The Innovation Bug

By Maya Plentz When people ask me how come I am so interested in technology and innovation I tell them that is thanks to my father, Ayrton Fagundes, who taught me about tech, policy, and ethics in journalism. And Bloomberg TV of course, a complete immersion on a perfect digital newsroom. But my father was…

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…

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),…

Gender and Research Funding

Link to my speech at the WSIS High Level Policy panel, at ITU Headquarters in 2018 WSIS Forum: Link to talk at the World Summit on the Information Society  Forum 2017 Twitter Moments ⚡️World Summit on the Information Society here ITU 2018  This is the link to my speech / policy statement at the 2018 WSISI Forum, High-Level Policy Session…

Horizon 2020

In October of 2016 Ms. Plentz Fagundes was appointed by the European Commission to the High Level Group of Experts to review the impact of Horizon 2020, the £80 Billion Framework Programme to fund Research and Innovation in the EU from 2014 to 2020.

Engineering at FIU

A Florida university and an insurer that incurred hundreds of millions of dollars in losses during recent hurricanes are teaming up to find ways to help buildings survive massive storms. Their tool: Giant fans.   Selected clippings, results of media relations campaigns by Maya Plentz for FIU Placement: Wall Street Journal From Fans’ Whirlwind, Researchers…

Sustainable Development

“Acho que hoje o mercado, os consumidores, não querem apenas comprar uma coisa, um objeto. Eles querem comprar um valor, um valor que seja intangível.  Que naquela blusa, naquele sapato, ele possa identificar mais que um objeto. Isso tem embutido um valor social porque paga pessoas de forma correta, oferece um salário, uma oportunidade de…

Innovation in Higher Education

“The time has come to reimagine higher education and to reinvent pedagogical approaches.” Wharton-QS Stars Awards 2014 — Reimagine Education Promoting Innovation in Higher Education Around the World By Maya Plentz London, 9 April, 2014  —  The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania’s SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management and QS Quacquarelli Symonds, publisher of QS…

Horizon 2020: European Commission

In September 2016 the European Commission set up a High Level Group of experts, following a call for expression of interest to which over 350 candidates responded.  Ms. Plentz  was appointed by Commissioner Moedas to contribute her communications and innovation ecosystems’ expertise to the mid-term evaluation of H2020 and make recommendations for the new funding cycle, Horizon Europe.

In the context of the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020, the Group’s mandate was to provide recommendations on how to maximise the impact of the EU’s investment in research and innovation.  The group was chaired by Pascal Lamy, former World Trade Organization Director-General, former EU Trade Commissioner, and President Emeritus of the Jacques Delors Institute.