Satya S. Tripathi is Secretary-General of Global Alliance for a Sustainable Planet, a development economist, lawyer and changemaker with over 40 years of varied experience. He is Chancellor of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences and a Senior Distinguished Fellow on innovative finance at the World Agroforestry Centre. He was the UN Assistant Secretary-General and Head of the New York Office at UN Environment, as well as Secretary of the UN Environment Management Group.

Satya had strategic roles at the UN including Head of Human Rights Investigations in post-war Bosnia and UN Recovery Coordinator for Aceh and Nias, where he played a crucial role in securing funds for post-tsunami recovery efforts. He was Executive Head of UNORCID and was instrumental in establishing the Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility in Indonesia and the Sustainable India Finance Facility. He was also on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Forests.

Ajith Basu

Chief Programme Executive

Agastya Foundation


Ajith Basu is Chief Consultant-Programs at Agastya International Foundation, an NGO that uses interactive, hands-on methods to educate over 1.7 million government school children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds in 22 Indian states each year. The foundation handles teacher training programmes and coordinate ‘giftedness’ identification programme in STEM among rural children with various organisations including National Institute of Advanced Studies and Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.

Ajith developed an impact assessment framework to assess various Agastya field intervention models in collaboration with various agencies in Bangalore. He designed and coordinated Agastya’s leadership of HP Catalyst New Learner Consortium which worked across eight countries. He also designed and coordinated Maverick Teachers’ Global Summit at Agastya campus where teachers participated, creating school-level pedagogies around UN SDGs.