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University-Industry Partnership

September 3, 2019

Tokyo, Japan

  • The session introduced multiple opportunities that the companies can participate to collaborate with African universities to conduct market and product research, research and development, commercialization of research, and prototype development. Companies can also tap into African talent through accepting interns, conducting joint research and providing training. Partnering with African universities is a great way to learn about the needs, opportunities, and feasibility of African market. Case example from Kenya will be also shared.

    Program

    Moderator

    Koichi Omori
    Senior Communication Officer, World Bank Tokyo Office

    14:30-14:35
    Opening Remarks

    Masato Miyazaki
    Special Representative, Japan, World Bank Group

    14:35-14:45
    Introduction of Partnership for skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET)

    Mike Hughes
    Science, Technology, and Innovation Advisor, Ministry of Education, Rwanda
    Presentation material download (PDF)

    14:45-14:55
    Collaboration Opportunity with PASET Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF)

    Cynthia Orangó
    PASET RSIF Research and Innovations Grants Officer, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe)
    Presentation material download (PDF)

    14:55-15:05
    Collaboration Opportunity with Africa Center of Excellence (ACE)

    Saori Imaizumi
    Education Specialist, Education Global Practice, World Bank
    Presentation material download (PDF)

    15:05-15:15
    Japanese government and World Bank funded African market entry support pilot program for Japanese companies

    Saori Imaizumi
    Education Specialist, Education Global Practice, World Bank
    Presentation material download (PDF)

    15:15-15:30
    Q&A

    15:30-16:15
    Unmet Needs in Africa – social issues yet to be solved

    Panelists: University Research Centers from PASET and ACE

    Francis Wanjala
    University of Nairobi, Kenya (Energy)
    Presentation material download (PDF)

    Mussa Ally
    The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Sci & Tech (NM-AIST), Tanzania (Life Sciences & Materials Science and Engineering)
    Presentation material download (PDF)

    Jean Francis Sempore
    Institute of Water and Environmental Engineering (2iE) , Burkina Faso (ACE in the Education and Research with Water, Energy, and Environment sciences and Technologies)
    Presentation material download (PDF)

    Kofi-Akodwaa-Boadi
    Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana (Regional Water and Environmental Sanitation Centre)
    Presentation material download (PDF)

    Murtala Muhammad Badamasi
    Bayero University, Nigeria (Natural Resource Management and Climate Change)
    Presentation material download (PDF)

    Moderator: 

    Toshihiro Nakamura
    CEO, Kopernik
    Presentation material download (PDF)

    16:15-17:00
    What can Japanese companies do to respond to the needs in Africa (Innovation and Technology Development)

    Panelists: 

    Tsuneo (Neil) Yoneda
    Manager of F-Pro Business Group, Ricoh Company Ltd
    Presentation material download (PDF)

    Missuo Omine
    Board Member and CTO, Y's Global Vision Inc.
    Presentation material download (PDF)

    Saori Imaizumi
    Education Specialist, World Bank 

    Moderator

    Toshihiro Nakamura
    CEO, Kopernik

     

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    Mike Hughes

    Science, Advisor, Ministry of Education, Rwanda

    Mike Hughes is a Chartered Engineer with over 30 years of experience in the Power Industry, Telecommunications, and more recently in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy and Strategy. He was appointed as Science, Technology and Innovation Advisor to the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology, and Research from 2004-2006, Ministry in the President's Office in Charge of Science, Technology and Information Communication Technologies from 2006-2009, and Ministry of Education since August 2009. His key role is to develop, and support the implementation of, National Policy and Strategy for the development of Science, Technology and Innovation for social development and economic growth.

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    Tsuneo (Neil) Yoneda

    Manager of F-Pro Business Group, Ricoh Company Ltd

    Through his career Neil has been holding different leading commercial and business development positions at Ricoh. He led several strategic projects in Ricoh’s strategic markets such as: Russia, where he successfully set up an IT distribution Channel, as well as in India and China where IoT Printer System project has been successfully implemented. Today Neil’s focus is two directions: establish Ricoh footprint with innovative technologies while delivering to sustainable goals and resolving social issues.

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    Mitsuo Omine

    Board Member and CTO at Y's Global Vision Inc.

    1953 Born in Okinawa, 1972 Graduate from Oroku high School, 1986, General Manager at FOREVER LIVING PRODUCTS Inc., 1992 President at Forever Sangyo, 2008 President at Eco Life Vision Co.Ltd., 2015 Board Member and CTO at Y's Global Vision Inc.

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    Saori Imaizumi

    Education Specialist, Global Practice, World Bank

    Saori works with East and Southern Africa Region Education Global Practice, focusing on regional higher education and innovation projects, such as Partnership for skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET) and Africa Centres of Excellence (ACE). As an EdTech Fellow, she also involves in Digital Skills Assessment in Kenya and Rwanda, advise, research and involves in the projects related to the use of technoloties in Education, Workforce Development, and Employment issue. Previously, she worked with an Education Team in South Asia Region on skills development, higher education, and teacher education projects in India and Pakistan. Prior to joining the Bank, she has interned at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and worked at Accenture in Japan as an IT/management consultant. She holds a M.A. in Development Economics and International Business from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and B.A. in Government and International Relations from Wesleyan University.

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    Toshihiro Nakamura

    Co-Founder and CEO, Kopernik

    Toshi, together with his wife Ewa Wojkowska, co-founded Kopernik in 2010 with a vision to make international development more effective. Before starting Kopernik, Toshi dealt with governance reform, peace building processes, monitoring and evaluation, and post-disaster reconstruction at the United Nations (UN) in Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Sierra Leone, the United States and Switzerland. Prior to joining the UN, Toshi was a management consultant for McKinsey and Company in Tokyo. He holds an LLB from Kyoto University and MSc Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and is a Guest Professor at Osaka University's Center for the Study of Co*Design, Osaka University. Toshi was selected as a World Economic Forum (WEF) Young Global Leader in 2012, and was a member of the WEF Global Agenda Council on Sustainable Development 2014-2016.

EVENT DETAILS

  • DATE/TIME: Tuesday, September 3, 2019, 2:30pm-5:00pm (JST) *5:00pm – 6:30pm: Networking Cocktail Hour
  • VENUE: World Bank Tokyo Office, 14th Floor, Fukoku Seimei Building, 2-2-2 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan (Please refer "ACCESS" in RELATED below)
  • LANGUAGE: English and Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)
  • CONTACT: Koichi Omori, World Bank Tokyo Office TEL: 03-3597-6650
  • komori@worldbankgroup.org