The South Asia session covers challenges faced in scaling the clean cooking sector in Bangladesh and India and the activities undertaken by various stakeholders – government, manufacturers, distributors, researchers and others – to overcome existing barriers. Speakers will discuss awareness creation, below the line marketing, and user preference to enhance demand; on the supply side they will cover local manufacturing and reducing taxes and duties to ensure a strong supply chain; and will also touch on monitoring and evaluation to verify the on the ground realities of adoption and sustained use. Those working outside the region will learn about experiences in South Asia, while Bangladeshi and Indian entities are also encouraged to participate to network with others interested in exporting and importing cookstoves.
Smita Rakesh, Chief Operating Officer, Ashden India Renewable Energy Collective (AIREC)
Craig VanDevelde, Chief of Party, CCEB, Deloitte Consulting LLC
Abhay Sen, Manager, Market Intelligence, Dharma Life
Shibani Gosain, Manager Business Excellence, Dharma Life/Gajam India Pvt. Ltd.
A F M Shahed, Manager, ICS Program, Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL)