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

Dr Nagesh Kumar is Head, United Nations ESCAP South and South-West Asia Office, New Delhi. Previously, he was Director, Macroeconomic Policy and Development Division and Chief Economist of UNESCAP based at its headquarters in Bangkok.

Before joining ESCAP in 2009, Dr. Kumar was Director-General of the Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), a New Delhi based public funded policy think-tank of the Government of India during 2002-09. He has also served on the faculty of the UN University-Institute for New Technologies in Maastricht, the Netherlands (1993-1998).

Dr Kumar has served on the boards of the Export-Import Bank of India, the International Centre for Trade & Sustainable Development (ICTSD), Geneva; the South Asia Centre for Policy Studies (SACEPS), Kathmandu, among other institutions. He has served as consultant to the World Bank, ADB, UNCTAD, UNIDO, UN-DESA, the Commonwealth Secretariat, among others. He has chaired regional track-II study groups on trade in services in South Asia and on infrastructure development in East Asia.

A PhD from the Delhi School of Economics (1988), Dr Kumar is recipient of the Exim Bank of India's first International Trade Research Award (1989) and the Global Development Network’s Research Medal (2000). Dr. Kumar has conducted extensive research on aspects of development economics especially its international dimensions, resulting in the publication of 15 books and over 90 peer-reviewed papers.