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Global Director, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities
Commissioner, Department of Industries and Commerce, Govt of Karnataka
Program Director, IUDP & Resilience, WRI India

Date & Time

Monday Mon, 16 Jan 2023

Location (for BIC Venue, BIC Hybrid and BIC Cafe)

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

The recently concluded COP-27 made a breakthrough on loss and damage, however the absence of significant new steps to curb emissions has disappointed many. Localised city-level climate action is still an evolving area of practice. Cities of the global south, including Bengaluru, are finding themselves in a tight spot in the climate-change conundrum as they strive to balance growth and quality of life aspirations with net zero emission commitments and the urgency to strengthen the city’s resilience against climate change-induced risks.

Bengaluru is currently in the process of drafting its first ever Climate Action and Resilience Plan. In addition, several policy and planning initiatives are also being undertaken such as the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Policy, Revised Master Plan (RMP) and Clean Air Action Plan which can become important instruments for achieving Bengaluru’s climate goals. It is thus imperative for the city to find answers to critical questions on implementation – such as financing models and governance mechanisms – to ensure the delivery of the climate action action plan as a coordinated, time-bound agenda that takes into account the voices of all stakeholders.

Rogier van den Berg, Global Director, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, will share his insights from COP27 and discuss emerging global best practices on financing and institutional mechanisms for implementing climate actions in cities. Post the presentation, Rogier will engage in a conversation with V Ravichandar, Urbanist and Chairman, Feedback Consulting. This will be followed by an interactive Q&A session with the audience.

Image credits: Chetan Sodaye/WRI India

Presented by:


Rogier van den Berg

Global Director, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities

Rogier is leading the Ross Center’s efforts to support cities in unlocking transformative change supported by a global team and offices in the US, UK, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, the Netherlands, Turkey, Ethiopia, China, India and Indonesia. With both research and strategic interventions in cities the Ross Center supports cities, engages with the national government and is considered a global thought leader on urban mobility, integrated climate action and urban planning and development. Van den Berg is an urban development specialist, architect, former entrepreneur and academic who most recently led UN-Habitat’s Urban Lab. Earlier, he was a founding partner of the architecture and planning firm Zandbelt&vandenBerg (Rotterdam, the Netherlands) and he also served as head of the Master of Urbanism at the Amsterdam University of the Arts and as lecturer Regional Planning at Delft University of Technology.

Gunjan Krishna

Commissioner, Department of Industries and Commerce, Govt of Karnataka

Mrs. Gunjan Krishna is a 2004 batch IAS officer of Karnataka cadre and a winner of Subhash Dua Memorial Gold Medal for best performance in IAS professional training. In a recent stint as Principal Consultant, National E-Governance Division (NEGD) Karnataka, she was instrumental in developing the Mobile Governance Blueprint and successfully running the e-procurement portal. Later, as MD KSIIDC, she was responsible for the planning and development of airport infrastructure in Karnataka. She is the first woman Commissioner for Industries in Karnataka and guided formulation of multiple policies such as the New Industrial Policy 2020-2025, ESDM Policy, new EV policy, Aerospace & Defence Policy, Data Centre policy and Employment policy in the state that focus on developing clusters across sectors.

Jaya Dhindaw

Program Director, IUDP & Resilience, WRI India

With over 2 decades of national and global experience, Jaya Dhindaw provides strategic leadership to all Urban Development, Planning and Resilience initiatives across WRI India, working on national and sub-national reforms, knowledge building and on-ground impactful interventions that bring together multiple city stakeholders and leverages the global WRI network. A systems thinker, Jaya has been helping cities evolve structural solutions to the wicked problems of urbanisation and climate change, by integrating science into policy and development initiatives. A published author, her work focuses on advancing goals for the sustainable, inclusive and resilient development of Indian cities. She now calls Bangalore home.

V Ravichandar


Ravichandar is the Honorary Director of the Bangalore International Centre. He has been active in urban reforms and governance for the last two decades starting with the Bangalore Agenda Task Force (BATF) and most recently as a part of the 3-member Government Expert Committee tasked with re-imagining governance and administration for Bengaluru. Ravichandar is a self-styled Civic Evangelist and continues to tilt at wind mills in the civic space!