Speakers confirmed for Aid & Development Asia Summit

The third annual Aid & Development Asia Summit will bring together regional and global expertise to discuss innovations and partnerships for aid and development programmes in Asia. Taking place on 14-15 June at MICC 2, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, an impressive line-up of speakers is already confirmed.

The Aid & Development Asia Summit will offer an unparalleled opportunity for knowledge exchange, cross-sector engagement and collaboration between UN, government agencies, local and international NGOs, Red Cross, development banks, investors, associations, media and the private sector.

Latest speaker confirmations include:




  • Dr Tin Htut, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock & Irrigation, Myanmar
  • Dr. That Zin Htoo, Assistant Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health and Sports, Myanmar
  • U Tun Tun Naing, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Planning and Finance, Myanmar
  • Peter Batchelor, Country Director, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Dr Stephan Paul Jost, Country Representative, Myanmar, World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Niiara Abliamitova, Chief Procurement Officer, UN-ESCAP
  • Giuseppe de Vincentiis, Country Representative, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
  • Vikram Kumar, Country Manager, International Finance Corporation (IFC), World Bank Group
  • Dr Aung Kyaw Htut, Deputy Secretary General, Myanmar Red Cross Society
  • Moe Thu, Associate Director, Humanitarian & Emergency Affairs, Myanmar, World Vision
  • Shashank Mishra, Disaster Risk Reduction Program Director, UN-Habitat
  • Siemon Hollema, Senior Programme & Policy Adviser for Asia & the Pacific, World Food Programme (WFP)
  • Ed Pauker, Country Director, Myanmar, BBC Media Action
  • Kieran Gorman-Best, Head of Mission, Myanmar, International Organization for Migration
  • Sridhar Dharmapuri, Senior Food Safety and Nutrition Officer, FAO
  • Simon Gee, Managing Director, Asia-Pacific, TechSoup
  • Ernesto Castro-Garcia, Director of Regional Programs Asia-Pacific, Habitat for Humanity


…And many others! For full list of speakers, please visit http://asia.aidforum.org/speakers

The summit gathers an excellent panellists panel from NGOs, UN agencies, regional governments and the private sector will addresses the following topics:

  • Mobile for Development Programmes and Innovations
  • Funding and Procurement Trends in Myanmar and Southeast Asia
  • Innovations and Policies to Support Community Resilience & Food Security
  • Building a Culture of Resilience and Strengthening Disaster Preparedness
  • Early Warning Systems, Data Collection and Mapping
  • Technologies and Initiatives for Meeting Education SDGs in Myanmar
  • Building Successful Public-Private-People Partnerships
  • Innovations and Best Practice to Tackle Communicable Diseases
  • Improving Maternal and Child Health, as well as WASH practices
  • Data Strategy to Support SDGs
  • Communication, Connectivity and Social Networks
  • Humanitarian Logistics: Getting Aid into Areas of Reduced Infrastructure
  • Cash-Based Programmes and Financial Inclusion


Take a look at the 2017 agenda


The Aid & Development Asia Summit offers two days of presentations, engaging panel and roundtable discussions, case studies; networking lunches and an evening reception on Wednesday 14th June to meet with top-level decision-makers and influencers in Asian humanitarian aid and development sector.

Join 250+ high-level participants and gain practical advice from 45 expert speakers on how to improve aid delivery and development strategy in South East Asia.


For more information please visit http://asia.aidforum.org