UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development: What is Essential?
4-6 June 2014 | EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
Conference Director and Scientific Committee
Dr. Hostettler studied Tropical Environmental Science at the University of Aberdeen followed by a postgraduate course on development studies with EPFL which took her to Burkina Faso for six months. Upon returning from Africa, she started working with IUCN – The World Conservation Union at IUCN headquarters in Gland. In 2001, she was recruited as Research Programme Coordinator at EPFL in the framework of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research North-South. At the same time, she fulfilled a mandate for backstopping regional workshops in Ethiopia, Kenya, Cuba, Bolivia, Nepal and Vietnam. In 2007, she obtained her PhD on land use change and international migration in western Mexico. From 2008 to 2012 she was based in Bangalore, India as Executive Director of swissnex, a Swiss House for Science facilitating research collaboration between Switzerland and India. Since September 2012 she is Deputy Director of the Cooperation and Development Center (CODEV) at EPFL where she is responsible for coordinating research activities and for the UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development Conference. She is also in charge of postgraduate education offered by CODEV and gives lectures in the field of cooperation and development. Her research interests include migration, livelihood strategies, development studies, watershed management, land use change and tropical forest ecology. She has written various articles and other scientific publications on these topics.
Pankaj Agarwal is a cleantech entrepreneur with over 20 years’ experience in financing, business development and commercialization of renewable energy technologies with focus on emerging markets. Pankaj has worked as a research scientist at EPFL, Switzerland. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Florida, Gainesville and an MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the IIT, Kanpur, India. He heads a renewable energy financing advisory based in Liechtenstein and India.
Bipasha Baruah holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Women’s Issues at Western University in Canada. She specializes in gender and development; gender and globalization; women and work; and social, political and economic inequality. Dr. Baruah’s publications appear in World Development, Development in Practice, Progress in Development Studies, Canadian Journal of Development Studies, Labor Studies as well as other journals and anthologies. Her 2010 book Women and Property in Urban India was published by the University of British Columbia Press. She also has 10 years of non-academic professional experience in international development.
Justin Bishop is a Research Associate in Transport Analysis in the Energy Efficient Cities Initiative of the University of Cambridge, Department of Engineering. Previously he was James Martin Research Fellow in the Oxford Martin School Institute for Carbon and Energy Reduction in Transport at the University of Oxford. His research interests include electric power generation, transport and the built environment.
Jennifer Brant, a principal of the consulting firm Mercator XXI, provides policy analysis and strategic advice to companies, NGOs, and inter-governmental organizations on global market access and regulatory issues, notably in the areas of innovation, technology, intellectual property, and trade. She is the Director of Innovation Insights, a cross-sectoral initiative aimed at sharing business perspectives on innovation and technology diffusion with policy-makers and other stakeholders. Jennifer has advanced degrees in International Development, and Economics and International Law.
I have practiced medicine in 3 continents, giving me broad perspectives in healthcare delivery. In addition, I pursued master’s degrees in biomedical informatics at MIT and in public health at Harvard. I founded and direct Sana (sana.mit.edu) and currently lead the research at the Laboratory of Computational Physiology, both at MIT. Finally, I am one of the course directors for HST.936 – health information systems to improve quality of care in resource-poor settings.
Albrecht Ehrensperger is Head of the Cluster ‘Innovation for Sustainable Development’ at CDE. He was coordinator of the ERA-ARD research project on Bioenergy in Africa (2009-2012) and currently coordinates the Eastern and Southern Africa Partnership Programme. Recently, the R4D research proposal on ‘Knowledge support for sustainable renewable energy policies in Eastern Africa’ that he and partners in Switzerland and Africa submitted to the SNF has been approved. He is geographer and received his PhD from the University of Bern.
Marie-Valentine Florin spent the first part of her career in an international socio-cultural research and marketing consulting firm. Before joining IRGC in 2006, she was advising local authorities on strategies and practices for sustainable development and was also involved in philanthropic and humanitarian organizations. Marie-Valentine Florin graduated from Science Po in Paris (political science and public administration), and then earned a post-graduate diploma in marketing strategy from the same institute. She later studied sustainable development and environmental diplomacy at University of Geneva.
Zach is a Program Director at LIGTT and is interested in the potential of technologies to lead growth in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to LIGTT, Zach worked in East Africa, helping local NGOs and government ministries develop and launch entrepreneurship training programs for youth in rural areas. Zach also worked with and continues to serve as an advisor for Kenyan mobile payments startup Kopo Kopo. In addition to his work in East Africa, Zach has worked in Argentina, Chile and Mexico, and most recently developed the global expansion strategy for Chile’s leading e-learning and Software Company. Prior to his international work, Zach was a consultant in Deloitte’s Strategy and Operations practice where he focused on telecommunications, healthcare, and consumer goods companies. Zach received an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and holds a BA in economics from Washington University in St. Louis.
Dr. Gadgil is the Rudd Family Foundation Distinguished Chair Professor of Safe Water and Sanitation, in Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley, and Director of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He has a distinguished record of inventions and innovations, and received many honors, awards and recognition including the Sustainability Pioneer Award by SAG/SAM (2010), European Inventor Award (2011), Zayed Award (2012), Lemelson-MIT Global Innovator Award (2012), and the PSIPW Award (2013) among others.
Dr. Mini Govindan is a research fellow at the Social Transformation Division of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in New Delhi, India. She earned her PhD in Development Studies in 2007 from the Institute for Social and Economic Change in Bangalore. She specializes in gender analysis and social impact assessment of water and energy policy. She has consulted extensively for the Indian government and international organizations such as UN Women, UNDP, World Bank, DANIDA, SDC, IUCN and DFID.
Sachiko Hirosue works as a researcher at the interface of biomaterials and lymphatic physiology in the Institute of Bioengineering, School of Life Sciences, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland. Her interests in bioart derive from the encounter at the Subtle Technologies Festival (Toronto, Canada), which she co-chaired from 2005-2008. At EPFL, she heads the international collaborative student research project BIO-DESIGN for the REAL WORLD, bringing a bit of DIY culture in academia.
Tunde Kallai is a senior expert on research and open innovation on “smart cities” and living labs related models, concepts, strategies and applications. She has been involved as a project evaluator for EU research and innovation projects since 2003 and is a registered independent expert by DG INFSO & Media since 2002 in different size of projects (IPs, SSAs, Craft, STREP). Ms. Kallai assisted and initiated the set-up of 12 Living Labs in Hungary, Malta, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Senegal (2006-2012).
Prabhu Kandachar is extensively involved in designing and prototyping products and services for the Base-of-the-Pyramid (BoP). With inclusive innovation as principle, he has covered several issues such as drinking water, energy, housing, etc., in various developing countries. He has also directed research work on healthcare issues of the poor in developing countries, including on rural China. He has given several keynote lectures, has organized an international conference, edited a book and a special issue of a journal on this topic.
Denisa Kera is an Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore. Her present research brings together history of science, philosophy and design, and combines issues and methodologies from Science Technology Society studies and interactive media design. She tries to create design probes and tools for deliberation and public participation in science. She follows and supports science community labs and alternative R&D places across the world with a special focus on DIYbio movements, consumer genomics and various citizen science projects.
Walter Karlen Ph.D., earned a M.Sc. degree in micro-engineering (2005) and a Ph.D. in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences (2009) from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. He is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Electrical and Computer Engineering in Medicine research group at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada and at the Biomedical Engineering Research Group at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Dr. Karlen holds an Advanced Researcher Fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation and is an awardee of the Rising Stars in Global Health program of Grand Challenges Canada. Dr. Karlen’s aim is to increase the ability to diagnose, monitor and treat major global health burdens by developing personalized methods, devices and efficient systems that can be used at the point-of-care. His current research projects include the implementation of biomedical sensors on mobile phones for global health applications and decision support systems.
Bertrand Klaiber holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from EPFL and an MBA from the University of Lausanne. He worked for 15+ years in industrial firms, from electronics engineer at Motorola, project manager at Logitech, to Strategy and Marketing manager at LEM, an international leader in electrical measurement products. In 2010 he was promoted Worldwide Business Development Manager for Energy Solutions at LEM. In 2012 he has launched the EssentialTech program at EPFL, including the University Research Centre on Energy for Health care in Cameroon and the development of appropriate technologies such as an innovative power supply for x-ray medical devices.
Dr. Lytle is currently working in the Africa region, including on projects and analytical work on climate-change and adaptability/resilience. She has introduced the use of simple GPS devices into 900 person surveys in Liberia and Burundi, has piloted use of ICT-enabled social feedback mechanisms in Botswana and Ghana, and has supported the work on measuring and modeling the vulnerability of urban poor in Mozambique to climate change risks. Her Ph.D. is from Yale; she has worked extensively in the Balkan.
Dr. Madon is managing director of the Development Impact Lab (DIL), headquartered at UC Berkeley. DIL is a consortium of universities that designs solutions for global development challenges, by coupling innovative social and market interventions with cutting edge technological advances. She is an advisor to the World Health Organization and has held positions in science policy at the Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, where she served as a AAAS Science and Technology Policy fellow.
Charles Martin-Shields is currently serving as a Fulbright-Clinton Fellow in Samoa’s Ministry of Communications. In this role he is advising on technology and communication policy for disaster risk reduction, and doing research on how Samoans in rural areas gather and share information locally about natural disaster response and preparedness. He is currently completing his Ph.D. at George Mason University (Virginia, USA); his research focuses on the political economy of using ICTs in crisis response.
Kinsuk Mitra is a natural resource economist. After completing his PhD from the Food and Resource Economics Department at the University of Florida in 1995, he has worked in the development sector on issues ranging from resource management, renewable energy applications and climate change mitigation and adaptation. Dr Mitra manages several initiatives of the Indian government as well as externally aided projects in India and the region. He heads a not-for-profit think tank based in New Delhi.
François Münger, is the head of the global Water Initiatives Division of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), based in Bern, Switzerland. He holds masters in mineralogy and geophysics (University of Lausanne), master in hydrogeology (University of Neuchatel) and European Master in environmental engineering (with specialization in biotechnologies) (EPFL), as well as a post-graduate certificate in geological hazards (University of Geneva). He is a senior expert in water management as well as in water, sanitation and environmental issues. He has worked previously as a scientific researcher for the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne (EPFL) in charge of an international project of energy storage in aquifers, as manager in a project of dams for agriculture and deep boreholes in Africa, as chief of SDC water Program in Central America and as a senior water specialist in the World Bank (based in Washington and West Africa).
Dr. Nguyen is the lead researcher of The Center for Public Health and Ecosystem Research (CENPHER) at Hanoi School of Public Health (HSPH), which conducts and strengthens interdisciplinary research. His activities focus on three main pillars – Research, Training and Services – to develop links between technologies, health risk and environmental impact at the national and regional level.
Dr. Nikore is a physician, software developer, and social entrepreneur. He is a physician at Cleveland Clinic and founder of uFLOW, an NGO empowering low income youth to develop service projects to solve community problems. He has led projects at IBM, Sun Microsystems, Citibank, UCLA, WHO, UNICEF, and the Ontario Ministry of Health. He volunteers with Sana and worked clinically in Ghana, Peru, India, and Nepal. He completed his residency at Cleveland Clinic, MD at University of Illinois-Chicago, MBA at Yale, and BSc-Computer Science at Western Ontario.
Mr. Konte Papa Amadou pursued his secondary education at the Military School of Saint-Louis. After obtaining his Bachelor, he professionalized in the business of IT since 1986. Since then combining higher education (Senegal, Israel, Belgium), international seminars (WSIS/Tunis, UNGAID/New York) and business travels (Geneva, Washington DC), he was/is still involved in the ICT sector acting and serving not only in Senegal but the African continent. Currently he runs every Sunday a broadcast entitled “ICT and Development” at the Pan-African Convergence in Radio FM 103.9 in Dakar.
Ermanno is a researcher at the Telecommunications/ICT for Development Lab of the ICTP in Trieste, Italy, and president of Fundación “EsLaRed”, a non-profit organization that promotes ICT in Latin America through training and development projects. Ermanno has been deploying wireless data communication networks focusing on low cost technology, and has participated in the planning and building of wireless data networks in Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Italy, Lesotho, Malawi, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Peru, Spain, Trinidad, Uruguay, USA, Venezuela and Zambia.
Industrial Engineer BSc and MSc. PhD from Milano’s Polytechnic. Founder and director of Ingenieros Sin Fronteras Colombia since 2009.
Prof. Rosei is the holder of the newly-established UNESCO Chair in Materials and Technologies for Energy Conversion, Saving and Storage, Director and Professor. He is a physicist with wide-ranging interests that bridge from fundamental studies of surfaces and interfaces to novel functional oxide photovoltaics and dye-sensitized solar cells. He has published over 160 papers in refereed journals and delivered more than 150 invited talks at international conferences. Since 2011, he has been the Director of INRS-EMT.
Visiting professor at Aalto University and managing director of Adventure Research. Formerly: research manager at Telematica Instituut, senior policy expert at TNO Policy Studies, and assistant professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands). Key areas of experience and expertise: technology foresight, policy studies, Future Internet, Smart Cities, living labs innovation, innovation ecosystems, urban and regional development, social innovation. Has been coordinator of living labs activities in the Collaboration@Rural integrated project under FP6: Living Labs in rural areas, including South Africa. Chief Editor of the book “Living Labs and Rural Development” (2010). Recently and currently project coordinator of smart city, living labs and future internet projects. In the past, involved at UNIDO Technology Foresight activities in South-America. Has worked on social cost-benefit methods for evaluating technology options in developing countries.
Klaus Schönenberger obtained a PhD (1996) from EPFL on medical technology. After a post-doc at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, he spent over 10 years working in the medical devices industry in leading positions. His last appointment was as Global Vice-Resident of Research and Technology in a company with a turnover of $1bn. In 2010 he started-up EssentialMed, an innovative non-profit venture, which he is now leading as CEO. In 2011 he joined EPFL to launch EssentialTech, a program directed at developing technologies and business models to fight poverty.
Tobias Siegfried obtained an MSc degree in Environmental Physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and an MSc degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences. He carried out his PhD at the Institute of Environmental Engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. During this time, he was developing optimal allocation and sharing mechanisms for transboundary groundwater resources. These were applied to the problem of non-cooperative groundwater use in Northern Africa. Siegfried spent 5 years teaching and doing research at the Earth Institute at Columbia University in the City of New York. Siegfried’s work is interdisciplinary, with strong ties to academia, the private sector and governments in the corresponding regions of interest. He has extensive work experience in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Northern Africa region, India, Central Asia, the United States of America and in Europe. He publishes his scientific work in leading journals of the respective fields.
Dr Lucy Stevens is Senior Policy and Practice Adviser for Practical Action, where she has worked for the last 12 years. As an International NGO, Practical Action has been involved in implementing energy projects across Africa, Asia and Latin America over more than 30 years. These have covered a range of types of energy supplies and services including extensive work on mini-grids from micro-hydro and wind, household electricity, and cooking solutions. We have become widely known for our publication of the Poor People’s Energy Outlook, and as one of the few NGOs actively engaging in the SE4ALL initiative at the international level. Practical Action has been part of the working group together with the World Bank working on the Global Tracking Framework, inputting our ideas around Total Energy Access. As well as working on energy access issues, Lucy has a particular interest in urban poverty. She was educated at Oxford and Sussex Universities, with a doctorate from the School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford University.
Mechanical Eng., MSc History, Design and Innovation (PhD). Founder of Ingenieros Sin Fronteras Colombia. Member of the coordinating committee of Engineering for Social Justice and Peace.
Christian Zurbrügg heads the Department of Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries (Sandec) at Eawag. He has been conducting applied research on waste treatment technologies for the last 15 years. All this research has taken place in the countries of concern and Switzerland. He is author of many scientific papers on organic waste recycling and books on composting, market development and research and microbial risks.