Announcement: Seminar on Social Infrastructure Financing and Use of Digital Technologies


On May 13, 2021, the New Development Bank (NDB) and the Ministry of Finance of India will co-host a virtual Seminar on Social Infrastructure Financing and Use of Digital Technologies, in connection with the BRICS 2021 Economic and Financial Cooperation Agenda.

The Seminar will include contributions from leading public and private sector actors in social infrastructure development in the BRICS and beyond, with opportunities for viewer-interactions through Q&A across a high-level panel and two thematic sessions.

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Thursday, May 13, 2021
16:30 to 18:30 India Standard Time (IST)
19:00 to 21:00 China Standard Time (CST)
16:30 IST

19:00 CST

Inaugural Session

Mr. Ajay Seth

Alternate Governor of NDB, Secretary (EA), Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance of India

Mr. Marcos Troyjo

President of NDB

16:45 IST

19:15 CST

Keynote Speech

Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs

Director of the Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University

16:55 IST

19:25 CST

High-level Panel

Panel discussion and Q&A on the importance of investing in social infrastructure to promote sustainable development. Participants will include experts and high-level representatives from the Government of India, NDB and the global academic community.


Mr. Baldeo Purushartha

Joint Secretary of the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance of India

Mr. Maxim Merkulov

Managing Director of VEB.RF

Prof. Ronaldo Lemos

Professor at the Schwarzman College at Tsinghua/Columbia University

Mr. Xian Zhu

Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of NDB


Ms. Lerato Mbele

BBC Anchor

17:45 IST

20:15 CST

Thematic Sessions on Social Infrastructure

Integrating digital technology & social Infrastructure for current times

Ms. Anu Madgavkar

Partner, McKinsey Global Institute

This session will explore the value of integrating digital technology into social infrastructure to enhance delivery of health and education in the context of the fourth industrial revolution and post-COVID-19 recovery.

Mobilizing financing for social infrastructure in the BRICS

Mr. Abhishek Gopalka

Managing Director & Partner, New Delhi, Boston Consulting Group

This session will explore the steps that could be taken by policymakers, financial institutions and relevant stakeholders for tackling the challenges related to social infrastructure financing, models and instruments that could be explored in the BRICS countries and ways to de-risk projects for enhancing private sector participation in social infrastructure.

Mr. Leslie Maasdorp

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of NDB

18:25 IST

20:55 CST

Closing Session

Mr. Vladimir Kazbekov

Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer of NDB