Disasters and Development in South Asia
An interdisciplinary forum on Nepal’s response to the 2015 Earthquake
Friday, September 16, 2016
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Auditorium G1 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

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9:00   – 9:30 AM Coffee and Tea, Seating
9:30 AM Symposium Inauguration
Elina Pradhan, President, Harvard Chan Students for Nepal
9:30   – 9:45 AM Welcome
Michelle A. Williams, Dean of the Faculty, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
 9:45 – 10:00 AM Opening Keynote
H.E. Dr. Arjun Karki, Ambassador of Nepal to the United States
10:00 – 10:15 AM The 2015 Nepal earthquake in context:  An introduction by Harvard Chan Students for Nepal
Mr. Aayush Khadka, Harvard Chan Students for Nepal
Ms. Akritee Shrestha, Harvard Chan Students for Nepal
10:15 – 11:45 AM Panel 1: Responding to disasters: The politics, policies and processes of disaster mitigation and management
This panel examines approaches to preventing the death and destruction earthquakes can cause, and efforts to respond in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake.
Moderator: Dr. Jennifer Leaning, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Panelist: Dr. Vincenzo Bollettino, Harvard Global Health Initiative
Panelist: Mr. Brabim Kumar, Association of Youth Organizations, Nepal
Panelist: Ms. Emily Troutman, AidWorks
11:45 – 1:15 PM Networking Lunch
Lunch is provided for all symposium participants and guests; lunch seating will be provided adjacent to the Kresge Cafeteria.
1:15 – 2:45 PM Panel 2: Monitoring disaster response: Aid accountability and the role of citizens and institutions
This panel brings together NGO leaders and experts in aid accountability to examine the role of government, NGOs, and donors in disaster response.
Moderator: Dr. Mark Turin, University of British Columbia
Panelist: Mr. Ben Smilowitz, Disaster Accountability Project
Panelist: Mr. Bijay Acharya, Massachusetts General Hospital and America Nepal Medical Foundation
Panelist: Mr. Ujwal Thapa, Entrepreneurs for Nepal
2:45 – 3:00 PM Break
3:00 – 4:30 PM Panel 3: Communicating disasters: Emergent forms of media engagement
This panel brings journalists and reporters together to discuss the role the media plays in sharing information and ensuring accountability after a disaster.
Moderator: Ms. Subina Shrestha, Al-Jazeera English
Panelist: Mr. Gyanu Adhikari, The Record
Panelist: Mr. Kunda Dixit, Himalmedia Private Limited
Panelist: Ms. Joanna Jolly, BBC South Asia
4:30 – 5:00 PM Moderators’ Roundtable
5:00 – 6:00 PM Reception All attendees of the symposium are welcome to attend.