HomeConfrenecePast ConferenceENERGY SECURITY CONFERENCE 2020||29-30 SEPTEMBER 2020


The energy security conference 2020 was organized by Global Counter Terrorism Council in association with Ministry of External Affairs, central board of irrigation power, FIPI and mitigating knowledge age threats. The main aim of this conference was to look at energy security along the lines of Atma Nirbhar Bharat and post-COVID era.The aim of this conference was to break the prejudices formed by people, concluding energy security as the association between national security and the availability of energy resources for internal consumption. However, it is much more than that which includes Geopolitical security, Security of energy infrastructure, Self-reliance in energy sector, Future dynamics of pre- COVID world and Cyber security in the energy sector and provide access to relatively cheaper energy which has become essential to the functioning of modern economics.

Inaugural Session

Theme: Energy Security Architecture Post Covid19

The welcome speech was addressed by anchor and chair Cleo Paskal, GCTC energy security conference and senior fellow- FDD, USA, followed by Ganesh Vandana, Apoorva Das, GCTC. Welcome address was followed by Dr. Sandeep Marwah, Executive Council Member- GCTC and Chancellor- AAFT University, Alok Perti, IAS (Retd.) Chairperson, Dr. R.K.Malhotra, Director General- Foundation of Indian Petroleum Industry and former chairman and managing director Indian Oil Corporation ltd., Dr.G.P Patel, Secretary- Central Board of Irrigation and Power, Lt. Gen. Sudhir Sharma (Retd.), Chairman Mitkat Advisory Services Private Ltd., Dr. Kanwal Sibal IFS (Retd.), Chairman, Advisory Board, Former Foreign Secretary, GOI and, Dr Shekhar Dutt, SM, IAS(Retd.), Patron-GCTC, Former Governor and Former Defense and Secretary, GOI. Along with this Rear Admiral (Dr.) Sanatan Kulshreshtha, Executive Council Member- GCTC and Former DGNAI, Indian Navy talked about the role of GEEC (Global Energy & Environment Council) Thinktank. Followed by this there was the launch of GEEC. Last but not the least, the Union minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas, and Steel, GOI, is Shri Dharmendra Pradhan.

Keynote session was shared by Anil Razdan, Chairman Energy & Environment Foundation, Former Secretary (Power) & Former Special Secretary Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India, Sunjoy Joshi, IAS(Retd.) Chairman, Observer Research Foundation, Dr, V.K Saraswat, Member- NITI Aayog & Former DG-DRDO & Former Chief Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister, India , General Daya Ratnayake, Chairman, Sri Lankan Port Authority & Former Commander in Chief, Sri Lankan Army, Tarun Kapoor, IAS, Secretary(Petroleum & Natural Gas), GOI, Kurihara Toshihiko, Chief Representative, Japan Bank for International Cooperation,Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha, Former Commander in Chief, Western Naval Command, Indian Navy and K.S Popli, Advisor, International Solar Alliance & Former CMD, IREDA.

Session 1: Geopolitics And Geo- Economics Of Energy In Post Covid19 World

This session was held in conversation with Amb. Anil Wadhwa, IFS (Retd.), Executive Council Member, GCTC & Former Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, GOI, senior chair along with Rahul Chhabra, IFS, Secretary,Economics Relations, Ministry of External Affairs, GOI, Dr. Kirat Parikh, Chairman, iRADE & Former Member, Planning Commission and, Prof. Madav Das Nalapat, UNESCO Chair for Peace. The session focused on energy diplomacy of Indi talking more on South Asia and Synergizing Initiatives for Energy Cooperation, the changing global energy dynamics in the light of climate change threats: effects on Geo politics followed by India’s role in Solar Power in the International Solar Alliance.

Session 2: Fossil Fuels, Renewable Energy & Energy Security In Post Covid World

The session was held in conversation with Dr. R. K Malhotra, DG, FIPI on the session chair, along with Vivek Kumar Dewangan, IAS, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Power, GOI, H.P.S.Ahuja, managing director & CEO, Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserves Ltd., B.Anand, CEO,Nayara Energy Ltd., R.S. Sharma, Former Chairman & Managing Director, ONGC Ltd, Ramesh Mishra, Former Chairman and Managing Director, Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd, Lydia Powell, Distinguished Fellow & Head, Centre for Resources Management, ORF and Mahmuod Jardaneh, Energy Attache,US Embassy.

The focus of this session revolved around the transforming significance of coal with more emphasis on development of clean coal technology followed by discussion on the fact that fossil fuel-based energy generation will remain a mainstay in the energy scenario.

Session 3: Security of Energy Infrastructure

Lt. Gen. K.J Singh, Former GOC-in-C ,Western command, Indian Army, Vimal Wakhlu, Former Chairman & Managing Director,TCIL, T.K Sengupta, Former Director, ONGC, Sanjeev Pathak, Principal Energy Strategist & Managing Director, Rajasthan State Gas Limited,Government of Rajasthan, Andrew Holland, Chief Operating Officer, Amer I can Security Project, USA, Rajan Luthra, Chairman’s Office, Head-Special Projects, Reliance Industries Limited and Col Navneet MP Mittal, Director, Horizon Assignments (India) Pvt. Ltd along with Sushil Pradhan, COO, Mitkat Advisory Services Private Ltd. on session chair.
The main focus of the conversation was on analysing the infrastructural vulnerabilities & recommending preventive measures and developing of security information and event management, (SIEM) systems.

Session 4: Energy Future Of India

The panel discussion was held among Siddharth Zarabi, Managing Editor, NewJPlus on the session chair along with Dinesh Dayanand Jagdale– Joint Secretary, Ministry Of New And Renewable Energy, Government Of India, Dr. SSV Rama Kuma, Director(r&d), Indian Oil Corporation Limited, R.K.Vishnoi,Director (Technical), Tehri Hydro Development Corporation Ltd., Harish Saran, Executive Director, Marketing , PTC India Limited, Neeraj Sethi– Country Leader, Baker Hudges, Amit Jain– Senior Energy Specialist, World Bank And, Dr. Rashi Gupta– Founder and Md, Vision Mechatronics Pvt Ltd.
The session was focused on setting energy economic equilibrium, a stable generation & consumption regime along with a changing policy in favour of exploration and mining and the use of bio-fuels in aspect with greener source of energy.

Session 5: Atmanirbhar Bharat Towards Energy Self Reliance By 2030

The conversation was held among Siddharth Zarabi, Managing Director, Newjplus on the session chair along with Vinod Kumar Singh-Chairman & Managing Director NEEPCO Ltd., Rajesh Kumar Srivastava, Director (Exploration), Oil And Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. , Pawan Singh- MD & CEO, Ptc India Financial Services Ltd., Ratish Kumar, Director (Projects), Nhpc Ltd. , Vartika Shukla, Director(Technical), Engineers India Ltd. and Pawan Desai– Co-Founder & CEO, Mitkat Global Consulting Pte Ltd.
The session emphasised on the availability of energy resources and indigenization of critical energy infrastructure components. Focus was also laid on how self-reliance would work out for India’s energy sector and how it can achieve self-reliance in that sector.

Special Session: India- Japan Energy Cooperation

This session was shared by Takeshi Soda, Director, Oil And Gas Division, Ministry Of Economy, Trade And Industry, Japan, B.N. Reddy IFS, Joint Secretary, Ministry Of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government Of India and, Deepa Wadhwa, IFS (Retd.) Former Ambassador Of India to Japan.

Session 6: Energy Security Dynamics In The New World Order

The session was held by Cleo Paskal, Organizer- GCTC Energy Security Conference & Senior Fellow- FDD, USA. The session was held in conversation among Dr. Kent Moors, ASIDA Inc.- Executive And Managing Director, Dr. Shakti Sinha-IAS(Retd.),Honorary Director, Delhi School Of Public Policy and Governance, Delhi University & Honorary Director, Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute Of Policy Research And International Studies,Ms University Of Baroda, Nishant Kumar Tiwari– IPS, OSD To Union Minister For Power & Mnre & President-Isa, Prof. Brenda Shaffer, Senior Advisor, Energy, F.D.D, USA, Walt Patterson FEI, Associate Fellow, Chatham House & Founding Member, International Energy Advisory Council and, Prof. Vladimir Sotnikov, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Eastern Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences. The session focused on coping up with the energy transition in a post COVID era and achieving energy sustainability by 2030. One more aspect that was given more emphasis was to understand Energy Trilemma mean in the Global context



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