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…

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…

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),…

Assembleia Geral da ONU

“Não se trata apenas de reivindicar um lugar para o Brasil, se trata de fazer com que o Conselho de Segurança da ONU expresse a realidade contemporânea do mundo.”  

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.

Voyage to the Fragile Beauty of Antarctica

”The purpose of our project is to educate and to protect the environment. We want to document the beauty and the fragility of our planet.” Ms. Plentz produced, drafted, and copy-edited international policy articles, reports to donors and press releases, ensuring that content followed UN’s editorial style, consistency, and accuracy standards.   She served as…

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,…