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Join our webinar on green technology innovation in Europe - status and acceleration

07 April 2020

Presented by Dr. Peter Oksen, Senior Program Officer, WIPO Green, Tamara Nanayakkara Counsellor, SMEs and Entrepreneurship Support Division, WIPO and Arnaud de la Fouchardière, CEO, Vitirover

Register here for our webinar on the 5 May at 16.00 CET on "The status and acceleration of green technology innovation in Europe and beyond".

This webinar addresses green technology inventors, entrepreneurs, companies, academia, research organisations and government organisations looking for insight and expertise on green innovation evolution, strategy and business networking. Speakers from WIPO's green innovation and SME teams will provide an overview of the support WIPO offers green innovators and SMEs in general while Vitirover, a successful green technology innovator and European SME, will share its first-hand experience.

This 4iP Council webinar is of interest to people looking for:

  • an understanding of the status of green technology innovation in Europe and beyond,
  • tangible links between entities looking for green solutions and potential technology providers,
  • ways to leverage their intellectual property strategically,
  • resources, tips and future routes for action and learning,
  • lessons (good and bad) from first hand experience.

About the presenters

Dr. Peter Oksen is Senior Program Officer at WIPO GREEN. He has more than 20 years’ experience in socio-economic development and natural resources management and holds a MSc in Geography and a PhD in International Development Studies. He was associate professor in development studies at Roskilde University, Denmark for more than a decade before moving to Lao PDR working as managing director of a Lao-Australian consulting company. Later, he headed the Danida Environmental Support Programme in Indonesia for three years, developed the environmental and social safeguard approaches and tools for the World Food Programme in Rome, and then joined WIPO GREEN in late 2018. At WIPO GREEN Peter is working with connecting innovative technological solutions to pertinent issues around climate change, food security, and the environment, and provides expert guidance. Peter is also the creator and owner of the website sustainablesuccessstories.org.

Tamara Nanayakkara is Counsellor at the SMEs and Entrepreneurship Support Division, Department for Transition and Developed Countries of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Since she joined WIPO in January 1994, she worked in the Cooperation for Development Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, Economic Analysis, Forecast and Research Division and the Least Developed Countries Division. Before joining WIPO she worked as an Attorney at Law and as an Assistant Lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka. She holds a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in Law from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and a Masters Degree in International Management from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

Arnaud de la Fouchardière has founded several companies in the course of his career. He is now the founder and CEO of the Vitirover company based in Saint Emilion, France, which specialises in robots for agriculture and industry (herds of robots to replace Glyphosate). In San Francisco, Arnaud has launched Quickeo, web 2.0 software proposing email as the universal distribution channel for rich multimedia content. He is an early pioneer of smartphones and finger-touch software and he founded NOVINIT sold to the US company THUMBIT. In 1998, he created the first French e-commerce site selling domestic appliances, Marcopoly.com. The company was acquired by France Telecom/Orange in 2000. Prior to Marcopoly, Arnaud spent 15 years in the marketing industry. He founded marketing agency TEQUILA and, as chairman and CEO, oversaw its international expansion before selling it to TBWA\Omnicom in 1994. Arnaud is also an independent expert in robotics and digital farming at the European Commission and has the rank of Commander in the French Army Citizen Reserve.