Global event – Building Forward Better: Network Readiness and Digital Transformation in a post-COVID world

On October 19th, from 9 am to 11 am EST (3 pm to 5 pm Brussels and 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm Delhi).

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How has Covid-19 accelerated the need for digital transformation worldwide? Are countries network-ready to ensure digital transformation is beneficial to their economies and citizens? Portulans Institute, in cooperation with UNESCO, is proud to host a global dialogue on “Building Forward Better: Network Readiness and Digital Transformation in a post-COVID world”. On this occasion, the Portulans Institute co-founders will present the results of the Network Readiness Index 2020. More info about the NRI here

Program and Confirmed Speakers:

9 am EST: Welcome remarks by Carolina Rossini, CEO, Portulans Institute.

9:15 to 10:30 am EST: Panel Discussion with

  • Dr. Anand Agarwal, STL, Group CEO, India
  • Pr. Soumitra Dutta, Professor of Management – SC Johnson College of Business, Cornell University and President, Portulans Institute
  • Dr. Demi Getschko, President-director, NIC.Br, Brazil 
  • Ms. Dorothy Gordon, Chair, Information for All Programme (IFAP), UNESCO
  • Dr. Bruno Lanvin, Executive Director for Global Indices at INSEAD, and Director, Portulans Institute
  • Ms. Sasha Rubel, Program Specialist, Digital Innovation & Transformation, UNESCO
  • H.E Anders Ygeman, Minister for Energy and Digital Development, Sweden

10:30 am EST: Q&A

Moderator: Carolina Rossini, CEO & Co-Founder, Portulans Institute

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Who is this event for? 

Academics, policymakers, business representatives, and other stakeholders interested in:

  • Digital transformation and Covid-19;
  • Inclusion, diversity, and the digital divide;
  • Policy interventions;
  • Talent (upskilling, reskilling, lifelong learning) and digital transformation;
  • Digital transformation, economic development, and competitiveness;
  • Digital transformation and sustainable development.

In advance of this event, hear from global thought leaders about digital transformation and Covid-19 in Portulans’ Dialogue on Digital Transformation series. 

2020 Network Readiness Index Knowledge Partner: