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Monday, February 16, 2015

Humphrey Professor and Alumna Inolved with India's 2015 Vibrant Gujarat Summit


Humphrey Alumna, Ms. Mamta Verma, led the organization of this year's Vibrant Gujarat - a high profile summit held in India January 11-13, 2015. Positioned more like Vibrant India,Vibrant Gujarat was inaugurated by India's Prime Minister Modi and attended by delegates from around the world, including UN Secretary Ban Ki Moon, US Secretary of State John Kerry, CEO's from several Indian and US Global Companies, and knowledge experts from academia and non-profit sectors. According to Matma Verma, "Vibrant Gujarat widely known as Davos-like global business networking platform of the East, is a gateway to discuss and deliberate issues that challenge the world today. Vibrant Gujarat 2015 has surpassed its own humble beginning in 2003 as a preferred investment destination to a Global Networking Summit to ideate, innovate and inspire Global issues."

Mamta Verma, who was appointed as the Commissionaire of Industries of Gujarat immediately upon her return to India after her program in Minnesota, had to dive right into organizing this immensely successful event which is designed to attract business partnerships as well as exchange knowledge on thematic topics with with Indian and global experts. Mamta Verma, who is a senior official of the Indian Administrative Service, had taken a 1 year sabbatical to get her MPA degree at the Humphrey School as a Government of India Fellow (2013-2014).

One of the thematic topics on PM Modi's national agenda is the development of 100 Smart Cities all over India to rejuvenate the economy by leapfrogging smart infrastructure provisions in the key urban sector. This topic was one of five themes highlighted during Vibrant Gujarat with Industry/Infrastructure partnerships as well as knowledge partnerships to advance the concept. Humphrey Professor Anu Ramaswami spoke at the Smart Cities Seminar during Vibrant Gujarat and offered insights and ideas to develop smart cities in a way that can help sustain the environment and enhance the human well-being and livability of cities. As Director of a leading US research Program on Sustainable Cities knowledge exchange between the projects she leads and Gujarat can immensely impact the development of smart and sustainable cities not only in India, but also the world.
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