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    The Strategically Autonomous Superpower – India in a Multipolar 2020

    The Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP) is organizing a policy webinar by Tanya Spisbah, Director, Australia India Institute, New Delhi on ” The Strategically Autonomous Superpower – India in a Multipolar 2020″. Registration is FREE of cost. However, we have limited seats. Therefore, pre-registration is mandatory.

    Session Brief: Coronavirus has helped to sharpen the image of the world and its nations through a new lens – that of capability. This webinar session will provide an overview of:

    • India’s strategic choices in economic liberalisation
    • India’s engagement in multilateral institutions
    • India’s domestic economic agenda – Make In India
    • Crisis management and capability – relativity on a global stage.

About the Speaker: Tanya Spisbah is a strategist, negotiator and advocator, passionate about impact for a sustainable planet. She is renowned for her work on Australia-India relations, particularly with respect to inclusive sustainable development. As director of the Australia India Institute in New Delhi, she promotes bilateral research collaboration for sustainable development and sheds light on contemporary Indian foreign and public policy in a multipolar world. A former career diplomat with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for more than a decade, Ms Spisbah served from 2014-17 at the Australian High Commission, New Delhi, specialising in health and technology diplomacy and sustainable economic growth. She developed and led the health agenda culminating in the Australian and Indian Prime Ministers exchanging an MoU for Health and Medicine. Other areas of policy leadership include climate policy, sustainable infrastructure, governance and education. Previous roles in the Department include placements in Moscow and Baghdad. Ms Spisbah has negotiated free trade agreements with a number of economic partners, including China, South Korea and ASEAN. She led Australia’s intellectual property agenda and environmental goods agenda in the World Trade Organization. Ms Spisbah was formerly a lawyer with Minter Ellison, specializing in IP and technology.

    Ms Spisbah holds tertiary qualifications in philosophy, economics and law (LLB (Hons) ANU, LLM from UniMelb) and was awarded the prize for ethics in her Graduate Certificate of Legal Practice, Griffith University. In 2018 Ms Spisbah was selected as a guest of the French Government (the esteemed PIPA Program) to engage on climate, health and renewable energy. She has published a number of articles and opinion pieces and has spoken in a wide array of fora about climate, health, education and good governance.

    Date: 22 April, 2020
    Time: 11 AM – 12.30 PM
    Register: https://bit.ly/2K8NNGM

    This event is exclusively online. The link for attending the webinar will be shared with you 1 day before the event.

    Why Public Policy Matters: Reflections from the COVID-19 Emergency

    The Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP) is organizing a policy webinar by Shiben Banerji, Assistant Professor at the Art Institute of Chicago on “Why Public Policy Matters: Reflections from the COVID-19 Emergency”. Registration is FREE of cost. However, we have limited seats. Therefore, pre-registration is mandatory.

    Session Brief: Every society has economic and social goals, but how are they to be implemented? And who pays for the implementation? This is where public policy steps in. In this webinar, Shiben Banerji highlights three techniques of public policy: institutional analysis; legal history; and comparative study. These techniques uncover cases of policy innovation that can be strengthened and replicated. They also reveal facets of cultural life that offer hope in the darkest of circumstances. Focusing on responses to the COVID-19 emergency in India and the United States, the webinar will delineate an agenda for public policy.

About the Speaker: Shiben Banerji is an Urban Designer, historian, and author of Lineages of the Global City. Recognized for his contributions to the study and practice of equitable urban development, Shiben received a Mellon Junior Fellowship in the Humanities, Urbanism, and Design from the University of Pennsylvania, and is presently a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a former Associate Director of the Urban Design Research Institute in Mumbai, a Research Fellow at the Urbanization Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Short-Term Consultant to the World Bank. Shiben earned a PhD in Architecture and a Master in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his BA from Columbia University. He is an Assistant Professor at the Art Institute of Chicago, and is also a Visiting Faculty at the Indian School of Public Policy.

    Date: 16 April, 2020
    Time: 4 PM – 5.30 PM
    Register: https://bit.ly/3c6lLHV

    This event is exclusively online and will be facilitated via the Zoom. The link for attending the webinar will be shared with you 1 day before the event.

    ISPP Webinar Series: Meet The Leadership

    The Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP) is organizing a webinar (online session) with Shubhashis Gangopadhyay, Dean ISPP & Parth Shah, Co-Founder ISPP. Registration is FREE of cost. However, we have limited seats. Therefore, pre-registration is mandatory.

    Session Brief: ISPP’s leadership team will walk you through the tenets of India’s first one-year, full-time programme in public policy and answer all your questions around it. The session will cover the history of ISPP, its unique proposition along with details on academics, placements & admissions.

    Date: 08 April, 2020
    Time: 5 PM – 6 PM
    Register: https://bit.ly/2WZxjZi

    This event is exclusively online and will be facilitated via the Zoom.

    Essential People Skills for Good Governance

    The Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP) is organizing a policy workshop by Mr Vivek Atray on Essential People Skills for Good Governance. Registration is FREE of cost. However, we have limited seats. Therefore, pre-registration is mandatory.

    Session Brief: With the advent of increasing technology in public service delivery, it is still incumbent upon Governments to ensure that the people skills of their personnel are up to the mark. The workshop intends to give you a detailed insight into the essential skills required to work in governance.

    About the Speaker: Vivek Atray is an Indian author, TEDx speaker, and ex- Indian Administrative Services Officer. He is the author of two books, titled “Move on Bunny!”[ and “Dubey Ji Bounces Back” Having worked as an Indian civil servant for 25 years, he took voluntary retirement to pursue his passion for speaking and writing as a full-time profession. He is a motivational speaker too and he addressed via TedX talks, namely “Being Indian in a Global Era”, “Life and its real goals”, “The Ingredients to be an all-rounder, “Living simple but superb life.”[ Atray is also a mentor at the Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences.

    Date: 07 March 2020
    Time: 10.30 AM – 1 PM
    Venue: ISPP Campus, B-35, Kiwani’s Limb Centre, 4th Floor, Near Medeor Hospital, Qutub Institutional Area

    Register: http://bit.ly/2x2bgWU

    ISPP Info-Session: Meet The Leadership

    The Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP) is organizing an information session by the leadership team. The info-session will be presented by Dr.ShubhashisGangopadhyay (Dean, ISPP) and Swati Vasudevan (Chief Executive Officer, ISPP).

    The session will cover important information about ISPP’s one year, full-time, Post Graduate programme in Policy, Design & Management. Information will be provided ranging from the curriculum to placements to admissions and student life. Grab this opportunity to meet the leadership team up, close and personal and get your questions answered by them. The info-session will be followed by high tea and a break-out session with the ISPP team.

    Registration is FREE of cost. However, we have limited seats. Therefore, pre-registration is mandatory.

    About the Speakers:

    Swati Vasudevan: Chief Executive Officer, ISPP and former Deputy Director, Bill and Melinda Foundation.

    ShubhashisGangopadhyay: Founding Dean, ISPP, Founder and Research Director of the India Development Foundation and former advisor to the Union Finance Minister.

    Date: 04 March 2020
    Time: 4 PM – 6 PM
    Venue: UChicago Centre in India, Connaught Place

    Register: http://bit.ly/2PpRBq5

    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

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