These days, most advancement in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) gravitate towards profit-making and commercialisation alone. Days where STI were used to alleviate the sufferings of the underprivileged, or the “bottom billion” are fast becoming a thing of the past. The “bottom billion” refers to the 1.4 billion global populations who are earning less than US1.25 a day.
To address the matter, Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) had called for a press conference on July 10 to announce the inaugural Global R&D Leaders and CEOs Forum 2015, to be held between Aug 5 and 6 at the Pullman Hotel, Kuching, Sarawak.
The prestigious Forum aims at injecting “soul” back to STI, to enable R&D to achieve its aspiration towards improving the quality of human lives.
ASM paves the way
The Forum, themed “Injecting Soul into R&D”, is expected to get stakeholders; be it policy makers, civil servants, entrepreneurs and non-governmental organisations to come together and pave the way, develop and find solutions to the challenges faced by humankind these days such as poverty, malnutrition, illiteracy and climate change.
The two-day event consists of six sessions as follows:
- Finding the Soul in R&D
- Leveraging Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship
- Co-producing Values-based Solutions
- Technology Sharing
- Sustainable Financing & Impact Investing
- Concluding Panel Session
The Forum will be attended by 16 speakers and five moderators from various backgrounds. Some of the esteemed speakers and moderators include Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry secretary general Dato’ Sri Dr Noorul Ainur Mohd Nur, University Malaya Professor Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman FASc, Royal Society of Chemistry former president Sir Simon Fraser Campbell, social activist Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir, MERCY Malaysia founder Tan Sri Dr Jemilah Mahmood, Ashoka India director Vishnu Swaminathan and Simply Giving chief executive officer Kristopher Rogers.
For more details, visit the Forum’s website at www.globalrndceo.com.