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MARCH 28, TUESDAY                         Corinthia Towers Hotel


08:30-09:00REGISTRATION
09:00-09:30PRESS CONFERENCE
09:45-10:45

OPENING CEREMONY
Welcoming Remarks

Bohuslav Sobotka, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of the Czech Republic

Martin Jahn, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Economy, Czech Republic.
PPT: Innovation and Technology Absorption for Growth

Annette Dixon, Director, Regional Operations, Europe and Central Asia Region, World Bank

10:45-11:15

COFFEE BREAK                                        

11:15-12:45

PLENARY SESSION I
Innovation, Competition and Economic Growth: Theory, Policy and Practice

Prof. Dr. Klaus Gretschmann, Director General of the Council of the European Union, Directorate General Competitiveness. 
PPT: Innovation, Competition and Economic Growth    

Robert Willig, Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School and the Economics Department of Princeton University. 
Presentation:
Innovation, Growth and Competition

Moderator:  Daniela Gressani, Country Director, Central Europe and Baltics, World Bank

12:30-14:00LUNCH
14:00-16:00

PLENARY SESSION II
The Role of the Government in Fostering Innovation and Technology Absorption

Professor Manuel Trajtenberg, Eitan Berglas School of Economics, Tel Aviv University.
PPT: Government Support for Commercial Innovation 

Itzhak Goldberg, Lead Specialist, ECSPF, World Bank.
PPT: Support for Commercial Innovation: Why, How and When? 

Cathleen A. Campbell, Senior Vice President, U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation

Discussant:  Marcin Hejka, Director of Strategic Investments - Central Eastern Europe, Intel Capital and Vice President of the Polish Venture Capital Association

Moderator:
 Iveta Griacova, Investment Manager, Genesis Capital, Slovak Republic

16:00-16:30COFFEE BREAK
16:30-18:30

PLENARY SESSION III
Reforming Higher Education for Innovation

Petr Kolar, Deputy Minister of Education, Czech Republic.
PPT:
Strategy of Transformation of Czech Universities  

Dr. Peter Magrath, Senior Advisor to the College Board, National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges.
Reforming Higher Education for Innovation.
 

Dr. Gary Crawley, Director of Frontiers Engineering & Science, Science Foundation Ireland.
Presentation: Reforming Higher Education for Innovation 

Stephen Tam, Centre for Commercialisation and Technopreneur Development, Multimedia University Malaysia.       
PPT: Striving for Excellence in Academic Performance and Commercialization      

Discussant: Thomas Weko

Moderator:   Maureen McLaughlin, Sector Manager, ECSHD, World Bank

20:00-22:00DINNER  - National Museum

       

 


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