2011 Conference on Child Rights & Sight

On September 10, 2011, DCI joined hundreds from all over the world at Yale University for an innovative, high-impact conference on child rights. We hosted over 30 speakers who shared their expertise regarding the issues of children’s rights and child poverty in the 21st century.

Keynote Speakers

momenDr. Abulkalam Abdul Momen
President, UNICEF Executive Board
Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations



widney_brownWidney Brown
Senior Director of International Law and Policy, Amnesty International



jane_aronsonDr. Jane Aronson
Founder, Worldwide Orphans Foundation



DCI Goodwill Ambassador Speakers

babitaBabita Akhtar
DCI Goodwill Ambassador
Internationally acclaimed actress and star of Bangladeshi cinema, child rights activist


turcoMichael TurcoMichael Turco
DCI Goodwill Ambassador
Acclaimed magician and illusionist




  • Kathaleen Linares (Hour Children)
  • Bruce Clements (Children’s Law Center of Connecticut)
  • Simon Bayley (teacher, lecturer and trainer)
  • Anwar Akash (Bangla Academy Australia)
  • Elma Kaiser (Howard University)
  • Dr. Ehsan Hoque (Distressed Children & Infants International)
  • Dr. Douglas A Feldman (The College at Brockport, SUNY)
  • Adil Faisal (Minipack, Distressed Children & Infants International)
  • Azizul Islam Bhuyian (Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha)
  • Dr. Iwetta Pyc (American University)
  • Dr. Maksud Chowdhury (Saint George’s University, Coney Island Hospital)
  • Kristin Johnson (Coordinator for Pediatric HIV/AIDS Treatment Support)
  • Dr. Syed Abu Hasnath (independent scholar in global health)
  • Patricia Ryan-Krause (Yale University)
  • Dr. Sarwat Salim (University of Tennessee)
  • Dr. Tareq Manzur (Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences)

DCI Visitors & Volunteers

  • Dr. Ziauddin Ahmed
  • Dr. Afia Zaman
  • Dr. Mutahar Ahmed
  • Anis Zaman
  • Dr. Husna Siddique Mira
  • Dr. Ruby Hossain Koli
  • Dr. Sabina Ahmed

Youth Speakers

  • Himika Rahman
  • Lora Chowdhury
  • Shon Augustine
  • Salma Siddique
  • Mansoor Alam
  • Ryan Chowdhury
  • Saika Kibria
  • Torsa Alam

Youth Award Recipients

  • Ryan Chowdhury
  • Cathy Cann
  • Saika Kibria
  • Deanna Turani
  • Salma Siddique