More than 800 leading members of the South Asian diaspora are expected to attend the fourth edition of the South Asian Diaspora Convention (SADC), to be held in Singapore from 15-17 November.

Themed ‘Vibrant South Asia-Innovative Diaspora’, the convention, which is being organized by the Institute of South Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore, will have in attendance many of the region’s key policymakers, business leaders, academics and civil society leaders.

The speakers will deliberate on growth and development of the South Asian diaspora at the event, which will also act as a platform for sharing thoughts and ideas on economy, technology, social and other issues.

To be attended by Singapore’s senior minister and coordinating minister for national security, Teo Chee Hean, the event will feature the sub-themes: ‘Infrastructure and Smart Cities’; ‘Women Empowerment in South Asia’; ‘Technology in Financial Services’; and ‘Business in South Asia: Opportunities and Challenges’, among others.

The session on women’s empowerment in South Asia will see participation from several female political leaders and change makers. Singapore’s minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and second minister for finance and education, lndranee Rajah, will deliver her keynote address for this session.

Singapore’s minister for national development and second minister for finance, Lawrence Wong, will deliver his keynote speech and participate in an interactive session for the plenary on ‘Infrastructure and Smart Cities’.

The outstanding member of the South Asian diaspora award and a new special lifetime achievement award will also be presented on the occasion to two distinguished members of the diaspora.

Launched in 2013, the outstanding member award recognises the recipient’s outstanding achievements, which have left a deep impact on his or her field as well as on society-at-large.

The special lifetime achievement award recognises an individual for his or her significant contributions in his or her profession.

Held in conjunction with SADC, there will be a three-nation cricket tournament, featuring international and corporate players, on the closing day. This will be followed by an in-conversation session with Indian cricketing legends Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid, to be moderated by sports journalist Boria Majumdar.

There will also be special sessions on geopolitical and economic issues pertaining to the region and its diaspora such as ‘Innovation, Start-ups and Youth’; ‘South Asian Diaspora: A Strategic Asset’; and ‘Trends in Education Technology’.

A key element of the event will be how Singapore and Singapore corporates and organizations can also be involved economically in some of these key areas.