Dr. Athar Osama has been recognized for Visionary Contribution to Science and Technology and Elected a Fellow of World Technology Network. Winner to be
Announced at an Oscar-style black-tie dinner at United Nations headquarters in October 2011.
NEW YORK, NY – September 5, 2011 – The World Technology Network (“The WTN“) announced today that Dr. Athar Osama has been named a finalist for a prestigious World Technology Award for Science and Innovation Media and Journalism,
presented by the WTN in association with TIME, Fortune, CNN, Science/AAAS, and Technology Review. Dr. Osama joins a roster of organizations and individuals from over 60 countries around the world deemed to be doing the most innovative and impactful work.
The World Technology Awards – widely seen as Oscars of Science and Technology – have been presented by the WTN since 2000, as a way to honor those in 20 different categories of science and technology and related fields doing “the innovative work of the greatest likely long-term significance.” Nominees for the 2011 World Technology Awards were selected through an intense peer review process by the WTN Fellows (winners and finalists from previous annual Award cycles in the individual Award categories) through an intensive, global process lasting many months. Winners will be selected from among the finalists with the input of a select group of prominent Advisors and will be announced in a ceremony at the United Nations.
The Advisors for 2011 are:
Ray Kurzweil, inventor/futurist/author
Al Teich, former Director, Science & Policy Programs, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Jason Pontin, Editor/Publisher, Technology Review
Lev Grossman, Senior Writer and book critic, TIME; co-author TIME.com blog “Techland”
Oliver Morton (pending), Energy & Environment Editor, The Economist; former Chief News and Features Editor, Nature; Former editor, WIRED (UK edition).
Dr. Athar Osama has been recognised for his pioneering work within the Islamic World on introducing and popularising the ideas of science and innovation policy through journalism and new media. Dr Athar Osama has written extensively and widely on important science and innovation policy themes since 1992, intially for leading national english language newspapers in his home country Pakistan, and later in international general interest journals, online and print publications.
Last year, Athar began writing “Islam Analysis” – a regular column on Science in the Islamic World – for SciDev.Net an online journal and portal – spun-off from the Journal Nature – dedicated to science for developing countries. This is the first ever regular column on the broad subject in a mainstrean “western” publication. Islam Analysis provides authentic, rigorous, and critical perspectives on science policy and politics of the Islamic World.
Earlier this year, Dr. Osama founded Muslim-Science.Com – an online journal and portal dedicated to the revival of science, technology, and science and technology-based innovation and entrepreneurship in the Islamic World. Muslim-Science.Com, Athar hopes, will have a formative role in the creation of a global community – with a shared vision and common language – that will transform the national and collective policy discourse and begin to process of revival of science and science-based innovation and entrepreneurship in the Islamic World. In due course, it will result in a far-reaching and demonstrable impact on the national and collective cultures and science policy in the Muslim World.
Athar’s new media venture Technomics Media Ltd hopes to extend this work by creating a series of national innovation portals for countries across the Islamic World.
” I am humbled delighted to have been nominated in the science and innovation journalism and media category of the 2011 World Technology Awards and elected a fellow of the World Technology Network. It is wonderful to be recognized by such a esteemed group of one’s peers. WTN Fellowship will be a great asset in my work as I seek to play my part in reforming the science and innovation landscape of the Islamic World.” says Athar Osama
The WTN is a curated membership community comprised of the world’s most innovative individuals and organizations in science, technology, and related fields. The WTN and its members – those creating the 21st century — are focused on exploring what is imminent, possible, and important in and around emerging technologies.
The winners of the World Technology Awards will be announced during a ceremony at the United Nations on the evening of October 26th at the close of the World Technology Summit, a two-day “thought leadership” conference (Oct. 25/26) held at the TIME & LIFE Building and presented by the World Technology Network in association with TIME magazine, Fortune, CNN, Science/AAAS, Technology Review, and others.
“This year we are more eager than ever to pay tribute to the talent and innovation of our individual and corporate honorees.” says James P. Clark, Founder and Chairman of the World Technology Network. “Through the peer-nomination and peer-review process, we uncover the best of the best of the best in science and technology. We discover whose work is going to have the greatest likely impact over time. The World Technology Awards give a snapshot of the amazing science and technology revolutions in process.” Clark adds “The World Technology Awards program is not only a very inspiring way to identify and honor the most innovative people and organizations in the technology world, but it also is a truly disciplined way for the WTN membership to identify those who will formally join them, as individual WTN Fellows or Corporate Members, as part of our global community. By working to make useful connections among our members, we look forward to assisting (Nominee’s name) in continuing to help create our collective future and change our world.”
About Dr. Athar Osama
Dr. Athar Osama is the Director of Middle East and Asia for ANGLE plc. a UK-based technology commercialisation, management, and policy firm. Prior to joining ANGLE Athar worked at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, CA as a science and technology policy analyst where he worked on public sector reform, defense innovation, and science and technology policy issues. Athar helped create the US Army Venture Capital Fund and supported the re-organisation of US Army R&D Command (RDECOM).
In 2003, Athar carried out the first national study of Pakistan’s IT industry, authored an assessment of Pakistan’s Higher Education Reform that was published in the prestigious journal Nature, and is the lead author for the Royal Society’s for Atlas of Islamic World Science and Innovation’s Pakistan study.
Athar is also the Founder of Muslim-Science.Com – an online journal on science, technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the Islamic world – and writes the first ever regular column on the subject in a mainstream western publication SciDev.Net. He is also a visiting fellow at Pardee Centre at Boston University.
Athar holds a PhD in public policy from Pardee RAND Graduate School and a Bachelors degree in Aeronautical Engineering Athar graduated from Pakistan Airforce Academy and won the coveted Sword of Honor for best all-round performance.
About the World Technology Network (www.wtn.net)
The WTN exists to “encourage serendipity” — the happy accidents of colliding ideas and new relationships that cause the biggest breakthroughs for individuals and institutions. The WTN works to accomplish its mission through global and regional events for its members and extended audience, to help make connections among them, and to examine the likely implications and possible applications of emerging technologies. The WTN is a curated membership community comprised of the world’s most innovative individuals and organizations in science, technology, and related fields – those creating the 21st Century.
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