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51st AITAA Governing Board Meeting held in Kathmandu Nepal 

28 Nov 2022
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November 25th – 27th, 2022 — Asian Institute of Technology Alumni Association (AITAA) and AITAA Nepal Chapter hosted the “51st Asian Institute of Technology Alumni Association Governing Board Meeting (AITAA-GBM)” in the capital city of Nepal – Kathmandu. This year’s meeting saw AITAA delegates from 19 chapters attend.

The two-day gathering kicked off on November 26th with welcome remarks from the President AITAA Nepal Chapter, Mr. Kishore K. Shakya, and the President of the AITAA Mother Chapter, Mr. Taweechai Termkunanon, during the first session.

In his speech to the gathering, AIT President Prof. Kazuo Yamamoto extended his sincere thanks and gratitude to the AITAA mother chapter and Nepal chapter for organizing the event in Kathmandu and to all AIT alums for their strong and continued support of AIT and its mission. He also gave a brief presentation on current status updates of AIT and his vision and plan during his tenure at AIT.

AITAA Chapter Reports were distributed among the delegates. The Chapter delegates presented their views on the role of Alumni in addressing the issues and challenges raised by the AIT President’s Key Message. The summary of the 50th GBM was also presented and discussed, and Distinguished Alumni Awardees and Honorary Members were approved.

In conjunction with the GBM, a special session on the topic “Sustainable AIT” was convened in the afternoon of the GBM, participated by alumni Presidents, AIT officials, and Board Members, which entailed an in-depth discussion on the sustenance of AIT. There was a special session where presentations were made by Dr. Anat Arbhabirama, Vice Chairman of the AIT Board and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee (PSC), and Dr. Suwit Khunkitti, Vice Chairman of AIT Board and Chair of AIT Long-term Strategy Taskforce.

On November 27th, A symposium was held that provided a floor for Alumni from various countries and local professionals to learn from the lifelong experience of prominent personalities. The forum also discussed current regional and global issues covered by the speakers and related to AIT contributions in the areas. The event was conducted in a panel discussion model as Life Long Learning (LLL), an experience sharing in each session. There were six technical topics to share, which had many key takeaways. The modality of the symposium was LLL talk from the Key Speakers with a two-person panel for quick observation by each panelist on the speaker talk. The technical session was moderated by Mr. Surendra Sherstha, former AIT Vice President of Development, and the topics of the symposium were as follows:

LLL Session I: Standing Tall Structures & Building Information Modeling

Dr. Naveed Anwar, VP, Knowledge Transfer, AIT

LLL Session II: Leadership in Conservation & Microcredit (Online Presentation)

H.E. Dr. Suwit Khunkitti, Former Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of Thailand

LLL Session III: Innovation in Wastewater Treatment

Prof. Kazuo Yamamoto, Interim President, AIT

LLL Session IV: Moving with Mass Transit

Dr. Anat Arbhabirama, Vice Chairman, AIT Board of Trustees

LLL Session V: Using Hydropower for New Business

Dr. Subin Pinkayan, Former Chairperson, AIT Board of Trustees

LLL Session VI: Clean Energy Transitions

Prof. Ram Manohar Shrestha, Emeritus Professor, AIT

Aside from AIT President Kazuo Yamamoto, the AIT delegation who attended this event comprised Dr. Subin Pinkayan, Former Chairperson, AIT Board of TrusteesVice President of Academic Affairs, Prof. Shobhakar Dhakal, Vice President of Knowledge Transfer Dr. Naveed Anwar, Institute Secretary Mr. Karma Rana, and Sanjeet Amatya, Deputy Director for Office of Public Affairs.