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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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Wednesday, September 20 • 2:15pm - 3:45pm
[VIRTUAL] Digital Regulation Sandbox: Geographic Priorities and Perspectives (201401)

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Panel 4: Digital Regulation Sandbox: Geographic Priorities and Perspectives (201401)
2:15 pm - 3:45 pm
Link to Session: https://sched.co/1SHec
The evolving landscape of digital regulation necessitates a dynamic approach to testing and refining regulatory frameworks. The concept of a network of Regional Cross Sector Digital Regulation Sandboxes— can be an innovative means to assess, iterate, and enhance digital regulations sharing lessons between countries and regions. During this panel, we will delve into an analysis of the merits and potential drawbacks of these sandboxes through the lens of examples drawn from the countries represented by our discussants.
  • Omo Oaiya, Chief Strategy Officer, West and Central African Research and Education Network
  • Zahid Jamil, Member Evaluation Committee State Bank, Pakistan Digital Financial Services Innovation Challenge Facility (DFID funded)
  • Lorrayne Porciuncula, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Datasphere Initiative
  • Naeem Zafar, Co-Founder, TeleSense
  • Mark Schaan, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
  • Monica Estrada-Tanck, Legislative & Product Policy Coordination, LATAM, Meta
  • Diego Molano Vega, Former Minister of Information Technologies and Communications, Colombia
  • Minerva Novero, Policy Specialist, UN Office for South-South Cooperation

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Monica Estrada-Tanck

Legislative and Product Policy Coordination, LATAM, Meta
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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 →
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Bertrand de La Chapelle

Chief Vision Officer, Datasphere Initiative
Building upon his diversified experience as a French career diplomat, civil society actor and tech entrepreneur, Bertrand has been a determined promoter and pioneering implementer of multi-stakeholder governance processes for more than 20 years. As Chief Vision Officer at the Datasphere... Read More →
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Omo Oaiya

CSO, Chief Strategy Officer, West and Central African Research and Education Network
Omo Oaiya is the Chief Strategy Officer of the West and Central Research and Education Network (WACREN). He coordinates the LIBSENSE initiative, a collaboration of the regional African RENs (ASREN, Ubuntunet Alliance & WACREN) to build capacity in their NREN communities to strengthen... Read More →
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Diego Molano Vega

Senior Advisor, Former Minister of Information Technologies and Communications, Colombia
Diego Molano Vega is the former Minister of Information Technologies and Communications of Colombia (2010-2015). Molano created the "Plan Vive Digital", a national technology plan that transformed the Country and led Colombia to obtain in 2012 the GSMA Government Leadership Award... Read More →
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Stephen D. Albright (he/him)

Associate Director, Awards, New York Academy of Sciences
Stephen D. Albright, PhD, works on the Awards and Fellowships team at the New York Academy of Sciences. He manages a range of programs that recognize, support, and reward outstanding young scientists, impactful new technologies, and innovative educators for the benefit of global society... Read More →
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Naeem Zafar

Managing Partner, Co-Founder, TeleSense
Naeem is a seasoned executive who has led several high-tech businesses as the CEO and guided dozens as a Board member or an advisor. Naeem has taught entrepreneurship and innovation at several leading universities in the world. He is an entrepreneur, a teacher, an investor, and a... Read More →

Tamara Singh

Sherpa, Sustainable Finance Development Network

Minerva Novero

UNDP – South-South Dialogue

Claire Melamed

Chief Executive Officer, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data
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Henry Mwanyika

Regional Director, Center of Digital and Data Excellence, PATH
Dr. Henry Mwanyika is a certified enterprise architect and digital transformation advisor who serves as PATH’s Digital Health Regional Director for Africa. Dr Mwanyika is a trusted advisor to governments across Africa with more than 20 years of digital transformation experience... 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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Paul Murphy

Founder, Research Fellow, TELUS Corporation

Zahid Jamil

Member Evaluation Committee, State Bank of Pakistan Digital Financial Services Innovation Challenge Facility (DFID funded)

Lorrayne Porciuncula

Executive Director, Datasphere Initiative

Manuel del Pino

Head Policy Campaigns and Programs, Meta
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Mark Schaan

Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
Mark Schaan is the Senior Assistant Deputy Minister for Strategy and Innovation Policy at the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED). In this role he is responsible for advancing the government's microeconomic policy agenda; supporting the development of... Read More →

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Christine Asjoma

UN Science Summit Digital Regulation Dialog Convenor, People Centered Internet

Wednesday September 20, 2023 2:15pm - 3:45pm EDT