Date From : Jun 25, 2020To : Jun 26, 2020
This webinar will be livecast from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. IST. Please note that registration is on a first come, first served basis. If your registration is successful, you will receive a confirmation email and a link through which you can join the webinar.

Observer Research Foundation is delighted to announce the launch of the India Lighthouse Project.

We are kick-starting this project with our inaugural digital discussion in partnership with NITI Aayog.

The ORF Lighthouse Project focuses on building transnational partnerships between African, South and Southeast Asian countries. These partnerships are aimed at strengthening multi-stakeholder responses, which could help in the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated change and amplified existing challenges, threatening to reverse the gains made over the past five years towards meeting the SDGs. As a developing nation, India has an increasing relevance in the current efforts towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. India can benefit its own development and that of others by becoming a unique partner in the creation of an ecosystem that allows for cross-pollination of ideas, information, innovation and solution sharing. This would combine the recent experiences from its own development process with the wisdom and learning from other geographies.

The inaugural session is the first step towards realising this vision and these goals. This session will focus on the deployment of ‘Technology Solutions’ and ‘Governance Innovations’ to support the most vulnerable in a manner that assists in responding to the Pandemic, while also helping to meet development and growth aspirations in the future.

Keynote address

Amitabh Kant, Chief Executive Officer, NITI Aayog


Patricia Appiagyei, Deputy Minister — Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Ghana

Kate Hampton, Chief Executive Officer, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation

Nisha Holla, Technology Fellow, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP)

Peter C. Ekweozoh, Director, Environmental Sciences and Technology, Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Nigeria

Anir Chowdhury, Policy Advisor, a2i, Bangladesh

Amandeep Gill, Director, Global Health Centre project, International Digital Health & AI Research Collaborative (I-DAIR)

Closing remarks

Ashok Malik, Policy Advisor, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India