Almedalen Week

Engaging India at Almedalen 2021: Future Urbanisms

Date: 5 July, 2021

Venue: Almedalen Week / Almedalsveckan

Theme: Innovation & Sustainability - What India and Sweden Can Learn From Each Other

H.E. Ambassador Tanmaya Lal, 55 years of age, has served as an Indian diplomat for nearly 3 decades. His previous two assignments were as High Commissioner to Mauritius (2019-2020) and as Ambassador / Deputy Permanent Representative of India to UN Permanent Mission of India, New York from 2016-2018. He has worked extensively on multilateral aspects of India’s engagement as the Head of the UN Economic & Social (UNES) Division at headquarters and earlier at the Indian Missions in Vienna, Nairobi and Bangkok. His portfolio at the headquarters included the Climate Change negotiations at the UNFCCC, Agenda 2030, Human Rights Council, UN agencies, maritime issues, and the Arctic Council among others. He received the S. K. Singh Award in 2013 for Excellence in the Indian Foreign Service.

Opening Address

H.E. Ambassador Tanmaya Lal

India's Ambassador to Sweden

Uday Shankar is president of India's oldest and largest apex business and industry, FICCI. He has three decades of experience in the media and entertainment industry and he has been the President, Asia Pacific of the Walt Disney Company and the Chairman of Star and Disney India.

Keynote Speaker

Uday Shankar

President, FICCI

Welcome to 'Engaging India at Almedalen 2021: Future Urbanisms'  on July 5, 2021.

Over the past 18 months, the world has witnessed an unprecedented situation. The Covid-19 pandemic has compelled us to rethink existing systems and explore collaborations and solutions for a changing world. This year the series of seminars deepen the focus on how collaboration between Swedish and Indian innovation ecosystems can foster approaches, frameworks and solutions for sustainability that is available for everyone.

Accordingly, our theme for 2021 is, Sustainability and Innovation: What India and Sweden Can Learn From Each Other.

Organised within the umbrella of Future Urbanisms – a multidisciplinary research programme of Uppsala University at Campus Gotland, Zerocity and Content People AB, the seminar series connects the urban needs, innovative spirit and entrepreneurial energy of India with the ideas of sustainability and resilience, and the business models of Sweden and the Nordic world.  This year’s seminar series will also showcase and formally introduce Zerocity, which is a collaborative network-based platform that has emerged from Future Urbanisms to create sustainable solutions for cities and its communities.

The Perspectives

The seminars will focus on fostering cooperation, collaboration and connections between the Swedish and Indian Innovation and Sustainability Ecosystems and the various key stakeholders, particularly those from the research and thought leadership community. The seminars will showcase three perspectives of:

  • Innovations for Sustainable Solutions for Everyone
  • Start-Ups & the New Purpose Economy
  • Urban centres as Circular Economies of Equitable Growth

The Seminar Series

Seminar 1 - Co-thinking Urbanisation, Technology & Sustainability in a changing world

Key Question: 'In a changing post-Covid world, what are the approaches to co-thinking sustainability, urbanisation, and technology?

Owe Ronström is a professor in department of ethnology, Uppsala University. He has written a whole lot on music, dance, ethnicity, multiculture, age, heritage, and islands. He have also produced several hundred radio broadcasts for the Swedish Broadcasting Coorporation, on music from around the world. He is also an active musician in the bands Orientexpressen, Gunnfjauns Kapell, and as director of Gotlands Balalajkaorkester. In June 2013 he produced BelleSounds, the world’s largest concert.

 Owe Ronström

Professor, Department of Ethnology

Uppsala University

Sujith Nair has 15+ years of management consulting experience with expertise in the areas of urban mobility, internet business, digital payments and technology-led transformations in the public sector. He was formerly the chief business officer of mobike india, a subsidiary of one of the largest bike sharing companies in the world. He also designed the technology and business model for asia's first open loop payment system for mass transit ticketing at kochi metro, that formed the genesis for India's national common mobility card specification and the program titles "one nation, one card" by the Indian government.

Sujith Nair

Co-Founder & CEO, Beckn

Neeraj Jain is a partner in Deloitte Consulting - Strategy and Operations practice. He has more than 17 years of experience working with clients in areas such as market assessment, market entry strategy, organic growth strategy and program management. His expertise extends to technology transformation and wireless networks. In addition to serving clients, he is also the consulting lead for Technology, Media and Telecommunications in India. Neeraj holds a Telecom Engineering degree and is an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.

Neeraj Jain

Chief Innovation Officer,

Start-Up Ecosystem Leader & Partner

Deloitte, India

 

Swaminathan ramanathan is a researcher and co-anchor of Future Urbanisms at Uppsala University. His research focuses on sustainability and resilience for cities of the future. He is also Director of Social Impact at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu [India].

Swaminathan Ramanathan

Director, Deloitte, India

Researcher, Uppsala University

Per-Arne Wikstörm has a PhD in Business studies (he learned a lot about sustainability, communication and digitalization based on the studies). The journey into the Land of Science taught him not to accept claims of truth blindly but to maintain a critical attitude and to nurture questions as the driver for continuous improvement. He have worked in countries like Australia, China, Egypt, Ukraine, Italy and Belgium, which has fostered a curiosity about other cultures. And now India. This together with having grown up in an environment where differences between people were considered to be valuable assets for progress has made me more open to differences.

Per Arne Wikstörm

Counsellor, Innovation & Science

Embassy of Sweden in New Delhi

Satyanarayan Chakravarthy is coordinating the National Centre for Combustion Research and Development (NCCRD) established by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, since 2011, and also the Centre of Propulsion Technologies being established with the support of the Defense Research and Development Organization, Government of India. He is also an accomplished rocket scientist, combustion expert with over 25 years of experience, and cofounder of 3 IIT Madras startups. He served as a colloquium co-chair on Solid Fuels Combustion at the 37th International Symposium on Combustion at Dublin, Ireland in July 2018.

Satyanarayan Chakravarthy

Professor, IIT, Madras

Advisor, Avishkar Hyperloop

Seminar 2 - New Energy Systems for the People: Insights & Models from India & Sweden

Key Question: How can we increase the per-person access to clean and affordable energy, while reducing the world’s carbon footprint?

Seminar 3 - SDGs & Industry 4.0: Creating a New Purpose Economy

Key Question: How can we design and ‘hard-code’ equity from a perspective of digital democracy, socioeconomic growth, and human development?

Ranjula Bali Swain is visiting professor and research director at Center for Sustainability Research (CSR), Stockholm School of Economics. She is Professor of Economics at Södertörn University. She is affiliated to the Center for European Research in Microfinance (CERMi), at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management. She has worked at the International Labour Organisation, Geneva. Her research covers Microfinance, Sustainable Development, Circular Economy.

Ranjula Bali Swain

Professor & Director

Stockholm School of Economics

Jojo mehra is an experienced founder with extensive experience in multiple functional roles in the digital industry. Skilled in Digital Strategy, Business Planning, Data Analytics, Business Development, and Marketing Strategy. He is the Vice-president of E-Gov Foundation, where he is on a mission to transform governance at massive scale and speed. He cares about increasing the ease of living and improving the quality of life for citizens.

Jojo Mehra

Vice President

E-Gov Foundation

Seminar 4 - Indian ‘Sunya’ and Swedish ‘Lagom’: Towards a Zero city

Key Question: Can zero as an ethos bring about a new circular model and show the way towards a more sustainable world?

Venkatesh Hariharan is the India representative for the Open Invention Network, an organization that protects the open source community from patent litigation. He set up the Data Governance Network, a network of think-tanks, as Senior Fellow of the IDFC Institute before taking on his current role. Prior to that, he was Director Fintech for the Indian Software Product Industry Round Table (iSPIRT), that built Public Digital Infrastructure like IndiaStack (www.indiastack.org). In this role, he helped some of India’s largest banks adopt India Stack, and its components like eKYC and the Unified Payment Interface. He has worked on key policy issues like Internet regulations, open standards, software patents, open source in government, and Indian language computing. Hariharan is interested in the intersection of technology, society and policy, with a specific focus on democratizing access to knowledge.

Venkatesh Hariharan

India head representative

Open Invention Network

Swaminathan ramanathan is a researcher and co-anchor of Future Urbanisms at Uppsala University. His research focuses on sustainability and resilience for cities of the future. He is also Director of Social Impact at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu [India].

Swaminathan Ramanathan

Director, Deloitte, India

Researcher, Uppsala University

Owe Ronström is a professor in department of ethnology, Uppsala University. He has written a whole lot on music, dance, ethnicity, multiculture, age, heritage, and islands. He have also produced several hundred radio broadcasts for the Swedish Broadcasting Coorporation, on music from around the world. He is also an active musician in the bands Orientexpressen, Gunnfjauns Kapell, and as director of Gotlands Balalajkaorkester. In June 2013 he produced BelleSounds, the world’s largest concert.

 Owe Ronström

Professor, Department of Ethnology

Uppsala University

Registration Form

Organised by:

Future Urbanisms, Uppsala University

Content People AB

Organising Committee:

Prof. Owe Ronstrom, Professor, Uppsala University 

owe.ronstrom@etnologi.uu.se

Dr. Swaminathan Ramanathan, Researcher, Uppsala University, Director (Social Impact), Deloitte India & Curator, Zerocity Network 

swaminathan.ramanathan@etnologi.uu.se

Rupali Mehra, Founder & CEO, Content People AB 

rupali@contentpeople.se