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CGIS Knafel, K050

Events at this Venue

A Conversation with Navtej Sarna, Indian Ambassador to the US

Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 05:15pm

Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 06:45pm

Special Event

Navtej Sarna, Indian Ambassador to the US

Chair: Tarun KhannaJorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School; Director, South Asia Institute

Ambassador Sarna took charge as Ambassador of India to the United States on November 5, 2016. He has been a Member of the Indian Foreign Service since 1980.

He was previously posted in London as High Commissioner, and before moving to London, Mr Sarna was Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs. Mr Sarna was among the longest-serving spokespersons of the ministry between 2002 and 2008. He has also had postings in Moscow, Warsaw, Tehran, Geneva and Thimphu. Mr Sarna is also a prolific author of many fiction and non-fiction books, recently ‘Second Thoughts: On Books, Authors and the Writerly Life’ that was released last year.

Reception to follow.

Please note: This event will be off the record (Chatham House Rules).

Energy Access in Remote Communities – A Practitioner’s Experience

Wed, Oct 19, 2016 at 04:00pm

Wed, Oct 19, 2016 at 05:30pm

Science and Technology Seminar

Anshuman Lath, Co-Founder, Gram Oorja 

Chair: Ignacio Perez-ArriagaVisiting professor, MIT; Professor and Director of the BP Chair on Sustainable Development, Comillas University

Gram Oorja Solutions Private Limited (, founded in 2007, has worked in over 120 remote villages of India, providing electricity, drinking water and cooking fuel to tribal communities. A key feature of the work has been the sustainability of these projects, with local communities taking over the management, tariff collection duties and ownership of these projects. Anshuman, a co-founder of the company, will share his experiences with the company.


Artist talk: White Butterfly

Wed, Apr 13, 2016 at 04:00pm

Wed, Apr 13, 2016 at 05:30pm

Art Seminar

Milan Rai, Visiting Artist, South Asia Institute Art Program

Chair: Jinah Kim, Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University

Rai’s White Butterfly project was a personal art installation that has grown with a global outreach for different community causes and concerns. It is a demonstration of how the role of art can take different turns when shared across social media, connecting people and communities to effect social change and awareness. From Scotland to Greece to New York to Africa over the past two years, many connections around the world have been established.

Those connections became an unexpected source of support and real change in rapid response to the earthquake disasters in Nepal this year, initiating funding projects for immediate relief to provide sanitation facilities, toilets rebuilding a school and relocating an entire village. In this talk, Rai will introduce The White Butterfly project to the faculty and students at Harvard in the form of a retrospective photographic exhibition, including an interactive presentation.

Rai’s work will be on display starting April 11 in the follow locations: SAI office on the 4th floor CGIS South, CGIS South lobby (1730 Cambridge Street), and CGIS Knafel Lobby (1737 Cambridge Street).

Learn more about Milan Rai.