United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Pre-Event: Opening of Virtual Innovation Exhibit: Innovations Catalyzed by COVID-19

Tue 04 May 2021, 7.30 am
Virtual Event (NYC time)



Opening of Virtual Innovation Exhibit


  • H.E. Mr. Munir Akram, President of the Economic and Social Council, United Nations; Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations (TBC)
  • H.E. Mr. Mohammad Koba, Ambassador, Chargé d’Affaires of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations, Co-Chair of the 2021 STI Forum
  • Mr. Alexander Trepelkov, Officer-in-Charge of the Division for Sustainable Development Goals (DSDG), United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
  • Ms. Sweta Govani, Lead for Global Innovation Exchange at Results for Development

In this panel, selected winners of the 2020 and 2021 UN Calls for Innovations will share their food systems expertise. Innovators will explain their cutting-edge initiatives and share insights from their experience implementing development solutions in a rapidly changing context around the pandemic.

Panel 1: Food Systems Innovations 

Moderator: Mr. Augustin Flory, Independent consultant and Senior Fellow, Results for Development (R4D) (Former Managing Director of Nutrition & Integrated Strategies, R4D)


  • Ms. Ekin Birol, Director of Impact and Strategy| Biofortification, HarvestPlus
  • Mr. Ekanikpong Ben, CEO | EL-kanis and Partners
  • Mr. Emeka Nwachinemere, CEO | Kitovu Technology Company
  • Ms. Adepeju Jaiyeoba, CEO | Colourful Giggles Nutrition