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The inaugral edition for the xSDG UnConference brings together the global commmunity of academics, development professionals, practitioners and people interested in themes of diversity and inclusion. Sign up for the UnConference now!


Date Panel Time Moderator / Speakers
Film Screening: Coral Woman by Priya Thuvassery
4pm-5pm IST
Moderator- Saransh Bisht (Team Belongg)
Film Screening & Discussion: Can't Hide Me by Madhuri Mohindar
5pm-6pm IST
Moderator- Saransh Bisht (Team Belongg)
Speakers 1- Madhuri Mohindar (Director, Can't Hide Me)
The xSDG Quiz
5-6:30pm IST
Moderator- Nirat Bhatnagar (Founder Belongg, Partner - Dalberg Advisors)
Film Screening by Global Fund for Women: Fundamental. Gender Justice. No Exceptions.
4-6pm IST
Moderator- Pranati (Team Belongg)
Inclusive SDG programming within Fragile Environments
6:30-8pm IST
Moderator- Alison Fahey (Interim Executive Director of J-PAL Middle East and North Africa)
Speaker 1 - Sule Alan (Professor of Economics, University of Essex)
Speaker 2 - Amna Fatani (Associate Director, Strategy, Community Jameel)
Speaker 3 - Eva Kaplan (Regional Director of Innovation, International Rescue Committee)
Speaker 4 - Reefat Bin Sattar (Director of Program Development and Quality, Save the Children Bangladesh)
Impact investing & Disability Inclusion: An Interview With Shashaank Awasthi.
5-6 pm IST
Moderator- Nirat (Founder, Belongg; Partner, Dalberg Advisors)
Speaker 1- Shashaank Awasthi ((Cofounder, v-shesh; India Advisor, Gray Ghost Ventures)
How can we make climate change programs more inclusive?
6-7:30 pm IST
Moderator- Gaurav Gupta (Partner and Regional Director for Asia, Dalberg Advisors)
Speaker 1 - Archana Soreng (Member of UN Secretary General's Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change, and Research Officer)
Speaker 2 - Reema Nanavaty (Director SEWA)
Speaker 3 - Shloka Nath (Acting ED India Climate Collaborative, Head - Sustainability and Policy and Advocacy, Tata Trusts)
Gender Mainstreaming: Centering women in policy-making
6:15-7:15 PM IST
Moderator- Anna Rego (Policy Manager, J-PAL South Asia)
Speaker 1- Seema Jayachandran (Professor of Economics, Northwestern University; Research Affiliate, J-PAL)
Speaker 2 - Dipta Bhog (Head of Research, Innovation and Partnerships, The Third Eye Portal)
Speaker 3 - Noopur Jhunjhunwala (Monitoring, Evaluation and Partnerships Coordinator, UN Women)
How can global education programs be more inclusive?
8:30-9:30pm IST
Moderator - Dayoung Lee (Associate Partner, Dalberg Advisors)
Speaker 1- Dr Shivani Nag (Assistant Professor, School of Education Studies, Ambedkar University)
Speaker 2 - Professor Shailaja Paik (Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati)
Speaker 3- Felicia DeHaney (Director of Program and Strategy, W.K. Kellogg Foundation)
xSDG Research Showcase: Identifying & Mitigating Prejudice
2-3:30pm IST
Moderator- Urvashi Wattal (Senior Policy and Training Manager, J-PAL South Asia)
Speaker 1 - Victoire Girard (FCT researcher, NOVAFRICA, Nova SBE)
Speaker 2 - Deepti Goel (Associate Professor, School of Arts and Sciences, Azim Premji University)
Speaker 3 - Prashant Tambe (Freelance Researcher)
Speaker 4 - Roshni Sinha (Policy Manager at J-PAL South Asia)
Speaker 5 - Namitha Sadanand (Policy and Training Manager, J-PAL South Asia)
Speaker 6 - Anagha Ingole (Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Hyderabad)
Speaker 7 - (Naveen Bharathi, Fellow, Harvard University)
Speaker 8 - Aditi Priya (Senior Research Associate, LEAD, KREA University)
Speaker 9 - Moulshri Mohan (Policy and Training Manager, J-PAL South Asia)
Speaker 10 - Nicholas Haas (Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University)
How can global WASH programs be more inclusive?
5-7pm IST
Moderator - Nirat Bhatnagar (Founder, Belongg; Partner, Dalberg Advisors)
Speaker 1 - VK Madhavan (Chief Executive Officer, WaterAid India)
Speaker 2 - Manoj Gulati (Managing Director, India,
Speaker 3 - Nalini Shekar (Co-Founder and Executive Director, Hasiru Dala)
From research to action: Designing Inclusive Policies
5:30-7 pm IST
Moderator- Sharanya Chandran (Associate Director - Policy, J-PAL South Asia)
Speaker 1- Ashwini Deshpande (Founding Director of Centre for Economic Data and Analysis, Ashoka University)
Speaker 2 - Meera Shenoy (Founder of Youth4Jobs)
Speaker 4 - Bezwada Wilson (Founder and National Convenor, Safai Karmachari Andolan) Speaker 5 - Noreen Giga (Research Manager at J-PAL North America)
Designing inclusive MEL systems for SDGs: Measurement, Innovations and Challenges
5:30-7 PM IST
Moderator- Tithee Mukhopadhyay (Director - Research, J-PAL South Asia)
Speaker 1 - Mehjabeen Jagmag (Oxford Policy Management)
Speaker 2 - Naomi Falkenburg (Independent Consultant)
Speaker 3 - Sarah Barr (Start Network)
When Inclusive Processes Fail - Lessons Learnt in Limitations of Structural Measures in Inclusion
7:30-9pm IST
Moderator - Sanjukta Das (Creative Lead, Dalberg Design)
Speaker 1 - Tanvi Dhond (Design and Research, Dalberg Design)
Speakers 2 - María Alejandra Sandoval Avila (Creative Lead, Dalberg Design)
Speaker 3- Sarah Tanishka Nethan (Lead, Family Planning & Reproductive Health, Vihara Innovation Network)
Speaker 4- Aruna Raman (Expert by experience)
Speaker- Nikhita Ghugari (Co-founder and Design Strategist, Xeno Co-lab)
Screening by Breakthrough
3pm-5pm IST
Moderator- Breakthrough India Team
How can global energy access programs be more inclusive?
3pm-5pm IST
Moderator - Kanishka Bhattacharya (Associate Partner, Dalberg Advisors)
Speaker 1 - Dr Namrata Chindarkar, (Associate Professor at the JSW School of Public Policy, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad)
Speaker 2 - Sasmita Patnaik (Gender Advisor, TetraTech)
Speaker 3 - Dr Vibhor Saxena (University of St Andrews)
Speaker 4 - Rodrigo Paris (International CEO, Barefoot International College)
How can diversity and inclusion centre around amplifying joy?
7:30-9pm IST
Moderator - Zarah Udwadia (Senior Designer, Dalberg Design)
Speaker 1- Anjali Siroya (Recruitment Coordinator, Humsafar Trust)
Speaker 2 - Soumita Basu (Founder, Zyenika)
Speaker 3 - Syeda Samara Mortada (Regional Movement Builder, SheDecides)
Speaker 4 - Pragna Shekar (Fund Development and Communication manager, Uninhibited)
How can global city and urban development programs be more inclusive?
5-7pm IST
Moderator 1- Shruti Goyal (Associate Partner, Dalberg)
Moderator 2- Mokena Makeka (Principal, Dalberg Advisors)
Speakers 1- Dr Ghazala Jamil (Professor, Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University)
Speakers 2- Dr Amira Osman, (Research Chair, Spatial Transformation (Spatial transformation chair at the University of Tshwane in SA)
Speakers 3- Kira Intrator (Lead, Habitat Planning and Innovation, Agha Khan Agency for Habitat)
How can global employment programs be made more inclusive?
7-8:30 PM IST
Moderator 1- Rym Keramane (Associate Partner, Dalberg Advisors)
Moderator 2- Madjiguene Sock (Partner, Dalberg Advisors)
Speakers 1- Arman Ali (Executive Director, National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People)
Speakers 2- Dr Javaid Khan (Assistant Professor, University of Kashmir)
Speakers 3- Elena Bonometti (CEO, Tostan)
Speakers 4- Maha Keramane (Head of Social Business, BNP Paribas)
How can global health programs be more inclusive?
6-8 PM IST
Moderator - Erin Barringer (Partner and Regional Director for the Americas, Dalberg Advisors)
Speakers - Dr. Aqsa Shaikh (Associate professor, Department of Community Medicine, Hamdard Institute of Medical Science & Research)
Speaker 2- Professor Sanghamitra Sheel Acharya (Professor and Chairperson, Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University)
Speaker 3 - (Human Right Policy Advisor at World blind Union)
Teaching inclusion in public policy and development schools
3-5 PM IST
Moderator- Nirat Bhatnagar (Team Belongg) Speaker 1- Phokrizat Mayirnao (Core Team Member, Bahujan Economists)
Speaker 2 - Arvind Kumar (Core Team Member, Bahujan Economists)
Speaker 3 - Neetisha Besra (Founding Member, Equity in Policy Education) Speaker 4 - Ria Dutta (Director, Women in Econ and Policy)


The xSDG UnConference brings together a range of panels and cultural performances that explore different aspects of intersectionality within SDGs – identifying challenges, drivers, solutions – and ideas for the way forward. 


Belongg has partnered with leading organizations in development to curate this gathering. We are inspired by their commitment to these themes and appreciate their belief in our mission. 


Panels at xSDG UnConference are hosted development experts with expertise across SDG topics. 

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