Interview: Edward Mortimer

Maya Plentz Fagundes interviews Mr. Edward Mortimer, Director of Communications and Head of the Speechwriting Unit, Executive Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, for UN Radio, September 2003 Transcribed and edited by Maya Plentz Fagundes By Maya Plentz New York/United Nations – 11 September, 2003 Mayara Fagundes:  What has changed at the UN since September…

ONU: Direitos da Mulher

“Eu disse já em vários discursos, em várias declarações, que os direitos da mulher não são um capítulo na agenda dos direitos humanos, eles são um tema central. Porque? Em primeiro lugar porque a mulher representa mais de cinquenta por cento da população mundial. Mas em segundo lugar também porque, via de regra, esses direitos…

UNESCO: Ministro da Cultura Gilberto Gil

As iniciativas da UNESCO nesse campo, em termos internacionais, no sentido de incentivar programas nacionais de catalogação, de mapeamento, de registros, de tombamentos e etc. é uma iniciativa muito forte.

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.

Tech Tastes with Google

“DeepMind created the first computer program to ever beat a professional at the game of Go, and is engaged in various research projects with the NHS to apply machine learning to radiotherapy planning for head and neck cancers and identification of conditions like age related macular degeneration in optical coherence tomography scans.”

Tech Tastes Wine: The Year in Review

London, September 2016 By Maya Plentz As we approach Fall of 2016 I want to take a moment to reflect on what we have accomplished. It would not have been possible without the generosity of our partners in the wine sector, angel investors, and London-based founders. So, to all of you (you know who you are),…

Food and Wine: Portuguese Wines

“This singular microclimate, at 750 meters above sea level, with warm days and cool Atlantic breeze nights gives us some beautiful aromatic wines: a white organic made with the indigenous Siria grape presented a lush cream and almonds nose and the restrained red with a bouquet of forest berries scents, a dark cherry jam palate, and…

Meet the Investors

London, May 3rd 2015 “We are very proud to host another Tech Tastes Wine. We partnered with founder Maya Plentz a few months ago, impressed by the quality of the events and in particular the inspirational entrepreneurs she draws in. Plus, with all the start-up networking events happening in London, one that chose to focus on the…

Policy and the Internet of Things

By Maya Plentz Paris, December 2014 Day one at LeWeb, the digital conference founded by Loïc Le Meur, was about the increased adoption of wearables to track workers’ health stats, IoT generated data and its attendant issues of privacy and data ownership, and how 2015 will see the collaborative economy take off for good. At the “Crowd…

The Future of Retail

London, April 2015 By Maya Plentz In our increasingly connected world every layer of an organization, from press relations to marketing and customer service, has become digital.  The Chief Digital Officer (CDO) is the connective tissue binding the IT and the marketing communications spheres of a company, startup, or institution. Why do we need this new…

India: QS University Rankings

*Wall Street Journal Asia By Shanoor Seervai May 15, 2014 In a survey of 300 Asian universities released this week, Indian schools — even the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology — once again failed to reach the top of the ranks. Delhi’s IIT is the first Indian institution to surface in the latest Quacquarelli Symonds rankings,…