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Welcome to the Science Summit at UNGA76, a major contribution to advancing Science for the UN SDGs. Online from 14- September - 5 October 2021.
ISC will organise the second edition of the UNGA76 Science Summit around the 76th United Nations General Assembly (SSUNGA76) in September 2021. The objective of the virtual meeting will be to raise awareness of the role and contribution of science to the attainment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. It will demonstrate initiatives that provide models for global science mechanisms and activities in support of the SDGs, particularly in science infrastructure and capacity building. Science is and will enable sustainable economic, environmental, and societal development. Science is more than a funding prioritisation exercise: science is impacting all areas of policy-making and is playing a more critical role in how policy objectives are achieved and the consequent benefit to people everywhere, including responses to global challenges.
Engagement with policy leadership is more important than ever: UNGA76 is a unique forum for science to demonstrate how policy and political leadership can benefit from innovation. Central to this is the role of nonstate actors and the multilateral fora, which increasingly determine how priorities are set. Science needs to be part of this dialogue and inform outputs through thought leadership, evidence, insights, analysis, and innovation.

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Ogan Gurel

I serve as Chief Science Officer for FLITE Material Sciences and hold academic appointments at the Solbridge International School of Business and DGIST (Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science & Technology). I also serve as a Venture Partner at The Yozma Group and as Chief Marketing Officer for Eidware / SoundMind (Seoul), with previous roles at NovumWaves (Seoul), Nessa Hearing (Singapore). I also hold additional appointments as Honorary Fellow (University of Melbourne) and Visiting Professor (Libera Accademia Belle Arti–Italy). Previously, I was Chief Innovation Officer at Campus D, a Seoul-based startup incubator/Fab Lab and served over four years as a Director in the CTO office at the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT). Prior to that, I was VP & Medical Director at Sg2 and an Associate at Booz, Allen & Hamilton. My business experience spans the executive, marketing, clinical and R&D domains, with sector expertise in medical devices, digital health, medical imaging and biopharma while my academic research focuses on protein electrodynamics and terahertz medicine.

I hold an MD (Alpha Omega Alpha) and MPhil (Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics) from Columbia University. Earning a BA (cum laude in Biochemical Sciences) at Harvard, I conducted research in molecular dynamics with Martin Karplus (2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry). My teaching experience includes cellular & molecular biology, neuroanatomy, bioinformatics, mathematical modeling and technology marketing at Columbia, Roosevelt, Harvard, SAIHST and DGIST. Along with peer-reviewed scientific publications, several patents, a novel (Waves), syndicated columns and newspaper contributions, I have presented invited talks and keynotes at leading institutions and conferences worldwide covering healthcare trends, digital & mobile health, protein electrodynamics, the future of medicine, healthcare market dynamics, and innovation in general.