The inaugural AIYD conference was hosted in New Delhi and Mumbai, India from 30 January to 2 February 2012. Delegates were addressed by high profile diplomats, journalists, and business leaders from Australia and India, and participated in a number of site visits, including to Gandhi Smriti and the Red Fort in Delhi, and Chabad House and Dharavi slum in Mumbai.

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With a balance of panel sessions and roundtable discussions, the conference programme for AIYD 2012 focused on the following topics:

  • Education
  • International Security
  • Climate Change
  • Business beyond Resources

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Australian Delegates

Indian Delegates

  • DAY 1: JANUARY 30, NEW DELHI
  • Welcome and Introductions

    Ruchir Punjabi, AIYD Chair

    Navdeep Suri , Joint Secretary Public Diplomacy Division MEA, India

  • SESSION I

    The Australia-India Relationship: A History of Mixed Opportunities

    Peter Varghese, AO, Australian High Commissioner to India

    Gopalaswami Parthasarathy, Former Indian High Commissioner to Australia

  • Keynote Address

    Australia-India: The Way Forward Through Our Young Leaders

    Amitabh Mattoo, Director, Australia India Institute

  • SESSION II

    Education in Australia – The Indian Student in Australia: Has the Crisis Been Overcome?

    Lachlan Strahan, Deputy High Commissioner to India, Australia

    Govindraj Ethiraj, Planning Commission, Govt of India

    Naveen Chopra, Director, The Chopras

  • SESSION III

    Education in India: The Skills Shortage:Up-skilling young Indians and young Australians Geoffrey Conaghan, Commissioner to India from Victoria Tony White, Director, Franchise India Dilip Chenoy, CEO & MD, National Skill Development Corporation

  • External

    Visit to Gandhi Smriti

  • Gala Opening Dinner

    Keynote address by: Mr T.K.A. Nair, Advisor to Prime Minister of India

  • DAY 2: JANUARY 31, NEW DELHI
  • SESSION IV

    International Security and Forced Convergence: India and Australia

    Rajiv Nayan, Senior Research Associate, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi

    Shashank Joshi, Associate Fellow, Royal United Services Institute

    Lavina Lee, Macquarie University

  • Lunch

    Suzana Brinkmann, Education Consultant, UNICEF

  • SESSION V

    Climate Change: Navigating the Unknown Together

    Sudhir Chella Rajan, Professor, Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras; Coordinator, Indo-German Centrefor Sustainability

    Amrita N Achanta, Senior Visiting Fellow, The Energy and Resources Institute(TERI)

  • DAY 3: February 1, Taj Lands End, Mumbai
  • SESSION VI

    Australia-India Business: Beyond Resources

    Barry Buffier, Deputy Director General, Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure andServices, NSW

    Sarat Chandran, Director, Indo-Australian Chamber of Commerce

  • Lunch

    Steve Waters, Consul General of Australia, Mumbai

  • SESSION VII

    The Economic Report: Current and Future Growth 

    Pradeep S. Mehta, Secretary General, CUTS International, andChairman, CUTS Institute for Regulation &Competition

    Rajesh Chadha, Senior Fellow, National Council of Applied EconomicResearch

    Reetika Khera (by Skype conference), IIT Delhi

  • External

    Visit to Chabad House, Mumbai

  • Closing Dinner

    Keynote Address: Dr Indu Shahani, Sheriff of Mumbai

  • DAY 4: FEBRUARY 2, MUMBAI
  • NGO ACTIVITY

    Reality tours – Mumbai Dabbawalas and Dharavi slum

DISTINGUISHED PARTNERS

DIALOGUE PARTNERS

ASSOCIATE PARTNERS

AIYD 2012

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