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Tuesday, September 13 • 11:00am - 1:00pm
(REF 13001) Science Summit at UNGA77 Opening Session

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ISC and its partners will organise the 8th edition of the Science Summit around the 77th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA77) on 13-30 September 2022.
The role and contribution of science to attaining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be the central theme of the Summit. The objective is to develop and launch science collaborations to demonstrate global science mechanisms and activities to support the attainment of the UN SDGs, Agenda 2030 and Local2030. The meeting will also prepare input for the United Nations Summit of the Future, which will take place during UNGA78 beginning on 12 September 2023.

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has elected, by acclamation, Csaba Kőrösi, Director of Environmental Sustainability at the Office of the President of Hungary, to serve as President of its 77th session. In his acceptance speech, Kőrösi said his presidency’s efforts will be guided by the motto, ‘Solutions through Solidarity, Sustainability and Science.’ He will succeed Abdulla Shahid of Maldives, current UNGA President, assuming the presidency on 13 September 2022

The Summit will examine what enabling policy, regulatory and financial environments are needed to implement and sustain the science mechanisms required to support genuinely global scientific collaborations across continents, nations and themes. Scientific discovery through the analysis of massive data sets is at hand. This data-enabled approach to science, research and development will be necessary if the SDGs are to be achieved.

SSUNGA77 builds on the successful Science Summit at UNGA76, which brought together over 460 speakers from all continents in more than 80 sessions.
SSUNGA77 will bring together thought leaders, scientists, technologists, innovators, policymakers, decision-makers, regulators, financiers, philanthropists, journalists and editors, and community leaders to increase health science and citizen collaborations across a broad spectrum of themes ICT, nutrition, agriculture and the environment.


  • Declan Kirrane SSUNGA77
  • Intisar Soghayroun University of Khartoum, Sudan
  • Per Espen Stoknes Earth4All/Club of Rome, 
  • Mei Lin Fung People-centred Internet, USA
  • Julie Makani Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), Tanzania
  • Martina Desole European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL), Belgium
  • Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary COMSTECH, Pakistan
  • Marleen Temmerman Aga Khan University, Kenya
  • George Essegbey Council for scientific and industrial research, Ghana
  • Moyo, Yolanda Illumina, South Africa
  • Anna Stewart Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI), Uruguay
  • Encieh Erfani Global Young Academy
  • Rahma Sophia Rachdi United States Press Agency
  • Fadeke Ayoola NET Africa & AgriFund Management Center, Brussels
  • Adelke Olorunnimbe Mamora Minister of Science, Nigeria
  • Yousef Torman Arab States Research and Education Network (ASREN) Jordan
  • Sampson Adotey African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), Ghana
  • Sheikh Fayaz Ahmad Zhejiang University, China
  • Frank Mugyenyi Minerals African Development Institution (MADI), Uganda
  • Juan Miguel González-Aranda LifeWatch Eric, Spain
  • Dasapta Erwin Irawan Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia
  • Solomon Benor Ethiopian Ministry of Education
  • Shaikha Al-Sanad, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research
  • Oyun Ravsal JEMR LLC Mongolia
  • Ramin Sedehi Impact Human Learning, USA
  • Kandesh Yumkella Co-chair of the Africa-Europe Foundation Strategy Group 



Speakers
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Fadeke Ayoola

CEO, NET Africa & AgriFund Management Center
I specialize in natural resource economics. Natural resource economics is a trans-disciplinary field of research within economics that aims to address the connections and interdependence between human economies and natural ecosystems. Its focus is on how to operate an economy within... Read More →
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Dr. Encieh Erfani

Executive Committee, Global Young Academy
Encieh Erfani is an Assistant Professor of the Physics Department at the IASBS, Iran since Dec. 2015. She obtained her Ph.D. degree from Bonn University, Germany in 2012. Her research area is Theoretical Physics and in particular Cosmology. She is a Junior Associate of the ICTP... Read More →
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Dr. Rahma Sophia Rachdi

Correspondent- Head of Bureau, United States Press Agency
Dr. Rahma Sophia Rachdi is a Journalist in Politics, disabled in wheelchair and Head of the Correspondence, based in Paris, for the United States Press Agency. She is renowned for have released many scientific publications and journalistic articles and reports, for different media... Read More →
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Intisar Soghayroun

Professor, University of Khartoum, Sudan
Professor Intisar  Soghayroun, professor of Archaeology, University of Khartoum, SudanProfessor Intisar Soghayroun, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research from 2019 to October 2021. She is a professor of Archaeology at the Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Arts... Read More →
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Dasapta Erwin Irawan

Researcher, Institut Teknologi Bandung
Dr Dasapta Erwin Irawan is an assistant professor in hydrogeology. He works as an active researcher and lecturer at the Faculty of Earth Sciences and Technology, Institut Teknologi Bandung. He focuses his research on translating hydrochemical data to understand the underlying hyd... Read More →
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Frank Mugyenyi

Executive Director, Minerals African Development Institution
Frank Dixon Mugyenyi is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Minerals African Development Institution (MADI) Ltd and former Coordinator of the Africa Minerals Development Centre (AMDC) a Specialised Agency of the African Union responsible for the implementation of the Africa Mining... Read More →
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Julie Makani

Principal Investigator, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Tanzania; Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS)
Professor Julie Makani is a Physician Scientist in the Department of Haematology and Blood Transfusion at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) www.muhas.ac.tz, Tanzania has established one of the world’s largest single-center study cohorts for sickle cell disease. She serves as Principal Investigator of the Sickle Cell programme in MUHAS and Sickle Pan African Research Consortium (SPARCO) Clinical Coordinating Centre (CCC) within SickleInAfrica... Read More →
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Sampson Kofi Adotey

Senior Outreach Manager, African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS)
Sampson Kofi Adotey is enabling science & technology for society by hacking education with inclusive innovation. He is the Senior Outreach Manager at the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences – Global Network. The World Economic Forum recently appointed him as the Global Shapers... Read More →
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Dr. Sheikh Fayaz Ahmad

ASISTANT PROFESSOR, ZHEJIANG UNIVERSITY
Dr. Sheikh Fayaz Ahmad is a Post-PhD innovation researcher at the School of Management, Zhejiang University, China. He holds M.Phil and PhD from the Center for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is a co-editor of the book titled ‘Informal Sector... Read More →
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Ramin Sedehi

Founder, Impact Human Learning
Ramin is passionate about closing the gaps between science, education, society, and policymakers to understand the depth and breadth of humanity's challenges. To impact the health of communities, improve educational markers, and, most importantly, uphold democratic values and build... Read More →
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George Owusu Essegbey

CEO/ Chief Research Scientist, CSIR-Technology Development and Transfer Centre/ CSIR-STEPRI
Dr. GEORGE OWUSU ESSEGBEY, is the CEO/Chief Research Scientist of the CSIR-Technology Development and Transfer Centre. I was the former Director of the Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (STEPRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) of Ghana... Read More →
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Juan Miguel González-Aranda

Chief Technology Officer, LifeWatch ERIC
PhD. Engineer on Telecommunications, and Industrial Organization-Enterprise Management European Master. LifeWatch ERIC Chief Technology Officer-Executive Board Member & Director to Spain. For Chair of ERIC FORUM (www.eric-forum.eu), currently Executive Board Member (ENVRI cluster... Read More →
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Martina Desole

Director, European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL)
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Solomon Benor

CEO, Research and Community Engagement Affairs
Dr Solomon Benor is CEO of Research and Community Engagement Affairs at the Ethiopian Ministry of Education. He is also an Associate Professor of Plant Biotechnology at Addis Ababa Science and Technology University (AASTU), and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Addis Ababa University... Read More →
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Dr Shaikha Al-Sanad

Program Manager / Research Scientist, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research
Dr Shaikha Al-Sanad is the program manager for the Sustainability & Reliability of Infrastructure Program at the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR). The team is involved in risk and reliability assessment of infrastructures, structural health monitoring of various infrastructures... Read More →
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Yolanda Moyo

Head of Government Affairs, Illumina
Yolanda Moyo RN, MSc, is the Head of Government Affairs Africa at Illumina, based in Johannesburg South Africa. Her role is to manage and maintain government and stakeholder relations to enable the adoption of genomics technology in Africa. Previous to joining Illumina, Yolanda worked... Read More →
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Adeleke Olorunnimbe Mamora

Minister of Science, Technology & Innovation, Government of Nigeria
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Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary

Coordinator General, Ministerial Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation of the OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation) (COMSTECH)
1PROF. DR. MUHAMMAD IQBAL CHOUDHARYMustafa (PBUH) Prize Laureate, Hilal-i-Imtiaz, Sitara-i-Imtiaz, Tamgha-i-ImtiazBRIEF CITATION Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary is the Director and Professor of Bioorganic and Natural Product Chemistry at the International Center for Chemical and Biological... Read More →
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Marleen Temmerman

Professor, The Agakhan University
Prof dr Marleen Temmerman, MD, MPH, PhD, FRCOG, FAAS, MBS, AAAS, leads the Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health, Aga Khan University, Nairobi, Kenya. Prior she was the Director of the Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR) at the World Health Organization (Geneva... Read More →
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Per Espen Stoknes

Ass.Prof, Norwegian Business School
Per Espen Stoknes is a TED Global speaker, a psychologist with PhD in economics, and serves as the director of Centre for Sustainability and Energy at the Norwegian Business School in Oslo. An experienced foresight facilitator and academic, he’s also serial entrepreneur, including... Read More →

Conveners
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Anna Stewart Ibarra

Science Director, IAI
Dr. Anna Stewart-Ibarra is the Scientific Director of the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI). In this role, Dr. Stewart Ibarra supports the development and dissemination of global environmental change science to inform decision making across the Americas.Dr... Read More →
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Declan Kirrane

Chair Science Summit UNGA77, ISC
Declan Kirrane is the Founder and Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science, the chairman and managing director of the science Summit at the United Nations General assembly, and co-founder of Medicines for Future (MAF). He has over 25 years of experience as a global senior... Read More →


Tuesday September 13, 2022 11:00am - 1:00pm EDT
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