ROLE OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN ACHIEVING THE SDGs

A key driver for Agenda 2030

Through deploying increasingly innovative business approaches that respond to today’s challenges, with tomorrow’s problems in mind, Entrepreneurs play a key role in contributing to Agenda 2030 and attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Entrepreneurship contributes to building resilient infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and fostering innovation.

However, entrepreneurs need a favourable and enabling business ecosystem to thrive and scale up their impact. Creating such an ecosystem requires various stakeholders to collaborate.

Conference programme

Entrepreneurship

25 October 2021

Sponsored session
Broadcasting sponsored session: Corporates taking the lead towards a sustainable future (ING & ABInBev)
17:15 - 18:00
Dubai Exhibition Centre
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Entrepreneurship

Sponsored session

Broadcasting sponsored session: Corporates taking the lead towards a sustainable future (ING & ABInBev)

25/10/2021, 17:15 - 18:00 GST (Dubai)

15:15 - 16:00 CEST/SAST (Brussels, Cape Town)

14:15 - 15:00 WAT (Nigeria)

09:15 - 10:00 EDT (New York)

22:15 - 23:00 KST (Seoul)

21:15 - 22:00 CST (Beijing)

18:45 - 19:30 IST (New Delhi)

10:15 - 11:00 BRT (Rio de Janeiro)

Dubai Exhibition Centre & online

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Business leaders have a critical role to play in enabling attainment of the SDGs. Although awareness and consideration for sustainable development is rising within the business world, deep transformations are still needed and these are very challenging.

However, some companies are already incorporating sustainability within their overall strategies. In doing so, they are making commitments that impact the most fundamental parts of their business.

In February 2021, AB InBev signed a US$10.1 billion sustainability-linked revolving credit facility, coordinated by ING. In addition to being the largest ever Sustainability-Linked Loan (SLL), it is also the first among publicly listed alcoholic beverage companies. The milestone facility has a five-year term and includes a pricing mechanism based on performance in four key areas: water efficiency, recycled packaging, renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

This session will dive deeper into the design and execution of this pioneer project, with the aim of inspiring other organisations. It will focus on how to integrate innovative financial mechanisms into business strategy, highlighting opportunities and challenges regarding set-up, monitoring and reporting, as well as looking into the broader corporate mindset.

Panel discussion

Debate

Sean Kidney

Sean Kidney

Climate Bonds Initiative

CEO

Sean Kidney is CEO of the Climate Bonds Initiative, an international NGO that works to mobilise global capital for climate action. Projects include a green bond definitions and certification scheme with $34 trillion of assets represented on its Board, working with the Chinese central bank on growing green bonds in China, market development programmes in Brazil, Mexico, ASEAN and Africa, and market tracking services for the green bonds industry.

Sean is a member of the European Commission’s Platform on Sustainable Finance and was a member of its predecessors, the 2017 EU High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance and the EU Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance. He is also a member of green finance committees in China, India, Mexico and Kazakhstan, as well as being a Professor in Practice at SOAS University of London.

Robert Spruijt

Robert Spruijt

ING

Head Sustainable Finance EMEA

Robert is heading the Sustainable Finance business for ING in the EMEA region. The Sustainable Finance team is covering sustainable lending, Sustainable Structured Finance, supports Debt Capital Markets on the Green/ Social & Sustainable Bonds structuring and supports the Sustainable Investments team.

Robert started his career in carbon trading and energy derivatives. Thereafter he moved into renewable energy financing, where together with a local team he set up the business in India and thereafter in the wider Asia- Pacific region. Robert joined ING in 2016 in the Energy Sector team and stepped into his current role in 2019.

Robert holds a MSc in Business Administration (Major: Finance & Investments) from the Rotterdam School of Management/ Erasmus University and a BSc in Process Engineering from the Utrecht School of Technology.

Jan De Jaeck

Jan De Jaeck

ING

Sustainable Finance Lead Belgium, Luxembourg and Nordic

Jan De Jaeck is leading the Sustainable Finance business for Belux & Nordics. ING’s Sustainable Finance team provides multiple responsible financial solutions: in the loan market (a.o. Green Loans, Sustainability-Linked Loans), in the Debt Capital Markets (supporting on green / social / sustainable structuring) and offers Sustainability-Linked working capital & financial market products.

Jan started his career within the waste management industry and joined ING begin 1999. He has a broad experience as senior relationship manager for Corporate Clients in Belgium (Food, Beverages & Personal care sector).

From 2007 onwards, Jan became Global Relationship Manager for Corporate Clients across the Nordic countries, focused on Finland, and complemented with Baltic region in 2017. He started as Sustainable Finance specialist early 2019.

Jan is a client focused senior banker with a passion for sustainability, and a drive to be a step ahead. Jan De Jaeck holds a Master of Economics (EHSAL – Brussels) and Master of Management degree. (VLEKHO – Brussels).

Alexandre Pouille

Alexandre Pouille

Anheuser-Bush InBev

Vice President Finance Europe

Alexandre Pouille is now serving as Zone Europe CFO for Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s leading brewer. Alex started as a global management trainee in 2011 and has grown within the organization serving in various functions within the group’s Finance and Commercial functions. Today, Alex is responsible for the group’s Financial Planning & Analysis, Control, Tax, Merger and Acquisition, and finance transformation teams for a geographic scope covering from the Canary Islands to the west, Siberia to the east, and passing through Dubai. Prior to joining AB InBev, Alexandre was a national debate champion in the USA and is still active in supporting high school and university debate initiatives. Alexandre holds a Masters of Accounting degree from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg VA.

Noah Faase

Noah Faase

Anheuser-Bush InBev

Head of Global Treasury

Noah Faase is a Treasury expert currently leading AB InBev’s Global Treasury team out of Leuven, Belgium. In addition to funding, trading, risk, & cash management, ABI’s Global Treasury engages in the full breath of the business including supporting the company’s ESG agenda. A seasoned Commodity Trading and Risk Management professional with a demonstrated history of success across asset classes, Noah is a specialist in Corporate Finance and enterprise risk management. A penchant for financial markets and the number systems that underpin them, Faase has directed his career towards opportunities to combine high level finance with Sustainability. Noah is enthusiastic about his work and about partnering with ABI to grow and learn and drive the Sustainability agenda forward, particularly in the Lending and Derivatives space. Noah has a Masters in Social and Applied Ethics and a Bachelors in Applied Mathematics.

Katie Hoard

Katie Hoard

ABInBev

Global Director Sustainability & ESG

Katie Hoard is AB InBev’s Global Senior Director of Sustainability and ESG based in Leuven, Belgium. In her role, she works closely with AB InBev’s Global Finance team on Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) engagement and engages across teams in the organization to lead the company’s ESG disclosure. Additionally, Katie is responsible for the global strategy to achieve the company’s Smart Agriculture 2025 Goal, working with Procurement and Supply teams to build resilient, responsible agricultural supply chains globally through partnerships and the development of innovative solutions.

Prior to joining AB InBev, Katie worked in politics and commodities regulation in Washington, DC. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Finance from the University of Arkansas, a Master’s degree in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics, and an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York.

Francesca  Vanthielen

Francesca Vanthielen

Moderator

Francesca Vanthielen is a Belgian journalist and news anchor, working for the Business TV channel Kanaal Z. She has master’s degrees in applied economic science and international politics from the Catholic University of Leuven. Francesca is very much involved in the topic of climate change and is one of the founding members of Belgian’s Climate Case, a citizen’s initiative that aims to stimulate policy makers to take climate action through a legal procedure.

24 October 2021

Thematic plenary session
SDGs-driven entrepreneurship ecosystems contributing to the mission economy
13:00 - 13:45
Dubai Exhibition Centre

Entrepreneurship

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Entrepreneurship

Thematic plenary session

SDGs-driven entrepreneurship ecosystems contributing to the mission economy

24/10/2021, 13:00 - 13:45 GST (Dubai)

11:00 - 11:45 CEST/SAST (Brussels, Cape Town)

10:00 - 10:45 WAT (Nigeria)

05:00 - 05:45 EDT (New York)

18:00 - 18:45 KST (Seoul)

17:00 - 17:45 CST (Beijing)

14:30 - 15:15 IST (New Delhi)

06:00 - 06:45 BRT (Rio de Janeiro)

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Solving the wide array of global, regional and local challenges we face calls for integrated technological and policy solutions. This includes innovative approaches to business models, social inclusion, financing, and more. Entrepreneurship serves as an important engine for turning ideas into impact. To best address the pressing challenges of our time, entrepreneurial activities can be oriented in ways that accelerate progress towards the SDGs, thus contributing to a mission economy for the benefit of people and the planet.

Transforming today’s economy into a mission economy requires a broad range of actors from different sectors to work together, taking on different roles in the process (such as research, innovation, regulation, market access, skill development). However, interactions between these actors within the entrepreneurial ecosystem are often not well understood, especially in the context of the SDGs.

This session will explore the role a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem can play in transitioning to the mission economy. It will also look at how mapping the ecosystem can lead to policy innovations which help accelerate the design and deployment of integrated solutions.

Introduction

Donovan  Guttieres

Donovan Guttieres

KU Leuven & IEEE Entrepreneurship Steering Committee

PhD researcher & Global Public Entrepreneurial Policy Liaison

Donovan Guttieres is a PhD researcher within the Access-To-Medicines Research Centre within the Faculty of Business & Economics at KU Leuven (Belgium), working on systems-based approaches to promoting pandemic preparedness. Donovan has a master’s degree in technology and policy from the Institute for Data, Systems and Society (IDSS) at MIT. Before that, he received a bachelor’s in biomedical engineering from Boston University. Guttieres is a member of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations’ Young Engineers / Future Leaders and currently serves as Global Public Entrepreneurial Policy Liaison on the 2021 IEEE Entrepreneurship Steering Committee.

Panel discussion

Debate

Nadim Choucair

Nadim Choucair

2030 Cabinet & Global Goals Directory

Founder & Co-Founder

Nadim Choucair is a founding member of Cabinet and the Global Goals Directory, which aims to build partnerships that advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and worked in innovation management in Montreal before moving to Berlin in 2017. Nadim then pursued graduate studies in business (IE Business School – Madrid) and diplomacy (Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University – Boston), and published a paper about the use of design thinking for helping achieve the SDGs. Until recently, Choucair was managing partnerships at etventure & EY’s wavespace Berlin, and has been involved in promoting and enabling the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals through actions such as being the initiator of the Global Goals Jam (A design Jam for the SDGs) in Berlin.

Hussain Mohammed Al Mahmoudi

Hussain Mohammed Al Mahmoudi

Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park

CEO

Hussain serves a dual role as the CEO of the American University of Sharjah Enterprises (AUSE) and as the CEO of the Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park (SRTIP). Both these entities were established through royal decree by the Ruler of Sharjah, who also directly appointed Hussain to these responsibilities in order to create collaborative long-term relationships between industry, academia and the public sector, fostering an ecosystem of enterprise and innovation.

Previously, Hussain served as the Director General of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a Member of the UAE Chamber Federation, and GCC Chambers for 8 years. He was responsible for the overall management and operations of the Chamber including the provision of services to its members. In this role, he launched several strategic economic initiatives for Sharjah such as the SME Act, Sharjah Export Centre, Sharjah Commercial Arbitration Centre, and the Sharjah Business Forum.

Hussain has held leadership roles at leading regional and international companies such as the Royal Dutch Shell Group, Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC), and several Dubai Holding entities. He currently serves as honorary board member of both, the Tatweer Forum and of Maastricht University in the Netherlands, and as chairman of the Emirates Business Council for Sustainable Development.

He also serves as a board member of the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center (Sheraa). Hussain possesses an MBA from the American University of Sharjah and a BA in Economics and Communications from Seattle Pacific University in the US.

Gina  Lucarelli

Gina Lucarelli

UNDP

Team Leader Accelerator Labs

Gina is the Team Leader for the United Nations Development Programme Accelerator Lab Network. She’s been working on human rights and development work for 20 years, but is just getting started. A systems thinker, silo buster and an integrator, she has injected new ideas and methods into indigenous knowledge research, revamping child justice systems, and balancing economic, environmental and social inclusion in Asia, Eastern Europe and most recently Africa. She’s dabbled in crowdsourcing, open and realtime data, participatory planning, data innovation and collective intelligence. She’s driven to open up the United Nations and delivering on its promises to people living in poverty and facing the impacts of climate change.

Rozita Singh

Rozita Singh

UNDP India

Head of Solutions Mapping Accelerator Lab

Rozita holds a Bachelors degree (B.Hons) in Journalism, Masters degree (MA) in Sustainable Development Practice and a Masters in Science (MSc) in Urban Management and Development (Netherlands Fellowship Program Scholar at Erasmus University). Prior to joining UNDP, she was working as Project Manager, Circular Economy at Royal Philips Netherlands in their Global Sustainability office.

She was a core team member in the Transformation program, leading several strategies on change management. Additionally, she worked on cross functional research projects to test circular value propositions as a Strategic Sustainability Advisor. Previously she was working as an Associate Fellow at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in New Delhi, India. At TERI, she worked on various projects that focused on planning for climate resilient cities.

She is currently leading the role of Solutions mapping at UNDP India’s Accelerator Lab which is part of the world’s largest and fastest learning network on innovations for SDGs. She is also a mentor at the online climate school- Terra Do and conducts Masterclasses on Circular Economy. Rozita is passionate about promoting composting and back in 2013, she helped in setting up the Delhi chapter of the Bangalore initiative- ‘Daily Dump- Composting at home’.

Ismail Abu Arafeh

Ismail Abu Arafeh

UNDP Accelerator Lab, Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People

Head of Solutions Mapping

Ismail is a mid-career Palestinian professional, born and raised in East Jerusalem. He assumes the position of head of solutions mapping at UNDP’s accelerator labs. Ismail has managed a broad range of programs in various sectors including local government, civic engagement, and economic development.

In the last 7 years, he has worked primarily in systems transformation programmes that seek to introduce creative and novel pathways of change to holistically tackle constraints facing an entire system. Ismail holds an MA in History and Cultural Studies from Freie Universität Berlin and a BA in International Studies from University of Denver.

Ruba Al Adham

Ruba Al Adham

UNDP Accelerator Lab, Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People

Head of Exploration

Q&A and discussion

Closing

Plenary session
The democratisation of technology: indigenous values and the future of digitalisation
16:00 - 17:20
Dubai Exhibition Centre

Circular Economy, Climate, ICT, Entrepreneurship

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Circular Economy Climate ICT Entrepreneurship

Plenary session

The democratisation of technology: indigenous values and the future of digitalisation

24/10/2021, 16:00 - 17:20 GST (Dubai)

14:00 - 15:20 CEST/SAST (Brussels, Cape Town)

13:00 - 14:20 WAT (Nigeria)

08:00 - 09:20 EDT (New York)

21:00 - 22:20 KST (Seoul)

20:00 - 21:20 CST (Beijing)

17:30 - 18:50 IST (New Delhi)

09:00 - 10:20 BRT (Rio de Janeiro)

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Technology is not a new concept limited to advanced societies. In one form or another, it has been around for a very long time, with indigenous peoples sharing technological knowledge within their communities and among their tribal networks.

The digitalisation and social media we are familiar with today bears a notable resemblance to how knowledge was distributed among ancient communities. But as our current technological revolution in its virtual space advances at breakneck speed, the task of maintaining a link with what’s happening “in the real world” becomes even more important. Especially if we are to meet the universal values in the Agenda 2030 transformative promise of “Leaving no one behind”.

This session will set the scene for further discussion around democratisation of technology, by evaluating frontier technologies in the context of how these can benefit from adopting indigenous values. It will also explore the evolution of the digital networks and platforms shaping our social and economic models, with a focus on their impact on our current daily lives and possible implications for the future.

Context will also be provided via a video titled “The ingenious values for the future”, created by students from Zayed University of the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises (CACE, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates), under the leadership of Associate Professors Marco Sosa and Lina Ahmad.

This session is undertaken in collaboration with the Resilience Frontiers Initiative.

Chaired by

Musonda  Mumba

Musonda Mumba

UNDP, Rome Centre for Sustainable Development

Director

Musonda Mumba, a Zambian National, is the Director for The Rome Centre for Sustainable Development under United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in close collaboration with Italian Government (Ministry of Environment and Ecological Transition). The Centre focuses on three priority areas notably: Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Nature Protection. In her role, she provides strategic leadership on these matters through convening, collaboration, connecting and co-creation as the world navigates complexity and uncertainty, with the aim of achieving the SDGs collectively. Her ambition is that this work is done with a Systems Thinking lens and also Systems Leadership.

She has over 25 years’ experience in environmental and conservation issues globally. She is the Chair of the Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration (GPFLR) and Vice-Chair for the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF). She is also the Founder of the Network of African Women Environmentalists (NAWE).

She has published widely in various journals, newspapers, articles and contributed to book chapters. Before joining UNDP, Musonda was the head of United Nations Environment Programme – UNEP’s Terrestrial Ecosystems Programme and served in various roles over a period of 12 years. Before working for UNEP, Musonda worked for the Zambian Government, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (in Switzerland), WWF (at International, UK and East Africa Regional Offices) and as such working with governments on Africa, Europe, Asia and Latin America.

She received her BSc. Ed degree at University of Zambia (UNZA) and has a PhD from University College London (UCL) in Wetland Conservation and Hydrology.

Facilitated by

Sandra Piesik

Sandra Piesik

3 Ideas B.V.

Director

Sandra Piesik is an award-winning architect, author and researcher specialising in the implementation of global sustainable legislation, nature-based solutions and traditional knowledge adaptation. She is the founder of 3 ideas B.V. Amsterdam based consultancy, a senior consultant to UN-HABITAT on Urban and Rural Linkages at the Urban Practices Branch, and a former Policy Support Consultant on Rural – Urban Dynamics to UNCCD. Her diverse global engagements range from international lectures, judging of the competitions, nominator of awards, and evaluation of R&D projects for the European Union.

She is a stakeholder and network member of several UN organisations including UNFCCC: The Resilience Frontiers, the Nairobi Work Programme (NWP), the Paris Committee on Capacity Building (PCCB) and Climate and Technology Centre & Network (CTCN).

Her published work includes Arish: Palm-Leaf Architecture (published by: Thames & Hudson in 2012), she is also the general editor of the encyclopaedia, HABITAT: Vernacular Architecture for a Changing Planet (published by: Thames & Hudson, Abrams Books, Flammarion, Editions Detail and Blume in 2017).

Video: The ingenious values for the future

Keynote speech

Achieving intergenerational equity and the future role of frontier technologies

Youssef  Nassef

Youssef Nassef

UNFCCC

Director Adaptation

Youssef Nassef leads the work on adaptation to climate change under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. He has 30 years of experience in diplomacy and international environmental policy and is a seconded diplomat from the Egyptian Foreign Service.

While assuming progressively higher levels of leadership at the UNFCCC, he led UNFCCC support for a number of on-going initiatives on adaptation. These include the inception of National Adaptation Programme of Action, National Adaptation Plans, the Nairobi Work Programme (an international knowledge hub for impacts, vulnerability and adaptation) and the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage.

Youssef holds a doctorate in international technology policy and management and a master’s degree in international environmental policy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, as well as a master’s degree in Middle East studies and a bachelor’s degree in computer science and physics from the American University in Cairo.

Keynote speech

Inclusivity and digital technologies in support of the coexistence of humanity with nature

Hindou  Oumarou Ibrahim

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim

United Nations

SDG Advocate

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim is an environmental activist and member of Chad’s pastoralist Mbororo community, a UN Sustainable Development Goal Advocate and Conservation International Senior Fellow.

Hindou began advocating for Indigenous rights and environmental protection at age 16, founding the Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad (AFPAT) to introduce new income revenue activities for women and collaborative tools such as 3D participatory mapping to build sustainable ecosystems management and reduction of nature-based resource conflicts. Her vision is to grow support for both traditional knowledge and science to improve resilience to climate change especially for rural communities.

Presentation

The democratisation of technology and the indigenous values of nature

Traditionally, societies have typically built their living environments together, both out of necessity and because of a sense of tribal belonging. Especially in the Middle East, and in Dubai itself, cities and architecture reflected the social structure, and this was represented through neighbourhoods and layouts of individual homes. The scarce resources of a desert climate were shared democratically, as was technical knowledge and know-how. Nothing gleaned from natural resources would go to waste and, for millennia, this aided the development of bio-circular economy models as sound environmental and economic practices. Nature was (and to some extent still is) a source of life and a supporter of livelihoods.

This talk will explore indigenous values in the context of the democratisation of technology and the value of nature, as a basis for looking at new ways in which contemporary digital technologies could benefit from the adoption of these values.

Sandra Piesik

Sandra Piesik

3 Ideas B.V.

Director

Sandra Piesik is an award-winning architect, author and researcher specialising in the implementation of global sustainable legislation, nature-based solutions and traditional knowledge adaptation. She is the founder of 3 ideas B.V. Amsterdam based consultancy, a senior consultant to UN-HABITAT on Urban and Rural Linkages at the Urban Practices Branch, and a former Policy Support Consultant on Rural – Urban Dynamics to UNCCD. Her diverse global engagements range from international lectures, judging of the competitions, nominator of awards, and evaluation of R&D projects for the European Union.

She is a stakeholder and network member of several UN organisations including UNFCCC: The Resilience Frontiers, the Nairobi Work Programme (NWP), the Paris Committee on Capacity Building (PCCB) and Climate and Technology Centre & Network (CTCN).

Her published work includes Arish: Palm-Leaf Architecture (published by: Thames & Hudson in 2012), she is also the general editor of the encyclopaedia, HABITAT: Vernacular Architecture for a Changing Planet (published by: Thames & Hudson, Abrams Books, Flammarion, Editions Detail and Blume in 2017).

Presentation

Cultural values and shared assets. Contextual technological intelligence for the future

For millennia, family and cultural traditions have been passed down the generations through verbal storytelling. Can this traditional knowledge be transformed into AI-suitable datasets? And if so, does this represent an important step in helping future machines become deeply aware of global cultures? Davar Ardalan, founder of IVOW AI, will explore these questions and demonstrate ways to nurture sustainable action through food data and artificial intelligence.

Ardalan will present methods for fostering reasoning in machines by creating structure around recipes and demand for this data. Discovering, sharing, gifting and preserving a world of food enables consumers and enterprises alike to promote healthy eating habits and sustainable communities. It also helps to reduce data inequalities, thereby creating a positive real-world impact. Expanding and preserving this data ensures that family and cultural values are not lost in our collective transition to a more digital and automated world.

Davar  Ardalan

Davar Ardalan

IVOW AI, Inc.

Founder

Davar Ardalan is the founder and chief storytelling officer at IVOW – intelligent voices of wisdom. Realizing that there is a gaping hole in AI algorithms that will define our future stories, Davar created IVOW, to champion culturally conscious data strategies across multiple industries from academia to development and enterprise.

Ardalan, who is also an Executive Producer at National Geographic, served as co-chair of the Cultural Heritage and AI track at ITU’s AI For Good in 2020. Prior to this, she was Deputy Director of the White House Presidential Innovation Fellowship Program in Washington D.C. and before that a long-time journalist at NPR News, where she was Senior Producer of the Identity and Culture Unit.

Ardalan, who has also served as Managing Editor at Hanson Robotics, has been recognized with a NASA Team Leadership award for Space Apps, a Gracie Award from the American Women in Radio and Television and a shout-out in the comic strip Zippy. In May 2014, she was the recipient of a United States Ellis Island Medal of Honor, for individual achievement and for promoting cultural unity.

Presentation

Integrity of platform based social and economic models

Climate change has recently exposed numerous vulnerabilities in supply chains. Blockchain technology can help us “rethink the wheel” by performing a critical role in future platforms that incorporate economically non-traditional modalities, such as sustainability, environmental protection, circular economy, financial inclusion, community engagement and socio-economic empowerment. In doing so, it offers an opportunity to de-risk the value chain and increase trust, while increasing community and customer engagement.

Blockchain can do this by providing distributed ledgers that report, measure and verify product attributes and claims throughout the supply chain. This will open up traditional data silos allowing for increased visibility and better decision making.

Blockchain technology, which can be applied to a broad diversity of areas, from petrochemical products to agricultural products to ocean plastics, has the ability to capture product data throughout the value chain while simultaneously protecting stakeholders’ commercial interests. This provides verified transparency and accountability, together with a powerful tool for socioeconomic empowerment and financial inclusion in marginalised populations.

Stan  Chen

Stan Chen

RecycleGO

CEO & Co-Founder

An eco-entrepreneur, Stan’s passion for sustainability along with 20+ years of experience in the recycling industry has provided the knowledge needed to design and develop ever-innovative solutions for the recycling industry, the economy, and the environment.

Q&A and discussion

Closing

Musonda  Mumba

Musonda Mumba

UNDP, Rome Centre for Sustainable Development

Director

Musonda Mumba, a Zambian National, is the Director for The Rome Centre for Sustainable Development under United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in close collaboration with Italian Government (Ministry of Environment and Ecological Transition). The Centre focuses on three priority areas notably: Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Nature Protection. In her role, she provides strategic leadership on these matters through convening, collaboration, connecting and co-creation as the world navigates complexity and uncertainty, with the aim of achieving the SDGs collectively. Her ambition is that this work is done with a Systems Thinking lens and also Systems Leadership.

She has over 25 years’ experience in environmental and conservation issues globally. She is the Chair of the Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration (GPFLR) and Vice-Chair for the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF). She is also the Founder of the Network of African Women Environmentalists (NAWE).

She has published widely in various journals, newspapers, articles and contributed to book chapters. Before joining UNDP, Musonda was the head of United Nations Environment Programme – UNEP’s Terrestrial Ecosystems Programme and served in various roles over a period of 12 years. Before working for UNEP, Musonda worked for the Zambian Government, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (in Switzerland), WWF (at International, UK and East Africa Regional Offices) and as such working with governments on Africa, Europe, Asia and Latin America.

She received her BSc. Ed degree at University of Zambia (UNZA) and has a PhD from University College London (UCL) in Wetland Conservation and Hydrology.

25 October 2021

Workshop
SDGs Labs: Mission Oriented Entrepreneurship and strategic partners
09:30 - 11:00
Dubai Exhibition Centre

Entrepreneurship

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Entrepreneurship

Workshop

SDGs Labs: Mission Oriented Entrepreneurship and strategic partners

25/10/2021, 09:30 - 11:00 GST (Dubai)

07:30 - 09:00 CEST/SAST (Brussels, Cape Town)

06:30 - 08:00 WAT (Nigeria)

01:30 - 03:00 EDT (New York)

14:30 - 16:00 KST (Seoul)

13:30 - 15:00 CST (Beijing)

11:00 - 12:30 IST (New Delhi)

02:30 - 04:00 BRT (Rio de Janeiro)

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Entrepreneurial approaches provide novel ways of turning ideas into impact. More specifically, public-purpose-driven entrepreneurship is about understanding local needs and coming up with innovative solutions paired with appropriate business models that promote social inclusion and environmental resilience.

There is growing interest in the role science, technology, and innovation can play in addressing a broad set of societal challenges. However, identifying and/or designing and scaling appropriate solutions is no small undertaking. Transforming today’s economy into a mission economy requires a broad range of actors from different sectors to work together, taking on different roles in the process (such as research, innovation, regulation, market access and skill development). This raises its own challenge, as interactions between these actors within the entrepreneurial ecosystem are often not well understood, especially in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The SDGs Labs are interactive, hands-on participatory workshops aimed at bringing together different stakeholders who are passionate about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and entrepreneurial approaches to achieving them. Participants will work in groups using a framework for better understanding SDGs-driven entrepreneurship ecosystems to explore case studies across regions and sectors.

Facilitated by

Nadim Choucair

Nadim Choucair

2030 Cabinet & Global Goals Directory

Founder & Co-Founder

Nadim Choucair is a founding member of Cabinet and the Global Goals Directory, which aims to build partnerships that advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and worked in innovation management in Montreal before moving to Berlin in 2017. Nadim then pursued graduate studies in business (IE Business School – Madrid) and diplomacy (Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University – Boston), and published a paper about the use of design thinking for helping achieve the SDGs. Until recently, Choucair was managing partnerships at etventure & EY’s wavespace Berlin, and has been involved in promoting and enabling the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals through actions such as being the initiator of the Global Goals Jam (A design Jam for the SDGs) in Berlin.

Cyiza Augustin

Cyiza Augustin

1000 Hills Honey Enterprise

CEO and Co-founder

Cyiza Augustin is the CEO and co-founder of 1000 Hills Honey Enterprise (1000HHE). 1000HHE’s mission is to process and add value to honey while improving the quality of life for all those involved. The business model is based on increasing the value of each harvest, while creating jobs in village communities in the Western province, Rusizi District, Rwanda. Augustin has received awards such as the IEEE PES Power Africa award and currently serves as Global Public Entrepreneurial Policy Liaison (Africa) on the 2021 IEEE Entrepreneurship Steering Committee.

Donovan  Guttieres

Donovan Guttieres

KU Leuven & IEEE Entrepreneurship Steering Committee

PhD researcher & Global Public Entrepreneurial Policy Liaison

Donovan Guttieres is a PhD researcher within the Access-To-Medicines Research Centre within the Faculty of Business & Economics at KU Leuven (Belgium), working on systems-based approaches to promoting pandemic preparedness. Donovan has a master’s degree in technology and policy from the Institute for Data, Systems and Society (IDSS) at MIT. Before that, he received a bachelor’s in biomedical engineering from Boston University. Guttieres is a member of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations’ Young Engineers / Future Leaders and currently serves as Global Public Entrepreneurial Policy Liaison on the 2021 IEEE Entrepreneurship Steering Committee.

Plenary session
Corporate sustainability reporting: enabling business strategies for the SDGs
15:45 - 17:15

Entrepreneurship

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Entrepreneurship

Plenary session

Corporate sustainability reporting: enabling business strategies for the SDGs

25/10/2021, 15:45 - 17:15 GST (Dubai)

13:45 - 15:15 CEST/SAST (Brussels, Cape Town)

12:45 - 14:15 WAT (Nigeria)

07:45 - 09:15 EDT (New York)

20:45 - 22:15 KST (Seoul)

19:45 - 21:15 CST (Beijing)

17:15 - 18:45 IST (New Delhi)

08:45 - 10:15 BRT (Rio de Janeiro)

Online

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Sustainability reporting helps companies and organisations understand and manage their impact on people and planet. Creating the reports is an important exercise for identifying impact, related risks and ways to mitigate and reduce them, while also identifying new business opportunities. This should lead to taking the necessary action which defines being a responsible, trustworthy company working towards a more sustainable world.

Since 1997, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has been developing a common global language for describing sustainability impacts, to help organisations deliver sustainability reports in a consistent and credible way. Approximately 10,000 companies worldwide have already adopted the GRI Standards, which are freely available for use by all organisations. Important aspects within the GRI Standards include multistakeholder approaches, double materiality and focus on impact.

This plenary session will discuss current trends in sustainability reporting and provide inspiring examples of how it has impacted business for several large MENA and European companies, all of which have a global footprint and have used sustainability reporting to drive their sustainable business strategies.

Chaired by

Marco van der Ree

Marco van der Ree

Global Reporting Initiative

former Chief Development Officer

Marco van der Ree is the former GRI’s Chief Development Officer where he was responsible for fundraising, strategic partnerships and global partner programme implementation. He just joined The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Latin America as Executive Director Development and Principal Gifts, responsible for development, fundraising, communication, policy and corporate engagement for the whole region. He is also chair of the board of the Green Light District foundation in Amsterdam and a board member of the NGO Conexsus (Brazil), KCIC Consulting Limited (Kenya) and Global Forest Bond (Brazil). Marco began his professional career in Brazil with the Institute for Society, Population and Nature (1996-98) after attaining a master’s degree in international relations, with a focus on international environmental policy, from the University of Amsterdam.

Marco is a strategic and innovative leader with 25 years of global experience in building partnerships, fundraising, advocacy, volunteer action and programme implementation for sustainable development. He has previously held positions at EIT Climate-KIC, Amsterdam, and the Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP) in Germany, in addition to several UN organisations – UNCDF, UNDP, UNOPS and UN Volunteers around the world – between 1999-2015.

For UNV, Marco led the global Volunteer Action Counts for Sustainable Development campaign for Rio+20, which accumulated 64 million actions. In 2016, he founded Brokering Solidarity, Spain, for delivering consultancies on fundraising, volunteer platforms, combatting deforestation and the 10-year Evaluation of the Brazilian Amazon Fund, as well as co-founding a tech start-up to facilitate volunteer action.

Introduction

Presentation

Advance action on the SDGs through corporate reporting with the GRI Standards

GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) is the independent, international organization that helps businesses and other organizations take responsibility for their impacts, by providing them with the global common language to communicate those impacts. GRI provides the world’s most widely used standards for sustainability reporting – the GRI Standards. Sabine Content, GRI’s Director Corporate & Stakeholder Engagement, will explain how the use of the GRI Standards can help organizations to advance action on the SDGs through corporate reporting with the GRI Standards.

Sabine Content

Sabine Content

Global Reporting Initiative

Director Corporate and Stakeholder Engagement

As Director of Corporate & Stakeholder Engagement at Global Reporting Initiative, Sabine Content is responsible for all global corporate engagement, as well as raising awareness and building relationships between GRI and key partner organisations and stakeholders. This includes the GRI Community Program, GRI’s core network of supporters, made up of over 500 organisations in more than 70 countries.

The Corporate & Stakeholder Engagement department brings together a worldwide network of companies and organisations committed to GRI’s mission of empowering decision makers everywhere through its sustainability standards and multi-stakeholder network, to take action towards a more sustainable economy and world.

Sabine is from the Netherlands and before joining GRI she spent over 15 years in the international apparel and textiles industry. It was this work that motivated her to contribute to a world where creating financial value goes hand-in-hand with safeguarding the environment and societies.

Presentation

What gets measured gets done

The energy company, Equinor is among one of the GRI pioneers having used the GRI standards since 2003. Head of External Reporting at Equinor, Titus Fossgard-Moser, will talk about the importance of external reporting, Equinor’s reporting journey – including the challenges and opportunities – as well as what he expects will be the next steps in the reporting sphere.

Titus Fossgard-Moser

Titus Fossgard-Moser

Equinor

Head of Environment and Reporting

Titus is presently Head of Environment and Reporting at Equinor. Previous to this he was Head of Safety and Sustainability for Equinor’s international Exploration business and has held a number of other sustainability leadership roles. He has a PhD from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from McGill University.

Presentation

Building a company to last – the role of sustainability reporting

As the world’s leading brewer, AB InBev knows that brewing great beers depends on a resilient natural environment and thriving communities. The company has developed ambitious goals to help build environmental resilience, reduce the harmful consumption of alcohol and promote inclusive growth and sustainable livelihoods across the value chain. AB InBev’s Senior Global Director of Sustainability & ESG Katie Hoard will discuss the opportunities and challenges in the current reporting landscape to provide stakeholders with greater visibility on how the company is working to build a better world by integrating sustainability, responsibility and purpose into our business strategy, actions and thinking.

Katie Hoard

Katie Hoard

ABInBev

Global Director Sustainability & ESG

Katie Hoard is AB InBev’s Global Senior Director of Sustainability and ESG based in Leuven, Belgium. In her role, she works closely with AB InBev’s Global Finance team on Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) engagement and engages across teams in the organization to lead the company’s ESG disclosure. Additionally, Katie is responsible for the global strategy to achieve the company’s Smart Agriculture 2025 Goal, working with Procurement and Supply teams to build resilient, responsible agricultural supply chains globally through partnerships and the development of innovative solutions.

Prior to joining AB InBev, Katie worked in politics and commodities regulation in Washington, DC. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Finance from the University of Arkansas, a Master’s degree in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics, and an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York.

Presentation

Nadja Picard

Nadja Picard

PWC

Partner and Global Reporting Leader

Nadja Picard is a German CPA and tax advisor and is PwC’s Global Head of Reporting. With an initial focus on ESG, she focuses on enhancing the corporate reporting of PwC’s clients beyond financial reporting to meet investor and stakeholder demands, including appropriate assurance responses. She also drives PwC’s related service offerings and thought leadership.
Nadja continues to advise companies on Capital Markets Transactions, especially Initial Public Offering and has extensive experience in German and cross-border transactions in the US, UK and HK / China.

Overview

Marco van der Ree

Marco van der Ree

Global Reporting Initiative

former Chief Development Officer

Marco van der Ree is the former GRI’s Chief Development Officer where he was responsible for fundraising, strategic partnerships and global partner programme implementation. He just joined The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Latin America as Executive Director Development and Principal Gifts, responsible for development, fundraising, communication, policy and corporate engagement for the whole region. He is also chair of the board of the Green Light District foundation in Amsterdam and a board member of the NGO Conexsus (Brazil), KCIC Consulting Limited (Kenya) and Global Forest Bond (Brazil). Marco began his professional career in Brazil with the Institute for Society, Population and Nature (1996-98) after attaining a master’s degree in international relations, with a focus on international environmental policy, from the University of Amsterdam.

Marco is a strategic and innovative leader with 25 years of global experience in building partnerships, fundraising, advocacy, volunteer action and programme implementation for sustainable development. He has previously held positions at EIT Climate-KIC, Amsterdam, and the Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP) in Germany, in addition to several UN organisations – UNCDF, UNDP, UNOPS and UN Volunteers around the world – between 1999-2015.

For UNV, Marco led the global Volunteer Action Counts for Sustainable Development campaign for Rio+20, which accumulated 64 million actions. In 2016, he founded Brokering Solidarity, Spain, for delivering consultancies on fundraising, volunteer platforms, combatting deforestation and the 10-year Evaluation of the Brazilian Amazon Fund, as well as co-founding a tech start-up to facilitate volunteer action.

Panel discussion

Panel debate

Sabine Content

Sabine Content

Global Reporting Initiative

Director Corporate and Stakeholder Engagement

As Director of Corporate & Stakeholder Engagement at Global Reporting Initiative, Sabine Content is responsible for all global corporate engagement, as well as raising awareness and building relationships between GRI and key partner organisations and stakeholders. This includes the GRI Community Program, GRI’s core network of supporters, made up of over 500 organisations in more than 70 countries.

The Corporate & Stakeholder Engagement department brings together a worldwide network of companies and organisations committed to GRI’s mission of empowering decision makers everywhere through its sustainability standards and multi-stakeholder network, to take action towards a more sustainable economy and world.

Sabine is from the Netherlands and before joining GRI she spent over 15 years in the international apparel and textiles industry. It was this work that motivated her to contribute to a world where creating financial value goes hand-in-hand with safeguarding the environment and societies.

Katie Hoard

Katie Hoard

ABInBev

Global Director Sustainability & ESG

Katie Hoard is AB InBev’s Global Senior Director of Sustainability and ESG based in Leuven, Belgium. In her role, she works closely with AB InBev’s Global Finance team on Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) engagement and engages across teams in the organization to lead the company’s ESG disclosure. Additionally, Katie is responsible for the global strategy to achieve the company’s Smart Agriculture 2025 Goal, working with Procurement and Supply teams to build resilient, responsible agricultural supply chains globally through partnerships and the development of innovative solutions.

Prior to joining AB InBev, Katie worked in politics and commodities regulation in Washington, DC. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Finance from the University of Arkansas, a Master’s degree in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics, and an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York.

Nadja Picard

Nadja Picard

PWC

Partner and Global Reporting Leader

Nadja Picard is a German CPA and tax advisor and is PwC’s Global Head of Reporting. With an initial focus on ESG, she focuses on enhancing the corporate reporting of PwC’s clients beyond financial reporting to meet investor and stakeholder demands, including appropriate assurance responses. She also drives PwC’s related service offerings and thought leadership.
Nadja continues to advise companies on Capital Markets Transactions, especially Initial Public Offering and has extensive experience in German and cross-border transactions in the US, UK and HK / China.

Titus Fossgard-Moser

Titus Fossgard-Moser

Equinor

Head of Environment and Reporting

Titus is presently Head of Environment and Reporting at Equinor. Previous to this he was Head of Safety and Sustainability for Equinor’s international Exploration business and has held a number of other sustainability leadership roles. He has a PhD from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from McGill University.

Q&A

Closing

Marco van der Ree

Marco van der Ree

Global Reporting Initiative

former Chief Development Officer

Marco van der Ree is the former GRI’s Chief Development Officer where he was responsible for fundraising, strategic partnerships and global partner programme implementation. He just joined The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Latin America as Executive Director Development and Principal Gifts, responsible for development, fundraising, communication, policy and corporate engagement for the whole region. He is also chair of the board of the Green Light District foundation in Amsterdam and a board member of the NGO Conexsus (Brazil), KCIC Consulting Limited (Kenya) and Global Forest Bond (Brazil). Marco began his professional career in Brazil with the Institute for Society, Population and Nature (1996-98) after attaining a master’s degree in international relations, with a focus on international environmental policy, from the University of Amsterdam.

Marco is a strategic and innovative leader with 25 years of global experience in building partnerships, fundraising, advocacy, volunteer action and programme implementation for sustainable development. He has previously held positions at EIT Climate-KIC, Amsterdam, and the Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP) in Germany, in addition to several UN organisations – UNCDF, UNDP, UNOPS and UN Volunteers around the world – between 1999-2015.

For UNV, Marco led the global Volunteer Action Counts for Sustainable Development campaign for Rio+20, which accumulated 64 million actions. In 2016, he founded Brokering Solidarity, Spain, for delivering consultancies on fundraising, volunteer platforms, combatting deforestation and the 10-year Evaluation of the Brazilian Amazon Fund, as well as co-founding a tech start-up to facilitate volunteer action.

Plenary session
Leveraging a global network of technologists to address local challenges in the face of a pandemic (hosted by IEEE)
15:45 - 17:15

Entrepreneurship

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Entrepreneurship

Plenary session

Leveraging a global network of technologists to address local challenges in the face of a pandemic (hosted by IEEE)

25/10/2021, 15:45 - 17:15 GST (Dubai)

13:45 - 15:15 CEST/SAST (Brussels, Cape Town)

12:45 - 14:15 WAT (Nigeria)

07:45 - 09:15 EDT (New York)

20:45 - 22:15 KST (Seoul)

19:45 - 21:15 CST (Beijing)

17:15 - 18:45 IST (New Delhi)

08:45 - 10:15 BRT (Rio de Janeiro)

Online

Join us online >

Grassroots leadership and technical know-how are key enablers of sustainable development solutions. IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional association dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity, has a global network of technically trained volunteers in over 160 countries. IEEE members collaborate on world‐changing technologies, from computing and sustainable energy systems to aerospace, robotics, communication, healthcare and more. They are leaders in their fields and connected both to a global, technical network and their local communities.

This session will showcase the technical and geographic capacities IEEE brings to the table, using examples from local innovations developed by IEEE volunteers to address community challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It will also explain how organisations can partner with IEEE to help scale existing programmes, pilot new activities, and develop new approaches utilising best-in-class technology, entrepreneurship resources and broad global reach.

Presentation

Susan Kathy Land

Susan Kathy Land

IEEE

2021 IEEE President & CEO

Susan Kathy Land is a Program Manager for the U.S. Department of Defense’s Missile Defense Agency. She has more than 30 years of industry experience in the application of software engineering methodologies, the management of information systems, and leadership of software development teams.

Kathy served as the 2018 Vice President, IEEE Technical Activities. She also served two additional terms on the IEEE Board of Directors as Division VIII Director/Delegate in 2011 and 2012 and as Division V Director/Delegate in 2014 and 2015. She was President of the IEEE Computer Society in 2009. Kathy was a member of the IEEE-USA Board of Directors in 2013 and 2016.

Kathy has been an active member of the IEEE Standards Association for more than 20 years and served as the Computer Society Vice President for Standards in 2004. She was the recipient of the 2007 IEEE Standards Medallion.

An IEEE Fellow, Kathy is the author and co-author of a number of texts and publications supporting software engineering principles and the practical application of software process methodologies. She is an IEEE-HKN Member and IEEE Computer Society Richard E. Merwin Award recipient.

Presentation

Sampathkumar  Veeraraghavan

Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan

IEEE

Global Chair, 2021 IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee

Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan is a globally renowned technologist, best known for his technological innovations in addressing global humanitarian and sustainable development challenges. He is a seasoned technology and business leader with over 16 years of experience in Top 500 Fortune companies.

Throughout his career, Veeraraghavan has led business-critical strategic programmes and successfully delivered cutting-edge technologies in areas of conversational Artificial Intelligence (AI), Natural Language Understanding, cloud computing, enterprise systems, infrastructure technologies, assistive and sustainable technologies. Sampath served as an expert in the 2020 Broadband Commission working group on school connectivity co-chaired by UNESCO, UNICEF and ITU to drive “GIGA,” a Global School Connectivity Initiative.

Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan is the founder and president of “The Brahmam”, a humanitarian programme delivering next-generation social innovations to achieve SDGs and benefit marginalised communities all over the world. He spent over a decade launching large-scale transformational global initiatives that brought together academic institutions, industry leaders and government agencies to address pressing challenges faced by children with disabilities, impoverished women and students from marginalised communities in developing nations.

Sampath is the Global Chair of the 2021 IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee (IEEE HAC). (The USA-based IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, is of the world’s largest technical professional organisations.) In this role, he spearheads the global strategy and portfolio of sustainable development and humanitarian engineering programmes, aimed at delivering impactful programmes which engage and benefit 400K+ IEEE members at grass roots level in 160 countries. He is credited with launching several novel global programmes in humanitarian engineering which successfully inspired and engaged students and young professionals in sustainable development activities.

Sampath was Global Chair (2019-2020) of the IEEE Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technologies (SIGHT), which achieved record-breaking growth through high-impact, technology-driven sustainable programmes benefiting members in 119+ countries. He is the founding chair for the IEEE SIGHT day (2020) and SIGHT week (2019), a global programme that showcases the impactful IEEE technology-based humanitarian programmes. He currently leads the IEEE Standards 2021 Corporate Sustainability Working Group. As an active IEEE and IEEE-HKN member, Sampath has spearheaded more than 20+ global committees and has made significant contributions in advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.

Sampath is accredited with numerous global awards and media mentions for his leadership excellence and technological innovations in addressing global sustainable development challenges. He was recently honoured with the top global accolade “2020 IEEE Theodore W. Hissey Professional Award”. He has delivered 250+ invited talks at international forums, premier technology conferences and industry panels organised by UN, IEEE, ITU, World IoT forum and leading universities around the globe. He has authored and published 30+ research publications and thought leadership articles in leading global conferences, journals and magazines. His technological innovations and leadership excellence have been featured in cover stories of global media such as IEEE TV, IEEE spectrum, USA today, E-week, AI-news and IEEE transmitter, The Bridge and ACM-News.

Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan has a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Tufts University, Massachusetts, USA (2010), and a bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering from Anna University, India (2005). He currently works as a senior technology and programme management leader in the conversational Artificial Intelligence industry, where he spearheads a portfolio of science and engineering programmes to advance spoken language innovations.

Presentation

Ajay Poddar

Ajay Poddar

Synergy Microwave

Chief Scientist

Ajay Poddar is an IEEE Fellow, an Electronics & Communication Engineering graduate from the National Institute of Technology Calicut, India, and a Master of Technology in RADAR & Communication Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India. He also holds a doctorate (Dr.-Ing.) from Technical University Berlin, Germany, and a post-doctorate (Dr.-Ing. habil) from Brandenburg Technical University, Cottbus, Germany.

Poddar has received over a dozen awards for scientific and technological innovations and meritorious services, holds over 3 dozen patents, has published 300+ scientific papers in journals and conferences and co-authored 4 technical books/chapters. From 1991 to 2001, he worked as a senior scientist in DRDO and was a visiting professor at the University of Pune, India. He is currently the Chief Scientist at Synergy Microwave, NJ, USA, where he is responsible for design/development of signal generation/processing electronics, opto-electronics, RF-MEMS and Metamaterial- Electronics for industry, medical and space applications. He is also serving as a visiting professor at the University of Oradea, Romania, the Indian Institute of Technology Jammu, India, and is a guest lecturer at Technical University Munich, Germany.

Poddar received the 2015 IEEE IFCS Cady Award, in recognition of his outstanding scientific contributions to a host of frequency generating and frequency-controlled electronics and timing devices for industrial, medical and space applications. He is also the recipient of the 2018 IEEE MGA Innovation Award for his dedicated volunteering service to members, chapters and humanitarian projects, the 2015 IEEE R1 Award for “Outstanding Scientific Contributions, Leadership and Service”, and the 2009 IEEE R1 Award for “Outstanding Leadership and Contributions in the Research, Design and Development of Microwave Systems”. Additionally, Poddar is included in the list entitled “Divine Innovation: 10 Technologies Changing the Future of Passive and Control Components” (Cover page, Microwave Journal, November 2011).

Poddar was elected as an AdCom member of IEEE AP-S in 2018 and IEEE MTT-S in 2019, for 3-year terms, by a 10,000-strong eligible electorate from each society. As chair of the Global Chapter Activity Committee, Dr. Poddar has created more than 100 chapters worldwide in the last 10 years to connect outreach regions for the benefit of members and local communities. Dr. Poddar has been actively involved with IEEE SIGHT/HAC, IEEE sister societies and IEEE MGA activities, including charitable services for addressing inequality, especially in underserved communities. These engagements have served to broaden his experience as a leader and mentor, as well as a proactive volunteer who is able to inspire students, researchers and young professionals.

Poddar has been involved in helping underprivileged and underserved communities for more than 30 years. His wide-ranging experience of technical work and collaboration with industry, academic institutions and research organisations is helping to engage pre-university, undergraduate and graduate students, young professionals and local communities in connecting with these communities, sharing knowledge and assisting educational attainment to promote equality and help reduce poverty.

Presentation

Fernando Guarin

Fernando Guarin

Global Foundries

Distinguished Member of Technical Staff

Fernando Guarín is a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Global Foundries in East Fishkill, New York, where he is currently leading the team qualifying GlobalFoundries RF 5G technology offerings. This follows his retirement from IBM’s SRDC after 27 years as a Senior Member of Technical Staff in 2016.

From 1980 until 1988, Guarín worked in the Military and Aerospace Operations division of National Semiconductor Corporation.  In 1988, he joined IBM’s microelectronics division, where he worked in reliability physics and modeling of Advanced Bipolar, CMOS and Silicon Germanium BiCMOS technologies.

Fernando Guarín is an IEEE Life Fellow and Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Electron Device Society EDS, where he has served in many capacities including member of the IEEE’s EDS Board of Governors, chair of the EDS Education Committee and EDS Secretary. He was also the EDS President 2018-2019.

Guarín earned his BSEE from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia, his M.S.E.E. degree from the University of Arizona (USA), and his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, NY (USA). He has been actively working in microelectronic reliability for 40 years.

Presentation

Ken Stauffer

Ken Stauffer

IEEE Entrepreneurship

Chair

Ken Stauffer was born and raised in Tanzania, East Africa. He has spent 30+ years in the telecommunications industry, having begun his career at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, NJ, after receiving his MSEE from Polytechnic University in New York City. At Bell Laboratories, Ken worked in Data Services Performance where he and the team designed a system called Packet-ASPEN to measure performance in packet networks and to establish Data Applications Labs.

Stauffer later moved to the International Operations Group to design and deploy AT&T’s Global Network Management Center in NYC, and to deploy the Centers in Europe alongside a Pan-European Frame Relay network. For AT&T’s Global Strategy and Business Development Group, Ken developed business and technical models for WORLDPARTNERS2, participated in the creation of CONCERT, the AT&T/BT Joint Venture, and managed AT&T’s business relationship with Japan Telecom in Japan.

Ken left AT&T in 2000 to become an entrepreneur as part of a management team founding EPIK Communications – a $450M start-up in Florida. He designed EPIK’s advanced services strategy, created both the Product Innovation Group and EPIK Labs, implemented a suite of “enlightened” IP and Ethernet products, and served as EPIK’s Senior Vice President of Operations and Chief Technology Officer. He also led a team to create the vision for “The NAP of the Americas” in Miami, which was sold in 2011 to Verizon for $1.4B.

In Jan 2003, Ken formed Technology Assurance Labs to provide consulting, design and testing services to venture capital groups, network equipment manufacturers and service providers. In 2010, Technology Assurance Labs began developing RFID products for the rail industry and IoT products for the propane and natural gas industry.

Ken Stauffer also founded Cypress Equipment, a product sales company.

Ken is a Life Senior Member of IEEE and co-founded the IEEE Entrepreneurship Initiative in 2015. He is currently chair of IEEE Entrepreneurship and chair of the Vaughn College Board of Trustees in NYC.

Workshop
Entrepreneurs Social: Mapping the SDG Entrepreneurship ecosystem in the MENA region
17:30 - 19:00
Dubai Exhibition Centre

Entrepreneurship

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Entrepreneurship

Workshop

Entrepreneurs Social: Mapping the SDG Entrepreneurship ecosystem in the MENA region

25/10/2021, 17:30 - 19:00 GST (Dubai)

15:30 - 17:00 CEST/SAST (Brussels, Cape Town)

14:30 - 16:00 WAT (Nigeria)

09:30 - 11:00 EDT (New York)

22:30 - 00:00 KST (Seoul)

21:30 - 23:00 CST (Beijing)

19:00 - 20:30 IST (New Delhi)

10:30 - 12:00 BRT (Rio de Janeiro)

Dubai Exhibition Centre & online

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The G-STIC Conference brings together a community of stakeholders who are passionate about using science, technology and innovation in ways that can lead to win-win solutions for the economy, for the environment and for the people.

The IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), including its IEEE Entrepreneurship Community, is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.

This session aims to bring together a community of practitioners, innovators and students to meet, share experiences and design entrepreneurial ecosystems that can help accelerate progress towards the SDGs, especially in the MENA region.

26 October 2021

Workshop
The democratisation of technology: paving the way towards a desirable 2050 future by understanding our younger generation’s aspirations
09:30 - 13:00
Dubai Exhibition Centre (by invitation only)

Circular Economy, Climate, ICT, Entrepreneurship

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Circular Economy Climate ICT Entrepreneurship

Workshop

The democratisation of technology: paving the way towards a desirable 2050 future by understanding our younger generation’s aspirations

26/10/2021, 09:30 - 13:00 GST (Dubai)

07:30 - 11:00 CEST/SAST (Brussels, Cape Town)

06:30 - 10:00 WAT (Nigeria)

01:30 - 05:00 EDT (New York)

14:30 - 18:00 KST (Seoul)

13:30 - 17:00 CST (Beijing)

11:00 - 14:30 IST (New Delhi)

02:30 - 06:00 BRT (Rio de Janeiro)

Dubai Exhibition Centre (by invitation only)

It takes up to 25 years, which is a generation, to transform an industrial sector and its associated value chains. Attaining a desirable sustainable future by 2050 means decisions, action and experimentation around the “new sustainable normal” need to take place now.

In partnership with the Resilience Frontiers Initiative, Zayed University, G-STIC, VITO and 3 ideas B.V., this workshop will use methodology developed by the Resilience Frontiers Initiative together with foresight provided by 4CF to frame a regional case study around date palm oasis ecosystems. A group of students from Zayed University will be engaged to shed light on their social aspirations for the future in the context of natural resources, human settlements, circular economy, new materials, and frontier technologies.

The students, in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of experts, will be also asked to apply the values, principles and a worldview associated with indigenous networks and their information management systems to the assimilation of frontier technologies, including blockchain.

Facilitated by

Norbert  Kolos

Norbert Kolos

4CF Sp. z o.o.

Managing partner

Norbert Kolos is a managing partner of 4CF. For over a decade, he has headed its analytical team’s contributions to numerous studies and strategies for business, governmental bodies and international institutions, providing foresight, socio-economic and regulatory impact assessments. Norbert has also examined the future of manufacturing and related business (in the packaging, automotive and technology sectors’ models) under Industry 4.0.

In recent years, Norbert has led consulting projects in strategic planning for Norwegian government agencies such as Jernbaneverket, Innovasjon Norge and Kystverket, for the Polish Ministry of Investments and Development, and others. He has conducted workshops and training sessions for decision makers of large corporations and institutions.

Norbert Kolos is currently the chair of the Polish node of The Millennium Project, an international foresight think-tank based in Washington, and a member of the World Future Society. He also teaches strategic foresight at the Naval Academy in Gdynia, having earned master’s degrees in both economics and management at the University of Warsaw.

Kacper  Nosarzewski

Kacper Nosarzewski

4CF Sp. z o.o.

Partner

Kacper Nosarzewski is a partner at 4CF and a board member of the Polish Society for Futures Studies. As a NATO expert, he is an author of methodologies and facilitator of foresight projects for civilian and military clients. Kacper advises on strategic foresight enterprises and international institutions, such as UNESCO and UNDP. He led the Scenarios of National Development 2050 project for the Polish Ministry of Infrastructure and Development.

Kacper has also managed projects for medium and large companies and government agencies around the world in the high-tech, food & beverage, financial, logistics and defense industries. These include the Polish and Dutch Ministries of Defense, Brazilian mining corporations, the Republic of Colombia’s Ministry of Labour, Polish FMCG companies and government agencies in Tunisia and Norway.

He is a member of the Polish branch of The Millennium Project – the world’s largest foresight think tank – and a member of the World Future Society, as well as being the author of various scientific articles, workshops and media commentaries on the future of industries, cities and companies.

Kacper Nosarzewski currently teaches foresight at the Naval Academy, AGH University of Science and Technology, and has a seminar on future cities at the Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw. He is a graduate of the University of Warsaw and an alumnus of the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Programme.

Ibon  Zugasti Gorostidi

Ibon Zugasti Gorostidi

Prospektiker - Millennium Project

Director

Ibon Zugasti is an International Project Manager at LKS Cooperative (the Management Consulting Division of MONDRAGON Corporation), a Board Member of the Millennium Project Global Futures Think Tank, a Member of the Board of Foresight Europe Network – FEN, Deputy Director of the Foresight Iberoamerican Network – RIBER and Associate Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science. Ibon is also the Managing Partner/Director in PROSPEKTIKER – European Institute for Futures Studies and Strategy and a member of the PREPARE Network.

Since 1999, Ibon has led several high-impact consultancy and research projects in fields such as foresight, regional sustainable development, labour & training and energy for different Governments around the world (including USA, Canada, UK, Colombia, Uruguay) and cities (including Montreal, Preston, New York City) and corporations (including Repsol, Telefonica, Iberdrola, Guggenheim, MONDRAGON). He has also advised the Committee of the Regions of the EU about the launching of a European Platform on Territorial Foresight. In the USA, Ibon advises the Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative (BCDI) in New York City and collaborates closely with the nationwide 1worker1vote movement.

Ibon has co-authored several publications such as “The Future of Business Organizations and Cooperatives” (Millennium Project), “An initial assessment of territorial forward planning/foresight projects in the European Union” (Committee of the Regions of the EU), “The Future of Work and Technology 2050” (Millennium Project) and related articles such as “Why the U.S. Needs More Worker-Owned Companies” (Harvard Business Review) and “Mondragon: Maintaining Resilience through Cooperative Strategies” (Oxford University). He also contributes to the Millennium Project’s annual “State of the Future” publication.

Ibon attained his bachelor’s degree in business administration and his master’s in strategic management at the University of Deusto (Spain) and Marquette University (USA). He has taught strategic and cooperative management and foresight at international level at many universities and seminars (including Oxford University, TEC Monterrey, Singularity University and Yonsei University).

Partners and co-creators

Youssef  Nassef

Youssef Nassef

UNFCCC

Director Adaptation

Youssef Nassef leads the work on adaptation to climate change under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. He has 30 years of experience in diplomacy and international environmental policy and is a seconded diplomat from the Egyptian Foreign Service.

While assuming progressively higher levels of leadership at the UNFCCC, he led UNFCCC support for a number of on-going initiatives on adaptation. These include the inception of National Adaptation Programme of Action, National Adaptation Plans, the Nairobi Work Programme (an international knowledge hub for impacts, vulnerability and adaptation) and the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage.

Youssef holds a doctorate in international technology policy and management and a master’s degree in international environmental policy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, as well as a master’s degree in Middle East studies and a bachelor’s degree in computer science and physics from the American University in Cairo.

Sandra Piesik

Sandra Piesik

3 Ideas B.V.

Director

Sandra Piesik is an award-winning architect, author and researcher specialising in the implementation of global sustainable legislation, nature-based solutions and traditional knowledge adaptation. She is the founder of 3 ideas B.V. Amsterdam based consultancy, a senior consultant to UN-HABITAT on Urban and Rural Linkages at the Urban Practices Branch, and a former Policy Support Consultant on Rural – Urban Dynamics to UNCCD. Her diverse global engagements range from international lectures, judging of the competitions, nominator of awards, and evaluation of R&D projects for the European Union.

She is a stakeholder and network member of several UN organisations including UNFCCC: The Resilience Frontiers, the Nairobi Work Programme (NWP), the Paris Committee on Capacity Building (PCCB) and Climate and Technology Centre & Network (CTCN).

Her published work includes Arish: Palm-Leaf Architecture (published by: Thames & Hudson in 2012), she is also the general editor of the encyclopaedia, HABITAT: Vernacular Architecture for a Changing Planet (published by: Thames & Hudson, Abrams Books, Flammarion, Editions Detail and Blume in 2017).

Marco  Sosa

Marco Sosa

Zayed University

Associate Professor and Chair of Design at CACE

Marco Sosa is an Architect (RIBA), Associate Professor and Chair of Design at the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises, Zayed University, Abu Dhabi. He holds a bachelor’s degree (Hons) and postgraduate diploma in Architecture, as well as a master’s in Architecture of Rapid Change and Scarce Resources from the London Metropolitan University. In 2012, Sosa published a photography book about the oldest functional mosque in the UAE. He has also designed, participated in and curated exhibitions, nationally and internationally.

In 2014, Marco was appointed Head of Design to the curatorial team for the First National UAE Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice Biennale. Curated by Rem Koolhaas, this exhibition and its catalogue featured many of Sosa’s photographs. Sosa is interested in materials and their presence as space forming mediums that add materiality to a “place”, together with how to integrate digital fabrication techniques in the studio for Interior design learning.

Lina  Ahmad

Lina Ahmad

Zayed University

Associate Professor at CACE

Lina Ahmad is currently employed as an Associate Professor and Assistant Chair at the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises, Zayed University, Abu Dhabi. Ahmad holds a master’s degree (MArch) from the Architectural Association in London. She has over 10 years of professional experience as an architect working across different sectors and project stages.

Ahmad’s work has been exhibited extensively, including at the UAE’s National Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice Biennale.

In 2015, she published a book titled “Cellular ‘Network’ City” which presents an investigation into the realm of algorithmic architectural design.

Lina’s work has been published and presented at various conferences around the world. She is passionate about modern heritage and is an advocate of digital fabrication technology, the concept of “design by making” in the design studio and its impact in regional higher education and the UAE creative industry.

Technical expert

Stan  Chen

Stan Chen

RecycleGO

CEO & Co-Founder

An eco-entrepreneur, Stan’s passion for sustainability along with 20+ years of experience in the recycling industry has provided the knowledge needed to design and develop ever-innovative solutions for the recycling industry, the economy, and the environment.

Workshop
SDGs Labs: Mission Oriented Entrepreneurship and strategic partners
16:00 - 17:30
Dubai Exhibition Centre

Entrepreneurship

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Entrepreneurship

Workshop

SDGs Labs: Mission Oriented Entrepreneurship and strategic partners

26/10/2021, 16:00 - 17:30 GST (Dubai)

14:00 - 15:30 CEST/SAST (Brussels, Cape Town)

13:00 - 14:30 WAT (Nigeria)

08:00 - 09:30 EDT (New York)

21:00 - 22:30 KST (Seoul)

20:00 - 21:30 CST (Beijing)

17:30 - 19:00 IST (New Delhi)

09:00 - 10:30 BRT (Rio de Janeiro)

Dubai Exhibition Centre & online

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Entrepreneurial approaches provide novel ways of turning ideas into impact. More specifically, public-purpose-driven entrepreneurship is about understanding local needs and coming up with innovative solutions paired with appropriate business models that promote social inclusion and environmental resilience.

There is growing interest in the role science, technology, and innovation can play in addressing a broad set of societal challenges. However, identifying and/or designing and scaling appropriate solutions is no small undertaking. Transforming today’s economy into a mission economy requires a broad range of actors from different sectors to work together, taking on different roles in the process (such as research, innovation, regulation, market access and skill development). This raises its own challenge, as interactions between these actors within the entrepreneurial ecosystem are often not well understood, especially in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The SDGs Labs are interactive, hands-on participatory workshops aimed at bringing together different stakeholders who are passionate about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and entrepreneurial approaches to achieving them. Participants will work in groups using a framework for better understanding SDGs-driven entrepreneurship ecosystems to explore case studies across regions and sectors.

Facilitated by

Nadim Choucair

Nadim Choucair

2030 Cabinet & Global Goals Directory

Founder & Co-Founder

Nadim Choucair is a founding member of Cabinet and the Global Goals Directory, which aims to build partnerships that advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and worked in innovation management in Montreal before moving to Berlin in 2017. Nadim then pursued graduate studies in business (IE Business School – Madrid) and diplomacy (Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University – Boston), and published a paper about the use of design thinking for helping achieve the SDGs. Until recently, Choucair was managing partnerships at etventure & EY’s wavespace Berlin, and has been involved in promoting and enabling the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals through actions such as being the initiator of the Global Goals Jam (A design Jam for the SDGs) in Berlin.

Cyiza Augustin

Cyiza Augustin

1000 Hills Honey Enterprise

CEO and Co-founder

Cyiza Augustin is the CEO and co-founder of 1000 Hills Honey Enterprise (1000HHE). 1000HHE’s mission is to process and add value to honey while improving the quality of life for all those involved. The business model is based on increasing the value of each harvest, while creating jobs in village communities in the Western province, Rusizi District, Rwanda. Augustin has received awards such as the IEEE PES Power Africa award and currently serves as Global Public Entrepreneurial Policy Liaison (Africa) on the 2021 IEEE Entrepreneurship Steering Committee.

Donovan  Guttieres

Donovan Guttieres

KU Leuven & IEEE Entrepreneurship Steering Committee

PhD researcher & Global Public Entrepreneurial Policy Liaison

Donovan Guttieres is a PhD researcher within the Access-To-Medicines Research Centre within the Faculty of Business & Economics at KU Leuven (Belgium), working on systems-based approaches to promoting pandemic preparedness. Donovan has a master’s degree in technology and policy from the Institute for Data, Systems and Society (IDSS) at MIT. Before that, he received a bachelor’s in biomedical engineering from Boston University. Guttieres is a member of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations’ Young Engineers / Future Leaders and currently serves as Global Public Entrepreneurial Policy Liaison on the 2021 IEEE Entrepreneurship Steering Committee.

27 October 2021

Workshop
SDGs Lab
13:00 - 14:30
SRTI Park

Entrepreneurship

19 January 2022

Plenary session
The democratisation of technology: living the change in a post-pandemic world
10:00 - 11:00
Dubai Exhibition Centre

Circular Economy, Climate, ICT, Entrepreneurship

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Circular Economy Climate ICT Entrepreneurship

Plenary session

The democratisation of technology: living the change in a post-pandemic world

19/01/2022, 10:00 - 11:00 GST (Dubai)

07:00 - 08:00 CET/WAT (Brussels, Nigeria)

08:00 - 09:00 SAST (Cape Town)

01:00 - 02:00 EST (New York)

15:00 - 16:00 KST (Seoul)

14:00 - 15:00 CST (Beijing)

11:30 - 12:30 IST (New Delhi)

03:00 - 04:00 BRT (Rio de Janeiro)

Dubai Exhibition Centre & online

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The prospect of a green post-COVID recovery provides opportunities to shape our future more sustainably and equitably. Living this change will require a shift to holistic mindsets and re-evaluation of our relationships with nature and with each other. Frontier technologies will continue to play an important role, but it will be up to us to define and shape the technological realm’s ethical parameters.

This session will build upon the October 2021 Democratisation of Technology sessions in which indigenous values were introduced in the context of using digital technologies for social good. We will expand by looking at challenges associated with automation and job creation for people, creating new value through collaborative innovation, combating a digital divide and technology on the ethical edge.

This session is undertaken in collaboration with the Resilience Frontiers Initiative.

Chaired by

Musonda  Mumba

Musonda Mumba

UNDP, Rome Centre for Sustainable Development

Director

Musonda Mumba, a Zambian National, is the Director for The Rome Centre for Sustainable Development under United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in close collaboration with Italian Government (Ministry of Environment and Ecological Transition). The Centre focuses on three priority areas notably: Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Nature Protection. In her role, she provides strategic leadership on these matters through convening, collaboration, connecting and co-creation as the world navigates complexity and uncertainty, with the aim of achieving the SDGs collectively. Her ambition is that this work is done with a Systems Thinking lens and also Systems Leadership.

She has over 25 years’ experience in environmental and conservation issues globally. She is the Chair of the Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration (GPFLR) and Vice-Chair for the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF). She is also the Founder of the Network of African Women Environmentalists (NAWE).

She has published widely in various journals, newspapers, articles and contributed to book chapters. Before joining UNDP, Musonda was the head of United Nations Environment Programme – UNEP’s Terrestrial Ecosystems Programme and served in various roles over a period of 12 years. Before working for UNEP, Musonda worked for the Zambian Government, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (in Switzerland), WWF (at International, UK and East Africa Regional Offices) and as such working with governments on Africa, Europe, Asia and Latin America.

She received her BSc. Ed degree at University of Zambia (UNZA) and has a PhD from University College London (UCL) in Wetland Conservation and Hydrology.

Introduction

Keynote speech

Digital technologies for social good

Youssef  Nassef

Youssef Nassef

UNFCCC

Director Adaptation

Youssef Nassef leads the work on adaptation to climate change under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. He has 30 years of experience in diplomacy and international environmental policy and is a seconded diplomat from the Egyptian Foreign Service.

While assuming progressively higher levels of leadership at the UNFCCC, he led UNFCCC support for a number of on-going initiatives on adaptation. These include the inception of National Adaptation Programme of Action, National Adaptation Plans, the Nairobi Work Programme (an international knowledge hub for impacts, vulnerability and adaptation) and the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage.

Youssef holds a doctorate in international technology policy and management and a master’s degree in international environmental policy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, as well as a master’s degree in Middle East studies and a bachelor’s degree in computer science and physics from the American University in Cairo.

Keynote speech

Harnessing the power of innovation for nature and people

Zitouni Ould-Dada

Zitouni Ould-Dada

FAO

Deputy Director Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment

Zitouni Ould-Dada is Deputy Director of the Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Before joining FAO, he spent five years as Head of the Technology Unit at UNEP, where he lead work on technology, climate change, renewable energy and energy efficiency. He was a member of the UN Inter-Agency Task Team developing the Technology Facilitation Mechanism and its Annual Science Technology and Innovation Forum to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Ould-Dada worked for the British Government for 15 years providing policy and technical advice in many areas, including food safety, environmental policy, climate change, energy policy, science and technology. He was the Lead Negotiator on International Climate Change and Technology for the UK (2008-2012) and France (2008), chairing negotiations on technology transfer, agriculture, blue carbon and nature and ecosystems, which contributed to reaching the landmark Paris Climate Agreement in 2015. His international responsibilities have also included Chair of EU Expert Group on Technology, Chair of IRENA’s Policy and Strategy Committee and Member of UN Task Team for producing a UN System-wide Approach to Climate Action for the UN Climate Action Summit 2019.

A national of both Morocco and the UK, Ould-Dada holds a PhD in environmental/radiation protection from Imperial College, London, a master’s degree in environmental management and planning from Université de Rennes, France, and a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering from Institut Universitaire de Technologie, Perpignan, France.

Presentation

Creating new value through collaborative innovation

Sandra Piesik

Sandra Piesik

3 Ideas B.V.

Director

Sandra Piesik is an award-winning architect, author and researcher specialising in the implementation of global sustainable legislation, nature-based solutions and traditional knowledge adaptation. She is the founder of 3 ideas B.V. Amsterdam based consultancy, a senior consultant to UN-HABITAT on Urban and Rural Linkages at the Urban Practices Branch, and a former Policy Support Consultant on Rural – Urban Dynamics to UNCCD. Her diverse global engagements range from international lectures, judging of the competitions, nominator of awards, and evaluation of R&D projects for the European Union.

She is a stakeholder and network member of several UN organisations including UNFCCC: The Resilience Frontiers, the Nairobi Work Programme (NWP), the Paris Committee on Capacity Building (PCCB) and Climate and Technology Centre & Network (CTCN).

Her published work includes Arish: Palm-Leaf Architecture (published by: Thames & Hudson in 2012), she is also the general editor of the encyclopaedia, HABITAT: Vernacular Architecture for a Changing Planet (published by: Thames & Hudson, Abrams Books, Flammarion, Editions Detail and Blume in 2017).

Presentation

Combatting the digital divide to build inclusivity

Nibal  Idlebi

Nibal Idlebi

UN-ESCWA

Chief of Innovation

Nibal Idlebi is the chief of Innovation Section at UN-ESCWA. She is a senior policy expert in innovation and technology for sustainable development, knowledge society and digital and open government. She has extensive experience in policies and strategies for advancing the knowledge society, digital government transformation and innovation and entrepreneurship in the Arab nations. She has also supervised several regional initiatives on Digital Arabic Content, building trust in cyber space through cyber legislation, regional profile of information society and she is currently leading the ESCWA initiative on fostering open government in the Arab region.

Idlebi is an active member of several international and regional working groups and a jury member for regional and international awards on innovation, entrepreneurship and digital content. She has also been a jury member for many e-Government Awards in the Arab Region. Idlebi has a computer engineering degree and a PhD in computer science from France.

Q&A and discussion

Closing

Musonda  Mumba

Musonda Mumba

UNDP, Rome Centre for Sustainable Development

Director

Musonda Mumba, a Zambian National, is the Director for The Rome Centre for Sustainable Development under United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in close collaboration with Italian Government (Ministry of Environment and Ecological Transition). The Centre focuses on three priority areas notably: Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Nature Protection. In her role, she provides strategic leadership on these matters through convening, collaboration, connecting and co-creation as the world navigates complexity and uncertainty, with the aim of achieving the SDGs collectively. Her ambition is that this work is done with a Systems Thinking lens and also Systems Leadership.

She has over 25 years’ experience in environmental and conservation issues globally. She is the Chair of the Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration (GPFLR) and Vice-Chair for the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF). She is also the Founder of the Network of African Women Environmentalists (NAWE).

She has published widely in various journals, newspapers, articles and contributed to book chapters. Before joining UNDP, Musonda was the head of United Nations Environment Programme – UNEP’s Terrestrial Ecosystems Programme and served in various roles over a period of 12 years. Before working for UNEP, Musonda worked for the Zambian Government, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (in Switzerland), WWF (at International, UK and East Africa Regional Offices) and as such working with governments on Africa, Europe, Asia and Latin America.

She received her BSc. Ed degree at University of Zambia (UNZA) and has a PhD from University College London (UCL) in Wetland Conservation and Hydrology.

Keynote speakers

Entrepreneurship

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Present your SDG solution to the international G-STIC audience

The Video Pitch Competition is an annual opportunity for organisations and companies to propose original, innovative solutions for helping achieve the UN SDGs.

With its unique prize of exposure to the international G-STIC audience, the Video Pitch Competition is an exceptional opportunity for younger innovators, including students and researchers, to take a place on the world stage at the G-STIC Conference in Dubai (17 – 19 January 2022).

The Video Pitch Competition is organised by IEEE Entrepreneurship in partnership with UN Major Group for Children and Youth and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

Deadline for entries 1 November 2021.

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