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Wednesday, June 16 • 9:00am - 11:00am
Science-Digital Diplomacy can Make a Great Contribution to Multilateralism and the UN SDGs

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We welcome you to the Science Digital Diplomacy session June 16, 9-11 am

The program will cover a range of approaches, case studies and future opportunities that diplomacy can unleash for the potential for the Europe and Africa collaboration in Science and Innovation


Digital Cooperation and Diplomacy will be needed to make sure we have one Internet, which continues to bring increasing benefits and includes guardrails to increase safety and prevent and reduce harms. The world has seen the benefits of being able to continue to operate online even when face to face activities are stopped due to the Covid Pandemic - so there is little dispute about whether to digitize. The question now is whether we can do so in a way that allows for participation by all, balancing how we, together can steward our planet, our people, preserving peace, propagating prosperity. In this Session, we will look at how using common digital building blocks, agreed to financial protocols can allow us to build resilient communities. By tracking digital footprints to finance communities, SME's and infrastructure - follow on lending and investment can be made conditional on advancing the UN SDG's and ongoing compliance to Clean IT and Carbon reduction principles.

Invited speeches (10 minutes each) will be followed by a Panel discussion

0900 Welcome - Mei Lin Fung
0905 Science Digital Diplomacy Europe: Rita Laranjinha - European External Action Service Managing Director
0915 Science Digital Diplomacy Africa case study - SKA: Daan Du Toit, Deputy Director General, South Africa Dept of Science and Innovation
0925 Open Science, Data Diplomacy: Rolf Apweiler, Director of EMBL's European Bioinformatics Institute
0935 Global Digital Intelligence: A Case Study in Science Digital Diplomacy - Dr. Yuhyun Park, DQ Institute
0945 Sudan rejoins the Scientific Community: How Science Diplomacy can help - Zeinab Osman, Director General, Sudan National Center for Research
0950 A brief pause for 1 minute interventions from the audience
1000 Global Trade Logistics: A Case Study with implications for Digital Research - Marc Wesselink, VentureRock
1010 Meaningful Connectivity in Africa: The need for Science Digital Diplomacy - Andrew Rugege, ITU Development Director for Sub Saharan Africa
1020 Open Research in Africa - Lucienne Abrahams, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
1030 Data Utilities for SME Financing that drive Carbon reduction - Tamara Singh, Carbon Blue
1040 Panel Discussion
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Speakers
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Rolf Apweiler

Director, Senior Scientist, EMBL-EBI
Rolf Apweiler is Director of EMBL-EBI, together with Ewan Birney. Prior to this position he was Joint Associate Director, after many years of leading protein resources such as UniProt and InterPro. Rolf has made a major contribution to methods for the automatic annotation of proteins... Read More →
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Zeinab Osman

Director General, National Center for Research
Professor Zeinab A. Osman obtained her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from University of Khartoum and her PhD from University of Lorraine, France in Science and Industrial Technologies. She joined the staff of the National Center for Research in 1994. She is the principal investigator in... Read More →
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Marc Wesselink

Chair, VentureRock
Marc is a serial entrepreneur who started 12 companies between 1994 and 2008 and invested in over 150 between 2004 and 2018. His purpose in life is to help as many entrepreneurs become successful founders of companies which can create an impact. He is active in Europe, Africa & Asia.Started... Read More →
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Dr. Yuhyun Park

Founder, Chair, CEO, DQ Institute
Dr. Yuhyun Park is a world-leading expert in digital skills and child online safety. She created the Digital Intelligence (DQ) concept and framework, which is the world’s first global standards and a common framework for digital literacy, skills, and readiness (IEEE 3527.1) which... Read More →
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Andrew Rugege

Regional Director for Africa, International Telecommunication Union- ITU
Based in Ethiopia, Andrew Rugege is currently the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Regional Director for Africa and Representative to the African Union (AU) and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). Recognized as a thought-leader and key influencer among African... Read More →
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Lucienne Abrahams

Head of Centre, LINK Centre, Wits University
Luci Abrahams (PhD, Wits) is Director of the LINK Centre at Wits University https://www.wits.ac.za/linkcentre/, building research on digital innovation, how digital technologies and processes influence change, and on human-centred digital transformation. Studies include: digital skills gap analysis and implementation; digital government strategy; scaling up innovation in tech hubs and op... Read More →
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Daan du Toit

Deputy Director-General: ICR, Department of Science and Innovation
Daan du Toit started his career in the South African Government with the then Department of Foreign Affairs where he trained as a diplomat. Since 2002 he has been attached to the Department of Science and Innovation, where he has notably served as the Department's representative in... Read More →
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Rita Laranjinha

Managing Director, European External Action Service
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Mei Lin Fung

Convenor, MLF Associates Inc.
Actively working with the World Summit on the Information Society to make participation by women to the 50/50 level for speakers and participants by 2022. Chair and cofounder with Vint Cerf of the People Centered Internet, gave the keynote on Decade of Digital Transformation at t... Read More →
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T Singh

Advisor, CarbonBlue
Tamara spent the first half of her career in Europe and Asia in energy, financial services and fund management, governing trading floors in London, New York and Asia Pacific. Having earned her stripes at Centrica Plc, BP Oil International, Deutsche Bank and Macquarie Bank, she returned... Read More →


Wednesday June 16, 2021 9:00am - 11:00am CEST
Virtual Room: South Africa