Biotechnology research and policy expert joins ASU through World Economic Forum fellowship

Thunderbird and ASU Law welcome Kevin Doxzen as university's first André Hoffmann Fellow in Precision Medicine and Emerging Biotechnologies

January 26, 2021

Thunderbird School of Global Management and the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University are pleased to host Kevin Doxzen as a recipient of the World Economic Forum’s Hoffmann Fellowship for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which offers early-career academics the opportunity to work at the intersection of society, science and technology.

Doxzen’s two-year joint appointment is part of a cutting-edge collaboration between World Economic Forum's Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (C4IR) in San Francisco and the two ASU schools based on the Downtown Phoenix campus. As a Hoffmann fellow, Doxzen will lead transnational projects that explore and tackle global policy and governance challenges in health care driven by emerging biotechnologies such as gene editing and synthetic biology. Kevin Doxzen named World Economic Forum André Hoffmann Fellow in Precision Medicine and Emerging Biotechnologies Kevin Doxzen has been named a World Economic Forum André Hoffmann Fellow in Precision Medicine and Emerging Biotechnologies in a joint appointment at ASU. Download Full Image

"We’re thrilled to have Kevin in this high-impact role, which gives us an opportunity to re-imagine precision medicine by leveraging new biotech in developing countries in spite of low-resource challenges,” said Sanjeev Khagram, Thunderbird’s director general and dean.

“Kevin’s experience and expertise in genome-editing research and policy position him to be a difference-maker on a global scale through this prestigious fellowship. Working with faculty, administrators and professionals spanning the worldwide networks of Thunderbird, ASU Law and WEF, he will advance scholarship and experimentation in an international community to create resilient, robust governance frameworks that guide emerging biotechnologies such as CRISPR for the benefit of humanity,” Khagram said.

“ASU Law, through its Center for Law, Science and Innovation, and Thunderbird have a long history of working with WEF at the intersection of law, governance and emerging technologies,” said Di Bowman, ASU Law’s associate dean for international engagement. “Partnering with WEF’s C4IR to host esteemed Hoffmann Fellows represents a new and exciting chapter in our collaboration and we are delighted to welcome Kevin as our first fellow.”

“Global health care challenges depend on global solutions that harness scientific and technological advances from diverse sectors and disciplines,” said Genya Dana, head of health care transformation at the World Economic Forum. “We are excited to welcome Kevin to the Forum’s C4IR to help us lead efforts to ensure that emerging biotechnologies support equitable and ethical health and health care advances. We look forward to this collaboration with leading-edge partners at ASU to design and pilot new business models, policies and collaborative approaches to supporting the translation of cutting-edge science into treating and even curing rare diseases, blood disorders and cancers.” 

“The coronavirus pandemic and the new era of biotechnology associated with the Fourth Industrial Revolution that COVID-19 is accelerating highlight the vital importance of the work Kevin has already started,” said Professor Landry Signé, search committee chair and senior director of Thunderbird’s Fourth Industrial Revolution and Globalization 4.0 Center. “And as a Hoffmann fellow at ASU, he’ll continue tapping into a global spectrum of experts to advance both practice and policy in next-generation precision medicine, producing new knowledge and high-tech health care tools with real-world impact.”

Jonathan Ward

Associate Director, Media Relations & Strategic Messaging, Thunderbird School of Global Management


The importance of investing in women's economic empowerment

Academy for Women Entrepreneurs virtual event will be held Jan. 13

January 12, 2021

The Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University and the U.S. Department of State will host a virtual panel discussion on the importance of investing in women’s economic empowerment at 1 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Jan. 13.

Marie Royce, assistant secretary for educational and cultural affairs, and Kelley Currie, ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues will be featured speakers. Sanjeev Khagram, director general and dean of Thunderbird will serve as moderator for the panel of public and private sector leaders who support the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), one of the Department of State’s signature programs in support of the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative.  AWE is expanding around the world. The Academy for Women Entrepreneurs is expanding around the world. Image credit: U.S. State Dept. Download Full Image

During the discussion, participants will explore the important role of the business community in supporting AWE and the positive impact it has on achieving their corporate objectives.

The ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic has shed light on the growing need for investment in women’s economic empowerment. AWE provides female entrepreneurs around the world with the resources, skills and networks needed to start and scale successful businesses. By investing in AWE, partners and sponsors support women who create a significant impact on the ground in local communities — creating jobs and improving their financial standing. 

During its inaugural year, AWE was launched in 26 countries and reached more than 2,000 women. In 2020, AWE expanded to more than 50 countries through U.S. embassies and consulates and reached more than 5,000 women. In 2021, the goal is to implement AWE in more than 70 countries and reach over 7,000 women worldwide.  

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) was able to launch AWE because of the support of its partners and sponsors, especially ASU, Freeport-McMoRan, Amazon Web Services, The UPS Foundation, and the United States African Development Foundation. ECA recognizes that more can be achieved by working together with the public and private sectors on shared objectives.  

Register for the virtual event.

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