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The 3RD Asian Innovation Forum ( August 29th, 2017 )

9:00 – 9:30 Registration
9:30 – 10:15 Opening Ceremony
  • Welcome remark by President Kichul Lim , KISTEP
  • Congratulatory remarks
10:15 – 10:45 Keynote Session I Myung-Ja Kim (President, The Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies (KOFST))
10:45 – 11:30 Keynote Session II Richard B. Dasher (Director, US-Asia Technology Management Center, School of Engineering, Stanford University)
11:30 – 13:00 Networking Lunch
13:00 – 15:00 Parallel Sessions
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 – 17:30 Plenary Session New Paradigms of R&D Systems
One of the key aspects for assuring long-term competitiveness is knowledge-based development, and this idea has led to the rapid increase of R&D investment in many countries. Asia takes a leading role in R&D, ten of them placing at the Top 40 R&D spending countries, however, the quality levels of development activities and performance still remain below that of major countries. In spite of limited resources, R&D systems must achieve enhanced productivity and improved effectiveness, such that they become a solid foundation to support the knowledge-based development. There are new demands on the systems to not only contribute on economic growth but also to address social issues, and new paradigms of the systems are shifting from technology-driven to demand-driven. Which direction should the new systems take? How should the evaluation within the new systems be conducted? What factors challenge the priority setting? How should overlapping funds be avoided, and on what basis should basic and applied sciences be prioritized? This session will discuss new paradigms, share best practices and measures to improve the design, implementation and effectiveness of R&D system to maximize the impact on the society.
  • Chair : Kichul Lim (President, KISTEP)
  • New Economic Opportunities: Crossing the Innovation Chasm
    Asma Ismail (President, Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM), Malaysia)
  • Evidence-Based Informed Design of Science, Technology and Innovation System
    Shigeharu Kato (Director General, National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP), Japan)
  • Innovation Capacity-building in Enterprises: Policy and Practices in China
    Rongping Mu (Director General, Chinese Academy of Sciences Center for Innovation and Development (CASCID), China)
  • Managing Technology in the Modern Economy: The Entrepreneurial University and High Technology Start-Ups
    Shaukat Hameed Khan (Coordinator General, OIC Standing Committee on Science and Technological Cooperation, Pakistan)
  • Fundamental Asymmetries and Incentive Designs for Public R&D Evaluation
    So Young Kim (Head, Graduate School of Science and Technology Policy, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Korea)
17:30 – Standing Reception

Parallel Sessions

General Session Ⅰ Fostering Creative Talents in the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

As the fourth industrial revolution emerges, new spectrum of human life will come with development of technology. Automation, digital platforms and other innovations trigger a paradigm shift, and there is growing uncertainty in how types of human labor and demands of human resources will be changed. Recently, new systems and education models have been tried out to promote different learning methods for future talents such as Flipped classroom, Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE), Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) and Project-Based Learning. Fostering creative talents with leadership and resilience is essential to prepare for the transformation, and related policy and reform of education system must be discussed to enhance the current systems. How should learning and training be done to overcome the shortening shelf-life of existing skill sets? What policy implementation will nurture people with creativity and intellectual agility? Which direction should standards and practices promote to cultivate innovation leaders? This session will explore ideas and activities that strengthen development of talents, and overview innovation policies for human resources.


  • Chair : Laoucine Kerbache (Chief Innovation Strategist, QF R&D)
  • Roles of Science Museum in Fostering Creative Talents
    Aphiya Hathayatham (Vice President, National Science Museum, Thailand)
  • Fostering Students’ Creative Talents in the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Southeast Asian Context
    R Indarjani (Deputy Director, Quality Improvement of Teachers and Education Personnel (QITEP) in Science, Indonesia)
  • Policy Formulation Framework for Preparing Youth Entrepreneurs Becoming Innovation Players in Global Market
    Aini Suzana Hj Ariffin (Senior Lecturer, Perdana School of STI Policy, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Malaysia)
  • The HRST Strategy to Lead the Future in the Fourth Industrial Revolution Era
    Jinha Kim (Associate Research Fellow, KISTEP)
General Session Ⅱ Knowledge Translations of Research Findings

Organized by STPI


In this session, the speakers will explain the secret sauce for successful startups in Taiwan. First, the experience of running Innovation & Entrepreneurship program in Universities will be shared by Prof. Huang, serving as Director of Center of Industry Accelerator and Patent strategy. According to recent research, the experiences are varied and various because the programs differ from universities to universities. To be next, playing a lead role, ITRI’s IEK is coupling industry know-how and sensitivity with the technical prowess of the R & D team, providing complete trend analysis for industry and the government, paving the way for future competitiveness. General Director Su will share the know-how about helping startups to grow with his own perspective. Lastly, FITI (From IP to IPO program, running by STPI) is one of the most famous and well-known programs incubating startups from academy in Taiwan. Dr. Teng will share the experience about encouraging local universities and research institutes subsidized by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) to push their research outcomes ahead to perform the market value.


  • Chair: Yuh-JzerJoung (Director-General, STPI)
  • Bring Foresight to Innovation
    Stephen Su (General Director, Industrial Economics and Knowledge Center, Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Taiwan)
  • Growing Korean Startup Ecosystem
    Jungwook Lim (Managing Director, Startup Alliance, Korea)
  • Taiwan Innovation Ecosystem
    Ching-Yao Huang (Professor, Department of Electronics Engineering, National ChiaoTung University, Taiwan)
  • From IP to IPO: Opportunities and Challenges in Nurturing Startups from Academy in Taiwan
    Hsiao-Feng Teng (Assistant Researcher, Science & Technology Policy Research and Information Center (STPI), National Applied Research Laboratories (NARLabs), Taiwan)
General Session Ⅲ Green Innovation for Sustainable Future

Organized by ECOSF



Asia is home to over 4 billion people, and about 44 million people are being added to Asia’s urban population annually. According to an estimate by 2030, over 750 million people in Asia will be at climate change risks, energy consumption will rise by 54%, and over 80% of Asia’s population will experience water scarcity. Energy access remains a challenge for Asia and the Pacific, with over 600 million people are without access to clean and reliable energy services. However, with its potential to reverse global climate change, sustainable energy industry can effectively address this challenge. This particular industry sector has seen an unprecedented and rapid growth over the last decade. As renewable energy technologies continue to reach grid parity coupled with the reality of climate change, energy security and improved energy storage; many countries are experiencing widespread transition from fossil fuel based to sustainable energy solutions. These renewable energy technologies can improve lives of people, particularly in the developing region, which will be crucial to drive inclusive and sustainable growth in Asian countries. An overarching phenomenon is the 4th Industrial Revolution, with its new disruptive technologies and innovations, such as smart grids and decentralized contracts are unlocking the potential of clean technology markets. This session will highlight and explore sustainable energy technologies for inclusive and sustainable growth in Asia. The session will bring together experts, scientists and governments to create a shared understanding of the role of governments, academia and business to promote clean and renewable energy industry in Asia to achieve a sustainable future


  • Chair: Manzoor Hussain Soomro (President, ECOSF)
  • Government R&D Investment and Strategy for Green Innovation in Korea
    Ji-Ho Hwang (Director General, Office of National R&D Coordination, KISTEP)
  • Sustainable Energy Growth - Malaysian Experience
    Azah Ahmad (Director, Renewable Energy Technology, Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA), Malaysia)
  • The Role of Academia in Developing Sustainable Energy Solutions for the Future
    Muhammad Bilal Khan (Head, Principal Center for Advanced Studies in Energy at National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Pakistan)
  • Seoul Sustainable Energy Action Plan; One Less Nuclear Power Plant Initiative
    Yeonji Kim (Director, Citizen’s Energy Cooperation Division, Climate & Environment Headquarter, Seoul Metropolitan Government, Korea)
  • Financing Change: Using Public Capital to Finance a Sustainable Future
    Eric Plunkett (Green Investment Specialist, Investment and Policy Solutions Division, Global Green Growth Institute)