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Please join us for our Annual Cambridge Symposium, the Mittal Institute’s flagship event. The full-day convening bring together scholars, practitioners and audiences to discuss, debate and dissect major South Asian themes from an interlocking variety of perspectives. This year’s conference will focus on the theme of “resiliency” in the region through the lens of culture, climate and health. The event is free and open to the public.

9am – Breakfast and Registration

9:30am – Welcome Remarks

Tarun Khanna, Faculty Director, LMSAI; Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School

Hitesh Hathi, Executive Director, LMSAI

9:40am – 10:55am – Panel 1

Climate Change, Gender, and Labor: A Conversation with Reema Nanavaty

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

11:00am – 12:15pm – Panel 2 

Pathways toward Universal Health Coverage:
Perspectives from the Lancet Citizens’ Commission (LCC) for Reimagining India’s Health System

Sapna Desai, Commissioner, LCC; Associate, Population Council

Siddhesh Zadey, LCC

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 – Lunch

1:30pm – 2:45pm – Panel 3

Advancing Ideas on South Asia: Mittal Institute Students + Scholars

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

3:00pm – 4:15pm – Panel 4

Artistic Expression in Afghanistan: Perspectives from Scholars at Risk

Homeira Qaderi, writer, activist and educator

Omaid Sharifi, President, ArtLords and Wartists (Read more about ArtLords here)

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

4:30pm – Tea Reception