Dr. Bimala Rai Paudyal, Speaker

Dr. Bimala Rai Paudyal is a Member of the National Assembly, Federal Parliament of Nepal. Earlier, a member of the National Planning Commission, she holds a PhD in Development Studies from Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands and an MA from the University of Manchester. Dr Rai Paudyal is a policy expert with more than 25 years’ experience in the areas of sustainable development, peace and reconstruction; agrarian differentiation, rural livelihoods, and social protection; gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) mainstreaming; natural resource governance, climate-smart agriculture, and disaster risk reduction. She also serves as an adjunct professor of Development Studies for Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU). She is one of the members of High Level Task Team in Organic Agriculture and management board of Kathmandu Forestry College. 

David Baron DO, Speaker

Provost, Senior Vice President, and Professor of Psychiatry Western. University of Health Sciences Emeritus Professor of Global Mental Health, Univ. of Southern California  Former Chair of Psychiatry, and Medical Director of Global Temple, Temple Univ. Former Deputy Clinical Director and Director of Education, NIMH of the NIH Section Chair, Medicine, Psychiatry and Primary Care, World Psychiatric Assoc Founding Chair, Section on Exercise, Psychiatry and Sport, WPAOver 150 scientific publications(books, chapters, peer-reviewed papers)Over 400 invited scientific presentationsDistinguished Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Assoc Distinguished Fellow, Am. College of Psychiatrists Distinguished Life Fellow, Am. College of Neuropsychiatrists International Fellow, Royal College of Medicine Board certified in Psychiatry, Neuropsychiatry, and Brain injury Medicine Numerous awards for research, teaching and mentorship, including the Rose Kennedy Humanitarian Award.  

Archana Patkar, Moderator

Archana Patkar is a pioneer in breaking the silence on menstruation globally, she has worked on menstrual health and hygiene for two decades across Asia and Africa and is committed to addressing stigma and discrimination across the human lifecycle in order to change hearts and minds, and achieve lasting changes in policy and practice, at scale.

She is currently an independent adviser to WHO, UNAIDs, UNWomen, governments and civil society gender equality, WASH, and rights. She is also busy with research on menstrual health, stigma and waste across the reproductive lifecycle and impact investment and metrics. Archana holds Masters degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science, New York University and Jawaharlal Nehru University.