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Policy Workshop on Misinformation & Disinformation

 

Dear GDL Member, dear attending Expert,

this website was designed for you to give you an overview of all the important information about the Lab. We look forward to hear from you soon!

Incubator Lab: September 28, 2-4 p.m. (CEST), online

Impact Lab: 2023, tbc

Organised by GDL Members Gaurav Sharma and Sylvia Mukasa, the Lab focuses on the Mis- and Disinformation again brought to light by the pandemic which is also aggravating health-related risks and challenges in particular for vulnerable communities. The Lab is designed as a peer learning and knowledge-sharing workshop on Mis- and Disinformation for GDL members, policymakers and civil society actors.

The Incubator Phase will be dedicated to generating a consolidated understanding of current challenges linked to misinformation and disinformation. The curriculum will be based largely upon knowledge sharing, and real-life examples in order to provide strategies for identifying misinformation and preventing the spread.

The Impact Phase will centre around a policy discussion to identify key themes that should be included in the prevention of spreading Mis-and Disinformation with a particular focus on lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. An abductive approach will be used as facilitation methodology to provide a flexible framework in which participants can work together while remaining grounded in a set of principles that allows the emergence of new ideas.

You can find the the Icubator Programme here and dive deeper into the concept of the Lab here.

Hosting Team

Gaurav Sharma

Gaurav Sharma

Gaurav Sharma is an Artificial Intelligence Fellow at the Academy of International Affairs (aia-nrw.org). He is currently on a sabbatical from his role as an Advisor on Artificial Intelligence at the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) in India. Gaurav was the Task Force - 5 member of the Think20 (T20) initiative of the G20 from 2016-20 on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
 
Gaurav served as the Ambassador for the Global Leadership Academy for Asia and the Pacific region (2019-20) and heads the Alumni Hub for Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) in India. Gaurav Sharma is the recipient of the German Chancellor Fellowship (2015-16) from the Alexander von-Humboldt Foundation. He was awarded the Crans Montana Forum Young Leaders award (2014) and was the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Young Ambassador of India for the year 2018-19.
 
Gaurav has more than 17 years of experience: 6 years as an information technology consultant, 6 years in international relations (foreign and security policy) and 5 years in development cooperation. He holds a Master’s in International and European Security from Geneva, a Postgraduate Diploma in International Human Rights laws, Humanitarian Laws, and Refugee Laws and a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology (IT). He is passionate about people and the planet and believes in technology-driven transformative solutions. He is advisor to two NGOs on frugal innovations in agriculture and girl child education. Gaurav has lived in five countries (Germany, Switzerland, India, Australia and Singapore) and visited more than 40 countries and over 150 cities.
 
Sylvia Mukasa

Sylvia Mukasa

Sylvia Mukasa is Founder & CEO of GlobalX Investments Ltd (GlobalX Innovation Labs), whose mission is to Make Innovations Happen using Emerging Technologies. She believes in sustainable solutions and empowering entrepreneurs to imagine, design and create a better world.

She is a fellow of the US Department of State’s Silicon Valley based TechWomen Program launched by Hillary Clinton. For her work, she earned a special mention in the closing speech of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2015 by Maria Contreras-Sweet, former US Government’s Lead Minister on Entrepreneurship and member of President Obama’s cabinet.

She has served as Country Co-Founder/Chapter Lead (Kenya) for Women in Tech Africa, the largest female technology focused group in Africa that won the UN’s EQUALS in Tech Award, Leadership Category in 2018.

She has served as Next Einstein Forum (NEF) Ambassador (Kenya); a platform that connects science, society and policy in Africa and the world. She is a BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt Responsible Leader since 2019.

 

Speaker

Maia Mazurkiewicz

Maia Mazurkiewicz

GDL Member Maia is an expert on fighting disinformation and behavioural changes. She has 15 years of experience in political management, foreign affairs, and communication. She is a speaker, writer and moderator.

She believes that we need to change the way we communicate in order, to promote more understanding between individuals. Maia has cooperated with a number of foundations and NGOs, where she worked on various projects concerning democratisation and political parties training in Eastern Europe.

From 2011 to -2015, she worked in the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland, where she was responsible for transatlantic and European relations. She is a co-founder and Head of Intelligence and Campaigns of Alliance4Europe, Coordinator of the European Front and co-creator of Keyboard Warriors in Poland.

 

External Expert

Ezekiel Mecha

Dr Ezekiel Mecha is a lecturer, at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Nairobi and a DAAD alumni having obtained a PhD scholarship to pursue his doctorate in Germany. He obtained his PhD from the University of Giessen, Germany in 2014 and did his post-Doc from the University of Giessen in 2018. He is a member of World Endometriosis Society mentoring programme and is currently spearheading a multi-sectoral and multiprofessional approach in management of endometriosis through involvement of all stakeholders involved in endometriosis management with an ultimate goal of establishing endometriosis government policy document.

In addition, he is the chairman of Kenya DAAD Scholars Association, University of Nairobi, Chapter and a DIES (Dialogue of Innovation for Higher Education Systems) Alumni. Having attended a course on management of internationalization at Hannover, Germany and JKUAT He is a certified global consultant/mentor by International Federation of Biosafety Association (IFBA).

Dr Ezekiel Mecha has published more than 20 publications in internationally renown peer reviewed journals and initiated a number of International and local collaborations and currently he has PhD students doing their endometriosis research in the University of Giessen, Germany. He has been awarded a number of grants including DAAD alumni event grants, WHO MIM grants. NRF, World bank etc.

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Sylvia Mukasa

Sylvia Mukasa is Founder & CEO of GlobalX Investments Ltd (GlobalX Innovation Labs), whose mission is to Make Innovations Happen using Emerging Technologies. She believes in sustainable solutions and empowering entrepreneurs to imagine, design and create a better world.

She is a fellow of the US Department of State’s Silicon Valley based TechWomen Program launched by Hillary Clinton. For her work, she earned a special mention in the closing speech of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2015 by Maria Contreras-Sweet, former US Government’s Lead Minister on Entrepreneurship and member of President Obama’s cabinet.

She has served as Country Co-Founder/Chapter Lead (Kenya) for Women in Tech Africa, the largest female technology focused group in Africa that won the UN’s EQUALS in Tech Award, Leadership Category in 2018.

She has served as Next Einstein Forum (NEF) Ambassador (Kenya); a platform that connects science, society and policy in Africa and the world. She is a BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt Responsible Leader since 2019. 

sylvia-mukasa2

Sylvia Mukasa

Sylvia Mukasa is Founder & CEO of GlobalX Investments Ltd (GlobalX Innovation Labs), whose mission is to Make Innovations Happen using Emerging Technologies. She believes in sustainable solutions and empowering entrepreneurs to imagine, design and create a better world.

She is a fellow of the US Department of State’s Silicon Valley based TechWomen Program launched by Hillary Clinton. For her work, she earned a special mention in the closing speech of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2015 by Maria Contreras-Sweet, former US Government’s Lead Minister on Entrepreneurship and member of President Obama’s cabinet.

She has served as Country Co-Founder/Chapter Lead (Kenya) for Women in Tech Africa, the largest female technology focused group in Africa that won the UN’s EQUALS in Tech Award, Leadership Category in 2018.

She has served as Next Einstein Forum (NEF) Ambassador (Kenya); a platform that connects science, society and policy in Africa and the world. She is a BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt Responsible Leader since 2019. 

sylvia-mukasa2

Sylvia Mukasa

Sylvia Mukasa is Founder & CEO of GlobalX Investments Ltd (GlobalX Innovation Labs), whose mission is to Make Innovations Happen using Emerging Technologies. She believes in sustainable solutions and empowering entrepreneurs to imagine, design and create a better world.

She is a fellow of the US Department of State’s Silicon Valley based TechWomen Program launched by Hillary Clinton. For her work, she earned a special mention in the closing speech of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2015 by Maria Contreras-Sweet, former US Government’s Lead Minister on Entrepreneurship and member of President Obama’s cabinet.

She has served as Country Co-Founder/Chapter Lead (Kenya) for Women in Tech Africa, the largest female technology focused group in Africa that won the UN’s EQUALS in Tech Award, Leadership Category in 2018.

She has served as Next Einstein Forum (NEF) Ambassador (Kenya); a platform that connects science, society and policy in Africa and the world. She is a BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt Responsible Leader since 2019. 

sylvia-mukasa2

Sylvia Mukasa

Sylvia Mukasa is Founder & CEO of GlobalX Investments Ltd (GlobalX Innovation Labs), whose mission is to Make Innovations Happen using Emerging Technologies. She believes in sustainable solutions and empowering entrepreneurs to imagine, design and create a better world.

She is a fellow of the US Department of State’s Silicon Valley based TechWomen Program launched by Hillary Clinton. For her work, she earned a special mention in the closing speech of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2015 by Maria Contreras-Sweet, former US Government’s Lead Minister on Entrepreneurship and member of President Obama’s cabinet.

She has served as Country Co-Founder/Chapter Lead (Kenya) for Women in Tech Africa, the largest female technology focused group in Africa that won the UN’s EQUALS in Tech Award, Leadership Category in 2018.

She has served as Next Einstein Forum (NEF) Ambassador (Kenya); a platform that connects science, society and policy in Africa and the world. She is a BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt Responsible Leader since 2019. 

sylvia-mukasa2

Sylvia Mukasa

Sylvia Mukasa is Founder & CEO of GlobalX Investments Ltd (GlobalX Innovation Labs), whose mission is to Make Innovations Happen using Emerging Technologies. She believes in sustainable solutions and empowering entrepreneurs to imagine, design and create a better world.

She is a fellow of the US Department of State’s Silicon Valley based TechWomen Program launched by Hillary Clinton. For her work, she earned a special mention in the closing speech of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2015 by Maria Contreras-Sweet, former US Government’s Lead Minister on Entrepreneurship and member of President Obama’s cabinet.

She has served as Country Co-Founder/Chapter Lead (Kenya) for Women in Tech Africa, the largest female technology focused group in Africa that won the UN’s EQUALS in Tech Award, Leadership Category in 2018.

She has served as Next Einstein Forum (NEF) Ambassador (Kenya); a platform that connects science, society and policy in Africa and the world. She is a BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt Responsible Leader since 2019. 

sylvia-mukasa2

Sylvia Mukasa

Sylvia Mukasa is Founder & CEO of GlobalX Investments Ltd (GlobalX Innovation Labs), whose mission is to Make Innovations Happen using Emerging Technologies. She believes in sustainable solutions and empowering entrepreneurs to imagine, design and create a better world.

She is a fellow of the US Department of State’s Silicon Valley based TechWomen Program launched by Hillary Clinton. For her work, she earned a special mention in the closing speech of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2015 by Maria Contreras-Sweet, former US Government’s Lead Minister on Entrepreneurship and member of President Obama’s cabinet.

She has served as Country Co-Founder/Chapter Lead (Kenya) for Women in Tech Africa, the largest female technology focused group in Africa that won the UN’s EQUALS in Tech Award, Leadership Category in 2018.

She has served as Next Einstein Forum (NEF) Ambassador (Kenya); a platform that connects science, society and policy in Africa and the world. She is a BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt Responsible Leader since 2019. 

sylvia-mukasa2

Sylvia Mukasa

Sylvia Mukasa is Founder & CEO of GlobalX Investments Ltd (GlobalX Innovation Labs), whose mission is to Make Innovations Happen using Emerging Technologies. She believes in sustainable solutions and empowering entrepreneurs to imagine, design and create a better world.

She is a fellow of the US Department of State’s Silicon Valley based TechWomen Program launched by Hillary Clinton. For her work, she earned a special mention in the closing speech of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2015 by Maria Contreras-Sweet, former US Government’s Lead Minister on Entrepreneurship and member of President Obama’s cabinet.

She has served as Country Co-Founder/Chapter Lead (Kenya) for Women in Tech Africa, the largest female technology focused group in Africa that won the UN’s EQUALS in Tech Award, Leadership Category in 2018.

She has served as Next Einstein Forum (NEF) Ambassador (Kenya); a platform that connects science, society and policy in Africa and the world. She is a BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt Responsible Leader since 2019. 

sylvia-mukasa2

Sylvia Mukasa

Sylvia Mukasa is Founder & CEO of GlobalX Investments Ltd (GlobalX Innovation Labs), whose mission is to Make Innovations Happen using Emerging Technologies. She believes in sustainable solutions and empowering entrepreneurs to imagine, design and create a better world.

She is a fellow of the US Department of State’s Silicon Valley based TechWomen Program launched by Hillary Clinton. For her work, she earned a special mention in the closing speech of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2015 by Maria Contreras-Sweet, former US Government’s Lead Minister on Entrepreneurship and member of President Obama’s cabinet.

She has served as Country Co-Founder/Chapter Lead (Kenya) for Women in Tech Africa, the largest female technology focused group in Africa that won the UN’s EQUALS in Tech Award, Leadership Category in 2018.

She has served as Next Einstein Forum (NEF) Ambassador (Kenya); a platform that connects science, society and policy in Africa and the world. She is a BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt Responsible Leader since 2019. 

sylvia-mukasa2

Sylvia Mukasa

Sylvia Mukasa is Founder & CEO of GlobalX Investments Ltd (GlobalX Innovation Labs), whose mission is to Make Innovations Happen using Emerging Technologies. She believes in sustainable solutions and empowering entrepreneurs to imagine, design and create a better world.

She is a fellow of the US Department of State’s Silicon Valley based TechWomen Program launched by Hillary Clinton. For her work, she earned a special mention in the closing speech of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2015 by Maria Contreras-Sweet, former US Government’s Lead Minister on Entrepreneurship and member of President Obama’s cabinet.

She has served as Country Co-Founder/Chapter Lead (Kenya) for Women in Tech Africa, the largest female technology focused group in Africa that won the UN’s EQUALS in Tech Award, Leadership Category in 2018.

She has served as Next Einstein Forum (NEF) Ambassador (Kenya); a platform that connects science, society and policy in Africa and the world. She is a BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt Responsible Leader since 2019. 

sylvia-mukasa2

Sylvia Mukasa

Sylvia Mukasa is Founder & CEO of GlobalX Investments Ltd (GlobalX Innovation Labs), whose mission is to Make Innovations Happen using Emerging Technologies. She believes in sustainable solutions and empowering entrepreneurs to imagine, design and create a better world.

She is a fellow of the US Department of State’s Silicon Valley based TechWomen Program launched by Hillary Clinton. For her work, she earned a special mention in the closing speech of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2015 by Maria Contreras-Sweet, former US Government’s Lead Minister on Entrepreneurship and member of President Obama’s cabinet.

She has served as Country Co-Founder/Chapter Lead (Kenya) for Women in Tech Africa, the largest female technology focused group in Africa that won the UN’s EQUALS in Tech Award, Leadership Category in 2018.

She has served as Next Einstein Forum (NEF) Ambassador (Kenya); a platform that connects science, society and policy in Africa and the world. She is a BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt Responsible Leader since 2019. 

sylvia-mukasa2

Sylvia Mukasa

Sylvia Mukasa is Founder & CEO of GlobalX Investments Ltd (GlobalX Innovation Labs), whose mission is to Make Innovations Happen using Emerging Technologies. She believes in sustainable solutions and empowering entrepreneurs to imagine, design and create a better world.

She is a fellow of the US Department of State’s Silicon Valley based TechWomen Program launched by Hillary Clinton. For her work, she earned a special mention in the closing speech of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2015 by Maria Contreras-Sweet, former US Government’s Lead Minister on Entrepreneurship and member of President Obama’s cabinet.

She has served as Country Co-Founder/Chapter Lead (Kenya) for Women in Tech Africa, the largest female technology focused group in Africa that won the UN’s EQUALS in Tech Award, Leadership Category in 2018.

She has served as Next Einstein Forum (NEF) Ambassador (Kenya); a platform that connects science, society and policy in Africa and the world. She is a BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt Responsible Leader since 2019. 

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