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Ajay Narayanan
Head, Sustainabilty and climate Business
IFC, New York
Cohort 9
Region: Abroad
Sector: Business

Mr. Narayanan is currently the Head of the Sustainability and Climate Business Unit in the Global Financial Markets department at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group. Also part of the Climate Business Group in IFC, his team is mandated with the role of growing the financing of climate change mitigation and sustainability projects through financial market clients of IFC in areas such as Sustainable Energy, Sustainable value chains, Cleaner Production, and sustainable logistics. He has experience both within and prior to IFC in looking at the sustainability aspects in emerging financial markets covering both E&S risk management as well as opportunities. He has over 18 years experience in Environment health and Safety management associated with financial institutions, chemical and engineering industry. He has also worked on industrial loss prevention, alternative models for financing sustainable infrastructure, renewable energy, carbon finance and new technology areas.

He has Post Graduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Safety Engineering, is a Fellow of the Institute of Risk Management, London and an Associate life member of the Indian Society of Applied Behavioral Science.

Ajay Kumar Lal, IFS
Joint Secretary
Ministry of Law and Justice
Cohort 3
Region: North
Sector: Government

Mr Kumar received Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering and Masters in Structural Engineering before joining the Indian Forest Service in 1987. Mr Kumar is now the District Forest Officer for the Government of India; he manages and administers about 600 square kilometers of forest land and resources in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Confronted with very real aspects of environmental protection and sustainable development on a daily basis, his main priorities are protection, conservation, sustainable development of the forest wealth and improvement in the living conditions of the people living within the territory. He also served as Head, SAARC Forestry Centre, Bhutan.

Presently, he is working as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India prior to taking this position he was Director, Dept. of Environment, Science and Technology, Government of H.P. Shimla and is pursuing a Master of Business Administration at the Indira Gandhi National Open University in New Delhi.

Ajith Venniyoor
Faculty, Journalism & Mass Communication
BHAVANS College of Communication and Management, Trivandrum
Cohort 8
Region: North
Sector: Government

Ajith Vennyioor is a Post-Graduate in Sociology and Gandhian Philosophy and a PG diploma holder in Mass Communication. Ajith is a keen student of Gandhian model of development, environmental issues and decentralised governance. He is former Secretary of Kerala Gandhi SmarakNidhi, the State counterpart of Gandhi Memorial National Trust based in Rajghat, New Delhi.

He started his career as a journalist and worked with two leading news papers, television channels and headed publication division of Kerala Gandhi SmarakNidhi for about two decades. Ajith bagged three prestigious awards for development journalism in 1990s. He also worked with State Government as public relations officer of the State Literacy Mission for two years. He was in charge of establishing and coordinating continuing education centres as part of post literacy programme throughout the state and preparing reading materials, training modules, propaganda, publicity and training programs. The continuing education centres emphasize sustainable eco-friendly development. He has also promoted organic farming, appropriate technology and eco-friendly development through the preparation of related information and publicity materials and by facilitating training programs.

He has participated in several training programmes in India and abroad. He is also a development / environment writer and author of eleven books out of which five are on environmental issues. He worked as consulting editor and extension faculty with Kerala Institute of Local Administration [KILA], Thrissur, a State Government institution dedicated for capacity development of elected representatives and officials of local governments, during 2004-2007. He edited four journals/news letters and 32 books.

Ajith is presently Press Secretary to Minister for Finance, Law and Housing, Government of Kerala. Previously, he was Public Relations Officer with State Poverty Eradication Mission, KUDUMBASHREE and IEC (Information Education and Communication) Expert of Kerala Sustainable Urban Development Project of Department of Local Self Government, Government of Kerala ( He is also a faculty member in the areas of Journalism and Public Relations in Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan College of Communication and Management, Thiruvananthapuram

Amba Jamir
Founder Executive Secretary
Sustainable Development Forum Nagaland (SDFN)
Cohort 8
Region: East
Sector: Civil Society

Amba is a policy analyst and development advisor with over 15 years of multidisciplinary experience from policy formulation to project development. Professionally trained as an environmental lawyer and development communicator, he has experience working with grassroots organisations in the Asia-Pacific Region as a trainer, facilitator, and community leader in the areas of education, livelihood and policy advocacy. He has extensive experience working in local, national and international NGOs, the government and with advanced regional policy and research think tanks such as the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan.

Currently, he is serving as the Executive Secretary of the Sustainable Development Forum, Nagaland.

Anjuly Chib Duggal,IAS (Retd.)
Ministry of Finance Government of India
Cohort 1
Region: North
Sector: Government

Ms. Anjuly Chib Duggal belongs to the Indian Administrative Service, and is presently posted as Secretary, Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance, Government of India. In her present position, she deals with matters relating to Banking, Financial Institutions, Insurance, Pension reforms etc and reports to the Finance Minister.
Prior to the current posting she was Secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India for the period from March, 2015 till August, 2015. She has also worked as Special Additional Secretary and Joint Secretary in the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance.
Earlier, she worked at the State level in Government of Punjab in various capacities, including as Member Secretary, Punjab Finance Commission (2004-2006). In previous tenures in Govt. of India, she worked as Director in Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion and Joint Secretary, Information and Broadcasting, handling the automobile sector, FIPB and Film industry among other responsibilities.

Deepshikha Deka
General Manager (P.R) Corporate Office
Oil India Limited
Cohort 1
Region: North
Sector: Business

Deepshikha Deka is Chief Manager (P.R) with Oil India Ltd.(OIL), a public sector oil company engaged in exploration & production of crude oil and natural gas. She holds a bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering, Masters in Business Administration and is a Fellow of LEAD.

Apart from energy management, Ms Deka has worked as a change agent or Internal Coach in OIL strategic change initiative called 'Breakthrough performance (BP) Project to enable the organisation to transformation itself into a vision driven and value governed organisation. Her work involves Visionary Planning exercises, facilitating Dialogue sessions on critical issues of the organisation and conducting change management programs for people at different management levels for fostering change in the organisation culture and climate. She designs and conducts intensive programs & workshops on the concepts of Learning Organisation, Leadership Development, Systems thinking, Ethics & Values and Emotional Intelligence. She is also involved in community work for women entrepreneurs and artisans and is interested in Systems Thinking tools for dealing with complex environmental issues, use of Dialogue as a tool for harnessing collective intelligence of groups and communities.

She has been involved with various programs of LEAD namely Climate Change Leaders(CCL) project as member of Regional Advisory Council (RAC) of the North Eastern (NE) Region and mentored CCLs from Assam for leadership capacity building at grass root level, Cohort Trainings and other programs on capacity building.

In 2011, she joined OIL Corporate Office at Noida, as Senior Manager (PR) and is now looking after the Company CSR and Corporate Communications cell.