The Harvard Club of India, SAI and the Harvard India Student Group invite you to attend this mixer event in New Delhi. This mixer is open to all incoming students, alumni and other Harvard community members and intends to serve as a great networking opportunity.
Tarun Khanna, Director, Harvard South Asia Institute; Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School
Jennifer Leaning, François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights; Director, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health
Rahul Mehrotra, Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design
The Kumbh Mela is a Hindu religious fair that occurs every twelve years in India, and has become the largest public gathering in the world. The most recent observance of the festival took place in 2013 in Allahabad, with an estimated attendance of over 80 million people. Because of its size and complexity, the 2013 Kumbh Mela inspired the Harvard South Asia Institute’s flagship multi-year interdisciplinary research project in a number of complementary fields: business, technology and communications, urban studies and design, religious and cultural studies, and public health. Launched in 2015, the Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity book and exhibition consolidate research findings and serve as an example of interdisciplinary research conducted at Harvard.
Join us to remember the lives lost, and to continue the conversation on the public health impact of, and response to, disasters. is event brings together academics, practitioners and students to examine lessons on earthquake response, aid accountability, and health systems strengthening following the disaster that rocked Nepal on April 25, 2015
Bijay Acharya, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital & MPH ‘2016
Richard Cash, Senior Lecturer, Department of Global Health and Population
Emily Troutman, Founder, Aid.Works, DC
Moderator: Jennifer Leaning, HSPH; Director, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights
Light Nepali snacks from 5.30pm Organized by Harvard Chan Students for Nepal Society, South Asian Students Organization
Please RSVP through the link: http://tiny.cc/sfnspringseminar
On April 25, 2015, the Gorkha Earthquake struck Nepal, causing extensive damage and taking the lives of thousands. In this panel discussion, speakers, including students from several Harvard graduate programs, will draw on their research to discuss how relief and recovery have progressed in the year since the disaster occurred.
Erica Kelly, MPP16, Harvard Kennedy School
Yoko Okura, MPP17, Harvard Kennedy School
Oscar Natividad, MDes16, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Ashley Thompson, MDes17, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Closing remarks by Mohan Das Manandhar, Chairperson of Nepal Energy Foundation
Moderated by Arnold M. Howitt, Faculty Co-Director of the Program on Crisis Leadership and Executive Director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School
Co-sponsored by the Program on Crisis Leadership (Ash and Taubman Centers), Harvard Kennedy School
As the spring fighting season in Afghanistan flares up again, following one of the most deadly Taliban attacks in Kabul in years on April 19, 2016 posing new challenges to the Afghan government and military, Ambassador Richard Olson discusses long-term plans for the wider region as part of the annual SOUTH ASIA WEEK.
Ambassador Richard Olson assumed duty as U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP) on November 17, 2015 after concluding his service as the U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan.
Previously, he served as the Coordinating Director for Development and Economic Affairs, at U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan, from 2011 to 2012. U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates from 2008 to 2011. He is a member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister Counselor, and was recently recommended for promotion to Career Minister.
Olson joined the U.S. Department of State in 1982. He has served in Mexico, Uganda, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, the United Arab Emirates, (where he served in Abu Dhabi and Dubai), and in Najaf, Iraq. He was also Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Mission to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
His Washington assignments include: State Department Operations Center (twice), NATO Desk, the Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs (twice, including as Director), and the Office of Iraqi Affairs, including as Director. He graduated from Brown University in 1981, receiving an A.B. in Law and Society (Honors) and History.
Olson has been awarded the Presidential Distinguished Service Award, the Secretary of State’s Award for Public Outreach, the State Department’s Superior Honor Award (three times), and the Secretary of Defense’s Exceptional Civilian Service Award (for his service in Iraq).
As the eighth most populous country in the world, Bangladesh is undergoing a series of demographic, economic and political transformations. In a discussion as part of the annual SOUTH ASIA WEEK, Ambassador Ziauddin will address how Bangladesh is shaping its region.
Ambassador Ziauddin joined the BCS (Foreign Affairs) with seniority from 13 July 1974. He served as Third and Second Secretary in Bangladesh High Commission in London; First Secretary in Bangladesh High Commission in Nairobi; Counsellor and Deputy Permanent Representative at the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the United Nations in New York. Prior joining as Bangladesh Ambassador to Italy, he was Director General (International Organization) in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Chief of Protocol to the Government of Bangladesh.
Ambassador Ziauddin was appointed Ambassador to Italy on 15 May 2000 and assumed concurrent charge as Bangladesh Ambassador to the Republic of Albania and the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina. He was also the Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to FAO, WFP, and IFAD.
Prior to becoming the Bangladesh Ambassador to the USA, he held the post of Ambassador-at-Large of the Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina with the rank and status of State Minister to the Government of Bangladesh.
As part of the Future of Diplomacy and India & South Asia Program’s annual SOUTH ASIA WEEK, Ambassador Dr. Maleeha Lodhi, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations will discuss her country’s role in upholding regional peace and stability and Pakistan’s commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Dr Maleeha Lodhi is Pakistan’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York.
She is among the most accomplished female professionals in the Muslim world, with extensive experience in diplomacy, media, and teaching. She returns to the Kennedy School following a 2008 IOP Fellowship.
The Harvard South Asia Institute competition awards prizes to interdisciplinary student projects that impact societal, economic, and environmental issues in India. The three finalist groups will present their project plans and a jury will award the grand prize of $40,000.
GoMango: provides low-cost refrigerated transport to food producers in India
Torr Energy: for-profit company that uses a series of technologies and a unique model to produce and sell
low-cost waste-derived solid fuel in remote areas
The Craftsmen: small forest enterprise facilitator that creates new value chains, provides year-round employment, and trains communities in sustainable harvesting practices.