Performance and Preparedness: Lessons from the tsunami
December 15, 2005
Taj Coromandel - Clive Duplex
Chennai, India

8:30am - 9:00am

9:00am - 9:15am
Welcome / Lighting of the Lamp
Lynn Fritz, Director General, Fritz Institute

9:15am - 9:25am
Conference Objectives
Anisya Thomas, Managing Director, Fritz Institute

9:25am - 9:45am
Introduction and Review of tsunami Studies 1 and 2
Dr. Vimala Ramalingam , Director, Fritz Institute
Nirmala Stephen , Deputy Research Director, TNS-India

Disaster Relief in a Historical Context
P.C. Mathew, President, Madras School of Social Work

9:45am - 10:00am
Disaster Management in India: Past, Present and Future
Vinod Menon , Member, National Disaster Management Authority

10:00am - 10:15am
Lessons Learned by First Responders: What to Change for the Next Time
General V.P. Malik , President, ORF Institute of Security Studies
(Former Chief of Army Staff, India)

10:15am - 10:30am
Coordination During the tsunami: Lessons Learned
Mr. R. Santhanam , IAS Tamil Nadu State Relief Commissioner

10:30am - 11:00am
The Role of Government in Disaster Response and Relief
General Discussion

11:00am - 11:15am
Coffee Break

11:15am - 11:30am
USAID's Long-term Collaboration with India on Disaster Management
Nina Minka , Senior Humanitarian Assistance Advisor, USAID/India

11:30am - 12:00pm
The International NGO Experience: What Worked and What Did Not
    Felix Bollmann, Managing Director, Swiss Solidarity

12:00pm - 12:30pm
General Discussion

12:30pm - 1:30pm

1:30pm - 2:00pm
The Corporate Perspective
    Pankaj Baliga, Vice President, Tata Consultancy Services

    • Mr. Balasubrahmanyam, Director, (Relief Operation) TATA Relief Committee
    Mr. Vijay Bhaskar Reddy , GM Corporate Affairs, Coca Cola

2:00pm - 2:30pm
General Discussion

2:30pm - 4:00pm
Excellence in Service Delivery and Best Practices: Recognition for Providing Outstanding Relief and Rehabilitation Services after the tsunami

Awards presented by Lynn Fritz, Director General, Fritz Institute

Award Recipients
    • World Vision, India
    • SNEHA, India
    • Habitat for Humanity, Sri Lanka
    • Sewalanka, Sri Lanka
    • World Vision, Indonesia

4:00pm - 4:15pm
Mr. K.P. Sunil, Vice-President, JAYA-TV

4:15pm - 5:00pm
Next Steps and Closing Remarks
Anisya Thomas, Managing Director, Fritz Institute

In Sri Lanka, the 2004 tsunami claimed over 35,000 lives and left half a million people homeless. More women died than men.
I would like to congratulate Fritz Institute for this excellent study and for coming out with some very useful recommendations.
- Mr. R Santhanam
Tamilnadu State Relief Commisioner
+ India tsunami Event
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