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President: Triple Helix Association

Henry Etzkowitz

BIOGRAPHY:
No stranger to the triple helix as the co-founder of the association, Professor Etzkowitz will give us an update of the activities of the Triple Helix. Professor Etzkowitz is a scholar of international reputation in innovation studies as the originator of the ‘Entrepreneurial University’ and ‘Triple Helix’ concepts that link university with industry and government at national and regional levels. As President of the Triple Helix Association, he is at the centre of a unique international network of several hundred scholars and practitioners of university-industry-government relations. Henry is also the co-founder of the Triple Helix International Conference Series, which has produced a series of books, special journal issues and policy analyses since it started in Amsterdam, 1996.

Director-General: Department of Science and Technology

Phil Mjwara

BIOGRAPHY:
Dr Phil Mjwara has served as the Director General of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) since April 2006. In this capacity he is responsible for all policy development in the science and technology sector in South Africa, as well as the portfolio management and governance of South Africa’s systems of government laboratories. His responsibilities further include the management of South African science and technology official development assistance and the driving of the implementation of South Africa’s National Research and Development Strategy and the management of South Africa’s new DST 10 Year Innovation Plan. Prior to his appointment at DST, Dr Mjwara was the Group Executive: Research and Development; Strategic Human Capital Development at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

Professor of Management: Victoria University of Wellington

Sally Davenport

WORDS OF WISDOM:
Everything Looks Like a Failure in the Middle.” – R. Moss-Kanter

BIOGRAPHY:
Professor of Management at Victoria University of Wellington, Sally is Director of the NZ National Science Challenge “Science for Technological Innovation” which aims to increase the nation’s capacity to use physical sciences and engineering for economic growth. Sally’s has research interests covering the commercialisation of scientific research, entrepreneurship and the growth of high-tech firms, innovation strategy and policy. She has published widely in the strategy, innovation and technology management literatures.

Sally is also a Commissioner with the NZ Productivity Commission. In 2018, she was made a Member of the NZ Order of Merit for her services to science.

Ambassador: Embassy of the Republic of Korea

Jong-Dae Park

BIOGRAPHY:
Jong-Dae Park is the South Korean Ambassador in South Africa with a special interest in African Development and Korea’s soft power. Park, a career diplomat, has been heavily engaged in development assistance for seven years when he was the Ambassador in Uganda.

In Korea, he held the position of Director of Policy Planning in the Foreign Ministry, and served in the Presidential Office for external relations, as well as in the National Security Council. He holds a BA from Yonsei University, Korea, an MA from UC Berkeley, USA, and a Ph.D. from Kyungnam University, Korea.

Head of Global Initiatives: Malik International AG

Christiane Gebhardt

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.” Peter Drucker

BIOGRAPHY:
Dr. Christiane Gebhardt has been a Member and Strategic Advisor of the Triple Helix Association since 1992. Christiane holds a doctoral degree in political sciences with a focus on comparative technology policy and polity. She is Vice President at Malik International in Switzerland, an international organization renowned for strategy and organization advisory for industry, university and government studies as well as for projects based on cybernetics and systems thinking. The focus of her research and work is strategy and organizational development of innovation clusters as well as governance systems and operational management for mastering complex projects such as climate policy implementation, digital transformation and smart (human centred) city development.

Project Manager: South East European Research Centre

Adrian Solomon

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“R&D with impact.”

BIOGRAPHY:
Experienced project manager with expertise in environmentally sustainable and resilient organizations and in managing R&D projects involving innovative solutions and technologies (Industry 4.0) for organizational competitiveness and compliance.

So far, I have successfully managed and finalized eleven (16) projects amounting to more than 12 million Euros. I managed the entire project lifecycle from its inception phase to the daily implementation operations (supplier selection, negotiation, contracting) and the final product/output delivery.

I contributed to my organization’s direct budget with 1.5 million Euros from successful contracts (coming from companies, governments and foundations) and with 12 million Euros for the entire project partnership that was required to implement the (16) international projects. The project partnerships spanned over 16 countries (from Europe, USA and Asia) and involved more than 300 staff, 22 suppliers, contractors and 80 000 final users for the project results/outputs. Based on this expertise, I was also elected as the Chairman of the External Grants Committee at the Triple Helix Association.

Director: International Triple Helix Institute

Chunyan Zhou

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“Towards triple helix practice.”

BIOGRAPHY:
Prof. Zhou is Director and co-founder of the International Triple Helix Institute (ITHI). After a B.S in physics and M.S. in science education, she worked with Prof. Changshu Chen,, founder of the technological innovation in China, receiving a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Policy in 2000. Dr. Zhou’s contributions include the “triple helix field”, “government-pulled triple helix,” “triple helix circulation” concepts as well as “Triple Helix Twins for innovation and sustainability”. She is also co-editor Social Entrepreneurship (2014) and co-author Triple Helix: University-Industry -Government Interactions, 2018.

Senior Lecturer: University of Ghana

James Sefe Dzisah

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“African development renewal through knowledge production.”

BIOGRAPHY:
Dr. James Dzisah is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, University of Ghana. He has lectured at the Departments of Sociology, University of Saskatchewan (2008-2010) and Nipissing University (2010-2013) Canada. He did his post-doctoral work with the Triple helix Group, Newcastle University, England. Dr. Dzisah’s research work revolves around the Triple Helix, Development and Entrepreneurial University. Dr. Dzisah is on the Editorial Board of Triple Helix Journal. He is author of several journal articles and the co-editor with Henry Etzkowitz of The Age of Knowledge: The Dynamics of Universities, Knowledge and Society (Brill, 2012).

Professor of International Business Strategy & Innovation: St. Mary's University

Emanuela Todeva

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“The infinite capacity to learn…”

BIOGRAPHY:
Professor Emanuela Todeva is a leading academic at the School of Business and Society at St. Mary’s University, UK, and Director of the research centre for Business Clusters, Networks and Economic Development (BCNED). Prof. Todeva is a Senior Consultant to the European Commission, in the field of evaluation of National Innovation Systems, Mapping of Global Value Chains, and Smart Specialisation. Her expertise lies in Triple Helix (TH) governance and intermediation; TH policy implementation through stakeholder practice; Business models for open innovation; Design and orchestration of innovation ecosystems; TH engagement, co-alignment and co-creation. Her book on ‘Business Networks: Strategy and Structure’ has received a wide popularity among academics and business practitioners.

CEO: The Da Vinci Institute

Benjamin Anderson

BIOGRAPHY:
Bachelors in Philosophy and Psychology, Honours in Psychology, Bachelors of Theology, National Diploma in Theology, Masters in Psychology, PhD in Psychology, Registered Psychologist.

Ben has delivered lectures and workshops at National and International conferences regarding the following topics: learning development needs of working adults; the relevance of indigenous knowledge systems (IKS); the scholarship role of business leaders; change management; leadership development; continuous business improvement (CBI); the Assessment and Recognition of Prior Learning (ARPL); experiences of working adult learners, the changing roles for human resource professionals and women development in emerging economies.

Ben was also involved in benchmark visits to The Czech Republic, Hungary, Brazil, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Singapore, India, China, Malaysia and Australia since 2004, regarding amongst other, banking best practices, leadership development, workforce development, building relationships with labour movements and mergers between multi-national companies.

Associate Professor: Fluminense Federal University

Marcelo Amaral

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“Train while they sleep, study while they have fun, persist while they rest, and then live what they dream.”

BIOGRAPHY:
Marcelo Amaral holds a D.Sc. in industrial engineering from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and he was visiting scholar at NC State. Marcelo is an entrepreneur and worked in several organizations in Brazil and Spain. Since 2006, he is a professor at Fluminense Federal University. He was Dean of the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities (2011-2015; 2017-2019). As a researcher, Marcelo has 25 years engaged with R&D&I projects and published more than 70 academic works. He is a member of the executive board of Triple Helix Association and editor-in-chief of the Review of Administration, Society, and Innovation (RASI).

Researcher: Waterford Institute of Technology

Mandy Lalrindiki

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Wishing is not enough; we must do.” Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

BIOGRAPHY:
Mandy Lalrindiki is a Researcher at the Centre for Enterprise Development and Regional Economy (CEDRE), Waterford Institute of Technology. Her current research focus is on the inter-regional institutional collaboration especially with regard to the barriers that occurs in such collaboration. Mandy has also been an active member of different European Commission funded projects.

PhD Student: University Hassan II

Rabii Outamha

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“Knowledge sharing foster development, only hiding it foster hostility. Choose your side!!” – Rabii Outamha

BIOGRAPHY:
Rabii Outamha is a PhD student in management science with particular interests in university-industry relationships and knowledge environment. Prior to being in doctoral studies, he got a bachelor’s degree in economics and management and a master degree in Strategy and Innovation’s Management, at Faculty of Law Economics and Social Science of University Hassan II – Casablanca, Morocco.

Head of Central Office Business School: Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Stuttgart

Benjamin Schiller

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“If you stop getting better, you stop being good!” – Philip Rosenthal (German industrialist)

BIOGRAPHY:
Benjamin Schiller works as Head of the Central Office at the School of Business of Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Stuttgart. In his position he manages the Dean’s office and is responsible as a team leader for the employees working in the faculty of business. The areas of activity include finance, personnel, infrastructure, quality management and marketing. Benjamin Schiller graduated with a diploma degree in industrial engineering and management (2006) at the Stuttgart Media University and with a MBA degree at the Steinbeis University Berlin (2011).

Researcher / Doctoral Student: Munich University of Applied Sciences / Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship

Audrey Stolze

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” – John F. Kennedy

BIOGRAPHY:
Experienced practitioner. Currently doctoral student researching, developing and envisioning entrepreneurial pathways for higher education institutions. Previously she managed International Projects at SCE/Munich University of Applied Sciences. Audrey has over 15 years of work experience in Brazil and Europe as market researcher, international business developer and startup founder. Audrey holds a MA in International Business (Germany) and a BA in Business Administration (Brazil).

Researcher: Waterford Institute of Technology

Sergio Botelho Junior

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“Knowledge has a beginning but no end.” – Geeta Iyengar

BIOGRAPHY:
Sergio Botelho Junior is a PhD researcher at CEDRE on knowledge spillovers in the context of regional innovation systems and his research comprises different European regions. In Brazil, Sergio has previously lectured innovation and entrepreneurship as well as having worked as consultant and assistant researcher in different projects on innovation in SMEs and internationalisation. He has presented his research in international conferences and is actively involved in EU-funded projects.

Research Fellow and Consultant: Lund University and IEC AB

Emily Wise

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” – Andrew Carnegie

BIOGRAPHY:
Dr. Emily Wise has more than 25 years’ experience in strategic consulting and international economic development – spending the past 16 years working as a public policy analyst focused on cluster development programmes and international innovation collaboration. Currently, Emily is an independent consultant and affiliated researcher – providing research, analysis, advisory support to regional and national governmental organisations, the European Commission and other international organisations. Emily has a particular focus on strategy and governance of clusters and other collaborative ecosystems.

Emily has a BSFS in International Politics from Georgetown University (1991), an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia (1997), and a PhD in Research Policy from Lund University (2014). In addition, Emily serves on the Board of Directors of TCI – the global practitioners network for competitiveness, clusters and innovation.

Dean: Design - The Da Vinci Institute

Mario Landman

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“Speed is key, but accuracy is paramount. One must learn to hurry slowly.” – Wyatt Earp (American frontiersman)

BIOGRAPHY:
Mario is a seasoned Academic Management Professional with more than fifteen years’ experience in the Private Higher-, Further- and Secondary Education Sectors, focusing specifically on the promotion of best practices in Academic Quality Assurance and Student Support. Since the beginning of 2018, Mario has taken on the role of Dean: Design at The Da Vinci Institute. Mario is a regular contributor to conferences and publications on matters pertaining to Academic Quality Management Systems, Student Experience Management and Mode 2 knowledge production.

Associate Professor: University of Bologna, Italy

Riccardo Fini

BIOGRAPHY:
Riccardo Fini is Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management at the University of Bologna and a Fellow at Imperial College London. He serves as Director of the Entrepreneurship Hub and of the Master in Entrepreneurship and Global MBA (Innovation) at Bologna Business School. He is a two-time recipient of the EU Marie Curie fellowship (IEF2010; CIG2012). His work is published in the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Perspectives, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice (ET&P), Journal of Management Studies (JMS) and Research Policy. He’s currently serving as Associate Editor for the Journal of Technology Transfer and is on the Editorial Board of ET&P and JMS. His research was featured in Il Sole24Ore, Nature, Times Higher Education and The New York Times.

PhD Researcher: International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Sanghamitra Chakravarty

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“Trifles make perfection and perfection is no trifle.” Michelangelo

BIOGRAPHY:
Sanghamitra Chakravarty is a PhD Researcher at the Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa, hosted by International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her PhD explores to what extent frugal innovation can bridge long term economic growth with inclusive development by enabling access to affordable products to low income consumers while enhancing technological capability in local firms in the process. A chemical engineer by training, Sanghamitra has a keen interest in the interfaces of technology, society and development shaped by her years of experience in managing government science, technology and innovation programmes in India and Oman.

Professorship of Higher Education: Center for Higher Education, TU Dortmund University

Liudvika Leišytė

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“We engage in excellent teaching and research through innovation, team work, openness and diversity.”

BIOGRAPHY:
Prof. Leisyte has published three books, a number of chapters in edited books and peer-reviewed articles in Higher Education, Higher Education Policy, Public Administration, Public Management, Science and Public Policy. In 2008 she received the Early Career Best Paper Award in the PRIME conference in Mexico City for the paper on professional autonomy of university research units. In 2008 she was awarded a postdoctoral fellow position in the Visiting Scholars Programme at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University. During her stay at the Center she pursued research on university linkages with industry in high-tech research units, comparing the United States and Europe and carried out the study on the implementation of the Bologna reforms in Lithuania.

Director: Entrepovate

Abel Mukwevho

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“Innovation and design thinking should have a bottom-up approach as opposed to top-down. Grassroots challenges should be solved from the ground up.”

BIOGRAPHY:
Abel is professional speaker & facilitator, specializing on subjects around, the world-of-work, design thinking and entrepreneurship. He is the co-developer and innovator of The Hamelin Rat Trap. Abel helps organizations and individuals develop and implement 4th industrial revolution concepts, through design thinking principles.

Major: Management and Technological Innovation Agency

Bruno Costa Marinho

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“In favor of Science and Technology in the Brazilian Army.”

BIOGRAPHY:
PhD student in Intellectual Property and Innovation by the National Institute of Industrial Property. Master in Environmental Law from the Amazonas State University (2016). Graduated in Law from UNESA (2006) and in Military Sciences from AMAN (1999). Innovation Management Specialist from Linköping University – Sweden (2015). Former Head of the Legal Counsel of the Amazon Military Command. He is currently the Head of the Intellectual Property Management Section of the Brazilian Army Management and Technological Innovation Agency.

Associate Professor: Téluq University of Québec

Saliha Ziam

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“..Research has the potential to improve policy and practice, yet, often it does not.” – Nutley et al. (2011)

BIOGRAPHY:
Saliha Ziam is an Associate Professor at TELUQ University of Quebec. His research interests focus knowledge transfer in health sector, health assessment tools for decision support and knowledge absorptive capacity strategies. His recent works on knowledge transfer have been published in Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology Journal and Evidence & Policy.

Lecturer/researcher: the Hague university of applied sciences

Xiao Peng

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” – Albert Einstein

BIOGRAPHY:
Dr. Xiao Peng obtained her PhD from Erasmus university in the field of Managerial Economics. She is now working in the International Business bachelor program, the Hague university of applied sciences. She lectures and coordinates bachelor courses, such as Economics, Statistics. She is involved in the development of business integrated projects within the program and she researches in the topic of Triple Helix. Her interest is to find out how to creatively link well academics and practitioners.

Senior Lecturer/Coorindator: Centre for Entrepreneurship Development, Tshwane University of Technology

Patrick Ebong Ebewo

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“Be an unconventional thinker who challenges conventional wisdom and never accept yesterday’s assumptions but harness new paradigms for a new world.”

BIOGRAPHY:
During the past decade, Dr Ebewo have held varied leadership roles in academia (with University of Botswana, Tshwane University of Technology and recently, Botswana Accountancy College) in the development of innovative entrepreneurial ecosystems. He played a pivotal role in the establishment of Bopangpeo Business Accelerator NPC, TUT Arts Incubator, TUT Centre for Entrepreneurship Development, Botswana Accountancy College Centre for Entrepreneurship & Employability and UNESCO Chair on Cultural Policy and Sustainable Development. Dr Ebewo currently has a dual responsibility at Tshwane University of Technology, primarily The Coordinator of TUT Centre for Entrepreneurship Development then as a Senior Lecturer within Department of Management & Entrepreneurship.

Researcher: RWI-Leibniz-Instite for Economic Research

Michael Rothgang

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“The triple helix influences productivity growth in multiple ways that vary from industry to industry.”

BIOGRAPHY:
Michael Rothgang is researcher at the RWI Leibniz institute for economic research. He coordinated several research projects, among them large technology policy evaluations. He is also engaged in the assessment of research proposals for research technology programmes and has been Jury member of the research policy programme Research Studios Austria multiple times. His research fields are innovation processes and R&D collaborations, innovation systems and technology transfer, as well as R&D activities and research strategies of business firms. Recently, he did research on technology transfer from universities, cooperative research in automobile as well as determinants of productivity growth in different industries.

Executive Dean and Dean of Research: Da Vinci Institute of Technology

Krishna Govender

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“Let education make a difference to society.”

BIOGRAPHY:
The study was conducted by a PhD student; however, the presentation will be made by Prof Krishna Govender who is the Dean: Research at Da Vinci Institute of Technology. Krishna has 40 years academic experience and supervised and examined many postgraduate research studies (M& D) and published over 100 papers in Scopus indexed journals. He has also presented numerous papers at international conferences, and was twice recognized for best paper and/or best paper representation.

Director of Regional Industrial Development: The Department of Trade & Industry

Bernd Oellermann

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“We should work together to help everyone contribute their unique value to the world.”

BIOGRAPHY:
Bernd is director in Regional Industrial Development at the dti. Recent work covers industrial parks and SEZ’s. Bernd’s diverse international experience covers sustainable development, renewable energy, water, health, agriculture, engineering, R&D, education and training, ICT, mining and financial sectors. His work spans strategy, planning, governance, administration and implementation involving government, industry, labour, communities, youth, academia, research and non-profit environments. He is passionate about people and sustainable development, driven by the belief in the restoration of Creation and every person to their original purpose and identity through a systemic, integrated and collaborative approach to find solutions to today’s multidimensional, complex challenges.

Head: Corporate Sustainability of Discovery

Ruth Lewin

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“It always seems impossible until its done.” – Nelson Mandela

BIOGRAPHY:
Ruth Lewin has since January 2010 been Head of Corporate Sustainability for Discovery, with overall responsibility for sustainability and transformation within the Discovery group. From 2004 to 2007, she headed up Corporate Social Investment for Discovery, where she was responsible for the Discovery Fund, the Discovery Foundation and the Discovery Employee Volunteer Programme, and represented Discovery on the boards of the Laureus Sport For Good Foundation. From 2008 to 2009, she was the US Manager: Global South Africa Project for the International Marketing Council of South Africa in Washington, DC. In South Africa, Ruth has worked for various organisations in the non-government, government and corporate sectors for a period of 41 years. She has held senior positions at the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA), the Independent Electoral Commission, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the office of the Western Cape Provincial Minister of Health and Social Services, and various community organisations in the Western Cape.

Professor and CEO: Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship

Klaus Sailer

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“Imagine the future will be wonderful, and it’s because of you!

BIOGRAPHY:
Klaus Sailer is a professor for Entrepreneurship at the Munich University of Applied Sciences and CEO of the Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship. He is a co-founder and board member of the Social Entrepreneurship Akademie and spokesman for the think tank of German entrepreneurial universities “Denkfabrik” as well as an expert of the think tank HEInnovate.

Before becoming a professor, Klaus completed his Ph.D. in physics, held leading functions as a development and marketing manager in established companies and developed afterward into a serial entrepreneur. His main research topics are innovation processes, business modeling, co-creation, and societal innovations.

Early Stage Researcher: Universidade de Aveiro

Liliana Fonseca

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“History has taught us that when an era, or even a certain kind of knowledge or institution, starts to search and argue about its meaning, its reason to be, or its identity, this is a sign of that era’s decline and the advent of something new.” – Magalhães, 2001, p.35

BIOGRAPHY:
Liliana Fonseca joined the University of Aveiro (Portugal) in 2017 as PhD research fellow in the field of Public Policies and Early Career Researcher in the H2020-MSCA-ITN project RUNIN (Role of Universities in Innovation and Regional Development). Her research focuses on the role of universities in regional innovation policies and practices, with a focus on the smart specialisation framework. Interested in the fields of political science, sustainability and planning, she holds an MSc in Eco-Cities (2016) from Cardiff University, and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations (2013) from the New University of Lisbon.

Professor/ Rector: University Federal Fluminense

Antonio Nóbrega

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.” (Newton, Isaac)

BIOGRAPHY:
Graduated in Medicine by Fluminense Federal University (1989), received a Master Degree in Biophysics (1990) and a PhD degree in Physiology (1994) from Rio de Janeiro Federal University, and a Research Fellowship from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (1994) under the supervision of Dr. Jere H. Mitchell, studying the neural control of circulation during exercise involving humans and animal models. Has medical board certifications in Exercise and Sports Medicine and in Cardiology, has clinical experience in cardiopulmonary exercise testing and cardiovascular rehabilitation programs; has participated in medical teams in many national and international competitions, such as the Indianapolis (1987) and Rio de Janeiro (2007) Panamerican Games, Atlanta Olympic Games
(1996), and Nagano Winter Olympic Games (1998).

Founder: 4EPR Enterprise

Bantyehun Tezazu

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“Engaging People for Brighter Future.”

BIOGRAPHY:
Bantyehun Tezazu, Founder of 4EPR Enterprise, develops solutions for Sustainable Development. He is a citizen of Canada and Ethiopia living in Toronto Canada. He got BASc and M. Eng. Degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto in Canada. He worked as a planner, investment advisor and risk manager in the electrical power system industry for over 30 years. He developed and taught Business Case Development, Strategic & Investment Management, Project Management and Evaluation courses to various professionals for ten years. Bantyehun is author of a book entitled Engineered Sustainable Development. His website is www.4epr.org.

Ph.D researcher student: Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais - UFMG

Karla Rocha Liboreiro

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“Be the change that you want to see in the world.” – Gandhi

BIOGRAPHY:
I am a Ph.D. student researcher in Technological Innovation, I have a master in Business Administration and bachelors in Psychology. I have 10+ years of work experience with strategic people management, innovation, and training. I’m an invited professor in correlated fields: innovation, human resources and university-Industry interaction for innovation. I am doing my Ph.D research investigation focus on university research laboratories and the university-industry interaction at University of California Berkeley (U.S.) and at UFMG (Brazil). I am a THA member and I believe that translate university research results to real products and process can foster economic development.

Chief Advisor (Acting) - Quantitative Risk Analysis of African Power Generation Utility

Egandhrin Naidoo

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“Reality: a mixed bag of uncertainties … managing uncertainties will manage reality.”

BIOGRAPHY:
Egan Naidoo is a risk management practitioner with about 15 years’ experience in implementing and enabling risk processes and systems. He has applied his knowledge in many industries including banking, construction, shipping, a national tax authority and is now with an African state-owned utility. He currently heads up the quantitative risk analysis strategy and capability development within the dynamic project environment. Egan completed his PhD at the Da Vinci Institute where he researched the relationship between project complexity, risk management maturity and competency within the project risk management environment. He has presented his research nationally and internationally to wide acceptance.

Professor: TELUQ University

Elena Laroche

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“Working together for durable change.”

BIOGRAPHY:
Elena Laroche is a professor of occupational health and safety prevention and management at the TELUQ School of Administration. Her work aims to improve occupational health and safety and organizational health by applying preventive practices that promote risk prevention. She use knowledge transfer models to study the processes that guide the application of preventative practices that promote prevention and health promotion at work.

Post Doc/ Lecturer: The University of the Witwaterrand

Abigail Chivandi

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It’s about impact, influence,innovation and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire team-mates and customers.”

BIOGRAPHY:
Abigail Chivandi is a Post – Doc Fellow, Lecturer and Doctor of Philosophy holder in Marketing Division, School of Economic and Business Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand. A holder of Masters of Commerce in Marketing strategy , Bachelor of Commerce honors in Management, a Diploma in Hotel and Catering Supervision, Institute of Commercial Management (ICM) UK.She has served as member of various academic committees bringing excellence to academic discipline and an established Researcher and an expert in literature Review, Researh Methodology and Academic Research Writing Skills. Research specialization: Marketing, Tourism Marketing, Management, Business/Marketing Strategies, Information Technology, Service Innovation, Social Media Innovations, Green Innovation, Consumer behaviour, Service Quality and Brand Management, Retail and Entrepreneurs, Hospitality/Travel and Tourism Management.

Coordinator: University of São Paulo

Artur Tavares Vilas Boas Ribeiro

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do”

BIOGRAPHY:
Artur Tavares Vilas Boas Ribeiro is a PhD student at the School of Economics and Administration and Accounting at the University of São Paulo (FEA/USP). He is an Administrator and earned his MSc in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from the University of São Paulo. He works with Startup Development at the USP, being the coordinator of USP Entrepreneurship Society and researcher at the Center of Technological Research and Management (PGT/USP). He is also, at USP, Assistant Monitor of entrepreneurship undergraduate courses at the Polytechnic School and Instructor of the undergraduate course Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Healthcare at the Faculty of Medicine.

Professor: UERJ

Branca Terra

BIOGRAPHY:
My first degree was in Civil Engineering from the Rio de Janeiro State University – UERJ (1977). I also have a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro/Engineering Post-Graduate and Research Coordination – UFRJ/COPPE (1988), a sandwich doctorate from State University of New York at Purchase – SUNY (1998) and PhD in Production Engineering from UFRJ/COPPE (1999). My doctorate thesis was the first work in Brazil about triple helix model and I launched the first book in my country, about technology transfer offices, based on my PhD thesis.

Associate Professor: Georgia Institute of Technology

Cheryl Leggon

WORDS OF WISDOM:
We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated.” Maya Angelou

BIOGRAPHY:
Cheryl B. Leggon is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology (USA). Dr. Leggon conducts research on policies and programs to enhance participation of under-represented groups in the science and engineering workforce in the United States. A Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and Sigma Xi, her recent book (with Michael Gaines) is STEM and Social Justice: Teaching and Learning in Diverse Settings: A Global Perspective (2017), Springer International. She earned a PhD in Sociology from the University of Chicago, and the BA in Sociology from Barnard College (Columbia University).

Dr. Husam Arman

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“The garden of the world has no limits, except in your mind.”Rumi

BIOGRAPHY:
Dr. Husam Arman is currently an Associate Research Specialist at the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR). He is leading initiatives related to improving Kuwait national competitiveness and in particular the national innovation system and SMEs development. His previous research was in technology, innovation, and R&D management. During his Research Fellow post while at The University of Nottingham, he worked with international firms such as Rolls-Royce to develop methodologies to optimize technology and innovation strategies. His university’s experience in the UK and Palestine included empirical studies with public organizations and firms with the purpose of improving industries, in addition to institutional development activities.

Post-doc/ Research Specialist: Human Sciences Research Council

Yasser Buchana

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“Knowledge exists potentially in the human soul like the seed in the soil; by learning the potential becomes actual.”— Al-Ghazali

BIOGRAPHY:
Yasser Buchana is a Post-doctoral researcher at the Center for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (CESTII) within the Human Sciences Research Council’s (HSRC) in Cape Town, South Africa.

Yasser has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science a Master’s and a PhD in information system. He has more than 5 years’ professional experience in agile software development and testing and has participated in various systems implementation projects both in the public and private sectors.

Yasser’s main research interests include but not limited to Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (STIs) for development, as well as computational social sciences.

Senior lecturer: North-West University

Christi Niesing

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“change is a threat when done to me, but an opportunity when done by me.” Rosabeth Moss Canter

BIOGRAPHY:
Dr Christi Niesing started her career at the NWU in 2008 with the appointment as project manager of the Holding Hands income-generating community project. She received recognition for her contribution towards excellence in community engagement from various institutions. She is currently a senior lecturer at AUTHeR (Africa Unit for Transdisciplinary Research at the Faculty of Health Sciences), Faculty of Health Sciences NWU. Her research focus is the facilitation of sustainable community development through development interventions focusing on the development of instruments to measure and evaluate the real impact of interventions over time.

Senior Specialist: Commercialisation: North-West University

Doret Kruger

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings.” Nelson Mandela

BIOGRAPHY:
Doret, is by heart, an entrepreneur who enjoys a challenge and loves it when a plan comes together. She has obtained nursing and business management qualifications. In 2012, Doret completed her Master of Business Administration at the North-West University’s Business School. Her dissertation was done under the tutelage of Dr Jordaan, and titled as the “Constraints experienced in managing Trip Helix in South Africa”. Dr Jordaan went on to present her paper at the Triple Helix conference Tomsk. Doret has presented at the IICIES international conference Bandung (Indonesia), and the IBC international conference (Seychelles). Currently, Doret is enrolled for her PhD at AUTHeR North-West University.

Glenda Kruss

WORDS OF WISDOM:
social science that makes a difference

BIOGRAPHY:
Glenda Kruss leads the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators at the Human Sciences Research Council. She has published on the role of universities and public research institutes in economic and social development, and the determinants of skills and knowledge flows within sectoral, national and global systems of innovation. Her current research is oriented towards measurement of STI for inclusive and sustainable development. She has collaborated widely on comparative research in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe, and has led large scale projects for national government, building alliances and networks between researchers, policy makers and practitioners in South Africa.

Consultant 1551 Incubator of National University of San Marcos: National University of San Marcos

Juan Fernan MUÑOZ

WORDS OF WISDOM:
Peru needs a TH Chapter leaded by the National University of San Marcos

BIOGRAPHY:
Eng. JUAN FERNAN MUÑOZ RODRIGUEZ
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES: Consultant 1551 Incubator UNMSM-2017; Advisor to the President EMILIMA 2016-2017; Representative of CINCLUS Project Management, Portugal,2013-2016; General Manager CPS DE INGENIERÍA SAC, 2007-2012; General Manager FAB. TEJIDOS LA UNIÓN SA, 2002-2006; Market Manager DE COL INGENIEROS, 2004-2005; General Manager FERTISA,2001-2003; General Project Manager Aceros Arequipa Foundry, Pisco-Perú; Director APROPO; Director INVERMET-AD HONOREM SERVICES President Chapter of Industrial & System Engineers Lima, 2004-2005 & 2006-2007; President Chapter of Food Engineering, Lima 2004-3005 & 2006-2007; Dean of Engineering – Lima Chapter, Lima-Perú, 2008-2009; National Dean of Peruvian Engineers, 2010-2012; Dean of the National Council of Professional Deans, 2010-2011 & 20011-2012 AWARDS Among others, Recognition of Peruvian Congress with the “Medal of Perú for Services to the Country”

PhD Student: Queensland University of Technology

Yi Wang

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” —Gandhi

BIOGRAPHY:
Yi Wang is a PhD in Digital Media Research Centre within the Creative Industries Faculty at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. She is currently working as a sessional academic (unit tutor) in the faculty. Her doctoral research investigates the knowledge exchange and open innovation in creative industries between Shenzhen and Brisbane through university-industry-government interactions. She explores the factor and mechanism of useful knowledge transfer in the creative sectors and how they contribute to the innovation process within the city context.

Co-Founder & Head of R&D: Gourmet Grubb

Leah Bessa

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“Be stubborn on your vision, but be flexible on the details”

BIOGRAPHY:
Leah Bessa is the Co-founder and Head of Product Development for Gourmet Grubb. She completed her Masters in Food Science at Stellenbosch University, where she researched the potential of insects as a food ingredient for human consumption, and has gone onto doing her PhD with the main focus being on insects as a sustainable alternative to meat. Today she is also the head of R&D where she develops insects into a dairy alternative, starting with ice cream made from Entomilk (a milk alternative made from insects). She is here to redefine the way you think about eating insects

CEO: CSIR

Thulani Dlamini

Director of the Department of Priority Projects: Tomsk State University

Liana Kobzeva

WORDS OF WISDOM:
The difficult we do immediately; the impossible takes a little longer.

BIOGRAPHY:
– Since 2014 is the leading member of project “INO Tomsk” devoted to territorial innovation center creation in Tomsk region. It is one of two regional projects approved by the Russian federal government. – Member of the Triple Helix Association Executive Committee, represents Russian Chapter of THA. – Editor in Chief of the Helice Magazine. – Currently is the Director of the Department of Priority Projects, Tomsk State University. – Founding curator of the Tomsk Hub, Global Shapers Community, World Economic Forum.

Head Trauma Unit; Chair ChildSafe South Africa: University of Cape Town

Sebastian Van As

WORDS OF WISDOM:
The success of any nation should be measured in the health of its children

BIOGRAPHY:
Prof Sebastian van As (MBChB, MMed, FC(SA), MBA, PhD) is head of the Trauma Unit at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town, the only dedicated trauma unit for children in Africa. He also chairs Childsafe South Africa as well as the Global Road Safety Partnership of South Africa. He has over 200 publications and is editor of the Oxford text book on paediatric trauma. He has been active in a wide range of research projects, educational initiatives and advocacy roles as well as international conferences on child safety initiatives. He is presently involved in a number of international academic projects; all in the field of child trauma and safety: Global Susy Safe Project, Global Road Safety Partnership, Safekids Worldwide, World Health Organization and UNICEF.

SENIOR SPECIALIST: INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY NATIONAL INSTITUTE

Sergio Paulino De Carvalho

WORDS OF WISDOM:

BIOGRAPHY:
Doctor (2003) in Science and Technology Policy at the Campinas State University (Unicamp).
Senior Specialist in Intellectual Property at the National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI). Professor in the Master and Doctorate Postgraduate Program in Intellectual Property, Innovation and Development of INPI’s Academy. Responsible for the subjects Innovation and Development, and Intellectual Property in Agribusiness. Leader of Strategic Studies Research Group in Intellectual Property and Innovation for the Defense Sector of INPI’s Academy. Chief of the Division of Economic Studies (DIECO) of INPI’s Economic Affairs Office. Has vast experience in intellectual property and sectorial competition. http://lattes.cnpq.br/4985544206160545
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CEO: TDP Data Systems

Jim Beddows

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” U.S. President Calvin Coolidge

BIOGRAPHY:
Jim Beddows is a Fortune 50 entrepreneur, innovator, adjunct research professor at USC in Los Angeles, and former federal government employee. He has served as a consultant to Microsoft’s Innovation Outreach Program (an open innovation community for 35 global 2000 corporations) and Silicon Valley’s Xerox PARC Research Center providing processes to increase their rate of technology commercialization. His research interest is the ongoing combination of AI and human intelligence to enhance human-decision making and innovation in various cultural context. He holds degrees from the University of Virginia (BA Economics; MA East Asian Studies; and MBA).

President: The Silicon Cape Initiative

Sumarie Roodt

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic” (Arthur C. Clarke)

BIOGRAPHY:
Dr Sumarie Roodt is the President of the Silicon Cape Initiative http:/www.siliconcape.com/ which is Africa’s largest, most established and most productive technology innovation network in the world from an emerging market perspective. Silicon Cape supports the technology entrepreneurship ecosystem in Cape Town, South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world. Silicon Cape’s slogan is “Africa First” and as Africa moves towards becoming a leader in innovation for some of the most important social, environmental and economic issues facing the world, Cape Town offers a wonderful base for pan-African collaboration.

Dean and Director: Henley Business School (Henley Africa)

Jonathan Foster-Pedley

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“We build the people, that build the businesses, that build Africa.”

BIOGRAPHY:
It takes a multi-talented leader, innovative businessperson and expert in curriculum design to direct Henley Business School South Africa. Dean and Director Jonathan Foster-Pedley has worked in six continents and has over thirty years of global business experience. He is a former airline pilot and senior executive in the European aerospace industry, and has guided and facilitated cohesion and productivity in international and local multicultural sales and marketing and management teams. He is also an entrepreneur, a leading academic and coach (working as a visiting professor in Strategy, Creativity and Innovation), and a writer and blogger.

Foster-Pedley’s expertise in strategy, creativity, design, thinking and innovation are key features of the Henley MBA curriculum.

GM INNOVATION SKILLS DEVELOPEMENT AT TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION AGENCY

Senisha Moonsamy

BIOGRAPHY:

Senisha Moonsamy comes from a background of Public and Private Training and Education. This includes organisations such as The Services SETA (Chamber Manager of Cleaning; Hiring and Event Management) and Protech Khuthele, a Civil Engineering Company, where she was tasked to set up a learning & development centre.

Senisha Moonsamy is currently the Head of Innovation Skills Development and Enterprise Development & Support (ISD) at the Technology Innovation Agency. ISD will greatly enhance TIA’s ability to serve as a catalyst for promoting and supporting innovation skills throughout the National System of Innovation (NSI). By providing support for the development of cohorts of well educated, well trained and innovative young learners who will go forward to create depth within our academic and professional workforce in a sustainable environment that will benefit not only the present generation but also future generations of South Africans. She has raised in access of 100 million in 4 years from both local and international partners and executed multiple projects in skills development. Senisha is an expert in Learnerships and structuring of high impact projects.

Professor of Behavioral Sciences & Cognitive Economics: Department of Economics of the University of Milan Bicocca

Riccardo Viale

BIOGRAPHY:

Riccardo Viale is Full Professor of Behavioral Sciences and Cognitive Economics at the Department of Economics of the University of Milan Bicocca. He is also a professor of behavioral economics at the School of Government and at the LUISS School of European Public Economics. In 2019 he was a visiting professor at the Chinese Academy of Science in Beijing. Lecturer and scholar over the years in various foreign universities and research centers including the universities of Oxford, Columbia, Pennsylvania, California, Santa Barbara and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. He is the founder and General Secretary of the Herbert Simon Society and president of the Cognitive Insights Team at the Collegio Carlo Alberto in Turin. Editor in Chief by Mind & Society (Springer). He is currently Commissioner for Performance at the Ministry of Public Administration. He is the author of many books and publications including the next Handbook on Bounded Rationality (Routledge, 2020).