23 24 25 March 2022
Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India

City Leader's Conclave

The pandemic resulted in widespread turbulence across the world. As part of an emergency response to the pandemic, the Indian government leveraged its Smart Cities Mission (SCM) to enable cities to effectively leverage technology in improving citizen services and overall quality of life. Being future-ready is the aim of India’s SCM. Indian cities witnessed a mammoth challenge in containing the virus while ensuring the safety and security of its citizens.

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the existing smart city models proved their agility and ability to handle the challenge in executing various projects where use of technologies in cities, waste and sludge treatment, energy saving, low carbon transport systems, command control systems, etc. proved to be helpful. Even in the face of a public health crisis, social unrest, massive budget shortfalls, and mounting climate disasters, the city leaders are innovating, and taking bold steps to tackle their cities’ most pressing challenges. City Leaders have employed new ideas and tools, in a very short time, leaving no scope for trials and errors. While responding to an unknown crisis of this scale, cities have strived to maintain the delicate balance between life and economic well-being as both ultimately meant the same thing- precious human lives had to be saved at all costs, and the quality of life of its citizens had to be improved.

The task of City Leaders to steer and shape their city’s destiny has never been so crucial, and ‘City Leaders Conclave’ is designed to hear directly from our City Leaders about their experiences, challenges, way forward. How different will Smart Cities Mission 2.0 be from the 1st phase? How can we work on a collaboration approach more effectively? How is the mission comforting industry participation? What can we do to make Indian cities more investor-friendly?

Conference Agenda

  • Opening Address and Setting the context: Mr. Nilachal Mishra, Partner and Head of Government Advisory, KPMG in India
  • Special Address: Dr. O.P. Agarwal, CEO, WRI India
  • Ambassador speaks:  H.E. Mr. Andre Aranha Correa do Lago, Ambassador, Embassy of Brazil
  • Guest of Honour Address: Shri Durga Shanker Mishra, IAS, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Govt. of India
  • Launch of Knowledge Paper by: Mr. Akshay Bhalla, Office Managing Partner - North
  • KPMG in India “Road to Sustainable Smart Cities: Challenges, Opportunities and Emerging Trends”
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Discussion Points:

  • Converting ICCCs into COVID-19 war rooms- What are the major challenges faced during this conversion? Have we realised the full potential or does it need more interventions and innovations?
  • How far are tier 2 and tier 3 cities from having their ICCCs?
  • What are the plans, and the way forward for bringing cities back to normal?
  • What are the lessons learned from this pandemic?
  • How have cities managed to enforce social inclusion?
  • How did cities manage to contain the virus whilst ensuring daily sanitation and delivery of essential commodities?
  • Have the Covid 19 shifted the priorities Smart City?
  • What are the lessons learned from this pandemic? What is the way forward and suggestions for cities?
Setting context by Session Moderator: Ms. Neetika Chhabra, Director – Infrastructure, Government & Healthcare, KPMG in India

Keynote Address by: Shri Hitesh Vaidya, Director, NIUA
Special Address by: Dr. Charru Malhotra, PhD (IIT-D), Coordinator (Centre of eGovernance), Indian Institute of Public Administration

Panel Discussion and Q/A

Smart Cities response to the pandemic

Setting context by Session Moderator: Ms. Neetika Chhabra, Director – Infrastructure, Government & Healthcare, KPMG in India

Distinguished Speakers:

  • Dr. Garima Mittal, IAS, Faridabad Smart City
  • Ms. Jayati Singh, IAS, CEO, Gwalior Smart City Ltd.
  • Mr. Raj Cherubal, CEO, Chennai Smart Cities
  • Mr. Gaurang Rathi, IAS, Varanasi Smart City
  • Mr. Aditya Singh, CEO, Bhopal Smart City Ltd.
Discussions and Q/A

Building Livable Cities and Learnings from COVID 19

Setting context by Session Moderator: Ms. Neetika Chhabra, Director – Infrastructure, Government & Healthcare, KPMG in India

Distinguished Speakers:

  • Mr. Mahesh Moroney, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, NAGPUR Smart City
  • Mr. Nitin Sangwan, IAS, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation
  • Mr. Ravi Pawar, CEO and Dy. Commissioner, Amravati Smart City
  • Mr. Mukesh Malhotra, CEO, Biharsharif Smart City Ltd.
  • Dr. Khushaal Yadav, Addl. CEO, Ajmer Smart City Ltd.
Discussions and Q/A

Building Livable Cities and Learnings from COVID

Session Moderator: Mr. Ashutosh Kapoor, Director - Infrastructure Government and Healthcare, KPMG in India

Distinguished Speakers:

  • Mr. Navin Piplani, Director, INTACH
  • Mr. Junaid Azim Mattu, Mayor, Srinagar Municipal Corporation
Discussions and Q/A

Heritage as an Enablement for Effective and Usable

Session Moderator: Mr. Tikender Panwar, Former Mayor, Shimla

Distinguished Speakers:

  • Dr. Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi, Secretary General, UCLG
  • Mr. Ravi Ranjan Guru, DDG, AIILSG
  • Mr. Mr. Eduardo Slaveiro Vice Mayor of Curitiba, Brazil
  • Mr. Junaid Azim Mattu, Mayor, Srinagar Municipal Corporation
  • Ms. Hemanthi Goonasekera, Chief Executive Officer - Federation of Sri Lankan Local Govt. Authorities
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