Session 6: Emerging frontiers: Evolving STI developments with implications for SDGs
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
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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Dr. Vaughan Turekian
Senior Director at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Dr. Vaughan Turekian

Senior Director at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Dr. Vaughan Turekian is the senior director at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. From 2015-2017 Dr. Turekian served as the Science and Technology Adviser to the U.S. Secretary of State. In this capacity, he advised the Secretary and other senior officials on science, emerging technologies, and sustainability issues affecting U.S. foreign policy. From 2016 to 2017, he served as a country co-chair, along with the Kenyan Ambassador to the United Nations, for the Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology, and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals. Previously, he was Chief International Officer for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Director of AAAS’s Center for Science Diplomacy. In addition, Dr. Turekian worked at the State Department as Special Assistant and Adviser to the Under Secretary for Global Affairs. Dr. Turekian is a senior fellow at Georgetown University and an Honorary Professor at the University College London. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology and Geophysics and International Studies from Yale University and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, where he used stable isotopes to trace the sources of and processes of aerosols in the marine boundary layer.

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.

Ms. Xiaolan Fu
Professor and Founding Director, Technology and Management Centre for Development; Professor of Technology and International Development and Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford University
Ms. Xiaolan Fu

Professor and Founding Director, Technology and Management Centre for Development; Professor of Technology and International Development and Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford University

Xiaolan Fu is the Founding Director of the Technology and Management Centre for Development (TMCD), Professor of Technology and International Development and Fellow of Green Templeton College at the University of Oxford. Her research interests include innovation, technology and industrialisation; trade, foreign direct investment and economic development; emerging Asian economies; innovation and productivity in UK/US. She is appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to the Governing Council of the Technology Bank for the Least Developed Counties and to the Ten-Member High Level Advisory Group of the UN Technology Facilitation Mechanism.

She has written many books. Her latest one is Innovation Under the Radar which is forthcoming. She has published extensively and is an editor in chief for leading international journals. Prof Fu has received many awards, has advised a number of UN agencies and serves on many international boards. She participates in in various interviews and panel discussions in the mainstream media.

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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
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