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    The secret recipe behind Switzerland’s innovation success

    The Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP), is the first School in India offering a One-Year Postgraduate programme in Policy, Design & Management. We are organizing a webinar with Mr. Sebastien Hug on the topic 'The secret recipe behind Switzerland’s innovation success'.

    About the Speaker

    Sebastien Hug is the Consul General and CEO of swissnex India – Switzerland’s Consulate General in Bangalore. In this capacity, Sebastien is since November 2018 a dynamic and dedicated team with the mission to connect the dots between Switzerland and India in Education, Research and Innovation, and to ensure a strong presence of Switzerland in Southern India. Previously, from 2013 to 2017, he was Scientific Advisor at the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation in charge of coordinating the global swissnex Network. Before that, he worked in the United States as a Project Leader for Higher Education and Partnerships at swissnex Boston (2011 – 2013) and in Canada as Science Counselor at the Embassy of Switzerland in Ottawa (2007 – 2011). He studied History, Political Economy and Public Management at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland), University of Ottawa (Canada) and the University of Paris-Sorbonne (France). He is married and proud father of two daughters.

    Date: Sat, 8 June 2019
    Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    Dr. Yugank Goyal, member, Governing Council, the ISPP, talks about public policy and its nuances on 94.3 FM

    Setting Priorities: Policy Making and Development Finance

    The Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP), organized  a free workshop with Dr. Amir Ullah Khan on the topic “Setting Priorities: Policy Making and Development Finance”.

    Topic Brief
    Policies compete for their share of development finances. When tax revenues don't go up in proportion to the demands on expenditure, policy makers must set priorities. To do so, evidence must be gathered and impact measured in areas such as health, education and farm distress, where it is difficult to cut down allocations.

    About the Speaker
    Dr. Amir Ullah Khan is a Development Economist, who teaches at the ISB and NALSAR in Hyderabad as a visiting professor. He was earlier Head of Strategy at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to that, he worked as Director, India Development Foundation and as an Editor with Encyclopedia Britannica.

    Dr. Khan studied Electronics Engineering at Osmania University, Rural Management at IRMA and then received his Ph.D. from the Jamia Millia Central University. He edits, with Dr. Bobby John, the Journal of Development Policy and Practice, published by SAGE.

    Date: Sat, 1 June 2019
    Time: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
    Venue: Indian School of Public Policy, B-40 (VHAI), Ground Floor, Qutub Institutional Area, New Delhi-110016

    Public Policy Careers in Corporate Sector

    ISPP organized an exclusive Panel Discussion on the topic “Public Policy Careers in Corporate Sector”.

    Title: Panel Discussion on the topic “Public Policy Careers in Corporate Sector”.

    The Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP), is the first School in India offering a One-Year Postgraduate programme in Policy, Design & Management. We organized an exclusive Panel Discussion with Arun Bhagat (President- Corporate Affairs & Advocacy, GMR), Mandar Kagade (Head, Public Policy & Outreach, RupeePower), Vineeta Hariharan (Government Relations and Public Policy, World Bank), Ashish Aggarwal (Senior Director and Head – Public Policy, NASSCOM) on the topic “Public policy Careers in Corporate sectors”. Our moderator for this event is Rajesh Chakrabarti (Professor and Dean at the Jindal Global Business School, Jindal Global University).

    About the speakers:

    Arun Bhagat – President- Corporate Affairs & Advocacy, GMR
    Arun Bhagat joined the company in 2007 in the Human Resources department. A Management graduate from XLRI, one of India’s best Business Schools; he also hold an Honours degree in Economics from the University of Delhi. Starting his career in 1981, Arun has over the last 38 years worked with a number of major corporations primarily in Human Resources, Manufacturing, Real Estate & Logistics, both in India and abroad. He now spearheads the company’s Corporate Relations, Image and Advocacy initiatives and works across businesses to ensure appropriate policy adherence and Brand valuation.

    Mandar Kagade – Head, Public Policy & Outreach, RupeePower
    Mandar's work is an exciting mix of externally working with industry bodies to advocate a facilitative Fintech ecosystem on behalf of RupeePower and internally, working alongside the core team on business development and other strategic initiatives. Leveraging his experience of the policy ecosystem, he also advises the core team on the impact of regulatory developments on business on an on-going basis. Before joining RupeePower, Mandar headed up policy for “Catalyst”, an USAID-funded digital payments initiative in India. At Catalyst, he executed several thought leadership projects including a flagship on use-cases relevant to regulatory sandbox, and worked alongside Ministry of Electronics to get government buy-in. His earlier work includes consulting on assignments funded by PayPal. Mandar is a graduate of Columbia University Law School as Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and Govt. Law College, Mumbai.

    Vineeta Hariharan – Government Relations and Public Policy, World Bank
    Vineeta is a Public Policy Expert with over two decades of experience in leadership roles. Formulated and led key flagship policies and programmes at the National level, in various themes in the Urban, Rural and livelihoods domain.

    Ashish Aggarwal – Senior Director and Head – Public Policy, NASSCOM
    Ashish leads public policy a NASSCOM. He is deeply involved in the discussions on the evolving policies and laws to address regulatory and policy challenges posed by technology led business models. Prior to NASSCOM, he worked at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, a policy think tank of the Government of India where he advised the government on policies around digital payments and consumer protection in finance. As a social entrepreneur he has pioneered micro pensions in India and he is a country expert at Korea-OECD Asia Pacific Pensions forum. He began his careers as a financial sector journalist in Businessworld magazine and Business Standard newspaper.

    Rajesh Chakrabarti – Professor and Dean at the Jindal Global Business School, Jindal Global University
    Rajesh has taught Finance for over a decade and a half – at the University of Alberta, Canada, Georgia Tech, USA and the Indian School of Business (ISB). As the founding Executive Director of the Bharti Institute of Public Policy at ISB’s Mohali campus he helped design and launch one of India’s leading public policy programs. He has also been Executive Vice President, Research and Policy at the Wadhwani Foundation and is a co-founder of the policy advisory start-up, Sunay Policy Advisory. Rajesh has held visiting positions at various places including IIM Calcutta, ISI Delhi, IDF Gurgaon, ICN Nancy, France and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He has authored or edited seven books, with two more in the works, in addition to authoring several book chapters and articles on Finance, Economics, and Management in leading international scholarly journals like the Journal of Financial Economics and Journal of International Business Studies. He has been a columnist with the Financial Express and is frequently quoted in the media. His current research interests are in the areas of management and public policy. Rajesh is an alumnus of Presidency College, Calcutta and IIM Ahmedabad and earned his PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles.

    Date: Sat, May 25, 2019
    Time: 10:00 AM – 02:00 PM
    Venue: Constitution Club of India, Rafi Marg, Behind RBI Bank, Sansad Marg Area, New Delhi, Delhi 110001

    Design Thinking in Public policy

    Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP) hosted a workshop and panel discussion on ‘Design Thinking in Public Policy’. It was the first event organised under ISPP Policy Relay series.
    The event began with the welcome note by Dr. Parth J Shah, Director and Governing Board Member, ISPP. He apprised the participants on ISPP’s vision. He informed the audience about three key distinguishing features of ISPP. He said that ISPP is geared towards providing theoretical and applied knowledge of public policy to aspiring policy professionals. The intent is to build the conceptual foundation and provide essential policy design and management skills to students in order to make them a successful public policy practitioner. He said that ISPP will be an asset-light and talent-heavy institution as it will always strive to provide exceptional learning experience to students by getting eminent academicians and acclaimed policy professionals on board rather than focusing on building expansive and lavish infrastructure.
    The welcome note was followed by the workshop on ‘Design Interventions in Public Policy’ conducted by Sukanto Roy, a leading design strategist. He shared his experiences of applying design thinking principles to solve local socio-economic problems in diverse contexts of rural areas of Tripura, Maharashtra & West Bengal.  He informed participants about the different stages of user-centered policy design such as discovery (understanding local context), define (identification of problem), action plan, creating a prototype (solution) and testing. Two crucial aspects identified by him in using design thinking principles for policy design were understanding persona (creating a user/human profile that is representative of the population facing same/similar issue) and scenario (environment that includes physical infrastructure, basic amenities, social relations, power equations etc. that have a major influence on the given issue). He discussed in detail about a powerful tool called empathy map that is commonly used in understanding persona and scenario. He conducted an interactive exercise wherein participants were divided into small groups and each group were given a chance to select a particular state and identify any pressing issue in that state and use user-centered design process to think of persona and scenario and come up with some workable policy solution.
    Following the workshop, domain experts got together for a panel discussion on ‘Design Thinking in Public Policy’. The panelists included Sukanto Roy; Harsh Shrivastava, CEO – Microfinance Institutions Network; and Dr. Aditya Dev Sood, serial social entrepreneur. The discussion, chaired by Dr. Parth J Shah, deliberated on the relevance and implications of design thinking in formulation and framing of sound public policies.
    All the panelists agreed on the notion that design thinking is a powerful problem solving tool that puts human being (citizen/customer/beneficiary) at the centre and helps in understanding and defining problem-at-hand from their perspective and devise appropriate solutions that is relevant and contextual. Aditya Sood viewed design thinking as an informed and decentralized decision-making approach which provides scope for front line workers to use their wisdom and experience to design and modify solutions as per given context. Harsh Shrivastava suggested that design thinking should not be confined to upper echelons of our bureaucracy but needs to be brought down to mid-level and junior officers in order to have the maximum desired impact in execution of any public policy. Sukanto Roy gave examples of his work to show that how design-thinking led process helped in bridging the gap between government officials and population as they came together in understanding and solving local issues. Aditya said that the inclination to adopt design thinking in finding policy solutions by the state can be seen in recent years through organisation of events like idea hackathon. Harsh said that design thinking should be viewed as an iterative process that not only helps in framing sound policies but also provides scope to enhance and modify existing policies that are in tune with the changing times and trends.
    The event was attended by over 40 participants. The audience included students, young working professionals, journalists and ex-servicemen.
    Date: Fri, Dec 18, 201
    Time: 11:00 AM – 01:00 PM
    Venue: Phd Chamber of Commerce & Industry

    Workshop on “Measuring Public Policy Effectiveness at State-level in India”

    The Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP) organized a workshop on Measuring Public Policy Effectiveness. The workshop was conducted by Prof. Rajeev Malhotra, O.P Jindal Global University; and former IAS Officer (Economic Advisor to the Ministry of Finance), at the PHD Chambers of Commerce here last week.  The workshop had approximately 60 participants.

    Dr. Yugank Goyal, Member, Governing Council, the ISPP, commenced the workshop with a brief on the peripheral objective: “The Indian government is becoming a policy factory of late, for justifiable reasons, and the appropriate design of policies is becoming even more important, as much as the need to bring in fresh talent in this space; this workshop will focus on the tools to measure the effectiveness of public policies introduced, and demonstrate how it can be (and has been) done for Indian states.” 

    Prof. Malhotra began the workshop with an introduction to the term ‘Public Policy’. “Public Policy is about a process and an outcome associated with that process to solve social problems. Public policies are important, and, hence, their effective conceptualization and implementation are vital. 

    The effectiveness of a policy can be seen in terms of the efficiency of resource use, desirability of outputs, outcome and impact of public action, inclusive sharing of intended benefits, and sustainability of processes and outcomes.” Case studies, facts and figures based on research, associated examples and real-life experiences helped the audience to understand the various tools associated with gauging policy effectiveness, he added. 

    Post the workshop, Marmik Joshi, Academic Coordinator, the ISPP, took questions from the audience pertaining to the School and its one-year flagship programme – PGP in policy, design and management. 

    About the Speaker:

    Prof. Rajeev Malhotra bridges the world of academics and policy-making, A development economist and a civil servant with over 28 years of experience, he has worked with the Government of India, where until August 2012 he was Economic Adviser to the then Union Finance Minister. From 2002 to 2008, he worked at UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva and prior to that at the Planning Commission, New Delhi. Over the years, he has been a consultant to several international organizations. He has expertise in macroeconomic issues in development policy; fiscal policy and budgeting; planning, monitoring, evaluation and impact assessments; poverty estimation and human development; and human rights and development. He has led research on human rights and rights sensitive development indicators at the UN and is recognized as an international expert on that subject. He also worked on conceptual and operational framework for the right to development and human rights-based approaches. He has published widely. His most recent publications include India Public Policy Report 2014.

    Date: Sat, May 11, 2019
    Time: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
    Venue: Phd Chamber of Commerce, August Kranti Marg, Haus Khaz New, Delhi

    Webinar on “Who Protects the Consumer: The Case of Indian Finance”

    ISPP is organizing an Exclusive webinar with Prof. Renuka Sane on the topic “Who Protects the Consumer: The Case of Indian Finance”.

    Title: Workshop on “Who Protects the Consumer: The Case of Indian Finance”.

    About the Topic:

    The webinar will focus on the question of mis-selling of financial products, what the drivers of these are – in terms of poor financial literacy (on the demand side) and poor sales practices along with poor enforcement (on the supply side). It will talk about the challenges of financial regulation in solving this problem.

    About the Speaker:

    Renuka Sane is an Associate Professor at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy. Her research interests lie in household finance, especially on household choice in financial instruments such as credit, pensions, insurance and equity markets, as well as consumer protection in finance. She was a peer reviewer for the Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission on consumer protection and a member of the research team of the Bankruptcy Legislative Reforms Commission on individual insolvency. She is also a member of the Pension Advisory Committee of the Pension Fund Regulatory Development Authority, and a member of the Working Group on personal insolvency at the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India. She has a PhD in Economics from the University of New South Wales and holds an M.A. in Economics from Mumbai University.

    Date: Sat, May 18, 2019
    Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM