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Our Past Panelists

We are thankful for having received the support of the following expert panelists in our past sessions. We hope to this grow this community of actors in the coming months over several such panel discussions. 

Panel 1: Heat Waves - Humanitarian Observations from South Asia
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Dorothea Hilhorst

International Institute for Social Studies, Erasmus University,
The Netherlands

Keynote Speaker

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Nimesh Dhungana

Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI), The University of Manchester UK

Heat Waves and Health in South Asia

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Prabhod Chakrabarti

Swami Vivekananda, Environment and Disaster Management India

Heat Waves: View from Humanitarian Systems of India

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Delu Lusambya

PhD researcher at the International Institute of Social Studies (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

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Keya Saha Chaudhary

Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific at ICVA


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Mihir Bhatt

All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI) India

Heat Waves in South Asia: Way Ahead

Panel 2: Observing Heatwaves in Light of Adaptation and Mitigation
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Dr. Ajit Tyagi

President, South Asia Meteorological Association, Senior Advisor at Integrated Research & Action for Development, New Delhi and Chairman of IDC Foundation


Dr. Niladri Gupta

Sr. Water Resources Management Specialist, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center

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Akash Goenka

Team Leader at Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy

Panel 3: Future of Heatwaves in South Asia
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Kunal Satyarthi

Joint Secretary (Advisor), National Disaster Management Authority of India, Ministry of Home Affairs, New Delhi

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Krishna AchutaRao

Dean and Professor for Centre for Atmospheric Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology - Delhi

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Dr. Mariam Zachariah 

Research Assistant at the Grantham Institute- Climate Change and the Environment of Imperial College, London


Panel 4: Sudanese Conflict, Refugees Crisis and Lessons for South Asia

Susanne Jaspars

Senior Research Fellow at the SOAS Food Studies Centre, Vice President of the International Humanitarian Studies Association, and co-editor of Disasters journal.

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Marga Fekadu Angerasa

Lawyer and Lecturer at Wolkite University (Wolkite, Ethiopia)


Behaylu Giram

Ph.D. Candidate and independent consultant in Law, Forced Migration, and Human Rights.


Panel 5: Cultural Heritage Protection within International Humanitarian Efforts During Conflicts & Disasters

Aparna Tandon

Senior Programme Leader,

First Aid and Resilience for Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis, ICCROM


Isber Sabrine

President of the international NGO Heritage for Peace, Syrian archaeologist, specializing in cultural heritage management

Panel 6: Planning for Extreme Heat: International Experiences and Lessons Learnt

Owen Gow

Associate Director, Arsht-Rock


Lenio Myrivili

Global Chief Heat Officer, UN-Habitat


Bushra Afreen

Chief Heat Officer,
Dhaka North

Panel 7: Observing Cyclones in South Asia: Future of the Past

Alistair Hobday

Research Director, Oceans and Atmosphere, CSIRO

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Moira Reddick

Independent Consultant


Vineet Kumar

Tropical Cyclone Research Scientist at Typhoon Research Center Jeju National University, South Korea

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Anup Karanth

Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist at World Bank Group

Panel 8: Observing Resilience: Coastal South Asia

Dr. M. V. Ramana Murthy

Scientist and Director at National Center for Coastal Research, India


Flora Bawi Nei Mawi

Executive member cum director of Community Care for Emergency Response and Rehabilitation (Myanmar)

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Sourav Kumar Biswas

Director of Resilient Infrastructure and Nature-based Solutions at Sponge Collaborative

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Anup Karanth

Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist at World Bank Group

Panel 9: Strengthening the Humanitarian Systems: India to South Asia
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Prabodh Chakrabarti

Swami Vivekananda, Environment and Disaster Management India


Pradnya Paithankar

Head- Climate Change, Resilient Food Systems and DRR, WFP


Achyut Luitel

Development Enthusiast Three decades of experience of rural infrastructure and livelihood programmes

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Barkat Ullah Maruf

Director- Partnership & Development Communication COAST Foundation

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