Rotaract Virtual District Conference 2020


Rotaract Virtual District Conference 2020

While the impact of COVID-19 ripple through our communities globally, all of us are struggling to survive, to adapt, to tackle the new challenges and emerge victorious. As the Sri Lankan youth experiencing an incidence of this nature for the first time, it’s hard not to feel the pressures of an expired normal. To rise from the chaos, we need to identify and connect with a whole new set of ‘new normals’. 

The premise behind the 29th Rotaract Virtual District Conference is shedding light onto a new reality and helping young people the world over to plan their lives better. Under the theme of "The New Normal: Globally Distant, Virtually Connected", the event would take a multifaceted approach on how the Sri Lankan youth can thrive in a post COVID-19 reality.The conference entails a prestigious line-up of inspiring leaders from different areas of expertise that will deliver youth-centered, impactful sessions. The ultimate goal is to create a much-needed global platform for the youth to interact and engage in effectively, under the prevailing circumstances. 

The event will start off with an eminent panel discussing how struggling economies should be equipped to face the New Normal. This discussion would provide guidance on how to function under the inevitable global economic recession that will follow the current period of global inactivity. The esteemed panelists joining this discussion include;

-  Anushka Wijesinha, Team Leader – TradeUSAID Partner Project (Deloitte Consulting)

-        Dilhan C. Fernando, Chief Executive Officer, Dilmah Tea

-        Selyna Peiris, Director, Business Development, Selyn Handlooms

The panel discussion will be moderated by Kithmina Hewage, Research Economist, Institute of Policy Studies.

The next component of the event will be a series of simultaneous breakout sessions on six diverse thematic areas. 


Shanuki de Alwis, a Communication Expert known for her engaging and humorous take on mental health issues will provide some much needed reassurance in speaking on managing overwhelming emotions and breaking monotonous patterns during the current situation, under “Shape your Mind to Shape your Future”.

A mind-boggling revelation on how Artificial Intelligence has changed our lives in countless ways and is taking over the world, highlighting the need to know it better, “Artificial Intelligence: The True Influencers of our World” by Inga Strümke, renowned Scientist and TEDx Speaker, joining from a continent away.

Eye-opening talk by Peter D’ Almeida, a well-known and versatile personality on the importance of creating socially conscious leaders in overcoming chaos in the session “Navigate Through Change, Challenge and Uncertainty”.

Youth losing faith in the democratic system and refusing to vote will be addressed by Asoka Obeysekara, a Barrister and Political Scientist in the session “To Vote or Not to Vote” which will bring insight into the politics of democracy.

Business tycoon Kasturi Wilson narrates how she overcame the obstacles in her life and how the challenges faced defined her journey in the inspirational session “Your struggle is a part of your journey, own it!”.

Under “Making New Choices for People and Planet”, Asia’s Top Sustainability Superwoman Anoka Abeyratne joins with her take on how the COVID-19 pandemic has been a wakeup call for us to realize the impact of our actions on climate change and how we should make impactful changes for the well-being of the planet.

Following the breakout sessions will be a special segment on Rotaract projects that captured global attention by becoming the best international project via Rotary International awards. This will be a peer-learning experience, intended to inspire and motivate the young minds to reach further heights through their own efforts. 

The final highlight of the day, the keynote address on "The role and importance of young people in shaping the future" will be delivered by Her Excellency Hanaa Singer, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka, and the representative of the UN Secretary-General. Ms. Singer has close to 30 years of experience with the UN, working across development and humanitarian contexts. Her strategic leadership has helped in scaling up many UNICEF programmes in many parts of the world, through high impact interventions in health, nutrition, water and sanitation, education and child protection.

As the whole world is attempting to recover from adversity, having realized the need for action and sparking a new thought process, not just in one youth movement but throughout the globe, this event is open and designed to cater to anyone, anywhere in the world.

Register soon to become a part of a unique experience that would give you the knowledge, experience and inspiration you are seeking for. 

All you need to do is simply click on http://www.newnormal.rotaract.social/    

Be a part of the trendiest, biggest virtual event that you would not want to miss out on! 


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