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Seminar One focuses on how collaboration between Swedish and Indian innovation ecosystems can foster new approaches, frameworks and solutions for sustainability that are available for everyone.

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


  • Tanmaya Lal, Ambassador of India to Sweden

  • Uday Shankar, President, FICCI

  • Owe Ronström, Professor, Uppsala Universitet

  • Sujith Nair, CEO & Co-Founder, Beckn

  • Per-Arne Wikström, Head, Office of Science & Innovation, Embassy of Sweden in India

  • Satyanarayan Chakravarthy, Professor, IIT Madras & Advisor, Avishkar Hyperloop

  • Neeraj Jain, Chief Innovation Officer, Deloitte India

  • Swaminathan Ramanathan, Researcher, Uppsala Universitet, Director, Deloitte India

  • Rupali Mehra, Founder, Content People AB

Key Insights

From the deepest depths of the oceans to the farthest reaches of the biosphere

According to Owe Ronström, Professor, Uppsala Universitet, sustainability is not about specific regions, cities, countries, islands, issues, or cultures. It is about the entire planet and encompasses everything on it.

Visualising co-thinking towards collaborations:

Neeraj Jain, Chief Innovation Officer & India Startup Leader, Deloitte India emphasised on the need to redraw and reengineer the cognitive maps and ideas to make an exponential change towards reducing our global carbon footprint.

Triple helix cooperation model as a way forward

According to Per-Arne Wikström, Head, Office of Science & Innovation, Embassy of Sweden in India, the ‘Triple Helix' cooperation model is a way forward to instill co-thinking and achieve sustainability. Since the 1990s, Sweden has been at the forefront of the triple-helix model and, similarly, India has begun implementing the triple-helix model in the development of start-ups. Dr Satyanarayan Chakravarthy, Professor, IIT Madras & Advisor, Avishkar Hyperloop, shared that IIT Madras incubation cell manages about 240 start-ups, and along with the National Centre for Combustion Research and Development is developing 3-D printed rockets, ethane combustion fuel and more, with the help of the Government and industry.

India’s transformation in Innovation and Technology

From being a country with more than 100 million people without a document ID to a nation having the world's largest digital ID scheme in the cloud and clocking 2.8 billion transactions in a month via UPI (Unified Payments Interface), Sujith Nair, CEO & Co-Founder of Beckn says these rapid transformations are paving the way for open infrastructure innovation.

Is ecology a key factor in achieving sustainability?

Swaminathan Ramanathan, Researcher at Uppsala Universitet, Director with Deloitte India is of the view that it is time to transform the "Triple-helix cooperation model" of academia-government.industry, into a  quadruple helix cooperation model, with the fourth being ecology.

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