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Session 2 a) Key priorities for engaging STI for ending poverty in all its forms everywhere (Goal 1)
Monday, 15 May 2017
11:50 AM - 1:00 PM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ

Official meeting

Biographies (A-Z)
Chair: Dr. Vaughan Turekian, Co-Chair of STI Forum

Innovation pitch “Babajob in India” by Mr. John Gibbons

Moderator:

- Ms. Gillian Tett, US Managing Editor, Financial Times, UK

Speakers:

- Dr. Dirk Fransaer, Manging Director, Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO), Belgium
- Ms. Priyanthi Fernando, Executive Director, International Women's Rights Action watch, Asia Pacific in Malaysia
- Dr. Anne Kingiri, Senior Research Fellow, STI Policy, African Centre for Technology Studies, Kenya
Biographies (alphabetical order)
Dr. Anne Kingiri
Senior Research Fellow, STI Policy, African Centre for Technology Studies, Kenya
Dr. Anne Kingiri

Senior Research Fellow, STI Policy, African Centre for Technology Studies, Kenya

Dr. Ann Kingiri is a Senior Research Fellow at African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS)-a knowledge think tank based in Nairobi Kenya, and is responsible for the leadership of research to support the Science and Technology policy oriented capacity building, policy outreach and advocacy. She has been providing results oriented research and scientific leadership across the different programmes and projects being implemented by ACTS as well as STI mentorship. Before joining ACTS in 2011, she worked with the Ministry of Agriculture as an agricultural officer, with Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) as a phytosanitary and biosafety/biosecurity expert. While at KEPHIS, she was extensively involved in development of biotechnology and biosafety regulatory policies in Kenya. Dr. Kingiri has ample experience in networking and advocacy in a multicultural setting involving diverse development and policy actors in the public and private sector. Her previous involvement as a research fellow in the Research into Use (RIU) programme implemented in both Africa an d Asia exposed her to the institutional and organizational orientation of agricultural entrepreneurship including the role of the private sector in stimulating innovation.

Ann is also a visiting researcher at the Development Policy and Practice (DPP) unit, Department of Engineering and Innovation, Open University, UK. An is currently the Secretary General of The African network for Research Training on Innovation and Competence Building Systems (AfricaLics) which is network of scholars in Africa and beyond who are interested in innovation and development focused on Africa’s development. AfricaLics is part the worldwide research network, The Global Network for the Economics of Learning, Innovation, and Competence Building Systems (Globelics). Ann holds a Bsc degree in Agriculture and Msc degree in Plant Pathology both from University of Nairobi, Kenya; A Master’s degree in Biosafety in Plant Biotechnology from Mache Polytechnic Univ ersity, Ancona, Italy and a PhD degree from UK in Development Policy and Practice discipline focusing on new biosciences policy.

Dr. Dirk Fransaer
Manging Director, Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO), Belgium
Dr. Dirk Fransaer

Manging Director, Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO), Belgium

Dirk Fransaer is managing director of VITO, the Flemish Institute for Technological Research, the largest research institute in Belgium in the field of sustainable production and cleantech. Prior to joining VITO, he worked as an assistance professor at the university of Ghent in the field of hydraulics research, at Baxter, a large US pharmaceutical company, on artificial organs and for 13 years in the field of aerial and satellite remote sensing. He is author and co-author of more than 30 scientific papers published in national and international journals. Dirk Fransaer is president of LIBOVITO, a joint venture between VITO and Antipollution in China, also vice-chairman of i-Cleantech, an initiative by the Flemish government to promote cleantech and the transition towards a sustainable society, president of the Audit Committee of the University of Antwerp and member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and Arts.

Mr. Vaughan Turekian
Science and Technology Adviser to the US Secretary of State
Mr. Vaughan Turekian

Science and Technology Adviser to the US Secretary of State

Dr. Turekian is the Science and Technology Adviser to the US Secretary of State. He advises the Secretary of State and the Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment on international environment, science, technology, and health matters affecting the foreign policy of the United States. Prior to that, Dr. Turekian was Chief International Officer for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Director of AAAS’s Center for Science Diplomacy (2006 – 2015), Special Assistant and Adviser to the Under Secretary for Global Affairs of the State Department (2002 – 2006) on issues related to sustainable development, climate change, environment, energy, science, technology, and health, and Program Director for the Committee on Global Change Research at the National Academy of Sciences (2000 – 2002) where he was study director for a White House report on climate change science. Dr. Turekian holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology and Earth Science from Yale University (1993) and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Virginia (2000).

Ms. Gillian Tett
US Managing Editor, Financial Times, UK
Ms. Gillian Tett

US Managing Editor, Financial Times, UK

Gillian Tett Gillian Tett serves as US managing editor. She writes weekly columns for the Financial Times, covering a range of economic, financial, political and social issues. In March 2009 she was named Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards. In 2014, she was named Columnist of the Year in the British Press Awards and was the first recipient of the Royal Anthropological Institute Marsh Award. In June 2009 her book Fool’s Gold won Financial Book of the Year at the inaugural Spear’s Book Awards. In 2007 she was awarded the Wincott prize, the premier British award for financial journalism, for her capital markets coverage. She was named British Business Journalist of the Year in 2008.

She joined the FT in 1993 and worked in the former Soviet Union and Europe, and in the economics team. In 1997 she was posted to Tokyo where she became the bureau chief, before returning in 2003 to become deputy head of the Lex column. She is the author of Saving the Sun; How Wall Street mavericks shook up Japan’s financial system and made billions (Harper Collins and Random House).

Gillian Tett has a PhD in social anthropology from Cambridge University, based on research conducted in the former Soviet Union in the early 1990s. She speaks French, Russian, moderate Japanese and Persian.

Ms. Priyanthi Fernando
Executive Director, International Women's Rights Action watch, Asia Pacific in Malaysia
Ms. Priyanthi Fernando

Executive Director, International Women's Rights Action watch, Asia Pacific in Malaysia

Ms. Priyanthi Fernando is the Executive Director of the International Women's Rights Action Watch-Asia Pacific (IWRAW-AP) - the only regional/international NGO working with the CEDAW Convention as a main tool for change in the Asia Pacific. IWRAW Asia Pacific aims to make the promise of CEDAW a lived reality for the world’s women and children. Ms Fernando is a feminist, social development and communications professional, who has worked in the areas of technology, infrastructure and poverty, and whose skills include gender analysis, strategic communications, networking, organizational development and project evaluation She has worked in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Yemen, the UK and Australia.

In (2005-2015), she served as Executive Director for the Center for Poverty Analysis (CEPA), an independent, Sri Lankan think tank specializing in research on poverty in Sri Lanka and the region. She has also served as the Executive Secretary of the International Forum for Rural Transport and Development (1995-2005) and the Country Director Sri Lanka of ITDG (now Practical Action). Ms Fernando holds many voluntary positions in various social organizations: she is on the Advisory Group of ENERGIA: the gender and sustainable Energy Network, is a Board Member of Janathakshan GTE Ltd Sri Lanka, and of the Gamani Corea Foundation, also in Sri Lanka and until recently a Board Member of the Women and Media Collective in Sri Lanka.

A year ago she completed for the ILO office (International Labour Office) in Sri Lanka: A study of Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining in the Ready Made Garment Sector in Sri Lanka. She has authored several articles, and was the co-editor of Balancing the Load: Gender, women and transport (ZED books). She represented environmental NGOs for two terms in UNFCCC’s Advisory Board of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN). Currently, she is in the 10-Member Group appointed by the UN Secretary-General to support the UN Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM).