Conference Objectives

The overall objective of the conference is to:

  • Review overall issues and assess the sustainability of PPPs and urban finance in South Asia, specifically India.
  • Broaden the knowledge base regarding PPPs and municipal finance innovations in South Asia through elaboration of international best practices and knowledge partnerships.
  • Take the knowledge and recommendations forward, for better policy interventions by the government and execution by the private sector while disseminating and raising awareness within their networks.

Conference Outcomes

The expected outcomes of policy dialogue are twofold:

  • A more granular understanding of challenges and future opportunities for use of PPPs and innovations in municipal finance for sharing best practices and case studies, including empirical evidence on areas where PPP and urban finance strategies have and have not worked.
  • Recommendations for public, private and civil society organisations for future PPPs, municipal fiscal policies and reform agendas.

Speaker Updates

List of Speakers
  • Shri Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog
  • Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Hon. MoS, (I/C) for Housing and Urban Affairs, Govt. of India
  • Shri Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog
  • Shri Subhash Chandra Garg, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs
  • Shri Gopal Krishna, Secretary Ministry of Shipping
  • Shri Durga Shankar Mishra, Secretary, MoHUA
  • Shri Ajay Tyagi, Chairman SEBI
  • Shri Yaduvendra Mathur IAS, Additional Secretary, NITI Aayog
  • Mr. Junaid Ahmad, Country Director- India, World Bank
  • Shri Ashwani Lohani, Chairman Railway Board
  • Smt. Dakshita Das, Additional Secretary DFS & MD, National Housing Bank
  • Shri Pankaj Jain, Joint Secretary DFS & MD, IIFCL
  • Shri. Alkesh Kumar Sharma, CEO & MD DMICDC
  • Shri Alok Kumar, Advisor (Education, Health & Nutrition), NITI Aayog
  • Shri Kunal Kumar, Joint Secretary, Mission Director Smart Cities, MoHUA
  • Dr. Indu Bhushan, CEO Ayushmaan Bharat
  • Shri Maneesh Garg, Joint Secretary, Dept. of School Education & Literacy, MHRD
  • Shri U.K. Sinha, Former Chairman SEBI
  • Shri S.K. Lohia, MD & CEO, IRSDC
  • Mr. Hitesh Vaidya, Country Programme Manager (CPM), UN-Habitat
  • Mr. Moazzam Mekan, Regional Manager Central Asia, IFC
  • Mr. Rajesh Balasubramanian, Sr. Water & Sanitation Specialist, World Bank
  • Mrs. Archana Mittal, Director (Smart Cities), MoHUA
  • Mr. Sanjay Reddy, Vice Chairman GVK Group
  • Mr. Sujoy Bose, CEO NIIF
  • Mr. Suresh Goyal, Head, Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Assets
  • Mr. Rohit Modi, CEO – Essel Infra & Smart Utilities
  • Mr. Sameer Bhatia, President- Advisory, CRISIL
  • Mr. Ashok Varma, Partner, PWC
  • Mr. Gaurav Taneja, Partner, Ernst & Young
  • Mr. Abhaya K. Agarwal, Partner, Ernst & Young
  • Mr. Arun Lakhani, Chairman, Vishvaraj Infrastructure Limited
  • Mr. Om Prakash Mathur, Senior Fellow & Chair Urban Studies, Institute of Social Sciences
  • Mr. Rakesh Kumar Shrivastav, Senior Advisor, WISH Foundation
  • Dr. Amit Kapoor, Chair, Institute for Competitiveness India
  • Dr. Poornima Prabhakaran – Deputy Director, Public Health Foundation of India
  • Mr. Sumeet Shukla, Investment Officer IFC
  • Mr. Yuri Afanasiev, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in India
  • Dr. Nagesh Kumar, Director and Head, UNESCAP South and South-West Asia Office,
  • Mr. N. Yoshino, Dean, ADB Institute
  • Mr. Kenichi Yokoyama, Country Director- India, ADB
  • Mr. Manoj Sharma, Chief Urban Sector Group, ADB
  • Mr. Marco Kamiya, Coordinator, Urban Economy and Financing Branch, UN-Habitat
  • Ms. Aarsi Sagar, Analyst,Global Green Growth Institute
  • Mr. Navin Kumar Devkota, Senior Divisional Engineer, Ministry of Urban Development
  • Mr. Zheng Jian, Economic Affairs Officer, ESCAP
  • Ms. Natalja Wehmer, Associate Economic Affairs Officer, UNESCAP
  • Mr. Stuart King, Sr. Infrastructure Finance Specialist, ADB
  • Dr. Rana Hasan, Director (Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department), ADB
  • Ms. Kathleen M. Farrin, Economist (Development Economics and Indicators Division), ADB
  • Mr. Prafulla Man Singh Pradhan, Chairman, Lumanti Support Group for Shelter, Nepal
  • Mr. Om Dharananda Rajopadhyay, Expert, Housing and Urban Development, Nepal
  • Mr. Siddharth Pandit, National Institute for Urban Affairs
  • Mr. Dhiraj Ajay Suri, Regional Advisor Asia, Cities Alliance
  • Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director General, TERI
  • Ms. Sheela Patel, Director SPARC and Chair Slum Dwellers International
  • Dr. Rajivan Krishnaswamy, Municipal Finance Expert

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