Key note speakers


Prof.¬†Henry Etzkowitz is a scholar of international reputation in innovation studies as the originator of the ‚ÄėEntrepreneurial University‚Äô and ‚ÄėTriple Helix‚Äô concepts that link university with industry and government at¬†national and regional levels. As President of the Triple Helix Association (THA), he is at the center of a unique international network of several hundred scholars and practitioners of university-industry-government relations. Henry is also the co-founder of the Triple Helix International Conference Series, which has produced a series of books, special journal issues and policy analyses since it started in Amsterdam, 1996.¬†Henry is Editor-in-Chief Triple Helix. Henry is Visiting Professor University of London, Birkbeck, CIMR; Special Advisor to the Shandong Academy of Sciences, PRC. From 2009-Henry is affiliated with Stanford University¬†as¬†a fellow of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research and then H-STAR,¬†currently Science,Technology and Society (STS) where he will offer a seminar on Triple Helix innovation and entrepreneurship in spring 2017. Prior to coming to Stanford, he held the Chair in Management of Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise at Newcastle University Business School, UK. He received a BA in History from the University of Chicago, PhD in Sociology from the New School for Social Research and Phd Hon. in Engineering from Linkoping University.

prof_tariqProf. TARIQ S DURRANI

Research Professor
Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering
University of Strathclyde
Glasgow G1 1XW Scotland, UK.

Tariq Durrani was University Deputy Principal (2000-2006) with major responsibility for University-wide strategic developments in Computing/Information Technology Infra-structure, Entrepreneurship, Staff Development and Lifelong Learning. He joined Strathclyde as a Lecturer in 1976, was made Professor in 1982; Department Head (1990-1994) of one of the largest UK EEE Departments. He was Chair, Institute for Communications and Signal Processing (2006-2007), and Head, Centre of excellence in Signal and Image Processing (2008-2009). Currently he is Research Professor in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Strathclyde.

He has been Vice President (Natural Sciences 2007-2010), and is Vice President (International 2012-2013) of the Royal Society of Edinburgh – the National Academy of Scotland; Council (Board) Member, Scottish Funding Council – which distributes $3.0 billion equivalent funding annually to universities and colleges. He was Director of the UK Government DTI Centre for Parallel Signal Processing (1989-1991), and the UK Research Council/DTI Scottish Transputer Centre (1991-1995) at Strathclyde.

He has held several Directorships in key organizations – public/private, national/international.

Prof.¬†Mariza¬†Almeida ¬†(Ph.D.) Industrial Engineering, M.A. Development, Society and Agriculture) is Professor at Industrial Engineering Scholl at Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Mariza Almeida holds a PhD in Production Engineering, and is currently an Adjunct Professor on the Production Engineering School at Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She is an Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of Technology and Globalisation. Since December, 2013 she is a Triple Helix Association vice president. Her first professional experience was as an agronomist, working for the Rio de Janeiro state government. In a professional field where women rarely participate, she was able to work in her field of study and help socially excluded groups such as small-scale farmers and the landless rural workers movement. Since 2005 she‚Äôs been working as a professor and researcher of different institutions Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Faculdade Ibmec and Unisuam. She was a coordinator of the Phoenix Incubator at the Engineering School at the State University of Rio de Janeiro (2005‚Äď2007); a Researcher at the Technological Incubator of Popular Cooperatives ‚Äď COPPE/UFRJ (2003‚Äď2004) and a Coordinator of the Entrepreneurship Support Nuclei at the Augusto Motta University Center ‚Äď UNISUAM (2011). She‚Äôs been General Coordinator of Incubadora da Unirio, an incubator based in Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, supports innovation start-ups and spin-off companies. Mariza‚Äôs research interests include national and regional innovation systems and policies, Triple Helix interactions and the entrepreneurial university, entrepreneurship and sustainable entrepreneurship, and the gender dimension in science, technology and innovation.

prof_mbithiProf. Peter Mulwa Felix Mbithi is the Vice-Chancellor, at the University of Nairobi and Professor of Veterinary Surgery, University Of Nairobi (UoN). Born in 1956, Prof. Mbithi graduated from the University of Nairobi (UoN) with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVM) in 1983 and an MSc. in Clinical Studies in 1985. In 1987, Prof. Mbithi graduated with a Master of Veterinary Science (M.V.Sc. Veterinary Anesthesiology Radiology and Surgery) from University of Saskatchewan, Canada. Between 1986 and 1987, he did a Surgical Residency ‚Äď Advanced Surgical Specialty Program at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada. In 1995, Prof. Mbithi completed his PhD at UoN. Between 1995 and 2003 he was Chairman, Department of Clinical Studies, in 2003 he was elected as the Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine until he was appointed as the Principal, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences in 2004.¬† In 2005 he was competitively appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration and Finance, a position he held until 2015. He was appointed the Vice Chancellor University of Nairobi January 6, 2015. He has supervised MSc students and PhD students and has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and is a member of several professional organizations. Clinical veterinary medicine and orthopeadic surgery, wounding and traumatology with special interest in lameness, joint surgery and athritides are some of Prof. Mbithi research interests.