Programme
Tuesday, 24 April
9.30
Opening ceremony
Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD
Dr. Tidu Maini, Executive Chairman - Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) and Science & Technology Advisor
9.50
Setting the stage: The unlimited power of innovation
H.E. Ms. Tarja Karina Halonen, Former President of Finland
10.00
Session 1 - Innovation from within: the pioneers' perspective
How does innovation really happen? What inspires the trail-blazers? What made their innovation possible? What were the main challenges faced? How do they envisage the future of their respective industry? How their innovations make or could make a difference for development?
Dr. Soumitra Dutta, Professor INSEAD
Mr. Hermes Chan, Co-founder, President and CEO of Medmira
Mr. Khalid Al-Mohannadi, Co-founder of Sago
11.10
Break
11.30
Session 2 - Innovation from within: The policy perspective
What have been the main policy and implementation challenges? What have we learnt? What are the implications for policy making?
H.E Dr. Tissa Vitarana Minister of Scientific Affairs, Sri Lanka
H.E Mr. José Urquizo Maggia, Minister of Production , Peru
Dr. David Mowery, Professor University California, Berkeley
12.30
Lunch
14.00
Session 3 - The transformative power of ICT
How do recent changes in the ICT landscape impact innovation in the Global South? What are the development implications? How are innovations linked to mobile telephony and broadband technology facilitating more inclusive development? What impact has ICT had on the youth and vice versa?
Dr. Hessa Al Jaber, Secretary-General of ICTQatar
Mr. Eric Hersman, Co-founder of Ushahidi
H.E. Mr. Mongi Marzoug, Minister of Information and Communication Technologies, Tunisia
15.00
Session 4 - Innovating services
How would this transformation change the business environment? How are service providers making use of the technology and innovation?
Mr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, Chairman and founder of Tag-Org
Mr. Fadi Nasser, Chief Alliances Officer of MEEZA
Mr. Ebrahim Al Haddad, regional director of the ITU Arab office
16.00
Closing ceremony
Summary and highlights
Moderator for the day: David Foster (news anchor at Aljazeera English)