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The Mittal Institute’s 2023 Annual Cambridge Symposium will take place on Friday, May 5, and will convene faculty, staff, and the public for a lively discussion on climate, health and culture’s role in building a more resilient South Asia. Register here

Schedule of Events

Breakfast and Registration

Welcome Remarks
Tarun Khanna, Faculty Director, LMSAI; Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School
Hitesh Hathi, Executive Director, LMSAI

Panel 1: Climate Change, Gender, and Labor: A Conversation with Reema Nanavaty
9:40am – 10:50am

Reema Nanavaty, Director, SEWA
Sakhiben Khengarbhai Ahir, Young Grassroot Leader, SEWA
moderated by Maya Jasanoff, X.D. and Nancy Yang Professor and Coolidge Professor of History, Harvard University

Watch Reema Nanavaty speak at the LMSAI Climate Change Workshop in New Delhi on the climate challenges faced by working poor women in South Asia

Panel 2: Pathways toward Universal Health Coverage: Perspectives from the Lancet Citizens’ Commission (LCC) for Reimagining India’s Health System
11:00am – 12:15pm

Sapna Desai, Commissioner, LCC; Associate, Population Council
Atul Gupta, Assistant Professor of Health Care Management, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania 
Anuska Kalita, Senior Fellow, LCC; Visiting Scientist and Health Systems Specialist, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health 
Tarun Khanna, Co-Chair, LCC; Faculty Director, LMSAI; Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School
moderated by Vikram Patel, Co-Chair, LCC; Pershing Square Professor of Global Health, Harvard Medical School

Explore the Lancet Citizen’s Commission’s work and read this reflection

12:15pm – 1:30pm

Panel 3: Advancing Ideas on South Asia: Mittal Institute Students + Scholars
1:30pm – 2:45pm

Ajmalkhan Areethala – Raghunathan Family Fellow, LMSAI (read Ajmal’s profile)
Gauri Nagpal – Seed for Change 2022 India Winner; GSD ’23 (read about Gauri’s work)
Kheya Melo Furtado – Jamnalal Kaniram Bajaj Fellow, LMSAI (read Kheya’s profile)
Mariam Zia – Syed Babar Ali Fellow, LMSAI (read Mariam’s profile)
moderated by Hitesh Hathi, Executive Director, LMSAI

Panel 4: Artistic Expression in Afghanistan: Perspectives from Scholars at Risk
3:00pm – 4:15pm

Homeira Qaderi – writer and activist
Omaid Sharifi – artist and advocate
Samiullah Nabipour – former Dean of Fine Arts, Kabul University
moderated by Homi Bhabha, Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University 

Homeira Qaderi on using her pen to change Afghan women’s lives

Tea Reception