NCAER hosted a seminar on “Thematic Bonds: A Tool to Finance India’s Energy Transition” by Dr. Gautam Jain, Senior Research Scholar at the Centre on Global Energy Policy, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University, on Monday, 15 May 2023. Dr. Jain’s presentation covered the findings and conclusions of his recent research concerning Thematic Bonds: Financing Net-Zero Transition in Emerging Market and Developing Economies and India Integrates Green Bonds Into Its Decarbonization Strategy.
Dr. Jain has previously been a portfolio manager and strategist in the financial industry, where he covered emerging markets. He has worked at asset management firms and investment banks, including The Rohatyn Group, Barclays Capital, and Millennium Partners. He has helped manage emerging market local debt and hard-currency bond portfolios, encompassing currencies, interest rate instruments, and sovereign credits. Dr. Jain holds a PhD in Operations Research from Columbia University, an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University, and a BTech in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He is a CFA charter holder and a Cornell EMI Fellow.
The discussion was chaired by Dr. Sudipto Mundle, Chairman, Centre for Development Studies, and Non Resident Senior Fellow, NCAER. The discussants for the event were Mr. Gagan Sidhu, Director- CEEW Centre for Energy Finance; Ms. Neha Kumar, Head, South Asia Programme, Climate Bonds Initiative; and Dr. Praveen Kumar, Senior Adviser, NCAER.