Raisina Dialogue 2020

The Raisina Dialogue is a multilateral conference committed to addressing the most challenging issues facing the global community. Every year, global leaders in policy, business, media and civil society are hosted in New Delhi to discuss cooperation on a wide range of pertinent international policy matters. We represented as partners to ORF for the three days.

The List of speakers were :


  • Tshering Tobgay

Former Prime Minister, Bhutan

  • Marise Payne

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Australia

  • S. Jaishankar

Minister of External Affairs, India

  • Grace Naledi Pandor

Minister of Foreign Affairs, South Africa

  • Tomáš Petříček

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Czech Republic

  • Abdulaziz Khafizovich Kamilov

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Uzbekistan

  • Kaja Ciglic

Senior Director, Digital Diplomacy, Microsoft, Slovenia

  • Jeppe Kofod

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Denmark

  • Daisy Amdany

CEO, CRAWN Trust, Kenya

  • Smriti Irani

Minister of Women and Child Development and Textiles, India, India

  • Jeremy Sturchio

Vice President, Head of Government Relations, Asia Pacific, Visa Inc., United States

  • Lindsey Sheppard

Fellow, International Security Program, CSIS, United States

  • Annie Norfolk Beadle

Annie Norfolk Beadle, Policy Analyst, OECD, France

  • Urmas Reinsalu

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Estonia

  • Patricia Scotland

Commonwealth Secretary-General

  • Rajiv Kumar

Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, India

  • Ila Patnaik

Professor, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, India

  • Rachel Rizzo

Adjunct Fellow, CNAS, United States

  • Helen Clark

Former Prime Minister, New Zealand

  • Abdulla Shahid

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Maldives

  • Vivek Lall

Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, Lockheed Martin, United States

  • Giacomo Persi Paoli

Head, Security and Technology Programme, UNIDIR, Switzerland

  • Manpreet Sethi

Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Air Power Studies, India

  • Lee Sang Hyun

Senior Research Fellow, Department of Security Strategy Studies, Sejong Institute, Republic of Korea

  • Dingli Shen

Professor, Fudan University, China

  • S. Paul Kapur

Policy Planning Staff - State Department, United States

  • Latha Reddy

Distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation and Co-Chair, Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace, India

  • Elina Noor

Fellow, DKY Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, United States

  • Steven Blockmans

Head, EU Foreign Policy, CEPS, Belgium

  • Amrita Narlikar

President, German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Germany

  • Amy Searight

Senior Adviser and Director, Southeast Asia Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), United States

  • Gilles Babinet

Advisor on Digital Issues, France

  • Dhruva Jaishankar

Director of the US Initiative at Observer Research Foundation, United States

  • Kwame Owino

Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Economic Affairs, Kenya

  • Ebtesam Al Ketbi

President, EPC, United Arab Emirates

  • Nagma M. Mallick

Additional Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, India

  • Suhasini Haidar

National Editor and Diplomatic Affairs Editor, The Hindu, India

  • Vance Serchuk

Executive Director, KKR Global Institute, United Kingdom

  • Richard Verma

Vice Chairman and Partner, The Asia Group, United States

  • Marina Kaljurand

Marina Kaljurand, Member of European Parliament, Estonia

  • Ondrej Ditrych

Director, Institute of International Relations, Czech Republic

  • Ashok Malik

Policy Advisor, Ministry of External Affairs, India

  • Com. Melissa Ross

Deputy Chief, Royal New Zealand Navy, New Zealand

  • Oluwatosin Durotoye

Chief Operating Officer, FilmoRealty, United States

  • Alexander Klimburg

Director Cyber Policy and Resilience Program & GCSC Initiative - The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, Netherlands

  • Shiv Sahai

Additional Secretary, National Security Council Secretariat, India

  • Saad Mohseni

CEO, Moby Group, Australia

  • Anjali Nayyar

Executive Vice President, Global Health Strategies, India

  • Mohan Kumar

Chairperson, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), India

  • Anil Sooklal

Deputy Director-General: Asia and Middle East, South Africa

  • Peter Berkowitz

Director, State Department Policy Planning Staff, United States

  • Dino Patti Djalal

Former Ambassador of Indonesia to the United States, Indonesia

  • Ram Madhav

National General Secretary, Bharatiya Janata Party, India

  • Renata Dessallien

UN Resident Coordinator in India

  • Claire Perry O’Neill

President, COP26, United Kingdom

  • Robert Scharfe

CEO, Luxembourg Stock Exchange, Luxembourg

  • Moutushi Sengupta

Director, India Office, MacArthur Foundation, India

  • Swapan Dasgupta

Member of Parliament, India

  • Asle Toje

Member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Norway

  • Eleni Kounalakis

Lieutenant Governor of California, United States

  • Sergey Afontsev

Professor, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Russia

  • General Claudio Graziano

Chairman, European Union Military Committee, Italy

  • Shrayana Bhattacharya

Senior Economist, Social Protection and Jobs, World Bank, India

  • Katja Gloger

Editor-at-large, Stern Magazine, Germany

  • Manish Tewari

Member of Parliament, India

  • Swee Kheng Khor

Senior Fellow, Health Systems and Policy at University of Malaya, Malaysia

  • Winnie Munene

Head, Integrated Healthcare Services, Merck KGaA, Kenya

  • Sridhar Venkatapuram

Associate Professor, King's Global Health Institute, King's College London, United Kingdom.

  • Chinny Ogunro

Director of Health Research, Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa, Nigeria

  • Jane Holl Lute

President and Chief Executive Officer, SICPA, United States

  • Baijayant Panda

National Vice President and Spokesperson, Bharatiya Janata Party, India

  • Samir Saran

President, Observer Research Foundation, India

  • Sunjoy Joshi

Chairman, Observer Research Foundation, India

  • Harsh Pant

Director, Studies & Head Strategic Studies Programme, Observer Research Foundation, India

  • Francoise Nicolas

Director, Center for Asian Studies, IFRI, France

  • Timofei Bordachev

Programme Director of the Valdai Discussion Club, Russia

  • Ummu Salma Bava

Chairperson and Jean Monnet Chair, Centre for European Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

  • Chunhao Lou

Chunhao Lou, Deputy Director, CICIR, China

  • Vladimir Norov

Secretary General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, Uzbekistan

  • Jeff Smith

Research Fellow, Heritage Foundation, United States

  • Marietje Schaake

President, Cyberpeace Institute, Netherlands

  • Chitra Subramaniam

Editorial Adviser, Republic TV, India

  • Jayant Sinha

Member of Parliament, India

  • N.K. Singh

Chairman, Finance Commission, India

  • Shamika Ravi

Director of Research, Brookings Institution, India

  • Stavros Yiannouka

Chief Executive Officer, World Innovation Summit for Education, Qatar

  • Junaid Ahmad

Country Director, World Bank, India

  • Benedetta Berti

Head of Policy Planning, NATO, Italy

  • Paula Kift

Civil Liberties Engineer, Palantir Technologies, Germany

  • Anna Roy

Advisor, Industry and Data Management & Analysis, NITI Aayog, India

  • Aditi Kumar

Executive Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, United States

  • Christine Cipolla

Regional Director, Operations, Asia, International Committee of the Red Cross, Switzerland

  • Indrani Bagchi

Diplomatic Editor, The Times of India, India

  • Yalda Hakim

Journalist, BBC, Australia

  • Amitabh Kant

CEO, NITI Aayog, India

  • Seyed Sajjadpour

Head of the Centre for International Research and Education of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Iran

  • Vijay Gokhale

Foreign Secretary, India

  • Vijavat Isarabhakdi

Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Thailand

  • Josep Borrell

High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy; Vice-President of the European Commission, Spain

  • Venerable Banagala Upatissa Thero

Chairman, Mahabodhi Society, Sri Lanka

  • Wang Wen

Executive Dean, Chongyang Institute of Financial Studies, China

  • François Godement

Senior Advisor for Asia, Institut Montaigne, France

  • Rory Medcalf

Head, National Security College, Australian National University, Australia

  • Sławomir Dębski

Director, Polish Institute of International Affairs, Poland

  • Tara Varma

Director, European Council on Foreign Relations, France

  • Theresa Fallon

Founder and Director, Center for Russia Europe Asia Studies (CREAS), Ireland

  • Daniela Schwarzer

Director, German Council on Foreign Relations, Germany

  • Rafiq Dossani

Director, RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy, United States

  • Raffaello Pantucci

Director, International Security Studies, Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, United Kingdom

  • Neelam Deo

Director and Co-founder, Gateway House, India

  • Hamdullah Mohib

National Security Adviser, Afghanistan

  • Tobias Feakin

Ambassador for Cyber Affairs, Australia

  • Jukka Juusti

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Finland

  • Md. Shahidul Haque

Foreign Secretary (Senior Secretary), Bangladesh

  • Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi

Chairman, Hedayah and Founder and Chairman, World Council for Muslim Communities, UAE

  • Shashi Tharoor

Member of Parliament, India

  • Dirk Wiese

Member of the Bundestag, Germany

  • Madina Mwagale Guloba

Senior Research Fellow, Economic Policy Research Centre, Uganda

  • Robin Niblett CMG

Director, Chatham House, United Kingdom

  • General Kōji Yamazaki

Chief of Staff, Joint Staff of the Japan Self-Defense Forces, Japan

  • Admiral Karambir Singh

Chief of the Naval Staff, India

  • General Bipin Rawat

Chief of Defence Staff, India

  • Piyush Goyal

Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry, India

  • Anders Fogh Rasmussen

Former Prime Minister, Denmark

  • Sergey Lavrov

Foreign Minister, Russia

  • Mohammad Javad Zarif

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Iran

  • Edgars Rinkēvičs

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Latvia

  • Stephen Harper

22nd Prime Minister, Canada

  • Hamid Karzai

Former President, Afghanistan

  • Carl Bildt

Former Prime Minister, Sweden

  • Niels Annen

Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office, Germany

  • Vincent Tarzia

Speaker of the House of Assembly, Australia

  • Major General (Res.) Amos Gilead

Executive Director, Institute for Policy and Strategy, IDC Herzilya, Israel

  • C. Raja Mohan

Director, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, Singapore

  • Marya Shakil

Political Editor, CNN-News18, India

  • Ahmad Al Sayed

Minister of State and Chairman of Qatar Free Zone Authority, Qatar

  • Aaditya Thackeray

Cabinet Minister of Tourism, Environment and Protocol Government of Maharashtra

  • Navdeep Suri

Director, Centre for New Economic Diplomacy, Observer Research Foundation, India

  • Andreas Richard Schaal

Director of Global Relations, OECD

  • Lynn Kuok

Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security, International Institute for Strategic Studies; Senior Research Fellow, University of Cambridge

  • Solomon Passy

Bulgarian, Former Minister(2001-2005); Founding President Bulgarian Atlantic Club

  • Manuel Lafont-Rapnouil

Director, Center for Analysis, Planning, and Strategy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France

  • Anit Mukherjee

Assistant Professor - S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore and nonresident fellow status at Brookings India

  • Renato Flores

Director, International Intelligence Unit, Foudaçao Getulio Vargas, Brazil

  • Gen. Luc de Rancourt

Deputy Director General for International Relations and Strategy, Ministry of Armed Forces, France

  • Kurihara Toshihiko

Chief Representative in New Delhi, Japan Bank for International Cooperation, Japan

  • Ali Aslan

TV Presenter, Germany

  • Daya K. Thussu

Professor of International Communication, Hong Kong Baptist University, India

  • Catherine Bremner

Director, International Climate & Energy, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, HM Government, United Kingdom

  • Vuk Jeremic

President, Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development; Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Serbia

  • Esther Brimmer

Executive Director and CEO, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, United States

  • Gareth Bayley

Prime Minister's Special Representative on Afghanistan and Pakistan, United Kingdom

  • Harj Dhaliwal

Managing director, Middle East and India, Hyperloop One, India

  • Gaurav Dalmia

Chairman of Dalmia Group Holdings, India

  • John Lee

Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute, United States

  • Heribert Dieter

Director of Policy Research, Asia Global Institute, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

  • Joanna Roper

UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Special Envoy for Gender Equality, United Kingdom

  • Matthew Pottinger

Deputy National Security Adviser, United States

  • Rajesh Shah

Chairman and Managing Diretor, Mukand Ltd, India

  • Sandeep Malhotra

Executive Vice-President – Products and Innovation, MasterCard, Singapore

  • Silvana Lopez

Chief Executive Officer, The Blockchain Challenge, Colombia

  • Kabir Taneja

Fellow, Observer Research Foundation, India

  • Julián Ventura

Deputy Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Mexico

  • Julie Becker

Deputy CEO of LuxSE and Founder of Luxembourg Green Exchange

  • Melissa Conley Tyler

Director of Diplomacy, Asialink, University of Melbourne

  • Peter Szijjarto

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Government of Hungary

  • ADM Tony Radakin

First Sea Lord, United Kingdom

  • David M. Malone

Rector, United Nations University (UNU)

  • Daniel Feakes

Chief, BWC Implementation Support Unit

  • Arnab Kumar

Programme Director, Frontier Technologies – NITI AAYOG, India

  • Arvind Gupta

Founder Member, iSPIRT

  • Yuji Kato

COO and CIO, Cool Japan Fund, Japan

  • Rovshan Muradov

Secretary General, Nizami Ganjavi International Center, Azerbaijan

  • Yamini Aiyar

President and Chief Executive of the Centre for Policy Research, India

  • Faris Maumoon

Executive Council Member, Maldives Reform Movement

  • Chris Painter

Commissioner, Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace, United States

  • Tanvi Madan

Director, The India Project & Fellow, Foreign Policy, India

  • Erin Watson-Lynn

Senior Fellow, Perth USAsia Centre, Australia

  • Ana-Maria Paraschiv

CEO, Ubuntu World, Romania

  • Lesley Margaret Seebeck

CEO, Cyber Institute, Australian National University

  • Chenchen Chen

Deputy Director of Research, Institute of China's Economic Reform and Development, Renmin University of China

  • Lea Kaspar

Executive Director, Global Partners Digital, Croatia

  • Henri Verdier

Ambassador for Digital Affairs, France

  • Hans-Christian Hagman

Chief Analyst and Senior Adviser to the State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Sweden

  • Arun Mohan Sukumar

Author, India

  • Erin Marie Saltman

Policy Manager, Europe and MENA, Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism, Facebook, United Kingdom

  • Pallavi Raghavan

Assistant Professor of International Relations, Ashoka University, India

  • Eldor Aripov

Director of the Institute for Strategic and Regional Studies under the President of Uzbekistan

  • Sandhya Venkateswaran

Deputy Director, BMGF, India

  • Han Seung-soo

Former Prime Minister, Government of the Republic of Korea

  • David Kral

Director of policy planning staff, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

  • Mona Dave

Senior Program Officer, National Endowment for Democracy, United States

  • Claire Alembik

Investment Specialist – Asian Development Bank, Private Sector Operations Department, Thailand Office, France

  • Rachel Glennerster

Chief Economist, Department for International Development, United Kingdom

  • Natasha Jog

Election Integrity Lead (India, South Asia), Facebook, India

  • Siddarthan Balasubramania

Senior Adviser- Strategy, ClimateWorks Foundation, United States

  • Veda Poon

Director, International Finance, United Kingdom

  • Alica Kizeková

Senior Researcher, Institute of International Relations, Czech Republic

  • Vivan Sharan

Partner, Koan Advisory Group, India

  • Stephen Smith

Professor of Law, University of Western Australia, Australia

  • Elizabeth Laruni

Global Gender Adviser, International Alert, United Kingdom

  • Hans-Thomas Paulsen

Member of the Executive Board, Körber-Stiftung, Germany

  • Orzala Nemat

Director - Afghanistan Research & Evaluation Unit, Afghanistan

  • Karthik Nachiappan

Research Fellow, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, Singapore

  • Daniel Twining

President, International Republican Institute, United States

  • Rachel Salzman

Visiting Scholar, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

  • Ritika Passi

Fellow, Observer Research Foundation, India

  • Werner Fasslabend

President, Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy, Austria

  • Lt. Gen. Dominique Rakotozafy

Former Minister of Defense, Republic of Madagascar

  • Vikram Sampath

Senior Research Fellow, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, India

The List of Delegates were :

  • Tingting Zhang

Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China, China

  • Alan Bradley Hicks

Vice President, Lockheed Martin, United States

  • Muhammad Hasan Mahmud MP

Information Minister of Bangladesh

  • Veronika Jozwiak

Analyst, The Polish Institute of International Affairs, Poland

  • Vice Adm. (Retd.) Girish Luthra PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC

Retired Officer, Indian Navy, India

  • Vijay Chauthaiwale

In-Charge, Foreign Affairs Dept, Bharatiya Janata Party, India

  • Vice Adm. Ajendra Bahadur Singh AVSM, VSM

Deputy Chief, Headquarters of the Integrated Defence Staff, India

  • Vijay Thakur Singh

Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India

  • Valeriia Gorbacheva

GR-Director, National Committee on BRICS Research, Russia

  • Vikas Swarup

Secretary (West), Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India

  • Vikram Doraiswami

Additional Secretary (BM), Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India

  • Yonique Campbell

Lecturer of Public Policy and Management, University of West Indies, Jamaica

  • Zahra Tohidi

Research Fellow, Center for Strategic Research, Iran

  • Viktoriia Ivanchenko

Editor-in-chief, PICREADI, Ukraine

  • Vinita Bakshi

Founder, Aambra Foundation, India

  • Vrinda Kapoor

Chief Operating Officer, 3rdiTech, India

  • Yauheni Preiherman

Founder and Director, Minsk Dialogue Council on International Relations, Belarus

  • Yadira Galvez

Associate Professor, National University of Mexico, Mexico

  • William L. Blair

Vice President & Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin India Private Limited, United States

  • Gulshan Rai

Distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation, India

  • Manohar Velpur, Partner United nations

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