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Arches: A Data Management and Visualization Platform for Cultural Heritage

Wed, May 12, 2021 at 10:00am

Wed, May 12, 2021 at 11:00am

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7:00 am – 8:00 am PST/ 10am – 11am EST/ 7:30 am – 8:30 pm IST

CoSTAR Public Talk: ARCHES Getty Conservation Institute

Managing Cultural Heritage (CH) data can be a daunting task.  Uncertainties in dating CH resources, multi-scale geospatial representations, and complex (but essential) relationships among objects, activities, agents, and events make implementing data management applications for CH challenging.  Once a data management system is implemented, accessing, visualizing, and sharing CH data often requires significant effort. To help the CH field address the difficulties in managing and using CH data, The Getty Conservation Institute has developed Arches, an Open Source, freely available data management, and visualization platform.  Arches provide a comprehensive set of modern data management, visualization, and integration capabilities to help identify the appropriate actions needed to protect and preserve cultural heritage resources in a dynamic and changing world.  This presentation will summarize how Arches helps improve stewardship of CH resources and where it is being used around the world.


Annabel Lee Enriquez, Associate Project Specialist at the Getty Conservation Institute

Dennis Wuthrich, CEO of Farallon Geographics, a geospatial web and mobile application development company in San Francisco

Africa-Asia Roundtable – Pandemics: Surveillance, Preparedness, and Response

Tue, May 18, 2021 at 07:00am

Wed, May 19, 2021 at 09:00am


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The Harvard Center for Africa Studies will convene our Africa-Asia Roundtable – Pandemics: Surveillance, Preparedness, and Response on May 18 – 19, 2021 from 7:00a – 9:00a EST / 1:00p – 3:00p CAT / 4:30p – 6:30p IST / 7:00p – 9:00p CST.

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has brought a global focus on pandemic surveillance, preparedness, and response. As a result of the 2014 – 2016 Ebola outbreak, the World Bank invested in the Regional Disease Surveillance Systems Enhancement (REDISSE) Program. Thirteen countries in West and Central Africa have received a $200 million funding commitment “to prevent, detect, and respond to the threat of emerging and epidemic-prone diseases.” In addition to funding, the program has provided for intra-country cooperation on detecting and preventing pandemics as well as regional lab networks and training opportunities. More recently, the Africa CDC  has spearheaded continental efforts to advance various elements of  detection and response to various health threats, with notable success related to COVID-19. Such programs are examples of how regional and global cooperation designed to respond to an infectious disease outbreak can be leveraged in future pandemics.

China has promised the delivery of its Sinopharm vaccine to countries in Africa, with 200,000 doses arriving in Senegal and another 200,000 in Zimbabwe. While the commitments fall far short of the 1.4 billion doses that will be needed to reach herd immunity in Africa, China’s vaccine distribution has moved alongside the WHO-endorsed COVAX plan (to which China will also contribute 10 million vaccines). India has also been a contributor to global vaccine distribution, both through COVAX and other direct supplies to the global south, distributing more than 60 million doses. The scrambling for vaccines from the global north highlights a disparity in equitable access to vaccines, raising questions about intellectual property and the possibilities for local production.

Over two days, we will convene four panels to further explore questions around vaccines and vaccine development, technology transfer, capacity building, and global cooperation strategies for combating pandemics. What lessons can the world learn from Africa’s response to previous epidemics/pandemics including Ebola and HIV/AIDS and the current COVID-19 pandemic? What is the role of global cooperation between Africa-Asia, and China-India-Africa in particular? Is the COVID-19 crisis and response, including vaccine development and distribution, an opportunity for a new era of global cooperation?

May 18, 2021: Vaccines

7:00a                     Welcome and Introductory remarks

7:10a – 8:05a     Panel 1– Vaccines: Discovery and Trials

The panel will explore vaccine development and the role of clinical trials held in Africa, by Africans, and on Africans as well as the generalizability of global trials of the COVID-19 vaccine in light of the spread of variants. We will discuss the clinical trials conducted globally and the contributions of African scientists and trial participants. Conducting clinical trials in Africa has also been a topic of controversy, in particular when some have suggested trials should take place in Africa due to a lack of personal protective equipment and a higher risk of infection. We will also explore whether the speed with which COVID-19 vaccines have been produced brings promise for other existing and emerging infectious diseases.

8:05a – 9:00a     Panel 2 – Vaccines and Diagnostics: Production and Technology Transfer at Scale

We will begin a conversation about local distribution of globally produced vaccines and technology transfer. Once a vaccine is developed, what conditions provide for local production, and what are the barriers? China and India, for example, have made bilateral agreements with several Asian and African countries to produce vaccines for COVID-19. Compared to India and China, Africa has limited production capacity for both vaccines and diagnostics. What factors explain the lack of production capability and capacity? Dakar, Senegal is one production site developing both rapid testing and antibody testing for COVID. What are the economic and public health factors that could drive local production at scale?

May 19, 2021: Surveillance and Response

7:00a                     Welcome and Reflections on Day 1

7:10a – 8:05a     Panel 3 – Capacity Building and the Role of Universities

We will explore the role of universities in training the next generation of scientists and health professionals who will lead the charge in discovery and translation of knowledge that is essential for addressing current and future public health challenges. Tomorrow’s pandemics require the next generation of leaders to be prepared to collaborate with peers within and across countries to navigate as yet unforeseen challenges. What have been the barriers to such collaborations? What novel and innovative approaches have been used to develop capacity building in an increasingly globalized world? The panel will discuss solutions that have been successfully implemented and can serve as models to further develop global public health leaders.

8:05a – 9:00a     Panel 4 – Surveillance and Response

We will invite panelists to speak to their roles and contributions on surveillance and response and to interrogate the possibility for global cooperation on these efforts. Infectious disease outbreaks such as Ebola or COVID-19 may tax a system in the near-term, but what can be done to develop more resilient health systems in the longer-term? Surveillance and response are also linked to good governance, and, with COVID-19, we have seen the risk of an infectious disease becoming politicized. The panel will explore how healthcare and response strategies must transcend domestic politics and foster global cooperation efforts as well as successful examples of such strategies.  

Sponsored by the China-Harvard-Africa Network at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Harvard University Asia Center; Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University; The Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute at Harvard University; Harvard-Yenching Institute

Cultivating Trust Can Unlock India’s Potential

Thu, Apr 22, 2021 at 12:30am

Thu, Apr 22, 2021 at 01:50am

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10:00-11:20 am IST // 12:30-1:50 am ET

Join us for the 13th Session of Distinguished Global Indian Speaker Series by Amity University Gurugram, and co-sponsored by The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute.


10:00-10:10 am IST // 12:30-12:40 am ET
Opening Remarks by Prof. (Dr.) Gunjan M. Sanjeev, Vice President, RBEF, Director-International Affairs
Welcome Address by Prof. (Dr) P.B. Sharma,Vice Chancellor, Amity University Gurugram
Words of Wisdom by Dr. Aseem Chauhan, Chancellor, Amity University

10:10-10:15 am IST // 12:40-12:45 am ET
Felicitation Ceremony and Presentation of Virtual Citation to Prof. (Dr.) Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, HBS; Director, Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University 

10:15-10:55 am IST // 12:45-1:25 am ET
Special Session: “Cultivating Trust Can Unlock India’s Potential” by Prof. (Dr.) Tarun Khanna

10:55-11:00 am IST // 1:25-1:30 am ET                
Celebrating Three Years of Publication of the Book: Trust: Creating the Foundation for Entrepreneurship in Emerging Countries, authored by Prof (Dr.) Tarun Khanna 

11:00-11:20 am IST // 1:30-1:50 am ET
Q&A interaction followed by Vote of Thanks by Prof. (Dr) Gunjan M Sanjeev

Reimagining India’s Health System: The Lancet Citizens’ Commission at Harvard

Mon, Feb 8, 2021 at 09:00am

Mon, Feb 8, 2021 at 10:15am


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9:00 AM–10:15 AM ET // 7:30–8:45 PM IST

The Lancet Citizens’ Commission on Reimagining India’s Health System is an ambitious, cross-sectoral initiative to lay out the path to universal health coverage in India. Its guiding principle is that structural change toward universal health coverage can only be achieved through consultative and participatory engagement with the diverse sectors involved in healthcare and, most importantly, with India’s citizenry.

This event aims to introduce the Commission to the Harvard community and invite students, researchers, faculty, and alumni to participate in the initiative. It will consist of a panel discussion featuring several of the Commission’s co-chairs and commissioners, who are leading voices from across India’s healthcare landscape. They will discuss the Commission’s five work streams (citizens’ engagement, financing, governance, human resources, and technology) and ways to get involved.

Those interested in participating in the Commission are encouraged to fill out this survey. For more on the Commission, please read the launch commentary in the Lancet and visit the Commission website.

  • Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School; Director, The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University
  • Yamini Aiyar, President and Chief Executive, Centre for Policy Research
  • Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Executive Chairperson, Biocon Ltd.
  • Poonam Muttreja, Executive Director, Population Foundation of India
  • Vikram Patel, The Pershing Square Professor of Global Health, Harvard Medical School; Professor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Co-founder, Sangath
  • Sharad Sharma, Co-founder, iSPIRT Foundation
  • S.V. Subramanian, Professor of Population Health and Geography, Harvard University
  • Rajani Ved, Former Executive Director, National Health Systems Resource Centre

This event is co-sponsored by the Harvard Club of India, the Harvard Club of Mumbai, the Harvard Business School Club of India, the Harvard Club of Bengaluru, The Harvard Business School India Research Center, and the Harvard T.H. Chan India Research Center.

Why Do Indians Shun Science?

Sat, Dec 19, 2020 at 08:00am

Sat, Dec 19, 2020 at 09:30am


8:00 AM ET // 6:30 PM IST
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It might be odd to aver that Indians shun science — in a country that is lauded as a fount of software engineering, has just touched the heavens with Mangalyaan, and will likely make most of the vaccines for the world.  But, the fact remains that India dramatically underinvests in science, to its detriment. Perhaps worse, we seem to eschew a scientific mindset to promote instead a variety of other modes of reasoning: parochial concerns, religious sentiment, and tradition.

While these have their place, in this talk Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at the Harvard Business School and Director of the Mittal Institute, will illustrate the costs of our apparent science-phobia by briefly discussing benefits of higher scientific literacy which we could tap into in three disparate Indian settings: the moribund market for jobs among youth, a polluted environment, and crumbling art and architectural heritage. To be clear, this is not a diatribe against the humanities and the social sciences, but rather it is an attempt to direct attention to a costly societal myopia. 


Tarun Khanna is the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at the Harvard Business School and Director of Harvard University’s Lakshmi Mittal & Family South Asia Institute. For over 25 years, he has studied entrepreneurship as a means of economic development. He currently teaches courses related to creativity in emerging economies. An online version, Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies, one of Harvard’s most popular, has been taken by ~600,000 students in over 200 countries. A recent book, Trust, and an earlier one, Billions of Entrepreneurs, chronicle creative ventures in China, India and beyond.

In 2007, he was nominated to be a Young Global Leader (under 40) by the World Economic Forum. In 2009, he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of International Business. In 2016, he was recognized by the Academy of Management as Eminent Scholar for Lifetime Achievement in the field of International Management. The Government of India appointed him to lead several national committees connected to entrepreneurship and higher education. In 2020, he was asked by The Lancet, the world’s leading medical journal, to co-chair a commission to re-imagine the future of India’s health system.

Outside Harvard, he serves on the boards of the Washington-based global power company, AES Corporation, the global adtech company and India’s first unicorn, InMobi, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, PRS India, a non-profit dedicated to India’s parliamentary governance, is a cofounder of Axilor, a Bangalore-based incubator, and of several ventures across the developing world.

Reimagining India’s Health System: A Lancet Citizens’ Commission

Fri, Dec 11, 2020 at 06:30am

Fri, Dec 11, 2020 at 07:30am


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The Lancet Citizens’ Commission on Reimagining India’s Health System is an ambitious, cross-sectoral endeavor to lay out the roadmap to achieving universal health coveragefor the people of India. The Lancet is a leading international medical journal that has paved the way for medical reforms and global health discussions around the world.The Commission on Reimagining India’s Health System will be the first participatory report of its kind to be published by the journal.

A guiding principle for this Commission is that structural change towards UHC can only be attained through consultative and participatory engagement with the diverse sectors involved in healthcare and, most importantly, with India’s citizenry. The Commission has already brought together leaders from academia, the scientific community, civil society, and private healthcare to spearhead this effort. We now aim to go beyond the traditional boundaries of expertise to actively engage stakeholders whose voices have rarely been heard in previous reports: those who deliver healthcare and those who receive it. We envision our efforts be underpinned by a Citizens’ Commission, an unprecedented attempt to gather insights from across the country through grassroots surveys, public consultations, and online discussions.

The launch event on December 11th aims to formally announce the Lancet Citizens’ Commission to the public. It will consist of a panel discussion among three leading voices in healthcare, followed by a conversation among co-chairs, commissioners and the public on the Commission’s aim and the Indian health system more broadly.


  • Tarun Khanna, Director, Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University
  • Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Executive Chairperson, Biocon Ltd. 
  • Vikram Patel, Professor of Global Health, Harvard Medical School
  • Gagandeep Kang, Professor, Christian Medical College, Vellore


  • Pamela Das, Senior Executive Editor, The Lancet
  • K. Vijay Raghavan, Principal Scientific Advisor, GoI
  • Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist, WHO
  • V.K. Paul, Member, NITI Aayog

Consequences: South and Southeast Asia and the 2020 U.S. Election

Thu, Dec 3, 2020 at 12:00pm

Thu, Dec 3, 2020 at 01:00pm


Location: Online, via Zoom

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Mattias Fibiger, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Erik Kuhonta, Associate Professor of Political Science, McGill University

Doreen Lee, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Northeastern University; Visiting Scholar, Harvard University Asia Center

Ashutosh Varshney, Sol Goldman Professor of International Studies and the Social Sciences; Professor of Political Science; Director; the Center for Contemporary South Asia, Brown University

Chair/Moderator: James Robson, James C. Kralik and Yunli Lou Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations; Victor and William Fung Director, Harvard University Asia Center; Chair, Regional Studies East Asia, Harvard University

Asia Beyond the Headlines Seminar Series, Harvard University Asia Center; co-sponsored with the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute

Art and Science of Heritage Conservation: Finding the Right Balance, Part 1

Thu, Dec 10, 2020 at 11:00am

Thu, Dec 10, 2020 at 12:15pm


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8:00–9:15 AM PT // 11:00 AM–12:15 PM ET // 9:00–10:15 PM PKT // 9:30–10:45 PM IST // 10:00–11:45 PM BST

This event is the first in a 2-part series. View Part 2 here.

As part of the Mittal Institute’s Program for Conservation of Culture, this webinar will focus on recent developments in science and the impact of these developments on the field of art conservation. It will also delve into the current understanding about materials and techniques in the conservation of antiquities. 

This event is co-hosted by the Mittal Institute and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) museum in Mumbai, India. 



  • Alison Heritage, Project Manager, Strategic Planning and Research, International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), Rome
  • Narayan Khandekar, Director, Straus Conservation Center, Harvard Art Museums
  • Austin Nevin, Head of Department of Conservation, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London
  • Stefan Simon, Director, Rathgen Research Laboratory, Staatliche Museen, Berlin

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Models of Innovation: Education in South Asia

Wed, Nov 11, 2020 at 09:30am

Wed, Nov 11, 2020 at 10:30am

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In this interactive session, four organizations will showcase their innovative models of education delivery in times of the pandemic. These success stories, from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Pakistan, bring together learning from all corners of the region and illustrate how the shared challenge of quality and access can be mitigated through partnership, research, and resilience.

Emmerich Davies, Assistant Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Ayaz Aziz, Manager (Online Education), Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center
Nishant Pandey, CEO, American India Foundation
Rumee Singh, Founder, Katha4Nepal
Haroon Yasin, Co-founder and CEO, Taleemabad

Date: 11 November 2020
Time: 9:30–10:30a EST //8:00–9:00p IST // 7:30–8:30p PKT // 8:15–9:15p NPT // 8:30–9:30p BST

The US Election’s Impact on South Asia

Wed, Oct 28, 2020 at 02:00pm

Wed, Oct 28, 2020 at 03:15pm


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Ronak Desai, Research Associate at the Mittal Institute, will moderate a discussion between Nirupama Rao, Former Foreign Secretary of India, and Vipin Narang, Associate Professor of Political Science at MIT, as they explore how the potential outcomes of the US presidential election may impact the region of South Asia.


  • Ronak Desai, Associate, The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute
  • Nirupama Rao, Former Foreign Secretary, India
  • Vipin Narang, Associate Professor of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health in China, India, and the United States

Mon, Nov 9, 2020 at 08:15pm

Mon, Nov 9, 2020 at 09:30pm


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  • Arthur Kleinman, Professor of Medical Anthropology, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School


  • Xiao Shuiyuan, Professor, Central South University, Xianya School of Public Health
  • Yifeng Xu, President, Shanghai Mental Health Center; Head & Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine; Director, WHO/Shanghai Collaborating Center for Research and Training in Mental Health
  • Vikram Patel, The Pershing Square Professor of Global Health and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Professor, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Co-Founder and Member of Managing Committee, Sangath
  • Karestan Koenen, Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology and Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Host and Commentator

  • Winnie Yip, Professor of Global Health Policy and Economics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Director, Harvard China Health Partnership; Acting Director, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies

This is a Fairbank Center Director’s Seminar. This event is sponsored by the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and the Harvard China Health Partnership, and co-sponsored by the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute.

Daastan è South Asia

Thu, Oct 8, 2020 at 01:00am

Thu, Oct 8, 2020 at 02:00am


This 60-minute presentation will showcase the range of work Harvard has been able to do in South Asia. It will focus the spotlight on efforts to drive public health communication and policy translation, influence management practice and capability building in education, and how leaders in South Asia are making a difference in the places where they live and work by adopting smart business models, leveraging technology, and using business as a force for good.

Using the visual storytelling medium, Dastaan è South Asia strings together stories from frontline workers, leaders in business, academia, government, our alumni, donors, and other stakeholders bringing to life the diversity, development challenges, and cultural context of the region. 

Time: 1:00a EST / 10:30a IST / 10:00a PKT / 11:00a BST 

Venue: Live on 24 hours of Harvard website 

This event is presented as part of “24 Hours of Harvard,” a special feature of Worldwide Week at Harvard 2020. It is co-sponsored by the Harvard Business School India Research Center, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health India Center, Harvard Business Publishing, and the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute.