11th Indian Diaspora Conference 2023

Saturday, October 14,   12 - 5pm CEST


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20 Amersfoortsestraat 3769 AS Soesterberg
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The 11th Indian Diaspora conference will deal with the following two themes:


  1. Partner in the Success Story of India: Spread across the globe, individuals of Indian origin have established themselves as influential contributors to various fields, including technology, business, healthcare, and culture. Their journeys stand as living testaments to the enduring spirit of innovation, resilience, and hard work. This diaspora network has transcended geographical boundaries, fostering economic, technological, and cultural exchanges between India and their adopted countries. Their investments, knowledge-sharing, and collaborations have played a pivotal role in driving India's economic growth and technological advancement. At this conference, we will speak about diaspora’s contribution to India’s success story. The conference will further explore the mutual transformational relationship between India and its diaspora. Experts from Science and Technology, The Healthcare sector, and Politics will contribute to this discussion.


  1. Collaborative Engagement to ‘Address the Shared Challenges in the Netherlands’:  The Netherlands is transforming into a more multicultural society, where all ethnic groups must be represented at all levels of society to prevent exclusion. It is more and more evident that different segments of NRI/PIOs (Persons of Indian Origin) collectively encounter a variety of challenges in the Netherlands. The objective of the conference is to recognise and inventorisation and validation of some of the key collective challenges faced by the PIO/NRI community in the Netherlands. The conference will also witness the official launch of an Advocacy group/ an interest group by the Indian Diaspora Council (IDC) for the PIOs in the Netherlands. This theme is more focused on the future of the Indian Diaspora in the Netherlands. A dedicated Town hall session has been scheduled to address the challenges shared by Indian Diaspora in the Netherlands. This subject of vital importance will be discussed in the presence of Mr. Rabin Baldewsingh, national coordinator against racism.


The program will be highly interactive and includes speakers and panellists from different parts of the Netherlands. There will be live polls and panel discussions for stronger engagement with the audience.







Registration/ Meet & Greet with walk in lunch.


Opening and welcome address by Mr. Jasbir Singh, President FIDE and FCCI.



Part I: Indian Diaspora: Partner in the Success Story of India


  • § Theme presentation: Indian Diaspora-Partner in the Success story of India, including the by Mr. Ram Lakhina, President Emeritus FCCI, the Netherlands
  • § Inaugural address by H.E. Mrs. Reenat Sandhu, Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
  • § Felicitation of Prof. J. (Joyeeta) Gupta, winner of prestigious Spinoza Prize Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, University of Amsterdam.
  • § Invited talk ‘Recent Advances in the healthcare sector in India’ by Prof. Dr. Alok Sharma, Director at NeuroGen Brain & Spine Institute, India
  • § Launch of dedicated Digital platform for the Indian Diaspora – Ms. Sonia Sodhi, FCCI



Part II: Collaborative Engagement To `Address the Shared Challenges in the Netherlands


  • § Theme presentation Collaborative Engagement To ‘Address the Shared Challenges in the Netherlands’ and Introduction of ‘Indian Diaspora Council: An Advocacy Group’ – By Mr. Hemant Mishra, Secretary General FIDE/IDC.
  • § Address on ‘Political participation in the Netherlands’ by Mrs. Artie Ramsodit, Member of the senate (eerste kamer), the Netherlands



  • § Short break – Drinks/Snacks



Town Hall Session: Challenges `Shared by Indian Diaspora in the Netherlands’

In the Dutch society, there is a lot attention on discrimination of African descendants, black racism. But does NRI/PIO community also face racism? What are our experiences with ‘Brown Racism’? This subject will be discussed under the guidance of Mr. Baldewsingh, national coordinator against racism. He is interested in our experiences with brown racism to bring it as a topic within the governmental policy on equality. So, come, share your experiences in a safe environment and contribute in this way to ban out any form of discrimination and racism!


  • Opening remarks by Mr. Rabin S. Baldewsingh, National Coordinator against Discrimination and Racism, The Netherlands
  • Discussion and interaction with the audience will be moderated by Mr. Bikram Lalbahadoersing, Head of Finance FIDE
  • Representatives

1)      Mr. Radj Ramcharan, Secretary General, Stichting ASHA  

2)      Ms. Radha Nikhade, Founder DIWA (Dutch India Women Association)

3)      Ms. Bedashrita Chattoraj, Board Member KALLOL (Indian Bengali Association)

4)      Dr. Pramod Agrawal, Vice President FCCI



  • § Closing remarks, Felicitations & vote of thanks by Mr. Badri Madan, Past President FCCI & Founder Member FIDE.


Masters of ceremony: Ms. Sonia Sodhi, Director of Digital Platform, FCCI & Dr. Veda R. Trustee, FCCI

Liaison Officer: Mr. Dave Gurnani, Vice President-Finance, FCCI

Seminar Reporter: Dr. Ameya Krishna B., trustee FCCI & Ms. Pranita Deshpande, Director of Publication

  • For general queries: Mr. Hemant Mishra, Secretary General FIDE ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. );
  • For networking queries: Ms. Suman Korenhof – Taneja, Director PR ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. );

For any other queries, Dr. Yamini J. Singh, Secretary general ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PS: The conference will start with walk in lunch including supplementary drinks and borel at the end


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Dr. Yamini J. Singh

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