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India Responds: COVID and Governance

66th SKOCH Summit

The Hope that I see: COVID and Governance
Nine Lessons for Effective Public Management
Digital Governance: POST COVID-19
Public Sector Responds to COVID-19
A Policy for Revival
India Responds to COVID-19
Transformational Governance

Mr Sameer Kochhar

Mr Sameer Kochhar

Chairman, SKOCH Group
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Mr Ramachandran V

Mr Ramachandran V

Director – Global Field Delivery, HPE Pointnext Services
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Dr Gursharan Dhanjal

Dr Gursharan Dhanjal

MD & Editor, SKOCH Group

Mr Jayesh Ranjan

Mr Jayesh Ranjan

Government of Telangana

Prof Prajapati Trivedi

Prof Prajapati Trivedi

Commonwealth Secretary General’s Special Envoy for SDG Implementation
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Dr Deepak B Phatak

Dr Deepak B Phatak

Professor Emeritus, IIT-B Mumbai and Director, SKOCH Development Foundation
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Sameer Kochhar
Chairman, SKOCH Group

Mr Sameer Kochhar is a social scientist, leading reforms historian in India and an acclaimed author. His domain expertise on socio-economic issues has been used by the government and private sector alike for consultancy on public policy and strategy. He has published 16 books including Defeating Poverty, ModiNomics and The Untold Story of Indian Reforms. He is privileged to have his books released by Dr Manmohan Singh, Mr Narendra Modi, Mr Arun Jaitley and Mr P. Chidambaram, among several other luminaries. His mantra is growth, livelihoods and equity.

He is an industry veteran with a multifaceted career spanning over 37 years with extensive experience in using action research to bring felt-needs to policy and strategy. He is credited with several well-performing public policy interventions in areas of digital, financial and social inclusion. Considered fearless, he is often seen standing up to be counted on issues of national importance, asking difficult questions and offering seasoned advice. He has assessed first-hand a large number of projects in India and has also created one of the biggest independent knowledge repositories on what works/ This also serves as perhaps the only institutional memory of reforms in India.

He has been a member of several expert groups and committees constituted by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India, advocating a case for a strengthening of local self-governance through use of technology; and, the Ministry of Communications and IT on the evaluation of National e-Governance Plan. He was on the advisory committee of College of Agricultural Banking of Reserve Bank of India for nearly 6 years. He has represented India in inter-governmental conferences.

Mr Ramachandran V
Director - Global Field Delivery, HPE Pointnext Services

Ramachandran V has 25+ Years of IT experience, most of it across India combined with a short stint at Singapore, leading APeJ Sales for Cloud business. With 20 Years of successful stint @ HPE, held various leadership positions across IT Presales, Product management, Sales, Consulting Business and currently as overall Services delivery leader for India Geo. In his current role, he is instrumental in transforming Pointnext Services Delivery with laser sharp focus on enhanced Customer Experience, building CAP & CAP to deliver on emerging technologies viz.. Cloud, IoT, Analytics & Edge. During the pandemic, had also gained experience to manage & orchestrate the large delivery workforce to quickly align with market situations, while maintaining seamless Customer Experience.

Professor Prajapati Trivedi
Commonwealth Secretary General’s Special Envoy for SDG Implementation

Professor Prajapati Trivedi (@PrajaTrivedi): He is currently Commonwealth Secretary General’s Special Envoy for SDG Implementation. Till recently he was the Senior Director heading the Economic, Youth, and Sustainable Directorate of the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, UK. In this position also he reported directly to the Secretary General of the Commonwealth Secretariat.

COVID-19 pandemic has spared no country. Yet, the degree of infection and consequent deaths have differed vastly. There is, as yet, no scientific explanation based on climatic or genetic differences in populations. However, there seems to be an emerging consensus that public management matters. This talk looks at three largest countries in the World and finds that outcomes in India, measured in terms of deaths from COVID-19 virus, are a fraction of deaths compared to other two large populous countries and appears to be an outlier. He examines the public management response of a democratic government and draws lessons for effective public management in dealing with other grand public management challenges of our times.

Dr Deepak B Phatak
Professor Emeritus, IIT-B Mumbai and Director, SKOCH Development Foundation

Dr Deepak B Phatak has been involved with setting up of the core IT infrastructure, systems, processes as well as applications for some of the largest financial and governance systems in India. Given the pressure but on this infrastructure, did it crack and how it needs to transform moving forward to adapt to the new normal is at the core of his take. Being a SKOCH Awards veteran, he takes note of some of the heart warming initiatives being showcased and throws a light at all the good work going on in the country that is visible to him from his perch as Professor Emeritus at IIT B- Mumbai and as Distinguished fellow of SKOCH Development Foundation since inception.