Wednesday 30 April 2014 -
17:00 to 18:15
Miami Beach Convention Center

The question of how to foster innovation to solve the emerging challenges facing our society has become a key issue for many knowledge economy countries. Climate change, aging populations, and resource shortages are just some of the challenges that will not be solved without an innovative approach.

Experts in R&D agree that the creation of such innovation requires multi-sector, multidisciplinary and multinational collaboration and the development of new systems and frameworks that cultivate open innovation. However, the question of how we go about cultivating the leaders to develop such systems remains unaddressed. As society’s main source of knowledge, higher education clearly has a key role to play in this process. However, this is not something that can be achieved alone: academia needs to work closely with industry at a global level to develop people with the skills required to create new and open innovation models that hold the key to solving the problems faced by modern society.

This session will be an opportunity for representatives of higher education and industry to come together and discuss:

  • the role of university education in developing our society’s future leaders
  • the interactions required between academia and industry to create the optimum environment for fostering future leaders
  • how academia and industry should move away from existing and conventional models of university-industry interaction in order to address these challenges.



Dr Malcolm Skingle CBE

Director, Academic Liaison, GlaxoSmithKline, UK

Dr Skingle has a PhD in Neuropharmacology and has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 35 years, more than a decade of which, has been managing Academic Liaison at GSK in the US and UK. His role involves close liaison with government departments, research and funding councils and biotechnology companies. Dr Skingle also chairs the Diamond (Synchotron) Industrial Advisory Board, the Cogent Science Industry Partnership Board and the ABPI group.

Dr Nobuyuki Osakabe

Dr Nobuyuki Osakabe

Corporate Officer and General Manager, Central Research Laboratory, Hitachi Ltd., Japan

Prior to assuming his current position, Dr Osakabe was the Vice President of the Research & Development Group of Hitachi, Ltd., after serving as the General Manager of the Advanced Research Laboratory where he established the multi-site framework for conducting research and development, and management thereof. Dr Osakabe also serves on several ministerial committees including the MEXT Science & Technology Policy Bureau.