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Please join us for a lunch seminar with Romain Murenzi, Executive Director of TWAS, the academy of sciences for the developing world. Moderators: Calestous Juma and Venky Narayanamurti Science, technology and innovation (STI) are crucial in tackling global challenges such as climate change, food and energy scarcity, biodiversity loss, and population growth. Therefore, they are also vital to long-term sustainable economic growth and poverty alleviation. This seminar will focus on the importance of STI for poverty alleviation and economic development. Professor Murenzi was born in Rwanda and raised in Burundi. Between 2001 and 2009, he served as the minister of science and technology in Rwanda. He returned to the United States in 2009 to assume a joint appointment as director of the Center for Science, Technology, and Sustainable Development at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington, DC, and visiting professor at the University of Maryland's Institute of Advanced Computer Studies in College Park, Maryland. He was appointed executive director of TWAS in April 2011. Lunch will be provided. As space is limited for this event, RSVPs will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Please RSVP to the STG Project Coordinator.