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US-India Energy Cooperation: Partnering to Meet Energy Needs

L-R: Dr. Ernest Moniz and Sumant Sinha

The global debate around access to affordable energy has perhaps never been more active. As two of the largest economies in the world, the United States and India are cooperating to meet energy needs in ways that ensure economic growth in affordable and sustainable ways. What does the future hold for U.S.-India energy cooperation? What best practices and new technologies are revolutionising the energy sector and our energy partnership?

Join us for a talk and conversation on the future of energy with Dr. Ernest Moniz, United States Secretary of Energy and Sumant Sinha, Founder, Chairman and CEO of ReNew Power Ventures Pvt. Ltd.

Dr. Ernest Moniz, the United States Secretary of Energy is tasked with implementing critical Department of Energy missions in support of President Obama's goals of growing the economy, enhancing security and protecting the environment. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Moniz was the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was a faculty member since 1973. At MIT, he headed the Department of Physics and the Bates Linear Accelerator Center. Most recently, Dr. Moniz served as the founding Director of the MIT Energy Initiative and of the MIT Laboratory for Energy and the Environment. From 1997 until January 2001, Dr. Moniz served as Under Secretary of the Department of Energy.

For a more detailed profile of Dr. Moniz, please click here.

Sumant Sinha is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of ReNew Power Ventures Pvt. Ltd. ReNew owns and operates close to 500 MW of operating capacity making it one of the largest companies in the clean energy space in India. ReNew is equity funded by Goldman Sachs, an investment which is the largest commitment of equity in India's renewable energy space. Prior to establishing ReNew Power, Sinha was the COO of Suzlon Energy Ltd, CEO of Aditya Birla Retail, and from 2002 to 2007, the Group CFO of the Aditya Birla Group. He has investment banking experience in New York and London for over ten years, after having started his career with the Tata Administrative Service. Sinha also serves as the Chairman of the National Renewable Energy Committee of the Confederation of Indian Industry.

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Event Details

Wed 12 Mar 2014
5:50pm - 7:00pm

Roof Top Room, Trident Hotel, Nariman Point, Mumbai

Asia Society Members only. RSVP required: [email protected]