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Session 5: STI capacity building for achieving the SDGs
Tuesday, 16 May 2017
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ

Official meeting

Biographies
This session will build upon the previous one to explore existing STI policies for capacity building and science advisory systems, and discuss ways and means to bridge the gaps. The session will also review what it takes to be able to provide STI based advice effectively to shape policy, building on country experiences.

Chairs: H.E. Mr. Macharia Kamau

Innovation pitch “CodePhil in the Philippines” by Ms. Jiwon Park and Ms. Amanda Wu Innovation pitch “Paper Airplanes” by Ms. Bailey Ulbricht

Moderator:

- Dr. Romain Murenzi, Director, UNESCO (formerly 10-Member Group)

Speakers:

- Prof. Geoffrey S. Boulton, President, CODATA
- Dr. Bitrina Diyamett, Executive Director, Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Research Organization, Tanzania
- Prof. James Querry, Philadelphia University, ICGC, USA
Biographies
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)

Mr. Romain Murenzi
Director, UNESCO (formerly 10-Member Group)
Mr. Romain Murenzi

Director, UNESCO (formerly 10-Member Group)

Romain Murenzi is the Executive Director of TWAS, the academy of sciences for the developing world, in Trieste, Italy, since April 1, 2011. He was born in Rwanda and raised in Burundi. After graduating from the National University of Burundi in 1982, he taught mathematics in high school for three years before being awarded a fellowship for doctoral studies from the Catholic University of Louvain, where he earned his doctorate degree in physics in 1990. He later became: (i) Chairman of Physics Department at Clark Atlanta University from 1999 to 2001. (ii) Minister of Education, Science, Technology and Scientific Research from August 2001 to March 2006. (iii) Minister in President's Office in Charge of Science, Technology, and Scientific Research from March 2006 to July 2009. This included information technologies. (iv) He returned to the United States in 2009 to assume a joint appointment as Director of the Center for Science, Technology, and Sustainable Development at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington, DC, and visiting professor at the University of Maryland's Institute of Advanced Computer Studies in College Park, Maryland.

Ms. Bitrina Diyamett
Executive Director, Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Research Organization, Tanzania
Ms. Bitrina Diyamett

Executive Director, Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Research Organization, Tanzania

Dr. Bitrina Diyamett is the founding and current executive director of the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Research Organization (STIPRO), a Tanzanian independent think tank dealing with STI policy research currently under the think tank initiatives. She is also a member and a leader in a number of related professional networks in and outside Tanzania. Diyamett was recently appointed by the UN Secretary General as a member of the Governing Council of the UN Technology Bank (TB) for Least Developed Countries.

Furthermore, Diyamett is a researcher and a consultant in science, technology and innovation (STI) policy. Her major research interest and areas of expertise include: national systems of innovation, sectoral systems of innovation, development of innovative clusters, foreign direct investments and local technological capabilities, STI indicators and linking knowledge to policy. She has published widely and has consulted for the Government of Tanzania, UN Agencies such as UNIDO and UNESCO, Development Partners such as SIDA and the Government of Finland as well as African Regional Bodies such as NEPAD.

Academically, Diyamett holds a master’s degree in Science and Technology Policy from Lund University and a doctorate degree in Development Studies, with focus on innovation and development, from the University of Dar es Salaam.

Prof. Geoffrey S. Boulton
President, CODATA
Prof. Geoffrey S. Boulton

President, CODATA

Prof. Geoffrey S. Boulton primarily interested in the behavior of glaciers and ice sheets. The role they play in influencing the nature of climate change, the way in which they change through time, and their impact on other parts of the Earth system, particularly in eroding and transporting debris, changing the landscape, their impact on sub-surface rocks and fluids, and on the engineering properties of the Earth. Current Research on Remote monitoring groundwater fluctuations and groundwater-channel relationships beneath an Icelandic glacier, drainage processes in former ice sheets and the formation of “tunnel valleys”, and subglacial Sediment processes and properties.

Prof. Geoffrey S. Boulton has been involved in policy work for two decades, as a member of the Natural Environment Research Council and chair of its Earth Science & Technology and its Polar Science Boards, a member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, the Prime Minister's Council for Science and Technology, chair of the Research Committee of the League of European Research Universities, General Secretary of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and currently as chair of the Royal Society's Science Policy Centre.
Currently, Prof. Geoffrey S. Boulton is the President of the Scottish Association for Marine Science (2013- ), Chair of the Advisory Council of the University of Heidelberg (2007- ), Member of the Strategic Council of the University of Geneva (2009- ), Council of the Royal Society (2013- ), Chair of the Royal Society Science Policy Centre (2012- )

Prof. James Querry
Philadelphia University, ICGC, USA
Prof. James Querry

Philadelphia University, ICGC, USA

Jim Querry is a Senior Geographic Information Systems (GIS) executive, educator and professional landscape architect with over 25 years of experience in a broad range of related disciplines including GIS, landscape architecture, civil engineering, planning, and information technology. He has extensive experience managing complex programs and projects requiring strong leadership, problem solving, design, planning, communication and organizational skills. Jim Querry directs the MS in GeoDesign program within the Philadelphia University College of Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE). He oversees program content, development, growth, and direction. He has established and directed studio projects, manage faculty, collaborate with other Philadelphia University programs, and has represented the University at local, regional, national and international events. Oversee implementation of University-wide enterprise vision for GIS and GeoDesign aimed at making PhilaU a spatial university. He also is involved in developing curriculum and teaches in the accredited undergraduate program in Landscape Architecture also within the University’s College of Architecture and the Built Environment.

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Prof. Geoffrey S. Boulton, President, CODATA
Prof. James Querry, Philadelphia University, ICGC, USA