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Chief Guest: Prof. (Dr) K. Srinath Reddy

Prof. K. Srinath Reddy is President, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and formerly headed the Department of Cardiology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences. Prof Reddy is the first Indian to be elected as Foreign Associate Member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly Institute of Medicine) of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. He served as the First Bernard Lown Visiting Professor of Cardiovascular Health at the Harvard School of Public Health (2009-13). He is presently an Adjunct Professor at Harvard and Emory & Honorary Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney. Prof. Reddy is a member of the Leadership Council of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, established to assist the United Nations in developing the post-2015 goals and chairs the Thematic Group on Health in the SDSN. He has published more than 480 scientific papers. He was conferred Padma Bhushan by the President of India in 2005.


Keynote Speaker: Dr. B. J. Prashantham

Dr. B. J. Prashantham to many is a counselling Guru.He is a pioneer and innovative Counselling Psychologist with about 50 years of experience as a therapist, trainer and supervisor of counsellors, researcher and author of international repute.He has contributed much for Well Being and Mental Health in India and abroad for over 200 organisations consisting of Universities, NGO's, Govt. agencies, Corporations including CEO level leaders.Cross cultural Psychology and Coaching Psychology also fascinates him.


Prof. L. Sam. S. Manickam

Prof. L. Sam. S. Manickam, is the Director of Training and Research, Mhat Institute of Community Mental Health, Calicut. and Hon. Director Centre for Applied Psychological Studies Thiruvananthapuram. He is an international Gestalt Therapy Trainer and conducted workshops inNigeria, Iran and Bangladesh.

He obtained his Masters in Psychology from University of Kerala, did his clinical psychology training from the NIMHANS Bangalore and PhD in 1992. He had taught at the Department of Psychiatry, Christian Medical College Vellore, CSI Medical College Karakkonam and served as the Professor and Head of the Department of Clinical Psychology at Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai before moving to Mysore. At Mysore, he was the Professor of Clinical Psychology at the JSS Medical College, JSS University.

He served as a Visiting Fellow at the University of Birmingham, UK. He underwent training in different forms of therapyand psychological approaches held at France, UK and Singapore apartfrom the training for teachers of health professionals.

Dr. Ajanta Goswami MD

Dr. Ajanta Goswami MD, has been living in Muncie, Indiana for the past 20 or so years. She, and her husband Gautam and son Sujoy consider themselves to be "Hoosiers with an Assamese heart". A Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist by profession and a Community Activist by heart Ajanta is actively involved in many community projects pertaining to Prevention of Child Abuse, Mental Health Training and Awareness programs and in Promotion and Acceptance of "Diverse Ethnic groups" living in the Heartlands. Of late she founded two organization named Pies for Peace and Community Conversation to engage with the local community for Peace Promoting Activities. She has received numerous community and citizenship awards in the past several years for her work in these fields

Dr. Anna Madill

Dr. Anna Madill specializes in qualitative methods and has a particular interest in visual approaches. Her research is broadly in the field of 'well-being.' She is Deputy Head and Professor in the School of Psychology, University of Leeds, UK. Anna Madill is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences . She Co-Founded and Chaired (2008-11) the British Psychological Society Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section.

Ms. Krishna Sarma

Ms. Krishna Sarma is a lawyer with 25 years of experience. She is Founder and Managing Partner of Corporate Law Group (CLG), a New Delhi based Law Firm that she setup in 1998. She was the Additional Advocate General for the State of Assam in the Supreme Court of India from 2011 till 2016 and CLG was Standing Counsel for the State of Assam during 2001-2016. She represented the State of Assam in foreigner’s issues, border disputes and matters relating to unlawful activities. A self- proclaimed policy aficionado, she works primarily in law and regulations regarding bio- pharmaceuticals, medical devices, diagnostics, food, and other regulated sectors as also mining, oil and gas, liner shipping, and heavy engineering.

Dr Sanghamitra Bora

Dr Sanghamitra Bora is a Palliative Oncology Specialist working with North East Cancer Hospital & Research Institute, Jorabat, Guwahati. She is a Master of Science in Palliative Medicine, Cardiff University, Wales, United Kingdom and also did her MPC Palliative Care from St. Christopher's Hospice, London, United Kingdom. She has been awarded with Special Bursary Award for MPC Palliative Care from St. Christopher's Hospice, London( 2012) and Commonwealth Scholarship for MSc Palliative Medicine from the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, (2015)

Dr. Madhurjya Prasad Bezbaruah

Dr. Madhurjya Prasad Bezbaruah, is Professor and HOD, Department of Economics, Gauhati University, Assam. He did his education in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics and PhD from Gauhati University. He has published 5 books, 48 papers in journals, 28 articles in edited volumes . He held several positions like Professor and Head, Department of Economics, GU; Director, Gauhati University Institute of North-East India Studies; Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts, GU: Former Dean, Faculty of Arts, GU

Dr Neelakshi Mahanta

Dr Neelakshi Mahanta is Associate Professor of Medicine, in charge of Dept. of Medical Oncology, State Cancer Institute, Assam. She is a WHO Fellow in Geriatrics from Khon Kaen University, Thailand in 2007. She has authored many books and manuals and has several paper publications in her name.

Leon Tan

Leon Tan (PhD) is art historian, critic, artist, educator and registered psychotherapist, whose research focuses on social expression and the public sphere. Dr. Tan is an Associate Professor and Director of Research and Postgraduate Studies in Creative Industries at Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand. He is also a member of Auckland Council’s Advisory Panel on Art in Public Places and the International Association of Art Critics.