Empowering Women Entrepreneurs in the Global South — May 16th

After Covid-19: Navigating to the Next Normal with Jayshree Pandya


Content: Video Webinar Presentation with Q&A

Length: 1:11:27

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While the coronavirus outbreak is primarily understood to be a health and economic crisis and a terrible human tragedy, it is also a scientific and humanistic puzzle that has evolutionary implications, raising more questions than providing immediate answers. Indeed, there are a growing number of conversations taking place about what life will be like in the “next normal”.

Assessing the crisis from an evolutionary perspective and studying our current systems and processes by evaluating their effectiveness and identifying the gaps made manifest by the virus, will help us respond in a far-sighted manner by creating new processes and systems that will address manifold, interconnected risks and better protect humanity’s future.

Visioning with a post-COVID lens, what does an evolutionary and systems-minded approach to risk reduction and sustainable economy creation look like? What role does innovation play in this transformative process? What kinds of global, national and local changes might we expect and plan for?

In this virtual fireside chat, Impact Entrepreneur’s Laurie Lane-Zucker welcomes Jayshree Pandya, Ph.D., a leading expert at the intersection of science, technology, and security, and Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Risk Group LLC, for a high-level conversation about preparing for the post-COVID world.


Jayshree Pandya

Jayshree Pandya

Jayshree Pandya, PH.D. has been involved in a wide range of research, spanning security of and from science and technology domains. She is the host of highly influential Risk Roundup podcast/webcast, a scientist, an expert in disruptive technologies, and a globally recognized Strategic Security thought leader and influencer. Her work is currently focused on understanding how converging technologies and their interconnectivity create survival, security and sustainability risks. This research is pursued to provide strategic security solutions for the future of humanity.

Dr. Pandya’s passion for solving complex problems facing humanity using science and technology began during her childhood. She pursued her interests in her studies, and in the 1990s, while doing her doctorate, she developed a Hydrogen Production system using Halobacterium halobium. She also developed a desalination process and discovered anticancer drugs. The trends continue as she gets actively involved in developing numerous solutions to complex problems facing humanity.

Over the years, Dr. Pandya has made significant contributions to the fields of Microbiology, Biochemistry, Anti-Cancer Drugs, Bioenergy, and Security. Her work on the technology layers of cyberspace encompasses the needs of cyber security, aqua security, geo security and space security, including defining the Interconnectedness of the Human Ecosystem (an integrated CAGS security framework). Dr. Pandya has also proposed a need for an Integrity Rating System of Algorithms (a theory for integrity of news and online content), an Algorithm Naming and Identification System (a framework to identify and track algorithms safety and security for consumers), and most recently, the need for redefining the role of insurance to be the enforcer of risk management systems across NGIOA and ensuring a clear set of rules and model to manage the interconnected and interdependent security risks from the human CAGS ecosystem.

From the National Science Foundation to organizations from across the United States, Europe, and Asia, Dr. Pandya is an invited speaker on emerging technologies, technology transformation, digital disruption, and strategic security risks. Her work has contributed to more than 100 publications in the areas of science and commerce and has garnered her many advisory position honors. Her latest book, Geopolitics of Cybersecurity, offers much-needed solutions to the rising digital disorder.

Laurie Lane-Zucker

Laurie Lane-Zucker

Laurie Lane-Zucker is Founder and CEO of Impact Entrepreneur, PBC, an impact economy business that hosts the Impact Entrepreneur Network — a large, global network of “systems-minded” entrepreneurs, investors, and scholars of social and environmental innovation — and editor and publisher of Impact Entrepreneur, a digital magazine covering the emerging Impact Economy. For over 30 years, Laurie has been a “pioneer” (Forbes) and recognized leader in sustainability, social enterprise, and impact investing. Laurie was the founding Executive Director of the international environmental organization, Orion Society, which publishes the celebrated Orion Magazine, as well as the founder of a global sustainability think-tank, the Triad Institute, and Hotfrog, a Founding B Corporation, GIIRS Pioneer Company, and the first company ever to complete an equity transaction on an impact investment exchange. Laurie is the bestselling and multiple award-winning publisher and editor of books and magazines on sustainability and social impact — having worked with such acclaimed authors as Wendell Berry, Barry Lopez, Terry Tempest Williams, and David James Duncan — and the author of numerous articles on entrepreneurship and impact investing. Laurie is contributing author to the recently published academic textbook from World Scientific, Sustainability: Business and Investment Implications (2023).