- 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
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