Transforming India 2030:
Strategies for Sustainable Development Goals

15-17th February, 2017
Pune, India

Partnerships for the Goals

Dr Sachin Chaturvedi

Prof. Sachin Chaturvedi is Director General at the Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), a New Delhi-based autonomous Think-Tank. He was also a Global Justice Fellow at the MacMillan Center for International Affairs at Yale University. He works on issues related to development cooperation policies and South-South cooperation. He has also worked on trade and innovation linkages with special focus on WTO. Dr. Chaturvedi has served as a Visiting Professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and has also worked as consultant to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, World Bank, UN-ESCAP, UNESCO, OECD, the Commonwealth Secretariat, IUCN, and to the Government of India’s Department of Biotechnology and the Ministry of Environment and Forests, among other organizations.

He has been a Developing Country Fellow at the University of Amsterdam (1996), Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla (2003), and Visiting Scholar at the German Development Institute (2007). His experience includes working at the University of Amsterdam on a project on International Development Cooperation and Biotechnology for Developing Countries supported by the Dutch Ministry of External Affairs. Dr. Chaturvedi has also been a member of the IGSAC Committee of Experts for evolving a framework for cooperation on conservation of biodiversity in the SAARC region, as well as a member of the Editorial Board of Biotechnology Development Monitor (the Netherlands); Editor of Asian Biotechnology Development Review (New Delhi).

He has authored two books and edited four books apart from publishing several research articles in various prestigious journals.

Areas of Expertise:

  • National Innovation System and Biotechnology
  • Biodiversity Conservation
  • Intellectual Property Regime and Indigenous Knowledge System
  • Food Security
  • Trade and Standards

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Dr. Nagesh Kumar

Head, United Nations ESCAP South and South-West Asia Office

Dr. Nagesh Kumar is the Director and Head of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)'s South and South-West Asia Office, based in New Delhi. He earlier served as Director of Macroeconomic Policy and Development Division (MPDD) at the ESCAP headquarters in Bangkok. He has also served as ESCAP's Chief Economist during 2009-2013.

From 2002 to May 2009, Dr Kumar served as Director-General of Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS). During 1993-1998, Dr Kumar served the faculty of the United Nations University-Institute for New Technologies in Maastricht, the Netherlands and directed its research programme on Globalization, FDI and technology transfers. He has also served as a consultant to the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, UNDP, UNCTAD, UNIDO, UN-DESA, ILO, among others.

Dr Kumar has served on the board of directors of the Export-Import Bank of India, and on the Governing Boards of the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), Geneva, besides a number of committees, task forces and expert groups set up by the Government of India. He chaired the regional study group set up by the SAARC Secretariat that prepared a blueprint for liberalization of trade in services in South Asia. He co-founded the South Asia Economic Journal (published by Sage) and was its co-editor during 2000-2009. He has written popular columns in Business Standard, Financial Express, the Economic Times, leading financial dailies published from New Delhi.

Shri. P.K. Anand

Dr P K Anand holds an MSc (Physics) and an MSc (Economics) from the London School of Economics. He is a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade and holds a PhD in Economics. He currently works in NITI Aayog, Government of India (GoI) handling Evaluations; Mid-Term 12th Five-Year Plan Appraisal etc.

Before his retirement from IAS in September 2014, he had served in the State Government of Rajasthan and in the Government of India (GoI). In GoI he had been Sr. Adviser, Planning Commission; Joint Secretary (JS) in the Ministry of Rural Development and in the Ministry of Defence; Director (Exports) in the Ministry of Textiles etc. In the Planning Commission, besides Industry, Minerals, Research, Economic Divisions he was also heading the Programme Evaluation Organisation having 15 field units across the country.

He was also awarded a gold medal in Advanced Professional Programme in Public Administration (APPPA) and had topped in his college in MSc (Physics) and BSc (Hons.) Mathematics.

Dr. Volker Trichel

Volker Treichel has been a Lead Economist in the Office of the Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of the World Bank since December 2010. From 2007, he was the Lead Economist for Nigeria. During this time, he published the book "Putting Nigeria to Work -- a Strategy for Employment and Growth". He also led the first subnational Development Policy Operation in sub-Saharan Africa in Lagos State as well as the initial engagement with the Niger Delta. Prior to 2007, Volker was at the IMF, including as mission chief for Togo and resident representative in Albania.

Dr. Gulshan Sachdeva

Dr. Gulshan Sachdeva ( is Professor at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. As a Regional Cooperation Adviser he headed the ADB and The Asia Foundation projects at the Afghanistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kabul (2006-2010). He has been Visiting Professor at the University of Antwerp, University of Trento (Italy), and Corvinus University of Budapest. He was also Director Europe Area Study Programme at JNU. He also teaches a course on International Development Policy at the Corvinus University of Budapest. He is member of the Governing Board for India-Central Asia Foundation (ICAF) and Institute for Research on India & International Studies (IRIIS). Prof Sachdeva is author of Economy of the Northeast (2000), various monographs, project reports and more than 80 research papers in scholarly journals and edited books. Some of his recent publications include “Geo-economics & Energy for India” & “India’s Relations with Russia” in Handbook of India’s International Relations (Routledge, 2011); “Regional Economic Linkages” in Reconnecting India & Central Asia( CACI, Johns Hopkins: 2010), “The Reconstruction Issue in Afghanistan: Indian & Chinese Contribution in China and India in Central Asia: A New Great Game? (Palgrave-MacMillan,2010). He is also editor of a forthcoming book based on an international conference “European Engagement in Afghanistan” at JNU in November 2010. He holds a Ph.D in Economics from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. 1