GOPIO BIENNIAL CONVENTION 2018 & PRAVASI SAMMELAN, BAHRAIN, JAN. 6TH TO 9TH, 2018

Gulf Hotel

DAY 1

 

Saturday, January 6, 2018


 

9am - 10.30 am GOPIO Executive Council Meeting

Chaired by President Niraj Baxi

 

10.30 am - 12 pm Reports from International Coordinators and GOPIO Council Chairs

 

12 pm – 1 pm GOPIO General Body Meeting

Chaired by Chairman Dr. Thomas Abraham

President’s Report - Mr. Niraj Baxi

Treasurer’s Report - Mr. Kewal Kanda

 

1 pm to 2 pm Lunch

 

2 pm – 5 pm GOPIO General Body Meeting (Cont’d)

Chaired by Chairman Dr. Thomas Abraham

 

GOPIO Bylaws Amendments

Presented by GOPIO Bylaws Committee

 

Presentation on GOPIO MemberNova

By Mr. Dinesh Mittal

 

Announcement of Election Results (2018-’19) & Endorsement/Election of Chairman by Election Committee

 

6 pm Convention Inauguration

 

National Anthems

 

Prayer Song by Playback Singer Ms Parvati Menon

 

Welcome speech by GOPIO Convener Mr. Sunny Kulathakal

 

Presidential Address by Mr. Niraj Baxi, President, GOPIO

 

Lighting the Lamp Ceremony

 

Inaugural Address by General Dr. V.K. Singh, Indian Minister of State for External Affairs

 

Chairman's Address by GOPIO Founding President Dr. Thomas Abraham, Chairman, GOPIO

 

Felicitation

 

1) Dr. B.R. Shetty, Chairman, NMC Healthcare

2) Lord Diljit Rana, Former President, GOPIO

 

7.30 pm Indian Women Achiever's Samman (Award Recognition Ceremony)

 

Opening Remarks by GOPIO’s Global Ambassador and Convention Convener Mr. Sunny Kulathakal and Mr. Rajeev Gupta, Managing Editor, NRI Achievers

 

Award Distribution by General Dr. V.K. Singh

 

Felicitation by Ms Arathi Krishna, Deputy Chairman, NRI Forum, Karnataka

 

Vote of Thanks by Dr George Cheriyan, President, GOPIO-Bahrain

 

8.15 pm Cultural Programme

 

9.15 pm Dinner

 

DAY 2

 

Sunday, January 7, 2018

 

9.00am Prayer Song

9.05am                 Session I Conference Inaugural Session 'India 2030: An Economic Powerhouse'

 

Welcome & Introduction by Mr. Soman Baby, Chairman, Reception Committee

 

Keynote Address by Dr. Shashi Tharoor MP, Former Minister of State for External Affairs

 

Address by

 

1) Mr. Nalin Kohli, BJP Spokesperson

 

2) Mr. Chandan Mitra, Editor, The Pioneer & Former MP

 

3) Mr. Sudhir Kumar Shetty, President, UAE Exchange

 

Moderated by Mr. Issac John Pattaniparambil, Business Editor,

Khaleej Times

 

11am Tea Break

 

11.15am Session II 'Bahrain, a Business & Tourism Destination'

 

Presided over by Mr Khalid Abdulrahman Almoayyed, Chairman, Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry

 

Address by

 

H.E Shaikh Khaled bin Humood Al Khaifa, Chief Executive, Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority


 

11.15am Session III Empowering Indian Women

 

Speakers Ms. Molly Banerjei, Producer, Chai with Molly, Toronto

Ms. Meera Devi, Editor, Salam Bahrain

Ms. Michelle Michael, Durban, South Africa

Moderator TBD

 

 

12.15pm – 1.30 pm Session IV 'Opportunities for Business and Investment in India'

 

Address by

 

Speakers Mr. Raj Purohit, MLA, Chief Whip, Maharashtra

Dr. Charan Singh, Former Wold Bank Economist

Dr. Christy Fernandez IAS, Former Secretary to President of India & Chairman Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC)

Mr. Faizal Kottikollon, Founder/Chairman, KEF Holdings

Mr. PC Cyriac IAS, Former Chief Secretary, Tamil Nadu

Mr. Kurien Abraham, Editor & Publisher of business magazine 'Dhanam'

Ms. MiniGuleria, President & CEO, Macroscope Market Resourcing, Los Angeles, USA

 

Moderator Mr Shaji Baby John, Chairman, Kings Group, Kochi

 

12.15 pm – 1.30 pm Session V Health Issues of Diaspora Indians

 

Speakers Dr. Asha Samant, Chair, GOPIO Health Council, NJ, USA

Issac Mathai, CEO, Soukya, Bangalore

Dr. Pradeep Sewoke, Cardiologist, Belforte, France

 

Moderator Dr. Rajeev Mehta, Robert Johnson Medical Center, NJ, USA

 

1.30 pm-2.30 pm Lunch

 

2.30 pm-3.30 pm Session VI 'India: The Healthcare Destination' – 'India Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Industry Challenges & Opportunities'

 

Speakers Dr. Muhammad Majeed, Founder & MD, Sabinsa/Sam Group of Companies

Dr. Zulaika Daud

Dr. Pramod Kamdar

Dr. Azad Mooppen

Dr. Sunny Kurien

 

Moderator Dr. George Cheriyan, CEO, Amer. Mission Hospital Bahrain


 

2.30 pm-3.30 pm Session VII ‘Seniors of Indian Origin – Evolving a Global Network, Issues and Prospects’

 

Speakers Sudha Acharya, Executive Director, South Asian Council for Social Services, New York, NY

Dr. J. Alexander, IAS, Former Minister, Karnataka, India

 

Moderator TBD

 

3.30 pm Tea Break

 

3.45 pm- 5.00 pm  Session VIII 'Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Start-Up India'

 

Speakers Mr. Nitin Shah, Co-Chairman, GOPIO Intl. Chamber, Atlanta, USA

Mr .Jay Banerjei, President, GOPIO, Toronto, Canada

Ms. Rajespree Naidoo, Durban, South Africa

Mr. Mehen Poinoosawmy, GOPIO France, Paris

 

Moderator Mr. Prakash Shah, Co-Chair, GOPIO Intl. Chamber

 

6.30pm Book Release, Businessperson of the Year Award Function & Public Meeting

 

Welcome Address by Dr. Thomas Abraham, Chairman, GOPIO

 

National Anthems of Both Countries

 

Address by Minister of Electricity & Water, Kingdom of Bahrain, His Excellency Dr Abdulhussein bin Ali Mirza

 

Book release of 'Advancing the Role of Executive Management' authored by Dr Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa by Mr. K.T. Rama Rao, Minister of IT, Telengana Government, India

 

Felicitation by Mr. Niraj Baxi, President, GOPIO Intl., San Jose, CA, USA

 

Special Address by Dr. Shashi Tharoor, MP, India

 

Award Ceremony co-ordinated by Mr. Anurag Batra, Chief Editor, Business World, New Delhi, India

 

Address

 

1) Mr Raj Purohit, Chief Whip, Maharashtra /Assembly

 

2) Mr J Alexander, IAS, Former Minister, Karnataka, India


 

Vote of Thanks by Mr. Noel Lal, Executive VP, GOPIO Intl.

 

8pm Cultural Programme

 

9pm Dinner

 

DAY 3

Monday, January 8

 

9.00 – 10.30 am Session  IX ‘Political Involvement of Diaspora Indians’

 

Speakers Prof. Bimal Prasad, Leader, National Federation Party, Fiji

Ms. Nikki Kapadia, Los Angeles, California, USA

Mr. Prakash Shah, Co-Chair, GOPIO Intl. Chamber

 

Moderator TBD


 

10.30 am Tea Break

 

10.45 am Session  X 'India: Riding the Wave of the Fourth Industrial Revolution'

 

Keynote Speech by Dr. Sam Pitroda, Former Advisor to Prime Ministers of India

 

Speakers Mr TP Sreenivasan, IFS, Former Ambassador

Ambassador Dayakar, IFS, Former Ambassador

Mr Rajesh Johnny, Entrepreneur, Bangalore

 

Moderator Dr George Abraham, Singapore


 

12.15 pm-1.30 pm Lunch

 

1.30 pm-2.45 pm Session XI 'Capabilities & Challenges Facing Youth and Young Professionals in the Diaspora'

 

Speakers Mr. Neeraj Baxi, President, GOPIO Intl., San Jose, USA

Mr. Noel Lal, Executive VP, GOPIO Intl., Sydeney, Aus

Mr. Ishwar Ramlutchman, GOPIOIntl. Coordinator, Africa

Advocate Sivan Madathil, Kochi, Kerala, India

Mr Irfan Malik

 

2.45 pm Tea Break

 

3 pm-5 pm Session VIII 'Rehabilitation of Returning NRIs'

 

Speakers Mr TP Sreenivasan, IFS, Former Ambassador

Ambassador Dayakar, IFS, Former Ambassador

Mr Rajesh Johnny, Entrepreneur, Bangalore

 

Moderator Dr George Abraham, Singapore

 

Speakers Mr. Sunny Kulathakal, Global Ambassador, GOPIO Intl.

Advocate K.V. Shamsuddin

Mr. P.V. Radhakrishna Pillai

Mr Issac John Pattaniparambil, GOPIO Intl. Coordinator, The Middle East

Mr Thomas John

 

Moderator Mr Soman Baby

 

6.30 pm-9.30 pm Final Valedictory Function & Presentation GOPIO Community Service Awards

 

Chief Guest: Dr Sam Pitroda, Former Advisor to Prime Ministers of India

 

Address 1) Dr Thomas Abraham, Chairman, GOPIO Intl., Stamford, USA

2) Lord Diljit Rana, Former GOPIO President, Belfast, UK

3) Mr Niraj Baxi, President, GOPIO Intl, San Jose, CA, USA

4) Mr Noel Lal, Exec. VP, GOPIO Intl., Sydney, Australia

 

Awards Presentation

 

8pm Cultural Programme

9pm Dinner