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4th Indo-European Conference on Standards & Emerging Technologies

The 4th Indo-European Conference on Standards & Emerging Technologies was held at The Lalit in the Capital on December 7, 2023. Project SESEI were the hosts and it was organised by Bharat Exhibitions.

The Indo-European Conference on Standards & Emerging Technologies is a platform established by the SESEI Project. It is a forum that brings together high-level representatives, technical experts from the EU/EFTA community and the respective Indian stakeholders for sharing and learning from each other, further strengthening the ongoing dialogue in the realm of Policy, standardization around topics of emerging technologies covering Digitization, Green & Clean Energy etc.

Taking the momentum further from the previous editions, the 4th Edition of the Indo-European Conference on Standards & Emerging Technologies explored the topics relevant for both the Indian and Europe:

  • Circular Economy (e-Waste, Plastics),
  • Connectivity in Smart Cities (Digital, Energy & Transport), and
  • Data Privacy & Cyber Security.

Subject experts and policy makers were invited from EU/EFTA and India to share best practices, gaps and challenges and to present recommendations on how to work together.

During the conference, a study report focused on these three topics was released. The study report covers latest developments, current state of play covering standards development & policy initiatives in EU/EFTA and India, the gaps and technological challenges in India limiting the market potential, adoption of technologies and the areas of further collaboration between EU and India.

The Conference provided an opportunity to:

  • Share the latest work and ongoing activities around policy and standards as being carried out in Europe and India around these conference topics.
  • Create opportunities to standards stakeholders for interaction.
  • Indulge in a dialogue and deliberations among standardization community and identify the areas of synergies, gaps & challenges which can be bridged, and the roadmap for working together.

Influential speakers at the conference

Session:Director General & Industry Dialogue
Speakers: Gunjan Dave, Member (Technology), Department of Telecommunications; Vineet Mathur, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Consumer Affairs; Maive RUTE, Deputy Director-General & Chief Standardisation Officer, European Commission and Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW); Olivier PEYRAT, Director General, AFNOR; Luis Jorge Romero, Director General, ETSI; Henri Gétaz, Secretary-General, EFTA; Mohanram Natarajan, Director General, TSDSI; TV Ramachandran, President, BIF; Dr. R.K. Upadhyay, CEO, C-DoT; Girish Sethi, Senior Director-Energy Program, TERI; G Narendra Nath, Joint Secretary, National Security Council Secretariat; Margot Dor, Director Govt. Affairs, ETSI; Chandan Bahl, Deputy Director General, BIS; Vipin Sahni, Executive Director, CII – Institute of Quality; and Dinesh Chand Sharma, Director – Standards & Public Policy, EU Project SESEI.

Session:Circular Economy (e-Waste, Plastics)
Speakers: Dr. Sandip Chatterjee, Scientist G & Group Coordinator, Meity, Govt. of India; Michael Bucki, Counsellor & Head of Section – Sustainable Modernization, Delegation of the European Union to India; Souvik Bhattacharjya, Associate Director & Sr. Fellow,
Resource Efficiency & Governance, TERI; Dr. Aparna Dhawan, Senior Counsellor, CII Institute of Quality; Dr. Shilpi Karmakar, Project Manager, UNDP in India | ESG | Circular Economy | Waste Management; Christian Dworak, Chairperson of the European CEN-CENELEC SABE, Circular Economy Topic Group, (BSH Hausgeräte GmbH); Justin Wilkes, Executive Director, ECOS; William Neale, Adviser on Circular Economy & Green Growth, European Commission’s Environment Directorate General; Dr. Rachna Arora; Team Leader; EU-REI; Dr. Anjali Taneja, Senior Policy Specialist and Group Head, CSTEP; Col. Suhail Zaidi (Retd), Director General, MAIT; Dr. Seema Shukla, Executive Director, TIC Council India; Mathias Falkenberg, Programme Manager, ECOS; Dr. Anders S.G. Andrae, Chair of WG, EE M-ICT, Ajay Kumar Lal, Scientist F/Senior Director & Head (Chemical Department), BIS; and Arun Agarwal, Deputy Director General, Department of Telecommunications, Jammu, J&K.

Session: Connectivity in Smart Cities (Digitization, Energy & Transport)
Speakers: A. Robert J. Ravi, DDG (S.R.I.), Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications, Govt. of India; Laurent le Danois, Team Leader, Cooperation Section
Delegation of the European Union to India & Bhutan; Sushil Kumar, Additional Director General Telecom, Department of Telecommunications; Ramesh Loganathan, Professor Co-Innovation & Head Research Outreach, IIIT-Hyderabad; Jagan Shah, Senior Fellow, Artha International; Roland Hechwartner, Chairman, oneM2M Technical Plenary; Christophe Colinet, Chairman, ETSI ATTM SDMC, (Sustainable Digital Multiservice for Cities) working group; Sudhendu J. Sinha, Adviser (Infrastructure Connectivity & Electric Mobility), NITI Aayog; Aurindam Bhattacharya, Scientist G, C-DoT; N. Kishore Narang, Mentor, Principal Design Strategist & Architect, Narnix Technolabs; Wim De Kesel,
Group Vice-President, Standardization and Regulation, Legrand “CEN-CENELEC”; Lohith MV,Technology and Innovations Head, Siemens Advanta India; Margot Dor, Director Govt. Affairs, ETSI; and Andreas Neubacher, oneM2M & Deutsche Telekom.

Session: Data Privacy & Cyber Security
Speakers: Golok Kumar Simli, Principal Advisor and Chief Technology Officer, Ministry of External Affairs; Wim De Kesel, Group Vice-President, Standardization and Regulation, Legrand “CEN-CENELEC”; Dr. Ajay Kr. Garg, Director & Head (Digital Tech & Law), Anand & Anand Associates; Dr. Sriram Birudavolu, CEO, Cyber Security Centre of Excellence, Data Security Council of India; Dr. N. Subramanian, Executive Director, Society for Electronic Transactions and Security (SETS); P.K. Singh, DDG (Security), Department of Telecommunications; Kshitij Bathla, Scientist C, Bureau of Indian Standards; Lal Chandran, Co-Founder and CTO,; Dr. Debabrata Nayak, Head of Cyber Security, Ericsson; Dr. Walter Fumy, Chair CEN-CENELEC JTC 13, Cybersecurity and Data Protection; Martin Michelot, Executive Director, TIC Council, Europe; Vijay Madan, Advisor & Mentor – Services & Solutions, TSDSI; G. Narendra Nath, Joint Secretary, National Security Council Secretariat; Sachin Gaur, Industry Expert on Data Privacy & Cyber Security; and Manojkumar Parmar, Founder, CEO & CTO, AIShield powered by Bosch.

Some photos at the Conference

The ceremonial lighting of the lamp.


Shashi Dharan, Managing Director, Bharat Exhibitions


The delegates and speakers unveil the study report on Circular Economy (e-Waste, Plastics), Connectivity in Smart Cities (Digital, Energy & Transport), and Data Privacy & Cyber Security


Chandan Bahl, Deputy Director General (International Relations), Bureau of Indian Standards


Margot Dor, Director Govt. Affairs, ETSI


Laurent Le Danois, Team Leader Cooperation Section, Delegation of the European Union to India


TV Ramachandran, President, Broadband India Forum


Gunjan Dave, Member (Technology), DoT


Vipin Sahni, Executive Director, CII- Institute of Quality


Souvik Bhattacharyya, Associate Director and Sr. Fellow, TERI


R.K. Upadhyay, Chief Executive Officer, C-DoT


Session on Connectivity in Smart Cities (Digital, Energy and Transport) in progress


Kshitij Bathla, Scientist l – CDeputy Director(LITD), BIS


Sushil Kumar, Additional Director General Telecom, DoT


Session on Circular Economy, e-Waste & Plastic waste in progress


Session on snapshot on Data Privacy and Cyber Security  in progress

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