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+DII Seminar : Technology for the Last Mile - Lean experimentation and impact measurement

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The social problems in developing countries remain unsolved even though those problems are able to be solved by science and technology. The biggest challenge to solve the problems in developing countries is a process to deploy technology and innovation to potential users, which is called "Technology for the Last Mile." The Kopernik has been challenging to deliver technology capturing the needs of people living in the last mile since the foundation. This seminar aims to share the Kopernik's experience and challenges of experimentation, consulting and technology distribution in the last mile with audience.


Toshi Nakamura, Copernik Founder and CEO
Toshi co-founded Kopernik in 2010 with a vision to make international development more effective. Before starting Kopernik, Toshi dealt with governance reform, peace building processes, and post-disaster reconstruction at the United Nations (UN) in Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Sierra Leone, the United States and Switzerland for 10 years.
Prior to joining the UN, Toshi was a management consultant for McKinsey and Company in Tokyo. He holds an LLB from Kyoto University and MSc Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and is a Guest Professor at Osaka University's Center for the Study of Co*Design, Osaka University. Toshi was selected as a World Economic Forum (WEF) Young Global Leader in 2012, and was a member of the WEF Global Agenda Council on Sustainable Development 2014-2016.
Michiko Iizuka, Professor, GRIPS
Michiko Iizuka specializes in the policy studies on development, innovation in the area of sustainability, natural resources and agriculture in developing and emerging countries.
Prior to joining GRIPS, she was a research fellow at United Nations University Maastricht Economic and social Research and training center for Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT: 2008-2018), as an environmental officer at United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and Caribbean (UNECLAC: 1997-2000) and a researcher at the International Development Center of Japan (IDCJ: 1993-1996, 2000-2002).

Date & Time

Wednesday, November 13, 2019


National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)
1F Rooms 1A-B-C


English-Japanese (simultaneous interpretation service to be proided)


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