WAITRO Summit 2022




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The WAITRO Summit 2022 program takes place in three distinct spaces: Plenary, Networking and Breakout Sessions.


Opening and Closing

Inspirational speeches and welcomes messages by high-level representatives, experts, members and friends of the Global Innovation Family-WAITRO.

Roundtable on SDG 17 – Partnerships for the Goals

Learn more about the need for and different perspectives on cross-sector and cross-country collaboration in pursuit of the Agenda 2030 and be part of the discussion on how WAITRO can improve its mechanism to enable cross-border collaboration and kick-start SDG-related projects.

Panel Discussion on Financing Innovative Partnerships

Get insights on catalysing finance for innovative, high-impact projects and listen to experts and high-level representatives discussing approaches, lessons learnt and recommendations on how to bridge the gaps between the private sector and innovative, high impact groups. Learn more about the risk and return gap between investors and developers, business governance risk in new businesses, and various aspects of bankability.


WAITRO IMPACT AWARDS: Researchers and innovators presenting their projects in the SDG Impact Zone have the chance to receive a prize money of US$3,000.

THE GERMAN AFRICAN INNOVATION INCENTIVE AWARD (GAIIA): The Summit is hosting the award ceremony for GAIIA by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Networking Area

SDG Impact Zone

Researchers and innovators from across the globe exhibit their projects that created an impact on the SDGs. Learn more about their contributions to the Agenda 2030 and get in touch with them

WAITRO Member Zone

Learn more about the work and competences of research and technology organizations and universities from across the globe. The WAITRO Members Zone is the ideal place to connect with representatives of WAITRO member organizations and to generate new leads.

Partner Zone

Get in touch with WAITRO partners and sponsors of the WAITRO Summit 2022.

Breakout Rooms

Kick-off Sessions: WAITRO SDG Working Groups

WAITRO is establishing SDG Working Groups, which will accelerate members’ collective impact by establishing platforms that enable researchers and innovators to collaborate, share, and multiply their contributions towards the SDGs.



Capacity Development Workshops

Take actively part in workshops on a variety of topics led by experts in the field, such as commercialization, traditional and innovative government funding, project cycle and result-based management, benchmarking best practices of RTO management, or the dynamics of innovation.


Preliminary Agenda


The event schedule will be periodically updated here.

Monday 14 November 2022

08:00 – 09:00


09:00 – 10:30

Opening Ceremony

Including a Keynote by H.E. Josefa Sacko  and Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break & Opening of the Networking Area

11:00 – 12:30

SDG 17 – Different perspectives on cross-border collaboration in pursuing the Agenda 2030

Keynotes: Mamati Tembe and Dr Victor Konde

Roundtable: How can WAITRO contribute to revitalising global partnership for sustainable development?


The Network Pitch by Dirk Lehmann

12:30 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:30


From R&D to Commercialization – A focus on Entering International Markets


SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing – a convenient motivation or a neglected outcome assessment?

Kick-off Session

Working Group SDG 2 – Future Food and Sustainable Agriculture

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee Break & Networking

16:00 – 17:30


Traditional and Innovative Government Funding for Sustainable International Cooperation – Potential, Pitfalls and Strategies


4.0 Technologies as a Lever for Fostering Competitiveness in Industry

Kick-off Session

Working Group SDG 7 – Clean and Affordable Solar Energy Solutions

18:30 – 20:00

Reception & Awarding Ceremony of the German African Innovation Incentive Award

Tuesday 15 November 2022

09:00 – 10:30

Financing Innovative Solutions for the SDGs’

Keynote: Keiron Brand

Panel Discussion: Bridging the Gaps between the Private Sector and Innovative and High Impact Groups


Enabling Small-scale Spare-parts Production in Developing Countries

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break & Networking

11:00 – 12:30


Project Cycle Management/Results Based Management – A focus on Monitoring and Evaluation in the Context of the Inter-Connectivity of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Rights Based Approach. A South African Case Study


Benchmarking to Identify Best RTO Management Practices

Kick-off Session

Working Group SDG 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation

12:30 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:30


Project Pitch Workshop by Dirk Lehmann

Kick-off Session

Working Group SDG 3 – The relationship between SDG 3 and the other Sustainable Development Goals

Kick-off Session

Working Group SDG 17 – Innovative approaches using systems dynamics and system thinking

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee Break & Networking

16:15 – 17:35

Closing Ceremony

Including a Keynote by Nienke Buisman and Raymond Tavares, SAIRA Testimonials and Awarding Ceremony of the WAITRO SDG Impact Award


Summit Dinner & Networking



WAITRO full member organizations are represented in the General Assembly. On November 16, delegates of member organizations meet at Lord Charles Hotel to discuss the future of the association and work together on new collaboration forms to create lasting ties between members and partners.


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