SPEAKERS

Opening Plenary

H. E. Maithripala Sirisena

President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe, M.P.

Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

Hon. Tilak Marapana, P.C., M.P.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

Amb. Peter Thomson

UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean

Inaugural Panel

Hon. (Dr.) Harsha de Silva, M.P.

State Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, Sri Lanka

Prasad Kariyawasam

Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka

Pankaj Saran

Deputy National Security Advisor, Government of India

Dr. Anil Sooklal

Deputy Director-General, Department of International Relations and Cooperation, South Africa, and Chair, Committee of Senior Officials of IORA

Amb. Alice G. Wells

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, US Department of State

Yi Xianliang

Director-General, Department of Boundary and Ocean Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, People’s Republic of China

Other Opening Session Speakers

Dr. Ganeshan Wignaraja

Executive Director, LKI

Alan Cole

Head, Global Maritime Crime Programme, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Prof. Sandeep Gopalan

Pro Vice-Chancellor for Academic Innovation, Deakin University, Australia

Athula Pathinayake

Executive Director, Centre on the Legal Profession, Deakin University, Australia

Round Table Session 1 – The Indian Ocean Economy: The New Global Growth Pole

Dr. Ganeshan Wignaraja

Executive Director, LKI

Dr. Prabir De

Professor, Research and Information System for Developing Countries, India

Caroline Vinot

Head of South Asia Division, European External Action Service, European Union

Dr. Siswo Pramono

Head/Director General, Policy Analysis and Development Agency, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Indonesia

Prof. Masahiro Kawai

Representative Director and Director-General, Economic Research Institute for Northeast Asia, Japan and Professor Emeritus and Specially Appointed Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo, Japan

Dr. Suthiphand Chirathivat

Professor Emeritus, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

Round Table Session 2 – Life Underwater: Reframing the Oceans as Development Spaces

Prof. Mohan Munasinghe

Founder Chairman, Munasinghe Institute for Development

Dr. Erika Techera

Professor of Law, University of Western Australia

Prof. Micheni Japhet Ntiba

Principal Secretary, State Department for Fisheries, Aquaculture and the Blue Economy, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Kenya

Prof. Sandeep Gopalan

Pro Vice-Chancellor for Academic Innovation, Deakin University, Australia

Dr. Ananda Mallawathantri

Country Representative, International Union for Conservation of Nature, Sri Lanka

Dr. Karri Ramu

Scientist-E, National Centre for Coastal Research, India

George Cooke

Deputy Director, Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies, Sri Lanka

Round Table Session 3 – An End to Uncertainty: Safety and Security at Sea

Adm. (Retd.) Travis Sinniah

Former Commander of the Sri Lankan Navy

Adm. (Retd.) R.K. Dhowan

Former Chief of the Indian Naval Staff and Chairman, National Maritime Foundation, India

Amb. Markus Potzel

Commissioner for South Asia, Federal Foreign Office, Germany

Satoshi Suzuki

Deputy Minister for Foreign Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan

Dr. Maria Sultan

Chairperson and President, South Asian Strategic Stability Institute, Pakistan

Capt. Raul Pedrozo

Principal Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, US Indo-Pacific Command

Vice Adm. (Retd.) Anup Singh

Former Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command, India

Round Table Session 4 – Reinforcing International Law in the Indian Ocean: UNCLOS and Emerging Issues

Dr. Rohan Perera

Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York

Dr. Natalie Klein

Professor, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales, Australia and Nonresident Fellow, LKI

Alan Cole

Head, Global Maritime Crime Programme, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Prof. Andrew Serdy

Director, Institute of Maritime Law, University of Southampton, United Kingdom

Dr. Bimal Patel

Director and Professor of Public International Law, Gujarat National Law University, India

Closing Plenary

Prof. Nayani Melegoda

Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Hon. (Dr.) Harsha de Silva, M.P.

State Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, Sri Lanka