exploration by students as citizen designers while theoretical pursuits revolve around contemporary discourses concerning urban transformation and city futures. His professional and research expertise revolves around local area urban design and design pedagogy while research themes include inquiries on ‘form and determinant’, ‘social urbanism’ and rural urbanization’.  He has lectured extensively in many institutions in India and in countries across the world like UK, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, China, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Australia etc. and is a member of the Board of Studies in a few programs of architecture and urban design within Indian Universities.

Vanshika Deswal, Youth Outreach Officer, Red Dot Foundation

Vanshika works as Youth Outreach Officer with Safecity, an organization that aims to make cities safer by encouraging equal access to public spaces for everyone, especially women, through the use of crowdsourced data and technology. As Youth Outreach Officer, she engages with youth consisting of school and college students, conduct workshops and organize audits. She is currently pursuing English Literature studies from Delhi University and hold the position of President at Women Development Cell of her college.

Dr. Aditi Haldar

Dr.Haldar is an expert on sustainable development with over twenty four years of experience. Her goal is to strengthen the integration of sustainable development and transparency into policies, strategies, management, performances and communication through measurable enablers and results. Currently, she is the Director - GRI Regional Hub South Asia and her primary role is to advocate, research, communicate, dialogue with multi-stakeholder constituencies in making sustainability and transparency a standard practice amongst the South Asian region and the global community. 

Her focus is creating  trustworthy conditions in the society through credible information exchange between businesses, governments, financial institutions, civil societies, labour, academia, media, that will enable constructive dialogue and informed decision making at the organisational, national and global levels.

She had been part of various national, regional and global advisory committees, councils, task force for the government, regulatory bodies, professional and academic institutions and multi-stakeholder network-based organisations including the GRI Technical Advisory Committee, Multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee UNGC GRI on UNSDGs, BSI Certification Advisory Board and the GAC of the World Economic Forum.    

Dr. Manish Pant, Chief, Health and Development, UNDP India

Dr Manish Pant heads the Health & Development unit at UNDP’s  India office where has successfully led the work on introducing and expanding the electronic vaccine intelligence network (eVIN) system that digitizes India’s vaccine supply chain across all the 27,000 government health centres in the country. He manages a team of 700 across the country as part of UNDP’s program for system strengthening and improved governance that also entails close collaboration and coordination with various ministries of Government of India.

Manish is a medical doctor and public health professional holding an M.D degree in Community Medicine from Delhi University and has worked for organizations like International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), International Diabetes Federation (IDF), Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI). He has 20 years of work experience in humanitarian and development sector in India and internationally in Asia, Pacific, Africa and Europe and worked in academic environs as a researcher and teacher; developed and led on programs in HIV, maternal health, non-communicable diseases, emergency health disaster risk management and organizational development. 

Prof. Rajender Singh Sangwan

Prof. Rajender Singh Sangwan is an institution builder as well as an outstanding scientist. He is heading Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR) as its first regular Director (equivalent to Vice Chancellor) with effect from August 17, 2019. Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR) is An Institution of National Importance under Govt. of India. Currently, AcSIR has more than 4000 Engineering and Sciences Ph.D. students on its rolls which is about 10% of the total Ph.D. students on rolls in India in Science, Technology and Engineering. Thus, AcSIR is largest institution of higher education in India and one of the largest institution in the world with respect to doctoral students in Science and Engineering.

After graduation from Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra (India), he pursued his higher education (M.Sc. and Ph.D.) in Biochemistry from Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar (India) during 1979-86, and Post-Doctoral Research at Queens University, Kingston, Canada during1990-1991. He worked at CSIR-Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CSIR-CIMAP), Lucknow, as an independent research scientist at various levels from Scientist-B to Chief Scientist during 1986 to 2012. He was also Founder Head, Department of Metabolic and Structural Biology (MSB) at CSIR-CIMAP. He served as Founder Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Center of Innovative and Applied Bioprocessing (CIAB), (An Autonomous National Institute under DBT, Govt. of India), Mohali, during 2012 to 2017 as well as Executive Director, National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute (NABI), Mohali, during 2016-2017.

He has made enormous fundamental as well as applied scientific contributions in the area of medicinal and aromatic plants as well as bioprocesses and bioproducts related to secondary agriculture. His consistent and frontier research contributions deeply cover domains of Metabolic Diversity and Genomics of Secondary Metabolism in Medicinal & Aromatic Plants, Ashwagandha Phytochemical Biology, Agri-Food Processing for Biomass to Bio-value, Secondary Agriculture Bioprocessing and Biotechnology for Resource Recovery and Value Added Bioproducts, Nutritional and Nutraceutical Products, Health and Functional Foods. He has, to his credit, >150 research papers and about 30 patents (which have been licensed to industry).

His awards and honours include CSIR-Technology Award, 2015; BHU Centennial Award of BRSI, 2015; Certificate of Merit, CSIR Leadership Development Program, 2008; Indian Science Congress Award 1997; CSIR Young Scientist Award, 1993. He is a Fellow of Indian National Science Academy (INSA), National Academy of Science India (NASI) and National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS). Recently, in 2019, he has been honoured with the Honorary Fellowship of Indian Society of Agricultural Biochemists.

Swarandeep Singh, Lead – Investments and Community, UNLEASH

Swarandeep is the Lead – Investments and Community at UNLEASH, a global non-profit initiative aiming to address the UN Sustainable Development Goals by bringing young global talents together to innovate and collaborate on new solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Previously, he was the India Country Head and Investment Manager for India Opportunities Fund, an India-dedicated growth-stage venture capital fund by Axon Partners Group, an international Investment, Corporate Development and Consulting firm specialized in global emerging markets. In his role, he helped drive several exits for the fund and served on the Board of portfolio firms.

Deepak Dwivedi, Chairman Editor-in-Chief, Dainik Bhaskar

With over three decades in Media with leading news papers Deepak Dwivedi started his Journalism career with Blitz leading weekly tabloid with focus on investigative journalism.He worked closely with the founder Rustom Khurshedji Karanjia respected Indian journalist and editor whotypically signed his reports as "R. K. Karanjia" All through his career he has been focusing on Journalism for Action . Engaging with grass root journalists for Socio Economic Development.

Kritika Prabhakar, Marketing Manager, LexisNexis

A marketing enthusiast, she has been working with LexisNexis Nexis Solutions since 2016, spearheading digital marketing, new product launches, events and corporate communication for India Market. Also responsible for maintaining public relations and visibility across markets. Prior to this role, she was working with Wolters Kluwer India wherein she was responsible for driving business with creative initiatives on the marketing front like launching e-commerce stores, engaging newsletters, enhancing the efficacy of online campaigns primarily SEO, PPC. She has rich experience in executing high impact campaigns across multiple platforms. She is, what they used to call, THE MAN!

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