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Session 2 d) Key priorities for engaging STI for achieving gender equality and empower all women and girls ( Goal 5)
Monday, 15 May 2017
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ

Official meeting

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

Innovation pitch “OMOMI in Nigeria” by Mr. Emmanuel Owobu

Moderator:

- Dr. Myrna Cunningham, President, Center for Autonomy and Development of Indigenous Peoples, Nicaragua (and TFM 10-Member Group)

Speakers:

- H.E. Mr. Susil Premajayantha, Minister of Science, Technology and Research, Sri Lanka (tbc)
- H.E. Ms. Sarah Amiri, Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations in New York
- Ms. Dalia Francheska Marquez, "Women's Leaders Committee of OAS Youth United In Action", Venezuela
Biographies (alphabetical order)
H.E. Mr. Susil Premajayantha
Minister of Science, Technology and Research, SriLanka
H.E. Mr. Susil Premajayantha

Minister of Science, Technology and Research, SriLanka

Susil Premajayantha, MP, had his primary and secondary education at St. John's College, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka. In 1982, he completed the Bachelor of Law Degree at the University of Colombo and passed out as an Attorney-at-Law in 1985. He has also completed a Master of Public Administration at the Post Graduate Institute of Management, University of Sri Jayewardenepura.

Presently, he is reading for a Doctorate in Business Management at the Open University of Malaysia. He has followed short term programs at Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA in 2007.
Mr. Premajayantha commenced his political career with his appointment as Deputy Chairman of Sri Jayawardhanapura, Kotte, Urban Council in 1991. In 1993 he was elected as a Provincial Council Member of the Western Province and was the Minister of Agriculture of the local Government in the Western Provincial Council. In 1995 he was appointed as the Chief Minister of Western Province. Subsequently the electorate reposed their faith in him by re-electing him and he became the Chief Minister of the Western Provincial Council between 1995 and 2000.

He was elected to the Sri Lanka Parliament in the year 2000 and has continued to be in Parliament since then. During this period he has held the Cabinet portfolios of Education and Higher Education, Power and Energy, Petroleum Industries, the Minister of Environment and Renewable Energy and is presently the Minister of Science Technology and Research.

In the International arena he was elected to the Executive Board of UNESCO in 2007 and was the Chairman of the Sri Lanka National Commission for UNESCO 2005-2010, Chairman of Sri Lanka Russia Parliamentary Friendship Association, Vice Chairman Sri Lanka Japan Parliamentary Friendship Association and Chairman, Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Cuba Parliamentary Friendship Association.

Beginning his political career as a grass root politician at the Urban Council level he is now associated in many initiatives at the national and International level on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka. He placed his signature on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka to Climate Change Paris Agreement on 22 April 2016 at UN head Quarters in New York. He has attended many International Fora as a participant and as a Minister during his tenure as Minister of Science Technology and Research.

H.E. Ms. Lana Nusseibeh
Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations in New York
H.E. Ms. Lana Nusseibeh

Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations in New York

H.E. Mrs. Lana Nusseibeh was appointed Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations in New York in September 2013. She currently serves as the President of the UN Women Executive Board, and was recently appointed cofacilitator of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Revitalization of the UN General Assembly by the President of the General Assembly. She previously co-facilitated the review process of the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). She also serves as co-chair of the Friends of the Future of the UN (FFUN), an informal group of UN Permanent Representatives working to strengthen the UN’s capacity to deliver on its priority mandates.

Prior to her appointment as Permanent Representative to the UN, she served in a number of capacities within the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, most recently launching the Ministry’s Policy Planning Department and serving as its first Director for three years. Previously, she served as the Head of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Campaign Task Force at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and as Director of Research and Communications for the Ministry of State for Federal National Council Affairs.

Ambassador Nusseibeh received a Bachelors and Masters in History from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, and a Masters with distinction in Israeli and Jewish Diaspora Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London.

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. Dalia Francheska Marquez
Women's Leaders Committee of OAS Youth United In Action, Venezuela
Ms. Dalia Francheska Marquez

Women's Leaders Committee of OAS Youth United In Action, Venezuela

I am Venezuelan, lawyer specializing in Family Law and inheritance. I am a researcher, my specialist thesis was on the Right to Genetic Identity. Diploma in Public Policies for Democratic Development for the Americas, University Teaching, International Election Observation, Human Rights, Gender Diagnosis for National HIV Responses, Public Policies with a Gender Focus, National and International Protection Mechanisms for Women, Workshop on The Protocol for the Investigation of Femicides. Citizen activist, feminist and human rights defender. President of the NGO Youth United in Action with experience in initiatives and coordination of projects related to the development of public policies for youth with a gender focus. Member of several international youth networks Which stands out as the founder of the Youth Network of the Americas and the Latin American Network for Democratic Development. Focal point of the Ibero-American Women's Network, Global Youth Ambassador for education and Active Member of the Committee of Women Leaders of the OAS. Highly committed to building a more just and inclusive world.

Ms. Myrna Cunningham
President, Center for Autonomy and Development of Indigenous Peoples, Nicaragua (and TFM 10-Member Group)
Ms. Myrna Cunningham

President, Center for Autonomy and Development of Indigenous Peoples, Nicaragua (and TFM 10-Member Group)

Dr. Myrna Cunningham Kain is an indigenous Miskita woman from Nicaragua and President of the Center for Autonomy and Development of Indigenous Peoples which is an organization working in areas of intercultural communication, cultural revitalisation, indigenous women’s rights, and climate change and its impact on indigenous communities. With a professional background as doctor of medicine, she has experience in health issues and health policy. She collaborates with Nicaragua’s Autonomous Regional Governments in establishing Intercultural Health models. She has also supported the rights of indigenous peoples and served as Secretary-General of the Indigenous Inter-American Institute, as well as Chair of the UN Permanent Forum of Indigenous Issues from 2011 to 2013. She has worked as a consultant for many multilateral, bilateral, governmental and non-governmental organizations on issues ranging from health, education, land, environment and natural resources, racial discrimination, evaluation mechanisms, to international human rights instruments. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Global Fund for Women.