18/03/2021

20:00-22:00 CET
15:00-17:00 EDT

Future Framing Sessions powered by EY – San Francisco explores Technology Partnerships

Webinar Virtual

Transform development and design a blueprint for greener, more inclusive economies through technology partnerships   

Access and open use of technology is more important than ever. Today, people from around the world rely on tech-enabled virtual interaction for everything from education, employment, medical care, public services, and even casual daily interactions. However, access to these technologies remains unequal and exclusive – approximately 40% of the world’s population lacks meaningful access to the internet. Even as we continue to better understand the global implications of technology and new social trends, many marginalized and less resilient communities continue to be challenged with the inequalities innate in the Digital Divide. Facing these challenges will require innovative solutions as well as partnerships between different stakeholders to minimize risks and leave no one behind.  

This collaborative session between EY and UNDP will raise awareness on how our relationships to each other and to technology can help build resilient, tech-based and inclusive societies.

During the San Francisco Future Framing Session, we will bring together cross-sector speakers from government, technology organizations, startups, multilaterals, and NGOs.

Speakers will discuss a variety of topics around the role of technology in supporting governance and inclusivity. They will share examples of how global and local partnerships can empower actors.  They will also speak about key challenges emerging in building accessible and affordable infrastructure as well as how actors around the world are developing inclusive regulatory policy that addresses rising risks from accelerated technological adoption. Finally, the session will highlight new innovations tackling these same key challenges and where opportunities arise in developing greener, more inclusive economies together.

The session will address two key questions among others:

  • How might technology partnerships empower us to transition towards greener, more inclusive economies and transform development? 
  • How can we build resilience with innovative technological solutions?

Agenda

The Masters of ceremonies for the event are Adlai Goldberg, EY Global Digital, Social and Commercial Innovation Life Sciences Leader, and Robert Opp, UNDP Chief Digital Officer.

Introduction

  • Robert Opp, UNDP Chief Digital Officer
  • Adlai Goldberg, EY Global Digital, Social and Commercial Innovation Life Sciences Leader

Keynote:

Keynote Title: A future and inspiring vision for Sierra Leone where technology and technology partnerships act as transformational agents towards greener, more inclusive economies

    • David Sengeh, Minister of Education and Chief Innovation Officer for the Directorate of Science, Technology and Innovation, Sierra Leone

Panel: How might technology partnerships empower us to transition towards greener, more inclusive economies and transform development?

The moderator is Pascal Finette, Co-Founder of Be radical. The invited panelists are:

  • Tia Kansara, Executive Director at Replenish Earth
  • Tom Chi, Inventor, Leader, Coach, Speaker, Founding Partner at At One Ventures
  • Shamiso Ruzvidzo, Head of Exploration at UNDP Zimbabwe
  • Hemalatha Annamalai, Founder of Ampere Vehicles
  • Abeer Tahlak, Director of the Mohammed bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation and Director of Possibilities at the Ministry of Possibilities, UAE

Fireside Chat: The purpose of this Fireside chat is to identify the risks, the blind spots (Bias in AI, Privacy, etc.) that need to be considered to take the ‘now’ into the ‘next,’ enabling us to transition towards greener, more inclusive economies.

  • Philip Thigo, Senior Director for Africa for the Thunderbird School for Global Management
  • Sara Sclarsic, Carbon Removal Researcher at MIT Media Lab

Fireside Chat: The purpose of this Fireside chat is to present opportunities to build forward better by leveraging and developing technology to transition towards greener, more inclusive economies.

  • Kevin Starr, CEO of the Mulago Foundation
  • Paola Santana, Founder & CEO of Glass

Closing

  • Robert Opp
  • Adlai Goldberg
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