Our 2020 Report

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CORE PROGRAMS

 
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INNOVATION CENTER

The  Innovation Center is designed to grow and strengthen the innovation eco-system by meeting the needs of the key stakeholders - innovators, investors and industry, through its Innovation Hub and Regional User facilities for design, testing, characterization and prototyping.

The Center selects entrepreneurs and innovators with demonstrated commercial potential and helps with a path to commercialization. It provides services to industry seeking innovation and discovery; and to investors interested in  opportunities with proven transformative potential.

ANNUAL INNOVATION CHALLENGE

The Annual Innovation Challenge is a core program raising global innovation and entrepreneurship with focus on high priority innovation areas. 

Since 2012, the annual Think Beyond Plastic Innovation Challenge has mobilized the innovator community for a large scale response to plastic pollution with focus on innovation for circular materials, circular packaging and product design and creative communications. 

 

The 2020  Innovation Challenge is sponsored by Driscoll and is focused on innovations reducing the use of field plastics in agriculture.

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MESOAMERICAN REEF PROJECT

Plastic pollution presents a growing, significant and urgent threat to the Mesoamerican Reef (MAR) fragile marine eco-systems, and to public health. ​

Traditional approaches that focus on managing waste through recycling and incineration have proven inadequate to the massive challenge of plastic pollution, driven by growth of consumption and tourism. The problem is especially visible in small islands with limited municipal infrastructure and economic resources.

Projects are under way  on the Bay Islands of Honduras and other areas of the Mesoamerican Reef communities. 

Follow the project updates on the Mesoamerican Reef Plastic Reduction initiative portal

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YUWEI SHI

Vice President,

China Strategy

Chief Executive Officer
Co-founder

Chief Science Officer
Co-founder

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Innovation Coordinator - 

Entrepreneurs

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MARJEELA BASIJ-RASIKH

Innovation Coordinator -

Innovation Challenges

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MINKO MINKOV

Innovation Coordinator - Europe

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JENNIFER TORMAN

Innovation Coordinator - 

Mesoamerican Reef

ERWIN ALBERTY

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YORDANKA SLAVOVA

Legal counsel -

Europe 

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IAN DRYSDALE

MAR Ambassador - 

Entrepreneurs

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GISSELLE BRADY

MAR Ambassador - 

Outreach and Policy

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MICHAEL ACID

Innovation Coordinator - 

Investors 

 
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SCOTT BAXTER

Intern

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CHIAO TING

Innovation Intern- 

China 

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REBECCA BECKAM

Innovation Coordinator -

Entrepreneurs 

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SABRINA JAQUELINE

Editor and Digital Media