Poverty and climate risks are the two most important issues that are leading to increase in disparities across geographies. These disparities can be bridged by clean energy based productive solutions to achieve decent work and economic growth for all in a sustainable manner.

The two day event will bring together a diverse group of stakeholders: End Users; Livelihood Practitioners; Financing Institutions; Productive Use Technology Innovators; Energy Access Enterprises and many more, to discuss replicable models and processes that can scale sustainable energy and livelihood solutions and transform under-served communities.

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Time Event Details
9:30 - 10:15 Welcome Address

Opening Speaker

Keynote Address
Shri. G. Raghuram, Director IIM-B

Shri. L K Atheeq, IAS, Principal Secretary to Government, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj & Chairperson (GOK), Executive Committee, MGIRED

Shri R. Ramanan, Atal Innovation Mission, Niti Aayog
10:15 - 11:30 Sustainable Energy Access Models for Livelihoods

Demonstrate the impacts of different energy access models for powering livelihoods and outline the critical parts of the ecosystem in each context
Pushpa Gullenanavar, Flour Milling and Roti Making Entrepreneur

Ranjan Panda, Puffed Rice Maker

Thangjan Laingam Singh & Thangjam Merina Devi, Blacksmiths

Sridevi Melavanki, Digital Solutions Provider

Huda Jaffer, Lead Designer, SELCO Foundation

Devkishor Soraisam, Founder, Mangaal Sustainable Solutions

Shripathi Hadigal, Program Manager, SELCO Foundation
11:30 - 12:00
12:00 - 1:30 Need Based & Energy Efficient Appliance Manufacturing

Challenges in developing and scaling energy efficient technologies for livelihoods
Context Setting
Raghu Kulal, Potter

Jagadish Naik, Coir Rope Maker

Rachita Misra, SELCO Foundation

Smita Rakesh, Social Alpha

Karthik Chandrasekhar, Sangam Ventures

Kusumdhaara Kepalakaje, Ksheera Enterprises

R Narayan, Bigstamp, Millet machine and Tools

Shailaja Vittal, Dharma Technologies

Shuboday Ganta, Associate Vice President, Transaction Advisory Services, Ernst & Young LLP
1:30 - 2:30 Lunch
2:30 - 3:30 Last Mile Refrigeration & Cold Storage Context Setting
Sripathi Hadigal, SELCO Foundation

Shahaab Javeri, SELCO Foundation

The following organisations will participate in the discussion - Cool Crop, Devidayal, Tan 90 Innovations, Pluss Technologies, Harsha Trust, Ecozen, Aagun, CoolNext along with End Users of Cold Storage Technologies
Solar Powered Irrigation Context Setting
Ganesh Neelam, TATA TRUSTS

Nilanjan Ghose, GiZ

The following organisations will participate in the discussion - TATA Trusts, Harsha Trusts, Sehgal Foundation, CEEW, CLEAN, Kethworks, REEEP, TATA Solar
Demonstration of 30+ Livelihood Applications Demonstration across sectors - Agriculture, Food Processing, Animal Husbandry, Textile, Blacksmithy, Pottery, Rope Making, etc.
3:30 - 4:00 Tea/Coffee
4:00 - 5:30 Role of Clean Energy Enterprises in scaling sustainable livelihoods

What does it take for last mile clean energy enterprises to champion energy driven productive applications?
Context Setting
Thippeswammy, Dairy Entrepreneur

Manjunath Bhagwat, Senior Manager, SELCO Solar Light Pvt. Ltd.

Prerna Sharma, Associate - Policy, CLEAN Energy Access Network

Sarah Alexander, SELCO Foundation

Joysing Teron, Hill Solar

Sudeshna Mukherjee, Deputy Country Director - India, MLinda

K.S Patil, Branch Manager, SELCO Solar Light Pvt. Ltd.

Upendra Sahoo, Founder, Tarini Enterprises

Ekta Jaju, Founder & CEO ONganic Foods
5:30 - 6:00 Closing Speaker Shri. Jeffrey Prins, Program Manager, Renewable Energy, IKEA Foundation
Time Event Details
9:30 - 10:00 Opening Speaker Smt. Gayathri Vasudevan, CEO at LabourNet Services India
10:00 - 11:30 Role of energy efficiency and sustainable energy in empowering agricultural value chains

How energy access and efficiency can augment agricultural value chain?
Context Setting
Shivamma, Agri Processing Entrepreneur

A Manjunatha, Jenugoodu CMRC, MYRADA

Gautam Kumar Pradhan, Coordinator, Harsha Trusts

Ganesh Neelam, TATA TRUSTS

Dr. Lalitha Regi, Sittilingi Organic Farmer's Association

Malatesh Puttannavar, Assistant Director of Agriculture (in-charge), DATC, Chitradurga, Karnataka

Garima Kumari, Collectives for Integrated Livelihood Initiatives (CInI)

Gautam Kumar Pradhan, Coordinator, Harsha Trusts
11:30 - 12:00
Tea/Coffee Served
12:00 - 1:30 Unlocking end user finance for sustainable livelihoods

Outlining and addressing the key challenges in financing for energy driven livelihoods
Context Setting
Ramsingh Kabadi, Tailor

Dr. L.H Manjunath, Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala Rural Development Program

Hari Natarajan, Independent

Chingkhei Singh, Self Employment Voluntary Association (SEVA MFI)

Sasmita Patnaik, Program Lead, Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW)

Mohan Gullenavar, Assistant Manager, Chigalli Group (GSSN) Co-operative Bank

Sathish Ballal, Retired General Manager, Vijaya Bank
1:30 - 2:30 Lunch
2:30 - 3:30 Sustainable Energy Driven Technologies for Textile Context Setting
G.N. Raghu, SELCO Foundation

Sumita Ghose, Rangsutra

The following organisations will participate in the discussion - Janapada Seva Trust, KVIC, NRGEEE, Khaloom, Timbuktu Collective, Sustainable Earth Foundation, Lady Bamford Foundation, Mitan Handicrafts along with loom innovators.
Micro finance and Sustainable Livelihoods Moderator
Sumita Ghose, Rangsutra

The following organisations will participate in the discussion - IDFC, SEVA - MANIPUR, Ujjivan, MannDeshi Co-operative, Shram Sarathi, Sa-dhan, Chaitanya, NEED
Demonstration of 30+ Livelihood Applications Demonstration across sectors - Agriculture, Food Processing, Animal Husbandry, Textile, Blacksmithy, Pottery, Rope Making, etc.
3:30 - 4:00 Tea/Coffee Served
4:00 - 5:30 Creating an enabling policy environment for scaling energy driven productive applications.

What are the key policy takeaways across the different parts of the ecosystem and how can they be approached?
Anish Kumar, Co Lead, Transform Rural India

Leena Johri, IAS, Joint Secretary, Department of Rural Development, National Rural Livelihood Mission

Gauri Singh, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary & Dev. Commissioner, Panchayat & Rural Development Department, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh

Mandeep Kaur, IAS, Joint Development Commissioner, Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

Sunil Kumar, General Manager, Farm Sector Policy Department, National Bank For Agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD)

Keshav Das, Chief Executive Officer, Ashden India Collective

Saskia Werther, Programme Manager, DOEN Foundation

Sangeeta Baksi, Scientist E, TIFAC
5:30 - 6:00 Closing Speaker

Smt. Richenda Van Leeuwen, Founder of United Nations Foundation and Energy Access Practitioners Network, Chair - International Institutions at the Global LPG Partnership



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Learn about the goals

SDG7 is critical for achieving the goals laid under SDG8 - Sustainable energy enables the success of livelihood interventions at the grassroots level, leading to inclusivity and democratisation of wealth distribution. Looking at both the SGDs together can bring to light some of the much-needed livelihood related opportunities, that are primarily poor centric, and the related challenges with appropriate solutions.

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