In partnership with the Australia India Institute, Asialink, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Victoria State Office, and Confederation of Indian Industry, AIIA Victoria welcomes both new and returning South Asia Series attendees to the 2024 edition of the series.

This seminar, the first of three, will focus on Bangladesh and the Maldives, in a time of profound political change including dealing with an assertive neighbour. The relationship between these countries and Australia will also be examined within the trade and security concerns of the region.

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  • 5 pm for 5.30pm start.
  • 5.30-6.30pm: Panellist presentations.
  • 6.30pm-7pm: Q&A.
  • 7 pm: Event concludes.

If attending in-person please note the address:

AIIA Victoria

Level 13

356 Collins Street

Melbourne 3000

We gratefully acknowledge the Walter Mangold Trust Fund for their support of our young members.

Photo credit: The President's Office, Republic of Maldives


Registration of Guests
Panellist Presentations
The Hon. Lisa SinghReshad AhsanDr David BrewsterPrakash Mirchandani
  • The Hon. Lisa Singh

    The Hon. Lisa Singh

  • Reshad Ahsan

    Reshad Ahsan

  • Dr David Brewster

    Dr David Brewster

  • Prakash Mirchandani

    Prakash Mirchandani

Mohammad Chowdhury
  • Mohammad Chowdhury

    Mohammad Chowdhury

    Mohammad Chowdhury is the Founder and CEO of Long Street Advisors, a Council Member at AIIA Victoria and a Visiting Fellow at UTS. Mohammad has worked in over 80 countries and advises clients on meaningful digitisation of society, economy and nation. He is a Trustee of the UK's Institute for the Future of Work, has written for Forbes, the Sydney Morning Herald and the FT. He has advised on digitisation in Bangladesh, was based in India from 2011-2015 and also undertaken major digitisation projects in Pakistan and Myanmar. His book Border Crossings: My Journey as an Outsider (NewSouth Books) was published in July 2023.

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