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About PFIOSC

Following up on several successful bilateral and trilateral regional dialogues and broader consultations on the Bay of Bengal in 2017 and 2018, and a high-level International Advisory Group Meeting, Chaired by Ambassador Shivshankar Menon in  2019, the Pathfinder Foundation considered it opportune to conduct a more comprehensive and wider forum focusing on the security and governance issues involving the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). Read More...

About Pathfinder Foundation

The Pathfinder Foundation (PF) is a not-for-profit, non-partisan research & advocacy  think-tank in Sri Lanka, which plays an important role in strategic and security related issues. Lately, PF has also engaged in ocean related matters focusing on the Indian Ocean in general and the Bay of Bengal in particular.

Established in 2003, PF has also played a catalytic role in research and analysis aimed at contributing to economic policy reforms in Sri Lanka.

Over the years, PF has established a wide network of partner organisations worldwide, thereby enhancing bilateral and multilateral partnerships to promote economic, social and political development, in addition to its security and strategic focus.

PFIOSC Event Schedule

10 Nov
Amb (Retd.) Geetha De Silva Amb (Retd.) Geetha De Silva

Inaugural Session
Welcome by Secretary General, PFIOSC

12:15 PM - 12:20 PM IST
Amb (Retd.) Bernard Goonetilleke Amb (Retd.) Bernard Goonetilleke

Opening Remarks by Co – Chairs

12:20 PM - 12:30 PM IST
Amb (Retd.) Shivshankar Menon Amb (Retd.) Shivshankar Menon

Opening Remarks by Co – Chairs

12:30 PM - 12:40 PM IST
Admiral (Prof.) Jayanath Colombage Admiral (Prof.) Jayanath Colombage

Keynote Speech

12:40 PM - 12:55 PM IST
H.E. Alaina B. Teplitz H.E. Alaina B. Teplitz

Introductory Remarks

12:55 PM - 01:05 PM IST
H.E. Akira Sugiyama H.E. Akira Sugiyama

Introductory Remarks

01:05 PM - 01:15 PM IST
Amb (Retd.) Geetha De Silva Amb (Retd.) Geetha De Silva

Introductory Remarks

01:15 PM - 01:25 PM IST
Prof. C. Raja Mohan Prof. C. Raja Mohan

Moderator – Prof. C. Raja Mohan [Session I]

01:25 PM - 01:35 PM IST
Admiral Sunil Lanba. PVSM, AVSM, (Retd.) Admiral Sunil Lanba. PVSM, AVSM, (Retd.)

Maritime Security and Freedom of Navigation [Session I]

Moderator – Dr. Raja C. Mohan

01:35 PM - 01:45 PM IST
Ambassador Gleb Ivashentsov Ambassador Gleb Ivashentsov

Maritime Security and Freedom of Navigation [Session I]

Moderator – Dr. Raja C. Mohan

01:45 PM - 01:55 PM IST
Ms. Nilanthi Samaranayake Ms. Nilanthi Samaranayake

Maritime Security and Freedom of Navigation [Session I]

Moderator – Dr. Raja C. Mohan

01:55 PM - 02:05 PM IST

Open Discussion including Recommendations

Moderator – Dr. Raja C. Mohan

02:05 PM - 3:05 PM IST
11 Nov
Amb (Retd.) Geetha De Silva Amb (Retd.) Geetha De Silva

Overview of previous day's discussions and Program for the day by Secretary General - PFIOSC

01:30 PM - 01:35 PM IST
Dr. Frédéric Grare Dr. Frédéric Grare

Moderator – Dr. Frederic Grare [Session II]

01:35 PM - 01:45 PM IST
Dr. Yogesh Joshi Dr. Yogesh Joshi

Enhancing Connectivity [Session II]

Moderator – Dr. Frederic Grare

01:45 PM - 01:55 PM IST
Mr. Jaimal Anand Mr. Jaimal Anand

Enhancing Connectivity [Session II]

Moderator – Dr. Frederic Grare

01:55 PM - 02.05 PM IST
Mr. Rohan Masakorala Mr. Rohan Masakorala

Enhancing Connectivity [Session II]

Moderator – Dr. Frederic Grare

02:05 PM - 02:15 PM IST

Open Discussion including Recommendations

02:15 PM - 03.15 PM IST
12 Nov
Amb (Retd.) Geetha De Silva Amb (Retd.) Geetha De Silva

Overview of previous day's discussions and Program for the day by Secretary General - PFIOSC

01:30 PM - 01:35 PM IST
Amb. Robert O. Blake, Jr. Amb. Robert O. Blake, Jr.

Moderator – Amb. Robert Blake, Jr. [Session III]

01:35 PM - 01:50 PM IST
 Dr. Liu Zongyi Dr. Liu Zongyi

Identifying and addressing major issues including ‘mistrust’ and ‘trust deficiency’ [Session III]

Moderator – Amb. Robert Blake

01:50 PM - 02:00 PM IST
Dr. Michishita Narushige Dr. Michishita Narushige

Identifying and addressing major issues including ‘mistrust’ and ‘trust deficiency’ [Session III]

Moderator – Amb. Robert Blake

02:00 PM - 02.10 PM IST
Dr. David Brewster Dr. David Brewster

Identifying and addressing major issues including ‘mistrust’ and ‘trust deficiency’ [Session III]

Moderator – Amb. Robert Blake

02:10 PM - 02:20 PM IST

Open Discussion including Recommendations

02:20 PM - 03:20 PM IST
Amb (Retd.) Shivshankar Menon Amb (Retd.) Shivshankar Menon

Concluding Remarks

03:20 PM - 03:30 PM IST
Amb (Retd.) Bernard Goonetilleke Amb (Retd.) Bernard Goonetilleke

Concluding Remarks

03:30 PM - 03:40 PM IST
Mr. Dean Thompson Mr. Dean Thompson

Address by U.S Government Representative

03:40 PM - 03:50 PM IST
Mr. Kazuya ENDO Mr. Kazuya ENDO

Address by Representative of the Government of Japan

03:50 PM - 04:00 PM IST
Amb (Retd.) Geetha De Silva Amb (Retd.) Geetha De Silva

Vote of Thanks

04:00 PM - 04:10 PM IST

Our Speakers

Admiral Sunil Lanba. PVSM, AVSM, (Retd.)

Topic

Maritime Security and Freedom of Navigation [Session I]

Admiral Sunil Lanba. PVSM, AVSM, (Retd.)

Chairman - National Maritime Foundation, and Former Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Indian Navy

 Dr. Liu Zongyi

Topic

Identifying and addressing major issues including ‘mistrust’ and ‘trust deficiency’ [Session III]

Dr. Liu Zongyi

Senior Fellow & Secretary General, South Asia and China Center, Shanghai Institutes for International Studies

Dr. Michishita Narushige

Topic

Identifying and addressing major issues including ‘mistrust’ and ‘trust deficiency’ [Session III]

Dr. Michishita Narushige

Vice President, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Tokyo, Japan

Ambassador Gleb Ivashentsov

Topic

Maritime Security and Freedom of Navigation [Session I]

Ambassador Gleb Ivashentsov

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia, Vice President of the Russian International Affairs Council

Dr. Yogesh Joshi

Topic

Enhancing Connectivity [Session II]

Dr. Yogesh Joshi

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

Mr. Jaimal Anand

Topic

Enhancing Connectivity [Session II]

Mr. Jaimal Anand

Research Associate, Department of International Relations and Co-Operation (DIRCO), Pretoria, South Africa

Mr. Rohan Masakorala

Topic

Enhancing Connectivity [Session II]

Mr. Rohan Masakorala

Chief Executive Officer, Shippers Academy, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Ms. Nilanthi Samaranayake

Topic

Maritime Security and Freedom of Navigation [Session I]

Ms. Nilanthi Samaranayake

Research Program Director, CNA, Arlington, Virginia, USA

Dr. David Brewster

Topic

Identifying and addressing major issues including ‘mistrust’ and ‘trust deficiency’ [Session III]

Dr. David Brewster

Senior Fellow with the National Security College, Australian National University

Admiral (Prof.) Jayanath Colombage

Topic

Keynote Speech

Admiral (Prof.) Jayanath Colombage

Secretary, Foreign Ministry

H.E. Alaina B. Teplitz

Topic

Introductory Remarks

H.E. Alaina B. Teplitz

U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives

Amb (Retd.) Geetha De Silva

Topic

Vote of Thanks

Amb (Retd.) Geetha De Silva

Secretary General – PFIOSC

Amb (Retd.) Shivshankar Menon

Topic

Opening Remarks by Co – Chairs

Amb (Retd.) Shivshankar Menon

Former National Security Advisor of India & Distinguished Fellow of the Centre for Social and Economic Progress

Amb (Retd.) Bernard Goonetilleke

Topic

Opening Remarks by Co – Chairs

Amb (Retd.) Bernard Goonetilleke

Chairman, Pathfinder Foundation

H.E. Akira Sugiyama

Topic

Introductory Remarks

H.E. Akira Sugiyama

Ambassador of Japan to Sri Lanka

Mr. Dean Thompson

Topic

Address by U.S Government Representative

Mr. Dean Thompson

Senior Bureau Officer of the US Department of State Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs

Mr. Kazuya ENDO

Topic

Address by Representative of the Government of Japan

Mr. Kazuya ENDO

Deputy Assistant Minister and Director, Management and Coordination Division, Minister’s Secretariat of the Government of Japan

Prof. C. Raja Mohan

Topic

Moderator – Prof. C. Raja Mohan [Session I]

Prof. C. Raja Mohan

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

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