RTI International CEO participates in leading international development forum

Highlights technological disruption in emerging markets and economic impacts


Research Triangle Park, NC- E. Wayne Holden, PhD, president and CEO of RTI International, will participate in two events highlighting the impacts, opportunities and risks associated with the increased frequency and size of global technological disruptions sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) at CSIS headquarters in WDC, April 19-20, 2018. 

“I am delighted to be participating in these important discussions, which bring together noted experts from around the world and explore issues that are drastically re-shaping the roles and responsibilities of governments, private sector and academia on a global scale,” said Wayne Holden, PhD, president and CEO of RTI International. “RTI’s governance, knowledge sector development and innovation led economic growth work informs the institute and our partners on how pressing technological disruption is to the global community. Forums such as these are critical, shedding light on important issues that are consistent with RTI’s mission to improve the human condition by turning knowledge into practice.”

Holden will participate in an afternoon breakout session on Thursday, April 19 at 12:30PM, “The Role of New Technologies in Emerging Markets.” This session explores how the world is undergoing a technological revolution, often referred to as the fourth industrial revolution, that will change the way people live, work and connect with each another. The session will address how the developing world is uniquely positioned to benefitfrom many ‘leapfrog’ technologies and also delve into how companies and governments can work together to ensure that new technologies help promote inclusion and prevent a ‘digital divide’ within developing communities.  

On Friday, April 20, Holden will participate in another CSIS sponsored event, an expert panel on “Economic Impacts of Globalization and Technological Disruption,” from 9:00 am – 10:30 am. This panel follows recognition in international circles that along with the immense economic opportunities provided by transformative technology come attendant challenges, including changes to labor markets, the importance of adequate skills training and the risk of increased inequality. This panel will explore opportunities and challenges facing public and private sector participants as they consider the future economy and will be followed by keynote remarks by Senator Mark Warner (D-VA).