DMI is excited to collaborate with Act Now for the 5th edition of the world’s largest online environmental event, infusing it with a Nordic touch as we gear up for Narendra Modi's visit for the third Indo-Nordic summit in Norway later this year.

This 24-hour non-stop event on June 4-5, 2024, will unite organizations and individuals globally to showcase their climate actions, share insights, and spread awareness about restoring our environment and protecting the only planet we have.

Highlighting some of the Indian and Nordic speakers:

Few speakers from India
* Mr Rahul Singh, IAS, Secretary, Central Board of Secondary Education, Ministry of Education, Govt. of India
* Atul Bagai, Country Head, India, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
* Message from secretary-general of UN, Antonio Guterres
* Message Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, Inger Andersen

Speakers from Finland
* Kaija Saramaki Chairman of the Board, ENO Schoolnet Association
* Dr. Tuomo Kauranne , Founder and President of Arbonaut
* Mika Vanhanen Vanhanen, Founder of Environment Online and Plant and care for peace
* Pekka Harju-Auttti, Founder, Treebuddy
* Maire Turunen , Environment Education Specialist

Speakers from Denmark
* Tim Christophersen , VP Climate Action at Salesforce

Speakers from Norway
* Erik Solheim Solheim, Patron, Act Now, and former UN Environment Executive Director and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations
* Rina Sunder , Founder, Det Moderne India

Speakers from Sweden
* Karl Sterner Isaksson , COO, Climate Call (Klimatkoll Guldheden AB)

Host: Rajiv K Shrivastava , Founder Act Now

The Nordic Region: A Leader in Green Innovation and Economic Prosperity

Sunder highlighted the following points about the Nordic region:

Examples of Successful Green Collaborations between the Nordic Region and India

The Nordic region's innovative approaches and successful collaborations with India demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainable development and green technology.

Discover India's dynamic political landscape through an insightful interview with DMI founder Rina Sunder. Recently featured on national broadcasting, NRK, Rina delves into key aspects of the Indian election process:

Watch the interview by clicking the link below and deepen your understanding of India's political dynamics.

India: et Modi(g) valg?

"We will take democracy to every corner of the country." Rajiv Kumar, leader of India's national election commission, echoed these words as he announced the election dates.

From April 19th and for six weeks ahead, nearly 1 billion Indians can go to the ballot boxes. That's almost 1/8 of the world's population. Why do we know so little about this historic election? How has democracy functioned under Prime Minister Modi? Is India actually called Bharat now? And if India is to be a guiding star for the future of democracy, how does that affect us?

On Tuesday April 16th Studentersamfunnet in Bergen organized a debate where we collectively took the temperature of the world's largest population - and democracy.

- Francesca Refsum Jensenius, Professor of Political Science at the University of Oslo, focusing on South Asia
- Rina Sunder, Founder of the NGO and author of Det Moderne India 
- Knut Axel Jacobsen, Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Bergen, specializing in religion in India 

The Minister of Trade Vestre hosted a breakfast meeting on Thursday the 21st. The EFTA-India Trade Breakfast Briefing & Norway India Business Week coincide with DMI's Anniversary Celebration and Bollywood Extravaganza. Could DMI have asked for a better timing?

EFTA, comprising Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland, is an intergovernmental organization focused on fostering free trade among its member countries. Free trade agreements aim to reduce barriers such as tariffs and quotas, benefiting local producers by limiting competition.

Despite their combined population of less than 14 million, EFTA member countries have a significant impact on global trade. In 2021, EFTA ranked among the top traders globally in both merchandise and services.

After over 15 years of negotiations, the finalized EFTA-India trade deal promises simplified customs procedures and increased market access for businesses in both regions. This agreement is expected to bring substantial economic benefits, including expanded trade and investment flows, job creation, and overall economic growth.

India anticipates stimulating exports in key service sectors like IT and business services, along with potential technology collaboration and access to cutting-edge innovations in precision engineering, health sciences, renewable energy, and more.

Electrifying Dhoad Gypsies

Dhoad Gypsies have performed in over 1500 concerts in 116 countries throughout the world within the last 23 years. They are considered the undisputed Cultural Ambassadors from Rajasthan. Dhoad Gypsies is a collective of consummate, wise, and spirited musicians, vocalists, and dancers of all generations.

Dhoad were chosen to perform for the President of India in Jaipur, for the new President of France, François Hollande, for Queen Elisabeth II for the Diamond jubilee celebration in London, and in a private concert for Mick Jagger, where they were appreciated by all. They are a mesmerizing, spectacular, fabulous show of poets, troubadours, musicians, and dancers from the country of Maharajas.

The Dhoad Band founder Bharti started this journey from the small village Dhod in Rajasthan, and has taken the Rajasthani folk arts and music across the globe. He has not only cherished the heritage of Rajasthan’s folk dance, music, and singing but played an important role in spreading the culture of India throughout the world through his Dhoad band for more than the last two decades.

Bharti has given opportunities to more than 700 artists from different communities to perform in his band, and gave an international platform to them. Dhoad is the only band from Rajasthan in India that goes around, performing in villages and towns, country to country, for six to seven months a year, and has continued to do so for 23 years non-stop.

Bharti, with his Dhoad band, has been conserving the tradition of folk singing, the heritage of folk music, and the heritage of folk music and legacy of folk dance. He has played an important role in spreading the culture of India through the folk music of Rajasthan in different countries. The Indian tradition and culture is so famous around the world, that Dhoad Band is frequently invited to perform. 

We couldn't be more grateful to have Dhoad join us, to add a touch of vibrancy and excitement to our festivities. Their presence made our celebrations even more memorable, and we are truly honored to have them with us.

There were other events during Norway India Business Week, however they were by invitation only events.   

At Det Moderne India, we are thrilled to commemorate our two-year anniversary—a significant milestone in our journey of illuminating the intricate tapestry of India's economy and geopolitics. 

We had heard rumors of the Bollywood party hosted by CII at Davos being the most sought-after party, along with the Google party, at the World Economic Forum. Inspired by this, Dilek Ayhan, CEO of The Conduit, and founder of Det Moderne India, Rina Sunder, decided to bring this vibrant spirit to Oslo. It's impossible to fully convey the immense interest in the party, and the joyous celebration it brought to all who attended.

Our mission has always been to foster informed discussions and create platforms for knowledge sharing, with the ultimate goal of bridging the gap between Norway and India.

We are overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response. Your support has been instrumental in the success of the Norway India Business Week, a testament to the collaborative efforts of our speakers, guests, hosts, collaboration partners, and members.

Det Moderne India serves as a knowledge hub, dedicated to narrowing the knowledge gap between Norway and India. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of you for your continued support. It is your encouragement that fuels our endeavors and grants us the privilege to operate.

Thank you for being an integral part of our journey towards fostering understanding and collaboration between Norway and India.

Key takeaways from the event underscore India's unique position in the global green movement:

1. Low Emissions and Efficient Resource Use: India's per capita emissions are significantly lower than those of Western countries. This efficiency in resource use, ingrained in the country's culture, sets a solid foundation for sustainable growth and development.

2. Thriving Green Tech Ecosystem: The country boasts a vibrant undergrowth of green tech companies. With a supportive ecosystem and the scale to rapidly expand, India is in a prime position to elevate the best green innovations to an industrial level. Such advancements promise not only to benefit India but also to contribute globally.

3. India-Norway Business Collaboration: The relationship between India and Norway is thriving and is poised for further acceleration, thanks to the new EFTA(Norway)-India free trade agreement. This agreement gives Norwegian businesses better access to the Indian market than most other European countries, opening up avenues for increased trade, collaboration, and shared green technology initiatives.

Providing a glimpse into the event through the images below:

India's growing global role has implications for Norway, especially in the Arctic. 

India’s role in global politics is on the rise. India’s development trajectory, coupled with its strategic location and non-aligned history, prompts the need to take a closer look at India’s role in the world. For Norway, the Arctic emerges a primary arena for interaction with India.

India has an Arctic policy from 2022 and its increasingly expressing an interest in this part of the world, in tandem with its global rise. This poses certain opportunities, but also challenges, for Norway – which defines the area as the country’s most important strategic priority.

Join us for expert insights and discussions with key speakers from both nations.


15:00 - 16:00


16:00 - 16:30 - Mingle

Organizers: Fridtjof Nansen Institute & Det Moderne India

Developing a winning strategy for India 

and emerging markets

Agenda for the seminar:

08:45-09:00 Mingling/coffee

09:00-09:15 Introduction by EY Norway (host), and DMI (Det Moderne India)

09:15-10:00 India geo-politics and macro-economic outlook

10:00-10:15 Coffee break

10:15-11:15 Key steps for developing and delivering a winning strategy in India

11:15-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-12:00 Brief overview of other fast-growing Emerging Markets

12:00-12:30 Q&A, and open discussions

Venue: EY Oslo Office, Stortorvet 7, 0156 Oslo, Meeting room Egertorget, 8th floor.

DMI is marking its 2-year milestone with a dedicated Norway India Business Week centered on the green shift and the thriving business collaboration between Norway and India.

With the eagerly anticipated visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Norway on the horizon for India Nordic Summit later this year, we are excited to mark this milestone by exploring the vast opportunities for business and partnership between Norway and India.

In the midst of a challenging global landscape, India has emerged as a significant force in both economic and geopolitical spheres. The actions it takes in the upcoming year could pave the way for it to become the world's third-largest economy within five years and a developed nation by 2047. India aims to set a precedent for inclusive, sustainable economic growth, digital development, and climate action.

In 2023, India reached a milestone as it assumed the presidency of the G20, the foremost global economic assembly, showcasing its economic strength and diplomatic acumen on the world stage.

India's commitment to a rule-based international order, its advocacy for collaborative solutions to global issues, and its dedication to democratic principles position it as a stabilizing influence in today's intricate geopolitical landscape. Notably, India has championed a new era of multilateralism, where developing nations play a significant role in shaping global discourse by addressing the concerns of the Global South. During its tenure, India achieved significant milestones, including the inclusion of the African Union in the G20, the establishment of key multistakeholder partnerships like the Global Biofuel Alliance and the Global Initiative on Digital Health, progress towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), reforms within multilateral development banks, and advancements in digital public infrastructure.

Economically, India has been a major engine of global growth, contributing 16% to the global GDP growth in 2023. With a growth rate of 7.2% in fiscal 2022-2023, India outpaced most G20 nations and nearly doubled the average growth rate of emerging market economies.

India's focus on stability and structural reforms has bolstered its economic resilience in the face of global challenges. Investments in infrastructure and connectivity projects such as the Bharatmala highway program, the Sagarmala project for port-led development, and the Smart Cities Mission are reshaping the nation's landscape and driving economic progress.

India embarked on its journey toward a digital economy over a decade ago with initiatives like Aadhaar, its national identification program. Today, with a thriving tech industry, India has become a hub for innovation and technology services, propelling both economic growth and its influence in shaping the future of the digital economy.

Against this backdrop, we invite you to join us for an engaging week filled with informative events, distinguished speakers, and discussions centered around unlocking opportunities in the Indian market. Take a look at some of the seminars and events below:

Agenda for the seminar:

08:45-09:00 Mingling/coffee

09:00-09:15 Introduction by EY Norway (host), and DMI (Det Moderne India)

09:15-10:00 India geo-politics and macro-economic outlook

10:00-10:15 Coffee break

10:15-11:15 Key steps for developing and delivering a winning strategy in India

11:15-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-12:00 Brief overview of other fast-growing Emerging Markets

12:00-12:30 Q&A, and open discussions

For more information contact [email protected]

India’s role in global politics is on the rise. India’s development trajectory, coupled with its strategic location and non-aligned history, prompts the need to take a closer look at India’s role in the world. 

India’s Arctic Policy document refers to its historical and contemporary engagement in the Arctic region. Although India’s Arctic engagement began a century ago with the signing of the Svalbard Treaty in 1920, its more regular engagement with the region began in 2007, with the launching of its first scientific expedition in the Arctic. 

India has shown a continuous commitment since then, with the establishment of a permanent International Arctic research base ‘Himadri’ at Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard, in 2008; deploying a multi-sensor moored observatory ‘IndArc’ in Kongsfjorden in 2014; and setting up its northernmost Atmospheric laboratory in Gruvebadet in 2016. India has also conducted 13 expeditions in the Arctic and currently has 23 ongoing key scientific projects. India is a member of the International Arctic Science Committee, Ny-Ålesund Science Managers Committee, University of Arctic, and Asian Forum of Polar Sciences, and plays an important role in the Arctic scientific community. India’s ties to the Arctic further deepened when it became an observer state in the Arctic Council at the Arctic Council meeting held at Kiruna in 2013, and renewed its status in 2019 in Rovaniemi.

The initial draft policy was structured on 5 pillars: Science and Research, Economic and Human Development, Transportation and Connectivity, Governance and International Cooperation, and National Capacity Building. An important additional pillar of ‘Climate Change and Environmental Protection’ is added, making it a total of 6 pillars on which the Indian Arctic Policy rests, showing its commitment to strengthening international efforts on combating climate change and protection, and harmonising polar research between the two poles and the Himalayan region.

For Norway, the Arctic emerges a primary arena for interaction with India. India has an Arctic policy from 2022 and is increasingly expressing an interest in this part of the world, in tandem with its global rise. This poses certain opportunities, but also challenges, for Norway – which defines the area as the country’s most important strategic priority. 

Tuesday March 19th

Time: 15.00 - 16.30

Place: The Conduit

This event is in partnership with Fridtjof Nansens Institute.

For information send an e-mail to [email protected]

The latest IEA report on renewable energy suggests we are broadly on track to triple renewable energy capacity by 2030, provided that we maintain focus and increase momentum. Global renewable energy capacity increased by almost 50% in 2023, and capacity is forecast to increase to 2.5 times its current level by 2030. 

However, there are real challenges around scale and speed. So far, progress has been patchy and far too slow. If businesses are to stay competitive, relevant, and afloat in an economy transformed by the energy transition, it is vital that they take their commitments seriously. They need to begin the hard work of implementation and stay on the right side of that transition. This will need to be in lockstep with government action, so that policy certainty, incentives, and energy security are managed alongside rapid decarbonisation.

India is the world's third biggest contributor to climate emissions. The need for green investments in the country is enormous. India has a crucial role to play in solving global climate, environmental, and resource challenges. In a few years, India will become the world's third largest economy, and it plays a key role in global policy development and negotiations on the climate and environment.

Emerging markets such as India have historically low GHG emissions but must ensure that today’s growth and energy demands are met in line with low emission paths. India is determined to implement strategic measures that contribute to reduced climate emissions at the same time as the country further develops independence, also in relation to its energy supply to its citizens and business/industry.

With this as a starting point, DMI invites Norwegian businesses for a conference to discuss India's renewable future. We have with us amazing speakers:

This is a by invitation only event. 

Celebrating the EFTA - India Trade Agreement

This week is extra special as Det Moderne India hits the two-year mark, and we're ready to party like never before!

Join us for an unforgettable evening as we commemorate the landmark EFTA - India trade agreement! This agreement is poised to revolutionize economic landscapes, fostering integrated supply chains, opening doors to new opportunities, and catalyzing trade and investment flows between India and the EFTA nations.

Hosted By: The Conduit and Det Moderne India
Date: Thursday, March 21st
Time: 7pm
Location: The Conduit, Kristian Augusts gate 21

Get ready to groove to the beats of Bollywood!

This is a by invitation only event.

As a knowledge hub dedicated to bridging the gap in understanding about India in Norway, we're proud to have surpassed 100 registrations for our anniversary extravaganza three days ahead of the party.

There will be other events during Norway India Business Week, however they remain by invitation only events.

The ongoing Indo-Nordic Cooperation, marked by Summits in 2018 (Sweden), 2022 (Denmark), and the upcoming 2024 event in Norway, underscores a shared commitment to collaborative and collective action. This commitment is vital for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Central to this strategy is the emphasis on renewable energy, innovation through startups, and new technologies. These elements are crucial for transforming ambitions into tangible outcomes. 

With Prime Minister Narendra Modi's anticipated visit to Norway for the India Nordic Summit in October we hosted a roundtable at World Economic Forum together with Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, Invest India, Indian Danish Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Sweden India Business Council.

Indo-Nordic Industry Dialogue on Sustainability (INIDS)

The 'Indo-Nordic Industry Dialogue on Sustainability (INIDS)' aims to reiterate the Indo-Nordic commitment to building a sustainable future focussing on renewable energyinnovation and new technologies. 

The Key facilitating actions discussed included:

- Establishing platforms for cross-sector collaboration, matching financing, new technologies, and knowledge partners to foster innovative business models for the green transition

- Emphasising the role of trade as an essential component for sustainability.
It's through such collaborative efforts that we can drive positive change and create a more sustainable future for all. 

Beyonder's founder and CEO, Svein Kvernstuen, Morrow Co-Founder and CTO, Dr. Rahul Fotedar and Haakon Reiersen Leknes, Director at Montel Group represented Norway at this roundtable.

The outcome document from World Economic Forum at Davos was handed over to the Foreign Ministry of Norway.

In an era of rapid digital transformation, the 54th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, from January 15th to 19th, 2024, serves as a pivotal platform to unravel the disruptive wave of financial technology (fintech) that is reshaping economies, with a special focus on India's dynamic role. Titled "Cashless Catalyst: The Fintech Boom in India and Beyond," this panel discussion aims to explore the evolution, impact, and future trajectory of fintech, both in India and on the global stage.

Moderated by Abhishek Pitti, Founder & CEO, IBC Media, the discourse thoroughly explored the fintech frontier.

The panel consisted of esteemed speakers, including

Key Themes that were covered:

You can listen to and view the debate below:

Smriti Irani, Minister of Women and Child Development and Minority Affairs, Government of India and Minority Affairs and Mr Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Housing & Urban Affairs, Government of India inaugurated the WELEAD : Women Leadership Lounge at Davos, World Economic Forum.

For the first time, India had put up the “We Lead” Lounge at the Davos annual meeting of the World Economic Forum with the vision of promoting global commitment towards building women leadership. Led by the Ministry of Women & Child Development in partnership with the Confederation of Indian Industry and supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the We Lead lounge is conceived as a dedicated space, designed to champion the message of global prosperity powered by women, emphasizing India's pivotal role in this narrative.

DEIB are the frameworks of DMIs activities. Did you know that Norway ranks second in the WEF's 2023 rankings, with a global gender gap estimated to be 87.9%? It also ranked first in the 2021 Women Peace and Security Index.

It was an honor that the founder of Det Moderne India, Rina Sunder, was invited to the inauguration of WeLead lounge at Davos.

Arati Davis from Sweden India Business Council and founder of Det Moderne India Rina Sunder with Minister for women and child development and minority affairs, Smart Irani

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