UK Funding and STEM Research

By Maya Plentz Watch Dr. Rachel Oliver, Professor of Material Science, University of Cambridge, at the UK Parliament, speaking to the Science and Technology Commission, where she makes a request for review of UK funding mechanisms for #Research and #Innovation, to uncover biases that prevent women and minorities to access said funds. UK House of…

Venture Capital Funding

Speech delivered at the World Summit on the Information Society organized under the auspices of the UN agency for telecommunications, ITU, and UNESCO  Geneva, 10thApril 2019 Follow me on Twitter @MayaPlentz  By Maya Plentz We have seen businesses all over the globe reckon with issues of accountability in the year 2018. It is great that so many…

Information Economy Report 2011 

By Maya Plentz How to leverage information and communication technologies (ICTs) to create real economic impact in developing countries? By bridging the digital gap between small and large enterprises. In order to accelerate private sector development governments must make the inclusion of ICTs a priority through investment in broadband infrastructure and building trust among entrepreneurs…

Business Insider UK Tech 100

London, January 2016 By Maya Plentz Business Insider UK celebrated London’s tech with a list of its 100 top influencers.   This is the second year that the American business, celebrity,  and tech news website publishes the list.  Last year there were only 50 on the list.  2016 brings that number to 100. And while there…

Women and Venture Capital

Geneva, 2018 By Maya Plentz In 2016, only 7% of the partners in venture capital firms in the US were women, and just 1.9% of venture capital funding went to female founders. How can we change this landscape? There was a little bit of progress in 2017, reported an article by Fortune magazine: “all-women teams…

Research and Innovation

Geneva, Switzerland / March 2018 Speech delivered at the 2018 World Summit on the Information Society organized under the auspices of the UN agency for telecommunications (ITU) and UNESCO. By Maya Plentz  How to make sure women receive public funds for research? We must make sure that rather than simply voicing our outrage on social…

UN Agencies Join Forces

By Maya Plentz   Twitter @MayaPlentz United Nations, November 12, 2018 —  Three UN agencies have launched a digital platform to streamline the application process and evaluation of partner NGOs. The United Nations Partnership Portal (UNPP), draws on the expertise of its multiple stakeholders, the World Food Programme (WFP), the UN Agency for Refugees (UNHCR),…