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SAI Event Topic : Science Technology and Energy


Mon, April 17, 2017 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  Littauer 280, Harvard Kennedy School

Energizing India: Scenarios for India’s Energy Future

Speaker: Suman Bery, former chief economist, Shell Corporation

Moderator: Rohit Chandra, Ph.D. candidate, Harvard Kennedy School
Suman Bery will present some of the results and larger ideas of a joint study conducted by Shell and various Indian think tanks about potential scenarios for India’s energy future. He will discuss India’s energy mix, constraints and possibilities on its evolution, and some tools India has to pursue different energy strategies over the next 20 to 30 years. Suman Bery was until recently Shell’s Chief Economist, based in The Hague, The Netherlands. He is currently a Nonresident Fellow of the Brussels think-tank Bruegel, as well as a Senior Fellow of the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth. He is now based in New Delhi.

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Mon, Apr 17, 2017 at 04:00pm

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Mon, Apr 17, 2017 at 05:30pm

VENUE
Littauer 280, Harvard Kennedy School

ADDRESS
79 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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Tue, December 13, 2016 from 12:00pm - 01:30pm  /  CGIS South, S450

Assessing Impact of Feed-in-Tariff on Electric Grids in the Developing World: A Socio-economic Perspective

Science and Technology Seminar

Fahad Javed, Aman Fellow, Harvard South Asia Institute

Discussant: Afreen SiddiqiVisiting Scholar, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Feed-in-tariffs to support solar photovoltaic (PV) cells deployment for home consumers has been one of the most actively supported policy measure across the globe for a greener, more resilient, and cost effective electric grid. However, as experience in some of the leading nations in solar PV deployment has shown, faulty tariff design may be very costly for all the stakeholders and sometimes result in detrimental outcomes.  Understanding how this policy will impact the consumers and the grid operations is of significant importance. Incidentally, feed-in-tariffs are being considered and offered in different regions in developing world including South Asia. To this end in this talk we discuss how energy demand simulations based on socio-economic realities of the region can be used to evaluate the impact of feed-in-tariffs on the electric grids. Furthermore, we discuss how such simulations can aid policy makers in improving the impact of policy measures, such as tax rebates etc., through better visibility provided by simulations of consumer behavior.

Light lunch will be served.

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Tue, Dec 13, 2016 at 12:00pm

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Tue, Dec 13, 2016 at 01:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S450

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA

1213 Fahad
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Wed, October 19, 2016 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS Knafel, K050

Energy Access in Remote Communities – A Practitioner’s Experience

Science and Technology Seminar

Anshuman Lath, Co-Founder, Gram Oorja 

Chair: Ignacio Perez-ArriagaVisiting professor, MIT; Professor and Director of the BP Chair on Sustainable Development, Comillas University

Gram Oorja Solutions Private Limited (www.gramoorja.in), founded in 2007, has worked in over 120 remote villages of India, providing electricity, drinking water and cooking fuel to tribal communities. A key feature of the work has been the sustainability of these projects, with local communities taking over the management, tariff collection duties and ownership of these projects. Anshuman, a co-founder of the company, will share his experiences with the company.

 

START
Wed, Oct 19, 2016 at 04:00pm

END
Wed, Oct 19, 2016 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS Knafel, K050

ADDRESS
1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA

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Mon, September 21, 2015 from 12:00pm - 01:30pm  /  CGIS Knafel, K262

Mobile Technology Summer Program Final Presentation

SAI Special Event

This summer, with support from Harvard’s President’s Innovation Fund for International Experiences, SAI ran an 8-week summer program in India for Harvard College students to explore the potential of mobile technology to enable economic and social mobility, which combined academic coursework and experiential learning. The program culminated in a final project, which the students will present on campus at this interactive event, with feedback from the faculty leaders.

Students:

Diane JungHuman Development and Regenerative Biology, Harvard College ‘17

Kais Khimji, Social Studies, Harvard College,  ‘17

Pradeep Niroula, Government, Harvard College ‘18

Eshaan PatheriaApplied Math & Computer Science, Harvard College ‘18

Faculty:

Satchit Balsari, FXB Research Fellow, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights; Director, Weill Cornell Medical College Global Emergency Medicine Program

Malavika JayaramFellow,  Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University; Fellow, Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore

Tarun Khanna, Director of the South Asia Institute;  Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor,  Harvard Business School

JP Onnela,  Assistant Professor at the Department of Biostatistics, Harvard School of Public Health

Read more about the program.

START
Mon, Sep 21, 2015 at 12:00pm

END
Mon, Sep 21, 2015 at 01:30pm

VENUE
CGIS Knafel, K262
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

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Tue, September 30, 2014 at 04:30pm  /  Allison Dining Room, Harvard Kennedy School

Climate Change Diplomacy: The Road to Paris 2015

Science, Technology and Energy Seminar

Jairam Ramesh, Economist, Member of the Indian National Congress, Fisher Family Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School

Ramesh is a Fisher Family Fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project and a leader in international climate negotiations. A Member of Parliament from Andhra Pradesh, Ramesh was chief negotiator for India at the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Copenhagen, Denmark, between 7 to 18 December 2009. He has been a leading figure in international climate diplomacy for years.

Ramesh was the Union Cabinet Minister for Rural Development under Prime Minister Singh from 2011-2014. Previously, he was named Union Cabinet Minister for Rural Development, Drinking Water and Sanitation in 2011. He held numerous high-level government posts, including the Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests from 2009-2011; Union Minister of State for Commerce and Power from 2008-2009 and Union Minister of State for Commerce from 2006-2009.

Cosponsored with the The Future of Diplomacy Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

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Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 04:30pm

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Tue, Sep 30, 2014

VENUE
Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor Taubman Building, Harvard Kennedy School

ADDRESS
Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor Taubman Building, 79 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138

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Wed, April 16, 2014 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  Harvard Kennedy School L-382

Environmental Inspections in India

Science, Technology and Energy Seminar

Rohini Pande, Mohammed Kamal Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Sponsored by the Harvard Environmental Economics Program’s Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

Seating is limited. Seminars in this series are presentations and fairly technical economics papers. Some background in economics is helpful. 

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Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 04:00pm

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Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 05:30pm

VENUE
Harvard Kennedy School L-382

ADDRESS
79 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA

The Bats in the Belfry
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Thu, April 10, 2014 from 01:30pm - 03:00pm  /  CGIS South, S153

Nature Beyond Borders: Science, Society, and Conservation in India

Science Technology and Energy Seminar

Mahesh Rangarajan, Professor, Delhi University; Director of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library

Chair: Ajantha Subramanian, Professor, Social Anthropology Program, Harvard University

Cosponsored with the Political Anthropology Working Group

Mahesh Rangarajan is a researcher, author and historian with a special interest in environmental history and colonial history of British India. He appears frequently on Indian television as a political analyst. He is also a columnist in the print media writing on wildlife conservation, political and environmental issues. In 2010, he led the Elephant task force (Gajah) of the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests. The task force was formed to formulate measures for the protection of elephants in India. He has written several books and articles on politics and history of wildlife conservation, forest rights and environmental history. In the book, Battles over Nature, he analyses present-day conservation conflicts and finds their roots in India’s colonial past and in the governance system that was adopted as an independent nation state.

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Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 01:30pm

END
Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 03:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S153
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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Wed, February 26, 2014 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S250

China-India Space Race: Rhetoric or Reality?

Science Technology and Energy Seminar

Bharath GopalaswamyDeputy Director, South Asia Center, Atlantic Council, Washington, D.C.

Jaganath Sankaran, Research Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom, Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School

Co-Sponsored by the Harvard Asia Center, Modern Asia Seminar Series 

 

START
Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 04:00pm

END
Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

China India Space Race Updated 2
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Fri, December 6, 2013 from 02:00pm - 03:30pm  /  Littauer Building, Harvard Kennedy School

The Power of Promise: Examining the Feasibility of A Rapid Expansion of Nuclear Energy in India

Science Technology and Engineering Seminar

M. V. Ramana, Nuclear Futures Laboratory & Program on Science and Global Security, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs Princeton University

Chair: Matthew Bunn, Professor of the Practice of Public Policy, Co-Principal Investigator, Project on Managing the Atom, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Nuclear power has been held out as possibly the most important source of energy for India. And the dream of a nuclear-powered India has been supported by huge financial budgets and high-level political commitment for over six decades. Nuclear power has also been presented as safe, environmentally benign and cheap. In his book, The Power of Promise, Dr. M.V. Ramana makes a historically nuanced and compelling argument as to why the nuclear energy program in India has failed in the past and why its future is dubious.

Cosponsored by the Harvard University Center for the Environment and the Harvard Kennedy School Project on Managing the Atom

START
Fri, Dec 6, 2013 at 02:00pm

END
Fri, Dec 6, 2013 at 03:30pm

VENUE
Littauer Building, Room 324, The Fainsod Room, Harvard Kennedy School

ADDRESS
79 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138

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