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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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Saturday, September 16 • 10:00am - 11:30am
[VIRTUAL] Transforming Innovation Systems and Restructuring Value Chains in Asia: The Way Forward (161001)

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With 60 percent of the world population and 30 percent of the land, Asia’s share in global GDP has been increasing fast to contribute nearly 45 percent of the global GDP recently. Forecasters predicted that the share of Asia in global GDP will increase to more than 50 percent in the near future. Some of the Asian countries have been showing the signs of exorbitant growth since 1960s. Rapid industrialization happened in Four East Asian countries that tripled the real income per capita within a span of three decades. These countries had climbed the technological ladder while building and refining their indigenous learning capability and knowledge stock, with subsequently increasing their contribution in value chains. But these transformations are complex processes wherein numerous actors, organizations and institutions interplay for building innovation systems to generate high value added products and processes. With advances in ICT and transportation facilities, the production chains are increasingly getting fragmented into different regions, mainly to reap the production costs benefits and/or cater to large markets. Competitive production cost, availability of resources and investment friendly policies have attracted many multinational corporations and big conglomerates to establish production units in different latecomer countries in Asia. But the real challenge for these latecomer economies is to act upon the ‘window of opportunity’ emerged through entering the value chains; otherwise they can get struck in ‘low value added production processes’. Although the transformations are complex processes, but framing the necessary policies and adopting strategic means of accumulating knowledge can speed up the process. In this context, the panelists in the session will discuss the challenges for both the incumbents and the followers Asian countries in the post Covid-19 era of changing world economic order; wherein the world is found to be restructuring the value chains with re-shoring, friend-shoring and near-shoring bringing numerous opportunities and challenges for the latecomer countries.

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Nagesh Kumar

Director, Institute for Studies in Industrial Development (ISID)
Prof Nagesh Kumar is Director and Chief Executive of the Institute for Studies in Industrial Development (ISID), a New Delhi-based public-funded, policy think-tank.Prior to taking up this role in May 2021, Prof Kumar served as Director at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission... Read More →
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KJ Joseph

Director, Gulati Institute of Finance and Taxation
Prof K. J. Joseph  is the Director, Gulati Institute of Finance and Taxation (GIFT). Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala India and the Secretary General of Globelics. He is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of Innovation and Development, published by Taylor and Francis and  Kerala Economy published... Read More →
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Sanika Sulochini Ramanayske

Senior Lecturer, Department of Social Statistics, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
Dr. Sanika Sulochani Ramanayake is a Senior Lecturer, Department of Social Statistics, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Kelaniya, Sri LankaShe holds PhD from Seoul National University, South KoreaEmail: sulochani00@kln.ac.lk / sulochani00@gmail.comSanika Sulochani Ramanayake is working as a Senior Lecturer at the Department of SocialStatistics in the University of Kelaniya. Before this appointment, she was a senior researcher at Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research Institute and a visiting lecturer at General Sir John Kottelawela Defence University, University of Colombo... Read More →
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Nirvikar Singh

Distinguished Professor of Economics, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA
​​​​Nirvikar Singh is Distinguished Professor of Economics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he also co-directs the Center for Analytical Finance. He has been a member of the Advisory Group to the Finance Minister of India on G-20 matters; a consultant to... Read More →
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Lakhwinder Singh

Professor, Institute of Human Development
Lakhwinder Singh, Professor is Visiting Professor of Economics, Institute for Human Development (IHD), New Delhi. He is an Editor, Millennial Asia: An International Journal of Asian Studies, SAGE Publisher-SCOPUS and Clarivate Analytics: ESCI https://journals.sagepub.com/home/mlaHe... Read More →
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Mammo Muchie

Rated Research Professor, Tshwane University of Technology
Professor Mammo MuchieTshwane University of Technology: DSI-NRF SARChI Chair Rated Research Professor in Innovation Studies, Pretoria, South AfricaMammo Muchie received his primary and secondary education at St. John Elementary School and Fassildes High School [Gondar] respectively... Read More →

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declan kirrane

Chairman, Science Summit UNGA78
Declan Kirrane is the Founder and Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science, the chairman and managing director of the science Summit at the United Nations General assembly, and co-founder of Medicines for Future (MAF). He has over 25 years of experience as a global senior... Read More →
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Mammo Muchie

DST-NRF SARChI Chair Rated Research Professor in Innovation Studies, Tshwane University of Technology
Professor Mammo Muchie did his undergraduate degree in Columbia University, New York, USA and his postgraduate MPhil and DPhil in Science, Technology, and Innovation for Development (STI&D) from the University of Sussex, UK. He is currently a DST-NRF research chair in Innovation Studies... Read More →
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Rajesh GK

Organizing Secretary of Consortium for Research on Innovation Studies (CRIS)
Dr Rajesh Gopalkrishnan Nair is the Organizing Secretary of Consortium for Research on Innovation Studies (CRIS) and Director of Association for South -South Cooperation in Innovation Systems Transformation (ASSIST Ltd.) UK.
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Swati Mehta

Guru Nanak Dev University, India
Swati Mehta (PhD) teaches at Punjab School of Economics, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. She is Associate Editor, African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development, Rutledge, Taylor and Francis Group.She was Visiting Researcher, Institute of Economic Research... Read More →

Saturday September 16, 2023 10:00am - 11:30am EDT