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General Programme Schedule for WITFOR 20121

Day Zero: Mon, 16th April 2012

 

18:30 onwards

Registration and distribution of conference badges



Day One: Tue, 17th April, 2012

 

 

 

 

 09:30-10:30

 

INAUGURAL PLENARY

 

Lighting of the Lamp

 • Welcome Address by Mr J Satyanarayana, Secretary, Department of Electronics and Information Technology Government of India

 • Address by Mr. Janis Karklins, Assistant Director General,    Communication and Information Sector, UNESCO

 •Special Address by Mr Sachin Pilot, Minister of State for Communications and IT, Government of India 

 • Inaugural Address by Mr Kapil Sibal, Minister of Communications and Information Technology & Human Resource Development, Government of India

 • Vote of Thanks by Mr. Leon Strous, President, IFIP

 • Inauguration of Exhibition by Mr Kapil Sibal, Minister of Communications and IT &HRD, Government of India


  

10:30-11:00

COFFEE BREAK

 

 

 

11:00-12:30

 

 

PLENARY SESSION 1: OPEN INNOVATION/OPEN GOVERNMENT

Chair: Ms. Dorothy Gordon, Director General, Advanced Information technology Institute, the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre, Ghana

Speakers:

  1. Dr. T. Ramasami, Secretary, Science & Technology, Government of India
  2. Dr. Hun-Young Kwon, Professor, Kwang-Woon University, Korea

  3. Mr. Arun Maira, Member, Planning Commission, Government of India

  4. Mr. Ravi Saxena, Addl. Chief Secretary, Department of Science & Technology, Government of Gujarat, India

PARALLEL SESSIONS 1

 

 

 

12:30-13:45

Theme: Is there hunger for Information Technology in Agriculture? “From Green Revolution to IT Revolution in Agriculture”

Chair: Mrs Rita Teaotia, Additional Secretary, Department of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India

Speakers:

  1. Ms. Aurelia Bondari, Executive Director, National AGROinform Federation, Moldova

  2. Prof. Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Telecommunications and Computer Networks group (TeNeT), Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India 

  3. Mr. Vikas Nath, Associate Director, Future of the United Nations Project, Switzerland

 

 

 

12:30-13:45

Theme: Vocational Training and Skill Upgradation

Chair: Prof. S.S. Mantha, Chairman, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), India

Speakers:

  1. Mr. Dilip Chenoy, CEO & MD, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), India 

  2. Mr. John Yates, CEO, Manipal City & Guilds, India

  3. Prof. K.K. Aggarwal, Chancellor, Lingaya’s University, India 

  4. Mr. Lokesh Mehra, Director, Education Advocacy, Microsoft, India

12:30-13:45

Theme: Can technology address governance issues?

Chair: Mr. Ajay Sawhney, President & CEO, National e-Governance Division (NeGD), Department of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India

Speakers:

  1. Mr. Leon Strous, President, International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP), The Netherlands
  2. Sridharan Sankaran, Senior Director-Engineering, EMC
  3. Mr. Niraj Prakash, Director, Public Sector & Marketing, Microsoft, India
  4. Mr. Prakash Kumar, Director, Internet Business Solutions Group, Cisco 

 

 

 

 

12:30-13:45

Theme: Institutionalising the use of ICT for better healthcare

Chair: Mr. K.N. Desiraju, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India

Speakers:

  1. Prof. Jørn Braa, University of Oslo, Norway

  2. Dr. Pankaj Gupta, Partner, Taurus Glocal Consulting, India 

  3. Mr. Pankaj Kumar Bansal, Additional Secretary, Department of Health & Family Welfare, Government of Tamil nadu, India

  4. Mr. B. Selva Kumar, Mission Director, NRHM, Government of Karnataka, India
  5.    

13:45-14:30

LUNCH

PARALLEL SESSIONS 2

 

 

 

14:30-16:00

Theme: Can ICT benefit the small farmers? “Putting Farmers First”

Chair: Mr. Vikas Nath, Associate Director, The Future of the United Nations Project, Switzerland

Speakers:

  1. Dr. Harsha de Silva, Member of Parliament, Consultant Lead Economist, LIRNEasia, Sri Lanka

  2. Ms. Aurelia Bondari, Executive Director, National AGROinform Federation, Moldova

  3. Dr. T.P. Trivedi, Assistant Director General, Indian Council for Agricultural Research, India

  4. Dr. Raj Saravanan, Associate Professor, Central Agricultural University, Meghalaya, India

 

 

 

14:30-16:00

Theme: E-Content – innovative and sustainable digitisation of content to enhance classroom learning

Chair: Prof. Alain Senteni, Dean, School of e-Education, Hamadan bin Mohammed e-University, UAE 

Speakers:

  1. Dr. Dimity Dornan, Managing Director & Founder, Hear and Say, Australia 

  2. Dr. Paul T. Nleya, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Technology, The University of Botswana, Botswana 

  3. Dr. Ritva Engestrom, Centre for Activity Theory & Developmental Research, University of Helsinki, Finland 

  4. Mr. K. Anvar Sadath, Executive Director, IT@ School  Project, Government of Kerala, India   

 

 

 

14:30-16:00

Theme: E-Authentication - Issues and challenges: State data banks and issues of privacy

Chair: Dr. B.K. Gairola, Director General, National Informatics Centre, India

Speakers:

  1. Dr. Edgar A. Whitley, Reader in Information Systems, Department of Management, London School of Economics, UK 

  2. Mr. R.S. Sharma, D-G & Mission Director, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), India

  3. Dr. Ivar Tallo, Member, Executive Board, e-Governance Academy Foundation, Estonia 

  4. Mr. Sanjay Jaju, Secretary IT, Government of Andhra Pradesh, India

  5. Mr. Sudeep Das , Lead Solutions Architect, India & SAARC, RSA, The Security Division of EMC

 

 

 

14:30-16:00

Theme: Simplifying Health Information Architecture Management

Chair: Prof. Jørn Braa, University of Oslo, Norway

Speakers:

  1. Prof. Hiroshi Takeda, Dean & Professor Master Course of Safety Management in Healthcare services, JIKEI Institute, Osaka, Japan

  2. Mr. Rakesh Kanwar, Mission Director, NRHM, Govt. of Himachal Pradesh, India

  3. Mr. Ashok Chandavarkar, Healthcare Industry Manager, Asia-Pacific, Intel*

16:00-16:30

COFFEE BREAK

 

 

16:30-18:00

PLENARY SESSION 2: ICT FOR DEVELOPMENT

Chair: Mr. Mr. J Satyanarayana, Secretary, Department of Information Technology, Government of India

Speakers:

  1. Prof. Geoff Walsham, Professor of Management Studies, Judge Business School, Cambridge University, UK

  2. Dr. Nagy Hanna, Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy on Emerging Technologies: Senior Advisor & Lead Strategist, World Bank, USA

 

 18:00-19:00

Special Presentations

'Open Government Platform' - Mrs. Neeta Verma, Senior Technical Director, National Informatics Centre, India

'Global Cloud Computing Scorecard' - Mr. Chris Hopfensperger, Technology Policy Council, Business Software Alliance

19:00-onwards

Conference Dinner

Day Two: Wed, 18 April, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

09:30-11:00


PLENARY SESSION 3: NETWORKS - CONNECTING PEOPLE

Chair: Mr. R Chandrashekhar, Secretary, Department of Telecommunications, Government of India

Speakers:

  1. Mr. David Hume, Executive Director, Citizen Engagement, Government of British Columbia, Canada

  2. Mr. Ajit Balakrishnan, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Rediff.com, India

  3. Mr. Kiran Karnik, Former President, National Association of Software and Services Companies, India

  4. Ms. Caitlin Wiesen, Country Director, United Nations Development Programme, India

11:00-11:30

COFFEE BREAK

PARALLEL SESSIONS 3

 

 

 

 

11:30-13:00

Theme: Will the Pilots ever fly? “Scaling up and Commercialising of ICT – Agricultural Models”

Chair: Mr. Vikas Nath, Associate Director, The Future of the United Nations Project, Switzerland

Speakers:

  1. Mr. Neil Mylet, Founder & CEO, LoadOut Technologies, USA

  2. Mr. Srinivas Garudachar, Director, Grameen Intel Social Business Ltd, India

  3. Mr. P.R. Ganapathy, Senior Adviser – Incubation, Villgro, India

 

 

 

 

11:30-13:00

Theme: Lessons from Research

Chair: Prof. Ana Pont, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain

Papers, Speakers:

  1. 'De(coding) the poor: Towards a transparent and accountable NREGA information infrastructure', by Sumitra Nair and Nimmi Rangaswamy, India 

  2. 'Understanding Broadband Adoption in South African Households', by Lisa Seymour, South Africa 

  3. Re-framing ICT4D: Status quo and problem areas’, by Kartikeya Bajpai, India 
  4. 'A case study on the business correspondent model in India’: Ishita Ghosh and Kartikeya Bajpai India 

 

 

 

 

 

11:30-13:00

Theme: Capacity Building - Building internal capacities, with special attention to project management, administrative reform and cyber-security

Chair: Mr. Padamvir Singh, Director, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), India

Speakers:

  1. Dr. Samantha Liscio, Corporate Chief Strategist, Ontario Public Service, Government of Ontario, Canada

  2. Dr. Nagy Hanna, Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy on Emerging Technologies: Senior Advisor & Lead Strategist, World Bank, USA         

  3. Mr. Ravi Saxena, Addl. Chief Secretary, Department of Science & Technology, Government of Gujarat, India

  4. Mr. Shankar Aggarwal, Additional Secretary, Defence, Government of India

  5. Dr. Rajiv Sharma, Mission Director, National Mission Clean Ganga (NMCG), National Ganga River Basin Authority, Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India*

 

 

 

11:30-13:00

Theme: Using Information and Technology to improve Health Outcomes & Transforming Service Delivery Channels

Chair: Prof. Sundeep Sahay, University of Oslo, Norway

Speakers:

  1. Dr. A.K. Azad, Additional Director General (Planning & Development) & Director, Management Information System (MIS), Government of Bangladesh

  2. Dr. John Lewis, Vice President, Health Information Systems Programme (HISP), India
  3. Dr. Pramod Kumar Meherda, Mission Director, NRHM, Department of Health & Family Welfare, Government of Odisha, India

13:00-14:00

LUNCH

PARALLEL SESSIONS 4

 

 

 

 14:00-15:30

Theme: Is the future mobile? “NextGen Farming: Future of Technology in Agriculture”

Chair: Mr. Sanjeev Gupta, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India

Speakers:

  1. Mr. Olaf Hammelburg, Pachamama Coffee Cooperative (Latin America), Connecting Worlds, Netherlands

  2. Mr. Jawahar Kanjilal, Global Head, Nokia Life Tools, Singapore

  3. Ms. Deepa Bachu, Director, Emerging Market Innovation, Intuit, India

 

 

 

14:00-15:30

Theme: Open Learning and Distance Education

Chair: Mr. N.K. Sinha, Additional Secretary, Ministry of HRD, Government of India

Speakers:

  1. Dr. S.S. Jena, Chairman, National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), India 

  2. Dr. Santosh Panda, Professor of Distance Education STRIDE, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), India 

  3. Mr. Krishan Khanna, Chairman, i2k Solutions, India 

 

 

 

14:00-15:30

Theme: Mobile Technologies-with a focus on ‘financial inclusion’

Chair: Mr. D K Mittal, Secretary, Department of Financial Services, Government of India

Speakers:

  1. Mr. Bong-soo Keum, Executive Director, National Information Society Agency (NIA), Republic of Korea

  2. Mr. Sriram Jagannathan, CEO, mCommerce, Bharti Airtel, India

  3. Dr. Rajendra Kumar, Director Projects, Department of IT, Government of India

 

 

 

 

14:00-15:30

Theme: ICT for Human Resource Management in Health

Chair: Prof. Sundeep Sahay, University of Oslo, Norway

Speakers:

  1. Prof. Kayode Odusote, CEO, Foundation for Sustainable Health Development, Nigeria

  2. Mr. Anil Swarup, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government Of India

  3. Dr. Carl Leitner, Open Source Developer, CapacityPlus Project at IntraHealth International, USA 

  4. Dr. Indranoshee Das, ACS, OSD, NRHM, Department of Health & Family Welfare, Government of Assam, India

15:30-16:00

COFFEE BREAK

 

 

 

16:00-17:30

PLENARY SESSION 4: POLICYMAKERS’ PANEL

Chair: Mr. Sachin Pilot, Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and IT,  Government of India

Speakers:

  1. Ms. Margarita Rojas, Director, ICT Planning, Government of Paraguay

  2. Mr. Bong-soo Keum, Executive Director, National Information Society Agency (NIA), Republic of Korea    

  3. Dr. Ivar Tallo, Member, Executive Board, e-Governance Academy Foundation, Estonia

17:30-18:00

Business Presentations

 

 

 

 

 

 

18:00-18:50

 

 

 

 

 

VALEDICTORY SESSION Closing WITFOR 2012 – WITFOR 2013 announcement

• Conference Summary by Prof. Chrisanthi Avgerou, Professor, London    School of Economics, and Co-Chair, International Programme Committee, WITFOR 2012

• Address and hand over for WITFOR 2013 by Shri Kapil Sibal, Minister of Communications and Information Technology & Human Resource Development, Government of India

• Address and takeover of WITFOR 2013 by Minister Hugo Royg Aranda, Executive Secretary, Ministry of Technical Planning for Economic and Social Development, Republic of Paraguay

• Vote of Thanks by Ms. Rita Teaotia, Additional Secretary, Department of IT, Government of India



1Tentative schedule – to be finalized

* to be confirmed

 
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