The 2006 Sustainability Conference will feature plenary session addresses by some of the world's leading thinkers and innovators in the field, as well as numerous parallel presentations by researchers and practitioners.

Garden Conversation Sessions

Main speakers will make formal 30 minute presentations in the plenary sessions. They will also participate in 60 minute Garden Conversation sessions at the same time as the parallel sessions. The setting is a circle of chairs outdoors. These sessions are entirely unstructured - a chance to meet the plenary speaker and talk with them informally about the issues arising from their presentation.

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The Speakers

  • Katerina Stenou, Division of Cultural Policies and Intercultural Dialogue, UNESCO (to be confirmed).

  • Professor Dr. Luu Tran Tieu, Chairman, National Council for Cultural Heritage, Vietnam Association for Cultural Heritage (to be confirmed).

  • Dr Dang Van Bai, Director, Department of National Cultural Heritage, Ministry of Culture and Information, Vietnam.

  • Dr Vandana Shiva,Director of Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology, New Delhi, India.

    Born on November 5, 1952 in the verdant valley of Dehradun, to a father who was the conservator of Forests and a farmer mother with a deep love for nature, Vandana Shiva received her first lessons on environment protection in the lap of Himalayas. A student of St Mary’s School in Nainital and later of Convent of Jesus and Mary, Dehradun, Vandana Shiva had always aspired to be a scientist since childhood. But particle physics soon raised questions in her mind regarding its Impact on Life and the environment. And thus began Vandana Shiva’s passionate affair with the environment.

    Dr. Vandana Shiva is trained as a Physicist and did her Ph.D. on the subject “Hidden Variables and Non-locality in Quantum Theory” from the University of Western Ontario. She later shifted to inter-disciplinary research in science, technology and environmental policy, which she carried out at the Indian Institute of Science and the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore.

    In 1982, she founded an independent institute, the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology in Dehra Dun dedicated to high quality and independent research to address the most significant ecological and social issues of our times, in close partnership with local communities and social movements. In 1991, she founded Navdanya, a national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources, especially native see, the promotion of organic farming and fair trade. In 2004 she started Bija Vidyapeeth, an international college for sustainable living in collaboration with Schumacher College, U.K.

    Dr. Shiva has contributed in fundamental ways to changing the practice and paradigms of agriculture and food. Her books, “The Violence of Green Revolution” and “Monocultures of the Mind” have become basic challenges to the dominant paradigm of non-sustainable, reductionist Green Revolution Agriculture. Through her books Biopiracy, Stolen Harvest, Water Wars, Dr. Shiva has made visible the social, economic and ecological costs of corporate led globalisation.

    Click here for more on Dr Vandana Shiva.

  • Professor Nguyen Van Huy, Director of Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, Vietnam.

    Dr Huy is the Founder and Director of the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi, which documents the deep diversity of Vietnam's multi-ethnic society, mostly through objects of everyday use. Dr. Huy draws attention to the circumstances, traditions and skills of his country's artisan population in his exhibits about the objects used in the daily life of his country.

  • Professor Amareswar Galla, BA(Andhra), MA(Jawaharlal Nehru), PhD(ANU, Director, Graduate Studies in Sustainable Heritage Development, and Professor.

    Born and educated in India, Professor Amareswar Galla is the Director of Studies of the Sustainable Heritage Program, and the International Technical Advisor for the implementation of Museums and Cultural Diversity Promotion at the National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden.

    A Director on the Board of SBS Radio and TV in Australia until the end of 2000, Amar is also the first Australian to be elected as the President of the Asia Pacific Organisation and the founding Chairperson of the Cross Cultural Taskforce of the International Council of Museums, Paris.

    Between 1985-92, he founded and directed the National Affirmative Action Program for the participation of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders in museums, galleries, national parks and World Heritage Areas in Australia.

    Between 1994-99, he was the international technical adviser for the transformation of the Arts Councils, National Museums, Cultural Institutions and the National Parks Board in post-apartheid South Africa. He was technical specialist with the World Commission for Culture and Development and the Stockholm Action Plan on Cultural Policies in Development.

    Amar is working with UNESCO in the establishment of World Heritage Areas as culture in development and poverty alleviation projects in HaLong Bay and Hoi An in Vietnam and Darjeeling Himalayan Railway in India.

  • Dr Hans-Martin Hinz, Member of the Executive Council of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), Deputy Director of the German Historical Museum in Berlin, Germany.

    Hans-Martin Hinz completed his Doctorate at the Free University of Berlin. From 1985 he was Research Advisor to the Berlin Senate Cultural Affairs Administration, laying the groundwork for the German Historical Museum. From 1991 until 2000 he was Deputy Director at the Museum, was involved in organising new Berlin museums: the German-Russian Museum Berlin-Karlshorst, the Allied Museum and the Berlin Wall Memorial Site, and was a member of the German-French Expert Commission on the Repatriation of Cultural Patrimony through war. From 2000 he was Deputy Minister for Culture at the Berlin Senate Office of Science, Research and Culture. In 2002 he resumed his role as a member of the managing board of the German Historical Museum.

    Hans-Martin has published more than 70 publications. His honorary positions include Member of the Executive Councils of the International Council of Museums ICOM (Paris) 2004 –2007, Chair of ICOM-Europe 2002 –2005, Vice President of the International Association of History Museums IAHM (Paris) since 1998, President of the German National Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM)1999 –2004, and Member of the German UNESCO-Commission 1999 –2004.