This session explored business concerns in the Post-COVID Era. Speakers thus discussed best practices and innovation strategies that businesses across sectors should implement to tackle the impact of the pandemic.

This session was composed of two conversations:

CONVERSATION 1 | Fostering innovation through public-private partnership and data collaboration
16:00 – 18:00 CET

Innovation was discussed through the lens of public-private partnerships and data collaboration in the Post-COVID Era.


James Eshelby, Vice President & Head of Pfizer Global Public-Private Partnerships and Vice-Chair of Research & Innovation Strategy Group (RIS) at EFPIA

Mike England, COO, RS Components

Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, Member of the European Parliament, ITRE Committee Member

Jessica Espey, Senior Advisor, United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Matthew Harrington, Global President and Chief Operating Officer, Edelman

Stefaan Verhulst, Co-Founder and Chief of Research and Development, Governance Laboratory, New York University

Samuel Scarpino, Assistant Professor, Northeastern University

Moderated by Scott David, Executive Director, Information Risk and Synthetic Intelligence Research Initiative, University of Washington (Seattle) 

CONVERSATION 2 | The innovation potential of the Energy sector
16:00 – 18:00 CET

In this conversation, close attention was devoted to the Energy sector and its potential for innovation.


Afnan Hannan, Co-Founder and CEO, Okra Solar

Anes Jusic, Senior Banker, European Bank for Reconstruction & Development

Douglas J. Arent, Deputy Associate Lab Director, Scientific Computing and Energy Analysis, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Elvira López Prados, Head of CEO Office – Energy, ACCIONA

William Brent, CMO, Husk Power Systems

Moderated by Xiangkun Elvis Cao, Climate & Sustainability Consortium Impact Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology