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Foro

GUIDING QUESTIONS

In order to guide the conversation, the following questions have been defined:

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1) Why and how are science, technology and innovation (STI) crucial for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, such as ending poverty, guarantee access to clean drinking water and affordable, clean energy, boost sustainable economic growth and inclusive industrialization, tackle climate change and protect the world’sbiodiversity?

2What are the main opportunities and challenges (at the individual, organizational and policy level) for increasing the contribution of science, innovation and technology within the context of the (17) Sustainable Development Goals?

3What are the key elements that need to be taken into account by institutions to develop action plans in STI for sustainable development?

4How can knowledge (comment: “knowledge” per se cannot be put into practice. Perhaps “alternative or innovative sources of knowledge; or leave it out altogether) and innovative solutions be put into practice and disseminated so they are available to those who need them most?

5Beyond philanthropy, and considering a rather new paradigm of development based on solidarity and the common good, how can industrial, economic and financial sectors be integrated in researching/looking for/finding solutions for the most urgent challenges of humanity?

6The SDGs may afford us the opportunity to develop new models and approaches for public policies in a very wide and interconnected spectrum. How can public government institutions take advantage of this opportunity and work together with social (public?) and private sector actors to propel sustainable development?

FORMAT

The High-level forum will be divided into six different modules, each attended by four to five speakers. Each speaker will have a 10 to 15 minutes for their individual presentation, followed by a 30-minute discussion between the presenters, other participants and the audience. On the third day of the forum, five working groups will be integrated in order to draft conclusions, recommendations and an action plan.

Following the Forum, the UNESCO Office in Mexico will publish the participants’ contributions and the results of the sessions in English and Spanish.

Módulo

#1

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT,
ECONOMIC GROWTH AND
SOCIAL INNOVATION

In September 2015, all 193 United Nations Member States adopted a plan for achieving a better future for all – laying out a path over the next 15 years to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and protect our planet. At the heart of the “2030 Agenda” are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which clearly define the world we want and apply to all nations leaving no one behind.

The new global goals are the result from a long consultative process that has been more inclusive than ever, with Governments involving businesses, civil society and citizens from the outset. Fulfilling these ambitions will take an unprecedented effort by all sectors of society – and the business and economic sector(s) has to play a very important role in the process: not only in the way they pursue their business activities, but also in shaping the way we think about/imagine economic development and in reducing social inequalities.

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#2

INNOVATION AND
ENVIRONMENT
FOR SUSTAINABLE
DEVELOPMENT

Scientific knowledge of the history of the Earth and mineral resources, knowledge of ecosystems and biodiversity and how humans interact with them are important to help us understand how to manage our planet for a peaceful and sustainable future. This session will examine various actions and public policies that promote scientific and technological development within the framework of the SDGs related to environment.

INNOVATION AND
ENVIRONMENT
FOR SUSTAINABLE
DEVELOPMENT

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#3

EDUCATIONAL INNOVATION
FOR SUSTAINABLE
DEVELOPMENT

This session will evaluate the opportunities and challenges faced at the institutional level in creating public policies in education aimed at maximizing the contributions of STI for sustainable development. Moreover, new educational fields that resulted from technological advances and their implications in the labour market will be analyzed.

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#4

SOCIAL DRIVE FOR
SUSTAINABLE
DEVELOPMENT

This session will discuss possible strategies to place knowledge and technological solutions within reach of those who need them most. Likewise, it is necessary to place social needs at the centre of innovation processes as a link between universities, research centres, government and private initiative. This session will also bring together various innovators and thinkers who will present successful measurable examples on the use of applied sciences and technology to reconfigure communities and that can play an important role in the SDGs.

SOCIAL DRIVE FOR
SUSTAINABLE
DEVELOPMENT

Módulo

#5

INTELLECTUAL PROTECTION
AND SOCIAL
AND ETHIC IMPLICATIONS.

Science and technology empower societies and citizens but also involve ethical choices. Linking science to society, public understanding of science and the citizen participation in science are essential to creating societies where people have the necessary knowledge to make informed professional, personal and political choices, and to participate in the stimulating world of discovery. Indigenous knowledge systems have developed through long and close interactions with nature and complement knowledge systems based on modern science. This session will discuss the opportunities and challenges to establish networks and links that promote the formulation of innovative solutions for sustainable development, all of this within a framework of ethical and human values.

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#6

EFFECTIVE INNOVATIONS
POLICIES FOR
SUSTAINABLE
DEVELOPMENT

STI have the power to transform societies by providing solutions on how to eradicate poverty, improve social and economic conditions, increase resilience to natural hazards, and preserve natural resources for future generations.

To tap into this transformative power, countries need to mobilize STI by putting into place appropriate STI systems and creating close links between science, policy and society.

EFFECTIVE INNOVATIONS
POLICIES FOR
SUSTAINABLE
DEVELOPMENT

ACTIVITIES PROGRAM

GALLERY

  • 11 September
  • 12 September
  • 13 September
  • 14 September
  • 15 September
9:00-10:00

Opening ceremony

10:00-12:30

MODULE 1: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, ECONOMIC GROWTH AND SOCIAL INNOVATION

The role of STI in economic growth and sustainable development.

George Essegbey (Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (STEPRI) of the Council of Science and Industrial Research).

Measure the impact of innovation in the economy with sustainable development approach.

Fred Gault (United Nations University – MERIT).

Biotechnology innovation and the renewal of the fashion industry.

Oksana Anilionyte (London College of Fashion/MIT Media Lab)

Jesús González Arellano (TBC) (KPGM-UN Global Compact).

Bernardo Lazo Díaz (TBC) (The Gold Standard Foundation).

12:30-14:30

MODULE 2: INNOVATION AND ENVIROMENT FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Innovation to support an integrated approach to implementing the SDGs.

Mark Stafford Smith (CSIRO’s Climate Adaptation Flagship/Future Earth Research for Sustainability).

Sustainable Forestry for food security and nutrition.

Jessica Fanzo (Universidad Johns Hopkins).

Bio-economy for sustainable development in Latin America.

Albert Sasson(BioEuroLatina).

Agricultural practices, food security, community health and environmental conservation

Alejandra Núñez de la Mora (Universidad Veracruzana).

Long-term patterns of technological change, economic development and response to climate change.

Nebojsa Nakicenovic (TBC) (Deputy Director General/Deputy CEO of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, IIASA).

14:30-16:00

Recess

16:00-18:00

MODULE 3: EDUCATIONAL INNOVATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

The old classroom is dead! Long live the new creative, enterprise classroom.

Harry Vardis (Kennesaw State University).

Local Capacity Development for Big Data for Big Decisions in Education Sector.

Haiyan Hua ( Harvard University).

Technology, design and aesthetics for creative thinking and innovation.

Camille Bosqué (Université Paris 1 Panthéon- Sorbonne).

Universities and humanity 2.0

Steve Fuller (University of Warwick).

Torrey McMillan (Hathaway Brown School).

Keynote lecture.

Tracy Chou (Pinterest, Project Include).

10:30-12:30

MODULE 4: SOCIAL DRIVE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Managing Innovation for Sustainable Social Impact.

Shuan Sadreghazi (United Nations University – MERIT).

Gender equality, key enabler of Sustainable Development?

Sarah Bradshaw (Middlesex University London).

What a State can – and cannot – do to promote innovation-driven sustainable development.

Rémy Prud’homme (Université Paris-Est Créteil).

Technology, the Internet, and Sustainable Development.

Ramesh Srinivasan (University of California Los Angeles).

Eradicate exclusion and achieve sustainable development for all.

PParfait Eloundou-Enyegue (TBC) (Department of Development Sociology, Cornell University).

12:30-14:30

MODULE 5: INTELLECTUAL PROTECTION AND SOCIAL AND ETHIC IMPLICATIONS.

Nexus between science, technology,ethics and public policy.

David K. Koepsell (Encrypigen LLT).

B INTELLIGENT BIOSPHERE: Ethical challenges of emerging technologies in relation to sustainability and integral human development.

Albert Cortina (Estudio DTUM).

Patents, Biotechnology and Global Justice.

Aurora Plomer (University of Bristol).

Miguel Ángel Margáin (Mexican Institute of Intellectual Property).

14:30-16:00

Recess

16:00-18:00

MODULE 6: EFFECTIVE INNOVATION AND POLICIES FOR DEVELOPMENT

Novel sources of innovation driven growth.

Rafael Escalona Reynoso (Global Innovation Index- Cornell University).

Intellectual Property Rights Policy and Innovation-driven Economic Growth.

Can Huang (Zhejiang University).

Policies for science as a public value.

Ryan Song (Kyung Hee University).

Enable knowledge economy through innovation policies.

David Bullón ( Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of Costa Rica).

Using innovation indicators for sustainable development of developing countries.

Michiko Iizuka (United Nations University – MERIT).

9:00-13:00

WORKING GROUPS

People (SDG 1-5)

Planet (SDG 6,7,13,14 & 15)

Prosperity (SDG 8-12)

Peace (SDG 16)

Partnership (SDG17)

13:30-14:00

PLENARY: READING OF FINAL STATEMENT

14:00-14:30

CLOSING CEREMONY

“International Forum: Intellectual Cooperation for Innovation in a Time of Social and Political Challenges”

  • New configurations of economy-policy
  • Rethink universality. Diversity and (in)tolerance
  • The place of intellectuals and academic cooperation
  • Living together locally and globally. What democracy? What policy?
  • After the anthropocene and the post-truth era. What future?

Alejandro Grimson (Instituto de Altos Estudios Sociales de la Universidad Nacional de San Martín)

Benjamin Smith (University of Western Australia)

JJunji Koizumi ( Secretary General International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences IUAES)

Karl-Heinz Kohl (Institute Frobenius)

Pablo Ortellado (Universidad de São Paulo)

Shiv Visvanathan (O P Jindal Global University)

Sujata Patel (University of Hyderabad)

Benoît de L'Estoile ( Institute of Interdisciplinary Research on Social Sciences at the National Center for Scientific Research of France)

“Intellectual Cooperation for Innovation in a Time of Social and Political Challenges”

  • New configurations of economy-policy
  • Rethink universality. Diversity and (in)tolerance
  • The place of intellectuals and academic cooperation
  • Living together locally and globally. What democracy? What policy?
  • After the anthropocene and the post-truth era. What future?

Faye V. Harrison (University of Illinois)

Rosana Pinheiro-Machado (Oxford University)

Carmen Rosa Rea Campos (University of Guanajuato)

Thomas Reuter (International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences)

Nina Glick-Schiller (Cosmopolitan Cultures Institute at the University of Manchester.)

Keith Hart (Human Economy Programme at the University of Pretoria)

Michael Kahn (Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology at Stellenbosch University)

Carmen Bueno Castellanos (Universidad Iberoamericana, member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences).

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ALBERT CORTINA

Lawyer and urbanist, consultant expert in environmental intelligence, integral ecology, biomimetic and intelligent habitat. Professor and researcher in environmental ethics and ethics applied to urban and territorial planning at Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona and Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña. 

Albert Cortina is a lawyer and urban planner. Director of Estudio DTUM, office that since 1992 specialize in city planning, land-use planning, environment and landscape. Space revitalizer for the management of ideas, values and projects. Professor and researcher in environmental ethic and ethics applied to urban and territorial planning at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona and the Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña. He is a consultant in environmental intelligence, integral ecology, biomimetic and intelligent habitat. He leads and participates on interdisciplinary groups that develop instruments of urban and territorial planning and management. He launches strategic processes of governance and social innovation, as well as projects of environmental conservation of nature, territorial protection and landscape management.

 

His academic and professional profile is transversal. He is a Arquitect (Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña-Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura del Vallés) and has done Doctorate studies in Geography (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona). He holds four Master degrees: Regional, Urban and Metropolitan Studies (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona); Urban Management (Universidad Politénica de Cataluña-Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona); Legal and Tax Consultancy of Construction and Real Estate Companies (Universidad Politénica de Madrid- Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid) and; Territorial and Population Studies (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona). He also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Urban Environment and Sustainability (Universidad Politénica de Cataluña-Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona).

 

His research focuses on human habitat and, from an ecological and social urbanism point of view, the convergence between exponential technologies (artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology, biotechnology, information and communication technologies, cognitive integration, neuroscience) and their interaction and integration to human being, habitat and environment. In the current phase of disruptive transition towards a singular future, Mr. Cortina promotes a global ethic and an advance humanism, in which emerging technologies situate at the service of people, biosphere and noosphere within a vision that integral science, ethics and spirituality.

With this purpose, Mr. Cortina promotes Proyecto Hábitats (+) Humanos and Proyecto Singulares, Mejores y Diversos. Through them promotes the social debate, the strategies and actions aimed to develop a new paradigm that humanize science and technology, promotes the perfection of the human project and enhance our physical and cognitive capacities, as long as the dignity, freedom singularity and the spiritual dimension of human being are guaranteed from a true integral ecology (natural, human and social), that make our cities and territories a more human habitat, enabling and inclusive for all.

 

Among other specialized publications, the following must be highlighted:
Gestión del Paisaje (Ariel, 2009) y Nueva cultura del territorio y ética del paisaje (CADS, 2010). Es coordinador y coautor junto con el científico Dr. Miquel-Àngel Serra de los siguientes libros: ¿HUMANOS O POSTHUMANOS? Singularidad tecnológica y mejoramiento humano (Fragmenta Editorial, 2015), HUMANIDAD∞. Desafíos éticos de las tecnologías emergentes (EIUNSA, 2016) y SINGULARES. Ética de las tecnologías emergentes en personas con diversidad funcional (EIUNSA, 2106).

 

From 2012 to 2016, he was secretary of the Junta Directiva de la Sociedad Catalana de Ordenación del Territorio (Board of Directors of the Catalan Society for Spatial Planning), academic affiliate of the Instituto de Estudios Catalanes (Institute of Catalan Studies) and member of the Observatorio del Paisaje de Cataluña (Landscape Observatory of Cataluña). He has been member of SOM-Fundación Catalana Tutelar Aspanias between 2005 and 2014.


 

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ALBERT SASSON

Albert Sasson holds an Agrégation (1958) and a Doctorate in Natural Sciences (Microbiology, 1967) from the University of Paris. His research in microbiology has focused on the microflora of the arid lands, and on free and symbiotic nitrogen-fixing micro-organisms. Following a career at the Faculty of Science in Rabat (Morocco) from 1954 to 1973, where he was Dean from 1963 to 1969, A. Sasson joined the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1974.

As member of the Division of Ecological Sciences, he participated in the activities of the Programme on Man and Biosphere (MAB), notably those concerning arid and semi-arid zones, and prepared major state-of-knowledge reports on tropical forest and grazing land ecosystems of the world (Tropical Forest Ecosystems, 1978; Tropical Grazin Land Ecosystems, 1979; Ecosystémes forestiers tropicaux dÁfrique, 1938).

From 1979 to 1985, he participated, within the Bureau of Studies and Programming of the Directorate of UNESCO, in the preparation of the biennial programmes and Medium-Term Plan of the Organization in science and technology. From 1985 to 1987, he was Director of the Central Evaluation Unit of the Directorate of UNESCO. In 1988, he was appointed Director of the Bureau of Programme Planning and, in November 1990, Director of the Bureau of Studies, Programming and Evaluation (including the Division of Statics). On 1 September 1993, he was promoted to the rank of Assistant Director-General. Upon his retirement on 1 April 1996, he was appointed Special Adviser to the Director-General (1996-1999).

Albert Sasson was an Associate Member of the Club of Rome. He has been awarded a Honorary Degree in science by De Montrfort University (Leicester, United Kingdom), as well as the University of Havana (Cuba), the University Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (UNMSM), Ricardo Palma (Lima, Peru) and Autonomus University of Nuevo León (UANL, Monterrey, México). Honorary Fellow of Glyndwr University, Wrexham, Wales. Associate member of the National Academy of Science and Technology of Senegal (ANSTS). Until 2008, Senior Visiting Professor at the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU/IAS, Yokohama). Member of the Consultative Committee on Human Rights of the Kingdom of Morocco (1990-2011), A. Sasson was appointed in 2004 by the King of Morocco member of the founding committee of the Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology, where he is the director of the Life Sciences and Biotechnology Section; and member of the board of the Royal Institute for Strategic Studies in 2007. Member of Morocco´s Economic, Social and Environmental Council (since 2011) and of the Higher Council for Education, Training and Scientific Research (since 2014), member of the Committee on Higher Education and Scientific and Technological Research).

Since January 2000, Albert Sasson has been providing senior consulting services to national and international institutions. Chairperson, since its creation, of the association BioEuroLatina for promotion of cooperation in biotechnology between Europe and Latin America.

Futher to some 200 publications, including his research and popularization activities in soil microbiology algology and agrobiology (Le role des micro-organismes dans la biosphere et l’avenier de la mircrobiologie appliquée, 1970), Albert Sasson has published books and contributed to publications on:

  • Biology teaching: Teacher´s Study Guide on the Biology of Human Populations, 1974-75; New Trends in Biology Education, 1977; Environmental Education: Teaching and Learning Principles, 1987;

  • Environmental and development issues (Développment et environment-faits et perspectives dans les pays industrialisés et en voi de development, 194; Ingeniería y ambiente, formación ambiental para ingenieros, 1982; New Technologies and Development, 1983);

  • Food and nutrition (Feeding Tomorrow´s World, 1990; The Global Food Crisis. Causes, Prospects, Solutions, 2009; Alimentación y Nutrición, 2013); and

  • Biotechnologies (Biotechnologies: Challenges and Promises, 1984; Biotechnologies and Development, 1988; Plant Biotechnologies for Developing Countries, 1990; Biotechnologies in Perspective, 1991; Biotechnology: Economic and Social Aspects. Issues for Developing Countries: Present and Future. Vol 1: Regional and National Survey, 1993; Vol. 2 International Co-operation, 1997; Vol 3; Regional Co-operation and Joint Ventures, 2000; Microalgal Biotechnologies: Recent Developments and Prospects for Developing Countries, 1997; Plant Biotechnology-Drived Products: Market-Value Estimates and Public Acceptance, 1998; Cultivos Transgénicos: Hechos y Desafíos. Monografía, 2001; Medcal Biotechnolog. Achivements, Prospects AND Perceptions, 2005; Food and Nutrition Biotechnology. Biotechnology, Achievement, Prospects and Perceptions, 200; Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology, Achievements, Prospects and Perceptions, 2005; Plant and Agricultural Biotechnology. Achievements, Prospects and Perceptions, 2006; Recent Progress in Medical Biotechnology and Nanomedicine, 2008; Bioenergy and Agrofuels. Relevance Beyond Polemics, 2008; Health Care, Food and Nutrition. Opportunities and Challenges for the Life Sciences and Biotechnology, 2011; From Green to White Biotechnology: Great Challenges, Urgent Solutions, 2013; Genomics and Cancer, 2013; Medical Biotechnology: Current Achievement and Prospects. Another Golden Era, 2016; Genetically Modified Crops (GM Crops) and Derived Foods: Brief Review of their Impact on Health and Environment, and their Social Acceptance, 2016.  

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ALEJANDRA NÚÑEZ DE LA MORA

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AURORA PLOMER

Intellectual property and human rights expert. Academic at institutions such as University of Leeds, University of Nottingham, University of Sheffield and currently at the University of Bristol.Visiting professor to various universities in the United States and Europe. Author of many texts on the regulation of biomedical research, bioethics and human rights. Her research projects have been funded by organizations such as the Council of Europe, the European Commission and the Economic and Social Research Council of the United Kingdom 

Aurora Plomer is a Professor of Intellectual Property and Human Rights at University of Bristol. She joined the University of Bristol Law School in August 2016 from the University of Sheffield where she was Director of the Sheffield Institute of Biotechnology, Law and Ethics. She was previously a Reader in Law at the University of Nottingham and a Lecturer in Law at the University of Leeds. She graduated in Philosophy at of the University of Lancaster (BA, MA, PhD) and in Law at the University of Manchester (LLB). She is a member of the European Commission’s panel of ethics experts on new technologies, health and innovation in the FP7 and Horizon 2020 programmes. She has been a visiting fellow at the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley, Centre for Biomedical Ethics at the University of Stanford, at the University of Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre and a Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow in the Law Department at the European University Institute (Florence). The Council of Europe, the European Commission, the Brocher Foundation and the ESRC have funded her research.

Aurora's current research is on European and International intellectual property rights. She also has a long standing interest in the regulation of biomedical research, bioethics and human rights and published numerous articles and books in this field. In 2005-2006 she was the principal investigator of a project funded by the European Commission on moral exclusions on stem cell patents in EU law. The project resulted in several publications and prompted her current interest in the European patent system and the impact of intellectual property rights on access to science and new biotechnologies. Her current research is on patent harmonization in Europe and the protection of human rights. Recent publications include: 'A Unitary Patent for a (Dis) United Europe: the Long Shadow of History’: IIC-International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law 46.5 (2015): 508-533. and a book on intellectual property rights and the right to access the benefits of science in international law: Patents, Human Rights and Access to Science (Edward Elgar, 2015).

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CAMILLE BOSQUÉ

Associate professor at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, a graphic design teacher and a freelance consultant. Her research studies the promises and contradictions that surround the democratization of innovation and production.

Camille Bosqué is a Ph.D in Aesthetics and Design. She studied product design at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan and Ecole Boulle in Paris (France) and graduated in 2016 from Université Rennes 2. She is now an associate professor at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, a graphic design teacher and a freelance consultant.
Her research topics are personal digital fabrication, 3D printing, the maker movement, open design and open innovation. Her thesis is based on a large ethnographic survey conducted between 2012 and 2015, in France and abroad. In her dissertation, she examinates the way practices, discourses and ambitions of personal digital fabrication are built in the margins of the classical fields of industry and design, blurring their historical frames.

In her research, Camille Bosqué also studies the promises and contradictions that surround the democratization of innovation and production. 3D printing is often taken as an emblematic case study to consider the ambivalences behind the emancipation expected by representatives of the maker movement.

She states that FabLabs and makerspaces are fields of social experimentation, beyond mere production. She also studies the hypothesis of a « diffuse » design that could be open, participative, out of the standards of industrial mass production, in the wake of open source. This type of production ends up shaping a new, though hazy, field for design and design studies.
Among numerous publications, she is the author of the French book FabLabs, etc. Les nouveaux lieux defabrication numérique (2015, Eyrolles) and the online web-documentary on the maker movement (available with English subtitles), Fais-le toi-même (2016, Arte Creative). She recently contributed to the English book FabLab, Revolution Field Manual (2017, Niggli-Verlag). 

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CAN HUANG

Head of the Department of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy and Co-Director of Institute for Intellectual Property Management at School of Management at Zhejiang University. Member of the Chinese expert group of the U.S.-China Innovation Dialogue. He has directed several international research projects in the fields of science, technology and innovation; intellectual property rights and revenues on technology investment; employment and innovation; and nanotechnology. He is also member of several editorial boards of academic magazines.

Can Huang is Professor, Head of Department of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy, and Co-Director of Institute for Intellectual Property Management at School of Management, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China. He is a member of the Chinese expert group of the U.S.-China Innovation Dialogue under the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, a member of advisory board of Research Center for Technological Innovation, Tsinghua University; CIPRUN Intellectual Property Management Research Center, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China; and the Asia Pacific Innovation Conference. He is also a member of the editorial advisory boards of Science and Public Policy, NTUT Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Management, African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development, International Journal of Innovation Studies, Science and Management (Ke Xue Yu Guan Li), and UNESCO Science Report (2015 Edition).

Earlier, from 2007 to 2013, he was a Research Fellow and subsequently a Senior Research Fellow at United Nations University-MERIT, Maastricht, The Netherlands. He holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Management from the University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal; M.S. in Engineering and a B.A. in Economics from Renmin University of China, Beijing, China. He was a visiting research fellow at the Technology Policy and Assessment Center, School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, United States in 2006. After studying and working in Europe and the United States for 11 years, he returned to China to join Zhejiang University in September 2013.

Prof. Can Huang’s research interests include innovation management, intellectual property rights and science and technology policy. From 2007 to 2015, Prof. Can Huang, as principal investigator or co-principal investigator, has undertaken research projects funded by the European Commission, the OECD, the UK Intellectual Property Office, the National Natural Science Foundation of China and the State Intellectual Property Office of China. The topics include science, technology and innovation performance of China; intellectual property rights and returns to technology investment; employment and innovation; and nanotechnology R&D. Among these, the Observatory Nano project funded by the European 7th Framework Program had a budget of four million Euros. He obtained research funding of 194,740 Euros for his work on that project.

Prof. Can Huang has been active in international collaboration while disseminating his research results. During the period of 2007–2015, he (co-)organized five international academic conferences and he has been invited to give more than 30 guest lectures or workshop presentations in governmental agencies such as the European Parliament, the Delegation of the European Union to China, the State Intellectual Property Office of China and universities in The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Portugal, South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, mainland China, and so on. In addition, he has attended more than 30 international academic conferences.

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DAVID BULLÓN

Director of Innovation in the Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications of Costa Rica. He has been involved in numerous projects to promote entrepreneurship and innovation. Ha has served as consultant for the government of Costa Rica and the Ministry of Trade and Industry of Southern Sudan.

David Bullón holds a Master Degree in Public Administration for International Development from Harvard University. He is a mechanical engineer and is a member of Costa Rica´s Federate College of Engineers and Architects (Colegio Federado de Inegenieros y Arquitectos de Costa Rica)

He has served in several positions at the public sector. He has worked in the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica, as an Advisor and as Coordinator of Global Chains of Value. He also worked as Strategic Planning Adviser to the Ministry of Trade and Industry of Republic of South Sudan.

His experience includes areas such as research, development and innovation. He served as a field researcher of nanotechnology and directed innovation projects in products and process in the private sector in the United States and México.

He has been involved in several projects to promote entrepreneurship. He has been coordinator of projects to support entrepreneurship through access to funding, financial education and generation of business ideas in China, India and Perú. He experience also includes the evaluation of the impact of strategies to foster entrepreneurship.

Since 2014 he is Director for Innovation at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications of Costa Rica. 

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DAVID R. KOEPSELL

International expert and consultant on ethics, society, law, science, religion and technology. Academic at Delft University of Technology, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM). He has also served as Director of Research and Strategy of the Comisión Nacional de Bioética de México (National Bioetic Comission of México). Koepsell is a significant participant in the discussions about ethical issues involved in bioprospecting and patenting elements of the human genome. 

David R. Koepsell is an entrepreneur, author, philosopher, attorney (retired), and educator whose recent research focuses on the nexus of science, technology, ethics, and public policy. He is the founder and CEO of Encrypgen, LLC.

He has provided commentary regarding ethics, society, religion, and technology on: MSNBC, Fox News Channel, The Guardian, The Washington Times, NPR Radio, Radio Free Europe, Air America, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, and the Associated Press, among others. He has been a tenured Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Technology, Policy, and Management in the Netherlands, Visiting Professor at UNAM, Instituto de Investigaciones Filosoficas and the Unidad Posgrado, Mexico, Director of Research and Strategic Initiatives at Comisión Nacional de Bioética in Mexico, and Assessor to the President at UAM Xochimilco.

Koepsell earned his PhD in philosophy (1997) as well as his doctorate in law (1995) from the University at Buffalo, where he studied with Barry Smith and currently serves as an adjunct Professor in the Department of Learning and Instruction. He has lectured worldwide on issues ranging from civil rights, philosophy, science, ontology, intellectual property theory, society, and religion. Koepsell was appointed Assistant Professor of Philosophy at TU Delft in September 2008 and was promoted to Associate Professor in September 2013. He is an associate editor of Free Inquiry magazine. He is the co-founder, with Edward Summer, of Carefully Considered Productions, an educational media not-for-profit corporation. Koepsell also serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom.

In stark contrast to the work of Michael R. Heim, who has promoted a Platonic dualism in his discussions of cyberspace and virtual reality, Koepsell has argued for a Searlean realism about all expression. Cyberspatial entities are expressions of the same type as any other intentionally produced, man-made object. Koepsell's work uses 'legal ontology' and common sense ontology to examine social objects. In the process, Koepsell criticizes the distinction between patentable and copyrightable objects as artificial, and argues for an open source approach to all intellectual property.

Koepsell's research interests focus on the nexus of ethics, law, and science. Specifically, while at Yale as a Visiting Fellow (2006–2007), he investigated ethical questions involved in the practice of bioprospecting and patenting elements of the human genome. Koepsell argues that there are two forms of commons, a) fiat and b) natural, otherwise called "commons by choice" and "commons by logical necessity." He has recently argued that DNA, like radio spectra, sunlight, and air, falls into the category "commons by logical necessity", and that attempts to own genes by patent are unjust. His book on the subject, entitled Who Owns You, was published by Wiley-Blackwell in March 2009. 

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FRED GAULT

Professor of the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) in South Africa and the United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT). His work has been focused in been the development and the use of statistical indicators in support of the policy process, particularly in the area of innovation. He responsible for the development of statistics on telecommunications and broadcasting, Internet use, and electronic commerce for the government of Canada. Member of the Editorial Board of the UNESCO World Science Report.

Fred Gault is a Professor Extraordinaire at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) in South Africa and a member of the Institute for Economic Research on Innovation (IERI). He is also Professor Fellow of the United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT). Prof. Gault is a Member of the Editorial Board of the UNESCO World Science Report.

He worked with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) as a member of the Management Team coordinating the OECD Innovation Strategy 2010.

Prior to joining UNU-MERIT, he held a Visiting Fellowship at the Canadian International Development Research Centre. Until April 2008, he was at Statistics Canada as the Director of the division responsible for the development of statistics on all aspects of research, development, invention, innovation and the diffusion of technologies, as well as on related human resources. He was also responsible for the development of statistics on telecommunications and broadcasting, Internet use, and electronic commerce. He was Chair of the OECD Working Party of National Experts on Science and Technology Indicators (NESTI) (2002–2008) and of the Working Party on Indicators for the Information Society (WPIIS) (1997–2002).

Before joining Statistics Canada, he was Senior Lecturer in Theoretical Physics at the University of Durham in the United Kingdom. He holds a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics and a B.Sc. (Econ.) from the University of London, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a Member of the British Computer Society.

His principal interest over the last twenty-five years has been the development and the use of statistical indicators in support of the policy process, particularly in the area of innovation. More recently, he has worked on innovation policy comparison and has contributed to the innovation and R&D survey work coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development.

He served on the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) Panel on the State of Science and Technology in Canada, the CCA Panel on the Socio-Economic Impacts of Innovation Investments, and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences Panel on Developing Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators for the Future.

He is a member of the Scientific Council of the Portuguese Observatory of Science, Technology and Qualifications and the South African DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (SciSTIP).

He chairs the Advisory Committee of the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (CeSTII) at the Human Sciences Research Council in South Africa.

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GEORGE OWUSU ESSEGBEY

Expert in science and technology policy and innovation research. Member of the 10-Member Group to Support the Technology Facilitation Mechanism with the UN Inter-agency Task Team on STI for the SDGs (IATT) and the Scientific Board of African Network for Economics of Learning, Innovation and Competence Building Systems (AfricaLics). He has been collaborator of international organizations such as FAO, UNESCO, UNCTAD, UNEP, WIPO and the World Bank. He was the principal author for the West Africa region chapter of the UNESCO World Science Report. Towards 2030.

George Owusu Essegbey is one of the 10-Member Group to Support the Technology Facilitation Mechanism with the UN Inter-agency Task Team on STI for the SDGs (IATT). He is also a member of the Scientific Board of African Network for Economics of Learning, Innovation and Competence Building Systems (AfricaLics) and the Director of the Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (STEPRI) of the Council of Science and Industrial Research (CSIR).

He has several years of experience in Science and Technology (S&T) policy research, innovation studies, research on new technologies, climate change and other relevant fields. 

He holds a Ph.D. in Development Studies (University of Cape Coast) and M.A. in International Affairs (University of Ghana). He did Ph.D. internship at the United Nations University (Institute for New Technologies) in Maastricht, The Netherlands and a Commonwealth Fellowship at the Policy Research in Engineering, Science and Technology (PREST) of the University of Manchester. 

Dr. Essegbey has served various national and international organizations with his expertise including FAO, UNESCO, UNCTAD, UNEP, WIPO and the World Bank. He was the principal author for the West Africa region chapter of the UNESCO World Science Report. Towards 2030.

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HAIYAN HUA

Lecturer at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Expert in educational policy research and planning; monitoring and evaluation; education management information systems; institutional capacity building, and large quantitative research design, analysis, and management. He has worked as consultant for more than 20 ministries of education and has supervised education projects sponsored by organizations like World Bank, USAID and UNICEF. 

Haiyan Hua is lecturer at Harvard Graduate School of Education and vice-president at World Education, an international NGO headquartered in Boston. Hua has more than 20 years of work experience in international education development as an education policy adviser to more than 20 ministries of education and governments in Africa, Latin America, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.

His professional expertise has been in educational policy research and planning; monitoring and evaluation; education management information systems; institutional capacity building, and large quantitative research design, analysis, and management. He served as the research director of the Girls' and Women's Education Policy Research Activities Project, a five-year longitudinal study sponsored by USAID and carried out in Nepal, Bolivia, and Honduras that examined the impact of basic education programs on women's social and economic well-being. Hua also served as principal investigator of education policy capacity development projects in Latvia and Lithuania (World Bank projects) and several others. More recently, with funding from USAID, he as lead consultant helped Ministries of Education in Egypt and Jordan develop institutional M&E systems. He led policy research studies on student absenteeism in Armenia funded by UNICEF, classroom observation study on student-centered teaching methodology and national mapping of student assessments in Jordan funded by USAID. For almost two decades, he has taught courses on education policy planning, monitoring and evaluation, and data for decision-making in the development context at Harvard as well as many parts of the world. He holds both Ed.M. and Ed.D. from Harvard University.

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HARRY VARDIS

He is the creator of the PISCESSM process for corporate innovation. Expert, with more than 20 years of experience, in the field of innovation and creative thinking. Pioneer in delivering critical innovation skills to over 2,500 students. He has worked as a consultant to companies like AT&T, Delta Air Lines, Cox Media, Coca Cola. Director of the Center for Business Innovation and Creativity at The Coles College of business at Kennesaw State University. 

Harry Vardis is the Director of the Center for Business Innovation and Creativity at The Coles College of business at Kennesaw State University. He has conducted research and offered courses in the field of Innovation and creative thinking for the past 20 years. He teaches courses in creative thinking and created hybrid courses to expand MBA and Executive MBA students’ leadership abilities through creative thinking tools and processes. He is a Colleague of the Creative Education Foundation, a Leader at the Creative Problem Institute, and the founder and president of Creative Focus, Inc. a market research consultancy.

Harry is a pioneer in delivering critical innovation skills to over 2,500 MBA, EMBA, PSM students and corporate executives in the past 15 years in 7 Major Universities. Also conducting applications-driven research on innovation.

Harry is also a Market Researcher who spearheaded projects bringing to market many innovative products, worth billions of dollars in key product and service categories. Some of those companies include AT&T, Flowers Industries, Delta Air Lines, Cox Media, Coca Cola, Mohawk Industries, Verizon, Southern Company and others

He has authored dozens of articles and two books: Creative Thinking Tools to Crack the Innovation C.O.D.E (Creativity On Demand Environment) and Potatoes? Not yet! 33 ways to grow and harvest your best ideas.

Harry is a trainer, facilitator and consultant in the field of Innovation and Creativity. He is the creator of the PISCESSM process for corporate innovation.

He is a lecturer at Emory University, Kennesaw State University, Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, University of Illinois, Anahuac University and other schools.

Harry’s experiences include positions as Director of Research and Strategic Planning in marketing communications for Ted Bates Advertising, Kenyon & Eckhardt, Inc., BBDO New York, and WestWayne Advertising in Atlanta, GA.

Harry holds a B.S. in Mathematics, in addition to a M.S. and M.A. in Organizational Psychology.

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JESSICA FANZO

Expert in the field of food security and nutrition. Head of the High-Level Panel of Experts for Food Systems and Nutrition for the UN Committee on Food Security. Collaborator with international organizations such as the United Nations World Food Program, the World Bank and the World Health Organization. Her research areas include linkages between agriculture, environment and climate, and health for better food systems; food security in conflict areas, and equitable and sustainable food systems. 

Jessica Fanzo is the Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor of Global Food & Agricultural Policy and Ethics at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), the Berman Institute of Bioethics, and the Department of International Health of the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. She also serves as the Director of the Global Food Ethics and Policy Program at Hopkins, and plays key advisory roles in Johns Hopkins’ Alliance for a Healthier World on the food security and nutrition theme, as well as the Bloomberg American Health Initiative on obesity and food systems.

She is currently serving as the co-Chair for the Global Nutrition Report, and is the Team Leader for the High-Level Panel of Experts for Food Systems and Nutrition for the UN Committee on Food Security. She also serves on the Lancet Commission on Healthy Diets for Sustainable Food Systems.

Prior to coming to Johns Hopkins, Jessica was an Assistant Professor of Nutrition in the Institute of Human Nutrition and Department of Pediatrics as well as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of International Public Affairs at Columbia University in New York. She also served as the Senior Advisor of Nutrition Policy at the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development. Before joining Columbia University, Jessica was the Evaluation and Monitoring Officer for the REACH Interagency partnership at the UN World Food Programme in Rome Italy. From 2010-11, Jessica was a Senior Scientist at Bioversity International, a Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) center, in Rome Italy, where she led their Nutrition and Biodiversity program. From 2007-2010, she served as the Nutrition Director at the Center for Global Health and Economic Development at the Earth Institute, and the Nutrition Regional Advisor for East and Southern Africa at the Millennium Development Goal Centre at the World Agroforestry Centre in Kenya. Prior to joining the Earth Institute, she was a Program Officer for the Medical Research Program focusing on global health initiatives at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Jessica has worked as an advisor, consultant, researcher and reviewer for various organizations and governments including DFAT, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), PATH, the Scaling Up Nutrition movement (SUN), the UN Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN), USAID, the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the World Bank, and the World Health Organization (WHO).

With fifteen plus years of research and program experience working in the field in sub-Saharan Africa, South and East Asia, her area of expertise focuses on the multi-sectoral and system approaches to ensure better nutrition and diets concentrated in three areas: (1) on the linkages between agriculture, the environment and climate, and health to improve food systems and environments, diversity and quality of diets and nutrition outcomes (2) the importance of regaining food security and agriculture-based livelihoods in post-conflict regions through better governance and food policy and, (3) the emerging area of equitable, ethical, and sustainable diets and food systems. She was the first laureate of the Carasso Foundation’s Sustainable Diets Prize in 2012 for her research on sustainable food and diets for long-term human health.

Jessica has a PhD in Nutrition from the University of Arizona and completed a Stephen I. Morse postdoctoral fellowship in Immunology in the Department of Molecular Medicine at Columbia University.

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MARK STAFFORD SMITH

Science Director of Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO’s). Specialist in ecology, management and policies of drylands. Co-chair of the conference “Planet Unver Pressure: New Knowledge Towards Solutions” in preparation to the to Rio+20 conference in 2012.

Mark Stafford Smith is the Science Director of Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO’s) Climate Adaptation Flagship in Canberra, Australia, where he oversees a highly interdisciplinary programme of research on many aspects of adapting to climate change.

He has more than 30 years’ experience in drylands systems ecology, management and policy, including senior roles such as Program Leader of CSIRO’s Centre for Arid Zone Research in Alice Springs, and then CEO of the Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre. During this time, he was a task leader under the Global Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems core project of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP).

He was also a key contributor to the AridNET international network of drylands researchers that devised the Dryland Development Paradigm. In the past decade, his research focus has turned more to adaptation to climate change. He was an ICSU-appointed member then vice-chair of IGBP’s Scientific Committee during 2003-2009; and co-chair of the Planet Under Pressure: New Knowledge Towards Solutions conference on global environmental change in the lead up to Rio+20 in 2012 (Co-organized with UNESCO).

In 2013, he was appointed chair of the inaugural Science Committee of the Future Earth platform for coordinating research on global environmental change. He continues to publish actively, adding to over 160 peer-reviewed contributions to science, as well as many presentations and publications for less-specialized audiences.

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MICHIKO IIZUKA

Policy specialist in development, innovation and sustainability. Coordinator for Design and Evaluation of Innovation Policy (DEIP), a training course targeted to policy makers in Developing Countries. She has collaborated with international organizations such as UNIDO, ECLAC, EU, JIC, among others. 

Michiko Iizuka is a policy specialist in the field of development, innovation and sustainability. Since 2008, she has been a research fellow at the United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT. Her main areas of interest are: (1) innovation systems in the context of developing countries; (2) the role of innovation policy in the development process; (3) the impact of global institutions such as standards and global agreements on local capacity building; and (4) innovation in areas of agriculture, natural resources and environmental technology.

She is a coordinator for Design and Evaluation of Innovation Policy (DEIP), a training course targeted to policy makers in Developing Countries since 2013.

Prior to working for UNU-MERIT, she worked at International Development Center of Japan as a researcher and at the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN-ECLAC) as an environmental officer. She has also provided consultancy works for various international, national institutions such as UNIDO, ECLAC, EU, JICA, DFID, Fraunhofer Institute and WWF-UK in the areas of innovation policy, industrial development and sustainable development.

She has a DPhil in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy from the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) and MPhil from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), both at the University of Sussex. She also holds a Postgraduate diploma in Environmental Management from Imperial College, University of London. She is currently associated fellow at SPRU, University of Sussex.

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MIGUEL ÁNGEL MARGÁIN

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NEBOJSA NAKICENOVIC

Specialist of international prestige for his research and contribution on climate change. Author of numerous texts of global relevance regarding the environment and climate change, including the Assessment Report issued by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Has worked with several specialized institution in science and climate change such as Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Advisory Council of the German Government on Global Change, Board of Climate Change Centre Austria, among many others. 

Nebojsa Nakicenovic is Deputy Director General/Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), and former Professor of Energy Economics at the Vienna University of Technology.

Among other positions, Prof. Dr. Nakicenovic is:

  • Member of the United Nations Secretary General Special Advisory 10-Member Group to support the Technology Facilitation Mechanism United Nations Secretary General High-Level Technical Group.

  • He is also Member of the Advisory Council of the German Government on Global Change (WBGU).

  • Member of the International Council for Science (ICSU) Committee on Scientific Planning and Review, and Co-Chair of the Global Carbon Project.

  • Member of the Board of Climate Change Centre Austria (CCCA)

  • Member of the Working Group of the Austrian Panel on Climate Change (AG-APCC)

  • Member of the Panel on Socioeconomic Scenarios for Climate Change Impact and Response Assessments

  • Member of the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) Steering Committee

  • Member of the International Advisory Board of the Helmholtz Programme on Technology

  • Member of the Earth League

He has authored more than 300 publications and is also Editorial Board Member of several scientific journals, such as Journal on Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Climate Policy, Energy Policy, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, the International Journal of Energy Sector Management, Ecosystem Health and Sustainability, The Scientific World Journal, Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, and the Journal of Energy Strategy Reviews.

Nebojsa Nakicenovic has been engaged in the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in various roles over the past 25 years. It all started with the involvement in the Industry and Energy Subgroup during the First Assessment Report, followed by being a Lead Author on the Policy Paper on Technologies, policies and measures for mitigating climate change (1996). He was Convening Lead Author of the Energy Primer and Lead Author of the Energy Chapter of the Second Assessment Report (1993-1995). In one of his most challenging responsibilities he served as Convening Lead Author of the Special Report on Emissions Scenarios (Nakicenovic et al., 2000) that designed a set of widely used emissions scenarios to this day and was very influential in the development of RCPs and SSPs. The SRES scenarios were constructed to explore future developments in the global environment with special reference to greenhouse gases and aerosol precursor emissions. He was also Convening Lead Author of the Third Assessment Report (Chapter 3: 1999-2001) and Coordinating Lead Author of the Fourth Assessment Report (Chapter 3: 2002-2007); Most recently, he was a Lead Author of the Fifth Assessment Report (Chapter 5: 2010-2014).

Nebojsa Nakicenovic was a Member of the Steering Committee of the Austrian Panel on Climate Change Assessment Report (APCC), Director of the Global Energy Assessment (GEA) (2006-2012). Member of the Advisory Board of the World Bank Development Report 2010: Climate Change, Member of the Mitigation Board of the Global Network for Climate Solutions (GNCS) at the Earth Institute of Columbia University. He was Coordinating Lead Author of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, 2001–2005, Director, Global Energy Perspectives, World Energy Council, 1993 to 1998, Convening Lead Author of the World Energy Assessment: Energy and the Challenge of Sustainability, 1999 to 2000, Member of the International Science Panel on Renewable Energies (ISPRE), 2006 to 2008, Member of the United Nations Secretary General Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change and Guest Professor at the Technical University of Graz, 1993–2003.

Nebojsa Nakicenovic holds bachelors and master’s degrees in economics and computer science from Princeton University, New Jersey, USA and the University of Vienna, where he also completed his Ph.D. He also holds Honoris Causa PhD degree in engineering from the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Among Nebojsa Nakicenovic's research interests are the long-term patterns of technological change, economic development and response to climate change and, in particular, the evolution of energy, mobility, and information and communication technologies.

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RAFAEL ESCALONA REYNOSO

Lead Researcher at the Global Innovation Index and academic at Cornell University. His research focuses on regulation of biotechnology, genetically modifies organisms and intellectual property. He worked as advisor to the Senate and the Office of the President in México . 

Rafael Escalona Reynoso, is Lead Researcher at the Global Innovation Index since October 2013. His previous professional experience includes working as Economic and Science and Technology Policy advisor to the Senate of Mexico and as member of the Trade and Foreign Investment advisor board at the office of the President of Mexico.

His research experience at Cornell University includes comparative studies between Mexico and Spain on the regulatory aspects of Modern Biotechnology and Biosafety of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and on the reaches of IPRs (intellectual property rights) in the Information Technologies Era.

He holds a PhD in Regional Planning and a Master’s in Public Administration from Cornell University as well as a B.A.in economics from Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City, Mexico.

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RAMESH SRINIVASAN

Expert in the relationship between technology, politics and societies across the world. Founder of the UC-wide Digital Cultures Lab, that explores the meaning of technology worldwide as it spreads to the far reaches of our world. His has conducted projects that look at how new media technologies affect political revolutions, economic development and poverty reduction, and the future of cultural heritage. A regular speaker for TEDx Talks.

Ramesh Srinivasan studies the relationship between technology, politics and societies across the world. He has been a faculty member at UCLA since 2005 in the Information Studies and Design|Media Arts departments. He is the founder of the UC-wide Digital Cultures Lab, exploring the meaning of technology worldwide as it spreads to the far reaches of our world. He is also the author of the books: Whose Global Village? Rethinking How Technology Impacts Our World with NYU Press, and After the Internet (with Adam Fish) on Polity Press to be released in December of 2017.

Srinivasan earned his Ph.D. in design studies at Harvard; his master’s degree in media arts and science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering at Stanford. He has served fellowships in MIT’s Media Laboratory in Cambridge and the MIT Media Lab Asia. He has also been a teaching fellow at the Graduate School of Design and Department of Visual and Environmental Design at Harvard.

Srinivasan is a regular speaker for TEDx Talks, and makes regular media appearances on MSNBC, NPR, Al Jazeera, “The Young Turks,” and Public Radio International. His writings have been widely published by Al Jazeera English, CNN, The Washington Post, Forbes, and The Huffington Post.

Srinivasan works on projects that look at how new media technologies affect political revolutions, economic development and poverty reduction, and the future of cultural heritage. He has worked with bloggers who have overthrown the recent authoritarian Kyrgyz regime, non-literate tribal populations in India to study how literacy emerges through uses of technology, and traditional Native American communities to study how non-Western understandings of the world can introduce new ways of looking at cultural heritage and the future of the internet and networked technologies. His work has affected contemporary understandings of media studies, anthropology and sociology, design, and economic and political development studies.

He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the American Anthropological Association, and a member of the editorial boards of several academic journals, including Science, Technology, & Human Values, International Journal of E-Politics, and Information Technologies and International Development. Srinivasan has also been awarded two grants from the National Science Foundation in the Science, Technology, and Society division, as well as an Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grant.

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RÉMY PRUD'HOMME

Professor emeritus at the University of Paris XII. Expert in public finance, urban and regional policies, environmental policies, transportation and energy policies. Has been member of many French government advisory committees as well as organizations like European Economic Union, OECD, Inert American Development Bank, and private enterprises. He has published about 15 books or pamphlets, about 180 papers in scholarly journals, and about 150 articles in the leading French dailies.

Rémy Prud'homme is presently Professor emeritus at the University of Paris XII, and consultant. He studied business administration at HEC (the n° 1 French business school), and economics at the University of Paris and at Harvard. He has been a Professor of economics at the Universities of Phnom-Penh, Lille, and Paris XII (since 1977), and Visiting Professor at the MIT (1982-83, 1988-89, 1998 and 2002). For several years, he worked with the OECD, as deputy-director of the Environment directorate.

His main interests are in local public finance, urban and regional policies, environmental policies, transportation and energy policies. He has been a member of many French government advisory committees (such as the PEON commission that prepared the French nuclear program), and a frequent consultant to a number of governments, to international organizations, (particularly the World Bank, where he was invited as a Visiting Research Scholar, but also the European Economic Union, the OECD, or the Inter American Development Bank), and to private enterprises. He has been elected to the board of the International Institute of Public Finance, and of the French Economic Association. He created and led for 15 years L'OEIL, a small research team based at the University of Paris XII.

He has published about 15 books or pamphlets, about 180 papers in scholarly journals, and about 150 articles in Le Monde, Le Figaro, Les Echos, the leading French dailies.

For additional information, including a detailed CV, and a number of recent papers, please go to his site: www.rprudhomm

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RYAN SERYEON SONG

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SARAH BRADSHAW

Expert in the field of Gender Equality and Sustainable Development, especially in Latin America, and she has published widely in the field. Professor of Gender and Sustainable Development and Chair of the School of Law ethics committee at the University of Middlesex. Through informing teaching she seeks to have a practical and academic application of her research. 

Sarah Bradshaw is Professor of Gender and Sustainable Development in the School of Law of Middlesex University and the Gender Lead on Equal Opportunities for Middlesex University,

She has a B.A. (Hons) Economics, University of Manchester, an M.A. Latin American Studies, University of Liverpool, and a PhD. London School of Economics and Political Science.

Dr Bradshaw joined the Middlesex University in 1994 and over the years has been Programme Leader for various Development Studies programmes, both at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. She has been involved in the Equal Opportunities and Ethics since joining the University and is currently Chair of the School of Law ethics committee. Her research focuses on the general field of gender and development, with a specific focus on Latin America, and she has published widely in the field.

All the research she undertakes seeks to have a practical as well as academic application, through informing teaching, as the basis of advocacy initiatives seeking to influence policy makers, or being used to promote discussion and action among actors of organized civil society.

During a career break in the late 1990s she began working on women's rights issues in Nicaragua. This has meant working closely with actors of the women's movements in Central America and in particular with the Nicaraguan feminist NGO, Puntos de Encuentro. Her work with Puntos involved designing training workshops, working on advocacy campaigns and undertaking research around women's rights. It took her into new and emerging fields such as social communication initiatives for social change, including working on their popular TV 'social soap'.

Living in Nicaragua when Hurricane Mitch struck, during the relief and reconstruction phase Dr Bradshaw worked with the Civil Coordinator for Emergency and Reconstruction (CCER), a consortium of NGOs, groups and movements formed in response to hurricane Mitch in 1998 and was involved in a number of studies looking at post-disaster reconstruction. This interest in 'disasters' has continued, and informs her research, teaching and PhD supervision today, with a book on the topic – Gender, Development and Disasters – recently published by Edward Elgar.

Dr Bradshaw has been working with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), a global initiative of the United Nations that works closely with other United Nations agencies, multilateral financing institutions, as well as other international organizations seeking to help shape the post-2015 development agenda. More recently, Dr. Bradshaw collaborated with the Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) “Human Rights Human Wrongs” with the SDG Academy 

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SHUAN SADREGHAZI

Specialist in business innovation, corporate social responsibility and innovation to end poverty. He has collaborated as a consultant for transnational corporations to develop inclusive business strategies. Currently he is a Researcher at the United Nations University-MERIT.

Shuan SadreGhazi is a Researcher on Pro-Poor Innovation, Social Entrepreneurship and Inclusive Business at the United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT).

Shuan's academic interests lay primarily in innovation management in social enterprises and pro-poor initiatives, i.e how to make sure that a specific innovation gets accepted by the target beneficiaries, becomes inclusive and leads to sustainable positive impact among the community. For his research on innovations for low-income markets, Shuan has conducted extensive fieldworks in rural India, China, Maynmar and Iran.

He has worked with a number of enterprises on their inclusive business initiatives. With the UNDP Growing Inclusive Markets initiative, he was responsible for case studies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). As a visiting researcher at Tsinghua University's "Sustainable Innovation" group, he studied the approach of Chinese firms regarding innovation for low-income/rural markets. He is also a senior research advisor for Sasakwa Peace Foundation (Japan) on their “Base of the Pyramid” initiatives in South East Asia. Since 2015, he is advising National Elites Foundation (Iran) on setting up Rural Entrepreneurship initiatives.

Shuan conducted his doctoral studies at UNU-MERIT PhD program on Innovation Studies and Development. He holds an M.Sc. in Management and Economics of Innovation from Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden) and received his B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering. He is based in Maastricht, The Netherlands. 

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STEVE FULLER

Chair of the Auguste Comte Chair in Social Epistemology in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick. Intellectual property expert as well as the challenges of natural and social sciences, politics and epistemological consequences of new biology, science and religion. His texts have been translated into more than 20 languages. 

Fuller (born 1959, New York City) graduated from Columbia University in History & Sociology before gaining an M.Phil. from Cambridge and PhD from Pittsburgh, both in History and Philosophy of Science. He currently holds the Auguste Comte Chair in Social Epistemology in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick.

He is most closely associated with the research program of social epistemology. Originally trained in the history and philosophy of science (Ph.D., 1985, University of Pittsburgh), he is the founder of the research program of social epistemology. It is the name of a quarterly journal he founded with Taylor & Francis in 1987, as well as the first of his more than twenty books. His most recent work has been concerned with the future of humanity, or 'Humanity 2.0'.

Fuller´s areas of research are the future of the university and critical intellectuals, the emergence of intellectual property in the information society, the interdisciplinary challenges in the natural and social sciences, the political and epistemological consequences of the new biology, science and religion, the future of humanity.

He has spoken in over 30 countries, often keynoting professional academic conferences, and has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts since 1995. He was awarded a D.Litt. by Warwick in 2007 for significant career-long contributions to scholarship. He was appointed to the Auguste Comte Chair in Social Epistemology in 2011, and is a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Breakthrough Institute, the leading 'ecomodernist' think-tank and an Affiliate Scholar at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, the leading 'transhumanist' think-tank. His writings have been translated into more than twenty languages.

His latest publications include 'The art of being human: a project for general philosophy of science.' Journal for General Philosophy of Science 43 (1), 113 – 123; 'CSI: Kuhn and Latour' Social Studies Of Science 42 (3), 429 – 434; 'The emerging political economy of Humanity 2.0' Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research 25 (1), 79 – 92. 

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Victoria “Torrey” McMillan