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The annual ICT4D Conferences have proven to be an invaluable opportunity for NGOs, private sector organizations, universities, governmental agencies and foundations to share their experience in using ICT to increase the impact of development programs and to learn from each other.  In 2016, 750 individuals from 76 countries and 320 private sector and public sector and civil society explored the ways to harness the full power of digital solutions to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  Our thanks to Accenture, Catholic Relief Services, Esri, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, iMerit Technology Services, Inmarsat, IS Solutions, Making All Voices Count, Mercy Corps, Microsoft, NetHope, Oxfam, Pandexio, Qualcom Wireless Reach, RTI International, SimbaNet and World Vision for making that possible.

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Carol Bothwell

Catholic Relief Services
Director, Technology Innovation for Development
United States
Plays an active role in advising organizations on the use of information and communications technology (ICT) to enhance the well being of developing communities around the world. As Director for Technology Innovation in Development, provides part-time advice and consulting support for efforts by Catholic Relief Services (CRS), a global relief and development organization, to enhance the effectiveness of its field programming through strategic use of technology. Serves on the board of iMerit Technology services, a social enterprise focused on helping underprivileged youth escape the poverty trap by providing livelihoods through the creation of digital jobs. Works with NetHope, a consortium of leading international humanitarian organizations, to develop learning assets and events that build organizational capacity to enhance the impact of development programs through use of ICT solutions. Executive editor of the SDG ICT4D ICT Playbook.

Previously, as Vice President and Chief Information Officer for CRS, aligned technology investments with agency strategy, enhanced the ability of the information technology organization to deliver global services, and established the agency's reputation as a thought leader in strategic use of technology to enhance its effectiveness.

As Vice President of CSC, a global information technology services firm, managed system development and integration programs involving over 1,000 professionals and annual budgets exceeding $300 million for international, commercial, and government clients. As CSC's first Chief Knowledge Officer, led a highly rated knowledge management and process improvement program.