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‘BIG BOLD BRAVE 2024 – HARVARD Asia Pacific Regional Conference in Sri Lanka

08 Apr 2024 - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}      

The Harvard Club of Sri Lanka proudly announces ‘BIG BOLD BRAVE 2024,’ a ground-breaking thought leadership conference set to take place from April 3rd to 5th, 2024, at the Galle Face Hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka. This is a collaboration of 15+ Harvard Clubs in the Asia Pacific region, the official Alumni Organisations of the prestigious Harvard University.   
“Sri Lanka is a 5-hour flight from 4.5 billion people in the APAC region—getting richer and living longer. This is an opportunity for Sri Lanka to lead in addressing pressing needs of neighbourhood” said Asanka de Mel, co-chair of the conference.  
Under the far-reaching theme of ‘Big Opportunities | Bold Moves | Brave People,’ the conference will explore critical areas that shape the region’s future, with topic areas including education, human capital development and jobs of the future, technology, digital economy and entrepreneurship, modernizing agriculture and food security, energy infrastructure development, and environmental sustainability and climate change adaptation.  
Recognizing the immense potential of the Asia-Pacific region and its role in shaping the global landscape, the Harvard Clubs of the Asia-Pacific region have come together to facilitate this transformative conference. The conference will explore the region’s most pressing challenges and opportunities leading up to 2050.   
The highly anticipated conference will convene visionary leaders, influential thinkers, and distinguished Harvard alumni from across the Asia-Pacific region. A distinguished line-up of speakers will engage attendees through panel discussions, case studies, and interactive workshops, facilitating the exchange of valuable insights, invaluable networking opportunities and the exploration of innovative solutions.  

Among the notable speakers confirmed for the event are:  
Deepak Baghla: Former Managing Director and CEO of Invest India, Titus Yong: Vice President of the Harvard Club of Singapore and Senior Faculty at NUS Singapore, Rajeev Mahajan: Head of Project Finance at the Private Sector Facility of the Green Climate Fund in South Korea, Deshamanya Mahesh Amalean: Co-Founder And Chairman of MAS Holdings, Dr. Rex Yung: MD and Chief Scientific Officer at ProLung, Inc., USA, Kapil Vishvanathan: Governing Council Member at KREA University and President of the Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR), India, Anjali Raina: Executive Director of the HBS Research Center, India, Dr. Nishan De Mel: Economist with extensive academic experience at Oxford and Harvard University, Sri Lanka, Sameer Christy: Founder and Chairman of Streeton Partners, Venture Partner/ SparksLabs, Hongkong/ Pakistan, Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne: President of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement, Mainak Chakraborty: CEO & Co-Founder of GPS Renewables, Dr. Somdutta Singh: First-Gen Serial Entrepreneur, Investor, Founder & CEO of Assiduus Global Inc, Dubai, Munir M. Merali: AKDN’s Resident Diplomatic Representative to the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Supun Weerasinghe: Group Chief Executive Officer of Dialog Axiata.
This diverse lineup comprises over 30 panelists and speakers, reflecting a breadth of expertise and experience across various industries. With a global audience of over 150 registrations, the conference aims to facilitate meaningful discussions, knowledge sharing, and networking opportunities.  
Statement by Kandeban Balendran, President of Harvard Club of Sri Lanka and Co-Chair of Big Bold Brave Conference:  

“We are excited to see this conference serve as a catalyst for big opportunities, bold ideas and brave people coming together to tackle global challenges. We look forward to witnessing the transformative impact that emerges when passionate people work together towards common goals. This conference exemplifies our shared vision of creating a platform for leaders to connect, learn, and make a difference in the world. By bringing together diverse perspectives and experiences, we can drive meaningful change and foster a brighter future for generations to come”  
This statement reflects the ethos of the conference, highlighting the importance of collaboration and innovation in addressing global issues.  
By engaging in meaningful connections and collaborations among Harvard alumni and distinguished guests, the conference aims to pave the way for a better tomorrow, driven by knowledge, fellowship, and a shared vision for a prosperous and sustainable future.