CONTRIBUTION OF YOUTH TO THE SDGs

The future of tomorrow

Today’s young people are tomorrow’s leaders. It is therefore vital to create engagement between youth and the global vision for the future. Today’s youngsters won’t just have to live with the outcomes of current SDGs and plans, they will also be the key drivers for their successful implementation.

More than one-third of the SDGs reference young people, either explicitly or implicitly, in terms of empowerment, participation and/or well-being. There are 20 youth-specific targets spread over six key SDGs: Goal 2 (hunger), Goal 4 (education), Goal 5 (gender equality), Goal 8 (decent work), Goal 10 (inequality) and Goal 13 (climate change).

Conference programme

Youth

24 October 2021

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

Youth

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Youth

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)

Dubai Exhibition Centre & online

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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.

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

Circular Economy, Climate, ICT, Youth

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Circular Economy Climate ICT Youth

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)

Dubai Exhibition Centre & online

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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.

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 also the Chair of the Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration (GPFLR). 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, Asia and Latin America.

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

Welcome

Dietrich  Van der Weken

Dietrich Van der Weken

VITO

General Manager G-STIC

Since January 2017, Dietrich Van der Weken has been the General Manager of initiated by VITO, the prime research and technology organisation in Belgium.
Dietrich joined VITO in July 2009, tasked with focussing on cleantech innovation. He was the Programme Manager of MIP, the Environmental and Energy Technology Innovation Platform, a subsidy programme focussed on accelerating the transition to sustainable management of energy, materials and water. Dietrich holds a PhD in mathematics, obtained at Ghent University, Belgium.

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

Technological hyper-connectivity and the indigenous values of nature

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

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

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 also the Chair of the Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration (GPFLR). 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, Asia and Latin America.

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

25 October 2021

Workshop
SDG Lab
09:30 - 11:00
Dubai Exhibition Centre

Youth

Thematic plenary session
Young Entrepreneurs Social: Mapping the SDG Entrepreneurship ecosystem in the MENA region
18:45 - 20:30
Dubai Exhibition Centre

Youth

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Youth

Thematic plenary session

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

25/10/2021, 18:45 - 20:30 GST (Dubai)

16:45 - 18:30 CEST/SAST (Brussels, Cape Town)

15:45 - 17:30 WAT (Nigeria)

10:45 - 12:30 EDT (New York)

23:45 - 01:30 KST (Seoul)

22:45 - 00:30 CST (Beijing)

20:15 - 22:00 IST (New Delhi)

11:45 - 13:30 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 young 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, Youth

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Circular Economy Climate ICT Youth

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).

Dietrich  Van der Weken

Dietrich Van der Weken

VITO

General Manager G-STIC

Since January 2017, Dietrich Van der Weken has been the General Manager of initiated by VITO, the prime research and technology organisation in Belgium.
Dietrich joined VITO in July 2009, tasked with focussing on cleantech innovation. He was the Programme Manager of MIP, the Environmental and Energy Technology Innovation Platform, a subsidy programme focussed on accelerating the transition to sustainable management of energy, materials and water. Dietrich holds a PhD in mathematics, obtained at Ghent University, Belgium.

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 experts

Bremley  W.B. Lyngdoh

Bremley W.B. Lyngdoh

Worldview Impact Foundation

Founder & CEO

Bremley Lyngdoh is a climate change and sustainable development professional with over 25 years’ experience working with governments, IGOs, NGOs and the private sector developing a range of innovative projects in Asia, Africa and South America, aimed at producing ecologically sound and economically viable activities that contribute directly to reducing rural poverty and generating productive sustainable livelihoods for vulnerable local communities.

Bremley has a wealth of relevant experience in project sourcing and development. His main strength lies in building strategic partnerships with various governmental agencies, NGOs and multilateral development agencies. Through previous assignments working with the United Nations and the World Bank in Asia, Africa and Latin America, he has gained expertise in the effective monitoring and evaluation of field-based programmes.

Lyngdoh has developed climate change adaptation projects combining integrated agroforestry, regenerative farming, sustainable tourism and renewable energy technologies. To honour his father and build upon his legacy, Bremley Lyngdoh established Spring Valley Farm in Shillong, Meghalaya, and served as Senior Advisor to the Hill Farmers’ Union, which supports 100,000 organic farmers in northeast India to fight climate change and implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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.

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.

Rishabh  Khanna

Rishabh Khanna

Earthbanc AB

Chief Impact Officer

Rishabh Khanna is the Chief Impact Officer at Earthbanc and a member of the ILLP (Initiative of Land, Lives and Peace) steering committee. He is driven by a calling to strike a balance between social and ecological systems.

For over ten years, he has focused on applying new economic and business models in accordance with the planet and all its creatures.

Khanna co-founded The Indian Youth Climate Network and has worked with organisations such as Initiatives of Change, Climate Action Network, African Development Bank, UN Habitat, Ministry of Defence in Sweden, Ministry of New Renewable Energy in India, Ministry of Environment and Forests, TATA Group and more.

Mizi  Fan

Mizi Fan

Brunel University London

Research Director

Mizi Fan is a Research Director, Founder and former Head of Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Brunel University London, United Kingdom. He is the Director of ‘Grow2build’ European Centre of Excellence and Director of Nanocellulose and Biocomposites Research Centre.

Fan was Principal Consultant at Building Research Establishment (BRE), United Kingdom. He has authored or co-authored over 320 technical papers and patents, authored eight textbooks on nanoparticles and natural fibre composites, and edited or been a member of the editorial team for nine international journals on materials, construction and environment.

Fan is a project coordinator and technical manager for 12 EU Framework/Horizon projects, an assessor for ERA (European Research Area) and European R&D Framework programme FP6, FP7 and Horizon 2020, and also an independent assessor of a number of governmental R&D programmes.

Yonghui  Zhou

Yonghui Zhou

Brunel University London

Research Fellow

Yonghui Zhou is a Research Fellow in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Brunel University, London (UK), where his research has primarily covered technology platforms for creating sustainable composite materials, from innovative formulation and functionalisation to their characterisation and application.

He has been working on complex EU-funded research projects since 2014 and has published over 20 articles in highly influential journals, plus three book chapters.

Yonghui Zhou has vast experience in the development of natural fibres and bio-based composites, processing of thermoplastics and bioplastics, and recycling and valorisation of municipal wastes. All of this has helped in building up his expertise in material physics and chemistry, low carbon technologies and waste recycling and management.

Workshop
SDG Lab
16:00 - 17:30
Dubai Exhibition Centre

Youth

27 October 2021

Workshop
SDG Lab
10:00 - 13:00
SRTI Park

Youth

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, Youth

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Circular Economy Climate ICT Youth

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.

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 also the Chair of the Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration (GPFLR). 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, Asia and Latin America.

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

Welcome

Dietrich  Van der Weken

Dietrich Van der Weken

VITO

General Manager G-STIC

Since January 2017, Dietrich Van der Weken has been the General Manager of initiated by VITO, the prime research and technology organisation in Belgium.
Dietrich joined VITO in July 2009, tasked with focussing on cleantech innovation. He was the Programme Manager of MIP, the Environmental and Energy Technology Innovation Platform, a subsidy programme focussed on accelerating the transition to sustainable management of energy, materials and water. Dietrich holds a PhD in mathematics, obtained at Ghent University, Belgium.

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 also the Chair of the Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration (GPFLR). 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, Asia and Latin America.

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

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