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A2K4D’s 10th Annual Workshop: A Four-Part Webinar Series titled ‘Beyond COVID-19: Data, AI and the Future of Work: Global Issues and Local Challenges’

Artificial Intelligence and Inclusion


2021-05-03 20:43:28
Source : https://business.aucegypt.edu/research/centers/a2k4d/events

Instead of a physical gathering for the Center’s 10th Annual Workshop, four webinars were hosted virtually featuring a number of experts, partners and stakeholders. A2K4D’s 10th Annual Workshop: A Four-Part Webinar Series titled ‘Beyond COVID-19: Data, AI and the Future of Work: Global Issues and Local Challenges’ Instead of a physical gathering for the Center’s 10th Annual Workshop, four webinars were hosted virtually featuring a number of experts, partners and stakeholders. October 13, 2020 Webinar 1 “The Digital Economy post-COVID-19: Global Outlook and Local Contexts” This webinar hosted speakers who shared experiences and perspectives from Africa, Latin America and Western Europe on the realities and outlook for the digital economy post covid-19. This session was organized in collaboration with Friedrich-Ebert- Stiftung (FES) Egypt. The session was moderated by A2K4D Director, Dr. Nagla Rizk. Speakers included Armando Guio Espanol, Berkman Klein Center Affiliate, Dr. Monica Kerrets-Makau - Academic Advisor at the Thunderbird Center of Excellence for Africa based in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dr. Fabian Stephany - Economist and Social Data Scientist at the Oxford Internet Institute. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GugZJ_1QzzY October 20, 2020 Webinar 2 “Visualizing Innovation: Tracing Data Blind Spots in Egypt” An opportunity to showcase A2K4D and partners’ collaborative research efforts on alternative innovation and better understanding innovation data for the purposes of sustainable development and policy making, this webinar was especially pertinent given the extent to which the pandemic has highlighted and reinforced the importance of data on innovation, on health, on education etc. The webinar showcased collaborations with the Open African Innovation Research Network (Open AIR), the Alternative Innovation Measurement Lab (AIM Lab), SETS North Africa and the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology, Egypt (ASRT). The session was moderated by A2K4D Associate Director, Nadine Weheba. Speakers included Dr. Hossam Abdelgawad, Director of Urban Transport Technologies at SETS and an Associate Professor at Cairo University, Dr. Tyseer Aboulnasr, Retired Professor and Dean, University of British Columbia, Canada, Islam Hassouna, MSc in Mathematical Modelling and Scientific Computing, University of Oxford. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RO4j_leomDg October 20, 2020 Webinar 3 “New Technologies and Open Innovation: The Voice of Young African Scholars” This webinar shared perspectives and research of new and emerging African scholars, or the New and Emerging Research Group (known as NERGS) within the Open African Innovation Network (Open AIR) and to reflect on the impact of Covid-19 on their research and innovation in their areas and countries of study. The session was moderated by A2K4D researcher and NERG, Farah Ghazal, and prepared/researched for by NERG Adel Osama. Speakers included Nan Warner, Program Manager, Open AIR, Bontle Monnya, Postgraduate law student and Research Assistant in the IP Unit, University of Cape Town, Caroline Wanjiru Muchiri, Center for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law IP Clinic Manager, Strathmore University. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Gu56hNkOX8 November 24, 2020 Webinar 4 “Women, Youth & the Future of Work: Inclusion in Challenging Times” Also co-hosted by Friedrich Stiftung Egypt (FES), this webinar shared experiences from the Global North and South and discussed the discourse on inclusion and the opportunities and risks of emerging technologies: inequalities, unemployment, informality, and the widening of the digital divide. Dr. Rizk spoke as part of the panel, alongside Christina Kampmann, Member of the State Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia (SPD), Bielefeld (Opening remarks), Richard Probst (FES), Ayman Ismail, Associate Professor, Abdul Latif Jameel Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship and Director of Venture Lab, School of Business, The American University in Cairo, Nada Shousha, Senior Advisor, International Finance Corporation Egypt, and Ahmed Abaza, Founder & Managing Partner at Synapse Analytics. Farah Ghazal moderated the session. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkN_c5T3KzQ Three blogs were produced and translated from these webinars; Rizk, Nagla (2020, November 29) The Digital Economy Post Covid-19: Global Outlook & Local Contexts: A Conversation with three Continents. Available at: https://knowledgemaze.wordpress.com/2020/11/29/698/ Arabic version: https://knowledgemaze.wordpress.com/2021/02/07/الاقتصاد-الرقمي-بعد-كوفيد-19-التوقعات-ا-2 Weheba, Nadine and Rizk, Nagla (2020, December 20) Digitization, Youth and the Future of Work in MENA: Inclusion in Challenging Times. Available at: https://knowledgemaze.wordpress.com/2021/02/07/digitization-youth-and-the-future-of-work-in-mena-inclusion-in-challenging-times/ https://knowledgemaze.wordpress.com/2021/02/07/التحول-الرقمي،-الشباب-ومستقبل-العمل-ف-2 Ghazal, Farah and Nagla Rizk (2020, December 23) A2K4D’s Webinar Series Women & the Future of Work: The Urgency of Inclusion. Available at: https://knowledgemaze.wordpress.com/2021/02/07/a2k4ds-webinar-series-women-the-future-of-work-the-urgency-of-inclusion/ Arabic version: https://knowledgemaze.wordpress.com/2021/02/07/المرأة-ومستقبل-العمل-ضرورة-الدمج-2/


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