On our last morning in Delhi, we have breakfast with Ravi Lakshmikanthan and a group of alumni and students of the Heller School’s Sustainable International Development program. The SID students have all graduated in the last few years, and are active in the governmental, intergovernmental, and NGO sectors. Among them are Reena Gupta, MA SID ’02, a natural resources management specialist with the World Bank, Chandan Samal MA SID ’03 is a project development specialist with USAID, focusing on food security issues, and Alok Kumar, MA SID ’06, who is working on capacity development projects in rural India for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Tenzin Dhonyo has made his way down to Delhi from Dharasalama, where he is working for the Tibetan government in exile. We compare notes on the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit, on the impact of their Brandeis experience, and on ideas for future gatherings of Brandeis alumni in Delhi and in India more generally. The alumni (and Jehuda) also take turns holding young Meher Singh, Brandeis class of 2032, whose mother, Professor Harleen Singh, is busy soliciting ideas from the alumni about stronger connections between SID and Women’s and Gender Studies.
Making a Difference in Sustainable Development
About Daniel Terris
I am director of the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life at Brandeis University, in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA.