Friday 04 May 2018

11:00 — 12:30

Maria Theresia College 2 (Venue) — MTC

Thanks to (social) innovation and new technologies we can define and shape the future of the developing countries. We’ve invited speakers whose interests lie at the intersection between technology & fair finance & digital identity & health & education. We need to explore the potential social impact of blockchain initiatives, education innovation & other new technologies. Our speakers are used to offering a holistic, multidisciplinary approach towards global challenges & convinced of the need to create a tolerant, inclusive and sustainable global society.

Kosta Peric US

author & deputy director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “Financial Services for the Poor”

Prof. Johan Neyts BE

award winning Professor in Virology & co-founder of Okapi Sciences

Novel vaccines and drugs to prevent and treat viral infections in the developing world.

Viral infections have a major impact on health and quality of life in developing countries. The best known example is HIV/AIDS. An estimated 1 million people died from AIDS-related illnesses in 2016, mostly in developing countries. In 2005 the number of casualties was 1.9 million. This reduction can be largely attributed to the use of potent antiviral drugs. At the end of 2016, US$ 19.1 billion was available for the AIDS response in low- and middle-income countries. UNAIDS set the following goals (i) by 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status, (ii) by 2020, 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy (iii) by 2020, 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression. One of the most widely used anti-HIV drugs is tenofovir, a drug discovered at KULeuven. Against many other viral infections, no there is no therapy available. I will explain our efforts in developing such drugs, for example against the dengue virus, a pathogen that sickens annually an estimated 100 million people. Even better than treatment is prevention of infections. This can be achieved by using vaccines. Most vaccines need however to be strictly kept cold to remain active. This is in particular a problem in remote (sub)tropical regions in developing countries. We developed a revolutionary technology to produce vaccines that are thermostable and thus do no longer require such cold-chain. In addition, the technology allows to rapidly produce new vaccines in case novel pathogens emerge.

Kerstin Wilmans & Ivi Kussmaul DE

Founder of Global Goals Curriculum E.V. and passionate about innovating the education system

Education for Sustainable Communities

Education is the key enabler for creating future ready communities – on an organisational, municipal, regional or global level. To develop thriving and sustainable communities we need people who are problem solvers, creative thinkers, active collaborators, courageous implementors. Competent changemakers who are able to innovate our institutions and systems. Kerstin, Executive Board Member of Global Goals Curriculum, and Ivi, student at Evangelische Schule Berlin Zentrum, give an overview of how school education is key to impactfully develop our communities.

Véronique De Roeck BE

UCLL, Child and Youth Studies, lecturer mental health, and International Cooperation North South, practice lecturer Cameroon-Paraguay

Klaas Vansteenhuyse BE

Head of the International Office at UC Leuven-Limburg