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08:30 - 09:30

Registration & Coffee

09:30 - 10:00

Opening remarks & Launch of the C4IR Serbia

  • Ana Brnabić, Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of Serbia
  • Børge Brende, President of the World Economic Forum

  • Achim Steiner, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme  – video message

Achim Steiner
Børge Brende
Ana Brnabić
10:00 - 11:00

Leadership Panel: Building a Biotech Nation

Opening remarks:  Omar Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, UAE – video message


Moderator: Marta Arsovska Tomovska, Advisor to the Prime Minister of Serbia 


  • Branko Ružić, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development, Serbia
  • Yves Iradukunda, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of ICT and Innovation, Rwanda
  • Khalfan Juma Belhoul, CEO of Dubai Future Foundation, United Arab Emirates
  • Dr. Fabio Scano, WHO Representative, Serbia

Marta Arsovska Tomovska
Fabio Scano
Yves Iradukunda
Khalfan Juma Belhoul
Omar Sultan Al Olama
Branko Ružić
11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 12:30

Parallel sessions

Data Session: Data Science in Biotechnology

Moderator and chair of the session: Dr. Nevenka Dimitrova , VP Data Science and Data Services at the GlaxoSmithKline

  • Dr. Mihailo Jovanović, Director of the Office for IT and eGovernment, Serbia 
  • Dr. Ali Taha KOÇ, Head of the Digital Transformation Office, Türkiye
  • Dr. Branka Rakić, Senior Researcher, Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Serbia
  • Dr. Milan Petković, Head, AI & Data Science at the Philips Company, Netherlands 

Deep-Dive Session: How we do it?

Moderator: Kelly McCain, Head of Healthcare Initiatives, World Economic Forum

  • Jeedigunta Satyanarayana, Chief Advisor at the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution India
  • Jelena Bojović, Director of the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Serbia
  • Joris Cyizere, Acting Managing Director of the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Rwanda 
  • Marcos Vinícius de Souza, Director of the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Brazil
  • Dr. Yehudit Cohen, Scientific Director at MIDGAM - Israel National Biobank for Research, Israel

Yehudit Cohen
Milan Petkovic
Marcos Vinícius de Souza
Joris Cyizere
Jelena Bojović
Jeedigunta Satyanarayana
Branka Rakić
Nevenka Dimitrova
Kelly McCain
Ali Taha KOÇ
Mihailo Jovanović
12:30 - 14:00

Family photo & Lunch break

14:00 - 14:30

Keynote Talk

Prof. George Church, Founding Core Faculty & Lead of Synthetic Biology at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University; Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Health Sciences and Technology at Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); Director of the National Institute of Health Center of Excellence in Genomics Science – online

George Church
14:30 - 15:30

Parallel sessions

Academia session: Biotechnology - How is it shaping our future?

Moderator and chair of the session: Dr. Jelena Begović, Director of Institute of Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering (IMGGE) and Full Research Professor

  • Dr. Charles Ruranga, Director of the African Centre of Excellence in Data Science, Rwanda 
  • Dr. Claudia Vickers, Chief Scientific Officer at Eden Brew, Australia
  • Kiren Naidoo, CEO of Zdravlje A.D. and Founder of Frontier Pharma, UK
  • Martin Mössler, Managing Director of Science Park Graz, Austria
  • Dr. Nataša Skoko, Head of Biotechnology Development Unit at International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Italy

Business session: Accelerating innovation

Moderator and chair of the session: Prof. Robert C. Wolcott, Co-Founder and Chairman of The World Innovation Network (TWIN) and Adjunct Professor of Innovation at Booth School of Business at University of Chicago & Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

  • Dan Vahdat, CEO of Huma, UK
  • Gloria Seibert, Founder & CEO at Temedica, Germany 
  • Dr. Milan Obradović, Senior Global Scientific Director Integrated Healthcare Solutions, Global Medical Affairs at Roche, Switzerland 
  • Dr. Ulrich A.K. Betz, Vice President Innovation in Merck, Germany
  • William Moss, CEO of Seven Bridges Genomics, USA

William Moss
Ulrich A.K. Betz
Nataša Skoko
Milan Obradovic
Martin Mössler
Kiren Naidoo
Gloria Seibert
Dan Vahdat
Claudia Vickers
Charles Ruranga
Robert C. Wolcott
Jelena Begović
15:30 - 16:00

BIO4 Campus Presentation

Dr. Jelena Begović, Director of Institute of Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering (IMGGE) and Full Research Professor

Nenad Paunović, Director of the IT and Entrepreneurship team in the Office of the Prime Minister of Serbia

Jelena Begović
Nenad Paunović
16:00 - 16:30

Keynote Talk

Dr. George Yancopoulos, Co-founder, President and Chief Scientific Officer of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals & President at Regeneron Research Laboratories – online

George Yancopoulos
16:30 - 16:35

End of the Forum

09:00 - 10:30

World Economic Forum’s C4IR Meeting (closed)

Round table discussion of the Centers for the 4th Industrial Revolution

11:00 - 14:00

Site visits (closed)

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