SASBI Directors’ Innovation Round Table

Cooperation between Switzerland and Africa continues into 2021 – 24.

On 30th of June, the Directors’ Roundtable on Innovation will kick-start this new phase by bringing together stakeholders from Tech Transfer and Innovation Offices. Under the name of SASBI, the Swiss African Science and Business Innovators Program, joint activities will be launched and a greater understanding is targeted of each other’s know-how transfer ecosystem. This program is part of the Swiss-African Academia – Industry Training (Sensitization Phase) financed by the Swiss Ministry for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI).

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Arrival of participants; Logging in

Welcome by Host

Mr. Erich Thaler, University of Basel/ National and Int. Cooperation

Ms Pauline Koelbl, CEO, AfriProspect

11h05 Welcoming Remarks by H.E. Amb. Mr Pietro Mona

Swiss Ambassador to Djibouti and Permanent Representative (designate)

to the African Union, IGAD and UNECA

Linking Universities to Market and Society




The example of EDHE – Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education in South Africa.

Dr Norah Clarke, Program Director

The example of Nigeria.

Prof. Dr. Oyedunni Arulogun, Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Ibadan School of Business (UISB)





The example of AfriLabs’ support systems in Nigeria and Ghana.

Mr Charles Emembolu, Co-Founder/Director, Roar Nigeria Hub, University of Nigeria Nsukka

Prof. Benjamin Chukwuma Ozumba, Chairman/CEO, Areas of Innovation, University of Nigeria Nsukka, Nigeria

Mr Eric Anthony Vurinye Kavaarpuo, Director Innovation, University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa, Ghana

11h55 The example of Switzerland.

Dr Daniel Gisi, Team Leader Life Science Unit and Member of the Executive Board, Unitectra Basel

12h10 Short health break
12h15 Round Table: Presenters and Moderator, Ms Pauline Koelbl

What’s working and what’s not working?

How to get the best out of different systems?

How to address challenges jointly?

What and how can others learn from experiences shared?

13h00 Health break and individual networking
Instruments to strengthen enablers of the innovation ecosystem


The African Online Academy for Innovation. Dream or Reality? The Example of UNISA.

Mr. Ayanda V. Noma, Director Innovation, Tech Transfer, Innovation



The South African Technology Innovation Agency TIA – The African Outlook.

Ms Senisha Moonsamy, Head Innovation Skills Development, TIA, Pretoria



Break-out rooms 1 – 3

Discussion: Instruments to foster entrepreneurship education and transfer to market and society.

Room 1: Connectivity (Moderator: Pauline Koelbl)

Room 2: Online Academy (Moderator: Erich Thaler)

Room 3: Residency Program (Moderator: Jacquelene Friedenthal)



Rapporteurs (group volunteers) present outcomes to the plenary (5 min. each)

Group 1, Group 2, Group 3

14h40 Listing of preferred instruments and invitation to Launch of instruments at 10th Annual Afrilabs Meeting in Abuja.

Mr Erich Thaler, University of Basel

14h55 Final remarks
15h00 End of Workshop

Last modified: 30. July 2021