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ISC and its partners organised 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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Wednesday, September 20 • 10:45am - 12:15pm
[VIRTUAL] People Centered Approach to Digital Transformation: What are the respective roles for citizens and the private and public sector? (201101)

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Countries around the globe are on a digital transformation journey.  From investments in foundational digital public infrastructure (e.g., identity, financial services, health) to investments in cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and advanced data analytics, there is a recognition that if we are to achieve the SDGs and deliver services to citizens, digital is essential.  However, these efforts are driven predominantly by the public and private sector with few examples of citizen consent being considered and consistently incorporated into the debate. This panel will feature countries who have built this precept into their digital thinking and introduce you to how their input is incorporated into government prioritization and regulation. Panelists will also share their recommendations for new mechanisms (e.g., digital sandbox, community networks), which can address these challenges. Speakers:
  • Nele Leosk, Ambassador-at-Large for Digital Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia
  • Teki Akuetteh, Director of Public Policy, Vulcan Inc.
  • Pramod Varma, Chief Technology Officer, EkStep Foundation
  • Nicolas Comini, Head Policy Strategy and Operations, Latam, META
  • Robert Opp, Chief Digital Officer, UNDP
  • Kate Wilson, Senior Fellow, People Centered Internet

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Nele Leosk

Ambassador at Large for Digital Affairs, Estonia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Nele Leosk serves as the Ambassador-at-Large for Digital Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, being responsible for the development and coordination of Estonia’s digital diplomacy and partnerships.Over the past twenty years, she has advised political and public... Read More →
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Kate Wilson

People Centered Internet, People Centered Internet
Kate Wilson is a senior Fellow at PCI.  Kate believes that the need for meaningful technology collaborations between the public and private sector has never been more urgent. Countries need partners who understand their challenges, and can provide the support and digital solutions... Read More →
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Mei Lin Fung

CEO, People Centered Internet
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 co-founder with Vint Cerf of the People-centred Internet, gave the keynote on Decade of Digital Transformation at t... Read More →

Sofie Maddens

Head of Policy, ITU Development Bureau

Effrain Gonzalez

Associate Director, Minority Business Development Agency
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Suzanne Dumouchel

Head of International Cooperation at CNRS, Director of the EOSC Association, Partnership coordinator of OPERAS AISBL, CNRS/OPERAS AISBL/EOSC-A
Team-oriented leader and researcher with over 10 years of experience in Research and Project Management, Higher Education and Research Policies, Academic Management and International Collaboration of Scholarly Institutions, mainly in Europe but not only. I am an innovation-driven... Read More →

Pramod Varma

Chief Technology Officer, EkStep Foundation
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Teki Akuetteh

Executive Director, Africa Digital Rights Hub LBG
TEKI AKUETTEH is an ICT/Telecom Lawyer, a Privacy/Data Protection Consultant and Senior Partner at a law firm based in Accra, Ghana. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of the Africa Digital Rights Hub, and a non-resident fellow of the Center for Global Development. Previously... Read More →

Nicolas Comini

Head Policy Strategy and Operations for Latin America and the Caribbean, META

Robert Opp

Chief Digital Officer, UNDP

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Christine Asjoma

UN Science Summit Digital Regulation Dialog Convenor, People Centered Internet

Wednesday September 20, 2023 10:45am - 12:15pm EDT