The highest decision-making body of UNCTAD is the quadrennial conference, at which member States make assessments of current trade and development issues, discuss policy options and formulate global policy responses. The conference also sets the organisation’s mandate and work priorities.
Under the framework of UNCTAD’s Conferences the TRAINFORTRADE progamme has developed the flowing activities:
ICT for knowledge sharing, UNCTAD XIII
Knowledge plays a key role in today’s globalized world. It enables firms and organizations to increase their competitiveness through a better understanding of the most important issues of economic development. As Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) support, accelerate and improve the sharing of information among firms and individuals, they change the way people learn and network. With the expansion of 3G/4G coverage, cell phones, smartphones and tablets have made access to information much easier.
The development of the Web 3.0, of cloud learning and M-learning provide efficient solutions for the storage, dissemination, and acquisition of information It becomes now possible to access the right knowledge at the right time. And along with promoting interactive and collaborative learning, the evolution of ICTs has also begun to facilitate the adaptation of training programmes to specific country needs and local context. As active users of ICTs goods and services, Developing Countries, including Least Developed Countries (LDCs), are in a good position to benefit from innovative technologies to share knowledge.
M-learning, Cloud-learning, Web 2.0, Web 3.0, Technology incubators
E-Learning: Leapfrogging Skills Development, UNCTAD 14
Thursday, 21 July, 08:00-09:00, KICC TSAVO 3 room, Nairobi, Kenya
Building productive capacity to transform economies
Building a solid knowledge base is a critical element in ensuring that developing countries have the capacity to maximize the benefits of globalization and trade for development. It is also an increasingly complex task in light of the need for integrated treatment of trade, finance, investment, and technology.
Developing countries need to build their own know-how, human capital, and skills capacity to improve the design and application of policies governing their participation in the global economy. But rapid technological advancements are also providing new opportunities for the scaling up of efforts on skills development.
This side event will examine how e-learning tools, ICTs, and innovative knowledge strategies can be better exploited to assist developing countries in leapfrogging in their skills development for trade capacity building and, thereby, support sustainable and inclusive development.
Adrian Holzer, Doctor, Deputy Head React Group (SCI-STI-DG), Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
- Nivi Sharma, President, BRCK Education, Kenya
- Denis Gillet, Professor, Head React Group (SCI-STI-DG), Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
- Reza Ali, Director of New Ventures, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Syngapore
- Mr. Michael M. Murungi, Public Policy & Government Relations Manager, East Africa, Google Kenya Ltd
Director of New Ventures
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
As Director of New Ventures, Reza is responsible for the overall delivery of ACCA-X, ACCA’s (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) pilot initiative to provide digital learning to students. Prior to his current role, Reza worked across a number of different roles within ACCA and was previously the Head of Emerging Markets Asia, where he led ACCA’s developments across a number of markets including South Korea, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam and Brunei and ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations). He was also part of ACCA’s Strategy team to support the development of ACCA’s strategy to 2020. Reza was previously an auditor at Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) within the Assurance and Business Advisory Services (ABAS) in London and later became the Head of Finance and Operations at a brokerage firm in Singapore that dealt primarily with government agencies in the South Asian subcontinent.
Reza graduated with a First Class (Honours) in Business Studies and Finance from Lancaster University where he was the recipient of the Philip Andrews Memorial Prize for Economics. He is also an ACCA member. Reza speaks regularly to ACCA’s key stakeholders on key economic trends, learning and technology, sustainability, climate change, International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), accounting and policy updates and sustainability matters. He also wrote a booklet in 2008 entitled “Sustainability Reporting Handbook for Singaporean Companies” to encourage sustainability reporting within corporate Singapore. Reza’s other interests include farming Tamil Nadu, South India where he is from and blogs regularly.
Head of the Knowledge Development Branch
Dr. Geneviève Féraud is the Head of the Knowledge Development Branch of UNCTAD. She joined the United Nations in 2003 as Deputy Director, Programmes, of the United Nations System Staff College, became the Head of the ICT and E-Business Branch of UNCTAD in 2004, and was appointed to her current position in 2007. Before joining the UN, Geneviève Féraud started her career in 1981 with IBM, and then held several leading positions with private companies in the field of information systems. She then received her PhD on the strategic management of information systems in 1995 in the University of Aix-Marseille, France, and holds two post-doc degrees: the International Teachers Programme (Henley Management College and London Business School) and the French Certification to lead Ph.D. candidates.
Having become a tenured academic, she then conducted her research and teaching assignments in several European and American universities, including as Visiting Faculty in the Harvard Business School. She led numerous executive development programs and developed at the same time an extensive international consulting activity with large-size European and American companies, including The Coca-Cola Company (USA), Volvo (S), Adam Opel AG (G), General Motors (G, USA), Honeywell (USA), Siemens (B, NL), Novo Nordisk (DK), Akzo Nobel (NL), among others. Geneviève has authored numerous publications on strategy, technology and leadership in leading academic research journals, as well as a book on technology strategies, published in 2009 by Economica, the leading French academic publisher.