Biggest Congregation of Opinion Makers from South Asian Countries in Asia’s Business Capital, DubaiFeb 20, 2019


About Summit


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Hardeep Singh Puri is India's Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs. He is a 1974-batch Indian Foreign Service officer who served as the Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations from 2009 to 2013.

Hardeep Singh Puri

India's Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs

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Nasheed was the first democratically elected President of the Maldives. He is a pro-democracy and environment campaigner and has won the UN's Champions of the Earth award.

Mohamed Nasheed

Former President, Maldives

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Namal Rajapaksa is a Member of Sri Lankan Parliament and a lawyer. He has an interest in criminal law and skilled in international relations and HR policies.

Namal Rajapaksa

Member Of Parliament, Sri Lanka

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Riz Khan is an international journalist, a television host and an author. Riz Khan attended the University of Wales in Cardiff, where he earned an honors degree in medical physiology and switched to journalism for his post-graduate studies.

Riz Khan

International journalist

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Shaurya Doval is a financial consultant and public policy thinker. He leads the India Foundation, a Delhi-based think tank.

Shaurya Doval

Director, India Foundation

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Sadhguru is amongst the 50 most influential people in India and heads a non-profit organisation Isha Foundation which offers yoga programs around the world.

Sadhguru, Isha Foundation

Spiritual guru

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General Bikram Singh has held number of key appointments both in India and abroad. He was inducted into the US Army War College 'Hall of Fame' in 2013 and has served in two UN missions - one in Central America and the other one in DR Congo.

General Bikram Singh

Former Chief of Army Staff, Indian Army

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Abdul Ghafoor Mohamed is a career diplomat who has served as Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland.

Abdul Ghafoor Mohamed

Foreign Secy of Maldives

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Roland Schatz is the founder & CEO of Media Tenor International, global leader in strategic media analysis. He is a leading scholar in the field of media impact research, as well as German-American relations.

Roland Schatz

Senior Advisor to UN Director General

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A trained molecular biologist, Vijay Chauthaiwale has an experience of 17 years in drug discovery. He heads the foreign affairs department of the BJP.

Vijay Chauthaiwale

In-Charge, Foreign Affairs Dept, BJP

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He is the South Asia senior associate at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars. He is a specialist on Afghanistan, India and Pakistan.

Michael Kugelman

Wilson Centre

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Waqar Younis was one of the fast bowlers from Pakistan. Often called the Sultan of Swing, Younis was one of the most dreaded bowlers of his era.

Waqar Younis

One of the Pakistani Pace battery

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Laxman is a former Indian cricketer from Hyderabad who is best known for his 281-run innings against Steve Waugh's unbeatable Australian cricket side.

VVS Laxman

Former Indian cricketer

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He is a Member of Parliament representing the Kushtia-2 parliamentary constituency in Bangladesh. He has been working extensively for peace, security and stability in the South Asian region.

Hasanul Haq Inu

Former Minister of Information, Bangladesh

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Director for South and Central Asia with the Hudson Institute, Haqqani served as Pakistan's ambassador to the US from 2008 to 2011.

Husain Haqqani

Politician and Diplomat, Pakistan

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Mariam Wardak serves as Strategic Communication and International Relations Advisor to Afghanistan's National Security Advisor.

Mariam Wardak

Social Rights Activist, Afghanistan

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India's former ambassador to Nepal, Rae was instrumental in signing of the 12-point agreement between then seven-party Alliance of Nepal and the CPN (Maoist) in 2005 which initiated a peace process in the Himalayan country.

Ranjit Rae

India’s Former Ambassador to Nepal

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She is former Indian Ambassador to The Netherlands and has been the Permanent Representative to UNESCO.

Bhaswati Mukherjee

Former Permanent Representative of India, OPCW

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India's former foreign secretary, Kanwal Sibal has served as India's ambassador to Turkey, Egypt, France and Russia.

Kanwal Sibal

Former Foreign Secretary

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Congress leader Manish Tewari is a lawyer by qualification and has served as central minister in the UPA-led government.

Manish Tewari

Former Union Minister, Government of India


Future of South Asia - Strategic Balances & Alliances

Discussion Points
  • South Asia and its significance in world affairs
  • China’s aggressive investment in South Asia. Will China dominate South Asia?
  • Will China succeed in winning over India’s neighbours?
  • Are South Asian countries heavily dependent on China or the US?
  • South Asian Diaspora as a foreign policy actor of importance

Uprooting state-sponsored terrorism: An imperative for peace in the sub-continent

Discussion Points
  • What diplomatic measures would be required to trigger the reset button in Indo-Pak dynamics?
  • Can we pursue sustained confidence-building initiatives outside of diplomatic dialogues?
  • How can free trade help in achieving the objective of realigning the Indo-Pak dynamics for a shared and prosperous future?
  • Do we need to look beyond the Shimla Agreement to develop an overarching strategic stability regime?

India & Maldives - Emergence of Indo-Pacific

Discussion Points
  • China Building Projects at an inflated rate in the Maldives
  • Maldives - Open to business
  • New Govt. – A new hope for India

South Asia's dominant sport: Is the ICC cricket World Cup headed back to Asia?

Discussion Points
  • The rise of Afghanistan and Bangladesh in ODIs
  • The dominance of Indian cricket
  • Can mercurial Pakistan script another fairy tale?
  • Can Sri Lanka regain their touch?

South Asia’s Soft Power Potential

Discussion Points
  • Sustainable Growth
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Role of Civil Society in Nation Building

Emerging Leaders of Tomorrow

Discussion Points
  • Can South Asia become an Innovation Hub? Start-up scene in South Asia.
  • Migrant issue in South Asia- any learning from other countries
  • A ‘missing women’ problem in Politics & Technology in South Asia
  • Are we caught between ‘tradition’ and ‘modernity’
  • Are women untapped resource in Countering Extremism?

The Changing Face of Media and Entertainment Industry

Discussion Points
  • Mobile technology and broadcast
  • Understanding the business of show creation in the streaming era
  • Revolutionising content creation and distribution in South Asia
  • How to master the art of storytelling?
  • The rise of the "new media" - is social media the new television?
  • Fake News, censorship and cyber technology
  • Overcoming the negative media framing for Asia and the GCC
  • The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a solid business model for media

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