(09.30-11.00) Session 6
Thematic Panel (Knowledge partnerships)
Moderator: Professor Abdelkader Djeflat, Professor of Economics & Chairman Maghreb Technology Network, University of Lille, France
Rapporteur: Professor Khalid Alrawi, Abu Dhabi University, UAE

  • The Knowledge for Development Partnership as a public-private partnership: the evolution of the Agenda Knowledge for Development
    Sarah Cummings, VU University Amsterdam, Knowledge for Development Partnership, The Netherlands
  • Implementing the SDGs by subnational governments- urgent need to strengthen administrative capacities
    Raymond Saner, University of Basel, Switzerland
  • Research and development collaboration between the Northern Municipal Council and local universities in the Kingdom of Bahrain
    Mahmood Habib Alaafia, Northern Municipal Council, Kingdom of Bahrain
  • Simona Constanzo Sow, United Nations System Staff College, Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development

(11.00-12.30) Session 7
Thematic Panel (Building bridges to the private sector) 
ModeratorProfessor Amer Al Roubaie, Advisor for Capacity Building and Academic Collaborations, Ahlia University, Kingdom of Bahrain

  • Jorge Laguna-Celis, Director of Governance Affairs and Private Sector Relations, United Nations Environment
  • Elmer Lenzen, CEO Macondo Publishing GmbH
  • Helen MedinaSenior Public Affairs Manager, Nestlé S.A. 
  • Antonio Hautle, Executive Director, Global Compact Network Switzerland
  • Andrew Brown, Director, Quid Europe, UK

(12.30-13.30) Lunch break

(13.30-15.00) Session 8
Thematic Panel (Partnership for innovation)
Moderator: Jonas Svensson, Head of Innovations Unit, United Nations Office for Project Services, Denmark
Rapporteur: TBC

  • Mia RolfCEO, Ideon Science Park, Sweden
  • Elain Chen, MIT Management Sloan School, Senior Lecturer on Entrepreneurship and Innovation, USA
  • Bernhard Kowatsch, Head of Innovation Accelerator, World Food Programme
  • Konrad Bergstorm, President and Co Founder, Zound Industries, Sweden 

(15.00-16.30) Session 9
Thematic Panel (Coalescing the energies of SMEs)
Moderator: Professor Danilo Sampaio, Professor of Marketing and Consumer Behaviour, Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil 

  • Roberto Suarez-Santos, Deputy Secretary-General, International Organisation of Employers
  • Govind Venuprasad, Coordinator, South-South Trade and Investment Programme, International Trade Centre
  • Willem Overbosch, Founder and CEO, Dutch Network Group, The Netherlands
  • Islamic banking finance to small entrepreneurs: a case of Kenya (An Institutional Network Approach)
    Mohammed Nurul Alam, Yorkville University, Canada
    Nurulayn Binte NoorWilfrid Laurier University, Canada

(16.30-18.00) Session 10
Thematic Panel (Measuring sustainability)
Moderator: Professor Ghassan Abu-Lebdeh, Professor of Civil Engineering/Transportation, American University of Sharjah, UAE

  • José Alcorta, Manager, Technical Group, International Organisation for Standardisation
  • Markus T. Schweizer, Managing Partner, Strategic Solutions, Ernst & Young Ltd.
  • Sander Chan, German Development Institute, Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development
  • Lichia Saner-Yiu, President, Centre for Socio-economic Development, Switzerland