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16 - 18 January

January 16 Schedule

January 16



Welcome address

Tmt. Kakarla Usha IAS

Tmt. Kakarla Usha IAS

Principal Secretary to Govt, Department of School Education


Launching country stalls

german consul

Mrs. Jacqueline Heethey

Consular Attache, German Consulate

japan consul

Mr. Taga Masayuki

Consul-General, Japan

Malaysia consul

Ms. Sangeeta Balachanthra

Vice Consul, Malaysia

Singapore consul

Mr. Edgar Pang

Consul-General, Singapore

Thailand consul

Mr. Nitirooge Phoneprasert

Consul-General, Thailand

USA consul

Mr. Brian Rapier

Acting Consul-General, United States of America



Thiru. Dindigul I. Leoni

Thiru. Dindigul I. Leoni

Chairman, Tamilnadu Textbook and Educational Services Corporation

TN govt.

Tmt. R. Gajalakshmi IAS

Managing Director, Tamilnadu Textbook and Educational Services Corporation


Special address

Dr. Thamizhachi Thangapandian

Dr. Thamizhachi Thangapandian

Member of Parliment, Chennai South

Thiru. Su. Venkatesan

Thiru. Su. Venkatesan

Member of Parliment, Madurai


Keynote address

Thiru. Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi

Thiru. Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi

Hon’ble Minister for School Education


Vote of thanks

Elambahavath IAS

Thiru. K. Elambahavath IAS

Director of Public Libraries



Special address

Ganesh N Devy

Prof. Ganesh N Devy, People’s Linguistic Survey of India


Exchanges between Tamil and the world: Unconference with Tamil writers

Country hours


Country hours 1: Singapore, Azerbaijan, Uganda, Tanzania and Bangladesh

Session coordination by Mr. Murali Kannadhason, Kannadhasan Pathippagham


Mr. Vijayanand Thamotharan, Director, Crimson Earth, Singapore

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Mr. Shahbaz Khuduoghlu

Mr. Shahbaz Khuduoghlu, Founder, Publishing House Qanun (Law), Azerbaijan

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Augustine Lusiba

Mr. Augustine Lusiba, Chairman of the Boards of Directors, Gustro Ltd and Gustro Bookshop Ltd, Uganda

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Mr. Pius Bakengera Ngeze

Mr. Pius Bakengera Ngeze, Chairman and Managing Director, Tanzania Educational Publishers Ltd (TEPU), Tanzania

Syed Zakir Hussain

Mr. Syed Zakir Hussain, Editor, Publisher & CEO, Adorn Publication, Bangladesh

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Country hours 2: Armenia, Georgia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Turkey

Session coordination by Ms. Ival Bharathi, Nam Publication

Hripsime Madoyan

Ms. Hripsime Madoyan, Head of Publishing Department, Antares Ltd, Armenia

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Gvantsa Jobava

Ms. Gvantsa Jobava, Vice President, International Publishers Association & Editor / Head of the International Affairs, Intelekti Publishing, Georgia

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Deesis Edith Mesiani

Ms. Deesis Edith Mesiani, Kompas Gramedia Group, Indonesia

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Mask Group 23

Mr. Hasri Bin Hasan, CEO, Bookonomics Asia, Malaysia

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Nermin Mollaoğlu

Ms. Nermin Mollaoğlu, Founder, Kalem Agency, Turkey

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Country hours 3: Argentina, Israel and Italy

Session coordination by Ms. Kavitha, Kavitha Publication

Alejandro Vaccaro

Mr. Alejandro Vaccaro, President of Fundación El Libro & Organizer of the International Book Fair of Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Geula Geurts

Ms. Geula Geurts, Literary and Foreign Rights Agent, The Deborah Harris Agency, Israel

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Francesco Verso

Mr. Francesco Verso, multiple-award winning Science Fiction writer & Editor and Publisher of Future Fiction, Italy

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