India Roundtable Discussion Co-Presented With Social Alpha

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Professor Meric S. Gertler
President, University of Toronto 

cordially invites you to a roundtable discussion co-presented with Social Alpha.

Venue: President, IHCL SeleQtions
Room: Assembly
90 Cuffe Parade, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400005 

Hear from leading U of T scholars and partners about urban transitions, climate change and urban innovations.


Registration opens at 9:30AM 

  • Welcome Address

  • Urban Transitions

  • Keynote Address: Moving towards Net Zero Carbon Cities in India

  • Panel Discussion: Preparing Cities for Climate Change

  • Launch of the University of Toronto Centre in India 

  • Urban Innovations Showcase

Lunch and refreshments to follow.

University of Toronto Panelists

Photo of Karen ChappleProfessor Karen Chapple, Director, School of Cities

Karen Chapple, Ph.D., is the Director of the School of Cities at the University of Toronto, where she also serves as Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning. She is Professor Emerita of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, where she served as department chair and held the Carmel P. Friesen Chair in Urban Studies. She holds a B.A. in Urban Studies (Phi Beta Kappa) from Columbia University, an M.S. in City and Regional Planning from the Pratt Institute, and a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley. Prior to academia, she spent ten years as a practicing planner in New York City and San Francisco.





photo of Mark FoxProfessor Mark S. Fox, Director, Urban Data Centre, School of Cities

Professor Mark Fox, is Director of the Urban Data Centre in the School of Cities. He is the Distinguished Professor of Urban Systems Engineering and Professor of Industrial Engineering and Computer Science. He is also the founding Director of the Centre for Social Services Engineering and the Enterprise Integration Laboratory. His current research applies artificial intelligence to smart cities, with a focus on semantics integration of data from multiple sources.  Professor Fox has led numerous collaborations within academia and with industry and government partners.  In addition to his academic work, Professor Fox has extensive experience in the private sector. 

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Social Alpha is a multistage innovation curation and venture development platform for science and technology start-ups that address the most critical social, economic and environmental challenges through the power of entrepreneurship and market-creating innovations. Since its inception in 2016, Social Alpha has supported more than 200 start-ups, including 60+ seed investments.

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