Cultures of innovation: Past, Present and Future

Cultures of innovation: Past, Present and Future

The three part webinar series explores the past, the present and the future of the cultures of innovation with leading experts and policy makers from Switzerland, China, India, Japan and Singapore.

The first webinar provided historical perspectives on the adoption of technology in Switzerland, China and India. Experts detailed the role played by public and private entities in supporting the rise of innovation culture in their respective countries. In the second webinar, experts from Switzerland, Singapore and India talked about the importance given by governments of their respective countries to promoting science, technology and innovation through relevant policies, strengthening of the academia-industry connect and R&D investments. The final webinar in the series highlighted the importance of transferring the results of fundamental research to industry to create new products and processes, with examples from Switzerland, Japan and India.

Watch the three part series here –

Webinar 1: The history of technology adoption


China: Professor Zheng Han, Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Tongji University and Professor Jun Jin, Associate Professor, Department of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy, School of Management, Zhejiang University

India: Mr N. Dayasindhu, Co-founder and CEO, itihaasa Research and Digital and Professor R.A. Mashelkar, National Research Professor, has been the Director General of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Chairman of National Innovation Foundation as also the President of Indian National Science Academy, Global Research Alliance and Institute of Chemical Engineers (UK)

Switzerland: Professor Dominique Foray, Chair of Economics and Management of Innovation, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne

Webinar 2: The innovation ecosystem today


India: Dr. Rama Swami Bansal, Chief Scientist and Head, International Science and Technology Affairs Directorate, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research

Singapore: Mr Tuang Liang Lim, Executive Director, RIE Coordination Office, National Research Foundation

Switzerland: Dr Christian Busch, Scientific Advisor, Innovation Unit, State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation and Mr. Michael Hilb, Founder and CEO, DPB Group.

Webinar 3: The academia industry connect


India: Professor Milind Atrey, Dean, Research and Development, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and Dr G. Padmanabham, Director, International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI) and Member, Industrial Research Committee, Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research.

Japan: Mr. Noriaki Sakamoto, Partner and Board Director, The University of Tokyo Edge Capital Partners Co. (UTEC) and Professor Kazunari Sasaki, (Dr. sc. Techn. ETH) Senior Vice President for industry academia government relations and Distinguished Professor, Kyushu University

Switzerland: Mr James Breiding, CEO, Naissance Capital and observer of the Swiss innovation landscape and Mr Anil Sethi, Entrepreneur in Residence, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich

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