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Session 4: National STI plans and policies for achieving the SDGs
Tuesday, 16 May 2017
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ

Official meeting

Biographies
This session will highlight the existing state of knowledge on how STI features in current national (and sub-national, if appropriate) plans for the SDGs, identify key technology gaps and needs, including those for scaling up viable solutions.

Chair: Dr. Vaughan Turekian, Co-Chair of STI Forum

Innovation pitch “Missing Maps” by Ms. Rebecca Firth

Moderator:

- Dr. Bill Colglazier, Senior Scholar, Center for Science Diplomacy, American Association for Advancement of Science, USA (and 10-Member Group)

Speakers:

- H.E. Mr. Abdullah Lootah, Director General of the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority, United Arab Emirates
- Dr. Michiharu Nakamura, Counsellor to the President of Japan Science and Technology Agency, Japan
- Dr. Marcia McNutt, President, National Academy of Sciences, USA
Biographies
Dr. Marcia McNutt
President, National Academy of Sciences, USA
Dr. Marcia McNutt

President, National Academy of Sciences, USA

Marcia McNutt (B.A. in physics, Colorado College; Ph.D. in earth sciences, Scripps Institution of Oceanography) is a geophysicist and the 22nd president of the National Academy of Sciences. From 2013 to 2016, she was editor-in-chief of Science journals. McNutt was director of the U.S. Geological Survey from 2009 to 2013, during which time USGS responded to a number of major disasters, including the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. For her work to help contain that spill, McNutt was awarded the U.S. Coast Guard’s Meritorious Service Medal. She is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), Geological Society of America, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the International Association of Geodesy. Her honors include membership in the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1998, McNutt was awarded the AGU’s Macelwane Medal for research accomplishments by a young scientist, and she received the Maurice Ewing Medal in 2007 for her contributions to deep-sea exploration.

Dr. Michiharu Nakamura
Counsellor to the President of Japan Science and Technology Agency, Japan
Dr. Michiharu Nakamura

Counsellor to the President of Japan Science and Technology Agency, Japan

Dr. Nakamura graduated from the University of Tokyo and joined Hitachi Central Research Laboratory in 1967, where he was engaged in compound semiconductors and optoelectronics research. He was a pioneer of semiconductor DFB laser development. In 2004, he was appointed Executive Vice President and Executive Officer of Hitachi Ltd., and then assumed a position of Board of Director till September 2011. He was responsible for corporate technology development and new business incubation. He was a visiting Researcher at California Institute of Technology in 1972-73. Since October 2011, he has been serving as President of Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), where policy-driven R&D funding is a major mission. Also, the dissemination of scientific information, science education for young generation, and science communication are among current activities. He has been actively working on national science and technology strategy. He served for Industrial R&D Committee of the Japan Business Federation, Council of Competitiveness Japan, Management Committee of Tsukuba Innovation Arena, Nanotechnology Business Creation Initiative (NBCI), and Council for Science and Technology of Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). He is currently a member of the Advisory Board for the Promotion of Science and Technology Diplomacy. He is entitled IEEE fellow, JSAP fellow, and IEICE fellow.

H.E. Mr. Abdullah Lootah
Director General of the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority, United Arab Emirates
H.E. Mr. Abdullah Lootah

Director General of the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority, United Arab Emirates

Abdullah Naser Lootah is the Director General of Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority (FCSA), a UAE federal government entity created by Presidential Decree No.7 of the year 2015, mandated to strengthen and enhance UAE’s national data and competitiveness capacities. Prior to leading the FCSA, Mr. Lootah was the Secretary General of the Emirates Competitiveness Council (ECC), the entity that merged with the National Bureau of Statistics, to form the FCSA.

During his time in ECC, Mr. Lootah oversaw all aspects of the organization’s work relating to UAE’s globally competitive position and global rankings. This included extensive liaisons with federal and Emirate-level government entities and on competitiveness strategies in areas including health, education, business and ICT.
Advocating for policies to enhance the nation’s productivity and well-being, Mr. Lootah also shaped ECC’s research and policy agenda as well as creating a central meeting point connecting public and private sectors, and international organizations.

Prior to joining the ECC, Mr. Lootah was the Country Manager at Microsoft Oman, where he in charge of the world’s largest software developer operations in that country, after leading for a number of years, the UAE’s public sector business for Microsoft. Mr. Lootah was recognized on various occasions, and was awarded the Microsoft Circle of Excellence Award in 2005 for his outstanding contribution and performance.

In his previous work at Emaar, the developer of the world tallest structure, Burj Khalife, Mr. Lootah was part of the team that delivered the region’s first freehold development, The Dubai Marina, in 2000.

Lootah holds a degree from Richmond, the American International University in London, as well as credentials from Columbia Business School and Ashridge Business School.

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).

Prof. Elmer William Jr Colglazier
Senior Scholar, Visiting Scientist, Center for Science Diplomacy, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Prof. Elmer William Jr Colglazier

Senior Scholar, Visiting Scientist, Center for Science Diplomacy, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Prof. Dr. E. William Colglazier is currently Senior Scholar at the Center for Science Diplomacy at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is also co-chair of the 10-Member Group of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism. He served as 4th Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State from 2011 to 2014. His role was to provide scientific and technical expertise and advice in support of the development and implementation of U.S. foreign policy. Previously, he served as Executive Officer of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the National Research Council (NRC) where he helped to oversee the studies that provide independent, objective advice on public policy issues, and as Executive Director of their Office of International Affairs. From 1983 to 1991, he was a Professor of Physics at the University of Tennessee where he directed several research centers: Energy, Environment, and Resources Center; Waste Management Research and Education Institute; and the Water Resources Research Center. He received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1971, and prior to 1983 worked at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and the Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. While at Harvard, he also served as Associate Director of the Program in Science, Technology, and Humanism of the Aspen Institute. In 1976-77, he was an AAAS Congressional Science Fellow. He is past chair of the Forum on Physics and Society of the American Physical Society (APS) and a Fellow of the AAAS and APS.

Statements
Presentations
Dr. Michiharu Nakamura, Counsellor to the President of Japan Science and Technology Agency