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Govindan Parayil

United Nations University

Prof. Parayil holds a Bachelor of Science degree (Electrical Engineering) from the University of Calicut (India), a Master of Science degree (Science, Technology and Values) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (USA), a Master of Arts degree (Development Economics) from American University (USA), and a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (USA). He authored Conceptualizing Technological Change (1999) and edited Kerala: The Development Experience (2000) and Political Economy and Information Capitalism in India (2006), and has written numerous book chapters and articles in international journals. His newest book (co-edited with A.P. D’Costa) on The New Asian Innovation Dynamics: China and India in Perspective was published in January 2009. He is active in research and advocacy work in science, technology and innovation for sustainable societies.
Professor Govindan Parayil joined the United Nations University as Vice-Rector in August 2008, and as Director of United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies in January 2009. He currently serves as both Director of UNU-IAS and Vice-Rector of UNU.

Up to 20 scientists and leading experts from all over the world and a wide range of disciplines are invited to share insights into their future-changing work at the Falling Walls Conference on 9 November, in front of 700 international guests. In an inspiring, information-packed 15 minutes each, speakers present the core of their breakthroughs – which walls are they helping to tear down and how will it transform our lives?

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