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  Shri Jawed Usmani
  • Coordinated and provided leadership to organizing the ‘MahaKumbh - 2013’, the largest ever gathering of humanity at the confluence of the rivers Ganga and Yamuna, a religious congregation lasting about a month in January/February 2013. This was a gigantic managerial task involving large scale infrastructure creation, from construction of temporary bridges across rivers and laying of roads, creation of a temporary city of tents, provision of electricity, sanitation services, and medical services and supplies to the vast numbers of pilgrims, along with adequate and effective policing to ensure a peaceful and incident free pilgrimage. The success in managing the ‘MahaKumbh’ was internationally recognized, through a presentation at the Harvard University special seminar on the subject.

November 2010 to February 2012

Visiting Scholar

Center for Advanced Study of India

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

And Visiting Scholar

Boston University, Boston

Collaborated as a Visiting Scholar at CASI, UPenn and at Boston University, conducting research studies on ‘Climate Change: Implications for India and Policy Options’. One of the outcomes of this research is a book titled ‘Adaptation to Climate Change in Asia’, jointly edited by Sushil Vachani and Jawed Usmani, which has recently been published by Edward Elgar. Besides editing, one of the 8 chapters in the book “Adapting Indian Agriculture to Climate Change” was also co-authored.

Highlights / Achievements

About the Book: Adaptation to Climate Change in Asia by S. Vachani (Editor), J. Usmani (Editor)- This book provides a timely and thoughtful discussion of strategies for adaptation to climate change, which can complement mitigation strategies being developed by other experts throughout the world. The book focuses on eight geographically diverse countries in Asia, which are among the areas that will experience the most severe impacts of climate change and are the most vulnerable in terms of capacity to cope with the damage. Adaptation strategies are identified to safeguard food and water supplies, address urban problems, support migrant workers, protect coastal cities and preserve biodiversity. The collection of observations and recommendations in the book are aimed at policy makers in countries that are facing similar threats and looking to build their adaptive capacity to cope with climate change.

                                                                                                                                               November 2007 to October 2010

                                                                                                                                           Senior Adviser to Executive Director

                                                                                                                                              World Bank, Washington, DC