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COVID-19: The Impact in India

Leading experts analyzed the Indian government’s initial response, as well as how the virus is impacting public programs, businesses and workers, and the health care sector.

Event Details:

Thursday, June 25, 2020
9:30am - 10:30am PDT


Virtual Event

This event is open to:

General Public

On Thursday, June 25, 2020, the King Center on Global Development held a special virtual event with Stanford Seed. Experts analyzed the Indian government’s initial response to COVID-19, as well as how the virus is impacting public programs, businesses and workers, and the health care sector. 

As India was emerging from the world's largest lockdown in its fight against COVID-19. The panel addressed: What challenges lie ahead for the country's 1.3 billion residents? How effective has the response from India's government been and what are the short and longer-term impacts of COVID-19 for India's citizens and its economy?

Yamini Aiyar, president and chief executive of the Centre for Policy Research, Naushad Forbes, co-chairman of Forbes Marshall, and Stephen Luby, professor of medicine (infectious diseases), shared their expertise in a conversation moderated by Saumitra Jha, associate professor of political economy.


Watch the recording of the event.

About the speakers:

Yamini Aiyer

Yamini Aiyar is the president and chief executive of the Centre for Policy Research (CPR). Her research interests are in the field of social policy and development. In 2008, Aiyar founded the Accountability Initiative at CPR. Under her leadership, the Accountability Initiative has produced significant research in the areas of governance, state capacity and social policy. It pioneered a new approach to tracking public expenditures for social policy programs and is widely recognized for running the country’s largest expenditure-tracking survey in elementary education. Aiyar's own research on social accountability, elementary education, decentralization and administrative reforms has received both academic and popular recognition.

Aiyar is a TED fellow and a founding member of the International Experts Panel of the Open Government Partnership. She has also been a member of the World Economic Forum’s global council on good governance. Previously, she has worked with the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program and Rural Development unit in Delhi, where she focused on action research aimed at strengthening mechanisms for citizen engagement in local government. Additionally, she was a member of the decentralization team at the World Bank that provided policy support to strengthen Panchayati Raj (local governance) in India.

Aiyar is an alumna of the London School of Economics, St Edmund's College Cambridge University, and St Stephen’s College, Delhi University.

Naushad Forbes

Naushad Forbes is co-chairman of Forbes Marshall, India's leading Steam Engineering and Control Instrumentation firm. He is also the chairman and founder of CTIER. Naushad was the president of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in 2016-17. He was also a member of the Task Force on Innovation established in 2016 by the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Government of India.

Between 1987 and 2004, Naushad was a part-time lecturer and consulting professor at Stanford University where he developed courses on innovation and technology in newly industrializing countries. A recent publication is India’s National Innovation System: Transformed or Half-formed? (2017) in Rakesh Mohan (ed) India Transformed: 25 years of Economic Reforms. In 2002, he co-authored (with David Wield) From Followers to Leaders: Managing Innovation in Newly Industrialising Countries (Routledge, London).

Naushad is on the Board of several educational institutions and public companies and has chaired CII National Committees on Higher Education, Innovation, Technology and International Business.

He received his bachelors, masters and PhD degrees from Stanford University.

Stephen Luby

Stephen Luby is a professor of medicine (infectious diseases) at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Luby studied philosophy and earned a BA summa cum laude from Creighton University. He earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas and completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Rochester-Strong Memorial Hospital. He studied epidemiology and preventive medicine at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Luby's previous positions include directing the Centre for Communicable Diseases at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Diseases Research, Bangladesh in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 2004 - 2012, conducting research and teaching epidemiology at the Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan from 1993 - 1998, and working as an epidemiologist in the Foodborne and Diarrheal Diseases Branch of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Saumitra Jha

Saumitra Jha is an associate professor of political economy at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, and, by courtesy, of economics and of political science. He is also a senior fellow at the Center for Democracy, Development and Rule of Law, in the Freeman-Spogli Institute and at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.

Jha holds a BA from Williams College, master’s degrees in economics and mathematics from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD in economics from Stanford University. Prior to joining the GSB, he was an academy scholar at Harvard University. He has been a fellow of the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance and the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University and received the Michael Wallerstein Award for best published article in political economy from the American Political Science Association in 2014 for his research on ethnic tolerance. Jha has consulted on economic and political risk issues for the United Nations/ WTO and the World Bank.

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