HIGH LEVEL EXCHANGE PANEL: How to promote inclusive and diverse innovation, investment opportunities and corporate social responsibility in digital technologies? "Monday 6 December 15.15 - 16.15 CET"


Digital transformation is revolutionising ways of doing business across all sectors and disciplines. Emerging technologies carry an enormous potential for positive change in terms of promoting resilience, sustainability and inclusion. But this requires strong awareness and capacity building efforts to meet the challenges of creating technologies that are truly inclusive and crafted to the real needs of societies.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)   aims at the sustainable governance of digital technologies while respecting human rights. Its role is vital in handling the new relationship between labour and technology, namely the impending squeeze out of human jobs by automation. It is also crucial for ensuring a more transparent, balanced and fair relationship with users. Businesses need to be responsible and careful about how their digital behaviours impact employees, customers, and society as a whole. CSR performance will be increasingly relevant for investors. Neglecting it may cost a profit-making business reputational damage that will eat away at its value.

This discussion will focus on the close relationship between business growth and the sustainable development and governance of digital technologies.

Moderator: Mr. Paul Mitchell

In nearly 30 years at Microsoft Paul held diverse roles spanning numerous products and technologies: digital programing tools including Microsoft’s first C++ development system, the launch of MSN, Microsoft’s digital television platforms including Mediaroom, numerous media standards, digital rights management systems for content protection, and wireless technologies. He has strong skills in strategy, planning, policy development and diplomacy, and people management.

Mr. Jan Kleijssen

Jan joined the Council of Europe in 1983 as a Lawyer with the European Commission of Human Rights. Subsequently he served in the Parliamentary Assembly and as Director of the Secretary General's Private Office.

Mr. Noel Curran

Noel took up the role of Director General of the EBU in September 2017. The EBU has 115 member organizations from 56 countries with an additional 34 Associates in Asia, Africa, Australasia and the Americas. Our Members operate nearly 2,000 television, radio and online channels and services, and offer a wealth of content across other platforms. Together they reach an audience of more than one billion people around the world, broadcasting in more than 160 languages.

Ms. Miya Baratang

Baratang Miya is an award-winning tech founder and a software developer with 18 years experience in the tech industry. Baratang is the Founder of Girlhype Women Who Code Academy, the first African software engineering academy focusing on women and girls, the Founder of Buza App and serves on the South African Internet Governance Forum (ZAIGF) Multi-Stakeholder Committee as their deputy chair.