AI holds tremendous potential for advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  AI, particularly generative AI, provides new opportunities to analyse data and trends at pace and scale to further knowledge, allocation of resources and action.  Applications to address the global challenges presented by the SDGs such as poverty and hunger, human health, climate change, biodiversity and ocean degradation are potentially limitless.  Upskilling and access to AI technology will be critical, but how can we avoid an AI divide between the West and the rest?

The annual RELX SDG Inspiration Day - a free, online event for thought leaders, corporate representatives, students, investors, government and NGOs to explore issues, gain practical insights and be inspired to take action in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Speakers

Join thought leaders and experts from across business, civil society and academia

Featured Speakers

Ban Ki-moon

8th Secretary-General of the United Nations & Co-chair of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens

Ban Ki-moon is a South Korean diplomat who was the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations (UNSG) from January 2007 to December 2016. As UNSG, Ban Ki-moon's priorities were to mobilize world leaders around a set of new global challenges. He led the efforts for the landmark Paris Climate Agreement and, under his leadership, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda were created.

Shivvy Jervis

Award-winning Innovation Forecaster

Named a Champion of Change, Shivvy Jervis is one of Europe’s most trusted guides on incredible innovations and how to use them so we can thrive. Having headlined over 600 stages (alongside F1 legends, inventors and former PMs), drawn a 30 million minutes-worth lifetime reach for online broadcasts and earned 25 accolades, Shivvy is breaking barriers as a female, Asian voice bringing breakthroughs to life for businesses and consumers.

Dr. Mark van Rijmenam

Founder of The Futurwise Institute, Author; Strategic Futurist; Global Speaking Fellow

Dr. Mark van Rijmenam is a strategic futurist known as The Digital Speaker. He stands at the forefront of the digital age and lives and breathes cutting-edge technologies to inspire Fortune 500 companies and governments worldwide. As an optimistic dystopian, he has a deep understanding of AI, blockchain, the metaverse, and other emerging technologies, and he blends academic rigour with technological innovation.

Dr Márcia Balisciano

Chief Sustainability Officer and Global Head of Corporate Responsibility, RELX

  Márcia is founding Chief Sustainability Officer and Global Head of Corporate Responsibility at RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics, decision tools and events with 36,500+ people and operations in 40 countries. Driving practice that ensures recognition for RELX as a sustainability leader, the company is currently 2nd in Sustainalytics’ ranking of the media sector among more than 300 global sector peers and holds a AAA ESG rating for a ninth consecutive year with MSCI. 

Michael Sheldrick

Co-Founder and Chief Policy, Impact and Government Relations Officer, Global Citizen

Michael Sheldrick is a policy entrepreneur and a driving force behind the efforts of Global Citizen to end extreme poverty. As a Co-Founder and Chief Policy, Impact, and Government Affairs Officer, he leads the organization's campaigns to mobilize support from governments, businesses, and foundations. He is the author of the Amazon best-selling book, From Ideas to Impact: A Playbook for Influencing and Implementing Change in a Divided World (Wiley: April 2024).

Jason Plent

Partner for 5G Acceleration, Verizon Business

Jason is a Partner for 5G Acceleration, Verizon Business. He is an experienced sales leader and general manager with an aptitude for creating diverse teams and fostering global perspectives. He is responsible for catalyzing the adoption and commercialization of 5G across industries and enabling rapidly scalable deployment of 5G solutions to enterprises in the UK and around the world.

Moderators and Panellists

Karen Silverman

CEO and Founder

Cantellus Group 

Youngsuk 'YS' Chi

Director of Corporate Affairs, RELX and Chair, Elsevier

Amanda Ellis

Senior Director, Global Partnerships and Networks

Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory at Arizona State University

Harald Neidhardt

CEO & Curator

Futur/io Institute

Marco Richter

Global Head of Customer Success

LexisNexis Intellectual Property Solutions

Cristina Campero

CEO

PROSPERiA

Richard Wingfield

Director, Technology Sectors

BSR

Nancy Morgan

CEO, Ellis Morgan Enterprises and Strategic Advisor, Cantellus Group

Miriam Stankovich

Senior Principal Digital Policy Specialist

DAI’s Center for Digital Acceleration

Elizabeth Crossick

Head of Government Relations, EU and Global AI Policy Lead

RELX

Andy Dewis

Founder and CEO

Pineapple Sustainable Partnerships

Rafi Addlestone

Chief Strategy Officer

Pineapple Sustainable Partnerships

Ian P. McDougall

President

The LexisNexis Rule of Law Foundation

Cherry Murillon 

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Cawil.AI Solutions and Managing Director, AiBox

Steve Kenzie

Executive Director

UN Global Compact Network UK

Serena Casareo

Lead Researcher and Co-author of the Global AI Index

Tortoise Media

Rose Nakasi

PhD Researcher of Computer Science at AI and Data Science Lab, Makerere University, Uganda and Chair for Topic Group AI-based detection of Malaria

Alice Pilia

Global Policy Adviser

Joe Griffin

Senior Manager Sustainability Strategy

Vodafone

Sacha Dench

CEO and Co-Founder

Conservation Without Borders

Philippa Scarlett

Head of Worldwide Government Affairs and Public
Policy at RELX

Michal Nachmany

Founder and CEO

Climate Policy Radar

Matt Gray

Co - founder and CEO

TransitionZero

Elizabeth Gibson

Director, Analytics Solutions

Elsevier

Event Partners

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Schedule

Please note all times are in British Summer Time (BST). Speakers, timings and sessions may be subject to change. Although we intend for sessions to begin and end as stated below, note that this is a live-streamed event and these times may be subject to change.

Please feel free to dip in and out of sessions as your schedule permits throughout the day.

Time (BST)

Session

10:00 – 10:45

Opening Plenary

Welcome from our host: Shivvy Jervis, Innovation Forecaster

Introductory remarks: Dr Márcia Balisciano, Chief Sustainability Officer and Global Head of Corporate Responsibility, RELX

Thoughts on the day ahead: Ban Ki-Moon, 8th Secretary General of the United Nations

Keynote speech:  Dr Mark van Rijmenam, AI Futurist and TEDx Speaker

10:45 – 11:30

Panel: The AI upside for sustainable development

Host: Ambassador Amanda Ellis, Senior Director, Global Partnerships and Networks, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory

Participants:

·  Marco Richter,Global Head of Customer Success, LexisNexis Intellectual Property Solutions

·  Cherry Murillon, Founder and Lead Innovator, CAWIL AI Solutions

·  Michal Nachmany, Founder and CEO, Climate Policy Radar

·  Matt Gray, Co-founder and CEO, TransitionZero

11:30-11:45

Presenting the AI Index: Tortoise Media’s new benchmark for country investment in AI

Serena Cesareo, Lead Researcher and co-author of the Global AI Index, Tortoise Media

11:45 - 12:00

RELX SDG Customer Awards Part I

Presented by: YS Chi, Director of Corporate Affairs, RELX and Chair, Elsevier

12:00 - 12:45

Pineapple take-over: AI for nature

Featuring:
· Andy Dewis, Founder, Pineapple Sustainable Partnerships

· Rafi Addlestone, Chief Strategy Officer, Pineapple Sustainable Partnerships

· Sacha Dench, CEO and Co-Founder, Conservation Without Borders

· Joe Griffin, Senior Manager Sustainability Strategy, Vodafone

12:45 – 13:00

RELX SDG Customer Awards Part II

Presented by: Philippa Scarlett, Head of Worldwide Government Affairs and Public Policy at RELX

13:00 – 13:45

AI and the Rule of Law: Peace, justice and strong institutions?

Host: Steve Kenzie, Executive Director, UN Global Compact UK Network

Participants:

· Miriam Stankovich, Senior Principal Digital Policy Specialist, DAI’s Center for Digital Acceleration

· Ian McDougall, President, LexisNexis Rule of Law Foundation

13:45 - 14:10

Introductory video to an AI by Google and Project Everyone

AI and climate change: Accelerating solutions or deepening the problem?

 

Presentation by: Jason Plent, Partner for 5G and MEC Innovation, Verizon

14:10 – 14:45

A new paradigm for science and health

Host: Harald Neidhardt, CEO & Curator at Futur/io Institute 

Participants:

· Cristina Campero, CEO, PROSPERiA

· Elizabeth Gibson, Director, Analytics Solutions, Elsevier

· Rose Nakasi, PhD,  Researcher of Computer Science at AI and Data Science Lab, Makerere University, Uganda and Chair for Topic Group AI-based detection of Malaria 

14:45 – 15:15

The policy prescription for AI and sustainable development

Expert bilateral

· Richard Wingfield, Director, Technology Sectors, BSR

· Elizabeth Crossick, Head of EU Government Affairs and Global AI Policy Lead, RELX

15:15 – 16:00

Truth and trust in the age of AI

A conversation curated by Global Policy Adviser, Alice Pilia 

Featuring: Karen Silverman, CEO and Founder, The Cantellus Group

Nancy Morgan, CEO, Ellis Morgan Enterprises 

16:00 – 16:30

Closing Plenary

Host: Márcia Balisciano, Chief Sustainability Officer and Global Head of Corporate Responsibility, RELX

AI and youth for development: Mick Sheldrick, Co-founder, Global Citizen

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