Dr Vibha Dhawan meets heads of governments of Japan and Guyana

03 Nov 2023

Director General brings focus on TERI’s multiple initiatives during visits to Japan, Guyana and the United States

TERI director general Dr Vibha Dhawan met heads of government of Japan and Guyana, and the Indian Ambassador to the United States of America (USA) in the month of October.

Dr Dhawan participated in the Hydrogen Gigaton International workshop in Tokyo and the 5th RD20 (Research and Development 20) international conference held in Koriyama, Japan, from October 2-6, 2023.

Apart from getting insights on recent research/commercialisation possibilities from Hydrogen (discussed during the Hydrogen Gigaton International workshop and conference of G20 countries in clean energy space), Dr Dhawan met Japan's Prime Minister, Mr Fumio Kishida.

“The RD20 conference provided an excellent platform for exchanging knowledge and experiences among global thought leaders and opened the door to significant partnership opportunities. These developments offer immense potential for TERI across various domains, provided we harness these opportunities by leveraging the exceptional expertise and reputation of these institutions of global standing,” Dr Dhawan said.

The meeting brought together an impressive assembly of global leaders representing corporate entities, government ministries, climate science experts, clean energy technologists, and renowned professionals.

“It was a distinct honour for me to engage with these world-renowned experts,” Dr Dhawan said.

TERI’s contribution appreciated in Guyana

Dr Dhawan visited Guyana to attend the Agri-Investment Forum and Expo 2023 on October 20 and met with the officials of the government.

During the forum, she engaged in an extensive discussion with Guyana’s Hon. President Dr Irfaan Ali, Vice President, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, Hon. Prime Minister, Mr Mark Phillips, and Finance Minister, Dr Ashni Singh. “The High Commission in Guyana has also conveyed its appreciation for TERI's contributions to the region. Notably, the government has expressed interest in establishing a TERI Caribbean Center in the region,” Dr Dhawan said.

Indian Ambassador to the US promises support to TERI

Dr Dhawan also had a fruitful meeting in Washington DC on October 23, with Indian Ambassador Mr Taranjit Singh Sandhu, who shared his excitement on the possibility of establishing a TERI North America centre.

“It was heartening to learn that TERI is recognized as a reputable think tank, and the Ambassador has expressed a keen interest in providing support,” Dr Dhawan said.

“He was particularly enthusiastic about the notion of establishing TERI North America, considering the growing interest of several organizations in the US to expand their operations in South Asia, Africa and the Caribbean region.

Additionally, Dr Dhawan met with officials from various organisations and apprised them of the TERI initiatives.

“During my visit, I connected with Mr Manish Bapna and Mr Sameer Kwatra from NRDC, Mr Venkata Ramana Putti, Mr Sudharshan Canagarajah, Ms Chirine Alameddine, and Mr Stephane Hallegatte from the World Bank, as well as Ms Sonia Sarkar of UNICEF and Mr Ashvin Dayal of the Rockefeller Foundation,” she said.

“I'm pleased to share that they have all expressed a keen interest in collaborating with TERI, and I believe it's imperative that we reach out to them to apprise them of our ongoing initiatives,” she said.

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