Day Two

Tuesday, November 22

09:00 – 09:50 - Grand Ballroom

Plenary Session: From Papyrus to Python: Modernizing Education for Future Generations

Dr. Abdulla Rasheed, State Minister of Education, Maldives 

Andres Ernesto Chiriboga Zumarraga, Vice Minister of Education, Ecuador

Sheikh Shahidul Islam, Former Education Minister, Bangladesh

Sabur Khan, Chairman, Daffodil International University, Bangladesh

Dr. Matiul Alam, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia, Canada

Dr. Erin Watson, Managing Director, Baker & York, and Board Director, Council on Australia and Latin America Relations at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia (Moderator)

09:50 – 10:40 - Grand Ballroom

Plenary Session: 8 + 2 TenT: the South Asian States, China and USA

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

Dr. Siegfried O Wolf, Research Director, South Asia Democratic Forum, Belgium

Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry, Former Foreign Secretary and Ambassador, Pakistan

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

Munshi Faiz Ahmad, Former Bangladesh Ambassador to China

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

10:40 – 10:55 - Grand Ballroom

Speed Talks: Are we rightly managing and sharing the fish in the Bay? The transboundary fishery crisis in the Bay of Bengal

Dr. Md. Nahiduzzaman Scientist, ECOFISH II WorldFish Bangladesh

Dr. Md. Jalilur Rahman Scientist, ECOFISH II WorldFish Bangladesh

10:55 – 11:25

Tea / Coffee Break - Ballroom Foyer

11:25 – 12:15 - Grand Ballroom

Plenary Session: Development vs. Democracy: Roadmap to Development and Inclusive Growth

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

Muhammed Aziz Khan, Chairman, Summit Group, and Honorary Consul General of Finland

Dr. Ahsan H Mansur, Executive Director, Policy Research Institute

Lee Jang – Keun, South Korean Ambassador to Bangladesh

Leonardo Paz Neves, International Intelligence Analyst, International Intelligence Unit, Getulio Vargas Foundation, Brazil

Dr. Fahmida Khatun, Executive Director, Centre for Policy Dialogue, Bangladesh (Moderator)

12:15 – 13:05 - Grand Ballroom

Plenary Sessions: New Grammar of Geopolitics

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

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

Asif Durrani, Former Diplomat, Pakistan

Touhid Hossain, Former Foreign Secretary, Bangladesh

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

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

13:05 – 13:30 - Grand Ballroom

Sounding Board: Addressing the Dilemma of Labor Skill Development in South Asia

Eng. Ghulam Mohammed Alomgir, Chairman, Max Group, and Director, FBCCI, Bangladesh

Dr. Suthikorn Kingkaew, Director of Research, Future Innovative Thailand Institute

Dr. M Abu Eusuf, Professor of Development Studies, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh (Moderator)

13:30 – 14:30 – Lunch at Ballroom

Conversations over Lunch:  Rise of New Media: Fighting Against Fake News at Surma

Ayesha Kabir, Head of English Web, Prothom Alo, Bangladesh

Dr. A J M Shafiul Alam Bhuiyan, Professor of Television, Film and Photography, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Clement Kanamugire, Policy Analyst, National Health Service, United Kingdom

Faruq Faisel, Regional Director for Bangladesh and South Asia, Article 19

Leo Wigger, Editor, Zenith Magazine, Germany (Moderator)

Nationalism vs. Multilateralism: Making the world a Multipolar Megacity took into account the morbid reality? at Meghna

Dr. Mahbubur Rahman, Professor of Political Science and Sociology, North South University, Bangladesh

Nathalie Chuard, Switzerland Ambassador to Bangladesh

Hadza Min Fadhli Robby, Assistant Professor, Department of International Relations, Islamic University of Indonesia

Dr. Asif Shahan, Associate Professor, Development Studies, University of Dhaka and Senior Fellow, Centre for Governance Studies, Bangladesh (Moderator)

Role of Education in Alleviating Poverty at Chitra

Mariyam Nasir, Director General of Quality Assurance, Ministry of Education, Maldives

Rasheda K Choudhury, Former Adviser to the Caretaker Government, Bangladesh

Dr. Mohammad Mahboob Rahman, Professor and Adviser for Business and Executive Programs, BRAC University, Bangladesh (Moderator)

14:30 – 15:20 - Grand Ballroom

Plenary Sessions: Creating a Bottom-up Demand for Good Governance

Faris Hadrovic, Business Development and Government Relations Professional, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Dr. Badiul Alam Majumdar, Secretary, SHUJAN, Bangladesh

Usama Khalilieh Saud, Development Expert and Management Consultant, Palestine

Sheela Tasneem Haq, Advisor, Political Governance, Democratic Governance Cluster, UNDP Bangladesh

Dr. Abdullah Al Mamun, Research Director, Centre for Governance Studies, Bangladesh

Mamun Rashid, Managing Partner, PwC, Bangladesh (Moderator)

15:20 – 15:50 - Grand Ballroom

Sounding Board:  Evaluating the state of trade and connectivity in South and East Asia

Masud Bin Momen, Foreign Secretary, Bangladesh

Dr. Sanjay Kumar Bhardwaj, Professor of South Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

Dr. Mustafizur Rahman, Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Policy Dialogue, Bangladesh (Moderator)

15:50 – 16:40 - Grand Ballroom

Plenary Session: Refugees of the times: Past Precedence for the Ailing Present

Gwyn Lewis, UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh

Yousef S. Y. Ramadan, Palestinian Ambassador to Bangladesh

Ambassador Waliur Rahman, Former Special Envoy to the Prime Minister of   Bangladesh, and Distinguished Fellow, Bangladesh Heritage Foundation, National Security and Counter-Terrorism

Mustafa Osman Turan, Turkish Ambassador to Bangladesh

Achim Troster, German Ambassador to Bangladesh

Irfan Yar, Founder, Afghanistan Security Institute (Moderatior)

16:40 – 17:10

Tea / Coffee Break - Ballroom Foyer

17:10 – 18:00 - Grand Ballroom

Plenary Session:  Net Zero: The South Asia Model

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

Mozammel Babu, Chief Editor, Ekattor TV

Dilruba Haider, Program Specialist, Climate Change Adaptation, UN Women, Bangladesh

Mir Nasir Hossain, Former President, Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industries and Advisor, Centre for Governance Studies, Bangladesh

Iqbal Habib, Environmental Activist, and Architect, Bangladesh

Van Nguyen, Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP Bangladesh 

18:00 – 18:10 - Grand Ballroom

Ministerial Speech:

Nurul Islam Sujan MP, Railway Minister, Bangladesh

18:10 – 18:20 - Grand Ballroom

Speed Talks: Key to Success in Human Life

Sufi Mizanur Rahman, Chairman, PHP Family, and Honorary Consul of Indonesia               

18:20 – 19:10 - Grand Ballroom

Plenary Session : Soliloquy of the Sea: Tough Challenges in Rough Waters

Lt. Gen. Arun Kumar Sahni (Retd.), Former General Officer Commanding in Chief, Indian Army

Brig. Gen. (Retd. ) Dr. M Sakhawat Hussain, Former Election Commissioner, and Advisor, Centre for Governance Studies, Bangladesh

Dr. Mohd Aminul Karim, Retired Lieutenant General, Bangladesh Army

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

Air Commodore Ishfaq Ilahi Choudhury (Retd.), Security Specialist, Bangladesh

Dr. Saira Khan, International Relations and International Security Expert, Canada (Moderator)

19:10 – 19:40 - Grand Ballroom

Sounding Board: The Interplay of the Global North and the Global South in Geopolitics and  Development

Dr. Sanjay K Bhardwaj, Professor of South Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

Dr. Erin Watson, Managing Director, Baker & York, and Board Director, Council on Australia and Latin America Relations at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia

Asif Saleh, Executive Director, BRAC, Bangladesh (Moderator)

19:40 – 19:50 - Grand Ballroom

Ministerial Speech:

Md. Tajul Islam MP, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Bangladesh

19:50 – 20:40 - Grand Ballroom

Plenary Session: Lessons From the Lockdown: Impact of COVID19 Measures on Economy and  Society

Faris Hadrovic, Business Development and Government Relations Professional, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Taskeen Ahmed, Managing Director, IFAD Autos, Bangladesh

Dr. Jamaluddin Ahmed, Former General Secretary, Bangladesh Economic Association

Yoshikazu Kato, Research Fellow, Rakuten Securities Economic Research Institute, Japan

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

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

20:40 – 21:00 - Grand Ballroom

In Conversation :

Dr. Nizam Uddin Ahmed, Vice Chairman, GAVI CSO Steering Committee

Dr. Mohammad Mainul Islam, Professor of Population Sciences, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh (Moderator)21:00 – 22:30


Dinner - Grand Ballroom

Conversations over Dinner: The Sun Rises in the East: South Asian Culture, Art and Cinema at Surma

Papa CJ, Stand-up Comedian, India

Mehreen, Singer, Bangladesh

Nayeemul Islam Khan, Chief Editor, Daily Our Time, Bangladesh

Dr. Asif Nazrul, Bangladeshi Writer, Novelist, and Academician

Dr. Stefania Petruzzelli, Contemporary Culture Expert, Italy (Moderator)

Digital Rights for the Digital Age at Meghna

Zahir Uddin Swapon, Former Member of Parliament, Bangladesh  Nationalist Party

Barrister Shah Ali Farhad, Senior Political Associate, Centre for Research and Information, Bangladesh

Zeina Jallad, Lawyer and Human Rights Scholar, Palestine

Zahirul Alam, Head of News and Current Affairs, NTV, Bangladesh (Moderator)

Role of the Individual in Combating Climate Change at Chitra

Abdullah Hil Rakib, Director, Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association

Shameem Haider Patwary, Lawyer and Member of Parliament, Bangladesh

Kamakshi Wason, Vice President and Director of Academic Programs, Tillotoma Foundation, India (Moderator)