Schedule

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Speakers

Co-organizers

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Data Bazaar

Activities & Art

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Kevin Agnew

Global Environment Manager
Relx Group

21 March

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Aditya Agrawal

Director, Data Ecosystems Team
Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data
Aditya leads the GPSDD program in our country engagement developing multi-stakeholder data ecosystem approaches for harnessing the data revolution for sustainable development. He also develops technical solutions in response to identified demand, and build partnerships across government, private sector and civil society to catalyze new approaches for applying data to address the SDGs and sustainable development more broadly.

21 March

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Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Chief Executive Officer
PLAN International
Top UN executive Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen took over as the CEO of Plan International on 1 September 2015. Ms Albrectsen is the former UN Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director for Management at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). A renowned leader in the sector, Ms Albrectsen has worked for over 25 years in international development, human rights, change management and diplomacy. She has held senior leadership positions in times of significant change in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Danish government, and most recently at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

23 March

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María Alejandra Blanco-Iturbe

Sustainable Development
UNDP Colombia
María has over ten years of experience in International Development with particular focus on poverty reduction, gender equality, and human rights advocacy in Latin America. She has experience working with the public, private and social sectors, both at national and international level
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Sabina Alkire

Director
Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI)
Sabina Alkire directs the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), a research centre within the Department of International Development, University of Oxford. Her research interests and publications include multidimensional poverty measurement and analysis, welfare economics, Amartya Sen’s capability approach, the measurement of freedoms, and human development. She holds a DPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford.

22 March

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Debra Anderson

Co-founder & Chief Strategy Officer
Datavized
Debra Anderson is co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Datavized, an immersive visualization platform that turns data into fully interactive experiences for analysis and presentation on all web platforms including in virtual, augmented and mixed reality. Datavized's tools enable users to tell immersive data-driven stories. Debra designs and instructs Digital Development: WebVR at Parsons School of Design, School of Art, Media and Technology, and is the founder and organizer of Immersive NYC.

22 March

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Deirdre Appel

Program Manager
Open Data Watch
Deirdre Appel is the Program Manager at Open Data Watch. She supports the team’s mission to monitor the state of development data in national statistical offices, conduct research, and report on needed policies. She also manages the outreach, engagement and strategic communications. Within the sustainable development data agenda, her areas of focus include increasing statistical capacity at the national level and strengthening the quality, use and impact of gender data for the improvement in the lives of women and girls.

22 March

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Bethany Aquilina Brez

Senior Policy Advisor
Millennium Challenge Corporation

23 March

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Lina Arbeláez

National Manager of Poverty and Inequality Reduction
Business Call the Action/UNDP
Lina Arbelaez has over 15 years of proven experience in the development and implementation of public policies for economic and social inclusion aimed at vulnerable communities and base of the economic pyramid populations; including designing codes for fair wages in the Chinese textile industry. In Colombia, she has designed and developed public policies against human trafficking, employment and economic empowerment for victims of the Colombian armed conflict, as well as national public policy for women´s employment inclusion, among others. Ms. Arbelez is lawyer and political scientist from the University of Los Andes (Colombia), with a specialization in public law from the same institution, as well as a master's degree in public administration from the Sciences Po, Columbia and LSE joint programme. She is currently the Poverty Reduction and Inequality Manager at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Colombia.

21 March

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Audrey Ariss

Director of Research and Design
CODE
Audrey Ariss is the Director of Research and Design for CODE. 

22 March

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Candido Astrologo

Assistant National Statistician
Philippine Statistics Authority
Candido Astrologo is the Assistant National Statistician for Standards Service of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). As ANS for standards, he directs, manages and supervises PSA’s work on statistical planning and policy making, programming, budgeting, standards and classification systems, frameworks and indicator systems and advocacy. He is the national coordinator for ASEAN statistics, co-chairs the UN Expert Group on National Quality Assurance Framework, and is a member of the UN Global Working Group on Big Data for Official Statistics.

22 March

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Natalia Baal

Coordinator
Joint IDP Profiling Service
Natalia is in charge of the overall coordination of JIPS, as well as supervising the strategic and day-to-day management of the service. She oversees and maintains JIPS' role as a global hub for profiling in displacement situations and leads knowledge management in JIPS, constantly seeking to build and strengthen partnerships to increase the impact of the service on the ground.

22 March

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Shaida Badiee

Managing Director
Open Data Watch
Shaida Badiee is a Managing Director for Open Data Watch. 

22 March

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Omar Bakari

Director
Data Zetu Project Tanzania
Omar is an expert on innovation and entrepreneurship and has been able to participate as an individual and country or organization representative in different programs initiated by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, East African Community, World Bank, UNESCO, UNIDO, UNCTAD, ECOSOC, and other local and international organizations.

In 2013, Omar was appointed by the president of the United Republic of Tanzania to be the director general of the Small Industries Development Organization. He is one of the establishing team members of the Human Development Fund, a £30 million project funded by DFID-UK to support innovation in water, sanitation, health, and education. He has been a board member of different institutions in Tanzania including university and national steering committees, the Five-Year Development Plan, the National Cluster Development Program, the Tanzania-Finland Information Knowledge Project, and others.

21 March

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Sudha Balakrishnan

Health Specialist
UNICEF
Sudha is a medical professional with specialization in Epidemiology/ Public Health. She has twenty-one years of experience spanning the domains of Clinical/ Family Medicine, Public Health and other Social Development Programs. Sudha has extensive field experience in Health, Nutrition, HIV and Emergencies.

23 March

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Gianni Barlacchi

Researcher, Student
Fundazione Bruno Kessler
Gianni Barlacchi is a Computer Engineer and PhD candidate in Computer Science at the University of Trento (Italy) and FBK MOBS Lab. His research interests are in the field of machine learning, natural language processing and data analysis. His primary research focuses on developing novel machine learning models to predict people’s activities from textual and geo-spatial data. These models find application at the intersection between natural language processing and urban computing, involving topics such as human mobility, georeferencing of text and places recommendation. Gianni has been a visiting scholar at Telefonica I+D and IBM Research, his PhD is supported with a fellowship by TIM (Telecom Italia).

23 March

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Michael Bates

Minister of State, International Development
UK Government
Lord Bates was appointed as a Minister of State at the Department for International Development on 14 October 2016. He was previously a Minister of State at the Home Office from May 2015 until March 2016. Lord Bates is a Conservative member of the House of Lords

21 March

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Pietro Bertazzi

Head of Sustainable Development
GRI
Pietro joined the GRI Secretariat in 2010. As Head of Sustainable Development, his primary focus is the inter-departmental coordination of sustainable development programs, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Business and Human Rights, Climate Change and conducive policy environment for Small and Medium Enterprises and supply chain reporting. He ensures strong and dynamic engagement with Governments, International Organizations and other strategic partners. Pietro has been leading GRI activities related to policy and regulation on corporate sustainability and reporting at national level, as well as major global and regional policy processes, including the Rio+20 Conference, the EU directive on Non-Financial Reporting and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

21 March

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Laveesh Bhandari

Director
Indicus Foundation
Laveesh Bhandari is an Indian economist, author, columnist and entrepreneur. He is currently the Director of Indicus Foundation after exiting from the economics research firm Indicus Analytics that he had founded.His work has spanned industrial and economic reforms in India, performance of Indian states and Union Territories, Socio-economic conditions, and Economic geography.[1] He now works on advising governments and start-ups on policy and measurement issues in environment, and digital and financial inclusion spaces. Bhandari is also involved in ventures dealing with Internet and New Media technologies. He cofounded Raftaar.in which is a Hindi portal, and JuxtConsult which was India's first internet survey and research firm.

22 March

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Tyler Bird

Community Team Lead
CARTO
Tyler currently works in web-based geospatial technology and interactive mapping with an emphasis on collaborating with journalists, humanitarians, international non-profits, smart cities initiatives, and startups. He is a professional in global urban development focused on socioeconomic and political inclusion, interested in advocacy and the empowerment and protection of vulnerable and marginalized populations through the promotion of human rights. He has experience in human rights advocacy as related to housing, children’s rights, and displacement as a result of internal conflict.

23 March

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Ana María Boller

Head of Communications
DANE- National Statistical Office of Colombia
Ana María Boller is the head of communications for DANE, the National Statistical Office of Colombia, where she works under the Director General. DANE is the leading agency in Colombia for monitoring the SDGs and has in recent years adopted many innovative strategies for improving its statistical systems. She has extensive experience in organizational strategy. She holds a degree from Javeriana Pontifical University in Bogotá.

22 March

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Luis Bonilla

Director of Institutional Relations
TECHO
Luis Bonilla is the Director of Institutional Relations of TECHO International. He is an economist and holds an Msc(c) in Latin American Political and Social Studies. Luis has extensive experience working in Latin America and the Caribbean on projects related to habitat development, informal settlements, public policy, and advocacy towards the right to housing and right to the city.

21 March

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Kim Bradford-Smith

Senior Statistics and Evidence Lead
Department for International Development

22 March

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Ana Brandusescu

Research and Policy Officer
World Wide Web Foundation
Ana is a Research and Policy Officer at the Web Foundation. She is focused on driving a more inclusive use of data and enhancing digital rights, through various data, research and policy projects. These include Women’s Rights Online, IDEA – Initiative for Data Equity in Africa and the Open Data Barometer. She also works on open contracting and governance, and artificial intelligence.

She has eight years of research experience in data analysis, data standards, open source applications, and participatory projects. Her work has included global advocacy, research evidence and mapping, policy, and strategic partnerships in open data for agriculture and nutrition, participatory mapping in Africa, Caribbean and the Pacific, crowdmapping and community development in Canada, geovisualizing trauma injuries in South Africa, and representing informal communities with free and open source software tools in India.

She previously worked for the Web Foundation in the development of pioneering the Open Contracting Data Standard with the World Bank.
Ana obtained a graduate degree from McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

21 March

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David Burrows

Managing Director – International Organizations
Microsoft Corporation
David is Managing Director – International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector & Industries at Microsoft Corporation leading the global team responsible for engagement with multi-national governmental organisations and agencies. Previously he was Managing Director – EMEA Government, WW Public Sector. Prior roles include Senior Director for business strategy and marketing of the UK Public Sector division; and Director of UK Education/Voluntary markets.

With over 25 years’ experience in the IT industry, David joined Microsoft in 1991 holding a range of management positions covering Channel Partners, Consulting and Support Services, Skills and Training and the Small Business segment. David also spent time at the company’s European HQ working on European Service and Support programmes. Previously, David was with Digital Equipment Corporation in sales management roles; and prior to that, with Olivetti, in a variety of technical, pre-sales and sales roles.

David is a past serving member on a number of UK Government advisory boards. From 2003-2011, David was a non-executive director of UKERNA/Ja.Net (the provider of the SuperJANET UK education and research high speed network), he is a past Chair of Trustees of the Learning Lab and is a current trustee of the e-Learning Foundation. In recognition for ITC related services to UK Education, David was made an Honorary Doctor at Sheffield Hallam University (2006) and Wolverhampton University (2008).
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Grant Cameron

Manager, Development Data Group
World Bank
Grant Cameron is a manager at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. He leads a team supporting developing countries improve their capacity to produce data and statistics to make them more accessible and useful. This support ranges from targeted technical assistance that improve specific data products and surveys to large scale financial operations that improve a country's entire national statistical system. Grant also manages the International Comparison program that will release GDP based purchasing power parities for over 190 countries and economies in the autumn of 2013. Before joining the Bank, he has worked for the Government of Canada in policy work (Manager, Personal Income Tax Policy, Finance Canada) and in statistical production (Statistics Canada).

22 March

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Michael Canares

Web Foundation
Regional Research Manager, Asia

21 March

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Eleanor Carey

Technical Manager
Data 2X
Eleanor Carey is the Technical Manager for Data2X. She holds MSc degrees in Social Research Methods and Statistics, and Poverty and Development from the University of Manchester in the UK. She joined Data2X after a 2 year ODI Fellowship with Ghana Statistical Service and has previously held project management positions in the private and not for profit sectors.

21 March

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Christelle Cazabat

Researcher
Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre
Christelle is a Researcher in the Policy and Research team, focusing on the socioeconomic impacts of internal displacement, development-induced displacement and global monitoring frameworks.

She has been working in international development since 2007 for the French Embassies in the Dominican Republic and in Cameroon, the United Nations Population Fund’s country office in Cameroon, the World Health Organization’s Eastern Mediterranean regional office in Egypt and headquarters in Geneva, and the Human Development Report Office of the United Nations Development Programme in New York.

She holds a PhD from the University of the Sorbonne (Paris) on the role of civil society in development, for which she conducted 18 months of research in Cameroon. Christelle speaks French, English and Spanish.

22 March

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Daniela Cepeda

Associate Fellow
United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC)
Daniela Cepeda Cuadrado is an Associate Fellow at the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development. She holds a Bachelor of Political, Economic and Social Sciences (Honours) from the University of Sydney and a Master of Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance.Her professional experience spans working in the development of online courses at the UNSSC; translating and providing assistance in the development of Colombia’s Youth Policy Review, coordinated by the German organisation Demokratie & Dialog; and collaborating as a research assistant at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies and the Hertie School. Her interests lie in the fields of sustainable development, health, corruption, migration and integration.

23 March

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Stephen Chacha

DCLI Lead
MCC Tanzania
Stephen is an enthusiastic and dedicated professional with extensive knowledge and experience across all areas of development including project management, NGO management, policy development and implementation, impact assessment, lobbying and advocacy, grant making, resource mobilization, finance and administration, strategic planning, organizational assessments, organizational development/ capacity building and change management.

21 March

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Bob Chen

Director
Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN)
Bob Chen is director of, the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), a research unit of the Earth Institute at Columbia University.

22 March

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Remigio Chilaule

21 March

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Oliver Chinganya

Director of Statistics
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
Mr. Oliver J.M. Chinganya is the Director of Statistics at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). Previously, he worked as the Division Manager, Statistics Department of the African Development Bank, with responsibility for Statistical Capacity Building. Prior to taking on this role, Oliver had roles with the IMF and the World Bank. He was previously Deputy Director of the Zambia Central Statistical Office. Oliver's qualifications include a MSc. in Social Statistics from University of Southampton, UK and an MBA from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

22 March

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Emmanuel Clifford Gyetuah

International Relations Officer
Youth Advocates Ghana (YAG)

21 March

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Harpinder Collacott

Executive Director
Development Initiatives
Harpinder Collacott is the executive director of DI. She also leads the organisation’s work on IATI and represent DI on IATI’s Member Assembly. Previous experience includesserving as political advisor to the Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (an international criminal tribunal for war crimes), Programme officer at Oak Foundation, Head of Communications and Campaigns at Meningitis Research Foundation. She spent three years living and working in Washington DC as research analyst for South Asia supporting Ambassador Dennis Kux at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Affairs, and Director of Strategic Planning for Citizens for Global Solutions. She have extensive UK and European public affairs experience as a research assistant and media manager for Nick Clegg at the European Parliament, Edward Davey MP and Lexington Communications. Harpinder holds an undergraduate degree from Cambridge University and a post-graduate degree in international relations from London School of Economics.

22 March

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Dan Coppard

Director of Research and Analysis
Development Initiatives
Daniel Coppard directs Development Initiatives’ (DI) research and analysis to ensure they consistently produce quality, high impact products that maintain our international reputation for independent, objective information for eradicating poverty. Daniel leads strategic thinking on developing analytical capacity across themes of poverty, finance and policy, so that DI’s core programmes and consultancy remains relevant to decision making and accountability. He is also a specialist advisor to the UK House of Common’s International Development Committee (IDC).

22 March

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Ann Corp

Head of SDG Reporting Platform Development
Office of National Statistics
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Greg Danis

Policy and Data Anaylst
U.S. Department of State
Greg is a Presidential Management Fellow currently working for the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development team located in the Office of the Global Aids Coordinator.

As a member of the Data Revolution Team Greg has worked on efforts to advance subnational SDG reporting in the US, promote youth data engagement, and improve access to HIV/AIDS treatment for vulnerable populations.

Before joining the Data Revolution Team Greg worked as a Civil Rights Officer for the United States Department of Transportation.

21 March

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Matt Davenport

City Innovation Project Manager
Open Data at Bristol City Council
Matt is an energetic and reliable Creative Producer & Digital PM professional with over 8 years experience of end-to-end delivery working across UX/CX, UI, digital design, tech innovation, and marketing, managing both projects and change at frantic digital agencies.

He has experience in scoping, planning, and overseeing the delivery of large-scale, complex design and website development projects, creating, implementing and upholding new processes for project teams.

23 March

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Catalina Devandas

Special Reporter, Rights of Persons with Disabilities
United Nations Human Rights, Office of High Commissioner
Ms. Catalina Devandas Aguilar a is a lawyer by training and human rights advocate, who has worked extensively on disability issues at the national, regional and international level. Before taking up her duties as first Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities on 1 December 2014, she was working as a Program Officer for Strategic Partnerships with the Disability Rights Advocacy Fund, and was formerly with the United Nations Secretariat unit responsible for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the World Bank as a consultant for the Disability and Inclusive Development team for Latin America and the Caribbean region. Ms. Devandas Aguilar has previously served as a Board Member of the Latin American Network of Persons with Disabilities representing the region in the International Disability Alliance.

22 March

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Irina Dincu

CRVS Specialist
International Development Research Centre

21 March

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Leigh Dodds

Data Infrastructure Lead
Open Data Institute

21 March

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Martine Durand

Chief Statistician and Director of the Statistics and Data Directorate
OECD
Martine Durand was appointed Chief Statistician and Director of the Statistics and Data Directorate in 2010. She is responsible for providing strategic orientation for the Organisation's statistical policy and oversees all of OECD's statistical activities. She was formerly Deputy-Director of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs where she was responsible for OECD's work on employment and training policies, social policies, health policies and international migration published in OECD flagship reports such as the OECD International Migration Outlook, the OECD Employment Outlook, Pensions at a Glance and Health at a Glance.

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David Else

Head of Platforms
Urban Things
Chief Technical Officer at UrbanThings, David oversees all things tech at the London-based startup, which produces a range of public transportation, real-time information apps, known as Bus Checker, and also publishes transportation data on behalf of Bristol City Council as the Bristol API. David has a background in software development, with experience ranging from website development for British Airways to high-frequency trading in the Financial Services sector. UrbanThings are committed to opening up transport data, and sees it as part of their ultimate goal to make traveling around that much easier!


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Jessica Espey

Senior Advisor
United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)
Jessica is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Before moving to Cambridge she was Associate Director and Head of SDSN’s New York Office. In her current role Jessica directs SDSN’s work on data, monitoring, and accountability for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She also manages much of SDSN’s work on sustainable cities.
Current projects include lead-authoring SDSN’s forthcoming flagship report on new data systems for sustainable development, in partnership with SDSN’s expert thematic network on data; overseeing four data-oriented Solution Initiatives which are attempting to trial new technologies and approaches for data collection, management, storage and dissemination; managing a body of work on subnational implementation of the SDGs (including SDSN’s Sustainable Cities Initiative); and acting as official liaison for the Scientific Steering Committee of the IPCC Conference on Cities and Climate Change. Jessica is also a member of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data’s Technical Advisory Group and represents SDSN within the Cities Alliance.

22 March

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Sergio Estella

Founder, CDO
Vizzuality
Sergio is Chief Designer Officer and founded Vizzuality with the goal of making beautiful data design a true driver of change and impact on people's lives. His focused creative direction combined with a deep understanding of how humans communicate have made Vizzuality one of the most respected data visualization firms. Using his research into data visualization, information design and interface design, he sets the visual and interaction direction as well as user experience for our products.

Sergio has always been interested in design; he combined Interior Design studies with a Fine Arts degree at Universidad Complutense de Madrid where he started designing his first interfaces. During his final year at University, Sergio started working as a web designer and art director more than 15 years ago.

Studying design at the Colchester Institute piqued his interest in interactive user experiences, information design and brand development and has been writing about that since the early 2000s. He recently studied an Information and Knowledge Society Masters at UOC, but his most recent work has been the production of beautiful visualizations, intuitive user experiences and help people to understand the massive amount of information flowing everywhere. He strongly thinks that we all can put our brick and help to improve the Planet and our lives.

22 March

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Aidan Eyakuze

Executive Director
Twaweza
Aidan Eyakuze is the Executive Director of Twaweza East Africa. Twaweza works to enable children to learn, citizens, to exercise agency, and governments to be more open and responsive in Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda. In May 2016, Aidan was appointed to the Global Steering Committee of the Open Government Partnership (OGP). In June 2017, he was appointed to the Board of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data.

22 March

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Francesca Feruglio

Monitoring Working Group Coordinator, ESCR-Net
International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Francesca is the coordinator of the Monitoring Working Group. Prior to ESCR-Net she has been involved in research, advocacy and capacity building with grassroots groups, international NGOs and academic institutions, in India, the UK and other European countries. Her work focuses on socioeconomic rights and issues around citizens’ participation in democratic governance. Francesca holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law (University of Galway, Ireland), and a BA in History and Anthropology (University of Padua, Italy).

21 March

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Rebecca Firth

Community and Partnerships Manager
Humanitarian OpenStreetMap
Rebecca is the Community and Partnerships Manager at Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT). In many places in the developing world good quality digital maps do not exist, leaving millions of people uncounted. Without free up to date maps it is hard to deliver healthcare and services, making places more vulnerable to disasters and epidemics.

HOT creates and provides those maps through crowdsourcing remote volunteers, and empowering local communities to create maps of their livelihoods. This improves the resilience of these communities, and provides governments and organisations with the data they need to make effective decisions.

22 March

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Eriol Fox

Designer
Ushahidi
Eriol Fox is a multi-skilled designer with 9 years of experience with awesome UX and Interaction skills, an Illustrator of cute things, a Front-end coding student with Google's Udacity Scholarship and video game enthusiast.

21 March

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Terri Freemantle

Senior Earth Observation Specialist
Satellite Applications Catapult
Terri’s role with the Satellite Applications Catapult is to provide expertise in Earth Observation alongside our growing, talented and multi-faceted team. She currently oversees Earth Observation activities for the Blue Economy and am working to develop a Sustainable Development Programme. Satellite Applications Catapult activities are aligned with the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development, and my personal interests lie in using Earth Observation and geo-spatial technology to provide accurate and timely monitoring of urban and environmental change over time to inform on best management practices to support future responsible development, and environmental preservation worldwide. Terri is an advocate of open data and open software, and believe that knowledge exchange and capacity building are key to future sustainable development through the adoption of data driven policy. By making data more accessible - for example by providing Analysis Ready Data (ARD) and cloud computing solutions - we can encourage innovation globally.

21 March

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Helani Galpaya

CEO
LRNEasia
Helani Galpaya is CEO of LIRNEasia, a pro-poor, pro-market think tank working across the emerging Asia Pacific on ICT policy and regulatory issues.

She researches and engages in public discourse on issues related to the policy and regulatory barriers in Internet access, big data, internet governance and economic impact of ICTs.

She’s a member of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) for the UN Internet Governance Forum, serves on the Board of Editors of the Information Technology and International Developmentjournal, and a Board Member at the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. She is on the Advisor Board of Harnessing the Sharing Economy for Local Development initiative of the Centre for Implementation of Public Policies Promoting Equity and Growth (CIPPEC) Argentina, and was an Advisor to the UN Broadband Commission’s Working Group on Bridging the Gender Divide.

23 March

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Jamie Gibson

Social Scientist
Vizzuality
Jamie is Vizzuality’s social scientist. His main role is to work out how people think about the world around them, so that the things we build fit into their daily lives. Before Vizzuality, Jamie spent two years working with the United Nations Environment Programme, looking into the different ways governments collect and manage their environmental data.

In this time Jamie has seen the power of visualizations and tools to simplify the massive complexity of our environment so that people can make decisions to safeguard our planet. Jamie also helped to increase the average hair length of Vizzuality staff by a couple of inches.
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Professor Agustín Gómez Meléndez

Board Member
National Institute of Statistics and Census of Costa Rica
Professor Agustin Gomez is a professional in the field of statistics and Master in Information Systems, with more than 14 years of experience in Management and Administration of information and in the consolidation of inter-institutional relations.

In the last fourteen years during his tenure at the Development Observatory, he has participated directly in research projects and activities immersed in the sustainable development approach, both as a Researcher and Coordinator of the Statistics Unit, specifically; Coordinator of the First State Report of the Environment for Costa Rica, (2017); Definition of Indicators for the VII National Energy Plan of MINAE (2016); Proposal of Indicators for the National Environmental Information System of MINAE (2016); Identification of Risk Factors in Accidents with Motorcyclists (2015-2018); Elaboration of the baseline for the Regional Forest Plan (PERFOR); CCAD-SICA project (2014); Volcano River Basin Management Project (2009-2013); Indigenous Peoples Atlas (2012-2016); Electoral Atlas (2007-2008); Information System for the MIPYMES (2007-2017), and Coordinator of the second national survey MiPYMES (2011).

He currently coordinates the communal work of the Observatory of Development (TC-677) and is an active Researcher and Professor at the School of Statistics of the University of Costa Rica. Currently, Professor Gomez is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Statistics and Censuses (INEC).

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Luis Gonzalez-Morales

Statistician
UN DESA

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James Goulding

Assistant Professor /Deputy Director, N-LAB
University of Nottingham
Dr James Goulding is Deputy Director of N-LAB, a centre for International Analytics at the University of Nottingham. He is assistant professor in Analytics at NUBS, has a PhD in Machine Learning, a BSc in Econometrics, and formerly led the Data Science programme at EPSRC's Horizon Digital Economy Institute. James specializes in novel forms of data science - time series analysis, summarization and visualization of massive data sets - withs a particular focus on analysis of closed source, commercial datasets and promotion of international development and social good.

21 March

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Michael Green

CEO
Social Progress Imperative
Michael Green is Chief Executive Officer of the Social Progress Imperative and the co-author of Philanthrocapitalism: How Giving Can Save the World and The Road from Ruin: A New Capitalism for a Big Society.

His 2014 Talk was chosen by the TED organization as one of the ‘most powerful ideas’ of 2014 which was viewed over two million times.
Michael has served as a senior official in the U.K. Government’s Department for International Development. During that time, he oversaw the British aid programs to Russia and Ukraine while leading the communications department.
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Natalie Grover

Operations and Outreach Manager
Data-Pop Alliance
Natalie Grover is Operations Officer at Data-Pop Alliance. She graduated with dual degrees in International Politics and Mandarin. Prior to joining Data-Pop Alliance, she most recently worked in Oaxaca, Mexico with a microfinance organization. Natalie has also worked with NGOs focusing on gender equality and sustainable development in Brazil, Argentina, and China.

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H.E Prof. George Gyan-Baffour

Minister for planning, Ghana
Professor George Gyan-Baffour is Member of Parliament (MP) for Wenchi. As an MP he has served on several committees. He has been a ranking member of the Trade Industry and Tourism Committee; a member of the Education Committee; a member of the Poverty Reduction Committee; and the acting Chairman of the Special Budget Committee.

He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Economists of Ghana. He was a member of various boards including the Bank of Ghana (2005-2008), the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research of Ghana (CSIR) from 2003 to 2005, and the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) from 2003 to 2005.

He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in Industrial Relations; a Post Doctorate diploma from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government; an MA in economic policy from the University of Wisconsin, Madison; a BSc. (Hons) degree in Economics from the University of Ghana.

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Lina Gyllensten

Director of Research
Lumos Foundation
Lina has been with Lumos since 2010 and during that time she has lead on Lumos’ research and publications, as well as been involved in project development. More recently her focus has been on managing the newly established Research, Information, Monitoring and Evaluation unit.

The aim of this unit is to ensure coherent monitoring, evaluation and dissemination strategies, the systematic collection of information and to manage Lumos’ research activities.

Prior to joining Lumos she was involved in criminal justice research and advocacy. Lina has a Bachelor and a Master of Laws, with a focus on international human rights law.

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Dominic Haslam

Director of Policy and Program Strategy
Sightsavers
Dominic has worked in international development since graduating from the University of Manchester with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Social Studies. Initially Dominic spent seven years with Christian Aid in a variety of roles, primarily as a Program Funding Officer specializing in raising funds from government agencies and providing support to a range of conflict and emergency programs, primarily in Sierra Leone and Burundi. On leaving Christian Aid, Dominic joined WaterAid, leading the development of a strong government funding base and getting involved with everything from impact monitoring to dressing up as a tap to raise awareness at UK events.

After a little over three years, Dominic briefly moved to the network agency, BOND, before moving to Sightsavers, where he has spent the last five years. During this time, Dominic also became a trustee at Practical Action and continues his involvement in BOND, a way of demonstrating his belief that the international development sector is stronger when it works together and cooperates, rather than competing. Dominic is passionate about transparency and accountability, both to those who provide funding and other resources to Sightsavers, but more importantly to those we work for, those who need our support to build their own dignified and productive lives. Dominic hopes to use his new role, as Director covering research, policy, quality, evaluation and institutional funding, to further Sightsavers' growing reputation in this area.

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Gavin Hayman

Executive Director
Open Contracting Partnership
Gavin has a Doctorate in Global Environmental Crime from the University of Reading. Within his career he has helped create the international Publish What You Pay campaign and helped negotiate the intergovernmental Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.

He also helped lead global efforts to end the abuse of anonymous shell companies for money laundering and financial crime.

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Rasmus Heltberg

Lead Evaluator at Independent Evaluation Group
World Bank
Rasmus Heltberg is a Lead Evaluation Officer with the World Bank's a Independent Evaluation Group. Prior to this, he was a Senior Social Development Specialist with the World Bank and a member of the core team for the World Development Report 2014 on Managing Risk for Development. Trained as a development economist, Rasmus has written extensively on poverty, vulnerability, social policy, natural resource management, and adaptation to climate change. He recently co-edited the book ‘Living through Crises: How the Food, Fuel, and Financial Shocks Affect the Poor’ (World Bank Frontiers of Social Development 2012). He also helped design a game that explains how social protection can promote adaptation to climate change in Africa. Before joining the World Bank in 2002, he was Associate Professor of Development Economics at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.
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Christine Henry

Data Ambassador
DataKind

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Sarah Henry

Director
Office for National Statistics
Sarah currently overseas the Methodology sector that provides advice on best practice and advisory statistical process which include: statistical design and infrastructure, survey and sample design, data linkage and editing, disclosure control, harmonization, revisions and the management and measurement of quality. ONS is the UK Government's single largest statistical producer.

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Alison Holder

Strategic Direction and Leadership
Equal Measures 2030
Alison is responsible for the strategic direction and leadership of Equal Measures 2030. She has over 15 years of experience in international development policy, advocacy and campaigning and has previously worked at UNSDSN, ActionAid, Oxfam, Save the Children and Accenture.

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Trudy Hope

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Graeme Hornby

GIS Research Analyst/Trainer
University of Southampton
Mr. Graeme Hornby is a research scientist in geography and environment at the University of Southampton. He obtained his degree from Leeds University. Graeme has experience in GIS, mapping and cartography, field survey logistics, data collection, and data management.

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Sun Hwa Song

Statistical Analyst
World Bank, Secondee, GPSDD
Sun Hwa Song is a Statistical Analyst working with the Financial Data Team in the Development Economics Data Group at the World Bank. She collects low and mid income countries’ external loan by loan data and compiles debt statistics as part of World Bank’s Debt Reporter System. She holds a Masters in International Economics from the University of California, San Diego.

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Bethany Jackson

Rights Lab PhD Student in the School of Geography
University of Nottingham
Bethany Jackson is a PhD Student in the School of Geography at the University of Nottingham, funded by the University of Nottingham’s Research Priority Area in Rights and Justice. She is studying the scale and impact of the brick kiln industry in Asia, using a range of satellite imagery.

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Felix Jackson

Data Scientist
AKTEK

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Neil Jackson

Chief Statistician
Department for International Development
Neil has been DFID’s Chief Statistician since 2013 where he is responsible for providing leadership for DFID’s 60-odd statistics advisers who are bedded out across the organisation, in both Headquarter and country office roles. Neil’s career spans 30 years working on statistics and economics in a range of different government departments in the UK. His work has had a particular focus on the use of evidence to inform better policy making. Before joining DFID, Neil worked for the UK Statistics Authority, an independent watchdog for statistics in the UK. He has also filled senior analytical positions in the UK Department for Transport and in the Scottish Government.

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Sabrina Juran

Technical Specialist, Data and Population Analysis
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Sabrina Juran has been working with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) since 2008 and assumed her position as Technical Specialist, Data and Population Analysis in 2013. During her career at the Fund, she has worked in all major areas of the field of sociology and demography. Within her capacity as Technical Specialist she works on supporting countries in conducting traditional statistical exercises and new innovations in the area of big data, digitization and communication.

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Johannes Jütting

Manager
PARIS21
Johannes Jütting is Manager of the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21), a global data partnership that promotes the improved use and production of statistics throughout the developing world. He is a trained development economist with a PhD from Humboldt-University in Berlin with specific expertise in employment, social protection, health insurance and gender. Prior to joining PARIS21, Johannes headed up Poverty Reduction Teams at the OECD Development Center and at the Centre for Global Development Research (ZEF).

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Al Kags

Founder
Open Institute
Al is serial entrepreneur having started and grown several successful businesses including MClabs, a technology applications company and The Goode Group, a group of Marketing & Communications companies.

Currently, he is the founder of the Open Institute, a Pan-African organization based in Nairobi, Kenya that provides strategic direction for the Open Institute's programs and advisory to the team. He has developed experiences working in Government, the non-profit sector, and the Private Sector.

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Geoffrey Kateregga

Lead Mapping Supervisor
Humanitarian Open Street Map Team, Uganda
Geoffrey Kateregga has been working with the Humanitarian Open Street Map Team since March 2015 as the Lead Mapping Supervisor in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania engaged in Community Mapping for Flood Resilience. Currently he is working on Mapping Financial Inclusion in Uganda. Prior to that he worked with Mapping Day building a network of enthusiastic mappers in Uganda.

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Argie Kavvada

Associate, Science Program Management
NASA
Argyro Kavvada is an expert on atmospheric science and climate dynamics, and is currently serving as the Executive Secretary of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Earth Observations in Service of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (EO4SDG) Initiative, on behalf of the United States / National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). She received her Doctorate and Masters degrees in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science from the University of Maryland, College Park, specializing in Climate Dynamics. She also received a Masters degree in Applied Mathematics and Statistics from Georgetown University, and a Bachelors degree in Physics from the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Kavvada supports NASA's engagement with the interagency U.S. Group on Earth Observations (USGEO) and the international Group on Earth Observations (GEO) in terms of applying Earth observations for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. She also represents NASA at the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Ad-Hoc Team and serves as the GEO representative to the United Nations Working Group on Geospatial Information (WGGI).

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Usman Khaliq

Country Manager
Code For Sierra Leone
Usman is the Country Manager for Code for Sierra Leone, a citizen-led organization that uses open source technology to improve the delivery of public services. He has been working in the technology for development sector in West Africa for the past three years, specifically in the financial inclusion and open government space. A computer engineer by profession, Usman is passionate about using data and public policy to augment socio-economic change in the developing world.

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Kshitiz Khanal

Research Assistant
Kathmandu Living Labs
Kshitiz is a Research Assistant for a National Science Foundation, USA granted and USAID funded PEER Science research on "Expansion and Use of Open Mapping as Digital Infrastructure for Sustainable Development".

22 March

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Tariq Khokhar

Global Data Editor & Senior Data Scientist
World Bank
Tariq Khokhar is a Data Scientist and the institution's Global Data Editor. His interests lie where technology, development and data meet. He enjoys communicating with data, works on developing new methods for creating, analyzing and visualizing data, and on making data openly accessible for public re-use. He's a mathematician and computer scientist by training, is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and currently lives in Washington DC.

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Brian Killough

Head of CEOS Systems Engineering Office
NASA
Dr. Brian Killough has been with NASA for 30 years. He currently leads the Committee on Earth Observing Satellites (CEOS) Systems Engineering Office (SEO). The SEO supports the international CEOS organization which is comprised of 60 Space Agencies and organizations coordinating satellite earth observation data for enhanced societal benefit. Under the leadership of Dr. Killough, the SEO has a significant role in the new Open Data Cube initiative for enhanced global use of large volumes of satellite data. Dr. Killough received his BS degree from the University of Virginia, his MS degree from George Washington University and his PhD from the College of William and Mary. He has authored over 20 technical papers and received the NASA Exceptional Service Medal in 2016.

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Gillian Kingston

Deputy Director of Research, Insight and Evaluation
M&C Saatchi World Services
Dr. Gillian Kingston is the Director of Research, Insight and Evaluation at M&C Saatchi World Services. She holds 10+ years’ experience of designing and implementing research and evaluation programs on social and behaviour change, health, migration, and gender. Gillian previously worked for BBC Media Action as Senior Research Manager of Analysis and was responsible for the evaluation of social and behaviour change communication across 17 countries. Prior to her role in BBC, Gillian worked for the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) Irelands leading think tank, and lectured in quantitative research methods at Trinity College Dublin. She has 18 publications spanning journal articles, book chapters and Government and EU reports. Gillian holds a PhD in Sociology and an M.Sc in Social Research Methods from Trinity College Dublin, and a BA (Hons) in Sociology and Politics from University of Limerick.

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Paige Kirby

Senior Associate, Policy
Development Gateway
Paige leads DG policy engagement, innovative data use projects, and strategic communications at DG. In particular, Paige focuses on Sustainable Development Goal initiatives; fostering evidence-based policy within agencies and governments; and strengthening the use of data and technology in projects spanning the Americas, Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, and South Asia.

Before DG, Paige managed NGO client campaigns at a strategic communications firm. She holds a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

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Stuwart Kitila

Programs Manager
Africa Philanthropic Foundation
Stuwart is a Programs Manager at the Africa Philanthropic Foundation, a co-convener of the Tanzania Sustainable Development Platform – a voluntary and open platform for CSOs in Tanzania involved in SDG implementation. His work focuses on better fostering data capacity among CSOs, mapping of data ecosystems, working closely with Tanzanian government through its ministries and agencies on data gaps assessment and harmonizing SDGs with national development plans to support sustainable development.

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Momar Kouta

IT Consultant, Statistics Department
African Development Bank
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Jayashree Kumar

Programme Manager
Sightsavers India
Jayashree Kumar is Programme Manager with Sightsavers India handling programmes in Madhya Pradesh. She has worked with Thakur Hari Prasad Institute of Mentally challenged children in Hyderabad and for more than 15 years in the Family Planning Association of India, Reproductive & sexual health agency in Bhopal. She has a masters in social work specialization in Medical & Psychiatric from Indore school of social work, Indore MP, and did post-graduate work in Population studies at the International Institute of Population sciences, Mumbai.

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Seth Kwame Boateng

Assisting Editor
Multimedia Group Limited
Seth Kwame Boateng is the Assisting Editor working with JOYNEWS under Multimedia Group Limited, Ghana’s first and largest private media house. He is an international, multi-award-winning journalist and documentary-maker. Seth holds two Master’s Degrees in Communication Studies, and Conflict, Peace & Security.

From the age of 17, Seth’s passion for journalism has pushed him to share with people the stories of those commonly unseen and unheard. Investigating the untold stories of the underprivileged has been his mission and a significant life accomplishment.
In 2015, Seth released his first documentary, ‘Locked and Forgotten’, on the living conditions of prisoners in Ghana. The documentary received critical acclaim and Seth continues to use his artistic voice to advocate on behalf of Ghana’s prison population.

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Frank Laczko

Director
Global Migration Data Analysis Centre

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Vaughn Lantz

Director, Operational Direction and Coherence, International Assistance Operations Bureau
Global Affairs Canada
Vaughn Lantz has more than 25 years of experience in International Development. He is responsible for planning, systems, and coordination related to the implementation of Canada`s Feminist International Assistance Policy. His Division also leads the development and implementation of results based management systems for the Department.

In previous positions, he has managed both multilateral and bilateral programming for the Department. As the Director of Economic Development and International Financial Institutions, he was responsible for economic policy as well as development programming with the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and regional development banks.

As Country Program Director, he managed development programming and development relations with China, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Burma, India, Thailand, Bhutan, and the Maldives. He has also managed regional programming with ASEAN and bilateral programming with Russia.

Earlier in his career, Vaughn served as a policy advisor to the Minister of National Defence, the Minister of Health, the Minister of Communications, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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Adrian Laurenzi

Data Scientist, API Highways
Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data
Adrian leads the API Highways initiative at the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data and is focused on building relationships with organizations across public, private, and NGO sectors to make high-value SDG-related datasets more developer-friendly. He works to develop country-level use cases while growing developer communities for SDG-related application and visualization development. Previously, he worked for Socrata enabling their government and NGO customers to publish high-value open data. Alongside his work with the Global Partnership, Adrian is an entrepreneur and experienced software engineer who co-founded TOTAGO (www.totago.co), a company offering a web and mobile app to enable seamless planning of outdoor adventures with public transit and other car-free transportation.

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Richard Laux

Deputy Director for Data and Analysis, Race Disparity Unit
UK Cabinet Office
Richard has been a Government statistician for over 30 years, working in a variety of Departments. In recent years he has concentrated on statistical governance, both in the UK (where he prepared and implemented the UK Statistics Authority's first Code of Practice) and internationally - undertaking review activity and advising on good practice across the former Commonwealth of Independent States and supporting European Union/African Union statistical initiatives. He is currently working in the UK Cabinet Office's Race Disparity Unit, responsible for data acquisition and the development of a programme of quality improvement and secondary analysis.


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Naomi Lee

Executive Editor
Lancet
Naomi Lee is Executive Editor (Digital) for The Lancet. Naomi handles peer review and commissioning for The Lancet with a special interest in surgery, health informatics, and medical technology. As part of the marketing and communications team, she is also leading the digital transformation of The Lancet group. Naomi trained in surgery, specializing in urology and has worked in the United Kingdom, Argentina, and Mexico. She studied medicine at Cambridge University and King’s College London, and is currently studying data science at University College London. Naomi joined The Lancet in 2014.

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Ben Leo

CEO
Fraym.io
Fraym offers the best available source of data on African consumers ever built. Their proprietary database weaves together the latest satellite imagery with more than 50 billion data points from hundreds of surveys. So far, their growing platform comprises over 2,000 indicators spanning 50 countries and nearly 200 of Africa’s fastest growing cities. The data is not limited to traditional borders—they produce data for customizable geographies, like an urban neighborhood or a road corridor. With Fraym, investors, companies and organizations can quickly access accurate local data and insights to accelerate their work in Africa.

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Emmanuel Letouzé

Director and co-founder
Data Pop Alliance
Emmanuel Letouzé is the Director and co-Founder of Data-Pop Alliance, a coalition on Big Data and development co-created in 2013 by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, MIT Media Lab, Overseas Development Institute, joined in 2016 by the Flowminder Foundation as its 4th core member. He is a Visiting Scholar at MIT Media Lab, a Research Affiliate at HHI and a Research Associate at ODI. He is the author of UN Global Pulse’s White Paper “Big Data for Development” (2012) and of the 2013 and 2014 OECD Fragiles States reports. His research and work focus on Big Data’s application and implications for official statistics, poverty and inequality, conflict, crime, and fragility, climate change, vulnerability and resilience, and human rights, ethics, and politics. He worked as a Development Economist for UNDP in New York from 2006-09 on fiscal policy, post-conflict economic recovery and migration, and between 2000-04 in Hanoi, Vietnam, for the French Ministry of Finance as a technical assistant in public finance and official statistics. He holds a BA in Political Science and an MA in Economic Demography from Sciences Po Paris, an MA from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, where he was a Fulbright Fellow, and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. He also a political cartoonist for various publications and media as ‘Manu’.
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Dara Lipton

Senior Program Officer
IREX
Dara Lipton provides senior-level management and technical support to IREX’s global youth and leadership development programs, including the Partnerships with Youth program in the West Bank, the Macedonian Media Leadership Program, and the Mandela Washington Fellowship program across sub-Saharan Africa. Additionally, Dara provides research and strategic inputs to IREX's Leadership Practice.

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Mitch Loeb

Chair, Disability Statistics
Washington Group
Mitchell Loeb is a Health Scientist in the Office of Analysis and Epidemiology at the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is involved in the work of the Washington Group on Disability Statistics.

The Washington Group on Disability Statistics is a voluntary working group made up of representatives of over 100 National Statistical Offices and international, non-governmental and disability organizations that was organized under the aegis of the United Nations Statistical Division. The purpose of the Washington Group is to deal with the challenge of disability definition and measurement in a way that is culturally neutral and reasonably standardized among the UN member states.

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Angela Lopez

SDG Group Coordinator, DANE
Government of Colombia
Angela Lopez works for the Colombian National Office of Statistics – DANE, where she is the coordinator of the SDG group. In that role, she supports the Directorate General to set policies and adopt a general work plan regarding the Post 2015 Agenda. At the same time she leaders the activities arising from the High Level Inter-institutional Commission agenda for the effective implementation of the 2030 agenda and its SDGs in Colombia. Prior to coordinate the SDG group she worked at DANE in the labour market statistics group, supporting the analysis of Colombian labour market indicators and household surveys collection.

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Sarah Lucas

Program Officer
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Sarah T. Lucas is as a Program Officer in Global Development and Population at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. She manages a portfolio of grants that aim to increase the use of high-quality evidence in social and economic policies that affect developing countries.

Previously, Sarah worked at the U.S. government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation, where she served as the country team lead for Liberia and as a senior policy adviser representing the agency in government-wide initiatives to advance the president’s global development policy.

Sarah has also worked at the Center for Global Development where she led strategy to make the center’s research influential for legislative and executive branch policymakers and advocacy groups. She has traveled and conducted policy analysis in Africa and Central America, and spent three years working with NGOs in southern Mexico.

Sarah graduated from Wellesley College with a bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies and enjoys lecturing at the school’s Albright Institute for Global Affairs. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children.

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Megan Lucero

Director, The Bureau Local
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Megan Lucero joined the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in January 2017 to run the data crunching hub, The Bureau Local. She was formerly the Data Journalism Editor at The Times and Sunday Times. Megan was part of the Times’s first data journalism team and led its development from a small supporting unit to a key component of news investigations. She spearheaded The Times’s political data unit ahead of the 2015 General Election – making it the only one in the industry to reject polling data ahead of the election. Using computational method, her team brought many issues into the public discourse and won awards for revealing the widespread use of blood doping in the Olympics.
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Richard Lux

Office for National Statistics
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Stuart Lynn

Head of Data Science
CARTO
Stuart is a Map Scientist with CARTO, a company that specializes in online geospatial visualizations and location analytics. He studied mathematical physics at Edinburgh University before deciding astronomy was prettier and easier to explain in bars and obtained a Ph.D. in astrophysics. He previously worked at the Adler Planetarium as the technical lead of the Zooniverse: the largest collection of online citizen science projects. He is passionate about getting everyone involved in doing real science and making real discoveries online.

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Ewen Macleod

Head of the Policy Development and Evaluation Service
UNHCR/World Bank Joint Centre for Forced Displacement

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Rufaro Magadza

Data Officer (Helpline)
Youth Advocates Zimbabwe (YAZ)

21 March

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Laura Manley

Co-Founder
Center for Open Data Enterprise (CODE)
Laura Manley is the co-founder for the Center for Open Data Enterprise in Washington DC, where she leads partnerships and programs. At the Center, she oversees the Sustainable Development Goals National Reporting Initiative to support government reporting on the SDGs in over a dozen countries; the Open Data Impact Map, which is the first global mapping of open data use; and the Open Data Roundtables series in partnership with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

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Angélica Maria Palma Robayo

Head of Technical Cooperation and International Relations Office
National Administrative Department of Statistics- DANE
Angélica Palma is the head of the Technical Cooperation and International Relations Office at DANE, the Colombian National Statistics Office, where she also has worked as advisor on Agricultural and Rural affairs. Angélica has a BSc. in Economics and a minor on Government from the University of Los Andes in Colombia, and a MSc. in Public Management and Governance from the London School of Economics.

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Jessica Mayberry

Founder, Executive Director
Video Volunteers
Jessica Mayberry is the founding director of Video Volunteers, a governance and accountability organization in India that identifies, trains and empowers media producers from marginalized communities across India’s poorest districts, whose videos and data-gathering efforts have reached all corners of the Indian media. Video Volunteers’ reporting network has executed more than 1500 successful village-led action campaigns on issues ranging from gender, to human trafficking, to corruption, to the improvement of local government programs.

Jessica is a Fellow of Ashoka, TED, and Echoing Green. She has also been recognized as an Architect of the Future by the Waldzell Institute of Austria, and as an “Outstanding Young Person” by the Junior Chamber International Osaka. Under her leadership, VV has won numerous awards. These include the Knight News Challenge, the most competitive award for innovations in news and information; the Edelgive Social Innovations Award for gender; the NYU-Stern Business School Business Plan competition; a Tech Award, and a shortlist for the King Baudouin (of Belgium) Foundation International Development Prize. Prior to Video Volunteers, Jessica worked in television in New York at Court TV, the Fox News Channel, and CNN. She has served on the board of Free the Children, the world’s largest organization of “Children Helping Children” and on the Advisory Council of Counterpart International, and currently serves on the advisory board of Coda Media. She holds a degree in Modern History and Modern Languages from Oxford University, from which she graduated in 1999. Her passion for social entrepreneurship and activism began in 2002 when she spent nine months training marginalized women in video production as a William J. Clinton Fellow of the American India Foundation.

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Jane Mbughi

Economist, Ministry of Finance
Government of Malawi

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Denise McKenzie

Executive Director, Communications & Outreach
W3C + Open Geospatial Consortium
Denise is the Executive Director, Communications and Outreach for the international open standards organisation the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). In this role she is responsible for the planning and execution of marketing, communications and education programs to raise awareness and increase application of open geospatial and location standards by technology providers and users worldwide. Denise also represents the OGC at the United Nations Global Geographic Information Management (UNGGIM) committee. Prior to her role with OGC, she worked for over 12 years with the Victorian Government (Australia) in areas of strategic policy, collaboration and innovation. She currently lives in the United Kingdom with her family, though at times her children have thought she lives on the space station.

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