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The Role of Innovation in Tackling Climate Change
A Panel on Climate Tech Innovation


One of the greatest challenges we are faced with today is climate change. It is well acknowledged that environmental challenges require joint action to find an effective solution.

Disruptive climate solutions for technology, policy, finance, business models, leadership and capacity building are key to accelerate low-emission and climate-resilient development. Startups that recognize the importance of climate action are at the forefront of climate tech innovation. Through transformative technology and digital disruption, startups can be agile in addressing the climate crisis. Aside from investments being made in sustainable mobility and energy production, the ecosystem also sees startups emerge with novel technologies in smart agriculture, waste management and environmental and natural resources. Climate tech startups have the potential for disruptive development, but as they scale from regional to global, more help is needed in mentorship, talent management, regulatory compliance, scaling, and implementation.

To explore this and other topics, we are bringing together a panel with various players in the ecosystem – Governmental bodies, Startups, Accelerators supporting climate tech startups and solution providers to deliberate on innovation happening in this field.

The discussion would cover topics including

  • The role of governments in building and sustaining innovation in the space
  • The role of large corporates in nurturing climate tech innovations
  • Focus of accelerators in providing a congenial environment to the startups in the space
  • The role of technology providers in helping accelerate the development of these technologies
  • Challenges and barriers faced by climate tech startups

Join us in this panel discussion where leaders who work with startups, researchers, corporations, startups themselves and policymakers working towards climate action discuss the role of innovation in tackling climate change. 

About the Presenters


Dr. Tanya Morton

Dr. Tanya Morton, Worldwide Director of Customer Success Engineering, MathWorks

Dr. Tanya Morton is the worldwide director of customer success engineering for MathWorks, the makers of MATLAB and Simulink. She has worked at the forefront of innovation, engineering, and science for over 26 years, including 17 years in customer-facing roles at MathWorks and 4 years as a leader at a technology start-up. She is passionate about sustainability and leads an initiative to support MathWorks customers in understanding and tackling climate change. She recently gave the MathWorks keynote address entitled “Save the Earth: Accelerate Climate Science and Electrify Everything”. She holds an M.A. in mathematics from the University of Oxford and a Ph.D. in mathematics and computer science from Vanderbilt University.


Pratap Raju
Climate Collective

Pratap Raju, Founding Partner, Climate Collective and Country Head – New Energy Nexus India

Pratap Raju has been in the climate and clean tech space since 2009. From being one of the pioneers in solar in the early days of National Solar Mission, he has pivoted to supporting climate and clean tech startups throughout South Asia, where the Climate Collective has accelerated over 600+ cleantech startups across the region.

A graduate from Harvard and then Oxford University, Pratap Raju has been an entrepreneur for the past 20 years in IT, media, renewable energy, and now climate.

Debasis Goswami
Shell E4

Debasis Goswami, General Manager, Shell E4

Debasis has over 20 years experience across multiple Global organizations. He has worked extensively in Open innovation, Strategy, New Product Innovation, Business Development. Debasis led the Open Innovation Platform for an MNC prior to joining Shell E4. He has led multiple New Growth initiatives in his prior organizations and commercialized solutions to market. Debasis is an MBA in Marketing & Finance, BE in Mechanical Engineering. Debasis is passionate about the startup ecosystem and works closely with several startups as a mentor. Debasis is the General Manager for Shell E4 hub which was established in October 2017. The programme was launched with the strategic intent to accelerate the transition towards a sustainable energy future by becoming a major actor in India’s entrepreneurial ecosystem through linking talent, technology, capital, and know-how, and working with the most promising Indian start-ups. The programme has a core mission: “to empower and enable identified Indian entrepreneurs working on energy related start-ups to become sustainable, profitable and significantly impactful organizations.” The mission objectives are threefold: a. to cocreate and develop the start-up ecosystem, in India; b. to offer a world-class start-up hub to support and enable energy-related start-ups; and c. to establish a strong investor network for energy-focused start-ups.

Dr. Suruchi Rao

Dr. Suruchi Rao, CEO and Co-Founder of Ossus Biorenewables

Dr. Suruchi Rao is the CEO and co-founder of Ossus Biorenewables, a Bangalore based bioenergy company providing hydrogen recovery as a service during wastewater treatment for process industries across US and India. Ossus is currently producing hydrogen gas for steel, FMCG chemical and pharmaceutical industries via their proprietary product, the OB HydraCel device. Before starting her own venture, she was working on the conversion of agricultural wastes into ethanol as a transportation fuel as part of her doctoral work at the Institute of Chemical Technology (UDCT) in Mumbai. 

Pramit Dash
Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Ayog

Pramit Dash, Programme Director - Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog

Pramit Dash is the Program Director at Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog, heading its Atal New India Challenge and ARISE initiatives. He is a Public Policy and Business Administration graduate with 10+ years of experience in the Government and in the FMCG space – spanning across Policy, Program Management, Business Leadership, Strategy and Planning. Currently working at the intersection of policy, innovation and entrepreneurship involving multi-disciplinary responsibilities including program design and management, developing collaborations, monitoring and evaluations.

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