10th International Indian Diaspora Conference 2022

Including the FCCI book launch event & Felicitation of

Mr. Kiran Badloe, Olympic Gold Medalist

Jointly organised by:

Foundation for Critical Choices for India (FCCI),

Foundation for Indian Diaspora in Europe (FIDE),

Sunday, September 4, 2022, 11:30 hrs – 17:30 hrs

Venue: Kasteel de Wittenburg, 1 Landgoed de Wittenburg

2244 BV Wassenaar

Registration to this conference is compulsory,

Nominal fee of € 10.00 per person


The 10th International Indian Diaspora conference will deal with following two themes:

1. Linking Diaspora with India: Year 2022 is a special year for the FCCI and India. Linking Diaspora with India is an apt theme on the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of India’s Independence, the 75th Anniversary of Indo-Dutch cooperation and successfully completing the 40th Years of FCCI serving motherland India. On this occasion the third book published by the Foundation will be released.

2. Indian Diaspora on the Move: This theme is more focusing on the youth and the future of Indian Diaspora in Europe. Special focus will be given to the sub theme of increasing political participation in host countries.

The program will be highly interactive and includes speakers and panellists from different countries in Europe, together with a variety of cultural performances.


Registration/ Meet & Greet with walking lunch.


Specific instructions by Dr. Yamini J. Singh, Secretary General FCCI.

12.32-12.40 Opening and welcome address by Mr. Jasbir Singh, President FCCI and FIDE.

Part I: National Theme - Linking Diaspora with India


Brief introduction of FCCI and its ambitions for the Indian Diaspora, by Dr. Pramod Agrawal, VP programs, FCCI;

Theme presentation “Linking Diaspora with India-Past & Present” on the occasion of 40th Anniversary of FCCI, by Mr. Ram Lakhina, President Emeritus, FCCI;
Book Launch ceremony by H.E. Mrs. Reenat Sandhu, Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of the Netherlands;

Felicitation of Mr. Kiran Badloe, Olympic Gold Medallist, with a short video prepared by Ms. Subhadra Pathak, trustee FCCI.
13.10-13.40 Inaugural address by H.E. Mrs. Reenat Sandhu, Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of the Netherlands;
Address by H.E. Rajendre Khargi, Ambassador of the Republic Suriname to the Kingdom of The Netherlands;
Address by Mr. Jilles Gerrit Bijl, Mayor of Leidschendam-Voorburg and former Ambassador of the Netherlands to Trinidad & Tobago.
13.40-14.00 Dimensions & characteristics of the Indian Diaspora in the Netherlands/ Europe by Prof. Dr. Ruben Gowricharn, Professor of Indian Diaspora Studies, Vrije Universiteit;
The role and link of the German/European Indian Diaspora with India, by Kiran Malhotra, Managing Director Alliance Corporate Ltd, President Indo German Business Forum, Ambassador City of Cologne Council, Germany.
14.00-14.15 Short break – Drinks/Snacks


Part II: International Theme: Indian Diaspora on the move – The Future


Introduction of FIDE/IDC and its ambitions for the Indian Diaspora, by Mr. Hemant Mishra, Secretary General FIDE;

14.25-15.05 Theme presentation “Indian Diaspora on the Move” – Political participation in host countries” – by Prof. Dewanand Mahadew, Management Consultant and Professor in International Business & Strategy Management;
Political Participation of the Indian diaspora in UK. What are the key success factors? by The Rt. Hon’ble Baroness, Dr. Sandip Verma, Member of the House of Lords & Chancellor of University of Roehampton, UK;
Political Participation of the Indian diaspora in The Netherlands. Why aren’t we visible enough? by Mr. Rabin Baldewsingh, National Coordinator against Discrimination and Racism and Former Deputy Mayor of The Hague;
Relevance of new leadership with focus on diversity & inclusions, by Mr. Jaskaran Sandhu, Director at TMC Science & technology, Belgium.

Panel Discussion/Q&A session: Chaired by Prof. Dewanand Mahadew.

Panellists are:

 Prof. Dr. Ruben Gowricharn;

 Mr. Kiran Malhotra;

 Dr. Sandip Verma;

 Mr. Rabin Baldewsingh;

 Mr. Jaskaran Sandhu.

Together with:

 Mr. Biekram Lalbahadoersing, Head of Hindu Chaplaincy at Ministry of Security and Justice, NL;

 Mrs. Prachi van Brandenburg-Kulkarni, member Municipal Council, Leiderdorp;

 Ms. Ritika Mehra, Founder – Bridging the Gap foundation, NL;

 Ms. Diksha Sahni, Member FIDE/IDC & Software Engineer, NL;

 Mr. Ashish Kulkarni, Director Razorleaf India, NL.

16.00-16.55 Cultural program with performance from artists from several parts of India and Suriname, coordinated by Mr. Dave Gurnani.

Closing remarks, Felicitations & vote of thanks by Jasbir Singh, President FCCI and FIDE.

17.10-17.30 Networking drinks and free distribution of FCCI book – Linking Diaspora with India.

Master of ceremony: Dr. Yamini J. Singh and Mr. Hemant Mishra.
Conference reporter: Ms. Satarupa Bose Roy, Director of Publication , FCCI.

18:45 19:00

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