The Development Cooperation Town Hall celebrates 70 years of Indo-Swiss Friendship, through a series of dialogues between a Swiss expert and an Indian expert to reflect on the climate change and environmental challenges in critical sectors and focus on opportunities to find solutions.
The Town Hall on Urbanisation, with focus on sustainability, aims at sharing experiences and challenges related to sustainable urban development, planning and governance for mainstreaming low carbon and climate resilient development in the cities.
Ms Charlotte Spörndli, Brandes Energie
Charlotte Spörndli holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Sciences from ETH Zurich, and has been working on the interface between people and environment. Currently, she is employed at Brandes Energie AG, a private consulting company for sustainability in energy policy, energy supply and the energy sector. For the past 10 years or so, she has been supporting Swiss and other European cities and municipalities in defining and implementing their climate and energy policies. Since 2016, she has been the Managing Director of the Association European Energy Award AISBL, the European Energy Award which is a quality management and awarding system for local authorities in the field of climate and energy policy. Charlotte also coaches other Swiss public actors on energy policies and strategies. She has also worked in Madagascar from 2010-2012 on rural electrification with renewable energies.
Dr Neha Sami, Indian Institute for Human Settlements
Neha Sami studies urban and regional development and governance in post liberalization India. Her research focuses on the governance arrangements of mega-projects, regional planning, and environmental governance questions in Indian cities, particularly around issues of climate change adaptation. Neha is currently a faculty member at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements in Bangalore, India where she teaches questions of governance and sustainability as well as anchoring the Research Programme. She also serves on the Editorial Collective of Urbanisation. She holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Mumbai.
Ms Marylaure Crettaz, Head of Cooperation & Counsellor, Embassy of Switzerland
Mr Amir Bazaz, Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS)
16:10 Introductory Remarks on 70 Years of Indo-Swiss Friendship and Development Cooperation
H.E. Dr. Andreas Baum, Ambassador of Switzerland to India and Bhutan
16:20 Town Hall on “Sustainable Urbanisation”
Ms Charlotte Spörndli, Brandes Energie AG
Dr Neha Sami, Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS)
Moderated by, Dr Shirish Sinha, Swiss Cooperation Office India, Embassy of Switzerland
17:20 Q&A with participants
17:55 Closing Remarks
Mr Sebastien Hug, CEO, swissnex India and Consul General of Switzerland
18:00 High Tea
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