Measuring innovation: are we missing something?

Monday 01 June 2015 -
13:30 to 14:45
Session 2.3. Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London.

Innovation today is a stated public policy aim of most developed and emerging countries- The 'gold standard' for measuring innovation is the Global Innovation Index (GII). As growth rates start to plateau, policymakers are looking increasingly at their scientists to create future growth from knowledge. At the same time we also know that some kinds of growth contribute to environmental problems as well as to inequality. The GII primarily assesses countries on their economic innovation capabilities. It offers less space to recognise social or environmental forms of innovation; nor does it recognise local innovation or that which extends beyond how good a society is at making money.

This session will explore our understanding of innovation and in particular whether our methods of measurement accurately reflect the costs as well as the opportunities. Speakers will explore how countries are incentivising innovation in the expectation that this will power tomorrow’s economies. They will also discuss what these incentives and processes will do in relation to the present path to 2-degree Celsius warming, and a rate of species loss that is unprecedented since the last Mass Extinction.

Dr Erhan Erkut
Vice-Rector, MEF University, Turkey

Dr Erhan Erkut taught at the University of Alberta School of Business during 1985-2005.  After returning to Turkey in 2005, he served as Dean of the Business School at Bilkent University 2005-07 and the Founding Rector of Ozyegin University 2008-13. Currently, as Vice-Rector, he serves on the boards of three local education associations and works actively to promote skills development for youth and entrepreneurship. Session 2.3

Dr Erhan Erkut

Professor Anil K. Gupta
Founder, Honey Bee Network, India

Dr Anil Kumar Gupta is a Professor for Management in Agriculture at the Indian Institute of Management. His mission is to expand grassroots innovation and ensure respect and reward for creative people. His positions include being a member of the National Innovation Foundation- India, President of the Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions and Editor of the Honey Bee, a quarterly newsletter and a Founder of Honey Bee Network. Session 2.3

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Dr Pham Hong Quat
Director General - National Agency for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation Development (NATEC) , Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Vietnam

Dr Pham has more than 20 years of experiences working in the fields of intellectual property protection and policy formulation. As a member of the Committee for Revising Law on Science and Technology, Dr Pham has contributed to legal amendments in the pursuit of autonomy for universities and R&D institutes and the development of a national innovation ecosystem for start-up entrepreneurship, technology and commercialisation. Session 2.3

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Dr Yasemin Koc
Innovation Adviser, British Council, UK

Dr Koc has over ten years of professional experience in science, technology and innovation analysis in the academic and public sector. She also has extensive international field experience in capacity strengthening, public outreach (science communication), policy formulation, program development and management, monitoring and evaluation in science, technology and innovation projects. Session 2.3

Martha Leal-González
Director of Strategic Planning - graduate outreach and international cooperation, Nuevo León Institute for Innovation and Technology Transfer, Mexico

Over 30 years working for private industry, Federal and State Government at directive levels in the fields of innovation, science and technology policies, strategies, and programs. She has specialized in the role of functional leader in strategic analysis and in project, knowledge and technology management. Session 2.3

Martha Leal-González

Dr Thandi Mgwebi
Executive Director for the Research Chairsand Centres of Excellence, National Research Foundation, South Africa

Thandi holds a PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology from the University of Cape Town where she also obtained her postdoctoral research experience. Thandi possess vast experience in research management and teaching at higher education institutions in SA. She participates in a number of advisory committees within the SA National System of Innovation. Session 2.3

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Catalina Ortiz
Chief of Dynamic Ecosystem Platform, BANCOLDEX, Colombia

Catalina currently works as Platform Leader in Dynamic Ecosystems for BANCOLDEX, the Bank for Colombian entrepreneurship. Her role involves the creation of a new programme aimed at supporting entrepreneurial growth in regions. Previously, she was the General Manager of INNpulsa Colombia. Session 2.3

Catalina Ortiz

Dr Prasert Pavasant
Director of Research and Researchers for Industries (RRi), The Thailand Research Fund, Thailand

Dr Pavasant received his Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, London in 1997. After that, he returned to Thailand to teach at Chulalongkorn University.  Currently he is Director at Researcher and Research for Industries Program (RRi), Thailand Research Fund (TRF) and Research Advisor at NANOTEC. Session 2.3

Dr Prasert Pavasant

Mark Rozario
Chief Executive Officer, National Innovation Agency (AIM), Malaysia

Mark Rozario was Group Managing Director of a Malaysian listed property group, before stepping down to assume is current role at AIM in 2011. He is tasked with driving AIM to implement a national innovation strategy.  AIM was created to jump start wealth creation through knowledge, technology and innovation to stimulate and develop the innovation eco-system. Session 2.3

Mark Rozario

Professor Yasser H. Sakr
President, Helwan University, Egypt

Professor Sakr is a professor of Architecture. He received his D.Arch. from the University of Michigan, USA. He has publications in national and international journals and conferences. He currently sits on various committees/boards on national and international levels. He has been honored from various local/international entities such as the Harvard JFK School of Government, the Egyptian Society for Architects, and the UAE University. Session 2.3

Professor Yasser H. Sakr

Zhumatay Salimov
Deputy Chair, National Agency for Technological Development, Kazakhstan

Zhumatay Salimov has worked in NATD since October 2010. Prior to that he worked in the Ministry of Economy and as an expert in the Department for Socio-Economic Monitoring in the Office of the President.  He obtained a masters degree in public administration from the American University in the US under the President’s Bolashak Scholarship Scheme. Session 2.3

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Professor Sir Adrian Smith
Vice-Chancellor, University of London, UK

From 1 September 2012 Professor Smith was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of London.  He was previously Director General of Knowledge and Innovation in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). For the previous 10 years Professor Smith was Principal of Queen Mary University of London. Prior to being Principal of Queen Mary, Professor Smith was at Imperial College, London, where he held a number of posts over an eight-year period. Session 2.3

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Professor Leandro Tessler
Associate Professor, UNICAMP, Brazil

Professor Tessler is also visiting researcher at Ecole Polytechnique and the author of more than 50 research papers, five book chapters and many articles in newspapers and magazines. He is the former Director of International Relations at Unicamp. Research interests include access, internationalization and rare-earth doped semiconductors. Session 2.3

Professor Leandro Tessler