About The Series
The G20 Summit Series 2023, organized by the Ananta Centre, provides a comprehensive examination of the challenges facing the international community as India assumes the G20 Presidency. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on global economies and societies, and the Summit aims to address the ongoing economic recovery and efforts to mitigate the pandemic’s long-term effects. Additionally, the Summit will address rising geopolitical tensions, food and energy security concerns, growing debt distress, and inflationary pressures.
The Summit brings together a diverse group of experts, including industrialists, economists, and representatives from notable think tanks, to discuss and analyze the role and function of the G20 in shaping the future global order, by providing a platform for dialogue and collaboration, the Summit hopes to contribute to the development of effective solutions to the challenges facing the international community.
Fuels of the Future: Envisaging a Global Alliance on Biofuels
The Government of India stated that under India’s G20 Presidency they will advocate for a global alliance on biofuels at the G20 summit. Since Brazil is the world’s largest producer of biofuels and next in line for the G20 presidency, this discussion focused on what the global agreement in regards to bio fuels should be about and what methods can the G20 nations in the world adopt to implement them. Furthermore this conversation explores what the fuels of the future will be and what is the role of all the G20 nations in aiding to meet the universal carbon goals.The Summit brings together a diverse group of experts, including industrialists, economists, and representatives from notable think tanks, to discuss and analyze the role and function of the G20 in shaping the future global order, by providing a platform for dialogue and collaboration, the Summit hopes to contribute to the development of effective solutions to the challenges facing the international community.
LIFE- India's Mission for Green Transition
The Development Working Group meeting observed LiFE (Lifestyle For Environment) as a major part of its G20 Green agenda with an aim to integrate development and climate issues. Our very first session under this series focused on the primary objective of this initiative and how to make the lifestyle of people environment- friendly and sustainable. This conversation also explored LiFE as a concept for commercial benefits and how we can provide economic services that can fit into a Lifestyle for Environment.
Dr Arunabha Ghosh, Founder-CEO, CEEW
Dr Arunabha Ghosh is an internationally recognised public policy expert, author, columnist, and institution builder. He is the founder-CEO of the Council on Energy, Environment and Water, and has led CEEW to the top ranks as one of Asia’s leading policy research institutions and among the world’s 20 best climate think-tanks. He played a formative role in creating the International Solar Alliance, and was a founding board member of the Clean Energy Access Network. Co-author/editor of four books and with experience in 48 countries, he previously worked at Princeton, Oxford, UNDP (New York), and WTO (Geneva). The Asia Society honoured him recently with the 2022
Asia Game Changer Award, for his and CEEW’s “incredible work,which is making a real difference for India and for the planet”.
Arunabha advises governments, industry, civil society, and international organisations around the world. He currently serves on Government of India’s G20 Finance Track Advisory Group and advises the Sherpa Track for India’s G20 Presidency in 2022-23. In 2022, the UN Secretary-General appointed him to the High-level Expert Group on the Credibility and Accountability of Net-Zero Announcements by Non-State Actors. Since 2018, on the UN Secretary-General’s nomination, Dr Ghosh has served on the UN’s Committee for Development Policy. Arunabha is also a member of the international high-level panel of the Environment of Peace initiative, and serves on the Board of ClimateWorks Foundation. A frequent speaker and adviser to governments, industry and international organisations, he writes monthly columns across various platforms, has hosted or featured in several documentaries, and his 2019 TED Talk on air quality (Mission 80-80-80) has crossed 267,000 views. He holds a D.Phil. from Oxford
Nidhi Madan, Associate Director, Climate Policy, Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation
Nidhi manages Shakti’s long-term pathway and sub-national actions on climate change programmes. A climate change and sustainability professional, Nidhi has over thirteen years of experience in climate change adaptation, natural resource management, sustainable development, climate finance, policy research, knowledge management, and environmental impact assessment. Prior to joining Shakti in March 2021, Nidhi has worked with GIZ as a Technical Expert. Nidhi holds an M.Tech in Energy and Environment Management degree from IIT Delhi.
James Abraham, Trustee, Ananta Aspen Centre
James Abraham is currently building climate tech in support of net zero. He was the founder and director of SolarArise (a solar IPP in India), which was acquired. Prior to this, he built SunBorne Energy into a leading solar EPC. Prior to SunBorne, James was a senior partner at The Boston Consulting Group in India, where he was part of the founding team for BCG’s India offices. James is currently a member of the US-India Track 2 Dialogue on Climate Change. He serves on several boards including LTiMindtree, SmartPower India, Vistaar Finance, LnT Water, and International Justice Mission. James has a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo, an MBA (Palmer Scholar) from the Wharton School, and an MA (international relations) from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies. He is a Fellow of the 3rd Generation Class of Ananta Aspen Centre’s Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship. He chairs the Leadership Committee of the Ananta Aspen Centre and is a senior moderator for and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.