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Day One: April 17th 2012



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 Information Technology, Government of India


  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


Theme: Vocational Training and Skill Upgradation

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


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

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


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

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


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


  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 



Theme: Institutionalising the use of ICT for better healthcare

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


  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



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

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


  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


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


  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

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

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


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

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


  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


Theme: Simplifying Health Information Architecture Management

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


  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*

Day Two: April 18th 2012



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


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

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

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


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


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


  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*


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

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


  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



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

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


  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


Theme: Open Learning and Distance Education

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


  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


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

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


  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


Theme: ICT for Human Resource Management in Health

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


  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

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

1Tentative schedule – to be finalized

* to be confirmed

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