UNHCR, WFP, and UNICEF Launch a Digital Platform

“Three UN agencies have launched a digital platform to streamline the application process and evaluation of partner NGOs.” 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…

WSIS at ITU 2018/2017

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…

Maya Plentz

  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. Bio (short) Previously, Ms. Plentz was a tech and international affairs news producer for Bloomberg…

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.”   Results of media relations campaigns by Maya Plentz for FIU Placement: Wall Street Journal From Fans’ Whirlwind, Researchers Reap Data…

UN Press Relations

“The world’s poorest countries must forge closer links with fast-growing developing economies such as China and Brazil as the after-effects of the credit crunch continue to ravage the US and Europe, according to a report from the United Nations.”   Here are some of the press releases drafted and edited by Ms. Plentz, as well…

Innovation in Higher Education

“The time has come to reimagine higher education and to reinvent pedagogical approaches.” Press Relations by Maya Plentz 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…

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.