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ISC and its partners will organise the 9th edition of the Science Summit around the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA78) on 12-29 September 2023.
The role and contribution of science to attaining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be the central theme of the Summit. The objective is to develop and launch science collaborations to demonstrate global science mechanisms and activities to support the attainment of the UN SDGs, Agenda 2030 and Local2030. The meeting will also prepare input for the United Nations Summit of the Future, which will take place during UNGA79 beginning on 12 September 2024.

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Tuesday, September 19 • 9:00am - 6:00pm
[VIRTUAL] Brain Capital Building: Brain Deals to Meet SDGs by 2030 (250909)

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This conference will present the novel concept of ‘Brain Capital’ which puts a premium on cognitive skills and abilities in accomplishing socio-economic objectives. Building Brain Capital is fundamental for meeting modern societal challenges and driving innovation. The concept has been elaborated by the Neuroscience-inspired Policy Initiative launched by the OECD. Following its success, the Brain Capital Alliance has now been formed to continue this work toward impact. Given their scope, Brain Deals – large-scale and brain science-inspired policy strategies can harness advanced AI and boost the implementation of several UN Sustainable Development Goals - shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and in the future - at the national and global levels. The model of the Brain Deal was recently noted in a Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Brief here. The event will focus on how Brain Deals can support implementation by 2030.


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Jennifer M Kolstad

Global Design and Brand Director, Ford Motor Company
Jennifer Kolstad is the first Global Design and Brand Director at Ford Motor Company, and the first female design leader to establish a vision for environmental design. Since joining Ford in 2019, Jennifer has envisioned the future of workplace, retail, hospitality, and community at Ford. Introducing the legacy brand to research-led design, she pivoted the design team toward a human-centered methodology collaborating with external luminaries, product de... Read More →
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Pawel Swieboda

Paweł Świeboda is Member of the Steering Committee of the Brain Capital Alliance. In August 2023, he completed his term as Director General of the Human Brain Project and CEO of EBRAINS AISBL. In this capacity, he had managed one of the largest research programmes in the area of... Read More →

Maroš Šefčovič

Vice-President for Foresight,, European Commission

Gavin Newsom,

Governor of California, State of California

Josh Shapiro

Governor of Pennsylvania

Phil Murphy

Governor of New Jersey

Rushil Desai

CEO, Aetna Better Health

Melissa Stattford Jones

California, DHCS Mental Health

Miranda Wolpert

Director, Mental Health, Wellcome Trust
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Alan Boldon

Co-Founder and CEO, Weave Global

Steve Carnevale

Californian Mental Health Commission
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Erin Smith

Senior Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health, Global Brain Health Institute
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Jean Twenge

Professor of Psychology, San Diego University
Jean M. Twenge, Ph.D., is a widely published professor of psychology at San Diego State University. Dr. Twenge will deliver a live in-person keynote presentation on March 1st. Her most recent bestselling book is "iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious... Read More →

Jay Weatherill

Director,, Thrive by Five, Minderoo Foundation

Shiva Dustdar

Head of the European Investment Bank Institute
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Jo-An Occhipinti

Co-Director Mental Wealth Initiative, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney
Affiliations:• Managing Director, Computer Simulation & Advanced Research Technologies• Advisor, OECD Neuroscience-inspired Policy Initiative, Paris, France• Advisor, Brain Capital Alliance, San Francisco, US• Member, SIPHER Scientific Advisory Board, Glasgow, UK• Member... Read More →

Alessio Terzi

European Commission
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Upali Nanda

Global Practice Director, Research and Partner, HKS
The impact of design on outcomes, the intersection of place and perception, the bridge between brain and buildings.

Mohamed Salama

American University of Cairo

Rym Ayadi

President and Founder, President and Founder, Euro-Mediterranean Economists’ Association

Gary Belkin,

Former Deputy Health Commissioner for New York City, Founder of Billion Minds Institute

Rachel Meidl

Center for Energy Studies, Baker Institute

María Castelló

Clemente Estable Research Institute, Uruquay
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Pedro Conceição

Director, Strategic Policy, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, United Nations Development Programme, UNDP
Since October 2014, Pedro Conceição is Director, Strategic Policy, at the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support. Before that, we was Chief-Economist and Head of the Strategic Advisory Unit at the Regional Bureau for Africa (from 1 December 2009).Prior to this, he was Director... Read More →

Ahmad Dallal,

President, American University of Cairo
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Harris Eyre MD PhD

Lead, Brain Capital Alliance
Harris Eyre MD PhD is a brain capital builder who believes that investing in building brain capital is fundamental to meet modern societal challenges and drive innovation. He leads the development of the brain capital field and seeks to place it at the center of economics, policy... Read More →
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William Reichman

CEO, Baycrest
Dr. William E. Reichman is President and Chief Executive Officer of Baycrest, among the world’s premier academic health care organizations focused on seniors’ health and residential care and aging brain function.Dr. Reichman has an appointment as Professor of Psychiatry on the... Read More →
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Thomas Osha

Executive Vice President, Wexford Science & Technology
I spend a good deal of my time advising governments and institutions on the creation of innovation districts, which are curated environments that integrate research, academic pursuit, start-up activity, corporate engagement and community inclusion.  These districts are purposefully... Read More →

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Pawel Swieboda

Paweł Świeboda is Member of the Steering Committee of the Brain Capital Alliance. In August 2023, he completed his term as Director General of the Human Brain Project and CEO of EBRAINS AISBL. In this capacity, he had managed one of the largest research programmes in the area of... Read More →
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Julie Hiromoto

Principal | DIrector of Integration, HKS
Julie Hiromoto, FAIA harnesses the built environment’s power as a positive force to heal seemingly intractable social challenges. She transforms architectural practice to embrace a regenerative and evidence-based future, while fostering equity and human health as an HKS Principal... Read More →

Tuesday September 19, 2023 9:00am - 6:00pm EDT