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You can watch the recording of the Data for Children Forum which took place Sept. 11, 2015in this playlist. Also join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #data2015.
ABOUT THE DATA FOR CHILDREN FORUM
Dramatic improvements in data have played a key role in accelerating development over the past fifteen years – as well as in drawing attention to those who have been left behind. Looking forward, renewed political attention and innovative technologies promise to make data an even more powerful foundation for social progress. The Data for Children Forum on Friday, 11 September 2015, focused on how to make sure that the ongoing ‘data revolution’ contributes as much as possible to results for children around the world, especially the most disadvantaged. Speakers and participants showcased and synthesized a range of experiences and views on what works and what to change in data collection, analysis and use. The Forum also explored the implications of the emerging Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for child-related data, increasing attention to children who have previously been uncounted and to sustainable development issues that have not yet been included in data collection and analysis.
- Anthony Lake, Executive Director, UNICEF - Hans Rosling, Professor of International Health, Karolinska Institutet, Co-founder, Gapminder Foundation - Steven Adler, Chief Information Strategist, IBM - Eduardo Clark, Director, Data for Development, Office of President, Mexico - HyeSook Chung, Executive Director, DC Action for Children - Sam Clark, Associate Professor, University of Washington - Richard Erdman, Ambassador and Acting U.S. Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council - Attila Hancioglu, Officer-in-charge, UNICEF Data & Analytics Section and Global MICS Coordinator - Lourdes Hufana, Interim Assistant National Statistician for Civil Registration Services, Philippines - Claire Melamed, Director of Growth, Poverty and Inequality, Overseas Development Initiative - Amina Mohammed, SG Special Adviser on post-2015 Development Planning, UN - Juan Sandoval, Deputy Representative of Mexico to the United Nations - Lennie Montiel, Assistant Secretary-General United Nations DESA - Beth Noveck, Co-Founder and Director, NYC Governance Lab/Open Government Initiative, White House - Jeffrey O'Malley, Director of the Division of Data, Research and Policy, UNICEF - Stefan Schweinfest, Director, United Nations DESA Statistics Division - Sarah Telford, Lead, Humanitarian Data Exchange, OCHA - Katherine Wanjiru Getao, ICT Secretary, Ministry of Information Communication and Technology, - Matt Wood, Product Strategy Lead, Amazon - Milan Milanović – Permanent Representative of the Republic of Serbia to the United Nations - Yoka Brandt – Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF - Emmie Pakkala – Education Specialist, UNICEF Uganda - Zarko Sunderic – Team Manager of the Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit of the Government of Serbia - Francesca Perucci – Chief, Statistical Services Branch, at the United Nations Statistics Division of DESA - Priscilla Idele – Acting Chief of Data Analysis Unit, UNICEF
ORGANIZERS The Data for Children Forum is a joint venture between three member states (Kenya, Mexico, the United States of America), the UN DESA Statistics Division and UNICEF.
AGENDA The forum featured iterative sessions including (i) reflection on progress; and (ii) imagining the future. Sessions identified promising practices in data collection, analysis and use for better decision-making that can be promoted and adapted for wider impact on children.
1. WHAT DO WE NEED TO KNOW & WHY? (9:30–11:00) OBJECTIVES: To set the tone of the Forum grounding the programme around key forward-looking questions regarding the role of data in mitigating inequities and achieving results for children.To highlight what countries need to measure to effectively achieve results for children, especially the most disadvantaged, as well as for opportunities to combine new and different data sources, tools and methodologies for improved decision-making and service delivery. To underscore continuing data gaps regarding populations or population characteristics (street children, children with disabilities, migrants, ethnic minorities) and issues (violence, sexuality, child marriage, harmful practices and so forth) and how to overcome them. FORMAT: Opening remarks + high-level panel
2. HOW DO WE GET THE DATA WE NEED? (11:30-1:00) OBJECTIVES: To identify how outcome and impact measurement can best contribute to results for children, reflecting on lessons from the MDG era, recent innovations, and implications for the SDG era.To identify how real-time monitoring of living conditions, programme implementation and public opinion can best contribute to results for children (e.g. U-Report, EduTrack).To highlight recent experience, emerging possibilities, risks and limitations linked to big data analytics. FORMAT: Opening (10 min) + 5 ignite presentations (30 min) + facilitated discussion (50 min)
3. DATA ANALYSIS & USE (2:00 – 3:00) OBJECTIVES: To showcase innovations, success stories and concrete examples of data being used to improve efficiency and effectiveness of policies and programmes and to enhance government accountability. To showcase how different kinds of data are fit for different purposes and new opportunities for combining and triangulating different kinds of data. To highlight the importance of synergies across data sources and reliable information systems in humanitarian settings. FORMAT: Keynote (20 min) + moderator + panel respondents (1:10)
4. DATA CAPACITY & SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT (3:00-4:00) OBJECTIVES: To identify specific strategies to strengthen countries’ capacities to harness the ongoing data revolution to achieve results for children, and how effective capacity development varies in different contexts, from fragile environments to stable high-income countries. To mobilize different data actors in collaborative solutions to strengthen national statistical systems. To better understand the role of international cooperation in supporting the data revolution at country level. FORMAT: Conversation style with moderator
5. KEYNOTE SPEECH (4:30-5:00) Hans Rosling, Karolinska Institute/Gapminder Foundation
5. MAKING IT HAPPEN (5:00-6:00) OBJECTIVES: To summarize the main outcomes of the high-level segment of the forum. To identify a set of principles, commitments, short- and long-term actions that should be prioritized by different stakeholders. FORMAT: Statements by panelists + conclusion by moderator
Hans Rosling is professor of International Health at Karolinska Institutet, the medical university in Stockholm, Sweden. When working as a young doctor in Mozambique he discovered a previously unrecognized paralytic disease that his research team named Konzo. His 20 years of research on global health concerned the character of the links between economy and health in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He has been adviser to WHO and UNICEF, co-founded Médecines sans Frontiers in Sweden and started new courses and published a textbook on Global Health. He is a member of the International Group of the Swedish Academy of Science and of the Global Agenda Network of the World Economic Forum in Switzerland. He co-founded Gapminder Foundation (www.gapminder.org) with son and daughterin-law. Gapminder promotes a fact based world view by converting the international statistics into moving, interactive, understandable and enjoyable graphics. This was first done by developing the Trendalyzer software that Google acquired in 2007. Using animations of global trends, Hans Rosling lectures about past and contemporary economic, social and environmental changes in the world and he produces thematic videos using the same technique. His award-winning lectures on global trends have been labeled “humorous, yet deadly serious” and many in the audience realize their own world view is lagging many decades.
On 1 May 2010, Anthony Lake became the sixth Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund, bringing to the position more than 45 years of public service. During his career, Anthony Lake has worked with leaders and policy makers across the world. In 2007-2008, he served as a senior foreign policy adviser to the presidential campaign of Barack Obama, a role he also performed during the Clinton presidential campaign of 1991-1992. He has managed a full range of foreign policy, national security, humanitarian and development issues at the most senior levels: as National Security Advisor (1993-1997) under President Bill Clinton, and as Director of Policy Planning in President Carter’s administration (1977-1981). He joined the US State Department in 1962 as a Foreign Service Officer. Upon leaving the government, he served as the United States President’s Special Envoy, first in Ethiopia and Eritrea, and later in Haiti, from 1998 to 2000. His efforts, for which he received the 2000 Samuel Nelson Drew Award, contributed to the achievement of the Algiers Agreement that ended the war between Ethiopia and Eritrea. He also played a leading role in shaping policies that led to peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Northern Ireland. His experience in international development began in the 1970s, as Director of International Voluntary Services, leading the work of this ‘private Peace Corps’. In that same decade, he also served on the boards of Save the Children (1975–1977) and the Overseas Development Council. Over the past 10 years, Anthony Lake has been an International Adviser to the International Committee of the Red Cross (2000-2003) and Chair of the Marshall Legacy Institute, which works in conflict-affected countries to remove landmines and assist survivors, and advance children's rights. Anthony Lake’s ties with UNICEF are long-standing, dating back to 1993, when he worked with UNICEF’s third Executive Director, James P. Grant, on the organization’s presentation of its flagship publication, ‘The State of the World’s Children’, at the White House. From 1998 to 2007 he served on the Board of the US Fund for UNICEF, with a term as Chair from 2004 to 2007, after which he was appointed a permanent honorary member. Immediately prior to his appointment with UNICEF, Anthony Lake served as Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
He has been a member of the Board of Trustees at Mount Holyoke College and a member of the Advisory Council of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, and has served on the Governance Board of the Center for the Study of Democracy at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He obtained a B.A. degree from Harvard in 1961, read international economics at Trinity College, Cambridge, and went on to receive his Ph.D. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in 1974. A native of New York, Anthony Lake is married and has three children and six grandchildren.
Steve Adler is IBM's Chief Information Strategist and has been a leader in Information strategy and technology development at IBM for almost 20 years. He is an expert in data science and an innovator who has developed several billion dollar revenue businesses on the areas of Data Governance, Enterprise Privacy Architectures, and Internet Insurance. He advises national governments, cities, and many private industries in Open Data Strategy in the USA, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. He currently teaches a course in Open Data Science at Copenhagen University in Denmark. At IBM, Steven is responsible for IBM Information Strategy, including Open Data, Information Product Management, Data Governance, and System Dynamics. He created the Africa Open Data Group, and received a US Presidential Volunteer Service Award for his work helping West Africa fight Ebola with Open Data in 2014. He was a BigApps NYC Idea Sponsor who led a team of developers to create a Smarter Cities Simulation using Open Data. Mr. Adler is a co-chair of the W3C Data on the Web Best Practices Working Group, creating new open standards for Open Data Best Practices. He is also creator and co-chair of the OASIS XMILE System Dynmics Technical Committee, creating a new standard XML language for System Dynamics models and simulations. Mr. Adler serves as a member of the US Commerce Department's Data Advisory Council, an elected board member of the New York Civil Liberties Union, and IBM's representative in the Open Government Partnership. Mr. Adler has had a distinguished career of innovation and business development. He invented the Data Governance industry in 2004, with the founding of the IBM Data Governance Council, a thought leadership forum which had over 100 corporate members. He hosted Systemic Risk Calculation Forums with international regulators and financial institutions in 2008-9 and made recommendations for Systemic Risk Councils that were included in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. In 2011, he created one of IBM's most successful social networking communities – the Information Governance Community – which had over 3500 members and the first online Data Governance Maturity Assessment. In 1996, Steven invented Internet Insurance, persuading leading underwriters to understand the internet as an area of exposure that required insurance coverage to grow into the commercial marketplace it is today. In 2001, Steven patented the Enterprise Privacy Architecture and led a team that translated the first legal regulations into XML. Mr. Adler was recognized as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Finance by Treasury and Risk Magazine. He has a BA in Economics and History from George Washington University. He has visited over 50 countries, lived in Europe for 7 years, and speaks English, German, and Danish. He holds 3 patents in Data Privacy and Security.
Yoka Brandt has been with UNICEF since February 2012 as the Deputy Executive Director for the Partnerships Group. She brings over 30 years of experience in international assistance and humanitarian emergency response. Before joining UNICEF, Ms. Brandt served as Director General for International Cooperation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands since 2008, prior to which she was Deputy Director-General. She also held an appointment to the Advisory Group of the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), established by the General Assembly.Ms. Brandt has also served as Ambassador of the Netherlands to Uganda (2004–2007) and Eritrea (2000–2004). Prior to that, she had worked for the Netherlands Development Organization as Regional Director for West and Central Africa, and in the field offices in Kenya and Uganda. Throughout her career, Ms. Brandt has focused on development issues, particularly on Africa and advocacy for poverty eradication. Ms. Brandt is a national of The Netherlands, and holds a master’s degree in Geography and Development from Utrecht University.
Eduardo Clark is Director of Data for Development at the Coordination of the National Digital Strategy of the Office of the President of Mexico. In his role he oversees the data analysis projects with a view on informing the design, implementation and evaluation of the office's priority policies. Additionally he currently coordinates Prospera Digital, a pilot program to focused on triggering behavioral change in low income women through the use of UNICEF's RapidPro platform in particular regarding maternal health.
HyeSook Chung is the executive director of DC Action for Children, a, child advocacy organization working to brings high impact outcomes by analyzing and visualizing data in service to DC children. Ms. Chung was most recently the program officer at the Washington Area Women’s Foundation and active in the child advocacy movement, bringing technical experience from her past work with groups like National Association of Counties, DC State Board of Education, Head Start Quality Improvement Center and Early Head Start Resource Centers. Ms. Chung serves on numerous advisory boards focused on social change and outcomes for children, including the Annie E. Casey’s KIDS COUNT national steering committee, DC’s Department of Health’s Medical Care Advisory Committee, DataKind, Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum, Department of Education’s Regional Education Laboratory Mid-Atlantic Governing Board and Planet Word. Ms. Chung was named Dynamic Women of Greater Washington by DC Magazine's innovative Tech 2.0 November 2012 issue featuring the people in the Greater DC area moving the region. Ms. Chung served on both Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s and Mayor Muriel Bowser’s education transition teams. In addition to having expertise on issues that affect children, Ms. Chung is a data and technology enthusiast whose innovative vision for data work has been featured in conferences and publications, such as the Strata Data Conference, IMB Insight Data Conference, NationSwell, the Guardian, The Washington Post, the list of Rockefeller Foundation’s Top 100 Innovative NGO’s, The Classy Awards and SXSW Education. She holds a M.S.W. from Boston University with a particular focus on non-profit management. She is a proud mother of two DCPS students.
Samuel Clark is a Demographer and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Washington. He is trained in biology, computer science and demography, and his research focuses on issues that affect Africa. His research interests include the demography of Africa; demographic methods; mathematical modeling of population processes, with specific focus on individual-level models and statistical methods for quantifying uncertainty; the theory and practice of temporal databases as they relate to population data; and the ethics, policies and procedures necessary to archive, pool, share and analyze longitudinal population data generated by multiple institutions. Recent research topics include adaptation of Bayesian statistical methods to epidemiological modeling and population projection; the design and implementation of a two-sex, stochastic microsimulation model of an African population with HIV; developing new methods for automated assignment of cause of death from verbal autopsy; thinking about new surveillance methods for health and population studies; temporal relational database designs for demographic and health research; development of a component model of mortality; and the identification of general mortality patterns for Africa based on new empirical data from the INDEPTH Network. He works closely with the Agincourt Health and Demographic Surveillance System site in rural South Africa the ALPHA Network of HIV surveillance sites in Africa, and the INDEPTH Network of health and demographic surveillance system sites in Africa and Asia.
Ambassador Erdman is currently serving as the Acting U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Council. A retired career diplomat with over 40 years of diplomatic service, he has had postings in Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Cyprus, Yugoslavia, Israel, Portugal, and Washington. His most recent senior diplomatic positions (before and after retiring in 2006) have included: Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs (2012); Charge ’d’ Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh during and after President Obama’s first visit to the Kingdom (2009); Ambassador to Algeria (2003-2006); Director for Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan at the Department of State (2000-2003); Special Envoy, Head of Delegation, and Chairman of the Israel-Lebanon Monitoring Group (1998-2000); Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv (1995-1998); and Deputy Director for Eastern Europe and Deputy Head of the U.S. Delegation that negotiated the Bosnian Federation Accord (1994-1995). He taught at Princeton University as a Diplomat in Residence (2006-2007); worked as a senior executive in the private sector (2007-2008); and has served each fall since 2008 during the UN General Assembly at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations as a Senior Adviser for the Middle East. Ambassador Erdman, a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University with a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, has received two Presidential Meritorious Service Awards as well as several Department of State awards for distinguished executive service. He is married, has two adult children, and is an accomplished painter, musician, and cabinet-maker.
Attila Hancioglu is the Chief of the Data Collection Unit in the Data and Analytics Section of UNICEF New York, and Global Coordinator of the UNICEF-supported Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) programme. A demographer by training, Dr. Hancioglu taught technical demography and social survey methodology for 13 years as a university lecturer at the post-graduate level. During this period, Dr. Hancioglu designed and/or managed the implementation of MICS, DHS and other national and sub-national surveys, including on immunization coverage, IDPs and refugees, and MNCH at the country level, supported the development of coverage and analysis of data from civil and vital registration systems and population censuses and supported capacity building for demographic analysis and survey implementation at the regional level. As the Global Coordinator of MICS since November 2004, Dr. Hancioglu has coordinated and provided technical support to the implementation of more than 150 surveys in the third, fourth and the currently ongoing fifth round of MICS, organized/contributed to the facilitation of close to 50 regional MICS training workshops, managed the development of a global technical support system to countries conducting MICS surveys, and contributed to the development of new measurement tools in household surveys. His research interests include, in addition to survey methodology, analysis of child mortality, indirect demographic analysis, child poverty indicators and assessment of data quality.
Lourdes J. Hufana is the Interim Assistant National Statistician for Civil Registration Service of the Philippine Statistics Authority. She is a lecturer on various topics related to civil registration laws and procedures as well as vital statistics. She has acted as a resource for civil registration laws, policies and procedures in various seminars, trainings, workshops and forums worldwide.
Dr Priscilla Idele is Senior Adviser and Acting Chief of Data Analysis Unit at UNICEF New York. Her areas of expertise are monitoring and evaluation, public health, demography and HIV/AIDS. Dr Idele has worked in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Latin America, North America and Britain. At UNICEF, she leads and provides technical oversight for monitoring and reporting on global health and social related commitments for children; supports the development of monitoring and evaluation guidance and serves in various interagency expert groups on monitoring. She won a prize of excellence in research related to children affected by AIDS at the International AIDS Conference, Vienna 2010. She holds a PhD in Social Statistics from the University of Southampton, United Kingdom.
Katherine Wanjiru Getao
Dr. Katherine W. Getao serves the Government of Kenya as the ICT Secretary, the strategic head of ICT in Kenya. In 2014 and 2015 she was an active member of the United Nations Group of Governmental Experts in the field of security in the context of information and communication technology, a group that recently published a report for presentation to the United Nations General Assembly. She has presented several papers at meetings in the domain of Cybersecurity and diplomacy. From 2013 to 2014, Dr. Katherine Getao supported the formation of the newly created ICT Authority – providing strategic planning expertise, transition and change management guidance. Dr. Katherine Getao was appointed the ICT Secretary in charge of the eGovernment Directorate in August 2010. The eGovernment Directorate was the strategic advisor on ICT issues to the Government of Kenya and manages the ICT operations of the government. Katherine prioritized the implementation of the constitution through the use of ICTs to deliver public services to all Kenyans and the achievement of Vision 2030 through improving the efficiency and effectiveness of government. Katherine led the design phase of the Huduma Kenya Initiative which has transformed the way citizens access Government services. The Directorate was subsequently merged with other agencies to form the ICT Authority. In December 2011 Katherine was awarded the Elder of the Burning Spear by the President of Kenya for her services to the nation. Prior to this responsibility between 2008 and 2010, Katherine was a project manager in the NEPAD e-Schools Initiative, a priority project of the NEPAD e-Africa Commission. The Initiative equipped African youth with the skills and knowledge to participate confidently and effectively in the Global Information Society and Knowledge Economy. The Initiative targetted all primary and secondary schools in Africa and partnered with African Governments and the private sector to implement six NEPAD e-Schools in each of 16 African countries during the demonstration phase, as well as developing a comprehensive business plan for the massive rollout of NEPAD e-Schools in the participating countries. The rollout covered eleven key areas including the professional development of teachers and school administrators to facilitate teaching and learning in NEPAD e-Schools. Katherine joined the Initiative in early 2008. From 2001 to 2007 Katherine was the Director of the School of Computing and Informatics, University of Nairobi, Kenya. During her tenure the School expanded its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Computer Science and became the first East African University to graduate doctoral students in Computer Science. The School partnered with the Flemish InterUniversity Council (VLIR) of Belgium in an ambitious programme which resulted in a quintupling of the School’s research output in the areas of high performance computing, machine learning, natural language processing and the use of computers in education. Katherine also participated actively in the development of Computer Science programmes in higher education in the East Africa region through external examination and her work as a reviewer for the Kenyan Commission for Higher Education. In her own research work Katherine published journal and conference papers in the areas of Grid Computing and the use of computers in education. Her work in education was recognised when she was elected to the ICT Hall of Fame in Kenya in 2007. On December 12, 2011 Katherine was installed as an Elder of the Burning Spear (EBS) in recognition of her contribution to the Government and people of Kenya.Katherine holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Combined Sciences (Chemistry and Computer Studies) from Brighton Polytechnic, U.K. an M.Sc. in Intelligent Knowledge-based Systems from the University of Essex, U.K. and a Ph.D. in Computing from Lancaster University, U.K. She is a Commonwealth Research Fellow (2005.)Katherine is single with no dependants. In her spare time she enjoys learning, writing and mentoring young people.
r. Claire Melamed
Dr. Claire Melamed is the Head of the Growth, Poverty and Inequality Programme at ODI. She was previously the Head of Policy at ActionAid UK. She has also worked for Christian Aid, the United Nations in Mozambique, and taught at the University of London and the Open University. Claire leads ODI’s work on the post-2015 agenda, which involves policy research, an ongoing events programme, and jointly running the MY World survey with the United Nations. Within the Growth, Poverty and Inequality team, researchers work on economic growth and employment, poverty data and measurements, inequality, and how to better incorporate the views and priorities of poor people into donor and government decision making.
Amina J. Mohammed
Ms. Mohammed was born in 1961, in Nigeria. She was appointed in July 2012 by the UN Secretary General as Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning. Ms. Mohammed has more than 30 years experience as a development practitioner in the public and private sectors, as well as civil society. Prior to her UN role, she served as Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on the MDGs, serving three Presidents over a period of six years. Ms. Mohammed has served on numerous international advisory panels and boards. She is a recipient of the Nigerian ‘National Honours Award of the Order of the Federal Republic’ and was inducted in the Nigerian Women’s Hall of Fame in 2007. Ms. Mohammed has four children.
Ambassador Jorge Montaño was born in Mexico City. He graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Law and Political Science and has a Master’s degree and Doctorate in Political Science from the London School of Economics. He entered the Mexican Foreign Service in 1979. In the Foreign Ministry he was Director General of United Nations Specialized Agencies and Director General for Multilateral Affairs. He has been Mexico’s Head of Delegation in numerous UN conferences and other mechanisms, as well as in meetings of regional organizations. In 2013 he was appointed as Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations.
Lenni Montiel was appointed as Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs and took office on 16 January 2015. With almost thirty years of experience, Mr. Lenni Montiel has held strategic positions within the Government of Venezuela and in several international organizations. Throughout his career he has been systematically involved in policy making and analytical work on issues related to economic development. As Director in the Ministry of Planning and in the Ministry of Family Affairs, he contributed to the design of government policies in Venezuela; he was also the lead economist in the team that created the Social Investment Fund of Venezuela in the early 1990s. He also served as Counsellor to the Executive Director for Venezuela and Panama at the Board of Directors of the Inter-American Development Bank. At the UN, Mr. Montiel has built a career as economic and policy adviser to both senior government officials at national and local levels and he has worked in several countries and in different capacities. He was UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan and provided long term policy support to national development efforts in Vietnam, Ukraine, Belarus, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Kazakhstan, Mauritius, Peru, Romania and the Territory of Kosovo. At the Bureau for Development Policy in UNDP in New York, Mr. Montiel was a Senior Policy Adviser leading large teams of policy advisers working around the globe through the management of several professional communities of practice. He was the architecture and Network Facilitator of LOGOV- “Innovations in Local Governance Electronic Initiative”, that was acknowledged as a “Good Practice” in the 1998 UNCHS-HABITAT Best Practice International Award.
Beth Simone Noveck is Co-Founder and Director of The GovLab and its MacArthur Research Network on Opening Governance. Funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Google.org, the GovLab strives to improve people’s lives by changing how we govern. The GovLab designs and tests technology, policy and strategies for fostering more open and collaborative approaches to strengthen the ability of people and institutions to work together to solve problems, make decisions, resolve conflict and govern themselves more effectively and legitimately. The Jerry Hultin Global Network Visiting Professor at New York University’s Polytechnic School of Engineering, she was formerly the Jacob K. Javits Visiting Professor at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a visiting professor at the MIT Media Lab. Beth is a professor of law at New York Law School. She served in the White House as the first United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer and director of the White House Open Government Initiative (2009-2011). UK Prime Minister David Cameron appointed her senior advisor for Open Government, and she served on the Obama-Biden transition team. Among projects she’s designed or collaborated on are Unchat, The Do Tank, Peer To Patent, Data.gov, Challenge.gov and the Gov Lab’s Living Labs and training platform, The Academy. A graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School, she serves on the Global Commission on Internet Governance and chaired the ICANN Strategy Panel on Multi-Stakeholder Innovation. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Open Contracting Partnership. She was named one of the “Foreign Policy 100″ by Foreign Policy, one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company and one of the “Top Women in Technology” by Huffington Post. She has also been honored by both the National Democratic Institute and Public Knowledge for her work in civic technology. Beth is the author of Wiki Government: How Technology Can Make Government Better, Democracy Stronger and Citizens More Powerful, which has also appeared in Arabic, Russian, Chinese and in an audio edition, and co-editor of The State of Play: Law, Games and Virtual Worlds. Her next book Smart Citizens: Smarter State will appear with Harvard University Press.
Jeffrey O’Malley is the Director of the Division of Data, Research and Policy for UNICEF, based in New York. In that role, he is responsible for shaping research and evidence priorities for the organization, ensuring that evidence in turn shapes UNICEF policies and strategies, and leading UNICEF accountability efforts. Mr. O’Malley has almost 30 years of experience in public health and development. Prior to joining UNICEF, his background includes serving as the Director of HIV, Health and Development for UNDP and as the Country Director for India for PATH, the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health. Between 1993 and 2004, Mr. O’Malley established and led the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, which became the world’s largest international development nongovernmental organization specializing in HIV and AIDS. He has also worked for the Harvard School of Public Health and for the World Health Organization.
Ambassador Milanovic was appointed Permanent Representative of the Republic of Serbia to the United Nations by the Decision of the Government of the Republic of Serbia of 5 April 2013. Upon graduation from the School of Economics of the University of Belgrade, he joined the Foreign Service of the then Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1988. Since 1988 to 1993, he was Attache and then Third Secretary in the Sector for Economic Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since 1993 to 1998, he served as Third and then Second Secretary in the Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia to the United Nations Office at Geneva. Since 1998 to 2001, he was Deputy and then Acting Chef de Cabinet in the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Since 2001 to 2005, he was First Counsellor for Economic Affairs in the Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro in Paris and its Representative to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). In 2005, he was appointed as Director of the newly established Department for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the rank of Minister Counsellor. In 2006, he was promoted to Ambassador at Large. Prior to the appointment as Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Serbia to the United Nations in New York in 2009, he served as Director of the Department for Partnership for Peace in the Sector for Security Policy in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Stefan Schweinfest was appointed Director of the Statistics Division (STAT/DESA) effective on 1 July 2014. Mr. Schweinfest studied Mathematical Economics at the Universities of Wuerzburg and Bonn, Germany. He holds a Diplome D’Etudes Approfondies from the University of Paris (Sorbonne/Pantheon) in these fields. During his M.Phil studies at the London School of Economics, he also held a position as teaching assistant at the LSE. Mr. Schweinfest joined UN DESA’s Statistics Division in 1989 and worked in various areas, such as national and environmental accounting, statistical capacity building programmes, and indicator frameworks. He was also responsible for external relationships of the Division, both with member countries as well as with international partner organizations. In this context, he has been the substantive Secretary of the United Nations Statistical Commission since 2002. He was also closely involved since the beginning in the establishment of the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) programme and acted as the key liaison between the Division and the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) during the negotiations of the UN resolution that formally launched UNGGIM in 2011. In his private time Stefan likes to sing and has performed numerous concerts with his chorus in Carnegie Hall. He is also a passionate marathon runner and loves to hit the road all over the world
Programme Manager, Humanitarian Data Exchange, UNOCHA. Sarah Telford leads OCHA's Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) platform. The goal of HDX is to make humanitarian data easy to find and use for analysis. Launched in July 2014, HDX holds over 2,000 datasets and has users in 200 countries and territories. Sarah has worked with OCHA for eight years. Before her work on data, she was focused on improving humanitarian reporting across OCHA's offices. She has also worked for DFID, DPKO, the International Medical Corps and the US Fund for UNICEF.
Matt Wood is part of the technical leadership team at Amazon Web Services, pulling from over a decade of expertise in distributed systems, architecture, web-scale analytics, big data, machine learning and high performance computing to help customers bring their ideas to life through technology.” After medical school, Dr. Wood completed his PhD in machine learning and bioinformatics, joined Cornell as a research fellow, and contributed to the next generation DNA sequencing platform at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. Since joining Amazon Web Services in early 2010, he has played a role in introducing many significant new features and services to customers on the AWS Cloud, including AWS Lambda, Amazon Kinesis and Amazon Machine Learning.