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29 February 2024, 09:00 - 17:00 Indochina Time / Bangkok | By invitation only

Regional Forum on Policies to Promote Private Sector Engagement in Science, Technology and Innovation

Policies to promote private sector engagement in Science, Technology and Innovation

Introduction

In alignment with the South-South and Triangular Collaboration Programme on Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) among Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Viet Nam (CLTV), the United Nations ESCAP is organizing a Regional Forum on Policies to Promote Private Sector Engagement in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI).

This forum is the culmination of ESCAP’s advisory support on policies to promote private sector engagement in STI, and it builds upon two years of collective efforts under the Collaboration Programme. The event is designed to serve as a dynamic platform for the introduction of the Workbook on Policies to Promote Private Sector Engagement in STI developed to provide policymakers and STI practitioners with practical guidance on private sector engagement in STI.

This forum aspires to be a cornerstone event, catalyzing dialogue and action towards a more integrated and innovative regional STI ecosystem. It invites policymakers, STI practitioners, and private sector stakeholders from the CLTV region to contribute to a future where science, technology, and innovation are pivotal to sustainable development and economic resilience.

Objectives

The objectives of this regional forum are as follows:

  • Present the Workbook on Policies to Promote Private Sector Engagement in STI, developed in alignment with the South-South and Triangular Collaboration Programme on STI among CLTV.
  • Discuss the future of STI policies in CLTV, focusing on human capital development through private sector engagement, policy support for start-up growth and regional cooperation on science, technology, and innovation. 

Topics

  • Session 1: Introduction to the Workbook on Policies to Promote Private Sector Engagement in STI
  • Session 2: Building STI Human Resources Capacity through Private Sector Engagement
  • Session 3: Strengthening Policy Support for the Growth of Startups
  • Session 4: STI Partnerships for Sustainable Development
  • Session 5: Leveraging Networks for Regional Cooperation in STI

 

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29 Feb 2024
09:00
09:20
Opening Remarks
  • Ms. Rupa Chanda, Director, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, United Nations ESCAP
  • H. E. Mr. Seingheng Hul, Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology & Innovation, Cambodia
  • Mr. Souksavath Sihapanya, Director General, Department of Science, Ministry of Education and Sport, Lao PDR
  • Mr. Surachai Sathitkunarat, Vice President, Office of National Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation Policy Council (NXPO), Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research, and Innovation, Thailand
  • Mr. Truong Phi Nguyen, Head of Technology Application and Innovation Department, State Agency for Technology Innovation, Ministry of Science and Technology, Viet Nam
09:20
10:00
Session 1: Introduction to the Workbook on Policies to Promote Private Sector Engagement in STI

This session will introduce the Workbook on Policies to Promote Private Sector Engagement in Science, Technology and Innovation, a new valuable tool for policymakers seeking to develop national STI capabilities with the support of the private sector.

Speakers:

  • Mr. Rafael Torquato Cruz, Project Coordinator, Innovation, Enterprise and Investment Section, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, United Nations ESCAP
  • Mr. Apiwat Ratanawaraha, Associate Professor, Department of Regional and Urban Planning, and Center for Science, Technology, and Society, Chulalongkorn University
10:00
10:30
Coffee Break
10:30
11:30
Session 2: Building STI Human Resources Capacity through Private Sector Engagement

This session will delve into how governments can collaborate with the private sector to build STI human resources capacity in CLTV. Panelists will share their experiences and lessons learned in fostering public-private collaboration.

Moderator:

  • Mr. Pagnarith Srun, Deputy Director General, General Department of STI, Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology & Innovation, Cambodia

Panelists:

  • Mr. Xaybandith Rasphone, Vice President, Laos National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Lao PDR
  • Ms. Orakanoke Phanraksa, International Affairs Expert, Thailand Science Research and Innovation, Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research, and Innovation, Thailand
  • Mr. Souksavath Sihapanya, Director General, Department of Science, Ministry of Education and Sport, Lao PDR
  • Mr. Sopheak Song, Deputy Executive Director of Research, Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI), Cambodia
11:30
12:45
Session 3: Strengthening Policy Support for the Growth of Startups

This session will highlight successful models and strategies that governments have used to support the growth of startups in CLTV. The panel will delve into the unique challenges startups encounter when scaling up in the region and engage in discussions about the existing opportunities for collaboration.

Moderator:

  • Mr. Casper Sermsuksan, Executive Vice President, Global & Strategy, Thai Startup Association | Founder, SEA Bridge, Thailand

Panelists:

  • Ms. Nha Quyen ‘Mandy’ Nguyen, Operation Director, Startup Vietnam Foundation, Viet Nam 
  • Ms. Latthana Daungbupha, Deputy Director General, SME promotion Department, Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Lao PDR
  • Mr. Warin Ratchananusorn, Director of Digital Startup Institute, Digital Economy Promotion Agency, Thailand 
  • Mr. Tu Minh Hieu, Deputy Head of Division, National Agency for Technological Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation Development, Viet Nam
  • Mr. Sophal Try, Director General, General Department of STI, Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology & Innovation, Cambodia
12:45
14:00
Lunch Break
14:00
15:00
Session 4: STI Partnerships for Sustainable Development

This session will explore multi-stakeholder partnerships that leverage STI for sustainable development, focusing on innovative approaches, successful models and remaining challenges within the CLTV context.

Moderator:

  • Mr. Apiwat Ratanawaraha, Associate Professor, Chulalongkorn University

Panelists:

  • Ms. Peeraporn Palapleevalya, Secretary General, Sustainable Consumption and Production Association, Thailand
  • Mr. Le Anh Minh, Deputy Director of R&D Division, An Phat Holdings JSC, Viet Nam
  • Ms. Warinthorn Songkasiri, Principal Researcher and Research Group Director, BIOTEC, Thailand 
  • Mr. Phanxay Ingxay, Deputy Director General, Department of Agricultural Extension and Cooperatives, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Lao PDR
15:00
15:30
Coffee Break
15:30
16:30
Session 5: Leveraging Networks for Regional Cooperation in STI

This session centres on enhancing regional cooperation in STI within the CLTV countries. It will explore current dynamics and future prospects of national and regional STI networks, emphasizing the pivotal role of regional collaboration initiatives.

Moderator:

  • Mr. Rafael Torquato Cruz, Project Coordinator, United Nations ESCAP

Panelists:

  • H. E. Mr. Seingheng Hul, Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology & Innovation, Cambodia
  • Ms. Pranpreya Sriwannawit Lundberg, Director of International Policy Partnership, NXPO, Thailand
  • Ms. Silinthone Sacklokham, Director General, International Cooperation Department, Ministry of Education and Sport, Lao PDR
  • Mr. Truong Phi Nguyen, Head of Technology Application and Innovation Department, State Agency for Technology Innovation, Ministry of Science and Technology, Viet Nam (tbc)
16:30
16:40
Closing Remarks
  • Ms. Marta Perez Cuso, Economic Affairs Officer, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, United Nations ESCAP

Opening Remarks

Ms. Rupa Chanda
Ms. Rupa Chanda
Director, TIID, ESCAP
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Ms. Rupa Chanda is the Director of Trade, Investment and Innovation. Prior to that, she was a Professor of Economics at IIM Bangalore and the Dean of Programmes at the institute. She has worked as an Economist at the IMF and briefly served as Head, UNESCAP Subregional Office for South and South-West Asia in New Delhi. Prof. Chanda received her PhD in Economics from Columbia University and her Bachelor’s from Harvard University. She teaches Macroeconomics and International Trade and has received teaching awards. Her research interests include the WTO, trade in services, regional integration and migration. She has undertaken research and professional assignments for international and Indian organizations and has published extensively in the form of books, journal articles, book chapters, and reports. She is active professionally as a research guide, reviewer, and member of several expert committees. She was member of the WHO’s Review Committee on the functioning of the International Health Regulations (2015-16) and  the WHO’s Expert Advisory Group, International Recruitment of Health Personnel (2019-20).

Seingheng Hul, Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Industry Science, Technology and Innovation, Cambodia
Seingheng Hul
Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Industry Science, Technology and Innovation, Cambodia
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H.E. Dr. Hul Seingheng currently serves as the Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology & Innovation. Before assuming this role, he held the position of Director General within the same ministry and served as the Vice President for Research and Innovation at the Institute of Technology of Cambodia. Dr. Seingheng earned his BA in Chemical Engineering and Food Technology from the Institute of Technology of Cambodia, an MA in Chemical Engineering from De La Salle University, Philippines, and a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of the Philippines and Shizuoka University, Japan. Additionally, he completed a one-year US-ASEAN fellowship focused on Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy Development. With over 15 years of experience in Science, Technology, Innovation, and STEM education, he has contributed to numerous development projects and research initiatives in Cambodia. Dr. Seingheng has published over 20 peer-reviewed journals and has been a speaker at more than a hundred scientific conferences.

Mr. Souksavath Sihapanya, Director General, Department of Science, Ministry of Education and Sport, Lao PDR
Souksavath Sihapanya
Director General, Department of Science, Ministry of Education and Sport, Lao PDR
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Souksavath SIHAPANYA serves as the Director General of the Department of Science at the Ministry of Education and Sports, where he oversees the management of science, radiation safety, and biotechnology safety. Additionally, he is a member of the committee responsible for drafting the Lao National Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy for 2026-2040.

•	Mr. Surachai Sathitkunarat, Vice President, Office of National Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation Policy Council (NXPO), Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research, and Innovation, Thailand
Surachai Sathitkunarat
Vice President, Office of National Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation Policy Council (NXPO), Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research, and Innovation, Thailand
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Mr. Truong Phi Nguyen, Head of Technology Application and Innovation Department, State Agency for Technology Innovation, Ministry of Science and Technology, Viet Nam
Truong Phi Nguyen
Head of Technology Application and Innovation Department, State Agency for Technology Innovation, Ministry of Science and Technology, Viet Nam
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Mr. Truong Phi Nguyen is the Head of the Technology Application and Innovation Department at the State Agency for Technology Innovation of Vietnam. Previously, he led the Department of Technology Transfer and International Cooperation and the Department of Planning and Finance at the same agency. Earlier in his career, he was a lecturer at Hanoi University of Science and Technology, following his PhD in Mechatronics from Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan. With over 15 years of experience, he is currently involved in various Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) policy projects in Vietnam.

Session 1: Introduction to the Workbook on Policies to Promote Private Sector Engagement in STI

o	Mr. Rafael Torquato Cruz, Project Coordinator, Innovation, Enterprise and Investment Section, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, United Nations ESCAP
Rafael Torquato Cruz
Project Coordinator, Innovation, Enterprise and Investment Section, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, United Nations ESCAP
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Rafael Torquato Cruz is a project officer at the Technology and Innovation Section of ESCAP. His expertise includes international and south-south cooperation, and science, technology, and innovation (STI) policies for development. He has direct experience supporting policymakers in the Asia-Pacific region to formulate more inclusive and sustainable STI policies that leave no one behind, including the co-creation of Myanmar’s National STI Policy and Cambodia’s STI Roadmap 2030. He holds a master’s degree in political science and international relations.

Apiwat Ratanawaraha, Associate Professor, Department of Regional and Urban Planning, Center for Science, Technology, and Society, Chulalongkorn University
Apiwat Ratanawaraha
Associate Professor, Department of Regional and Urban Planning, Center for Science, Technology, and Society, Chulalongkorn University
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Session 2: Building STI Human Resources Capacity through Private Sector Engagement

Mr. Pagnarith Srun, Deputy Director General, General Department of STI, Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology & Innovation, Cambodia
Pagnarith Srun
Deputy Director General, General Department of STI, Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology & Innovation, Cambodia
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Xaybandith Rasphone, Vice President, Laos National Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Xaybandith Rasphone
Vice President, Laos National Chamber of Commerce and Industry
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Xaybandith is an instrumental figure in enhancing business synergy between Laos and the rest of the world. He is a seasoned professional in business development across various sectors, including Information and Communication Technology, where he has worked for several years in North America, Eastern Europe, and Southeast Asia. Currently, he is involved in trading, investment, project development and management, agricultural and forestry development, manufacturing, eco-tourism, and other fields.

Xaybandith holds positions on the boards of directors for numerous companies in sectors such as FinTech, Consumer Credit, Insurance, Digital Marketing, Trading, Manufacturing, Education, Forestry Development, Consultancy, and more.

Since 2001, Xaybandith has invested in a clothing manufacturing factory and has been actively involved in the sector. He has served as the President of the Garment Association since 2015.

From 2008 to 2020, he was part of a Venture Capital and international consulting group that introduced international best-practice business consulting methodologies to both development activities and the private sector in emerging economies, in addition to providing financial investment to selected SMEs.

He also played a significant role in the development of professional football in Laos, serving as the General Secretary of the Lao Football Federation (LFF) from 2011 to 2017. Since August 2020, he has been serving the Badminton Laos Federation.

Since 2020, Xaybandith has been the Vice-President of the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LNCCI). He has been a Committee Member and Chair of several Working Groups since 2008.

Xaybandith was elected as a Member of the National Parliament, Legislature IX, for Constituent 15, Province of Champasak, for the term 2021-2026, and serves on the Planning, Finance, and Audit Committee.

Ms. Orakanoke Phanraksa, International Affairs Expert, Thailand Science Research and Innovation, Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research, and Innovation, Thailand
Orakanoke Phanraksa
International Affairs Expert, Thailand Science Research and Innovation, Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research, and Innovation, Thailand
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Dr. Phanraksa is a policy specialist in the field of intellectual property laws at the Technology Licensing Office, at the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Thailand. She has played a key role in forming a policy framework to promote and strengthen technology licensing offices and IP professionals in academic and research institutions in Thailand. This year, she has served on the national committee to develop the national accreditation system for IP professions in Thailand. At the regional level, Dr. Phanraksa was selected as one of the five regional IP Policy experts by WIPO to develop the IP Policy Model for Universities and Research Institutions in ASEAN. Currently, she is serving at Thailand Science Research and Innovation (TSRI) as the team lead of the International Affairs division.

Mr. Souksavath Sihapanya, Director General, Department of Science, Ministry of Education and Sport, Lao PDR
Souksavath Sihapanya
Director General, Department of Science, Ministry of Education and Sport, Lao PDR
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Souksavath SIHAPANYA serves as the Director General of the Department of Science at the Ministry of Education and Sports, where he oversees the management of science, radiation safety, and biotechnology safety. Additionally, he is a member of the committee responsible for drafting the Lao National Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy for 2026-2040.

Mr. Sopheak Song, Deputy Executive Director of Research, Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI), Cambodia
Sopheak Song
Deputy Executive Director of Research, Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI), Cambodia
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Dr. Sopheak Song is the Deputy Executive Director in charge of research at CDRI. Throughout his career as a researcher, he has held fellowships at the Global Career Design Center of Hiroshima University, Japan; the Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne, Australia; and the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training, Switzerland. At CDRI, he has led several research projects on post-secondary education and training in Cambodia, focusing on STEM education, workforce development, employer engagement, and technology integration in education. Dr. Song holds a PhD in Educational Science and Humanities from Hiroshima University, Japan.

Session 3: Strengthening Policy Support for the Growth of Startups

Casper Sermsuksan
Casper Sermsuksan
Executive Vice President, Global & Strategy, Thai Startup Association | Founder, SEA Bridge, Thailand
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Ms. Nha Quyen ‘Mandy’ Nguyen, Operation Director, Startup Vietnam Foundation, Viet Nam
Nha Quyen ‘Mandy’ Nguyen
Operation Director, Startup Vietnam Foundation, Viet Nam
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As the Operations Director of the Startup Vietnam Foundation (SVF), a leading non-profit organization accelerating Vietnam's innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, Mandy Nguyen brings nine years of experience designing and leading national social impact projects. Passionate about fostering innovation, empowering economic development, and creating positive societal change, her work includes collaborating with international development agencies and potential donors to design and implement interventions. These interventions provide technical assistance, capacity-strengthening programs, and financial inclusion for local entrepreneurs, including women-owned and youth-led businesses. Additionally, Mandy is a key figure in organizing Techfest Vietnam, the country's largest annual startup event, which draws thousands of attendees, startups, and investors.

Ms. Latthana Daungbupha, Deputy Director General, SME promotion Department, Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Lao PDR
Latthana Daungbupha
Deputy Director General, SME promotion Department, Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Lao PDR
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Latthana Douangboupa graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Finance from Melbourne, Australia, and holds a Master of International Economics from Bradford, UK. Her professional experience is primarily in the fields of international trade policies and negotiation, trade facilitation, and SME Financing. She is an official of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce. From 2010-2016, she served as the Director of the Trade Facilitation Division of the Department of Import-Export, where she was directly involved in the establishment of Lao PDR's Trade Portal and Trade Facilitation Secretariat. Between 2017 and 2018, she was the Deputy Director General of the Department of Import-Export, in charge of Rules of Origin. From late 2018 to the present, she has been appointed as the Deputy Director General of the Department of SME Promotion, Ministry of Industry and Commerce. From 2019 to August 2023, she was appointed as an Executive Director of the SME Promotion Fund. Currently, she supervises MSME Support and Development, which includes Entrepreneurship and Startups' support.

Tu Minh Hieu, Deputy Head of Division, National Agency for Technological Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation Development (NATEC), Viet Nam
Tu Minh Hieu
Deputy Head of Division, National Agency for Technological Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation Development (NATEC), Viet Nam
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Mr. Hieu has been working at the Ministry of Science and Technology for over eight years, specializing in startup and innovation ecosystem development. He collaborates closely with ministries, local and provincial governments, and the startup community in Vietnam to design and propose a favorable legal framework for startup development in the country. His efforts also extend to implementing initiatives and projects that connect and develop the capabilities of stakeholders within the ecosystem. As a key member of the 844 Program Office, he is instrumental in executing the National Project "Develop the Startup Ecosystem in Vietnam until 2025". Currently serving as the Deputy Head of the Innovative Startup Division under NATEC, his interests are centered around policy development, startup and innovation training and education, innovation acceleration, technology commercialization, and diffusion.

Mr. Warin Ratchananusorn, Director of Digital Startup Institute, Digital Economy Promotion Agency, Thailand
Warin Ratchananusorn
Director of Digital Startup Institute, Digital Economy Promotion Agency, Thailand
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Mr. Sophal Try, Director General, General Department of STI, Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology & Innovation, Cambodia
Sophal Try
Director General, General Department of STI, Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology & Innovation, Cambodia
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Session 4: STI Partnerships for Sustainable Development

Apiwat Ratanawaraha, Associate Professor, Department of Regional and Urban Planning, Center for Science, Technology, and Society, Chulalongkorn University
Apiwat Ratanawaraha
Associate Professor, Department of Regional and Urban Planning, Center for Science, Technology, and Society, Chulalongkorn University
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Ms. Peeraporn Palapleevalya, Secretary General, Sustainable Consumption and Production Association, Thailand
Peeraporn Palapleevalya
Secretary General, Sustainable Consumption and Production Association, Thailand
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Dr. Peeraporn Palapleevalya is an advisor to the Sustainability Policy and Future Planning Division, the Office of National Higher Education Science Research and Innovation Policy Council (NXPO), the Secretary-General, and the Committee of Sustainable Consumption and Production Association (Thailand), and is also the Executive Secretary of the APRSCP Foundation. She has extensive experience in promoting Circular Economy Policy, Sustainable Consumption and Production, and Cleaner Production for SMEs in various sectors. She served as the project manager for the Circular Economy Innovation Policy Forum 2021 for SCPA (Thailand) and has been involved in initiating sustainable textile-related projects and the Ecolabel of Textile products in Thailand for over 15 years. Formerly, she was the Director of the Textile Testing Center at the Thailand Textile Institute and worked as a project manager and researcher in REACH, Environmental Benchmarking, and the Thailand National Master Plan on Cleaner Production. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Management from the National Institute of Development Administration, a Master of Science in Environmental and Natural Resources Economics (International Program) from Chulalongkorn University, and a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering from King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology, Thonburi, Thailand.

Mr. Le Anh Minh, Deputy Director of R&D Division, An Phat Holdings JSC, Viet Nam
Le Anh Minh
Deputy Director of R&D Division, An Phat Holdings JSC, Viet Nam
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Anh Minh Le is currently the Director of the R&D Department at An Phat Holdings Corporation, where he is responsible for researching market trends, technology advancements, and product developments for new projects and strategic orientations for the companies within the corporation. Additionally, he manages the corporation's intellectual property. With 13 years of experience in research, testing, and project implementation, Anh Minh Le has a background in Chemical Engineering and Industrial Automation.

Warinthorn Songkasiri, Principal Researcher and Research Group Director, BIOTEC, Thailand
Warinthorn Songkasiri
Principal Researcher and Research Group Director, BIOTEC, Thailand
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Dr. Warinthorn Songkasiri is currently a research group director at the National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC), under the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Technology, and Innovation. With a background in chemical and environmental engineering, she has been working in the agro and food industry for more than 20 years, with a particular focus on wastewater treatment schemes and starch technology. Dr. Warinthorn was a co-founder of the Starch Engineering and Process Optimization (SEPO) Program, which incorporates the university-public-private partnership under the practice school concept to better understand knowledge in the starch production process. The team's research on starch production processes has now been disseminated through a capacity-building curriculum to increase productivity and reduce losses in the industry both in Thailand and ASEAN. Dr. Warinthorn has also taken a leading role in several EU collaborative projects related to environmental and renewable energy topics. She was an evaluator for the FP7 and Horizon 2020. Dr. Warinthorn was also a Team Leader under the Mekong-Republic of Korea Cooperation fund and the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Special Fund in 2020 and 2021 to improve productivity, people's livelihood, resource and energy efficiency, the competitiveness of the CLMVT's cassava chain, and maximize environmental benefits from waste treatment. Now, she is leading the FAO-funded project on "Advancing bioeconomy in ASEAN using the experience from Thailand."

Mr. Phanxay Ingxay, Deputy Director General, Department of Agricultural Extension and Cooperatives, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Lao PDR
Phanxay Ingxay
Deputy Director General, Department of Agricultural Extension and Cooperatives, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Lao PDR
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Session 5: Leveraging Networks for Regional Cooperation in STI

o	Mr. Rafael Torquato Cruz, Project Coordinator, Innovation, Enterprise and Investment Section, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, United Nations ESCAP
Rafael Torquato Cruz
Project Coordinator, Innovation, Enterprise and Investment Section, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, United Nations ESCAP
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Rafael Torquato Cruz is a project officer at the Technology and Innovation Section of ESCAP. His expertise includes international and south-south cooperation, and science, technology, and innovation (STI) policies for development. He has direct experience supporting policymakers in the Asia-Pacific region to formulate more inclusive and sustainable STI policies that leave no one behind, including the co-creation of Myanmar’s National STI Policy and Cambodia’s STI Roadmap 2030. He holds a master’s degree in political science and international relations.

Seingheng Hul, Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Industry Science, Technology and Innovation, Cambodia
Seingheng Hul
Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Industry Science, Technology and Innovation, Cambodia
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H.E. Dr. Hul Seingheng currently serves as the Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology & Innovation. Before assuming this role, he held the position of Director General within the same ministry and served as the Vice President for Research and Innovation at the Institute of Technology of Cambodia. Dr. Seingheng earned his BA in Chemical Engineering and Food Technology from the Institute of Technology of Cambodia, an MA in Chemical Engineering from De La Salle University, Philippines, and a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of the Philippines and Shizuoka University, Japan. Additionally, he completed a one-year US-ASEAN fellowship focused on Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy Development. With over 15 years of experience in Science, Technology, Innovation, and STEM education, he has contributed to numerous development projects and research initiatives in Cambodia. Dr. Seingheng has published over 20 peer-reviewed journals and has been a speaker at more than a hundred scientific conferences.

Ms. Pranpreya Sriwannawit Lundberg, Director of International Policy Partnership, NXPO, Thailand
Pranpreya Sriwannawit Lundberg
Director of International Policy Partnership, NXPO, Thailand
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Pranpreya Sriwannawit Lundberg serves as the Director of International Policy Partnership at the Office of National Higher Education, Science, Research, and Innovation Policy Council (NXPO) in Bangkok, Thailand. Her role encompasses overseeing international collaborations related to higher education, science, research, and innovation policies at both multilateral and bilateral levels. Pranpreya has represented the Thai government in various international committees, including the Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy (CSTP) under the OECD, the Committee on Information and Communications Technology, Science, Technology, and Innovation (CICTSTI) under the United Nations ESCAP, and the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) of the United Nations ECOSOC. She has also served on secondment as an Assistant to the Minister of Science and Technology and the Minister of Higher Education, Science, Research, and Innovation. Pranpreya holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Economics and Management from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.

Mr. Truong Phi Nguyen, Head of Technology Application and Innovation Department, State Agency for Technology Innovation, Ministry of Science and Technology, Viet Nam
Truong Phi Nguyen
Head of Technology Application and Innovation Department, State Agency for Technology Innovation, Ministry of Science and Technology, Viet Nam
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Mr. Truong Phi Nguyen is the Head of the Technology Application and Innovation Department at the State Agency for Technology Innovation of Vietnam. Previously, he led the Department of Technology Transfer and International Cooperation and the Department of Planning and Finance at the same agency. Earlier in his career, he was a lecturer at Hanoi University of Science and Technology, following his PhD in Mechatronics from Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan. With over 15 years of experience, he is currently involved in various Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) policy projects in Vietnam.

Ms. Silinthone Sacklokham, Director General, International Cooperation Department, Ministry of Education and Sport, Lao PDR
Silinthone Sacklokham
Director General, International Cooperation Department, Ministry of Education and Sport, Lao PDR
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Closing Remarks

Ms. Marta Perez Cuso, Economic Affairs Officer, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, United Nations ESCAP
Marta Pérez Cusó
Economic Affairs Officer, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, United Nations ESCAP
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Marta Pérez Cusó leads ESCAP’s programme on inclusive technology and innovation policies to promote technologies and innovations that leave no one behind. She also leads ESCAP’s work on promoting enabling policy environments for inclusive business in ASEAN.

She has over 18 years’ work experience with the United Nations providing policy advice on science, technology and innovation (STI) and information and communication technology policies to governments across Asia and Latin America.

Before joining ESCAP, Ms. Pérez Cusó worked with UNCTAD and Oxfam GB. She holds an MSc in Development Management, Open University UK and is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Catalan.

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