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Session 3: Lessons learned in improving the impact of STI on the SDGs – highlighting the cross cutting nature of STI
Tuesday, 16 May 2017
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ

Official meeting

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This session will take stock of the key messages and recommendations highlighted in the first day and discuss the common elements and ways to improve STI support for the SDGs. Focus areas of discussion might include science advisory systems for the SDGs, resolving barriers to scaling up proven solutions, innovative solutions to minimize or resolve trade-offs between SDGs, progress in reaching those left behind by other advances, etc..

Chair: H.E. Mr. Macharia Kamau

Moderator:

- Dr. Heide Hackmann, Executive Director, ICSU (and TFM 10-Member Group)

Speakers:

- H.E. Mr. Augustin Jianu, Minister of Communications and Information Society, Romania
- Dr. Peter Gluckman, Chief Science Advisor to Prime Minister, New Zealand
- Ms. Mary Snapp, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Philanthropy, Corporate, External, and Legal Affairs Department, Microsoft Corporation, USA
Biographies
Dr. Heide Hackmann
Executive Director, ICSU (and TFM 10-Member Group)
Dr. Heide Hackmann

Executive Director, ICSU (and TFM 10-Member Group)

Dr. Heide Hackmann is currently the Executive Director of the International Council for Science, following eight years as Executive Director of the International Social Science Council. Heide holds a M.Phil in contemporary social theory from the University of Cambridge, UK, and a PhD in science and technology studies from the University of Twente in the Netherlands. She has worked as a science policy maker, researcher and consultant in the Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom and South Africa. Before moving into the world of the international councils, Heide worked as Head of the Department of International Relations and Quality Assessment of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her career in science policy dates back to the early 1990s when she worked at the Human Sciences Research Council in South Africa. Heide holds membership of several international advisory committees and boards, including the Scientific Advisory Board of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany, the Swedish Research Council’s Committee for Development Research, Sweden, and the Board of Cape Farewell in the UK. She is a South African and German national.

Dr. Peter Gluckman
Chief Science Advisor to Prime Minister, New Zealand
Dr. Peter Gluckman

Chief Science Advisor to Prime Minister, New Zealand

Sir Peter David Gluckman is Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand and Chair of the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA). He is also the University Distinguished Professorship of Paediatric and Perinatal Biology at the University of Auckland, having previously served as Head of the Department of Paediatrics, Dean of the University's Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences and founding Director of the Liggins Institute. He co-chaired the WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity.

Sir Peter holds honorary chairs at the National University of Singapore and the University of Southampton; and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine of the United States, a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences of Great Britain and a Fellow of the Royal Society of London. Sir Peter’s research focused on children’s growth and development and what gives people a healthy start to life: understanding how a baby's environment between conception and birth influences its childhood development and lifelong health. More recently his writing has focused on the interactions between science and policy and science and diplomacy.

H.E. Mr. Augustin Jianu
Minister of Communications and Information Society, Romania
H.E. Mr. Augustin Jianu

Minister of Communications and Information Society, Romania

Augustin Jianu was born on May 23, 1986. He graduated the Stefan Odobleja Informatics Highschool of Craiova in 2005, the Automatics and Computer Faculty of the Polytechnics University of Bucharest in 2011, gaining a B. Eng. in automatics and applied informatics.

He holds a certificate for basic Java programming, obtained at the CISCO Academy of the Polytechnics University of Bucharest (2007), a CompTIA Security+ certificate, obtained at the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA — 2015).

In what regards professional experience, he was a project manager at SC Medic Line SRL (April 2006—May 2007), banking software developer at SC Mysis International Financial Systems SRL (May — Sept. 2008), software developer at the Polytechnics University of Bucharest (Nov. 2008—April 2011), consultant at SC Innovacion Y Desarrollo Local SL Madrid, the Bucharest branch (Oct. — Nov. 2012), chairman of the Youth Association for Social Development and Ecology (2009 — 2015).

He was an adviser of the Minister for Information Society (August 2012 — May 2014).

As of May 2014, he is General Director of the Computer Security Incident Response Team — CERT-RO, a public institution specializing in expertise and research & development in the domain of cybernetic infrastructure protection, in the coordination of the Ministry for Information Society.

H.E. Mr. Macharia Kamau
Co-Facilitator of the negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda and Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations
H.E. Mr. Macharia Kamau

Co-Facilitator of the negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda and Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations

Macharia Kamau is the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Kenyan Mission to the United Nations. Along with the Irish Ambassador to the United Nations, Mr. Kamau is the cofacilitator for the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda and was the co-chair of the UN Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Ms. Mary Snapp
Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Philanthropy, Corporate, Ex ternal, and Legal Affairs Department, Microsoft corporation, USA
Ms. Mary Snapp

Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Philanthropy, Corporate, Ex ternal, and Legal Affairs Department, Microsoft corporation, USA

Mary Snapp is the Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Philanthropy in Microsoft's Corporate, External, and Legal Affairs department (CELA).

Mary leads the team responsible for Microsoft’s philanthropic efforts, which brings to life the company’s mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. The team seeks to invest the company’s strongest assets – technology, money, employee talent, and the company’s voice – to partner with nonprofits and communities to create lasting positive impact. In the most recent fiscal year, Microsoft’s total annual giving surpassed $1 billion, with cash donations of nearly $120 million and in kind donations worth nearly $950 million.

A 27-year veteran of Microsoft, Mary joined the company in 1988 as Microsoft’s first female attorney. Prior to her current role, she led the legal work for Microsoft’s business development, strategic partnership, developer relationships, and business strategy teams. For many years she led the Products & Services Group, which provides legal support to Microsoft’s engineering, marketing, and research divisions. There, she led teams engaged in commercial transactions, acquisitions, and counseling on matters such as intellectual property, privacy, competition law, and regulatory compliance related to the development and distribution of hardware, software, and services. In addition, she has served as executive sponsor of CELA’s diversity and inclusion efforts since 2002, overseeing the development of the department's diversity and inclusion strategy and execution. She is also the executive sponsor of the Women@Microsoft employee resources group. She is a frequent external speaker on issues related to her role at Microsoft.

Mary has been active on the boards of directors in a number of human services and arts non-profit organizations over many years nationally and in the Puget Sound region. She is a past chair of the board of directors of Minority Corporate Counsel Association. Mary currently serves on the board of directors for KCTS 9 Public Television, the YWCA of Seattle, King, and Snohomish County, and is a board member, and past chair, of ArtsFund. She also serves on the President’s Advisory Panel of the University of Michigan.

Before joining Microsoft, Mary was an attorney with the Seattle law firm now known as K&L Gates. Mary began her career in public relations at General Motors’ corporate headquarters. She graduated from the University of Michigan School of Law, where she was Articles Editor for their Journal of International Law. She also holds an MBA from Wayne State University and was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from the School of Journalism at the University of Kansas.

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