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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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
Bassem Awad is deputy director of international intellectual property law and innovation, with CIGI's International Law Research Program. In this role, he provides strategic guidance of the thematic area. A specialist in intellectual property law, he has served as a judge at the Appeal Court in Egypt and the United Arab Emirates and as adjunct professor at Western University.
Oonagh Fitzgerald is director of CIGI’s International Law Research Program, overseeing the research direction of the program and related activities. She has extensive experience as a senior executive of various departments of the federal government, including with the Department of Justice and Department of National Defence.
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