The Himalaya Samvad is a broad-based dialogue between the Himalayan neighbours India, Nepal and Bhutan.
The dialogue will catalyse areas of interest and will include themes for mutual collaboration such as using technology to not just connect the Himalayan nations but to enhance business networks and cultural ties with the region, as well as working towards a climate-resilient Himalayan region through green investments and green technology.
The panel discussions will focus on two themes.
Digital Himalayas: Technology, its applications, especially as perceived by the young demography of these countries, and sharing technology knowhow and creating digital business networks.
Green Himalayas: Working together towards a green economy, including green investments; green cities; tackling climate issues, disaster mitigation and resilience.
11:00 a.m. IST
Opening remarks | Kanchan Gupta
– Biswas Dhakal, Founder, eSewa and F1Soft
– Debjani Ghosh, President, NASSCOM
Panel discussion and Q&A
– Amun Thapa, Founder, SastoDeal
– Cigay Dorji, CEO, Thimphu Tech Park Ltd.
– Kanchan Gupta, Distinguished Fellow, ORF
– Sangeet Jain, Junior Fellow, ORF
– Sixit Bhatta, Founder, Tootle
– Sonam Pelden, Founder, Code for Bhutan
5:00 p.m. IST
Keynote remarks | Sonam P. Wangdi, Member Secretary, National Environment Commission, Royal Government of Bhutan
Panel Discussion: 60 min (45 discussion + 15 for Q&A)
Vikrom Mathur, Head of Research at the Centre for New Economic Diplomacy (CNED), ORF
– Chhimi Dorji, Founder, ChhimiD Consulting
– Tashi Dorji, Senior Ecosystem Specialist, ICIMOD
– Santosh Nepal, Water and Climate Specialist and Lead of the Climate and Hydrology Group, ICIMOD
– Pasang Dolma Sherpa, Director of CIPRED and Co-Chair of LCIP-UNFCCC
– Aparna Roy, Associate Fellow Lead, Climate Change and Energy at the Centre for New Economic Diplomacy (CNED), ORF
Closing remarks | Vikrom Mathur (5 mins)