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Ambassador Gurjit Singh is a former diplomat with 37 years of experience. He has been the Ambassador of India to Germany, Indonesia and ASEAN, and Ethiopia and the African Union besides having been in Japan, Sri Lanka, Kenya and Italy on assignment. He is known for his passion for Africa. He was the Joint Secretary for Africa twice since 2001. He was involved in the first two India Africa Forum Summits. His book ‘The Injera and the Paratha on India and Ethiopia’ had a forward by the Ethiopian PM Meles Zenawi. Currently he is an Honorary Professor of Humanities at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Indore. He Chairs the CII business Task Force on Trilateral Cooperation in Africa. His report on that was published in March 2019.
H.E. Joel Sibusiso Ndebele is the current High Commissioner of South Africa to India. Prior to this, he served as the High Commissioner in Australia. From 2012 to 2014, he was the National Minister of Transport and later Minister of Correctional Services of the Republic of South Africa. Mr. Ndebele has been a member and leader of the ANC since 1972. In 1976, he was arrested and sentenced to 10 years in Robben Island prison where he joined President Nelson Mandela and other leaders during their incarceration there. He became the KZN provincial chair of the ANC and helped to establish peace in the previously conflict torn province. He has worked at the universities of Swaziland, University of Durban Westville and University of Natal. He served as a Naional Executive of the African National Congress from 1991 to 2017. Mr Ndebele received the COMTO award for continuous support of African Renaissance Awards in the USA at the Transportation African-Renaissance Transportation in 2000 and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Zululand in 2005.
H.E. Ms. Dinah Grace Akello is the High Commissioner of Uganda to India. Prior to this, she worked as Ambassador of Uganda in the Republic of Italy. She was also Permanent Representative of Uganda to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).In her dedicated service spanning forty-five (45) years, Ambassador Grace Akello has served in various capacities in government of Uganda, including as Minister and Member of Parliament, and in other global platforms such as the Commonwealth Secretariat (United Kingdom), and the East African Community, (Kenya and Tanzania).
Dr. Naresh Trehan, Chairman and Managing Director of Medanta, is a world-renowned cardiovascular and cardiothoracic surgeon. He has been awarded the highly prestigious Padma Bhushan and the Padma Shri by the Government of India. Dr. Trehan has over 48,000 successful open heart surgeries to his credit and is the driving force behind the one-of-its-kind hospital.
Mr. Vibhu Talwar has served as the Group Managing Director of Moolchand Healthcare Group since 2002 and has played a pivotal role in its transformation. He is viewed to be a leader in the healthcare services space in India. He has developed deep expertise in healthcare quality, systems and process development, operations excellence and organization design and development as a result of which he is regarded as an authority for quality in health care. He is on the advisory panel to Ministry of Tourism, India and serves as an advisor to several governments worldwide. He recently accompanied Shri Narendra Modi, Hon'ble Prime Minister of India on his trip to Mozambique & South Africa (July 7-9, 2016). He is part of the prestigious Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) CEO delegation team having intense knowledge of international markets.
Dr. Mukesh Kumar, is currently Scientist ‘G’ and Head, International Health Division (IHD), Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for coordination & evaluation of international cooperation in Biomedical Sciences and Health Research between India and many countries under specific agreements & MoUs. He has a career spanning more than 3 decades, in multiple roles of researcher and science administrator. Dr. Kumar is a career ICMR scientist and also made significant contributions in his earlier role as Director of Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research (IFCPAR/CEFIPRA on deputation from ICMR. He has represented India as a Member in various Joint Working Groups/Joint Steering Committees and is the Member Secretary for Health Ministry’s Screening Committee (HMSC) for consideration of international collaborative research projects in health research.
Dr. Nivedita Ray is the Director (Research) at the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), New Delhi. She has done her Ph.D from School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her areas of research interest include African Affairs, BRICS, IBSA, Indian Foreign Policy, Indian Diaspora, Maritime Security, Gender and Conflict Resolution. She has edited the book Africa and India: A Partnership for Development and Growth. Her recent books are India’s Engagement with East Africa: Opportunities and Challenges and Tagore the Eternal Seeker: Footprints of the World Traveler. Her Current Research Project is on Asia and Africa Engagement.
About the Webinar:
Upon registration, the webinar link details (single click url) will be mailed to your registered email id.
A reminder email will also be sent to you on the day of the event. You will also receive an SMS with the link.
The webinar will be held on BlueJeans Platform for the Panelists.
The webinar will be made live for participants at 1525 hrs on 26 May 2020.
To pose questions to the distinguished Panelists, participants can email their questions beforehand to the host email ID: directorresearch[at]icwa[dot]in or can ask questions LIVE through Chat box provided on the single click url webpage.
Moderator will take questions during Q&A Session. Participants are requested to keep their questions clear and brief.
The Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) was established in 1943 by a group of eminent intellectuals led by Sir Tej Bahadur Sapru and Dr. H.N. Kunzru. Its principal objective was to create an Indian perspective on international relations and act as a repository of knowledge and thinking on foreign policy issues. The Council today conducts policy research through an in-house faculty as well as through external experts. It regularly organizes an array of intellectual activities including conferences, seminars, roundtable discussions, lectures and brings out a range of publications. It has a well stocked library, an active website, and publishes the journal ‘India Quarterly’. ICWA has over 50 MoUs with international think tanks and research institutions to promote better understanding on international issues and develop areas of mutual cooperation. The Council also has partnerships with leading research institutions, think tanks and universities in India.