The panelists along with the organisers during the opening remarks of the event

Guwahati: The inaugural edition of Brahmaputra Dialogue was organised on Thursday evening with a fireside chat on ‘Youth, Development, Economy and Culture: Future of North East and the greater South East Asia region’ at Chai Story in Guwahati.

The event brought together a distinguished panel including Dhruv Piyush Goyal (Harvard Business School, ex BlackRock Asset Management, New York), Alpana Choudhury, (educationist and director, Student Affairs – USTM Meghalaya), Allwin Agnel (founder of and angel investor), Atreyee Borooah Thekedath (founder of (India) and Hasina Kharbhih (founder, Impulse NGO Network.

The panel had an insightful discussion on prospects in Northeast, and at the same time, it also elaborated on the pros and cons in the central plans which have not yet proved fruitful in the region.

From left: Alpana Choudhury, Allwin Agnel, Hasina Kharbhih, Gaurav Dasgupta (moderator), Atreyee Borooah Thekedath and Dhruv Piyush Goyal

Apart from the panelists, 23 young leaders from diverse professional backgrounds also attended the session, leading to an engaging and lively discussion around multiple areas of interest including overhauling the education system, promoting entrepreneurship, how to scale startups, role of social enterprises and non-profits in inclusive development of the region, honing human resources of the region, challenges and opportunities of doing business in the region, and promoting Northeast as a strategic trade corridor for South East Asia.

Brahmaputra Dialogue aims to serve as a platform for young leaders and professionals across sectors to interact and engage meaningfully on areas of mutual interest. It was conceptualised and curated by Gaurav Dasgupta and Roshan Farhan, they felt a need for a platform to promote leadership and share inspirational stories from the Northeast region, and engage young leaders inclusively from diverse sectors across the country and abroad.

The initiative plans to scale up across New Delhi, Mumbai and other parts of Northeast with carefully curated events and networking opportunities for young leaders.

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