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    Millennial March: Policy Perspectives for the Future

    The Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP) is organizing a policy workshop by Dr. Dipankar Gupta on Millennial March – Policy Perspectives for the Future”. Registration is FREE of cost. However, we have limited seats. Therefore, pre-registration is mandatory.

    Session Brief: “Given the massive transformations in rural India, the future of the Millennials lies in looking ahead with a perspective that breaks with the past. The rural economy needs to be appreciated in terms of a rural-urban nexus and the industrial sector must shed itself of its wariness with economies of scale. This would demand not just R&D investment but also a solid investment in education and health. Only then can we sustain the efforts needed to drive up  technology which constantly promotes greater productivity. Sociologically, it is clear that traditions and customs do not stand in the way of such policy drives and, in fact, there is an atmosphere now that would endorse them at the popular level. Most importantly, given the way in which cultures have shown themselves to be malleable, a lot depends on how the political elite can fashion policies that leave behind a past in order to step into the future, hand in hand with the Millennials.”

    About the Speaker: Professor Dipankar Gupta, born on October 11, 1949, Ph.D., joined Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in 1980 as a faculty member. In 2009 he opted for voluntary retirement after serving in the institution for nearly 30 years.Very recently, in 2007 he was Woodrow Wilson Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Centre in Washington D.C., USA. In 2009 he was Visiting Professor in Deusto University, Bilbao, Spain. In 2011 he was invited to Queen’s University, Belfast, UK, as a Visiting Professor. Prior to this he has held several visiting Professorships and Senior Fellowships in universities in USA, UK, and Western Europe.In 1998 Professor Gupta started KPMG’s Business Ethics division in Delhi and led this practice for over five years. He is a member of several boards and editorial committees. He also has a regular column in Times of India, Mail Today and The New York Times. He has written or edited 17 books and published nearly 70 research papers.He has won several awards for his academic contributions. In 2010 the French Government honoured him as a Chevalier De L’Ordre Des Arts Et Des Lettres.

    Date: 22nd February, 2020
    Time: 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM
    ISPP Campus, B-35, Kiwani’s Limb Centre, 4th Floor, Near Medeor Hospital, Qutub Institutional Area

    Register: http://bit.ly/2P1HwzE

    Education for Impact : How to solve the 300 million challenge

    The Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP) is organizing a policy workshop by Geeta Dharmarajan on ‘Education for Impact : How to solve the 300 million challenge”. Registration is FREE of cost. However, we have limited seats. Therefore, pre-registration is mandatory.

    Session Brief: India has 300 million children in schools today. Of this, 50% of children can not read. Dinosaurian curricula and classroom practices deaden the child’s natural inclination for story; as also their curiosity and ability to absorb new and BIG Ideas — the levers for critical thinking, problem-solving, and engaged learning. All children reading to achieve their potential is the urgent need for India. The workshop aims to discuss a disruptive strategy/plan that is quicker, cheaper, with greater reach into the interiors of India, for large scale impact. The solution must work for children learning in any mother tongues/school language. It should be easy to understand, easy to execute, easy to make into a habit, and easy to assess.

    About the Speaker: Bio – Geeta Dharmarajan is a writer, social entrepreneur, and educationist. An award-winning writer for children and adults, she has over 30 years of professional experience having served at the India Today Group of Companies, The University of Pennsylvania and INTACH, before Katha. Her deep interest in how children and communities learn led to her starting Katha in 1988. Her sense of organizational design and pro-poor innovations are the driving force at Katha, and she has to her credit the creation of, inter alia, Katha’s unique story pedagogy and earth-friendly curriculum that help make children families into leaders. She believes that translation is a counter-divisive force in India and has made Katha a respected name in literary translation.

    Date: 15 February 2020
    Time: 4 PM – 6 PM
    Venue: ISPP Campus, B-35, Kiwani’s Limb Centre, 4th Floor, Near Medeor Hospital, Qutub Institutional Area
    Register: https://bit.ly/2tIpaMq

    ‘Design Thinking in Public Policy’ – A policy workshop by Rahul Nainwal

    The Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP) is organizing a policy workshop by Rahul Nainwal on ‘Design Thinking in Public Policy’. Admission is FREE of cost. However, we have limited seats. Therefore, pre-registration is mandatory.

    Session brief: We live in a word of increasing uncertainty where there rarely clear answers. There is ambiguity around us and we have to adapt and co-create in order to thrive. This workshop is introduction to design thinking for budding policy-makers and social innovators and anyone else interested in learning more about an approach that can be applied to find solutions to a variety of ill-defined and complex social problems.

    About the speaker: Rahul Nainwal is an Entrepreneur and Design Thinker. He co-founded iVolunteer, India Fellow Social Leadership programme, and Social enterprise incubator- UnLtd Delhi. He also started CashRelief.org-India’s first pilot on unconditional wealth transfer.

    Mr. Nainwal is a student of Design Thinking. He uses Design Thinking in his work and conducts Design Thinking learning events across the globe with organizations such as Mahindra Finance, Stanford University-SPARQ, CIVICUS, Global Fund for Children and ISEED IRMA.

    He is also the founding participant at THNK-the Amsterdam School of Creative Leadership. Mr. Nainwal completed his Engineering from NIT Rourkela and MBA from IRMA, Anand. He did his Executive Education-Harvard Business School, besides also being an Ashoka Associate Fellow, TED Fellow, and a Chevening
    India Gurukul Scholar.

    Date: 1st February, Saturday
    Time: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM,
    Venue: ISPP Campus, B-35, Kiwani’s Limb Centre, 4th Floor, Near Medeor Hospital, Qutub Institutional Area
    Register: https://forms.gle/Z1WcPrtqqLC5RvEh7

    Hard evidence for tough decisions: Evaluation in development policy

    The Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP) is organizing a free workshop with Dr. Emmanuel (Manny) Jimenez on the topic 'Hard evidence for tough decisions: Evaluation in development policy'. Our Key Speaker is Dr. Emmanuel (Manny) Jimenez, Executive Director, The International Initiative on Impact Evaluation.

    Topic Brief:
    Now, perhaps more than ever, there is a strong case for the generation and use of evidence for decision-making in low and middle-income countries. The presentation will focus on the achievements and challenges of evaluating the attributable impact of development interventions. 3ie’s recent experience in evaluating programmes and projects in India will be highlighted.

    About the Speaker:
    Emmanuel (Manny) Jimenez is Executive Director of the International Initiative on Impact Evaluation (3ie), a non-profit organization which provides grants for the rigorous assessment of the effectiveness of development projects and programs and supports the use of such evidence in decision-making. He came to 3ie early in 2015 after many years at the World Bank Group where he provided technical expertise and strategic leadership in a number of research and operational positions including as director of the bank’s operational program in human development in its Asia regions from 2000-2012 and as director of public sector evaluations from 2012- 2014. Before joining the bank, Dr. Jimenez was on the economics faculty at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada. He received his Ph.D. from Brown University. He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Development Effectiveness.

    Date: Sat, 13 July 2019
    Time: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
    Venue: VHAI Second Floor, B-40, Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi 110016


    Greetings from the Indian School of Public Policy! Thank you for showing interest in our programme.

    We would like to remind you that 30 June 2019 is the last date to submit your complete applications for the Founding Class of 2019-20 of the ISPP's one-year programme in Policy, Design & Management.

    We organized a Live Webinar titled, 'ALL ABOUT ISPP' on 18 June 2019 (5 pm– 6 pm) with Shubhashish Gangopadhyay, Dean – ISPP, and Parth Shah, Founder Director – ISPP. The webinar highlighted the vision and aspiration of ISPP, to help you understand the policy world, and navigate through your clarification and doubts on the programme and careers.

    This was a valuable discussion. We highly encourage you to watch the video of the webinar.

    Date: 18 June 2019
    Time: 5 pm – 6 pm

    Energy Transitions in Emerging Economies: Opportunities, Risks, and Ways Forward

    The Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP) is organizing a free workshop with Dr. Arunabha Ghosh on the topic 'Energy Transitions in Emerging Economies: Opportunities, Risks, and Ways Forward'.

    About the Speaker:
    DR ARUNABHA GHOSH is a public policy professional, adviser, author, columnist, and institution builder. As the founder-CEO of the Council on Energy, Environment and Water, since 2010, he has led CEEW to the top ranks as one of South Asia's leading policy research institutions (six years in a row); and among the world’s 20 best climate think-tanks in 2016. He has been actively involved in the design of the International Solar Alliance since inception. He conceptualised and is founding board member of the Clean Energy Access Network (CLEAN). With experience in 44 countries, he previously worked at Princeton, Oxford, UNDP (New York), and WTO (Geneva). In 2018, the UN Secretary-General nominated him to the UN Committee for Development Policy. In 2018, the Government of India appointed him as a member of the Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority for the National Capital Region. He is the co-author/editor of four books: The Palgrave Handbook of the International Political Economy of Energy (2016); Energizing India: Towards a Resilient and Equitable Energy System (SAGE, 2016); Human Development and Global Institutions (Routledge, 2016); and Climate Change: A Risk Assessment (FCO, 2015). Arunabha’s essay “Rethink India’s energy strategy” in Nature was selected as one of 2015’s ten most influential essays. Arunabha advises governments, industry, civil society and international organisations around the world. This has included India’s Prime Minister’s Office, several ministries and state governments. He was invited by France, as a Personnalité d’Avenir, to advise on the COP21 climate negotiations; and also advised extensively on HFC negotiations. He serves on the Executive Committee of the India- U.S. PACE setter Fund. He is a member of Track II dialogues with ten countries/regions; and formulated the Maharashtra-Guangdong Partnership on Sustainability. His monthly columns in the Business Standard (Inflexion Points) and the Hindustan Times (Over The Horizon) are widely read. He hosted a documentary on water in Africa, and featured in a National Geographic documentary on energy. He is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, was a member of WEF’s Global Future Council on Energy (2016-18), and an Asia Society Asia 21 Young Leader. He holds a D.Phil. from Oxford & topped Economics rom St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.

    Date: Sat, 29 June 2019
    Time: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
    Venue: Indian School of Public policy, (VHAI) B-40, Ground Floor, Qutub Institutional Area, New Delhi-110016

    Does India want to grow at 10 percent?

    The Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP), is organizing a workshop with Mr. Dhiraj Nayyar on the topic 'Does India want to grow at 10 percent?'. Our Key Speaker is Mr.Dhiraj Nayyar, Chief Economist of Vedanta Resources.

    About the topic:
    Is India's political economy incapable of creating the conditions required for the country to emulate the growth levels registered in East Asia?

    About the Speaker:

    Dhiraj Nayyar is Chief Economist of Vedanta Resources, an Indian multinational corporation in the business of mining, metals and oil. Before joining Vedanta in October 2018, Dhiraj was Officer on Special Duty and Head, Economics, Finance and Commerce, NITI Aayog, Government of India. Trained as an economist at St. Stephen's College, Delhi, Merton College, Oxford and Trinity College, Cambridge, Dhiraj spent several years in the media in senior roles including Opinion Editor of Financial Express, Deputy Editor of India Today, Editor-at-large, Firstpost, India Columnist, Bloomberg View and Managing Editor of The Quint.
    He is the author of the bestselling book, Modi and Markets: Arguments for Transformation. In 2013, he was awarded a Bastiat Prize in journalism by the California-based Reason Foundation.

    Date: Sat, 22 June 2019
    Time: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
    Venue: Indian School of Public policy, (VHAI) B-40, Ground Floor, Qutub Institutional Area, New Delhi-110016

    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

    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

    Webinar : ISPP Open House – Mumbai Chapter

    ISPP is organizing a Webinar on ISPP Open House – Mumbai Chapter

    Webinar: ISPP Open House – Mumbai Chapter

    The Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP), the first School in India offering a one-year postgraduate programme in Policy, Design & Management, is organizing an 'Open House', in Mumbai, on 27 April, 2019.

    The event will serve as a valuable platform to meet and interact the leadership team of the ISPP – Dr. Parth J. Shah, Mr. Niranjan Rajadhyaksha and Prof. Dr. Shubhashis Gangopadhyay, along with current and future policymakers.

    Date: Sat, Apr 27, 2019
    Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Venue: Swan,11th floor, Edelweiss Financial Services Ltd.
    Edelweiss House Off CST Road, Vidyanagiri Marg
    Kalina Santacruz (E) Mumbai – 400 098

    Workshop on – Public Policy for the Environment: New Wine in Old Bottles?

    The Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP), New Delhi hosted a workshop on Public Policy for the Environment: New Wine in Old Bottles? Conducted by Professor Shreekant Gupta, Professor of Economics at the Delhi School of Economics and Adjunct Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore, the workshop was attended by over 30 participants focussing on the past, present and future of environmental public policy. The workshop took place on 26 April 2019 at PHD Chamber of Commerce.   

    Prof. Gupta, who is also the Vice-President of the Indian Society for Ecological Economics, and has served as the Director – National Institute of Urban Affairs, began the workshop with a synopsis of the environmental challenges India is facing, specifically covering water, air, soil, among others. In subsequent stages, he talked about the existing legislations/standards in India, market approach towards environmental problems, environmental economics, and other interesting facts and figures that served as food-for-thought.

    Concluding the workshop, Prof. Gupta mentioned, “Top-down regulatory approaches and judicial diktats have failed to reduce air and water pollution. It is time to consider market approaches such as pollution fees and emissions trading that are being used world over.”

    Speaker Details:

    Shreekant Gupta is Professor of Economics at the Delhi School of Economics and Adjunct Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore. He is also Vice-President of the Indian Society for Ecological Economics. His teaching and research interests are in environmental economics and policy including climate change. His policy experience is as Director National Institute of Urban Affairs and as environmental economist at the World Bank, Washington DC. He got his PhD in economics from the University of Maryland and was Fulbright Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    Date: Sat, Apr 27, 2019
    Time: 09:30 AM – 12:30 PM

    Digital India is lovely! But can it get past the real India?

    ISPP is organizing a webinar with Bhaskar Chakravorti on the topic Digital India is lovely! But can it get past the real India?

    Title: Digital India is lovely! But can it get past the real India?

    Topic Brief:

    India is the world's fastest growing large economy. It is also one of the world's hottest digital destinations. In the meantime, the government has also made digitization of the country a priority – a process that has progressed in fits and starts. This raises many questions: How has India been performing in its digital evolution relative to the rest of the world and relative to its peers? How is it doing in accumulating data as the fuel that might drive the coming generation of an AI-led digital economy? What is the state of digital trust in India? How inclusive is the state of digital uptake in India?

    About The Speaker:

    Bhaskar Chakravorti is the Dean of Global Business at The Fletcher School at Tufts University and the founding Executive Director of Fletcher's Institute for Business in the Global Context.

    The Institute's mission is that of “connecting the world of business with the world,” exploring issues at the intersection of business and global context, including geopolitics, security, development and the human condition. Bhaskar serves on the Fletcher faculty as Professor of the Practice of International Business and is the Chair of the Council on Emerging Market Enterprises. He also served on the Global Future Council on Innovation for the World Economic Forum and is Senior Fellow (non-resident) at the Brookings Institution India, Senior Advisor for Digital Inclusion at the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth and on the Advisory Board of the UNDP's Center for Private Sector in Development.

    Prior to joining Fletcher, Bhaskar was a Partner of McKinsey & Company, a Distinguished Scholar at MIT's Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship and on the faculty of Harvard Business School and Harvard University Center for the Environment. He was a leader of McKinsey's Innovation and Global Forces practices, served on its Knowledge Services Committee and taught innovation and entrepreneurship at Harvard. In a 25+ year career, he has been an advisor to CEOs, senior management and Boards of over 30 companies in the Fortune 500 and worked across the Americas, EU, Asia and Africa, and multiple industries. He is the author of the Amazon best-selling book, “The Slow Pace of Fast Change: Bringing Innovations to Market in a Connected World” (Harvard Business Press) and is the creator of the widely-used Digital Evolution Index. His papers and articles appear in top-tier academic journals, multiple books and in widely-read media, e.g., Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Washington Post, CNN, Foreign Affairs, Newsweek, Businessweek, among many others. He was a former columnist on innovation for the Washington Post and currently has regular columns in Forbes, Harvard Business Review, the Indian Express and Anand Bazar Patrika; he is regularly interviewed by the press, and has appeared in a wide variety of leading media, including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, NPR, The Economist, New Yorker, CNBC, CBC, CCTV, Times of London, Al Jazeera, Economic Times, Times of India, among many others.

    Bhaskar's prior appointments were as a Partner and Thought Leader at the Monitor Group, a game theorist at Bellcore (formerly Bell Labs), assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and TAS (the Tata Group's “talent pipeline for leaders”). His PhD in economics is from the University of Rochester, where he was a University Fellow. He is a graduate of the Delhi School of Economics and in economics with honors from Delhi University's St. Stephen's College.

    Date: Fri, Apr 26, 2019
    Time: 06:30 PM – 07:30 PM
    Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PV7EKpqYgo0

    Rivalry for user data: Implications for Consumers and Law – Dr. Vikas Kathuria

    ISPP is organizing a webinar with Dr. Vikas Kathuria on the topic Rivalry for user data: Implications for Consumers and Law.

    Title: Rivalry for user data: Implications for Consumers and Law

    About The Speaker:

    Dr Vikas Kathuria is Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Munich. He researches and writes on competition law and regulation in the data-driven markets. Vikas earned his PhD from the Tilburg Law & Economics Center, the Netherlands. His PhD thesis investigated the role of competition law in fostering innovation in emerging markets. Vikas has previously worked with the Competition Commission of India (CCI) and has also taught at the Jindal Global University and the Bennett University. His research papers have appeared in international peer-reviewed journals.

    Topic Brief:

    Artificial Intelligence driven algorithms are redefining businesses in the marketplace. Players such as Facebook, Google, and Amazon employ the power of AI in their businesses. In the Artificial Intelligence ecosystem, access to user data is the key determinant of success for firms. The user data gives critical insights about user behavior and allows for more precise predictions. Disease diagnosis, face recognition, harvest yield predictions and also behavioral targetting of advertisements are just a few examples of AI-driven innovations that define Industry 4.0. It is, therefore, natural that firms will compete for users' personal data. Not only this rivalry may compromise users' privacy, but it may also result in nuanced anticompetitive behavior. The purpose of this talk, therefore, is to introduce the audience to the rising importance of big data, its implications for their privacy, and the anticompetitive behavior that harms consumers and poses challenges to the policymakers.

    Date: 04 May, 2019
    Time: 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM
    Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMl_dxS_La8

    Webinar on New challenges in International Public Policy – Raja Karthikeya

    ISPP is organizing a webinar with Mr. Raja Karthikeya on the topic New challenges in International Public Policy.

    Title: New challenges in International Public Policy

    About The Speaker:

    Raja Karthikeya is a Political Affairs Officer in the United Nations Secretariat in New York where he works on the Middle East desk. He has previously served with UN political missions in Afghanistan and Iraq. His work has included mediation in inter-ethnic and inter-tribal land and water disputes, demobilization and reintegration, advising on sub-national governance, facilitating policing coordination, setting up transitional justice mechanisms, managing large technical assistance programs and facilitating the formation of a national unity government. He has written extensively about public policy and developmental challenges in India and on policy innovations to address them. His publications have included: a multi-sectoral strategy to address the Maoist insurgency, improving nuclear safety, enshrining Equality of Opportunity in the Indian Constitution, a Disaster Crisis response SOP for state governments, an employment insurance model and on Climate Change Adaptation. Passionate about cinema, he has written about the role that the Indian film industry could play in public diplomacy. He did his MS from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and MBA from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade.

    Date: 17 April, 2019
    Time: 05:30 PM – 06:30 PM
    Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqNRMC23Hic

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