Foundation for Indian Diaspora in Europe

Indian Diaspora Conference: Connecting Communities & Generations

PROGRAMME | Sunday | 30-09-12


Arrival & registration with coffee & tea (doors close at 10:50!)

10:45-10:50 Arrival of VIP’s [Received by Mr. Rajen Ramnath, Board Member FIDE]


Inaugural Session


Opening remarks by Jasbir Singh,
President FIDE & President FCCI


Lighting of the inaugural lamp by VIP’s


Welcome address by H.E. Ms. Bhaswati Mukherjee,
The Ambassador of India

11:25-11:30 ‘Greetings from Haarlemmermeer’ by the H.E. Mr. Theo Weterings, The Mayor of Haarlemmermeer
11:30-11:35 ‘Greetings from Amstelveen’ by H.E. Mr. Jan van Zanen, The Mayor of the Amstelveen


‘Greetings from Suriname’ by Mr. Chandrikapersad Santokhi,Former Minister of Justice, Suriname, Chairman of the United Reformist Party (VHP), Suriname

11:40-11:55 Keynote address by H. E. Eberhard van der Laan, The Mayor of Amsterdam


Conference Theme Presentation by Mr. Ram Lakhina
Founder and Chairman NICCT, First Chairman GOPIO, President Emeritus FCCI


Plenary Session I

Retirement issues and planning
Panel Members:
Prof. Onkar Srivastava, Prof. Chan Choenni, Drs. Badri Madan,
Drs. Shekhar Bissessur

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Pramod Saxena
Emeritus Professor & Head of Pharmacology, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam and Former President FCCI


Lunch Break


Plenary Session 2

Growing up in a multicultural environment
Panel Members: Drs. Daulatram Ramlal, Drs. Shashi Roopram,
Drs. Nupur Kohli, Miss. Ritika Mehra,Mr. Anil Kumar

Moderator: Mrs. Sheela Vyas
Anthropologist and trainer/ consultant/ coach of Lotus and Tulip specialized in empowerment and diversity management


Plenary Session 3

Indo-Dutch business relations: role of Indian Diaspora
Panel Members:
Mrs. Chanine Bhoendie MA, Drs. Vipin Moharir, Mr. Ram Ramdas,
Mr. P. Prasad

Moderator: Drs. RajindreTewari
Secretary-General, FIDE,
Member of the Executive Council GOPIO International & International Coordinator Europe


Coffee/tea break with snacks


Cultural Programme


Closing speech & vote of thanks by the President FIDE

Conference Reporter:
Dr. Vasant Moharir assisted by Ms. Satarupa Bose Roy
FCCI    = Foundation Critical Choices for India
FIDE     = Foundation for Indian Diaspora Europe
GOPIO = Global Organization of People of Indian Origin
NICCT  = Netherlands India Chamber of Commerce and Trade



Parking: RAI underground garage P7. Ticket at €7/day available at the reception.
For location P7 and entrance E5 see the map

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