EVENTS Greater Accra

Building the Innovation Ecosystem through Science and Technology Policy

Government policies impact an entrepreneur’s ability to succeed. Whether innovation is fostered or hindered depends on the policy adopted and its suitability for the local innovation ecosystem. This program will explore how science and technology policies can help build an innovation ecosystem for entrepreneurs as well as illuminating lessons learned from failed innovation policies from around the world. What challenges are faced by entrepreneurs and policymakers? How can entrepreneurs come together to learn the best methods for traversing regulatory pitfalls? What sorts of policies have been successful and what policies have failed? How can science and technology entrepreneurs help to influence important policy decisions? How can entrepreneurs better communicate their needs?

Join the live broadcast to:

• Learn how science & technology policies help build an innovation ecosystem

• Discuss lessons learned about global innovation policies

• Interact LIVE and ask GIST panelists your questions

• Build a global network of innovators and entrepreneurs

Date : Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Time: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (GMT)
Venue : Hub Accra



CRISTINA FERNANDEZ focuses on integrating policymakers into startup ecosystems through Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) initiatives across the world and liaises closely with the Startup Nations network and the Global Entrepreneurship Research Network (GERN). Prior to joining the leadership team at GEN, she was a Research Analyst at the Kauffman Foundation, Operations Manager for a Millennium Challenge Corporation-funded project in Paraguay. She was also a consultant for an international patent and trademark law firm that helps foreign entrepreneurs enter the Paraguayan market.

ANITA J. LaSALLE is a Program Director at the National Science Foundation, in the Division for Computer and Network Systems (CNS), where she is one of three NSF Program officers who created and manage NSF’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps) – a set of programs that fund the translation of technologies from “the academic lab to the marketplace”. Anita is Professor Emeritus from American University (AU) in Washington, DC where she served as Chair of the Computer and Information Science Department, in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Chair of the Information Technology Department, in the Kogod School of Business.

MOHAMED MALOUCHE is the Board Chairman of the Tunisian American Young Professionals, a diaspora association seeking to increase economic cooperation between Tunisia and the United States. He is a board member and the Treasurer of the Tunisian American Enterprise Fund. In 2002, he founded PromoTunisia, an advisory firm supporting US companies seeking to expand in North Africa. Mohamed provides economic counsel to important governmental actions and several programs to enhance young Tunisian entrepreneurs’ soft skills. He has been a management consultant for the past 17 years as a Principal at American Management Systems Inc. until 2006 and is currently with Deloitte Consulting LLP.


MARCO BRAVO (Moderator) is a Project Director at the IC2 Institute at The University of Texas at Austin. He is an engineer who has founded three companies and a business angel fund, and has mentored more than 120 technology startups and entrepreneurs. In industry, he has held management positions at Continental AG in Germany and Portugal. He has served as Advisor and Chief of Staff for the State Secretary for Science, Technology, and Higher Education of the Portuguese Government. He has worked extensively with entrepreneurs and innovators in growing technology-based startups around the world.

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