Mukesh Aghi

US-India Strategic Partnership Forum

President & Chief Executive Officer

Mukesh Aghi is the President & Chief Executive Officer of the US- India Strategic Partnership Forum. Dr. Aghi has extensive experience working with business and government leaders in the U.S. and India to promote trade and strengthen ties between the two countries. Dr. Aghi also currently serves as a trustee at Claremont Graduate University. Previously, Dr. Aghi served as Chief Executive and Member of the Board at L&T Infotech where Dr. Aghi expanded the business on a global level. During his time at Steria, Inc. (India), Dr. Aghi served as Chairman and CEO of the Asia-Pacific region. Additionally, Dr. Aghi was the founding CEO of Universitas 21 Global, the world’s largest consortium of research-led universities and global leader in providing post-graduate online education. Dr. Aghi was also the President of IBM India for IBM Corporation, and spent time working with Ariba, Inc. and JD Edwards & Co. Dr. Aghi holds several degrees, including an advanced management diploma from Harvard Business School, a Ph.D. in international relations from Claremont Graduate University, an MBA in international marketing from Andrews University, and a BA in business administration from the Middle East College, Beirut, Lebanon. As a fluent speaker in many international languages, Dr. Aghi was recognized by Esquire Magazine as a Global Leader and has won many awards over the course of his professional career, including the J. R. D. Tata Leadership Award. Most recently, Dr. Aghi was the recipient of the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award. In his free time, Dr. Aghi is a major marathon and mountaineering enthusiast. Dr. Aghi has competed in over 27 international marathons and climbed some of the highest peaks in North America and Europe.

Sessions With Mukesh Aghi

Wednesday, 9 March

  • 12:00pm - 12:50pm (CST) / 09/mar/2022 06:00 pm - 09/mar/2022 06:50 pm

    India's Energy Future: Multiple transitions

    Panel Markets/Economics/Strategy

    How does India’s commitment to deep decarbonization in the near term, and to net zero by 2070 at the Glasgow COP26 fit in the context of the country’s multiple, sometimes conflicting, policy objectives of energy security, affordable access, and environmental integrity? Against this backdrop, how will India deliver on its multiple promises and manage its energy transition? What are the long-term strategies for the coal sector, with its strong political-economic implications? How will the financially ailing distribution companies manage growing shares of variable renewables and electric vehicles while maintaining grid reliability? What is the roadmap and expectations from new or nascent technologies such as batteries, hydrogen, and CCUS? Is there a role for gas as a bridge fuel in the transition or will coal continue to be the king? What reforms are needed in the governance and fiscal space to introduce dynamism into India’s low-carbon inclusive growth aspirations?