A new urban model is emerging in cities across the world with higher education institutions at its heart. Innovation Districts are compact geographic areas where leading-edge anchor institutions and companies cluster and connect with start-ups, business incubators, and accelerators sharing ideas and open innovation. The Brookings Institute suggests that innovation districts have the unique potential to spur productive, inclusive and sustainable economic development. They can grow jobs while at the same time addressing the rising poverty and social inequality in cities. Their ability to achieve these, however, rests on effective leadership. For many Innovation Districts, the Triple Helix collaborative leadership model of industry, universities and government is proving to be a strong foundation.
Our panel consists of senior leaders from university and organisations who have been actively engaged in driving knowledge and innovation within and across cities and regions. In a question time format, the audience is invited to explore and debate key issues with panel members.
- Dr Syed Sohail Hussain Naqvi, Vice-Chancellor, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan (Chair)
- Roberta Malee Bassett, Senior Education Specialist, The World Bank, USA
- Professor Ed Byrne, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, King's College London, UK
- Kat Hanna, Research Manager, Centre for London, UK
- Professor Caroline McMillen, Vice-Chancellor and President, The University of Newcastle, Australia
- Mike Warriner, UK Engineering Director, Google, UK