Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 15:00 – 16:30 - Click to register
Join the new online DEV Talks series - Reshaping development
Mario Pezzini, Director of the OECD Development Centre and Special Advisor to the OECD Secretary-General on Development and Israel’s Agency for International Co-operation, MASHAV, are pleased to invite you to a discussion on
In search of better futures:
What role can start-ups play in reshaping the economy and society?
Ambassador Eynat Shlein, Head of MASHAV, Israel’s Agency for International Development Co-operation and Deputy Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Israel
Moran Leshem Bar, Vice President of global operations at Semperis, former Chief of Staff to Israel's Minister of Science and Technology and Co-Founder and CEO of Geekmedia, Israel
Kizito Okechukwu, Executive Head at 22 ON SLOANE and Vice-President of Digital Africa, South Africa
Moderated by Annalisa Primi, Head, Economic Transformation and Development Division, OECD Development Centre
With introductory remarks by Mario Pezzini, Director of the OECD Development Centre and with concluding remarks by Ambassador Haim Assaraf, Permanent Delegation of Israel to International Organizations in Paris.
The long, uneven process of recovery from the current health, economic and societal crisis takes place in a world already in need of big changes. The current situation places even greater emphasis on transforming how our economies and societies work. The list of demands is huge: accelerating the ecological transition; ensuring access to healthcare even in remote and sparsely populated areas; reinventing businesses so that they can thrive online; learning online; creating new tools to make remote work more productive and effective.
The opportunity for disruptive innovation is even greater. Governments, research centers and big firms have been asked to play a leading part. But they can’t do it all. Start-ups play a pivotal role in pioneering new solutions and in creating and disrupting markets. Are they doing so? And could they do more?
This DEVTalk provides an opportunity to clarify the role of start-ups in development and to discuss what start-ups can do to reshape tomorrow’s economy. It will bring to the table the experience of entrepreneurs and policy shapers from Israel, the “Start-up Nation”, and South Africa, an emerging start-up hub.
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