Alumni for Sustainable Development Goals

The special web talk series 'Alumni for SDG' showcases important and relevant topics of the Sustainable Development Goals. It is brought to you by DAAD alumni from the South Asia region which includes India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka as well from Southeast Asia region namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, and Timor Leste. The alumni groups and networks from these regions will present their research work in select SDGs to share it with a wider audience through good practice examples.

Alumni for SDG 2023

The DAAD Regional Offices in New Delhi and Jakarta would like to invite you to participate in the international Web Talk Series under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – 2023.

This year’s web talk series will address the following SDGs:                                       

  1. SDG 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy (28.06.2023 – 29.06.2023)
  2. SDG 3 – Good Health and Well-Being (22.08.2023 – 24.08.2023)
  3. SDG 14 – Life Below Water (06.12.2023)

Who submitted papers for this Web Talk Series?

Former scholarship holders of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) from South Asia region (India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka) as well as from Southeast Asia region (Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, and Timor Leste) were welcome to submit papers.
As catalysts working towards finding solutions to global challenges, the alumni network paves the way in science, research, technology, and academic excellence.

The Alumni for SDG aims to facilitate popular science amongst the networks and beyond, thereby intensifying and facilitating exchange of ideas and initiate a dialogue in a particular SDG field through relevant research being conducted. The main objective is to give back to society as bridge builders between South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Germany by strengthening subject-specific alumni groups within the regions.

Life Below Water SDG 14 (Dec 2023)

Mitigating Marine Pollution and Enhancing Aquatic Modelling for Sustainability
06.12.2023 I 15:30 – 16:30 IST I 17:00 – 18:00 WIB



  • Dr. Dwiyitno, Senior Researcher, Research Center for Food Technology and Processing, National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Salil Raj Aryal, Graduate Assistant, University of South Alabama, Mobile, United States of America
  • Prof. Dr. Ir. Ario Damar, Professor, Department of MSP-FPIK, Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB), Bogor, Indonesia


  • Dr.rer.nat. AB Susanto, Professor, Universitas Diponegoro, Semarang, Indonesia


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Good Health & Well-Being - SDG 03 (Aug 2023)

Universal Health Coverage, International Healthcare Cooperation and Social Infrastructure
22.08.2023 | 14:30 – 15:30 IST

Speakers of Alumni for Sustainable Development Goals Web Talk Series: Universal Health Coverage, International Healthcare Cooperation and Social Infrastructure


  • Dr. Lokesh Sharma, Scientist, Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi, India
  • Dr. rer. nat. Senjarini Kartika, Senior Lecturer, University of Jember, Jember Regency, Indonesia
  • Sobhagya Mittal, Research Scholar, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, India
  • Asfri Rangkuti, ASEAN Coordinator, Food Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Bangkok, Thailand


  • Prof. Samik Chowdhury, Associate Professor, School of Global Affairs, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar University Delhi, India


Biodiversity, Crop Protection and Nutrition for Human Health
23.08.2023 | 14:30 – 15:30 IST

Speakers of Alumni for Sustainable Development Goals Web Talk Series:Biodiversity, Crop Protection and Nutrition for Human Health


  • Dr. Ashutosh Pandey, Scientist, National Institute of Plant Genome Research, New Delhi, India
  • Dr. Manasi Mishra, Associate Professor, Dr. Vishwanath Karad MIT-World Peace University, Pune, India
  • Prof. Hari Datta Bhattarai, Professor, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal


  • Dr. Ir. Arinafril, Sriwijaya University, Researcher, Faculty of Agriculture, Palembang, Indonesia


Physical, Psychological and Social Dimensions of Health and Well-Being
24.08.2023 | 14:30 – 15:30 IST

Speakers of Alumni for Sustainable Development Goals Web Talk Series:Physical, Psychological and Social Dimensions of Health and Well-Being


  • Dr. Archana Raghavan Sathyan, Assistant Professor, Kerala Agricultural University, India
  • Dr. Radiana Dhewayani Antarianto, Assistant Professor, Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta
  • Dr. Rotumba Arachchige Ishanka Chathurani, Senior Lecturer, University of Kelaniya, Colombo, Sri Lanka


  • Dr. Rhondemo A. Kikon, Founder & Manager (NGO), Community Health Initiative, Nagaland, India

Check out more about the series here: Alumni for Sustainable Development Goals – DAAD India

Affordable and Clean Energy - SDG 07 (Jun 2023)

Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation
28.06.2023 I 16:00 – 17:00 IST



  • Prof. Dr. Prakash C. Tiwari, Senior Fellow of ICSSR, New Delhi & Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography, Kumaun University, Nainital, India
  • Abhishek Rathi, Chief Manager, Power Grid Corporation of India Limited, Gurugram, India
  • Dr. Syukri Muhammad Nur, Lecturer of Renewable Energy, Universitas Darma Persada, Jakarta, Indonesia


  • Dr. Sunil Prasad Lohani, Associate Professor of Renewable Energy, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kathmandu University, Nepal


Green Energy Transitions for Sustainability and Technology Development
29.06.2023 I 16:00 – 17:00 IST



  • Prof. Dr. Sanjay Kumar Singh, Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Indore, India
  • Dr. Malay Das, Assistant Professor, Department of Life Sciences, Presidency University, Kolkata, India
  • Prof. Dr. Abdus Samad, Department of Ocean Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India


  • Dr. Khulud Alsouleman, IGCS-Postdoc Energy and Visiting Faculty at IIT Madras & Institute of Energy Technology, Technical university Berlin, Germany

Past Talks - SDG 12, 11, 06, 05

Take a look at the talks the DAAD alumni presented in the last series.

Responsible Consumption and Production - SDG 12

Going Green with Public Procurement, Textiles and Agriculture (2022)

  • Dr. Abu Sadat Muhammad Sayem, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, England, a Fellow and Council Member of the Textile institute, UK
  • Dr. Jaideep Kumar Singh, Subject Matter Specialist, ICAR-KVK-Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
  • Moderator: Dr. Hari Kumar Suberi, National freelance consultant in Bhutan focused mainly in areas of energy, environment, and society

Sustainable Systems in Food Security: A Regional and Global Overview (2022)

  • Prof. Suseelendra Desai, Dean, School of Agricultural Sciences, NMIMS University, Shirpur, Maharashtra
  • Prof. Khan Md. Shaiful Islam, Professor, Department of Animal Nutrition, Bangladesh Agricultural University
  • Moderator: Dr. Archana Raghavan Sathyan, Asst. Professor, Department of Agricultural Extension, Kerala Agricultural University

Sustainable Polymer Production (2022)

  • Dr. K I Suresh, CSIR National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science & Technology Thiruvananthapuram
  • Dr. Sayam Sen Gupta, IISER Kolkata

Sustainable Practices in Agricultural Production (2022)

  • Dr. Moumita Gangopadhyay, Adamas University Kolkata
  • Anas Shaikh, IIT Kharagpur

Sustainable Cities and Communities - SDG 11

Sustainability Transitions in Cities: Green Infrastructure, Mobility and Resilience (2021)

  • Dr. Md. Manjur Morshed, Khulna University of Engineering and Technology
  • Sana Javaid, Technical University of Munich
  • Dr. Hari Kumar Suberi, HBK Braunschweig Institute for Transformation Design
  • Dr. Gabriela Garcés Sánchez, Indo-German Centre for Sustainability & University of Stuttgart

Towards a Sustainable and Secure Future Power Grid (2021)

  • Dr. Guru Praanesh Raman, Singapore-ETH Centre
  • Dr. Guru Raghav Raman, Singapore-ETH Centre
  • Dr. Uwe Kaltenborn, HIGHVOLT Prüftechnik Dresden GmbH

Clean Water and Sanitation - SDG 06

Thinking Water Efficiency and Security in Indian Urban Areas (2021)

  • Dr. Shivraj Dhaka, Confederation of Indian Industry
  • Dr. Subham Mukherjee, Frei Universität Berlin & The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Dr. Daniel Rosado, Indo-German Centre for Sustainability & University of Kiel

Clean Water and Sanitation Focusing on Agriculture (2021) 

  • Dr. Rinku Verma, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore
  • Mr. Joel Fernandes, Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne
  • Prof. Dr Sannasiraj, IIT Madras

Gender Equality - SDG 05

Gender Gap and Gender Equality in Education, Employment, University, Academia, and the Digital Space (2021)

  • Prof. Jyoti Devkota, Kathmandu University
  • Dr. Ishanka Karunarathne, University of Kelaniya
  • Arnab Mandal, TATA Trusts

SDG Monitoring & Reporting

Generating, Reporting and Sharing Data on SDGs in the German and South-Asian Context (2021)

  • Dr. Falk Schmidt, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam
  • Dr. Mariam Akhter, Ministry of Forest, Environment and Climate Change, Bangladesh