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5 Years of Engaging India @ Almedalen

Climate action is not an individualistic pursuit, but demands a collaborative approach from countries globally to combine their strengths and knowledge for meaningful action. Recognizing this need for collaboration across borders, Engaging India at Almedalen, celebrating it's 5th year, brings together Swedish and Indian industries to build connections and co-create solutions for mutual pathways and innovative solutions to tackling climate challenges. Accordingly, the theme for Engaging India at Almedalen this year is Samband for Climate. Borrowing from the Hindi word 'Sambandh' and Swedish word 'Samband' meaning connections, it aims to take forward past conversations to create a more collaborative, sustainable future.

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Who's speaking at Engaging India @ Almedalen 2024?

Ambassador Tanmaya Lal

H.E. Tanmaya Lal

Ambassador of India to Sweden and Latvia

H.E. Tanmaya Lal is Ambassador of India to Sweden and Latvia. He has also held positions such as Ambassador/Deputy Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations Permanent Mission of India in New York, and Head of the UN Economic & Social (UNES) Division at Geneva.

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H.E. Jan Thesleff
Ambassador of Sweden to India

H.E. Jan Thesleff is currently the Ambassador of Sweden to India. He has also been the Ambassador of Sweden numerous countries since 2006 including the KSA, Kuwait, Oman, Yemen, Tunisia, Libya, UAE and Egypt. H.E. Jan Thesleff has held the position of Commissioner General at Expo2020 in Dubai.

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Meher Pudumjee

Chairperson,

Thermax Ltd

Meher Pudumjee is Chairperson of Thermax Ltd. She has been the recepient of several awards and honours including being the Indian representative at the Asian Business Women’s Conference in Osaka in 2006; Young Global Leader award by the World Economic Forum in 2006; and CEO of the Year, 2009 by Business Standard. Ms. Pudumjee is presently on the board of Teach For India and Chairs the board of Akanksha Foundation – both NGO’s involved in education. Meher is also a Director on the board of Pidilite Industries and served as the Chairperson of Pune Zonal Council of the Confederation of Indian Industry.

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Daniel Westlén

State Secretary to the Minister of Climate & Environment,

 Ministry of Climate & Enterprise

Daniel Westlén is State Secretary of the Ministry for Climate and the Environment. Prior to this, he was the Secretariat of the Liberal Party. He has been a Council Member of the Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers for 12 years and has also worked in various roles in Vattenfall AB for 10 years. In 2018 till 2020, Daniel Westlén was the Director of the Swedish Centre for Nuclear Technology.

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Amarendu Prakash
Chairman,

Steel Authority of India

Amarendu Prakash is the Chairman of the Steel Authority of India (SAIL). Before this role, he served as the Director in charge of the Bokaro Steel Plant (BSL) at SAIL. After joining SAIL in 1991 as a Management Trainee (Technical) and with over 30 years of experience in the company, Amarendu has worked in various roles and teams.

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Mayank Singhal

Vice Chairman & MD,

PI Industries

Mayank Singhal is Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of PI Industries. He is recognised as Asia’s Most Promising Business Leader by the Economic Times and named CEO of the Year by Business Today. He is on the advisory board on the Boston University Institute for Global Sustainability. He has been nominated by the Department of Science and Technology, Gol as a member of the Governing Board of the Indo-US S&T Forum (IUSSTF). Mr Singhal is also on the Board of PI Life Science Research Ltd., PILL Finance and Investment Ltd., TP Buildtech Pvt. Ltd. Fratelli Wines Pvt. Ltd. and CropLife India.

Owe Ronström

Owe Ronström

Professor Emeritus, Uppsala University

Owe Ronström is an ethnologist and Professor Emeritus at Uppsala University. He's written extensively about sustainability, sustainable destination development, and multiculturalism and has over 100 publications to his credit. He has also been awarded the title of Rikspelman by the King of Sweden for his contribution to Swedish music.

Viral Thakker

Viral Thakker

Partner & Leader,

Sustainability & Climate,

Deloitte South Asia

Viral Thakker is Partner & Sustainability Leader at Deloitte India. With over 26 years of consulting experience, Viral supports clients across industries in the public and private sector to design and drive their ESG strategy and transformation, helping them deliver social impact, transition to net-zero, build responsible value chains, introduce transparent disclosures and reporting, and bring about climate resilience.

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Shilpa Sachdeva Bhullar
Head, Legal, Risk & Compliance,

PI Industries

Shilpa Sachdeva Bhullar is the Head of Legal Risk & Compliance at PI Industries. She has nearly 20 years of experience working as a corporate generalist counsel, with an interest in sustainability and environment protection initiatives.

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Jakob Kiefer,

Executive Board Member,

Spowdi & Former Sweden Ambassador for Sustainable Business

Jakob Kiefer is the Former Global Head of Government Relations & Public Affairs, ABB, and presently an Executive Board Member of Spowdi. Prior to that, he served as a career diplomat, including as EU Foreign Affairs Council Sherpa, Deputy Chief of Mission in China, Ambassador to Chile and Peru and as Sweden’s Ambassador for Sustainable Business. Jakob was also Senior Advisor to the CEO Climate Leaders Alliance of the World Economic Forum

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Dr. TS Balganesh
Independent Director, PI Industries

Dr. T.S. Balganesh is an Independent Director at PI Industries. He also serves as a President and a Director on the board of GangaGen Biotechnologies Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore and Director on the board of Open Source Pharma India, Bangalore and IKP, Hyderabad. Previously, he served as Managing Director and member of board of AstraZeneca India Pvt. Ltd., and has over three decades of experience working in anti-bacterial drug discovery. He holds a PhD in Medical Microbiology from University of Calcutta, and has done his post-doctoral research at Brookhaven National Lab, USA and Max Planck Institute, Germany. He has also been awarded an honorary doctoral degree from the Uppsala University, Sweden.

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Felipe Sánchez
Head,

 Partnerships

LeadIT Secretariat &

 Policy Fellow, 

SEI

Felipe Sánchez is part of the Leadership Group for Industry Transition (LeadIT) Secretariat and a Policy Fellow at SEI Headquarters – Climate Energy and Society Unit where his focus lies on the decarbonization of heavy industry. Prior to this, he served as a Senior Policy Adviser in the Strategy Unit of the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Felipe has also worked with public sector, investment banking and telecommunications clients as a management consultant at Accenture

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Carl-Johan Linér
CEO,

SaltX

Carl-Johan Linér is the CEO of Salt X Technology, a Swedish company that focuses on decarbonizing the heavy-emission industry with their innovative technology. Carl-Johan was the founder of CJ Liner AB. Prior to this, he was the Senior Vice President of ABB and was responsible for the ABB Division Power Products in Ludvika.

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Jacob Hallencreutz

CEO,

EPSI Rating Group

Jacob Hallencreutz is the group CEO at EPSI Rating Group, a neutral performance assessments organisation. He is also Docent at Uppsala University. His research interests include quality management, change management, market research, strategy and operations.

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Oscar Hållén

CEO,

Cemvision

Oscar Hållén is the CEO of Cemvision. He has served as a Board Member for Boardie AB and Nära AB. Oscar specializes in growth strategies across various industries, including fintech, public affairs, and legal and regulatory sectors, with experience at companies such as Klarna, White & Case LLP, and Microsoft.

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Per Östborn

Project Leader,

Gröna Mobilister

Per Östborn is the Project Leader at Gröna Mobilister, an organisation that nudges sustainable behaviour among motorists. He is also a physicist and presents an epistemic approach to physics.

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Gunilla Rosenqvist
Project Leader,

Blue Centre Gotland

Gunilla Rosenqvist is Project Leader at Blått Centrum Gotland, an institution working towards measures for a better marine environment. Prior to this, she was a professor of Ethology at Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and Co-ordinator of Baltic Sea Region at Uppsala University.

Raine Isaksson

Raine Isaksson

Associate Professor & Docent,

Uppsala University

Raine Isaksson is Docent and Associate Professor in Quality Management and Sustainable Organisational Development at Uppsala University. His research areas include sustainable building materials, and quality management.

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Tor Broström

Professor,

Uppsala University

Professor Tor Broström's research and teachings focuss on indoor climate and energy efficiency in culturally and historically valuable buildings. It is interdisciplinary, and applied study aimed at finding a sustainable balance between energy conservation and cultural preservation.

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Dr. Swaminathan Ramanathan
Lecturer and Researcher,

Uppsala University & Director, Deloitte

Swaminathan Ramanathan is a lecturer and researcher at Uppsala University with a focus on Sustainable Organisational Development. He is also Director, Strategy and Business Design with a focus on Climate and Sustainability at Deloitte.

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Rupali Mehra
Founder, Content People & CMO, Spowdi

Rupali Mehra is the co-organiser of Engaging India @ Almedalen. She is founder of Content People AB, a strategic communications company, and Chief Marketing Officer and Head of South Asia of Spowdi, a Swedish green-tech company. She has over two decades of experience in media and communications in Sweden and India.

Conversations so far at Engaging India @Almedalen

Engaging India was started in 2019 during Almedalen Week as a multi-disciplinary platform for thought-leaders, academia, governments & industries to engage, exchange, and collaborate on ideas of development, innovation, and knowledge sharing.


Now celebrating 5 years, Engaging India at Almedalen is an annual seminar held as part of the official
Almedalen Week, with a focus on how collaboration between Swedish and Indian innovation ecosystems can
foster new approaches, frameworks and solutions for sustainability that is available for everyone.

Engaging India at Almedalen seminars have shown the potential of collaboration between Sweden and India.
There are already successful examples of this. We look forward take these collaborations forward to explore
co-creation opportunities, especially towards climate action. Click below to know more about the previous themes and topics discussed at Engaging India at Almedalen.

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