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Thursday, September 15 • 8:00am - 9:30am
(REF 15019) Funding Transdisciplinary Research in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs)/ Global South - Legitimacy, Empowerment and Societal Impact

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Funding international research in a highly political world has its challenges.  Money doesn’t cross borders very effectively in the public space, and for many low and middle-income countries (LMICs), research, even societally relevant research, is often competing for the same small pools of funding that are being used to tackle basic needs including clean water, housing and poverty alleviation. But many of the world's LMICs are geographically located in areas that are expected to be hardest hit by the impending global environmental changes we are facing.  These are populations that will have the greatest need for strategies of adaptation or mitigation to weather the storm. In addition to the economic challenges, there are also significant social factors at play for the world to be able to legitimately engage in a respectful and holistic manner with the environmental challenges that are being foreseen at the intersection of many geopolitical playing fields.  How do we empower communities that have often been marginalized?  How do we build trust and legitimacy? How do we come together as funders, donors and partners to ensure that all stakeholders are supported and create ownership to enable solutions to take the global community forward.  This panel will explore some of the challenges being faced - and work with the participants/audience to come up with innovative ways to move forward.

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Nicole Arbour

Executive Director, Belmont Forum
Dr. Nicole Arbour is the Executive Director of the Belmont Forum, where she works with members and partners, leading the secretariat to support the delivery of the Belmont Challenge.She came to this role from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), where she was the External Relations Manager, actively involved in developing and maintaining relationships between IIASA its national members.Nicole has spent the bulk of her career at the international science interface, building and developing bilateral and multinational relationships... Read More →
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Erik Ruuth

Scientific Coordinator, IMiBio
I am interested in the impact on Health of Biodiversity and climate change, and how to mitigate and heal changes. In other words, I see HEALTH as a wide concept that involves all our entire environment going from the organic to inorganic and how they interact.The translation of scientific... Read More →

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Bamidele Ademola Olateju

Commissioner,  Ondo State Government
BAMIDELE ADEMOLA-OLATEJU is a Creative Writer, Social Media Maven, Author, Digital Strategist and Political Analyst with Versatile Background in Technical Communications. She is the Convener - Circle of Hands, a youth development and advocacy organization and the New Initiative For... Read More →
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Aldo Stroebel

Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships, National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF)
Dr Aldo Stroebel is the Acting Group Executive Strategy, Planning and Partnerships, and Executive Director Strategic Partnerships at the South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF). He serves as South Africa’s National Contact Point for the European Research Council, as... Read More →
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Daniel Buss

Advisor for Climate Change and Health, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
Dr. Daniel Buss is the advisor of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization for the region of the Americas on the three Rio Conventions – Climate Change (UNFCCC), Biological Diversity (UN CBD) and Combat Desertification (UNCCD) – and on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, the 2030 Agenda. With a background on Ecology (BSc and MSc... Read More →
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Erica Key

US Global Hub Director, Future Earth
Dr. Erica Key is the US Global Hub Director for Future Earth, an international constellation of researchers, innovators, and actors supporting transformations to sustainability. She brings to the role more than a decade of experience leading systems approaches to global change and community-led research. Prior to joining Future Earth, Erica... Read More →

Thursday September 15, 2022 8:00am - 9:30am EDT