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ERIA-Asian Network-ADB SEADS: Rethinking Harmony in Asia 2023


Decisions made in the next few years will determine whether our existence on Earth, as we know it, will continue or collapse because of human activity. The need to change the ways societies interact with and impact the environment becomes more urgent as the tangible impacts of a planetary crisis accumulate.

Understanding geopolitics and geodynamics will also help us. With the advancement of digital transformation and AI, it is important for us to pause and support minorities to foster an inclusive and just society.

All of these topics will be mentioned during our high-level conference, which will gather 17 leaders from across the globe. (Including Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Japan, Philippines, Cambodia…) sharing their expertise.


Date: Thursday, 28 September 2023
Time: 9 AM - 11 AM & 2 PM - 4 PM (Singapore Time | UTC+8)


9 AM – 9:45 AM

Session 1: Prioritizing Food Security Challenges and Climate Sustainability

Opening remarks: H.E Dith Tina, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Cambodia

Moderated by Jenny Sari Winata, Program & Research Officer, Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia

  • Policies that promote climate-smart agriculture and incentivize sustainable practices
  • Technologies that enhance agricultural productivity
  • Address the issue of food loss and waste throughout the supply chain


  • Mr Rajendra Aryal, FAO Representative/Country Director for Indonesia and Timor Leste and Liaison Official for ASEAN (Nepal)
  • Mr Lilan Dayananda, Managing Director Elzian Agro (Sri Lanka)
  • Mrs Priyanka Kishore, Economist Advisor (Singapore)


10 AM – 10:45 AM

Session 2: Rethinking Globalization in a Polarized World

Opening remarks: Mr Yukihisa Fujita, Former Japanese politician of the Constitutional Democratic Party (Japan)

Moderator: Ravindra Ngo - Founder of the Asian Network (Singapore)

  • Develop strategies for dealing with global crises, such as pandemics or environmental disasters
  • Strengthen international diplomatic efforts and multilateral institutions. ( ASEAN / EU / Indo Pacific)
  • Prioritize inclusive economic growth that benefits a broader segment of the population.


  • Dato Dr Ilango Karuppannan,Former diplomat and adjunct professor at the International Institute of Public Policy and Management (Malaysia)
  • Mr Ichitomo Taninai,Deputy Chief of Mission at Embassy of Japan in Cambodia (Japan)
  • Prof Dr Dewi Fortuna Anwar, Research Professor at the Research Center for Politics, National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN – Indonesia)
  • Ambassador Rtn. Anil Trigunayat,Senior Adviser Economic council of India (India)


2 PM – 2:45 PM

Session 3: Fostering More Inclusive and Just Societies 

Opening remarks: Mrs Akiko Yamanaka, Former Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs (Japan)

Moderator:Dr Giulia Ajmone Marsan, Director of Strategy and Partnership at ERIA (Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (Indonesia)

  • Ensure gender equality through policies that support women's rights, economic empowerment, and access to education and healthcare
  • Invest in youth education, skills development, and employment opportunities
  • Support entrepreneurship and small businesses in marginalized communities


  • Mrs Veronica Mendizabal Joffre,Senior Gender and Social Development Specialist at Asian Development Bank (Philippines)
  • Neha Bansal – Policy Specialist G20 (India)
  • Mr Mahmudul Hasan, Youth and Political Governance programme of UNDP (Bangladesh)


3 PM – 3:45 PM

Session 4: Ensuring a Safer and Ethical Digital World

Opening remarks: Mrs Cheryl Miller Van Dÿck, Co-Head of EU Delegation to G20 Women20

Moderated by Kadra J. Saeed, Digital Innovation Lead at Asian Development Bank (Philippines)

  • Develop and implement comprehensive cybersecurity strategies to protect digital infrastructure, critical systems, and personal information from cyber threats
  • Promote digital literacy programs that teach individuals how to navigate the digital world safely, critically assess information, and protect their online identity
  • Bridge the digital divide by providing affordable access to the internet and digital tools
  • Ensure transparency in AI decision-making processes and provide avenues for challenging AI-generated decisions


  • Mrs PeiChin Tay,Digital Government Lead at Tony Blair Institute (Singapore)
  • Mr Siriwat Chhem Director of the Centre for Inclusive Digital Economy at the Asian Vision Institute (Cambodia)
  • Mr Arvind Gupta, Co-Founder and Head Digital India Foundation (India) or Aakash D Guglani Digital India Foundation (India)


Session 1 :  Prioritizing Food Security Challenges and Climate Sustainability

 RSVP Session 1

Session 2:  Rethinking globalization in a polarized world

RSVP Session 2

Session 3 :  Fostering more inclusive and just societies

RSVP Session 3

Session 4 :  Ensuring a safer and ethical digital world

RSVP Session 4