Webinar: Green Technology Innovation in Europe and Beyond

April 18, 2020

On May 5, 2020, to mark World Intellectual Property Day 2020 – celebrated under the theme Innovate for a green futureWIPO GREEN, together with 4iP Council, will hold a webinar on the status and acceleration of green technology innovation in Europe and beyond.

Who is the webinar for?

This webinar will be useful to green technology inventors, entrepreneurs, businesses, academia, research and government organizations, looking for insight and expertise on green innovation evolution, strategy and business networking.

What will you learn?

The webinar will address the links between entities looking for green solutions and potential technology providers, ways to strategically leverage greentech-related intellectual property (IP), available resources and useful tips for green innovators, as well as lessons learnt from practical experience in green technology business.

Event details

Title: The Status and Acceleration of Green Technology Innovation in Europe and Beyond

When: May 5, 2020 (16:00 – 17:15 CEST)


Speakers and organizers

Dr. Peter Oksen is Senior Program Officer at WIPO GREEN. He has more than 20 years’ experience in socio-economic development and natural resources management and holds a MSc in Geography and a PhD in International Development Studies. He was associate professor in development studies at Roskilde University, Denmark for more than a decade before moving to Lao PDR working as managing director of a Lao-Australian consulting company. Later, he headed the Danida Environmental Support Programme in Indonesia for three years, developed the environmental and social safeguard approaches and tools for the World Food Programme in Rome, and then joined WIPO GREEN in late 2018.

At WIPO GREEN, Peter is working with connecting innovative technological solutions to pertinent issues around climate change, food security, and the environment, and provides expert guidance. Peter is also the creator and owner of the website sustainablesuccessstories.org.

Tamara Nanayakkara is Counsellor at the SMEs and Entrepreneurship Support Division, Department for Transition and Developed Countries of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Since she joined WIPO in January 1994, she has worked in the Cooperation for Development Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, Economic Analysis, Forecast and Research Division and the Least Developed Countries Division.

Before joining WIPO she worked as an Attorney at Law and as an Assistant Lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka. She holds a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in Law from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and a Masters Degree in International Management from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

Arnaud de la Fouchardière has founded several companies in the course of his career. He is now the founder and CEO of the Vitirover company based in Saint Emilion, France, which specialises in robots for agriculture and industry (herds of robots to replace Glyphosate).

In San Francisco, Arnaud has launched Quickeo, web 2.0 software proposing email as the universal distribution channel for rich multimedia content. He is an early pioneer of smartphones and finger-touch software and he founded NOVINIT sold to the US company THUMBIT.

In 1998, he created the first French e-commerce site selling domestic appliances, Marcopoly.com. The company was acquired by France Telecom/Orange in 2000. Prior to Marcopoly, Arnaud spent 15 years in the marketing industry. He founded marketing agency TEQUILA and, as chairman and CEO, oversaw its international expansion before selling it to TBWA\Omnicom in 1994. Arnaud is also an independent expert in robotics and digital farming at the European Commission and has the rank of Commander in the French Army Citizen Reserve.

WIPO GREEN is a global marketplace for sustainable technology, supporting global efforts to address climate change. Through its online database and regional activities, WIPO GREEN connects green tech seekers and providers in order to catalyze green innovation and accelerate green tech transfer and diffusion.

4iP Council is a European research council dedicated to developing academic insight and empirical evidence on topics related to intellectual property and innovation.

Vitirover is a French green technology enterprise, using innovation in robotics to address challenges in grass planting for agricultural and industrial purposes.