Crucial global topics are becoming increasingly dependent on the world’s rapidly changing scientific knowledge and technological capabilities: from global health to digital society, sustainability to development, and beyond. To tackle this growing complexity, countries increasingly seek to engage with international science and technology hubs like Boston, so as to accelerate their ability to innovate and spark collaborative efforts with other nations.
The event will take place at swissnex Boston on 25 June and will offer exclusive insight into how countries can activate their presence in Boston’s unique ecosystem to harness the benefits of this cradle of research and innovation and its bustling startup scene.
The event will feature the launch of a report on how diplomatic representations use their science and technology arms to conduct activities in the Boston ecosystem. The report was written by DiploFoundation and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), with the objective of surveying the existing science and technology diplomatic scene in Boston, assessing its current modes of interaction, as well as being an inspiration for other countries to become active in this field.
In 2018, DiploFoundation and the Geneva Internet Platform, in partnership with the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco and swissnex San Francisco, launched the report The rise of TechPlomacy in the Bay Area. Read the online version, or download your copy. Read more about the event, hosted by swissnex.
Dr Tereza Horejsova Projects and Partnerships Director
Joining Diplo in 2012, Dr Tereza Horejsova has had an international career in academia and the non-governmental sector in the Czech Republic, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, and Switzerland. She holds an MA in International Area Studies and a PhD in European Studies, both from the Charles University in Prague.
Tereza works on several capacity development activities in the field of digital policy, and is an advocate of bringing practical considerations of capacity building into the discussion. She is chair of the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise's (GFCE) Working Group on Cyber Security Culture and Skills, and a member of Internet Governance Forum's (IGF) Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) where she cochairs the MAG Working Group on Hybrid Meetings. Tereza also serves as the executive director of Diplo US and is responsible for Diplo's activities in the United States.
Ms Pavlina Ittelson joined Diplo in 2017 and currently serves as senior programme officer at Diplo US. She focuses on the legal aspects of internet governance in the fields of internet jurisdiction, cybersecurity, and alternative dispute resolution. She also curates the topics of Jurisdiction, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Intellectual Property Rights on the GIP Digital Watch observatory website.
Prior to joining Diplo, Pavlina practiced law as an attorney and a legal project manager in the fields of international business, science, and technology. Pavlina received her degree in Law from Comenius University, Bratislava, and her LLM in International Business Law from the Central European University, Budapest. A native of Slovakia, she now resides in the Washington, DC area.