Connect Karo 2023
17 Jul, 2023 to 18 Jul, 2023
9:30 AM to 6:00 PM

WRI India is happy to announce that its flagship knowledge event, Connect Karo 2023 is back this year as a ground experience that will be held during 17-18 July 2023, at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The overarching theme for this year’s event is ‘For People, Nature and Climate.’

Connect Karo 2023 offers a platform for multiple stakeholders from India and abroad to share their knowledge and experiences as well as to ease collaborations towards meaningful responses to critical environmental challenges. Connect Karo presents a wide portfolio of research-based, solution-centric programs and initiatives by WRI India and our partners.

This year, Connect Karo will convene plenaries on six key themes:

  • Urban planning

  • Water and Resilience

  • Integrated and Electric Mobility

  • Climate and Clean Air

  • Energy

  • Food

You can explore the full agenda here

Connect Karo 2023 promises to be a lively space where ministers, administrators, policy makers, investors, philanthropists, business leaders and journalists deliberate with sectoral experts, practitioners, and researchers to reach an evidence-based understanding of complex, sectoral issues and seek nuanced, contextualized solutions to some of the most urgent challenges of our times.

To ensure a smooth and seamless event experience, we request you to complete the online registration process. The registration confirmation will serve as your official entry pass.

We look forward to your active participation at this year’s Connect Karo.


  • Jamshyd Godrej, Chairman & Managing Director, Godrej & Boyce
  • Ravi Pandit, Chairman & Co-Founder, KPIT Technologies
  • B.V.R. Subrahmanyam, CEO, NITI Aayog
  • Anil Kumar, Mayor, Kochi Municipal Corporation
  • Sarika Panda Bhatt, Director, Nagarro
  • Madhav Pai, CEO, WRI India
  • Ulka Kelkar, Director – Climate Program, WRI India
  • Samrat Basak, Program Director – Water Resilience, WRI India
  • Rejeet Mathews, Program Director – Urban Development, WRI India
  • Avinash Dubedi, Program Head – Transport, WRI India  
  • Prateek Tiwari, Founder & CEO, Living Greens Organics Pvt. Ltd.
  • Mriganka Saxena, Founding Partner, Habitat Tectonics Architecture & Urbanism
  • Romit Sen, Senior Vice President, Corporate Sustainability, HSBC India
  • Dr. Himanshu Bhushan Former Advisor & Head, Public Health Administration, National Health Systems Resource Center (NHSRC)
  • Mahenaw Wara, Grant Manager, Good Energies Foundation
  • Adarsha Kapoor, Architect and Principal Urban Designer, Creative Footprints
  • Paresh Sharma, Senior Fellow, WRI India
  • O.P Agarwal Senior, Advisor, WRI India
  • Sameer Shisodia, CEO, Rainmatter Foundation
  • Ankit Kapasi, Sustainability and ESG Lead, dss+
  • Ajit Balaji Joshi IAS, Chief Administrator, Haryana Shehri Vikas Pradhikaran
  • Benson Ireri, Africa Lead Energy Access, World Resources Institute
  • Challagulla Sarita, Sarpanch, Kanha GP, Telangana
  • Dr. Joy Elamon, Director General, Kerala Institute of Local Administration
  • Jennifer Layke, Global Director Energy Program, World Resources Institute
  • Dr. Ke Wang, Program Director, PACE
  • Lalit Bohra, Joint Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India
  • Lokendra Thakkar, Coordinator, SKMCCC Department of Environment, Government of Madhya Pradesh
  • Dr. Melissa Barbanell, Director US - International Engagement, World Resources Institute
  • Nilesh Rajadhyaksha, Program Director, Urban Strategy Unit, NIUA
  • Nirmita Chandrashekar, Senior Program Manager, SELCO Foundation
  • Prasanth Narayanan, Program Manager, (Cities) Shakti Foundation
  • Preeti Bhatnagar, Operations Manager, Basic HealthCare Services
  • Saswat Bandopadhyay, Professor Faculty of Urban Planning, CEPT University
  • Shahzad Alam, Special Commissioner (Transport) Delhi Government
  • Dr. Shamika Ravi Member Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister
  • Dr. S. K. Lohia, Senior Advisor, World Bank and former MD & CEO, IRSDC
  • Dr. Suddhasatwa Basu, Professor (HAG) Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Delhi
  • Suman Rawat Chandra IAS, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India
  • Ajit Kumbhar IAS, Additional Municipal Commissioner, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation
  • Sujoy Ghosh, Vice President & Country Managing Director - India First Solar
  • Jagan Shah, Senior Fellow, Artha Global
  • Parul Agarwala, Country Programme Manager- India UN Habitat
  • S Chandrasekar, Member Secretary, Bihar State Pollution Control Board
  • Devyani Hari, Director, Centre for Responsible Business
  • Michiel Van Erkel, Agricultural Counsellor, Netherlands Embassy
  • Champaka Rajagopal, Visiting Faculty, School of Policy & Governance, Azim Premji University
  • Bharath Jairaj Executive Director Energy Program, WRI India
  • Jaya Dhindaw, Interim Director, WRI India Ross Centre and Program Director Integrated Development, Planning and Resilience
  • Prerna Mehta, Associate Director Urban Development, WRI India
  • Dr. Priya Narayanan, Senior Program Manager, WRI India
  • Amitabh Kundu, Senior Fellow, WRI India