• Entry

    By Invitations Only
  • Dates

    1 - 2 Sep 2016
  • Location

  • Speakers

    Professionals & Political

About the Conference

The Indian Ocean Region (IOR), spanning in excess of seven million square kilometres of water-expanse, home to twenty sovereign entities, reposing significant endowments of strategic natural resources, inhabiting a verdant constellation of tremendous ecological and human diversity, and dovetailing resplendent cultural and civilizational traditions, is arguably a pivotal harbinger to regional and global peace, stability and welfare, but equally, a potential lodestar, offering a new template for maritime concert, cooperation and management, and societally-beneficent harness, of the vast blue economy.

The Indian Ocean Conference 2016 was endeavoured to convene critical states and principal maritime partners in the Indian Ocean Region to cogitate and deliberate on myriad issues impinging on region-wide national security and national development, through the tri-prism of Geo-Strategic, Geo-Economic and the Geo-Cultural, rendering maritime affairs to not merely be a realm of concern for national security planners and the strategic establishment, but to connect with the broad swathe of popular opinion, discourse, consciousness and imagination, across IOR communities and societies. The Conference’s envisioned outreach was to the diplomatic core, industry and entrepreneurs, the media, the student community, as also to the fraternity of religious, spiritual and civilizational thought-leaders, bringing in refreshing perspectives on the syncretic strengths of religions, cultures and civilizational antecedence, weaving mutual affinities between India and the ASEAN community.

Our Speakers





60 minutes

Workshop 1: Comity

Chair- Amb G Parthasarathy, Former Ambassador of India

1.       Amb Munshi Faiz Ahmad, Chairman, Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS), Bangladesh
2.       Mr Bertil Lintner, Renowned Journalist and Author, Thailand
3.       Dr Nicolas Regaud,Special Adviser to the Director General for International Relations and Strategy, Ministry of Defence, France
Mr Lee Cordner, Visiting Fellow, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses
60 minutes

Workshop 2: Commerce (Trade)

Chair- Amb Ashok Kantha, Former Ambassador of India

1.       Dr Sanjaya Baru, Distinguished Fellow,  International Institute of Strategic Studies (London) and  The United Services Institution of India
2.       Dr Razeen Sally, Chairman, Institute of Policy Studies, Sri Lanka
3.       Mr Ravi Velloor,  Associate Editor, Global Affairs, The Strait Times
4.       Mr Philip Green, High Commissioner to Singapore, Australia
5.       Dr Pradumna Bickram Rana, Associate Professor and Coordinator of International Political Economy Programme, RSIS, Singapore
60 minute

Workshop 3: Commerce (Investments)

Chair- Amb Ong Keng Yong, Executive Deputy Chairman, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Singapore

1.       Mr Ralph L. (Skip) Boyce, Vice President, Boeing International and President, Boeing Southeast Asia
2.       Mr Manraj Sekhon, CEO and CIO, Fullerton Fund Management
3.       Dr Leslie Teo Eng Sipp, Chief Economist and Director, Economics and Investment Strategy, GIC
4.       Mr N K Singh, Former Member of Parliament, India
30 minutes

Workshop 4: Culture

Chair-  Dr Patrick French, Renowned Writer, Biographer and Historian, United Kingdom

1.       Dr S Kalyanaraman, Co-Director, Saraswati Research Center, Chennai, India
2.       Mr Tissa Jayatilaka, Executive Director of the Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission, Sri Lanka
3.       Ms Moe Thuzar,  Fellow, Lead Researcher (Socio-Cultural Affairs), ASEAN Studies Centre & Coordinator, ISEAS, Myanmar
Mr. Kwa Chong Guan, Senior Fellow, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Singapore
1930 - 2100 hrs

In charge-

Special Address- Smt Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs, India
Inaugural Address -  Mr Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister, Sri Lanka
1. Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Singapore
2. Mr Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road, Transport and Highways, India
60 minutes


Chair: Mr ĐặngĐìnhQuý , Deputy Foreign Minister, Vietnam
Keynote:  Dr S Jaishankar, Foreign Secretary, India

Plenary 1: Comity

Chair: Mr Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, Foreign Minister, Bangladesh

Keynote:  Mr Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, Former President, Maldives
1.       Mr Nobuo Kishi, State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Japan
2.       Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Malaysia

Plenary 2: Comity

Chair: Amb Hardeep Singh Puri, Former Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, India

1.       Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of Naval Staff, India
2. Rear Admiral Donald Gabrielson,  Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific, USA

Plenary 2 – Commerce

Chair: Shri M J Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs, India

1.       Dr Hung-Mao Tien, Chairman of the Board, Institute for National Policy Research, Taiwan
2.       Ms Nisha Biswal, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, US Department of State, USA
3. Mr Jay Panda, Member of Parliament, India

Plenary 3 – Culture

Chair:  Prof Lokesh Chandra, President, ICCR, India

  Keynote: Mr Vira Rojpojchanarat, Minister of Culture, Government of Thailand
1.       Dr Shashi Tharoor, Former Minister of State for External Affairs, India
2.       Mr SantaramBaboo ,Minister of Arts and Culture, Mauritius
3.       Mr S.B Navinna, Minister of Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and Culture Affairs, Sri Lanka
4. Mr A. Kohilan Pillay , Former Deputy Foreign Minister, Malaysia

Valedictory Session

Chair- Amb Kanwal Sibal, Former Foreign Secretary, India

Valedictory Address-
H. H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder, Art of Living Foundation


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