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, 715 individuals from 76 countries and 301 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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Tuesday, May 17 • 09:00 - 09:45
Converging Technologies and Sustainable Digital Development for All

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The United Nations new Sustainable Development Agenda came into effect on January 1st 2016. The agenda recognizes ICTs and global connectivity as ‘holding great potential for human progress.’ It adopted a number of technology targets which include ‘universal and affordable access to the internet by 2030‘.
To ensure that everyone shares in the digital benefits of greater economic growth, social inclusion and environmental balance, we need innovative strategic partnerships that maximize the convergence of mobile, connectivity and cloud technologies. This panel will look at the challenges, opportunities and field-tested solutions we face in bringing digital empowerment and services to the developing world. It will also consider what business models can best sustain and increase demand for digital services.

Thought leaders will address a number of key questions, such as:
• How to roll out the required network infrastructure and financing models?
• How to create an enabling policy and regulatory environment that stimulates relevant local content and services?
• How can cloud computing and software applications for ‘eServices’ help drive demand for connectivity?
• What are possible interim strategies that can be deployed to bridge analog and digital service delivery?
• How to ensure that connectivity is supported by human capacity building and the development of digital literacy skills?
• How to enhance ICT access and skills for the most marginalized groups, including girls and women and persons with disabilities?

The guiding principle for this panel is the development of a sustainable digital development strategy, based on human rights and good governance, which utilizes ICTs as a cross-cutting and tactical means of implementation.

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Gary Fowlie

Head, ITU Liason Office to the United Nations, International Telecommunications Union (ITU)
Gary Fowlie is the Head of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Liaison Office to the United Nations. ITU is the specialized agency of the UN responsible for information and communication technology. Gary worked as an Account Director for the global technology practice... Read More →

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Kate Krukiel

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Microsoft
Kate Krukiel joined Microsoft in 2006 and is currently the Technology Advisor for Partnerships for the United Nations International Organizations. In this role she is responsible for developing the key strategic objectives, mission-related partnerships and solution strategies across... Read More →
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Tom Marentette

Digital ND Lead Architect, University of Notre Dame
Tom Marentette has been with the University since 1997 in a variety of information technology roles, from network engineering to project management and his present day role as architect of teaching and learning technologies. His current responsibilities include the strategy, planning... Read More →
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John Muchiri Muriithi

Head of Department, Merchant Payments, Safaricom
John is a well-seasoned commercial person with 15 years’ experience in sales & Marketing, 7 of which have been in the mobile industry mainly dealing with Mobile money. John has vast experience in distribution set up, strategy formulation, Business development, Key account... Read More →
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Chris Reichart

Chief Business Officer, Zerion Software, Inc.
Chris Reichart is the Chief Business Officer of Zerion Software, Inc. and co-creator of the award winning iFormBuilder mobile platform. Chris has over 16 years’ experience in the mobile technology industry, specifically focused on business development, technical sales, and user... Read More →
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Mwambu Wanendeya

Africa Executive Director, ONE
Mwambu Wanendeya serves as ONE’s Africa Executive Director. Prior to joining ONE he had leadership positions in finance and telecommunications for ten years leading global and regional teams responsible for brand, marketing, communications and corporate social responsibility for... Read More →

Tuesday May 17, 2016 09:00 - 09:45 EAT
Jambo Conference Centre