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Session 6: Emerging frontiers: Evolving STI developments with implications for SDGs
Tuesday, 16 May 2017
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ

Official meeting

Biographies (A-Z)
This session will recognize the cross cutting nature of emerging issues associated with STI, and their implications across SDGs, including potential solutions. Issues to be discussed include automation, artificial intelligence and biotechnology.

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

Moderator:

- H.E. Mr. Miguel Ruíz Cabañas, Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mexico

Speakers:

- Prof. Xiaolan Fu, University of Oxford, UK
- Dr. Ellen Jorgensen, Founder, GenSpace, New York
- Dr. Jose Ramon Lopez-Portillo R., Co-founder, Center for Mexican Studies
Biographies (alphabetical order)
Dr. Ellen Jorgensen
Founder, GenSpace, New York
Dr. Ellen Jorgensen

Founder, GenSpace, New York

Dr. Ellen Jorgensen is co-founder and director of Genspace, a nonprofit community laboratory dedicated to promoting citizen science and access to biotechnology. In 2011 she initiated Genspace’s award-winning curriculum of informal science education for adults, and in 2014 Genspace was named one of the World’s Top 10 Innovative Companies in Education by Fast Company magazine. Ellen‘s efforts to develop Genspace into a haven for entrepreneurship, innovation and citizen science have been chronicled by Nature Medicine, Science, Discover Magazine, Wired, Make, BBC News, The Economist, Forbes, PBS News Hour, The Discovery Channel, and The New York Times. Ellen has a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from New York University, spent 30 years in the biotech industry, and is currently adjunct faculty at New York Medical College, the School of Visual Arts, and Cooper Union. Ellen’s talk ‘Biohacking- you can do it, too’ at TEDGlobal 2012 has received over a million views.

Dr. Jose Ramon Lopez-Portillo R.
Co-founder, Center for Mexican Studies
Dr. Jose Ramon Lopez-Portillo R.

Co-founder, Center for Mexican Studies

Dr. José Ramón Lopez Portillo is former the chairman of FAO (the United Nations agency for food and agriculture) and a leading researcher on Mexican energy security. He was Vice Minister of Evaluation (Ministry of Programming and Budget) of Mexico from 1980 until 1982. From 1982 to 1989 he was the Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations Organizations in Rome, Italy. He served as Chairman of the Council of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations from 1993 to 1998. He has a Doctorate (D.Phil) in Political Sciences and International Relations from Oxford University. In 2002 he founded the Centre for Mexican Studies at Oxford University and has established a large network of international contacts throughout his career.
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H.E. Mr. Miguel Ruíz Cabañas
Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mexico
H.E. Mr. Miguel Ruíz Cabañas

Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mexico

Miguel Ruiz Cabañas is a Mexican diplomat and has been Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 2015.

He is a career diplomat, having entered the Mexican Foreign Service in 1979. He was responsible for drug trafficking affairs at the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations from 1988 to 1989, having been responsible for social and humanitarian affairs from 1981 to 1986. After this, he was Director of the General Directorate for the United Nations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1989-1991), Coordinator of Advisers to the Undersecretary for Europe, Asia and Africa at the Ministry (1991-1992) and Coordinator of Advisers to the Undersecretary for the Americas (1992-1993).

He was also Head of Migration and Border Affairs at the Mexican Embassy in the United States from 1993 to 1995, Special Coordinator for Drug Trafficking Affairs from 1995 to 1999 and Director General for North America from 1999 to 2001. From 2001 to 2004 he acted as Permanent Representative of Mexico to the Organization of American States (OAS). He was then appointed as Mexican Ambassador to Japan and, in 2011, as Mexican Ambassador to Italy and Permanent Representative of Mexico to the international organizations based in Rome.

In the academic sphere, he has been a Professor of International Relations and Foreign Policy at different academic centres in Mexico, including the Ibero-American University, the University of the Americas, the National Defence College and the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM). He has lectured at different universities in Argentina, Japan, Spain and the United States. He has also published a number of articles in specialist journals produced by universities and research centres in Mexico and the United States on relations between Mexico and the United States, Mexico’s participation in the Organization of American States (OAS) and the United Nations, the problem of drug trafficking, and security in the American hemisphere.

He graduated in International Relations from the College of Mexico and holds a doctorate in Political Science from Columbia University in New York.

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. Xiaolan Fu
University of Oxford, UK
Prof. Xiaolan Fu

University of Oxford, UK

Prof. Xiaolan Fu is Founding Director of the Technology and Management Centre for Development, and Professor of Technology and International Development. Her research has focused on innovation, technology and industrialization; trade, foreign direct investment and economic development; emerging Asian economies; innovation and productivity in UK/US. She has published many academic papers and a number of books, including recently on China’s Path to Innovation, The Rise of Technological Power in the South, China’s Role in Global Economic Recovery, and Innovation in Low Income Countries (forthcoming). She is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies, and serves on the Editorial Boards of several international journals. She has carried out consultancy research for various UN organizations, the Commonwealth Secretariat, European Commission, UKTI and the Chinese government. She serves on the Advisory Expert Group of the OECD Global Investment Forum and the DFID/ESRC Growth Research Directorate (DEGRP), and was 26th President of the Chinese Economic Association (Europe) and CEA (UK). In 2012 to 2015, she led a multi-country research team as Principal Investigator completed a pioneering research on ‘The diffusion of innovation in low income countries’ (DILIC). She is also a Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge and University of Tsinghua, and a Visiting Professor at Fudan University. As a leading China expert, she is well known to mainstream media in China and the UK. Previously, Prof. Fu was a Senior Research Fellow at Cambridge University, and Associate Professor in international trade and finance at a higher education institution of the Central Bank of China.