Themed, 'Linking the South Asian Diaspora', the inaugural South Asian Diaspora Convention (SADC) aims to be a major gathering of prominent members of the international South Asian diaspora.

The convention will provide a premium platform to:
  interact and exchange ideas with fellow South Asians
  serve as a business networking hub
  facilitate discussion on topics of mutual interest

Key agenda that will be addressed at the convention include:
  a resurgent South Asia and its relevance in today’s globalising economy
  why Singapore is the ideal springboard for South Asia
  entrepreneurship opportunities in South Asia

With a collective of interactive sessions, the convention will bring to the table a steady stream of innovative concepts and new perspectives, truly linking the South Asian diaspora in heart and spirit.

Day One: 21 July 2011, Thursday
The convention will kick start on the first day with the theme, 'Resurgent South Asia'. The first plenary session will have four speakers representing the main South Asian countries - India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. This will be followed by four speakers from the United States and East Asia (China, South Korea and Japan) for Plenary II. Speakers for Plenary Session III and Plenary IV will share their views on media and business respectively.

Day One will end with a gala dinner that will be graced by President S R Nathan. Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong will be special guest.

Day Two: 22 July 2011, Friday
The theme for the second day is 'Singapore: The Springboard for South Asia'. Mr Piyush Gupta (Chief Executive Officer, DBS Group Holdings and DBS Bank); Mr Ho Kwon Ping (Chairman, Singapore Management University); and Ms Chong Siak Ching (President and Chief Executive Officer, Ascendas Pte Ltd) will speak at the plenary session. This will be followed by a plenary session on technology and innovation. The day will end with a dialogue with Mr Lee Kuan Yew, which will be moderated by Professor Kishore Mahbubani (Dean, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore).

Delegates will also have opportunities for private networking sessions. On a lighter note, there will be a special session for foreign delegates to engage in an informal networking interaction at Singapore's latest attraction, ArtScience Museum, at Marina Bay Sands.

Meet Up Session
Meet-up sessions will be held at the Compass East Ballroom Lobby, Level B2, Resorts World Convention Centre.
Pre-registration is not required.

Special Session:
The Diaspora and the New Socio-Economic Framework in Asia: Role of Singapore

The above session to discuss investment opportunities in the region is arranged by Singapore Business Federation, South Asia Business Group, Global Indian Business Network, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)and India Centre Foundation.

Mr Vibhav Kant Upadhyay , Chairman India Centre Foundation
Mr George Abraham, Chairman of the Global Indian Business Network, Regional Representative, FICCI

Date: 22 July 2011, Friday
Venue: Aquarius 1, Level 1, Resorts World Convention Centre
Time: 3.00pm – 4.00pm

Contact : Mr George Abraham
Tel: 64231078

For any queries on SADC 2011, please write to Ms Jocelyn Ma at


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