Declan Kirrane

Bio: Declan Kirrane, Managing Director, ISC Intelligence in Science, Belgium

Director ISC Intelligence in Science and Director EU Africa Science Cooperation Platform.

Declan Kirrane is Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science, a specialized science, technology and R&D public affairs firm based in Brussels, Belgium. ISC develops and implements Strategic Research Agendas for science and technology-based organisations in the EU and US.

His practice areas cover IP, R&D consortia development, management and dissemination and is responsible for themes of ICT, health, security, defence, space and related policies, legislation, programmes and funding mechanisms. Declan Kirrane has a background in analysing the relationship between public and private R&D funding and the impact on R&D performance: he has worked extensively on science and technology policy evaluation methodologies and technology options for policy- and decision-makers. The EU’s Digital Agenda, emerging European space, security and defence policies are part of his remit.

Abstract: “Science and technology will redefine banking”

The World Bank, the IMF, the European Investment Bank on the African Development Bank all recognize the impacts of the green economy and digital transformation on banking and financing future. Declan’s presentation will look at how science has indeed become a global activity. This is happening in tandem with significant developments in standards, regulation and cooperation. The United Nations sustainable development goals present an eloquent narrative on how to address global challenges. But the SDGs don’t sufficiently recognise the contribution of science to the attainment of the SDGs and agenda 2030.