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Namaste 2020: Global Utsava of Indian Soft Power


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Sun 16 Aug 2020

5:30 PM - 6:55 PM

Global Significance of Ayurveda+

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Namaste 2020: Global Utsava of Indian Soft Power

Global Significance of Ayurveda+

August 16, 2020, Sunday | 05:30 - 06:55 PM IST

India’s timeless tradition of healing - Ayurveda - is all about keeping the human in balance at all times with a lifestyle in harmony with nature and the elements. Over time, humans have moved away from an intuitive knowledge of themselves and relied heavily on health care, it would be prudent to live by the wisdom of Ayurveda. Many countries across the world are looking to include Ayurveda, with its various components including dietary prescriptions, a daily routine, as well as its Yoga and Meditation practices in their mainstream healthcare systems.

Special Guest: Amb. Ajay Bisaria, High Commissioner of India to Canada

Chair: Dr. B R Ramakrishna, Vice-Chancellor, S-VYASA  – Ideal Approach to Healing Through Integrative Medicine


  • Dr. Asmita Wele, Professor, University of Debrecen (Hungary) – Ayurveda in Hungary
  • Dr. Simone Hunziker, Ayurvedic Practitioner, SAMA (Switzerland) – Healing through Ayurveda
  • Dr. Hans H Rhyner- Ayurvedic Practitioner, (Austria) - Popularity of Ayurveda in Europe
  • Dr. Christoff Garner, Ayurvedic Researcher (Germany) – Ayurveda in Germany




Amb. Ajay Bisaria

High Commissioner of India to Canada

Shri. Ajay Bisaria is a Career Diplomat and assumed appointment as High Commissioner to Canada in 2020. He is an IFS officer of 1987 batch. Ajay Bisaria was appointed Private Secretary to the Prime Minister of India in 1999, and served in this capacity till 2004.


Dr. BR Ramakrishna

Vice Chancellor, SVYASA

Dr. BR Ramakrishna is Vice chancellor S-VYASA Yoga University, Prashanthi Kuteeram, Bangalore. He is Vice-president (CCIM) Central Council of Indian Medicine, Government of India. He has over 40 years of Integrative Medicine Practice (Ayurveda, Modern System of Medicine, Yoga & Naturopathy).


Dr. Asmita Wele

Professor, University of Debrecen (Hungary)

Dr. Asmita Wele is professor and head of the department of Rasashastra and Bhaishajyakalpana Vigyan [Ayurveda pharmacology] at College of Ayurveda Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University in Pune, India. She is also an Honorary Professor, University of Debrecen, Hungary. Her expertise lies in designing and execution of end to end research projects of Ayurvedic formulations. She was the Ayurveda Expert and co-rapporteur for the historic working group meeting for development of WHO Benchmark documents on Panchakarma​, Ayurveda Practice and Training.


Dr. Simone Hunziker

Ayurvedic Practitioner, SAMA (Switzerland)

Dr. Simone Hunziker, a Swiss medical doctor, trained in naturopathy, homeopathy and psychotherapy, decided in 2001 to dedicate her life to the global spread of Ayurveda by creating model for the institutionalisation of Ayurveda as a medical system in Switzerland - known for its high standards in medicine and education, as a global trend setter and home to European pharma industry.


Dr. Hans H Rhyner

Ayurvedic Practitioner, (Austria)

Dr. Hans Heinrich Rhyner , was born in Switzerland. After obtaining a degree in photography from Zurich’s Kunstgewerbeschule he travelled to India in 1972, where he studied yoga and philosophy. In 1991 he started the first Ayurveda Hospital outside India at Walzenhausen, Switzerland. In the same year he received an award for “Outstanding work in the field of Ayurveda” from the Board of Ayurveda Physicians in Karnataka. He is president of the Swiss Association of Ayurveda Physicians and Therapists (VSAMT) as well as of the Association of Ayurveda Professionals World Wide (AAPWW).


Dr. Christoff Garner

Ayurvedic Researcher (Germany)

Dr. Christoff Garner was Director of KWA KLINIK STIFT ROTTAL Bad Griesbach, Germany. Currently, he is a Neurological consultant at different hospitals and researcher on 'Effect of Yoga on brain function with EEG and MRI Studies'. He has helped in introducing Ayurvedic Therapy in cooperation with Ayushakti Ayurved Mumbai.