“CHALLENGE THE CHANGE” – A webinar on the impact of Climate Change on our planet


June 5, 2021    
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

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On the occasion of World Environment Day and as part of the “Indo-French Year Of The Environment”, Alliance Française de Delhi & FREED present – “Challenge the Change”. A webinar on the impact of Climate Change on our planet.

Venue: Zoom & Facebook Live
Date & Time:  Saturday, 5th June 2021 at 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

The panel for this session will consist of: –

1. Emmanuel Lenain (Ambassador of France to India)

Mr Emmanuel Lenain graduated from Sciences Po (IEP) in Paris and ESSEC Business School. He is also an alumnus of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA). Mr Lenain began his diplomatic career in 1997, serving in the French Foreign Ministry’s United Nations Department, where he took part in peace negotiations on Kosovo. Mr Lenain has a passion for gelatine silver print photography.

2. H.E. Mme S.B. Hanoomanjee (High Commissioner, Mauritius High Commission)

With 33 years of experience in the civil service from 1971 to 2005, she has served at all levels until her retirement as Permanent Secretary, the highest post in the service, in May 2005. She has vast international exposure from attending various world conferences, summits, and lobbying missions. She had also been elected as a Member of the National Assembly, served as Minister of Health and Quality of life, and was the first woman to be elected Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Mauritius.

3. Mr R. P. Gupta (Secretary, Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change, Govt. of India)

Mr. R. P. Gupta is an IAS officer of the 1987 Batch of Gujarat cadre. Apart from working in the field assignments in the earlier part of his career as District Development Officer, Municipal Commissioner, District Collector, etc., he mainly worked in the field of education, land record, and energy at the policy-making levels. He has vast experience working with the Ministry of Coal in the Energy Department in the State of Gujarat then as Secretary, Department of Food and Civil Supplies dealing with the Public Distribution System (PDS). He has also served as Additional Secretary in NITI Aayog and looked after Infrastructure-Energy, International Cooperation along with Health, Education in rural and urban sectors.

4. Mr Abhishek Acharya (Director, Climate Change Finance Unit, Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India)

Mr. Abhishek Acharya is an officer of the Indian Economic Service, serving the Government of India for 13 years. At present, he is the Director in the Climate Change Finance Unit in the Ministry of Finance. He has participated in the UNFCCC COP 24 and COp 25 as a finance negotiator from India. Mr. Acharya is a postgraduate in Economics with a specialization in Environmental Economics and International Economics. Before joining in Indian Economic Service, he has also served as Deputy Superintendent of Police in the State of West Bengal, India.

5. Dr Sugata Hazra (Professor, Coastal Zonal Management, Former Director, School of Oceanographic Studies, Jadavpur University)

He has done pioneering research on Sundarbans, Climate Change, and Biophysical impact. He has led several international and national level research projects on Sundarbans and coastal oceans and has more than 100 international publications, edited volumes, monographs to his credit. He has mentored over 30 Ph.D. students.

6. Ms Divya Datt (Programme Management Officer, UNEP, India)

Divya Datt is an economist with over 20 years of professional experience in environmental policy research. She is the Programme Management Officer in UNEP’s India Office, where she oversees work on a wide-ranging agenda- covering climate change, pollution, resource efficiency, ecosystems and biodiversity- of the India programme. This includes working closely with the central and state governments as well as developmental and implementing partners on policy, outreach, and capacity building initiatives of UNEP in India.

7. Mr Prabir Banerjea (Co-founder & Managing Member of the Balipara Foundation)

Mr Prabir Banerjea, along with Mr Ranjit Barthakur, launched the Balipara Foundation in 2007. The Foundation takes a community-based approach to conservation through a proprietary concept – Naturenomics TM (Nature + Economics). Building on the principle that ecology is economy, Balipara Foundation equips indigenous and forest-fringe communities in the Eastern Himalayas to manage their natural assets, creating resilience against the climate crisis for biodiversity, people, and ecosystems.

Moderator: Ms Sarita Dasgupta (Writer and published author, Environmental activist)

Sarita Dasgupta had been the editor of the magazine WM Times. She has written several books of short stories for children as well as English Literature texts and workbooks. She has also written articles on issues such as man-animal conflict, the depletion of natural resources such as water, and the importance of preserving our indigenous edible and medicinal plants.

Program open to all | No Registration required