AVPN Global Conference 2023 | 20 - 22 June 2023


India Rising: Forging a Path to Healthy, Low-Carbon Prosperity

By Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN)



Date & time


28 October 2021



28 October 2021


About this event

Join Naina Batra for a conversation with Fred Krupp, President, and Hisham Mundol, Chief Advisor, India, of Environment Defense Fund (EDF).  As one of the largest countries in the world, contributing a significant portion of global carbon emissions, India has a unique opportunity to resolve a dilemma facing many nations: Can the country grow its economy in a safe, sustainable way without the deadly air pollution, climate shocks and depletion of natural resources that have plagued other countries? And can India develop cleanly while advancing shared prosperity? This will require raising economic productivity, generating more employment, and accelerating female participation in the labor force – in a sustainable manner.

EDF is a leading global nonprofit that has worked with partners to forge pragmatic solutions to the most serious environmental problems. EDF believes that there is an opportunity to carve out a uniquely Indian pathway to shared, healthy, low-carbon prosperity and is establishing an independent entity to broaden and deepen partnerships in India. This session will use illustrations from EDF’s Indian and global portfolio to bring to life this vision.

EDF has partnered with AVPN Climate Action Platform to bring about this session. The Climate Action Platform is the dedicated arm of AVPN that looks to promote Asian thought leadership and foster stakeholder collaboration to scale impact and move capital towards climate action across Asia Pacific. India is also one of AVPN’s primary markets with a large portion of our member base actively engaging in climate issues there. EDF has tapped into AVPN’s network of members and partners in India to foster collaboration between those active in the field of climate action, and to develop solutions and a pathway for sustainable development in India.

Fred Krupp
Environmental Defense Fund

Environmental Defense Fund president Fred Krupp has guided EDF for three decades, overseeing its growth from a small nonprofit to one of the world’s most influential environmental organizations, with more than 750 employees in the United States, China, Mexico and Europe and an annual budget of more than $200 million. As a leading voice on climate change, energy and corporate sustainability, Krupp appeared on the TED stage in 2018 to announce plans to launch MethaneSAT, a satellite that will measure and map planet-warming methane emissions from the oil and gas industry worldwide. In 2016, he played a role in the adoption of the first major bipartisan environmental legislation in two decades, the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act, by a House vote of 203-12 and a voice vote in the Senate.Krupp has pioneered innovative approaches to harnessing the power of the marketplace to protect the environment and has led EDF’s groundbreaking corporate partnerships with FedEx, KKR, McDonald’s, Walmart and others. Most recently, he helped GM develop its plan to sell only zero-emission vehicles by 2035. Educated at Yale and the University of Michigan Law School, Krupp appears frequently in the media. He was named one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News and World Report and is a recipient of the 2015 William K. Reilly Environmental Leadership Award from the Center for Environmental Policy at American University. Krupp is co-author with Miriam Horn of the New York Times bestseller Earth: The Sequel – The Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming

Hisham Mundol
Chief Advisor, India
Environmental Defense Fund

Hisham Mundol is the Chief Advisor, India for Environmental Defense Fund, for operations in India. He started his career in sales, marketing and consulting with Hindustan Unilever, WorldTel, Accenture and; Infosys. He subsequently moved to the development sector where he led the National Condoms Programme for the Indian Government’s National AIDS Control Organisation and later set up operations in South Asia for Wikimedia Foundation promoting projects like Wikipedia. Most recently, he led the work of Children’s Investment Fund Foundation in India (across health, nutrition, adolescence, education, girls & women’s rights and livelihoods, child protection and climate change.)

Naina Subberwal Batra
CEO and Chairperson

Naina Subberwal Batra joined AVPN as CEO in 2013 and was appointed Chairperson in May, 2018. Over the last seven years, under Naina’s leadership, AVPN’s membership has tripled. The organization’s focus has expanded from focusing only on Venture Philanthropy to supporting the entire ecosystem of Social Funders from philanthropists to impact investors and committed private sector partners. In 2019, she was appointed one of Asia’s Top Sustainability Superwomen by CSRWorks. Prior to joining AVPN, Naina was a member of the senior leadership team of a purpose driven unit of The Monitor Group, a leading global strategy consulting firm, aimed at catalysing markets for social change. Naina was also partner and Co-Founder of Group Fifty Private Ltd, curating contemporary Indian art with a view to provide a medium for up and coming and established Indian artists to showcase their work directly to a large and diverse audience.

What you will learn

Through this one-hour conversation, participants will learn more about:

  • The imperative and potential to drive sustainable development that secures the incomes, well being and interests of both the community and the country.
  • The power of economic forces to fuel sustainable growth by ensuring that accountability and incentives are introduced; so that market players benefit from sustainable choices.
  • The opportunity to create sustainable value and competitive advantage through environmentally responsible operations.
  • The ability of broad partnerships (with governments, corporates, start-ups, academia, etc.) to drive systems change.
  • The potential of technology to drive down pollution, reduce the cost of the transition, and create leapfrog development opportunities.

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