From debating the pros and cons of GM foods to lambasting industrial nations for failing to do enough to fight climate change, India’s outspoken Environment Minister, Jairam Ramesh, doesn’t pull his punches. This week Ramesh will be in China for talks in which the two countries are expected to deepen their collaboration on climate change and hold discussions on renewable energy, forests, and other environmental topics. He’s taking a break from the negotiations to give FCCC an on-the-record talk followed by questions and answers.
DATE: Sunday, May 9th
TIME: 10:00-11:30am CHANGED
VENUE: Culture Wing of Indian Embassy (NOT at Indian Embassy), Floor 11, East Tower, LG Twin Towers, Jianguomenwai Dajie (opposite Dongdaqiao Lu) – 建国门外大街LG双子座大厦(东大桥路的对面)
Tel: 6568 3218
ENTRANCE: free to members, 50 rmb to non-members
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**Bring passport or photo ID**
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Jairam Ramesh is India’s Minister of Environment and Forests and a Member of Parliament representing Andhra Pradesh. He has authored a number of key government reports in areas as diverse as energy, technology, capital goods, industrial policy and telecom. He was a key player in the team that formulated and implemented India’s economic reforms in 1991 and 1997. Ramesh writes a widely-read column on economics and public policy called Kautilya in The Times of India. He has also anchored a number of popular television programs on business and the economy including Business Breakfast and Crossfire. Ramesh studied public management at Carnegie Mellon University from 1975 to 1977, then spent a year at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology studying technology policy, economics, engineering and management. His undergraduate degree is in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, which in 2001 presented him with its Distinguished Alumnus Award.