Asia Talks

With the ongoing online series 'Asia Talks', we would like to make a small contribution to increase the quality and quantity of exchanging fact-based information across borders and disciplines. Once a month, the series focuses on a relevant topic, such as the future of work, gender issues, the influence of art on the education for sustainable development, a greener fashion industry, new concepts for mobility and transportation, the influence of the media on societal change and many other topics. 

Alumni of the Asia Programme are always welcome to enrich the Asia Talks with their national topics as well as contributions on current regional developments and thus further promote the exchange across borders. Please contact us if you would like to suggest a topic or would like to present an Asia Talk yourself. We will then provide the logistical support. 

Next up:
Friday, November 19, 2021
10.30 am CET

Join us for November's Asia Dialogue AND interactive workshop on:

Achieving climate goals through gender equality

Right post-COP 26 we will discuss climate change through an interdisciplinary lens that incorporates many of the SDGs and strongly focuses on gender equality initiatives in the workplace.
Our experts will address the cross-border challenges we face in achieving the goals around the world and explore initiatives that address this challenge through a gender equality lens. 
In plenum and break-out rooms we will try to identify opportunities and examine how to catalyse global movements. We’ll critically look at how different governments affect policies and outcomes of their strategies. Join us for this 90-minute session full of input and food for thought.

Our experts: 

  • Hannah Elisabeth Kurnoth works as an analyst in the field of climate diplomacy at adelphi. She has strong expertise in UN sustainable development goals (SDGs) as well as gender and international security issues. She coordinates Weathering and Security Risk, the Global Climate and Foresight Assessment for the German Federal Foreign Office.
  • Anika Nicolaas Ponder is the team leader Sustainability & Innovation at the Institute for Climate Protection, Energy and Mobility (IKEM). She is responsible for the award-winning Infographic Energy Transition Coloring book as well as the IKEM Academy. Furthermore, she is also part of the team who created the EQT-Gender Equality Toolkit
  • Alexandra Steinkraus is a research associate at IKEM and coordinates its gender equality working group, which builds on the expertise gained during the creation of EQT. She also supports socio-economic research on the energy transition and science communication efforts at the institute.

The webinar will be streamed via Zoom. If you have any questions, please contact us at


Asia Talk #7 (2021)

Urban opportunities: bridging the climate finance gap


  • Rachana Kanakagiri, Consultant for sustainable finance and stakeholder engagement, adelphi

Asia Talk #6 (2021)

The Nexus of Climate, Conflict and Social Change in South Asia: Narratives of the Subcontinent 


  • Omer Ali, Consultant for international Migration Policy and Capacity Building

Asia Talk #5 (2021)

Challenge or opportunity: sustainable peace in a changing climate


  • Hannah Elisabeth Kurnoth, Climate Diplomacy Analyst, adelphi

Asia Talk #4 (2021)

Ocean-based climate solutions for a sustainable future


  • Martha Selwyn, United Nations Global Compact

Asia Talk #3 (2021)

The Influence of Architecture and Rural Revitalization on Social Cohesion


  • Eduard Kögel, Architect and Member of the Advisory Board of the Journal of Chinese Architectural History at Quinghua University in Beijing.

Asia Talk #2 (2021)

Stakeholder Engagement in Smart City Projects


  • Nikita Shetty, Consultant Energy & Smart Cities, BABLE

Asia Talk #1 (2021)

The role of Deforestation in Climate Change


  • Sanggeet Mithra Manirajah, Land Use Consultant, Climate Focus

Asia Talk #7 (2020)

"Are you going to finish that?" - Tackling food waste: Ideas and innovation from Japan


  • Kenji Sekine, Social Entrepreneur und Filmproduzent, United People
  • Natsuko Tagasako, Expertin im Bereich Nachhaltigkeit und Energiewende

Asia Talk #6 (2020)

Empowerment through energy access: Solar energy for better lives and new business in off-grid communities


Rajon Bhuiyan, Ph.D. Researcher, FINATRAX research group at the SnT - Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust, University of Luxembourg

Asia Talk #5 (2020)

Oceans & Plastic: Trends, impact and response


  • Willy Kwong, Director A Plastic Ocean Foundation and Co-Chair of the RESOLVE Foundation Hong Kong 
  • Laura Agusto, A Plastic Ocean Foundation

Asia Talk #4 (2020)

Grassroot Movements driving Climate Action: Energy Transition in Taiwan


Shi Ting Chen, Green Citizens' Action Alliance (GCAA)

Asia Talk #3 (2020)

Women and the Future of Work


  • Anuradha Sharma, freelance journalist, Darjeeling / India
  • Chitradeepa Anantharam, journalist at The Hindu, Chennai / India

Asia Talk #2 (2020)

Sustainable Cities


Nikita Shetty, Smart City Consultant, Bable Institute

Asia Talk #1 (2020)

Farm to Fork - Ideas and steps towards a sustainable food sector


Dr. Bérénice Dupeux, Senior Policy Officer for Agriculture, The European Environmental Bureau (EEB)

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