18 February, 2019
 8:00 am Conclave Registration
 8:30 am Everyone is seated
 8:45 - 9:45 am Session- फर्केर के पाइन्छ ?

In pursuit of a better future, millions of Nepalis have migrated to the Gulf and developing countries. Lately, many migrants are starting to return home to utilize their accumulated capital and skills to start new businesses—everything from poultry and livestock rearing to hospitality and Information Technology. This session will delve into why they are returning home and the benefits of doing so, and it will also feature dialogues and interactions with returnees.

Speakers:

  • Arnico Panday, Regional Program Manager, Atmosphere, ICIMOD
  • Pradeep Poudel, Vice President, Citibank, Kuwait
  • Prativa Pandey, Founder & CEO, Catalyst Technology

Moderator:

  • Sanjeev Satgainya, Head of News, The Kathmandu Post
 9:45 - 10:45 am महिला पुरुषको दाजोमा कहिले ?

Around the world, although traditional norms still play a large role in perpetuating gender biases and stereotypes, more women are taking on leading roles and taking up decision-making positions. With global campaigns such as HeForShe, the role played by men in empowering women and in building a more just society is gradually being recognised too. This session will attempt to challenge the misconceptions regarding feminism and underscore the importance of the roles played by both men and women in establishing a pathway to reaching a gender-equal society.

Speakers:

  • Luna Ranjit, Co-founder, Adhikaar
  • NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati, Co-founder, photo.circle
  • Sanjeev Uprety, Author

Moderator:

  • Subina Shrestha, Journalist
 10:45 - 11:00 am  Break
 11:00 - 12:00 pm पौरखी प्रवासी र मूलदेश

How can the Nepali diaspora, who have excelled in the international platform through their diligence, skill and talent, contribute in the economic development and prosperity of Nepal? This session will engage with non-resident Nepalis, the Nepali diaspora and experts who have conducted insightful studies in their respective sectors.

Speakers:

  • Bishwa Poudel, Associate Professor, Kathmandu University
  • Jiba Lamichhane, Business Entrepreneur
  • Lex Limbu, Founder, Tracing Nepal
  • Mallika Shakya, Senior Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, South Asian University

Moderator:

  • Basanta Basnet, Editor, Nepal Magazine
 12:00 - 12:30 pm Can Nepal Do IT?

Information Technology has transformed our lives, owing to the ubiquity of its adoption by a wide range of sectors. But while the global market embarked on modernisation years ago, Nepal has been a late bloomer in the IT field. IT has penetrated every field, and businesses today have become increasingly dependent on IT to ensure growth. This session will thus dwell upon the IT sector’s emergence in Nepal, and the challenges the sector needs to overcome--for which it will need to come up with strategies informed by a long-term vision.

Speakers:

  • Akanksha Tyagi, Founder, Social Friendly
  • Asheem Basnyat, Regional Director, Pathao
  • Biswas Dhakal, President, F1 Soft Group

Moderator:

  • Suman Shakya, Founder, Tangent Waves
 12:30 - 1:30 pm  Lunch Break
 1:30 - 2:45 pm मुख्य मन्त्रीहरुसँग मुखामुख

Amid the confusion in the power distribution, implementation of federalism has also inflicted conflict between the center and province. Further, the situation could prolong without the proper legal provision. Although there have been few bilateral dialogues between the chief ministers and the prime minister, the discourse is yet to be held in a public forum. This session will be a platform to dwell upon the problems, concerns and potentials of the states as well as the chief ministers.

In conversation with Provincial Chief Ministers

Speakers:

  • Sherdhan Rai, Chief Minister, Province 1
  • Mohammad Lalbabu Rawat, Chief Minister, Province 2
  • Dormani Poudel, Chief Minister, Province 3
  • Prithivi Subba Gurung, Chief Minister, Gandaki Province 
  • Shankar Pokhrel, Chief Minister, Province 5
  • Mahendra Bahadur Shai, Chief Minister, Karnali Province
  • Trilochan Bhatta, Chief Minister, Sudur Paschim Province

Moderator:

  • Narayan Wagle, Editor- in- chief, Kantipur Daily
 2:45 pm Closing Remarks

Mr. Rajnish Rikhy, Business Director, Kantipur Media Group