The two-day International Conference on “Climate Change Paradigms”, conceptualized and organised by the Centre for Strategic Studies, Centre Public Policy Research, Kochi with the support of the US Consulate-General Chennai Region explored and debated upon the various issues and challenges that would be featured at the 2015 UN Global Climate Change Summit at Paris Summit.
The conference was a precursor to the Climate Change Summit to be held in Paris, later this year. This conference was conducted with a need to focus upon the Indian position in global climate change initiatives. The Conference had key speakers drawn from central government, and from the field of strategic studies, think-tanks, consultancy firms and academics.
Dr. Ajay Mathur – Director General, Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Ministry of Power, Government of India; Designated Director General,TERI -The Energy and Resources Institute
Ms. Andie De Arment– Cultural Affairs Officer, U.S. Consulate General, Chennai
Dr. Arivudai Nambi Appadurai – Strategy Head, Vulnerability & Adaptation Programme, World Resource India(WRI)
Ms. Rajasree Ray– Additional Economic Advisor, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India
Mr. Santhosh Jayaram– Director , Sustainability and Climate Change, KPMG
Ms. Lydia Powell – Senior Fellow & Head , Centre for Resources Management, Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi
Dr. Uttam Kumar Sinha – Fellow, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses , New Delhi
Ms. Shiloh Fetzek – Senior Fellow, International Affairs, Center for Climate and Security, Washington DC
Prof. M.K Prasad– Environmentalist, Formerly, Pro Vice Chancellor, Calicut University, Kerala
Dr. Varun Sivaram– Douglas Dillion Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, New York, United States of America
Prof. K Srinivas Reddy– Department of Mechanical Engineering , Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai
Mr. Amit Bhandari– Fellow, Energy and Environment Studies, Gateway House, Mumbai, India
Dr. Anu Unny– Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Kerala