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Student Roundtable and Lunch with Suman Bery

Past Event

April 20, 2023

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This roundtable is open only to currently-enrolled Columbia University students.

Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs for a student-only lunch and roundtable discussion with Suman Bery, Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog, Government of India, moderated by Arvind Panagariya, Jagdish N. Bhagwati Professor of Indian Political Economy.

Mr. Bery will discuss how NITI Aayog can make a difference in supporting decarbonization challenges in India’s states. Lunch will be provided.


Suman Bery is an experienced policy economist and research administrator who took over as NITI Aayog Vice Chairperson in May 2022. Mr. Bery has been a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi; a Global Fellow in the Asia Programme of the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars in Washington D.C.; and a non-resident fellow at Bruegel, an economic policy research institution in Brussels. In the year 2012 until mid 2016, Mr. Bery was Shell’s Global Chief Economist, where he advised the board and management on global economic and political developments. He was also part of the senior leadership of Shell’s global scenarios group. Before his appointment at Shell, Mr. Bery served as Director-General of the National Council of Applied Economic Research, one of India’s most respected institutions of empirical socioeconomic research. In his decade leading NCAER, Mr. Bery was at various times a member of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council, of India’s Statistical Commission, and of the Reserve Bank of India’s Technical Advisory Committee on Monetary Policy. Before NCAER, he was with the World Bank, where his career spanned research on financial sector development and country policy and strategy, notably in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Arvind Panagariya is a Professor of Economics and the Jagdish Bhagwati Professor of Indian Political Economy at Columbia University. From January 2015 to August 2017, he served as the first Vice Chairman of the NITI Aayog and also as India’s G20 Sherpa. He led the Indian teams that negotiated the G20 Communiqués during presidencies of Turkey (2015), China (2016), and Germany (2017). Professor Panagariya is a former Chief Economist of the Asian Development Bank and was on the faculty of the Department of Economics at the University of Maryland at College Park from 1978 to 2003. In March 2012, the Government of India honored Professor Panagariya with Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian honors the country bestows in any field.

Registration is required. This roundtable is open only to currently-enrolled Columbia University students. To register, you must use the email address that contains your UNI.

This event will be hosted in person and capacity is limited. We ask that you register only if you can attend this event in its entirety.

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