09.45 – 09.50

Opening Address by The Economic Times

10.00 – 10.15

Chief Guest Address: Reducing Water & Waste Stress: Vision 2050

  • Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Union Cabinet Minister, Ministry of Jal Shakti

10.15 – 10.30

Guest of Honor Address

  • G Asok Kumar, Director General, National Mission for Clean Ganga (recorded)

10.35 – 10.50

Special Address – Leaders view on innovation: Water management

  • H.K. Agarwal, Managing Director, Grasim Industries Limited and Business Director- Pulp and Fibre, Aditya Birla Group

10:55 -11:30

Inaugural Leaders Dialogue: Towards water-wise world
Advancing private-sector water management by empowering businesses to lower business risks and fostering innovation in water-related data, tools, and strategies. through Integrated Design and Planning.
For the first time in history, urban parts are home to more than half of the world's population. Around 6.4 billion people will live in cities by 2050. These people will be living in a world that is becoming increasingly water limited, with demand for water expected to rise by 55% by 2050. Rapid population increase, industrialization, climate change, water pollution, and maintaining, renewing, and extending urban water infrastructure are just a few of the enormous difficulties that urban water management and systems are confronting.
Discussion Points

  • Importance of industrial water management
  • Water management and sanitation in developing countries
  • Deep dive into the water management of huge corporations
  • High-quality content, and inclusive, solution-driven collaboration at its core


  • Ashish Dwivedi, CEO, Birla White, Aditya Birla Group
  • Pravin Karve, CEO, Thermax Babcock & Wilcox Energy Solutions

Namrata Rana, Director Strategy & Brand, Futurescape – Moderator

11.35 – 11.45

Partner Presentation: - Future of sustainable solutions for water and wastewater recycling

  • Vishal Mehra, Business Unit Head – Water & Waste Solution, Thermax Limited

11:50 - 12.10

Leaders dialog on waste management: Solutions to Industrial Waste Management - Sustainable waste treatment
Discussion Points

  • Designing, building, and operating wastage treatment plants, wastewater treatment and industrial waste treatment plants
  • Tertiary treatment for reduce and reuse of the industrial waste
  • Smart waste management creating improved data quality and better insights into waste streams during operations and other processes
  • Cross-Industry collaboration to enhance the recycling value chain
  • Systemic circular economy for recycling to benefit businesses, society, and the environment.
  • Industrial Waste-to-energy in India



    • Kiran Sarkar, Head Sustainability, Mahindra & Mahindra (Automotive & Farm Business)
    • Prabodha Acharya, Group Chief Sustainability Officer, JSW Group

Dr Suneel Pandey, Senior Fellow and Director, Environment & Waste Management Division, TERI - Moderator

12:15 – 12:25

Special Address - Circular Economy, E-waste & EV Battery Recycling Ecosystem: Achieving A More Sustainable Future with Deep Technology

  • Nitin Gupta, CEO & Co-Founder, Attero Recycling

12:35- 13.00

In conversation: Embracing digital solutions for waste management
Digital solutions in waste management are now not seen as option but as “imperative”. The session aims to provide an overview of the current state of digital in the e-waste and waste management sector the value potential for digital solutions, and the lessons learned from those on the digital journey.

  • Big data, innovative solutions, autonomous vehicles in the applications for e-waste and waste management, efficiency, supply, quality and more


  • Dr Vedpriya Arya, Head – Herbal Research Dept., Patanjali Research Foundation
  • Dr Sameer Joshi, Honorary Treasurer Governing Council, Indian Plastic Institute

Utkarsh Majmudar, Member of Board of Governors, IIM Raipur- Moderator

13.05 – 13.20

In conversation: Making Hygiene & Sanitation Accessible & affordable to lead a thriving community

  • Current scenario of Hygiene & Sanitation in India
  • Substantial progress that has been made over the past few years
  • Rise in the awareness of hand-sanitation & Hygiene post COVID 19 outbreak
  • What are the other challenges & opportunities in India?
  • Solutions to make hygiene and sanitation affordable & accessible


  • "Moderator: Syamal Sarkar (Ph.D.), IAS (R)  Former Secretary, Min. of Water Resources & DoPT"
  • Amit Konlade,Global SCM Operations - Leader, SATO

13.20 – 13.35

Special Talk: Collaboration, Government Regulatory and Policies to promote Recycling/Waste Management across the industry.

  • Wilma Rodrigues, Founder and CEO, Saahas Zero Waste (SZW)

13.40 – 14.20

Panel Discussion: Financing and Promising solutions with potential to address
the world’s increasing water and waste management needs
According to the UN-Water GLAAS report released in 2017, a massive increase in water and sanitation investments is necessary to fund the Sustainable Development Goals. The current level of WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) funding is insufficient to accomplish the SDG goals of universal access to safe and inexpensive drinking water, as well as appropriate sanitation and hygiene.
Looking at the companies' goals for this year in terms of investing in cleanliness, water, and sanitation, as well as creating a long-term work environment for future employees and for the better world.
Discussion Points

  • Financial flows to the water and sanitation sector
  • Investments     in    water-related    and    sanitation    infrastructure    by government and industries.
  • International aid and credit flows for water, sanitation sector
  • Partnerships and country level initiatives


  • Prabhjot Sodhi, Senior Program Director – Circular Economy, Centre for Environment Education
  • Nitin Bassi, Programme Lead, Council on Energy, Environment and Water
  • Seema Bhardwaj, Director India, Germany Trade & Invest
  • Joop Stoutjesdijk, Lead Water Specialist, World Bank
  • Sumouleendra Ghosh, Associate Partner, KPMG India - Moderator

14.25 – 14.35

Special Address: Water Security, Sanitation & Hygiene for Sustainable Development

  • Water allocation and water Economics
  • Water supply and sanitation


    • Dr Anil K. Garg, CEO, Energy and Environment Foundation, India

14.35 – 14.45

Closing Address


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