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Tuesday, September 20 • 11:00am - 1:00pm
(REF 20070) Perspectives from Emerging Leaders in the Global South: Building science advisory & diplomacy capacity to address the SDGs

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National and international institutions striving to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) could benefit from a more proactive approach to strengthen the science policy/science diplomacy interface in government by training and empowering early career researchers (ECRs) in the provision of science advice to support evidence-based policies. Science technology and policy fellowship programs can provide a diverse and inclusive learning space for ECRs who are motivated to gain the skills needed to use their scientific expertise beyond academia to help inform decision makers for the benefit of society. This session brings together a group of ECRs from LAC participating in the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) Science, Technology and Policy (STeP) Fellowship Program. Each panelist will share their experience mobilizing their scientific expertise from diverse fields towards the common goal of increasing sustainability in the Americas and addressing the SDGs.
IAI - STeP is an innovative program in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), seeking to place local ECR scientists (Fellows) in public or private host organizations to research, inform and provide advice to decision-makers on global environmental change and national sustainable development issues. Since 2020, the IAI STeP program has more than doubled, working with almost 50 fellows from 11 countries. In this session, early career Fellows from Jamaica,  Brazil, and Panama, will share lessons learned and discuss with the audience the global application of their experiences.
The session will begin with an introduction on building human and institutional capacity, using an Inter-American fellowship program as a mechanism to establish and nurture an international network of peers and enhance the significance of science advice, diplomacy, leadership, and communication skills. The moderator will use a Q&A format to foster dialogue with the audience based on the personal/professional experience shared by the panelists. Proposed questions: 
  • Who are the most important allies/stakeholders/new and unusual partners in your work? 
  • What kind of skills do emerging leaders need to stay ahead of the curve and adapt to the rapid change around us? 
  • In addition to capacity building fellowship programs, what other mechanisms could be used to effectively address common sustainability challenges?
The goal of the session is to share lessons learned from different cultures and Science Technology and Innovation ecosystems to discuss the challenges and opportunities for emerging leaders engaged at the science-policy interface to inform the implementation of the SDGs. 

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Marcella Ohira

Deputy Executive Director, Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research
Marcella Ohira is the Deputy Executive Director and Director for Capacity Building at the Inter- American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI). She has a Master of Arts degree in International Relations, International Economics, and Science, Technology, and the Environment from... Read More →
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Anne Teresa Birthwright

STeP Fellow, IAI
Anne-Teresa holds a PhD in Geography from the University of the West Indies, Mona. She has an interest in action-oriented research where solutions are developed to reduce vulnerability, shape policy, and encourage sustainable livelihoods. She has worked with various local and regional... Read More →
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Rosario Quintero

Investigadora, SENACYT
Rosario has a BA in International Business, graduated from the Universidad Católica Santa María Antigua of Panama, in 2009. Postgraduate in Strategic Administration and Business Management in 2012 and an MBA in Evaluation of Development Projects at the Universidad Latinoamericana... Read More →
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Larisse Faroni Perez

BPBES & IAI STeP Fellow, Brazilian Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
Larisse is committed to helping others and the planet with nature-based solutions to inspire people to find creative approaches and the interface between science and decision-making processes for a regenerative, equitable and sustainable future. She holds a BSc degree in Biology... Read More →

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Kim Portmess

Program Manager, Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research
Kim Portmess leads the Science, Technology and Policy (STeP) Fellowship Program of the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI).  STeP  is an innovative landmark program of the IAI to enhance human and institutional capacities in IAI member countries and to support... Read More →

Tuesday September 20, 2022 11:00am - 1:00pm EDT