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Knowledge Translation: Across Disciplines, Geographies, and From Research to Action


Friday, May 4, 2018

10:30 AM – 6:00PM
Location: CGIS South


The Mittal Institute Symposium is our annual flagship event, free and open to the public, where we bring together scholars, practitioners and audiences to discuss, debate and dissect major South Asian themes from an interlocking variety of perspectives.

The Mittal Institute’s eighth Annual Symposium will feature a discussion on translational knowledge across the subcontinent, from the perspectives of humanities, science and social science.

The Mittal Institute strives to connect Harvard faculty and students with leading scholars and practitioners on issues of importance to South Asia.


Symposium Schedule


10:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Session I: Material, science, and art: Study and Conservation of South Asian Art in the twenty-first century


Francesca Bewer, Head of the Materials Lab, Research Curator for Conservation and Technical Studies Programs, Harvard Art Museums
Katherine Eremin,
 Patricia Cornwell Senior Conservation Scientist, Harvard Art Museums

Narayan Khandekar, Director of the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, Harvard Art Museums

Chair: Jinah Kim, Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture South and Southeast Asian, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch in South Concourse

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM: Session II: Hopelessness: Youth Capabilities and Mental Health in South Asia


Shubh Agrawal, Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Jacqueline Bhabha, FXB Director of Research; Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health; Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Lecturer in Law, Harvard Law School; Adjunct Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School
John Naslund, Research Fellow in Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Chair: Vikram PatelMBBS, PhD, Pershing Square Professor of Global Health, Harvard Medical School

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM: Coffee Break 

2:45 PM – 4:20 PM: Seed for Change Presentations


Introductions by Tarun KhannaDirector, the Mittal Institute; Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School

K.P. BalarajCo-founder & Managing Director at WestBridge Capital Partners, Bengaluru, India
Venkatesh MurthyProfessor of Molecular & Cellular Biology, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Pritha ChatterjeeFellow at Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University

4:20 PM- 4:35 PM: Coffee Break/ SFC Deliberations

4:35 PM – 4:45 PM: SFC Awards Announcement

4:45 PM – 6:00 PM: Session IV: Scaling Science and Technology in Emerging Economies


Ashok GadgilFaculty Senior Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Andrew and Virginia Rudd Family Foundation Chair Professor of Safe Water and Sanitation, UC Berkeley

Asim KhwajaProfessor of International Finance and Development, Harvard Kennedy School

Chair: Tarun KhannaDirector, the Mittal Institute; Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School

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