Charting the Future: Global Knowledge Assets and the IGC

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva, Switzerland
Public Event: Workshop
Jun 14

On June 14, 2017, from 1:00 pm to 2:45 pm, the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) will host a lunchtime side event at the headquarters of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva (room NB 0.107). The event, which will take place in the margins of the 34th Session of the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee (IGC), provides an avenue for delegates to engage in constructive reflections on the future of the WIPO IGC. The session will feature ambassadors, senior diplomats, as well as leading experts from industry, Indigenous groups, academia and relevant IGOs. A light lunch will be provided.

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Key speakers:

His Excellency Michael Tene
Ambassador, and Deputy Permanent Representative I, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations, WTO and other international organizations in Geneva, and current vice chair of the WIPO IGC. 

Ms. Kim Connolly-Stone
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, New Zealand, and former Lead Facilitator (Traditional Cultural Expressions) and Friend of the WIPO IGC Chair

Mr. Preston Hardison
Office of Treaty Rights, Tulalip Tribes, and leading Indigenous expert, WIPO IGC

Mr. Daniel Pinto
Intellectual Property Division, Ministry of Foreign Relations, Brazil

Ms. Chichi Umesi
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nigeria and Former Chair of the Africa Group (2015 - 2017) 

Moderator: Prof. Ruth Okediji, University of Minnesota

Chair: Oonagh Fitzgerald, CIGI International Law Research Program



Event Speakers

Bassem Awad is a senior fellow and was previously the deputy director of International Intellectual Property Law and Innovation at CIGI.

Oonagh E. Fitzgerald was director of international law at CIGI from April 2014 to February 2020. In this role, she established and oversaw CIGI’s international law research agenda, which included policy-relevant research on issues of international economic law, environmental law, IP law and innovation, and Indigenous law.