Transitioning to a Green Economy

Transitioning to a Green Economy 2016-11-07T09:16:52+00:00

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Chair: Mr Barlow Manilal, Technology Innovation Agency, South Africa
Keynote speaker: Ms Lauren Basson, GreenCape Sector Development Agency, South Africa
Panellist: Dr Minesh Bipath, South African National Energy Development Institute, South Africa
Panellist: Prof Pavel Kabat, Austria, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
Panellist: Dr Inga Jacobs-Mata, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa
Panellist: Dr Najma Mohamed, International Labour Organization, South Africa
Panellist: Dr Melanie Samson, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa,
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Transitioning to a Green Economy has been globally heralded as ground-breaking way forward; combining economic development, social welfare and environmental protection. South Africa is well poised to benefit from the emergence of a greener and more resilient economy given our abundant renewable energy resource potential, our biodiversity ‘giant’ status and our water scarce environment that necessitates smart ways of managing supply and demand in a growing economy.

Notably, the State of Green Technologies in South Africa Report was released in 2015 and stated unequivocally that “there can be no green economy without green technologies and technological innovation”. This is a poignant reminder of the importance of research, development and innovation in our transition to a greener economy. In facilitating the right enabling environment for a transition to a green economy it is crucial to have a series of innovation instruments in place that enable the people of the green innovation sector to navigate the system of innovation and move their ideas and innovations into practise.

This session will explore some of the enabling instruments for RDI in the green economy. The panelists will be allowed 10 minutes to introduce their ideas with the keynote speakers speaking for 15-20 minutes. Thereafter there will be a world café style interaction to explore the ideas introduced by the speakers.
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manilalMr Barlow Manilal
Technology Innovation Agency, South Africa
Chair

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bassonMs Lauren Basson
GreenCape Sector Development Agency, South Africa
Keynote speaker

Lauren Basson is the Manager: Technical and Knowledge for the GreenCape Sector Development Agency. GreenCape supports businesses operating within the green economy in the Western Cape. GreenCape’s aim is to help unlock the investment and employment potential of green technologies and services. Lauren’s role is to provide technical support to activities in the Resources and Waste Programmes, as well as to the Western Cape Industrial Symbiosis Programme (WISP). In addition, Lauren’s role is to broker links to knowledge and innovation institutions to support GreenCape activities and those of its member companies. Lauren holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering (University of Sydney, Australia). She was the Project Manager for the Western Cape Industrial Symbiosis Programme (WISP) during its pilot year in 2013/14, as well as Project Manager for the 2014/2015 British High Commission Prosperity Fund project to support the development of a National Industrial Symbiosis Programme in South Africa.
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bipathDr Minesh Bipath
South African National Energy Development Institute, South Africa
Panellist

Minnesh has a BSc Electronic Engineering degree and a doctorate in business leadership. In 1990 he began his career as a control and automation engineer. In 1996, he joined the Eskom Technology Strategy Group, where he work on several technology areas related to Distribution business. In 2001, he was appointed as the research manager for the Eskom Distribution Business. In 2006, he left Eskom to join the South African national energy development institute (SANEDI). He currently works as the Acting Chief Information Officer and the General Manager for Smart Grids, Data and Knowledge Management.
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kabatProf Pavel Kabat
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria
Panellist

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mataDr Inga Jacobs-Mata
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa
Panellist

Inga is the research group leader of the integrated water solutions group within the CSIR’s Water competence area. She is a political scientist and has a PhD in International Relations from St-Andrews University, Scotland. She specialises in water governance with 12 years of research and research management experience in transboundary water governance (particularly cooperative governance in Africa), science communication, and research impact and uptake. Inga was previously the Executive Manager: Business Development, Marketing and Communications at the Water Research Commission.
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mohamedDr Najma Mohamed
International Labour Organization, South Africa
Panellist

Dr Najma Mohamed is an environmental scientist and writer with an academic background in both the natural and social sciences and close to 15 years multi-sectoral experience in mainstreaming sustainable development principles in planning, policy, education and financing processes. She has worked primarily in the research and civil society sectors, and more recently in environmental finance, as a policy advisor on the Green Fund. She is currently based at the International Labour Organization as National Coordinator of the inter-agency UN initiative, Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) in South Africa being implemented in partnership with national government. PAGE seeks to put sustainability at the heart of economic policymaking and offers a comprehensive and coordinated package of analytical support, technical assistance and capacity building services to support South Africa’s efforts to transform its economy into a driver of sustainability and social equity.
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samsonDr Melanie Samson
University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Panellist

Dr. Melanie Samson is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of the Witwatersrand. Prior to joining Wits Geography Melanie spent several decades working in trade unions, nongovernmental organizations and social movements. As the Africa Waste Sector Specialist for Women in Informal Employment, Globalizing and Organizing she provided support to waste picker organizations across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Melanie’s current research focuses on how analyzing the political, intellectual, ontological and material labour waste pickers must perform in order to transform waste back into value helps us to flesh out the real contours of post-colonial economies, polities and societies, and provides crucial insight into how they can be made more inclusive. Melanie has ongoing research collaborations with colleagues in India, Brazil, Colombia and the United Kingdom. She was recently awarded a 3-year research grant from the Department of Science and Technology and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research as part of the Waste Research, Development and Innovation Roadmap to conduct research on waste picker integration in two municipalities and develop draft evidence based guidelines on waste picker integration for the Department of Environmental Affairs. The project provides funding for 6 masters degrees and 4 honours degrees. Melanie teaches courses in human geography, economic geography and integrated environmental management, and coordinates the geography honours programme. Melanie’s work has been published in a range of academic journals including Antipode, Environment and Planning D, Current Sociology, International Feminist Journal of Politics, Studies in Political Economy, and Review of African Political Economy. She is the author of Dumping on Women: Gender and the Privatization of Waste Management and the editor of Refusing to be Cast Aside: Waste Pickers Organizing Around the World. She is currently working on a manuscript provisionally entitled Rising from the Rubbish: Reclaiming Waste, Creating More Inclusive Economies, Polities and Societies.
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