Project Title

APEC Women in STEM Initiative: Workshop, GIST Boot Camp, and Roundtable 

Project Year

2018   

Project Number

PPSTI 02 2018A 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

PPSTI 02 2018A 

Project Title

APEC Women in STEM Initiative:   Workshop, GIST Boot Camp, and Roundtable 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: Women and the Economy 

Project Year

2018 

Project Session

Session 1 

APEC Funding

105,000 

Co-funding Amount

297,000 

Total Project Value

402,000 

Sponsoring Forum

APEC Policy Partnership on Science, Technology and Innovation (PPSTI) 

Topics

Science and Technology 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

Australia; United States 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Canada; Chile; China; Indonesia; Korea; Malaysia; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea 

Expected Start Date

01/07/2018 

Expected Completion Date

28/02/2019 

Project Proponent Name 1

Staci Rijal 

Job Title 1

Foreign Affairs Officer 

Organization 1

US Department of State 

Postal Address 1

1800 G St NW, Suite 10100, Washington, DC 20006, USA 

Telephone 1

1-202 6633218 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

rijalS@state.gov 

Project Proponent Name 2

Ann Katsiak 

Job Title 2

Chief of Party 

Organization 2

US-ATAARI 

Postal Address 2

1777 N Kent Street, Arlington, VA, USA 

Telephone 2

Not Applicable 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

akatsiak@nathaninc.com 

Declaration

Staci Rijal and Ann Katsiak 

Project Summary

Supporting the APEC Services Competitive Roadmap, the work of the APEC Women in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) initiative, and robust science, technology, and innovation-based economies, a suite of STEM events supporting the economic advancement of women and vulnerable communities is planned aside the 2018 APEC Chief Science Advisors and Equivalent meeting.  The U.S. Department of State’s Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative will conduct training to empower 23 science and technology entrepreneur teams (46 individuals) from APEC economies through on-the-ground training and mentoring.  Simultaneously, an APEC Women in STEM workshop will discuss policies and the value of investing in women in STEM across public, private and community sectors, using case studies and economic data.  The events will culminate in a roundtable with Chief Scientists, businesses, and participants to identify policies to support women in STEM-related entrepreneurship and investments in women in STEM.

Relevance

Relevance – Region: APEC economies are filled with individuals with great ideas, passion, and energy with the potential to make significant contributions to the region’s economic growth.  However, many of these innovators need support and training to better move their concepts into realities that can help transform and grow our economies.  They also need strong policies that support innovation and inclusion at all levels.  This need is amplified amongst women working in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields, as highlighted in the November 2016 APEC Women in STEM Framework pillar on entrepreneurship.  Regional connectivity and capacity building fostered by APEC can accelerate science, technology, and innovation (STI)-based economic growth in areas that support women and other under-represented and vulnerable groups.  By connecting and supporting STI entrepreneurs and by equipping policymakers with economic case studies, we can better support a region filled with strong, STI-fueled economic growth. 

This training, workshop, and roundtable provides capacity building based on the Framework and engages all economies at many levels—governments, private sector partners, academia, and micro and small enterprises. This suite of events takes a multi-faceted approach (training, economic case study, workshop on policies and practices, and engaging the private sector) to address a complex and multi-stakeholder problem in the APEC region:  how do we engage more women and those from vulnerable communities in STEM fields and how then do we encourage and support those individuals to take their work and bring it to market as a way to spur economic growth. The events will provide immediate skills to entrepreneurs to grow their businesses, equip policymakers with data to support strong Women in STEM policies, help identify barriers for women in STEM to take the leap into entrepreneurship, and foster partnerships with the private sector to support Women in STEM. 

Relevance – Eligibility: This multi-stakeholder project will build capacity and improve the enabling environment in all of Policy Partnership for Women in the Economy (PPWE)’s five pillars.  While not all participants in the events will be women, the project will not only emphasize supporting women entrepreneurs in the areas of STI, but also supporting women’s participation in the economy broadly. There will be a specific focus on selecting teams, speakers, private sector partners, and mentors who support women-ownership of business, investing in women, inclusive company growth strategies that engage women and vulnerable communities, or innovations that address the needs of women/vulnerable communities. We plan to further encourage leadership of women by conducting a women-only “Day 0” event for only the women entrepreneurs selected for training before the official start of the training to build relationships before training and talk about challenges women face in innovation. 

Relevance – Capacity Building: The workshop portion of the suite of events will focus on engaging policymakers to policy implementers to advance women’s introduction to and experiences in STEM-related education and employment.  The workshop and roundtable will equip governments, businesses, and civil society stakeholders with economic and business case data to continue to justify investments in policies and programs. As the research has shown, the programs that build and strengthen the women in STEM pipeline aid in identifying tangible ways to better equip women entrepreneurs in the STEM fields to access capital, markets, skills training, mentorship, and networking opportunities. 

The training application will be open to all APEC member economies, but emphasis will be placed on securing applications from teams in developing member economies and within developed member economies, targeting teams from vulnerable communities.  Our goal is to have participants from at least each economy, and if participants cannot be fielded from each economy, priority will be given to those from developing economies,  including Chile, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Russia, Papua New Guinea, The Philippines, Peru, Thailand, and Viet Nam. Participants will gain skills—pitching, networking, market fit analysis, among others—tools, and resources that they can bring back to their economies. They will also enhance their understanding of policy issues surrounding engaging women in STEM fields through the broader workshop. They will have ongoing access to the mentorship and online training materials available as part of the existing online GIST Network platform (www.gistnetwork.org), which has engaged over 600,000 innovators in over 190 economies.

All aspects address APEC’s objectives and operational principles for capacity building, especially in their ability to be iterative and innovative as they build on past APEC Women in STEM work completed in prior years. Additionally, because the components will be focused on APEC-wide approaches and outputs will be broadly distributed, all economies will be able to benefit from the sessions and their results to inform future work.

Objectives

Objective 1: Build capacity to support and lead successful startups in APEC economies in areas related to science, technology and innovation, including those from vulnerable or otherwise disadvantaged backgrounds;

Objective 2: Provide networking opportunities to foster further STEM innovation and entrepreneurship by women and other vulnerable populations in the APEC region and expand opportunities for public private partnerships; and

Objective 3: Build and promote the business and economic case for advancing women and girls in STEM across APEC through implementation of the APEC Women in STEM Framework.

Alignment

Alignment - APEC:  This project provides tangible and transferable/repeatable training, data to support policies, and mentorship with a focus on women and vulnerable populations.  It also supports APEC priorities, strategies, and statements at several levels, including the:

1)  2017 Leaders’ Declaration encouraging economies and the private sector to implement initiatives that enhance women’s economic empowerment, improve women’s access to capital, assets and markets, increase women’s participation in high-growth and high-wage sectors, and promote women’s leadership, entrepreneurship, skills and competencies;

2)   2016 Leaders’ Declaration recognizing innovation as a key driver of quality growth; affirming the importance of promoting competition, entrepreneurship, and innovation; and calling on APEC to strengthen MSMEs’ science, technology, and innovation capacities;

3)  2016 and 2017 Women and the Economy ministerial statements recognizing the Women in STEM initiative;

4) Papua New Guinea 2018 priorities of “Strengthening MSMEs’ Competitiveness and Innovation in the Digital Age” and “Fostering Sustainable Innovative and Inclusive Growth;”

5)  2018 PPWE Work Plan prioritizing “continuing sectoral conversations on economic empowerment for women in the areas of STEM and MSMEs;”

6)  2018 PPSTI Work Plan noting a focus on work to embrace digital technologies for inclusive and sustainable development to: “Promote S&T-focused entrepreneurship among women” and “Catalyze data sharing for economic resilience” and

7) The APEC Services Competitive Roadmap, which calls APEC economies to build enabling environments, including taking steps to:  ensuring an adequate supply of skills in a rapidly changing economy, helping workers adjust to change and providing for increased participation in the workforce by such groups as women, youth, Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and indigenous businesses.

Alignment – Forum: The 2018 PPSTI Work Plan focuses on three themes, one of which is “Embracing digital technologies for inclusive and sustainable development to promote S&T-focused entrepreneurship among women.” Additionally, in the PPSTI’s Strategic Plan (2016-2025), economies endorsed the importance of involving women and girls in the STEM pipeline, especially as entrepreneurs. This project supports both of these themes by building capacity and piloting projects that boost STI entrepreneurship and providing economic data that policymakers can use as they consider women in STEM programming. Additionally, as this project builds on previous efforts to advance women in STEM fields, the project advances the PPSTI’s strategic goal of developing “policy recommendations and sharing of best practices.”

TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: The workshop will culminate in an outcomes report, which will detail progress made at the suite of events to advance participants’ capacity to further women’s experience in STEM-related education, employment, and entrepreneurship. The economic case study will be developed in advance to be discussed at the workshop.  These products will be sent out via email to participants, multiple APEC working groups, and will be available on the PPSTI website. The suite of events will also build attendees’ capacity and skills to foster an enabling environment for the STEM fields and focus on inclusivity. The shared information from the suite will also be reported at the following PPSTI meeting and inform next action items for future work.  Specific anticipated outcomes by event are:

A)  GIST Entrepreneurship Training (~Days 0-4; entrepreneurs, trainers, and mentors from private sector)

i) Teams of entrepreneurs from across APEC will be trained to support and grow their businesses as well as support other entrepreneurs in their community.

ii)  Women entrepreneurs will build a community that will help them engage more fully in the remainder of the GIST training, discuss issues specific to women in their field, and get additional mentorship in the “Day-0” part of the training. 

iii)  Participants will identify and recommend ways APEC can further support STEM-focused small, medium, and micro enterprises; some of these ideas can be raised by participants at the roundtable.

B) Women in STEM workshop (~Days 3-4; policy makers, academics, non-governmental organizations)

i)   An economic case study will be developed prior to the workshop on the value of women’s participation in Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) within APEC and it will be presented and discussed at the workshop

ii)  Recommendations will be discussed and shared for projects or initiatives in further support of the APEC Women in STEM Framework

iii)   The group will discuss, further identify, and articulate the roles for government, industry, academia, and the broader public in promoting women’s economic advancement through STEM.

iv)    A workshop report summarizing the discussion will be drafted and circulated to attendees as well as PPSTI and PPWE following the workshop.

C)   Policy roundtable (Final Day; all participants plus members of the private sector)

i)  Participants will discuss and make recommendations to PPSTI and the APEC Chief Science Advisors and Equivalents (CSAE) meeting on ways that government, industry, and academia can together develop policies that support women in STEM fields, in industry already, and how to further support women and those from vulnerable communities as they commercialize their STEM ideas

ii) Outcomes of roundtable discussions will be shared with the CSAE  and other APEC fora, which may inform the development of policy positions for possible inclusion in the 2018 AMM and Leaders’ Statement. 

iii) A summary of the discussion will also be included in the outcomes report. 

Outcomes: The targeted outcomes for this project are:

1)  Facilitate collaboration across APEC sub-fora on gender, science, employment, entrepreneurship, and education issues

2) Contribute to the enhancement of attendees’ skillsets to grow capacity for women and other vulnerable communities’ STEM entrepreneurial efforts

3) Greater understanding of the economic value of women’s participation in STEM workforce

4) Government, industry and academia further explore, develop, and implement gender inclusive initiatives, similar to the Athena SWAN Charter or STEM Equity Achievement (SEA) Change, that can encourage strong inclusion practices across the APEC region

5)  Continue advancing women and other vulnerable communities in STEM in education, employment, and entrepreneurship

6) Continue to enhance understanding of the barriers women face in STEM-related fields

7)  Continue efforts toward information sharing about best practices

8) Engage the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), the private sector, and other relevant non-members to promote women in STEM work

9)   Discussion on practical approaches to engage and retain women in STEM education, employment, and entrepreneurship, specifically discussing ways to promote the business and economic case data

10) Increased awareness across APEC fora of the importance of addressing barriers to APEC science and innovation collaboration to support economic and inclusive growth and social prosperity

11)  Teams of individual entrepreneurs from across the APEC region will gain exposure to regional policies, policymakers, and large businesses—for some this may be the first time they’ve heard of APEC or had the chance to engage with like-minded entrepreneurs from outside their economies, and it may inspire future engagement in regional initiatives.

Beneficiaries: For the training component, teams of entrepreneurs/innovators will be selected via an open, competitive, merit-based process, which will include assessment of applications by a panel of GIST experts. All teams’ ideas or businesses must be directly tied to science, technology, or innovation.  Due consideration will be made to ensure a diversity of gender (at least 60% women), economies, and concepts that have broad application across APEC economies.  Special consideration will be given to teams from vulnerable communities who could benefit most from S&T-related entrepreneurship resources.  Mentors and judges will be from the private sector and have experience starting or building up a science, technology, or innovation-based company in the APEC region.  Trainers will be GIST trainers who are professionals in training and supporting entrepreneurs in the S&T space; these training professionals are utilized in all GIST programming and the training curricula is well-tested and refined—their expertise will not only benefit the entrepreneurs, but also other economies who may want to learn more about this specific model of entrepreneurship training.

For the workshop component, this workshop will target a cross-cutting group from the growing network of APEC Women in STEM representatives as both speakers and participants. More specifically, the target beneficiaries are:

1) Working-level or mid-level government representatives from education, science, and technology departments, ministries, and agencies;

2) Working-level or mid-level government representatives from departments, ministries, or agencies focused on women’s empowerment, employment, and/or education;

3)  Private sector companies, both SMEs in this space as well as larger multinational companies, that are investing in building and equipping the pipeline of women and girls in STEM;

4) Academia who participate in programs and also researching key issues surrounding women in STEM; and

5) Civil society organizations that are specifically focused on providing access to capital to women entrepreneurs.

For the roundtable, all participants from the training and workshop will come together with representatives of established businesses in the APEC region focused on science and technology and other interested ABAC members.  All (entrepreneurs, policy makers, industry representatives) will come away with a better understanding of what women and those from vulnerable communities need in terms of policies and resources to accelerate science and technology entrepreneurship efforts.  A summary of the workshop discussion and outcomes will be shared broadly with APEC fora as part of the outcomes document mentioned above.

Dissemination

Presentations given at the workshop, the economic case study, and the outcomes report will be posted on the APEC website and links shared with participants and co-endorsing working groups via email. The target audience is a combination of entrepreneurs/innovators and policymakers. Participants will be encouraged to share the information gained at the workshop with their colleagues, and Project Overseers will ensure the materials are available to attendees to share. Ultimately, the information gained from the suite of events, including the workshop, will assist attendees with developing policies and programs that benefit their domestic economies to advance women in STEM-related fields. The outcomes document will also be shared with other APEC fora as relevant and presentations may be made across fora, such as the PPWE, Small and Medium Enterprises Working Group (SMEWG), and Human Resources Development Working Group. It will be a public document. We will ensure all final deliverables are copy-edited prior to publication.

Gender

As stated above, while not all participants will be women, there will be a specific focus on selecting teams, speakers, private sector partners, and mentors who support women-ownership of business, investing in women, inclusive company growth strategies that engage women and vulnerable communities, or innovations that address the needs of women/vulnerable communities.  We will seek strong male champions and mentors in addition to women.  We plan to further encourage leadership of women by conducting a women-only “Day 0” event before the training to build relationships before training and talk about challenges women face in innovation—this practice has been shown to increase engagement of women participants and increase the impact of the training for women participants once the event concludes.

Economies will be explicitly requested to have at least one-half of their participants as female and training selection will also ensure that at least 60% of those trained are women. As a result of the subject matter, all project agendas will focus on how to empower women in STEM-related fields. After the conclusion of the project, attendees will be expected to share their experiences domestically to multiply the effect of the capacity building efforts.

Work Plan

Both components of this project will be planned and implemented simultaneously, beginning in July 2018 with concluding documentation to be completed in February 2018. The majority of the post-workshop follow-up will be self-funded and aim to continue capturing best practices and lessons learned as an outcome for the project. Organizers will continue to utilize the workshop’s discussions and outcomes in future years of programming as well.

Time

Task

Deliverables

July 2018

· Finalize format for workshop

· Begin economic case study

· Identify experts for workshop

· Identify judges from a variety of APEC economies to review training applications

· Open online GIST training application process for teams and ask PPSTI, HRDWG, CSAE, PPWE, SMEWG and ABAC members to distribute

·   Draft agenda for project overseers

·  Engagement of multiple APEC economies (ideally all) in GIST training selection process

· Outreach opportunity to new entrepreneurship communities in the APEC region.

August

·   Issue invitations to workshop and roundtable through PPSTI

·   Continue economic case study

· Begin coordination of travel for trainers, mentors, and speakers.

· Make final selections for 23 entrepreneur teams to attend GIST training

·   Invitation sent for events

·  Draft agenda circulated to PPSTI and PPWE

·   Selection of entrepreneur teams

September

·   Send pre-event materials out to participants, including knowledge survey.

·   Finalize travel plans for participants, trainers, mentors, and speakers.

·   Finalize economic case study and circulate it to workshop participants.

·   Better understanding of pre-participant knowledge that can be used to adjust curricula for training or the content of the workshop.

·   Completed economic case study

·   Finalized participant list

·   Final agenda

October

·   Suite of events (Day 0 training, training, workshop, and roundtable) to take place during the week of October 22 in Brisbane; exact schedule to be determined based on resources of host. 

·   Distribute surveys 2 and 3

·   Begin to draft outcome document

· ~27 women receiving additional mentorship and empowerment (Day 0 of training)

· 46 women/vulnerable community entrepreneurs trained, connected to mentors throughout the APEC region, and connected to GIST Network resources (GIST training)

·   Economic case study disseminated for use amongst policy makers and STEM practitioners in APEC region (workshop)

· Recommendations from workshop participants for future initiatives or policies that can support the APEC Women in STEM Framework (workshop)

·   Recommendation for ways (workshop)

·   Summary of outcome to be shared with CSAE meeting to inform their discussions on the topic of women in STEM.

November

·   Circulate outcome document for comment

·   Finalize outcome document

·   Begin working on project report

· Outcome document highlighting presentations and resources shared at the workshop, along with any recommendations for future actions shared and agreed amongst participants.

December

·   Finalize draft project completion report

Jan-Feb 2019

·   Circulate project report for review in relevant fora

·  Finalize project report and circulate to relevant fora

·   Project Completion Report


Risks

The risks for this project include:

Risk: Low participation.

Risk mitigation: The organizers will begin outreach to participants and speakers early and broadly circulate invitations to economy contact points to try to encourage participation from economies and ensure flight arrangements can be made. The organizers will also have different programming options, such as more roundtable discussions; fewer breakout groups; and more interactive sessions with experts, if participation is lower than originally desired.  GIST training applications will be amplified on social media and through existing entrepreneurship networks in the region.

Risk: Confusion over audience for each component of the project.

Risk mitigation: The organizers will ensure each economy understands the outline of the program and how each component is distinct with a separate target audience. Organizers will include that information in communication materials during the nomination and application phases.

Risk: Gender/diversity imbalance.

Risk mitigation: The organizers take the issue of diversity very seriously and will ensure in the selection process for training teams, workshop speakers, and roundtable speakers that there are opportunities for all economies to participate and that women form the majority of participants.

Risk: Multiple events could cause coordination issues

Risk Mitigation: The project overseers will work closely together as events are organized, jointly reviewing speaker lists and participant outreach, To ensure that we are leveraging the various components of the activities and the opportunity to tap into networks aligned with the various events, we will hold bi-weekly calls with our teams to update and coordinate.

Monitoring and Evaluation

This workshop will benefit from three different types of survey measures to monitor its effectiveness: 1. a pre-workshop survey sent via email to determine attendees’ level of knowledge prior to attending the workshop (in their home economy, prior to travel); 2. a knowledge-gained survey to determine attendees’ level of knowledge after attending the workshop (on-site); and 3. a questionnaire filled out after the workshop to determine the relevance and interest of the workshop (on-site). All surveys will be provided to all participants and speakers and experts will only receive survey 2.  

The indicators for this project are provided below and will be disaggregated by economy and sex:

·   Percentage of participants who state that their capacity to support women in STEM has increased as a result of their participation (data source: survey 1 and 2).  Target:  65%

· Percentage of participants who state that their perception of opportunities for Women in STEM in the APEC region to start an enterprise has increased as a result of their participation (data source: survey 1 and 2).  Target:  40%

· Number of speakers and participants.  Target:  All economies engaged in at least one of the suite of events and 60% women participation across all events in terms of both speakers and participants. 

·  Number of businesses in the APEC region engaged.  Target: 10 companies.

GIST training participants will receive further surveys one, three, and five years post-event to track those that received additional startup funding during that time, the growth of their company, and the number that remain in contact with mentors from the program.

Based on the results gathered from the monitoring efforts, project organizers will improve the curriculum to ensure that participants’ experience was most valuable and, where appropriate, enact recommendations provided in survey 2.

Linkages

This project builds on outcomes of previous APEC initiatives such as Women in STEM workshops, data from the APEC Women in the Economy dashboard, “Promoting Women and Girl’s Participation in STEM” workshop, and the report on “Role Models for Women and Girls in STEM.”  It will also build on lessons learned from existing, external programs, such as the Athena SWAN National Charter for Women and Science that evaluates and accredits academic program’s gender equity policies and practices.

We anticipate that innovations brought forward by the teams and any recommendations stemming from the workshop and roundtable will cover a variety of areas of interest of other APEC fora, APEC private sector partners, multi-lateral organizations, and civil society.  We will encourage other fora, both within and outside of APEC, to promote the training opportunity broadly.  We will share outcome documents, including the economic data study, profiles of the selected teams for the training, and any recommendations of the roundtable, with relevant APEC fora including, but not limited to, the PPWE and the Small and Medium Enterprises Working Group and with external parties who wish to better support women in their academic institution, company, or economy.

Sustainability

This series of events follows two previous workshops where relevant issues to women in STEM have been discussed, in Peru (2016) and Viet Nam (2017), as well as the APEC Women in STEM: A Framework for Dialogue, Learning, and Action, which was finalized in 2016. For all of these workshops, there has been a continuation of discussion on barriers facing women in STEM-related fields, including the issues particularly facing women entrepreneurs. The success and high participation rate of the previous workshops demonstrate APEC economies’ dedication to progressing women’s advancement in STEM fields through workshop discussions. 

The goal of this series of events is to provide resources and generate concrete ideas for projects and initiatives in the APEC region, whether at an economy level or regional level, that can further support inclusivity and economic growth of Women in STEM.  Bringing together not just the policymakers, but the entrepreneurs and business leaders through multiple avenues, can support new relationships, generate new ideas, and allow us to reach new audiences about our work. 

Outcomes of the roundtable will be considered by Chief Scientists at the 2018 CSAE meeting and PPSTI.  Specific outcomes of the CSAE and PPSTI discussions and the discussion of the event itself can be put forward by economies for consideration of Leaders, and Ministers as follow up actions, if agreed by economies. 

To ensure outcomes and discussions extend beyond the workshop, workshop materials and discussion briefs will be provided to all attendees at the workshop close. This will allow economies to bring back information from the workshop to disseminate to their home economy stakeholders, extending the reach of the workshop beyond attendees. Also, because of the target audience of the attendees, both public and private sector representatives can gather and create connections to continue conversations related to the workshop mission after the workshop concluded. 

In addition, participants of the training will have ongoing access to the networks, tools, and materials on the GISTNetwork.org website.  Through the website they can connect with virtual mentors to follow up on their training, view online monthly trainings to build on what they’ve learned, and learn about further opportunities for pitch competitions and other events from various GIST partners.

Project Overseers

The two Project Overseers for this project are:

·    Ms. Staci Rijal is the Foreign Affairs Officer at the Office of Science and Technology Cooperation at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environment. In this capacity, she serves as one of the U.S. representatives to the PPSTI. 

·    Ms. Ann Katsiak is the Chief of Party for the US-APEC Technical Assistance to Advance Regional Integration (US-ATAARI) activity. In this capacity, she serves as the facilitator for US-ATAARI activities across APEC fora and working groups.

The project is also done in close coordination and partnership with Australian departments and academies, which will provide critical and necessary resources, in coordination with the POs, to undertake the project.

· Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (Australian lead)

· Australian Academy of Science (Australian logistical lead, and technical lead of Women in STEM event)

· Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (Australian technical lead of Entrepreneurship training)

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

There will be no contracted staff using APEC funds.


Waivers

The three events (training, workshop, and roundtable) have different types of participants and varied costs for per diem and we would like to support travel eligible economy participation in as many of the different events as possible.  We will have a simultaneous but separate invitation process for the training participants versus the policy makers anticipated for the workshop, and we will tap both APEC and self-funding sources for covering these various participants.  For the training, APEC travel eligible economies will be selected by an open, competitive, and merit-based selection process that all training participants will go through.  For the workshop, participants would be representatives from travel-eligible economies who are policy-makers, academics, from non-government organizations, or from the private sector.  All would come together for the roundtable with additional representatives from the private sector.

In line with item 9-47 in the Edition 12 Guidebook on APEC Projects, the project requests permission to provide travel funding support to more than two participants per travel-eligible economy, should slots not be able to be filled by every APEC travel eligible economy or if airfare or per-diem costs be lower than anticipated for one portion of the event that would allow for an additional participant from a travel-eligible economy. Every effort will be made to ensure that all travel-eligible economies have an opportunity to send at least two participants to at least one of the events (training, workshop, roundtable); this waiver could allow travel-eligible economies to have travel support for participants in the training and the workshop if funding allows. 

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