Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik to inaugurate India’s largest annual development conclave Kalahandi Dialogue on Sept 28 at Bhawanipatna

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Ramon Magsaysay award winner Sonam Wangchuck, Subroto Bagchi, Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, Dr. Ashok Dalwai will join Speakers

Over 300 Development practitioners, 500 researchers will join as speakers in 3days conclave at Kalahandi


Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will inaugurate India’s largest development conclave Kalahandi Dialogue on Sept 28 at Bhawanipatna. The conclave will continue till September 30. Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare , Gajendra Singh Shekhawat will join as chief guest in the concluding ceremony.

Ramon Magsaysay award winner Sonam Wangchuck, Chairman, Odisha Skill Development Authority, co-founder of Mindtree and a business author and Subroto Bagchi, MP Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, Dr. Ashok Dalwai, IAS, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture Cooperation & Farmers Welfare & former District Magistrate & Collector, Kalahandi, Mr. Vibhav Kant Upadhyay, Chairman, India Center Foundation will join as Key Note Speakers. Mr. Bijay Sahoo, Group President – Strategic HR, Chairman’s Office, Reliance Industries Ltd will also join the inaugural ceremony.

Kalahandi Dialogue is a unique platform for engaging global leaders, policy makers, development practitioners, entrepreneurs& social entrepreneurs, investors & impact investors, public intellectuals and the youth in the global development discourse. It aims to offer an insightful discourse on development interventions and solutions that have emerged from the independent and collaborative realms of public policy, entrepreneurship and social innovation. The Forum will interrogate whether it has led to enhanced capabilities of communities and individuals, increased socio-economic and political participation, mitigated social and economic exclusion, advanced global social justice and developed global citizenship.
There could be no better place than Kalahandi to host a conclave dedicated to effecting positive societal changes and exploring sustainable transformational solutions to world’s pressing challenges. Not long ago, Kalahandi epitomized under-development and had pricked the nation’s conscience for its inaccessibility, crippling famines, abject poverty, malnutrition, hunger and starvation. Today, Kalahandi is emerging as truly a remarkable development success story; owing to the right policies, proper implementation of development schemes, political will and innovative grassroots solutions. Thus, Kalahandi- the name symbolizes hope and resilience.

This Conclave will bring together around 500 delegates; including 200university students, 100 organizations, dozens of social entrepreneurs & activists from diverse sectors and geographies, to connect and collaborate over important issues of common interest.

Intellectuals from various filed like Dr. Annapurna Pandey, Dr. Chintamani Mahapatra, Mr. Srikant Chatterjee, Mr. Pradeep Kumar Jena, Mr. Shridhar Venkat, Dr. Sam Pitroda, Mr. P Sainath, Her Excellency Ms. Katherine B. Hadda, Dr. Amar Patnaik, Dr. Parth Shah,Mr. Barun Mitra, Mr. Achyut Luitel, Mr. Chaminda Rajapakse, Ms. Rama Lakshmi , Padma Shri Nila Madhab Panda, Mr. Satya Narayan Sahu, Ms. Biraj Swain, Mr. J. Sai Deepak, J Sai Deepak, Mr. Prashanta Nanda, Dr. Fanindam Singhdeo, Dr. Baba Mishra,Dr. Gyanesh Mishra, Renowned Sculptor, Mr. Satya Narayan Mundchinna, Mr. Umesh Satapathy, Mr. Goutam Ghosh, Prof. Diptiranjan Mahapatra, IIM, Sambalpur, Dr. Srinivas Subbarao Pasumarti,, Mr. Barada Prasad Panigrahy, Ms. Surekha Routray, Dr. Bijay Kumar Sahu, , Mr. Pranab K. Pani, Mr. Umesh Malhotra, , Mr. Pratyush Kumar Panda, CSR Regional Head, Acc Limited, Mr. Vivek Joshi, Founder, Cashrelief, Mr. Bhavani Pani, , Dr. Lalit Ranjan Manik, Co-founder & President, Medtel Healthcare, Dr. Markus Wiencke,, Dr. Anish Andheria, Dr. P Rambabu, Ms. Bhuvana Anand,Mr. Ranjan Panda, Convener,Mr. Akshaya Kumar Biswal,Mr. Prafulla Samal, Hon’ble Minister SSEPD, W&CD,MS&ME, Odisha, Ms. Tilottama Nayak, Member, State Commission forWomen (SCW), Odisha, Ms. Snehanjali Mohanty, Dr. Sipra Mallick,,Ms. Rukmini Panda,Ms. Aradhana Nanda, ,Ms. Arati Devi, Ms. Mandakinee Kar, Ms. Kanan Dhru, Founder, Prof. Srikrishna Deva Rao, Mr. Bibhu Tripathy, Mr. Mohd Tarique, Mr. Laxminarayan Nanda, Dr. Hippu Salk Kristle Nathan, Mr. Sasanka Kumar Padhi, Mr. Keerti Bhusan Pradhan, Mr. Anam Naik, Mr. Saurabh Dwivedi, Mr. Shantanu Gupta, Mr. Ghanshyam Tiwari, Dr. D.Dhanuraj,Mr. Shrikant Wad, Mr. Srinivas Alavilli, Mr. Manmohan Singh, Mr. Umi Daniel, Mr. Rahul Nainwal, Mr. Rajib Kumar Roul, Ms. Jayanti Mahapatra, Mr. Ramesh Chandra Majhi,
Padma Shri Tulasi Munda, Mr. Puspendra Singhdeo, Mr. Abani Mohan Panigrahi,Mr Ardhendu Das,. R. N Das, IAS (Retd.), Prof. Surendranath Pasupalak, Mr. S Baskar Reddy,Dr. Avinash Kishore, Mr. P. K Swain, Mr. Prafulla Kumar Dhal,Dr. Nigamananda Swain, Mr. Rahas Bihari Behera,Dr. Sullip Kumar Majhi, Dr. Pravas Ranjan Mishra, Dr. Tribhuvan Panda, Mr. Janaka Hemathilka, Mr. Osama Manzar, Mr. Rajnish Jain, Mr. Sourav Banerjee, Mr. Jit Goel, Mr. Raj Neravati, Mr. Rahas Bihari Behera,
Mr. Bhupinder Singh, Captain Dibya Shankar Mishra, Mr. Pradeep Naik, Mr. Himansu Sekhar Meher,Mr. A. V Swamy,Mr. Anshu Gupta, Mr. P R Jaishankar, Mr. Devinder Sharma, Mr. Sujeet Kumar,Mr. Kamala Kanta Dash, Mr. Bhakta Tripathy,Mr. Sandeep Mishra, Mr. Purusottam Thakur,Mr. Bijay Dwivedi, Mr. Satya Mahapatra, Mr. Shantanu Behera will Kalahandi Dialogue.

Kalahandi Dialogue firmly believe that bringing together creative and visionary leaders, thinkers, innovators, and local communities, to inspire and challenge each other in a collective effort, will lead to sustainable, transformative solutions and create the greatest possible impact. Acknowledging that both evidences and experiences are important aspects of any development dialogue, Kalahandi Dialogue will also feature cultural showcases (such as ethnic music and dance, paintings, cuisine, healing practices, and tribal way of life) and site visits to our partner NGOs/ Social enterprises working in the field and transformational cases/stories from the grassroots.

Kalahandi Dialogue team also announce that the Centre for Civil Society is hosting its signature course on public policy, ‘íPolicy for Young Leaders’ on Day 1 of the conclave. Young professionals hold the power to change the future. To channel their energy towards securing a better society, the Centre for Civil Society has curated the ‘íPolicy for Young Leaders’ course, with a variety of interactive learning methods designed to provide participants with opportunities to explore and share policy-based solutions to social problems. This is a great opportunity for undergraduates, graduates, post-graduates and recent graduates who have just started working – to channelise and strengthen their leadership skills for social good.

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