The global conference on Science, Technology & Innovation for Development is an arresting two-day line up of world-class speakers and themes for discussion.
DAY ONE | 22 March 2018.
Dr. R. Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India, is the main attraction at the very first plenary on 'Sustainable Development Goals and the Potential of Science, Technology & Innovation.' Others in the line up include Prof. Santosh Mehrotra from Jawaharlal University, Mr. Naoki Mori from the Institute of Global Environmental Strategies, Dr. József Pálinkás from the Hungarian National Research Development and Innovation Office, as well as Cecilia Ugaz from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization.
This will be followed by a networking break and the choice of three parallel sessions focused on the 'Launch of the Industrial Development Report 2018', 'Climate-smart and Sustainable Agriculture in the Face of Climate Change', or 'Japanese Award for the Most Innovative Development Project,' focusing on skills development and employment generation.
After lunch, there are a further three parallel sessions to choose from: 'Getting to Scale: Lessons from Digital Health Innovators',
'Disruptive Innnovation in Industry and Agriculture: Impact on Labor Markets' as well as the 'Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development,' also focused on skills development and employment generation.
The second, and closing plenary for the day focuses on 'Innovation for the Global South'. Speakers include Dr. Sheggan Fan from IFPRI, Prof. Anil Gupta from the National Innovation Foundation, Dr. Shekhar Shah from NCAER, Dr. Sonal Shah from the Beeck Center for Social Impact Innovation and Dr. Alix Zwane from the Global Innovation Fund.
DAY TWO | 23 March 2018.
The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Stefan Dercon, Academic Director, Pathways for Prosperity Mission.
In the third plenary, Ms. Nnenna Nwakanma from the World Wide Web Foundation, Dr. Parminder J. Singh from IT for Change and Dr. V.K. Singh from Innovatiocuris will discuss 'Digital Transformations and Applications to Development.'
After the networking break, the three parallel session will focus on: 'Facilitating STI for SDGs: Experiences in India, Rwanda and Vietnam', STI, 'Industrialization & Employment' as well as 'Including the Poor in the Digital Age.'
Post lunch, there will be another three parallels: 'Digitalization and the Future of Manufacturing in Africa', 'Evidence for Labor Market interventions' and 'Ethical perspectives on STI systems.'
The final, closing plenary will focus on 'Policy Frameworks for STIs and SDGs', where panelists include Dr. Bill Colglazier, former Science & Technology Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of State, Dr. Frederic Jenny, Chairman, OECD Competition Committee, Ms. Adot Killmeyer-Oleche from UNIDO and Professsor Guillermo Perry, former Minister of Finance, Government of Colombia, Dr. Istvan Mikola, Minister of State for Security Policy and International Cooperation, Government of Hungary.