Day One

Monday, November 21

09:30 – 10:30-Grand Ballroom

Inaugural Session:

Zillur Rahman, Executive Director, Centre for Governance Studies and Chair, Bay of Bengal Conversation

Dr. A K Abdul Momen MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh

Boris Tadic, Former President, Serbia, Full Member, Club de Madrid

Dr. Manjur A Chowdhury, Chairman, Centre for Governance Studies, Bangladesh                            

10:30 – 11:00

Tea/Coffee Break - Ballroom Foyer

11:00 – 11:50 - Grand Ballroom

Plenary Session :  The Integration Agenda: A Roadmap Towards SDGs

Stefan Liller, Resident Representative, UNDP Bangladesh

Dr. Debapriya Bhattacharya, Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Policy Dialogue, Bangladesh

Dr. Pramod Jaiswal, Research Director, Nepal Institute for International Cooperation and Engagement

Dr. Asif Iqbal Siddiqui, Lead Academic, Curtin University, Australia

Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry, Former Foreign Secretary and Ambassador, Pakistan

Dr. Sayema Haque Bidisha, Professor of Economics, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh (Moderator)

11:50 – 12:40 - Grand Ballroom

Plenary Session:  Untangling the myriad of multilateral frameworks in the Indo-Pacific Setting the Agenda

Peter D Haas, US Ambassador to Bangladesh


Robert Chatterton Dickson, British High Commissioner to Bangladesh

Jeremy Bruer, Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh

Ito Naoki, Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh

Zillur Rahman, Executive Director, Centre for Governance Studies, Bangladesh

12:40 – 13:10 - Grand Ballroom

Sounding Board:

Forest for the Trees: the Unsung Role of Nature Conservation in Climate Adaptation and Mitigation

Justin Green, International Programs, US Forest Service

Edward L. Vargo, Professor and Endowed Chair, Urban and Structural Entomology, Texas A&M University, USA

Dr. Manjur Ahmed Chowdhury, Chairman, National River Conservation Commission, and Chairman, Centre for Governance Studies, Bangladesh (Moderator)

13:10 – 13:40 - Grand Ballroom

In Conversation:

Boris Tadic, Former President, Serbia, Full Member, Club de Madrid

Ali Aslan, International TV Presenter, Moderator, and Journalist, Germany (Moderator)

13:40 – 14:40 – Lunch : Ballroom

Conversations over Lunch:  The Red Signal to Green Governance at Surma

Dr. Ijaz Hossain, Retired Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Dr. Md. Nuruzzaman, Director, Research and Publications, National Academy for Planning and Development, Bangladesh

Dr. Sadeka Halim, Professor of Sociology, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Emmanuel Antwi Akoto, Project Manager, BSW – Bundesverb and

Solarwirtschaft e.V.Ghana

Dr. Sebastian Groh, Associate Professor, BRAC Business School, Bangladesh (Moderator)

Technology: Finding the Future’s Footprint at  Meghna

Sheikh Danial, Director, Sonali Life Insurance Company Limited, Bangladesh

Shimelse Mekonnen, Co-Founder, MeSh Cart, USA

JP Singh, Software Engineer, Entrepreneur, and Activist, India

Mario De Pinto, Consultant in Strategy Public Policy and Communication, Italy (Moderator)

Rediscovering the South Asian Identity at Chitra

Touseef Raina, Chairman, Global Youth Foundation and Politician, India

Asif Durrani, Former Diplomat, Pakistan

Dr. Habibul Haque Khondker, Professor of Sociology, Zayed University, UAE  (Moderator)

14:40 – 14:50 - Grand Ballroom

Ministerial Speech:        

Asaduzzaman Khan MP, Minister of Home Affairs, Bangladesh

14:50 – 15:00 - Grand Ballroom

Speed Talks:

Suhasini Haider, National Editor and Diplomatic Affairs Editor, The Hindu, India

15:00 – 15:15 - Grand Ballroom

Guest of Honor :

Dr. A K Abdul Momen MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh

15:15 – 16:00 - Grand Ballroom

Plenary Session: Democracy X.0: Mandate of the Mass

Dana L. Olds, Chief of Party, Democracy International, Bangladesh

Rani Yan Yan, Adviser, Chakma Circle, and Indigenous Peoples Human Rights  Defender, Bangladesh

Kazi Faisal Bin Seraj, Country Representative, The Asia Foundation, Bangladesh

Jovan Ratcovic, Former Foreign Policy Adviser to the President of Serbia

Nurul Kabir, Editor, New Age, Bangladesh

Zeina Jallad, Lawyer and Human Rights Scholar, Palestine (Moderator)

16:00 – 16:20 - Grand Ballroom

Speed Talks:

Bangladesh-India Relations: Too Close for Comfort?

Dr. Ali Riaz, Distinguished Professor, Illinois State University, USA

Geopolitical Tensions, Geoeconomic Disruptions. The Economy of Tomorrow in the Asia-Pacific

Marc Saxer, Head of Asia Regional Project, Friedrich – Ebert – Stiftung, Germany

16:20 – 17:05 - Grand Ballroom

Plenary Session :

100 Seconds to Midnight: Converging Crises Across the World

Dr. Rashed Al Mahmud Titumir, Chairman and Professor, Department of Development Studies, University of Dhaka

Dr. C. Christine Fair, Professor, Securities Studies Program, Edmund A. Walsh, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, USA

Greg Simons, Associate Professor, Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Uppsala University, Sweden

Dr. Satoru Nagao, Non-Resident Fellow, Hudson Institute, USA

Anil Kumar Trigunayat, Distinguished Fellow, Vivekananda International                Foundation, and Former Ambassador, India

Dr. Nancy Snow, Founder & Director, Global Persuasion Strategies (GPS), East  Asia and USA (Moderator)

17:05 – 17:30

Tea / Coffee - Ballroom Foyer

19:30 – 22:30 - Grand Ballroom

Gala Dinner (By Invitation Only)