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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01- Plenary [clear filter]
Monday, May 16

08:00 EAT

Welcome and Introduction to SDG ICT Playbook
The Sustainable Development Goals, represent a commitment on the part of leaders around the world to ending poverty in all its forms. As such they recognize that a holistic approach is needed to step up to the social, environmental and economic challenges of creating a world in which all people live in dignity and peace and have the opportunity and natural resources to achieve their full human potential for generations to come. No one doubts the difficulty of meeting this commitment– particularly when we are faced with new challenges – environmental degradation and climate change, expanding populations, the spread of new diseases and increasing numbers of conflicts – this at a time where millions of people still do not have access to basic services and continue to live in poverty and hunger.

It will take the combined talent and efforts of organizations from all walks of life to find new ways of working and interacting that help us address complex development issues. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) are key enabler of these changes – changes that not only improve the efficiency and impact of development work – but create sustainable approaches to providing the information and services that empower communities, families, and individuals to live healthy and prosperous lives. The SDG ICT Playbook is a resource that is designed to help our organizations leverage technology in the work they undertake to address the SDGs. The presentations and discussions during the course of the ICT4D conference build on many of the themes laid out in the Playbook and aim to move the community forward in leveraging the full potential of ICT in their work.

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Sean Callahan

Chief Operating Officer, Catholic Relief Services
As Chief Operating Officer of CRS, Sean Callahan provides executive leadership to the Overseas Operations, US Operations, and Human Resources divisions. His role is to enhance performance, stimulate innovation, and position the Agency for the future. In 2015, Sean was elected 1st... Read More →

Monday May 16, 2016 08:00 - 08:30 EAT
Jambo Conference Centre

08:30 EAT

The Role of ICTs in Enabling the Economic, Environmental and Social Changes Needed to Achieve the SDGs
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Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi

Secretary-General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, of Kenya, who became UNCTAD's seventh Secretary-General on 1 September 2013, has an extensive background as an elected official, an academic, and a holder of high government office. He also has wide-ranging experience in trade negotiations, and in African and broader... Read More →

Monday May 16, 2016 08:30 - 09:05 EAT
Jambo Conference Centre

09:05 EAT

The Role of ICT in Supporting Kenya's Strategy for Achieving the SDGs
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Joseph Mucheru

MBS (Moran of Burning Spear), Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Information, Communication & Technology, Kenya Government
Joseph Mucheru, MBS, is the current Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Communiations and Technology of the Government of the Republic of Kenya.

Monday May 16, 2016 09:05 - 09:45 EAT
Jambo Conference Centre

09:45 EAT

Challenge: Empowering Communities to Report and Track Progress

The world has just made its biggest ever promise to itself. Our leaders have agreed to 17 Global Goals that would mean a better life for all of us. They would virtually end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change in the next 15 years. It’s one of the most incredible to-do lists ever written – but now we need to turn words into action. You, participants in this conference have the power to make sure our leaders keep these world-changing promises. In this session ONE will outline the challenge for the week.  If we, from different sectors, organizations and walks of life come together we can put in place a system that allows people all over the world, in every community facing extreme poverty, to report and track progress against the SDGs.  We can be sure that we leverage the potential of ICT to give those living in extreme poverty a voice and tools to hold also of us all accountable for delivering against the promises embodied in the 17 Global Goals.

As the conference unfolds this week, take the opportunity to work with your colleagues on the answering this challenge and come back and tell us at the end of the week what approaches you recommend and what commitments you can make.  People living in extreme poverty have been waiting for their leaders to answer questions regarding access to modern energy, clean water, education, health services, decent work and the things needed to live safe and health lives and have the opportunity to reach their full potential.  Let’s not make them wait any longer. 

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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 →

Monday May 16, 2016 09:45 - 10:15 EAT
Jambo Conference Centre
Tuesday, May 17

08:00 EAT

Getting the Basics Right: The Digital Divide and its Impact on Achieving the SDGs
Over the past several years, an expanding number of global organizations have focused attention on supporting socioeconomic development through expanded leverage of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). This has been represented in the WTDC's Dubai Declaration in April 2014, and more recently within the Addis Ababa Action Agenda in July of 2015. The establishment of the new 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2015-2030 in September 2015, in combination of ITU's Connect 2020, further highlight and strengthen this ICT4D commitment.

Within the SDG's, specific attention is highlighted by Target 9, where with respects to those countries most in need of socioeconomic development, the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), there needs to be a priority focus on expanding affordable Internet access by 2020. This theme is further expanded by ITU's Connect 2020 Agenda, though it reaches even beyond the LDCs. Connectivity is one of the themes reflected within the SDG-ICT Playbook as it is a fundamental cross-cutting topic needing attention.

This presentation will build off this growing global consensus by drilling down and adding definition to this Digital Challenge linking the connectivity challenge to the #1 SDG priority of eliminating poverty with the current connectivity divide. Further, it will put forward a suggested ecosystem approach for addressing not simply the connectivity shortfall, but also the need for addressing the essential value-added content and services and adoption by those most in need.

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Darrell Owen

International Development Consultant, Owen & Owen
Darrell Owen has been engaged in socioeconomic-focused Digital Development for over 22 years, initially as an employee of USAID, but also as an independent consultant to both the private and public sectors. With a Master’s degree in Telecommunications, Darrell’s focus has been... Read More →

Tuesday May 17, 2016 08:00 - 08:30 EAT
Jambo Conference Centre

08:30 EAT

National Data Revolution in Kenya
The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (Global Partnership), hosted by the UN Foundation, was launched in September 2015 by more than 70 governments, civil society groups, companies, international organizations, and expert networks worldwide, the will help harness the data revolution to fill critical gaps, and ensure data is more accessible and useable to end extreme poverty, combat climate change, and ensure a healthy life for all.

Kenya is a founding member of the Global Partnership and is working with a wide range of actors to evoke a National Data Revolution in Kenya. The steering committee is hosted at the Office of the Deputy President and is focused on developing a data revolution roadmap, designing an integrated data systems, and strengthening national and county planning processes and tools.

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Philip Thigo

Office of the Deputy President (DP), Lead of the National Data Revolution agenda
Philip Thigo is a Kenyan technology & governance practitioner. He currently serves as a Senior Advisor on Data and Innovation at the Legislative and Intergovernmental Liaison Office, Office of the Deputy President of Kenya. He Co-founded INFONET in Kenya, an innovation initiativ... Read More →

Tuesday May 17, 2016 08:30 - 09:00 EAT
Jambo Conference Centre

09:00 EAT

Converging Technologies and Sustainable Digital Development for All
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

09:45 EAT

Kibera Town Center: A Community-Based Approach to Delivery of Basic and Empowerment Services
The Kibera Town Centre, a clean technology facility in one of the largest slums in the world, is an effort to merge high-quality physical facilities with new information-based design and operational capabilities.

See http://kiberawater.com for the UAV video flyover video.

We have built basic physical components (large building, deep borehole, water treatment, clean water distribution systems (bulk water, piped, and jerry-can), a highly efficient waste water treatment plant, power management systems, high-bandwidth microwave networks, local data caching and streaming infrastucture) and  we combine them to provide high quality basic services: clean drinking water, hand washing, cafe and restaurant, toilets, showers, laundry services, power and computer services. From this, we are working to build human systems of management, governance, rapid adaptation, agility, and response to community needs. We are attempting to bring new capabilities into one of the most entrepreneurial communities in the world, the slum community, and enable innovation in that community.

Our thirty managers, all from Kibera, are constantly refining and creating new ways to build upon this platform in a constantly changing political and economic environment.  We provide business skills training, IT training, credit and savings services, job placement focused on Internet-enabled jobs, educational and library services, and
are developing programs in construction crafts--in partnership with Kiberan organizations, local government, and  Kenyan and international corporations.  We incubate new enterprises that use these capabilities in new ways.

From an ICT4D perspective, we have created a testing platform to integrate new technologies in energy, water treatment, water quality sensors, spatial data acquisition, operational management, and information services. Our challenge is to demonstrate their effectiveness.

Our design incorporates real-time sensing and control of the physical plant, customer and service  quality monitoring through point of sale and proximity capabilities, and a continuous attempt to integrate disparate and conflicting technical and information systems. We are trying to understand the path from Software Defined Networks to Software Defined Buildings, Communities and Cities.

John Gage will describe the successes and failures of the Human Needs Project, and where we stand in creating a community-owned, self-sustaining center to develop a set of capabilities with Kiberan residents and the integral role that ICTs play in their delivery.

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John Gage

CWTO/Board Member, Human Needs Project/Sun Microsystems
John Gage was a founder and the Chief Researcher for Sun Microsystems, Inc. and a partner in the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, where he provided counsel to the firm’s global network of entrepreneurs, scientists, academics, and government leaders. John... Read More →

Tuesday May 17, 2016 09:45 - 10:15 EAT
Jambo Conference Centre
Wednesday, May 18

08:00 EAT

Partnerships to Realize a Digital Revolution in Agriculture in Service of Realizing the Sustainable Development Goals before 2030
With the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2015, agriculture is recognized as contributing significantly to most of these goals. The agricultural sector is confronted with the major challenge of increasing the production of nutritious food to address food security, malnutrition and environmental sustainability against the backdrop of climate change, decreasing availability of natural resources and an aging demographic of farmers. Convergence of stakeholders along value chains for agriculture, ICT, finance and education sectors will be critical for us to realize the SDGs.

Agriculture is a data-intensive enterprise when one considers soil variability, moisture and nutrient levels, rainfall variability, timing of key operations like planting and harvesting, and market price volatility. Advanced agriculture industries help farmers manage these production and market risks through the application of spatial/temporal databases that are cloud enabled and integrated through Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). This creates a rich and dynamic data ecosystem that enables advanced analytics to inform farmers of the best economic options to maximize profitability and minimize risk – the two critical variables farmers around the globe need to manage. Digital agriculture is a powerful tool to help farmers.

Digital agriculture can be defined as ICT and data ecosystems to support the development and delivery of timely, targeted (localized) information and services to make farming profitable and sustainable (socially, economically and environmentally) while delivering safe, nutritious and affordable food for ALL. The key components to support the implementation of digital agriculture are Smart Development Infrastructure (SDI) and low-cost smart phones and tablets to support bi-directional flow of data and information to rural consumers. SDI has been the key driver in supporting modern farming in USA, Australia and Europe as well as emerging economies of China and Brazil.
To realize the promise of prosperity to smallholder farmers through digital agriculture, a wide range of partners will be required. Requirements of farmers and consumers need to be captured to support demand-driven innovation. Stakeholders along the value chain from basic to adaptive research on improved seed and agronomic practices are required to increase productivity. Modern knowledge management systems and service providers are required to translate these inputs into realized productivity increases. Storage providers and processors need to be integrated to create the market incentives for farmers to adopt improved technologies. Policy makers need to create an enabling environment for all stakeholders to support the migration from subsistence to commercially viable agriculture and food systems that deliver safe, nutritious and affordable food for all. This diverse panel of public and private sector stakeholders will offer their perspective on the challenges and opportunities for digital agriculture to lift farm families out of poverty and support sustainable food systems around the world.

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Dr. David Bergvinson

Director General, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
David joined ICRISAT in January 2015 to lead its strategy development to ensure science, demand-driven innovation and strategic partnerships come together to translate science into prosperity for rural families in the dryland tropics of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to joining... Read More →

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Willy Bett

Cabinet Secretary, Republic of Kenya Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries
Willy Kipkorir Bett is the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries. By the time of his appointment to the Cabinet, Mr. Bett was serving as the Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Seed Company, a position he held for six years (2009-2015). During his tenure... Read More →
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Dr. Shaun Ferris

Director, Agricultural Livelihoods, Catholic Relief Services
Dr. Shaun Ferris has worked for the past 10 years for Catholic Relief Services (CRS). In his current position, Shaun focuses on supporting smallholder farmers along the pathway to prosperity, as part of CRS’ Signature Program Area for Agriculture. His work at CRS also focuses on... Read More →
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Janet Mumo

CEO, Kitui Development Centre
Janet Syombua Mumo facilitated the establishment of the Kitui Development Centre (KDC).  This center was registered in December 2001 as a local Non-profit making organization under the NGO coordination act of 1990 to work in Kitui district. In January 2010, KDC received a permit... Read More →
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Zebby B. A. Simiyu

Executive Director, Good Neighbors Community Development Initiative (GNCDI)
Zebby Simiyu is working for Good Neighbours Community Development Initiative (GNCDI) based in Bungoma County with farmer groups, individuals, institution in promoting production and marketing of Horticultural Crops and Macadamia nuts. Good Neighbours Community Programme (GNCP... Read More →

Wednesday May 18, 2016 08:00 - 08:45 EAT
Jambo Conference Centre

08:45 EAT

Smart Cities, Infrastructure and Connectivity for Heuristic Urban, Peri-urban and Rural Community Planning/Development
The UN projects that 5.0 billion of the 8.3 billion people expected to be alive in 2030 will be living in “megacities” (10-35 million), medium (5-10 million) and smaller cities and peri-urban communities, with the largest changes in store for Asia, Africa and Latin America. Cities are crucibles of political power, commerce, education, and innovation. But in much of the developing world, a billion people inhabit slums today, with 2.0 billion likely by 2030, and lack basic infrastructure for adequate shelter, food, clean water, waste management, transport, and electricity. In the context of SDG 9 (resilient infrastructure) and SDG 11(cities and human settlements), this panel will focus on a new generation of sensors and portable devices, data analytics and an emerging “Internet of Things” to manage these challenges more intelligently and efficiently. Mindful of HABITAT III in October, panelists will address “smart” cities, infrastructure and Internet connectivity to facilitate a continuum between urban, peri-urban and rural communities for improved regional planning, investment and the identification of heuristic scientific and engineering solutions for these common problems.

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Dr. Reginald Vachon

Ph.D. P.E., Eur. Ing., Chairman SMA, World Federation of Engineering Organizations
Dr. Reginald Vachon is a Board Member of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO), a Vice President of the North America Pan American Union of Engineering Organizations and a member of the Pan American Academy of Engineering and the International Nuclear Energy Academy... Read More →

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David Gadsden

Nonprofit & Global Organizations Director, Esri
David Gadsden leads Esri's Nonprofit Sector which supports Nonprofits, Foundations, and International Organizations globally. David is also the administrator of the Nonprofit Organization Program which aims to empower nonprofits around the globe with Esri technology. David earned... Read More →
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John Garrity

Global Government Affairs & Technology Policy, Cisco
John Garrity is Cisco's Global Policy Advisor in the Global Technology Policy group, managing government engagement and policy research. John is responsible for data-driven analysis on broadband connectivity issues contributing to the expansion of fixed and wireless networks, including... Read More →

Wednesday May 18, 2016 08:45 - 09:30 EAT
Jambo Conference Centre

09:30 EAT

Data Obsession: Why Our Focus is the Wrong One
Across the sector, there are endless discussions open data, shareable data, responsible data, and countless other ways to describe the data needed to design effective response to both emergencies and long-term development issues.  But the availability and access to data is only part of the challenge – what we all really need is access to information.  Making data useful and relevant requires leveraging the different sources of data, creating trust mechanisms that allow for the sharing and use of data, building responsible practices to protect privacy and security, and developing both individual and organizational capacity for the often difficult process of changing data into information.  Using the Ebola and Syrian refugee crises as backdrop, this talk will examine how data was used and what we can collectively do to make data usage more effective in future efforts.

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Lauren Woodman

Chief Executive Officer, NetHope
Lauren Woodman is the Chief Executive Officer of NetHope, where she drives the organization’s aggressive movement to put advanced connective technologies in the hands of nonprofits whose work can be magnified by its power. It is her primary goal to spark the tech world’s... Read More →

Wednesday May 18, 2016 09:30 - 10:15 EAT
Jambo Conference Centre
Thursday, May 19

08:00 EAT

Technology and Activism: New Crises and New Opportunities
To deliver on the SDGs in the context of the rapidly shifting digital landscape, we must rethink the way we work, and how we measure success. Because the new goals cover so much ground, they will be financed largely through inter-government and commercial financial flows rather than aid, and implemented by institutions other than development organizations. We can help shape the success of the SDGs if we change how we use ICT to enable citizens and consumers to exert influence over the governments and companies whose budgets dwarf aid flows. We will only do that effectively, however, if we confront three challenges: (1) as transparency initiatives proliferate and technology enables the generation of more data than ever before, it is becoming more rational for citizens to ignore new data; (2) as more development work seek to be politically relevant and influential, the space for political engagement online or through ICTs is closing and (3) as donors want more concrete feedback about their returns on investment, we need them to embrace longer term success metrics and higher levels of risk.

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Paul O'Brien

Vice President for Policy and Campaigns, Oxfam America
Paul O’Brien is the Vice President for Policy and Campaigns at Oxfam America where he oversees research, policy, advocacy, and campaigning work to influence the US government and US corporations. Before joining Oxfam in 2007, he lived in Afghanistan for five years where he worked... Read More →

Thursday May 19, 2016 08:00 - 08:30 EAT
Jambo Conference Centre

08:30 EAT

Impact Investing and Frugal Innovation – Boon or Bane?
The growing impact investment market provides capital to address the world’s most pressing challenges in sectors such as sustainable agriculture, clean technology, microfinance, healthcare, and education. This coupled with frugal innovation for emerging markets is addressing large social gaps. This panel shares current landscape and down to earth impact investing from the sector, entrepreneur, INGO and investor perspectives.

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Radha Basu

Chief Executive Officer, iMerit Technology Services Pvt. Ltd.
Radha Ramaswami Basu has over 30 years’ experience in executive management and is widely recognized as a leading woman technology entrepreneur. Radha grew Hewlett Packard’s electronic business software division into a $1.5 billion business. She then held the position of Chairman... Read More →

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Dr. Shaun Ferris

Director, Agricultural Livelihoods, Catholic Relief Services
Dr. Shaun Ferris has worked for the past 10 years for Catholic Relief Services (CRS). In his current position, Shaun focuses on supporting smallholder farmers along the pathway to prosperity, as part of CRS’ Signature Program Area for Agriculture. His work at CRS also focuses on... Read More →
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Mary Mwangi

East Africa Chapter Manager, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)
Mary Mwangi has been with ANDE since August 2012. As the Chapter Coordinator and now Manager, Mary has planned and executed over 50 sector meetings in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda including networking events, workshops, roundtable meetings and ANDE’s first conference in Africa... Read More →
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Bitange Ndemo

Associate Professor, School of Business, University of Nairobi
Dr Bitange Ndemo is an ICT Champion, Academician, and a Newspaper Columnist. He currently serves as an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Nairobi’s Business School where he teaches and researches on entrepreneurship and research methods with most of his... Read More →

Thursday May 19, 2016 08:30 - 09:25 EAT
Jambo Conference Centre

09:25 EAT

Partnering for Health Systems Strengthening - Strategies for Digital Health Scale-up

In the advent of the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals, it is incumbent on all actors and sectors in the digital health space to embark on the journey to scale with a partnership approach in mind, that seeks to leverage our collective experience, expertise and resources for the achievement of these goals. Ensuring that there is harmonisation of technology solutions for interoperability, implementation plans and funding mechanisms that support nationally agreed strategic objects of governments requires serious commitments from all concerned.

The focus of this panel discussion will be on 'partnering between governments, international partners and key in-country stakeholders in order to move to scale. This panel will seek to answer the following questions:

  • How can digital health solutions contribute to community and health systems strengthening at scale?
  • What is the role of governments in developing digital health strategies and providing strategic leadership for embedding digital solutions in their health services?
  • What is the role of (I)NGOs, the private sector and donors in supporting the development and implementation of national digital health strategies at scale?
  • Is there a role for a multi-stakeholder collaborative approach in taking digital health to scale?

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Dr. Alain Labrique

Director / Associate Professor, JHU Global mHealth Initiative
Dr. Alain Labrique is the founding director of the Johns Hopkins University Global mHealth Initiative, a multi-disciplinary consortium engaged in digital health innovation and research across the Johns Hopkins system. Labrique serves as an mHealth and Technical Advisor to several... Read More →

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Magnus Mordu Conteh

Director of Global Health Programmes, Strategic Partnerships and Innovation, World Vision International
Magnus joined World Vision Ireland in 2011 as Health Programme Coordinator for the Irish Aid funded Maternal Newborn and Child Health programme that is being implemented through the Ministries of Health in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mauritania and Sierra Leone. In addition to managing... Read More →
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Dr. Salim Hussein

Head of Community Health Unit, Ministry of Health, Kenya Government
As Head of the Community Health Unit at the Ministry of Health in Kenya, Dr. Salim sets policy, guidelines, and standards for community health, and oversees the Community Health Information Based Information system and the implementation of the monitoring & evaluation plan. Prior... Read More →
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Dr. Garrett Mehl

Scientist, World Health Organization
Dr. Garrett Mehl leads work on digital innovations for reproductive, maternal and child health at WHO. This includes evidence synthesis as manager of the WHO Technical and Evidence Review Group on mHealth for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (mTERG), and as WHO implementation... Read More →

Thursday May 19, 2016 09:25 - 10:15 EAT
Jambo Conference Centre

16:00 EAT

The Living Progress Challenge—The Power of the Crowd To Develop Tech Solutions for Social Impact
Building on a 75 year history of citizenship, Hewlett Packard Enterprise is now taking an innovative crowdsourcing approach to uncover pioneering digital solutions for millions of people disadvantaged by the digital divide. Launched on December 1, 2015, the HPE Living Progress Challenge invited the global community to bring forward proposals that answered the question: What software applications and digital services would you create to improve people’s lives around the world?

In this session, Christopher Wellise, Director, Strategic Initiatives, will share the genesis of the Challenge and the rationale for why Hewlett Packard Enterprise has taken this innovative approach. He will discuss the Living Progress Challenge’s multi-phase structure; how Hewlett Packard Enterprise worked with key internal and external partners to facilitate the contest’s vital crowdsourcing component, and how the power of crowdsourcing will be harnessed to unleash new creativity, innovation and ideas.

The session will also showcase examples of the diverse range of submissions the Challenge elicited. More than 130 proposals for digital solutions were received, addressing an array of social issues including democracy; monitoring and evaluation, financial inclusion; healthcare for new mothers; business resilience to disasters; unemployment; and more. Finally, Mr. Wellise will discuss the ongoing opportunities for companies like HPE to connect with organizations and implementers around the world in order to innovate to improve people’s lives.

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Christopher Wellise

Director of Strategic Initiatives, Living Progress Challenge, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Christopher Wellise is passionate about drawing upon his experience in business and science/engineering to analyze how organizations innovate, develop and market products; consume energy and natural resources; and produce waste streams, to find ways to bring businesses closer to economic... Read More →

Thursday May 19, 2016 16:00 - 16:30 EAT
Jambo Conference Centre

16:30 EAT


During this session we will reflect on what we learned this week, what approaches and commitments we can make to aligning our work so that it contributes to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, on leveraging the full potential of technology to accelerate progress towards those goals, and specifically meeting the challenge of engaging those living in extreme poverty in tracking and reporting on our progress towards goals, telling us what is working, what is not working, where we are succeeding and where we need to strengthen our efforts to meet our commitments.

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Ryan Johnson

Global Client Services Director, Accenture
Ryan Johnson leads Accenture’s efforts to channel its core commercial strategy, digital, operations, and technology consulting capabilities to meet the needs of the international development community. Ryan has over 9 years of experience supporting the international development... Read More →

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Nicole Barnes

Vice President, RTI International
Nicole leads business strategy and communications at RTI International’s International Development Group. As one of the architects of RTI’s investments in data revolution for development, she nurtures innovations at the intersection of RTI’s extensive experience in data science... Read More →
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Jaimie Drummond

Executive Director and Global Strategy, ONE
Jamie Drummond co-founded the advocacy organization DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa) with Bono, Bobby Shriver, and others in 2002 and ONE in 2004. The two entities merged in 2008 under the name ONE. DATA, ONE, and its partners have helped persuade the Bush Administration and bipartisan... Read More →
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Annemarie Reilly

Executive Vice President, Catholic Relief Services
As CRS’s executive vice president for Strategy and Organizational Development, Annemarie Reilly is responsible for leading the Agency’s strategy development, implementation and measurement across all divisions; leading the agency’s organizational development efforts to advance... Read More →
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Kate Wilson

Chief Executive Officer, Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL)
Kate Wilson believes that digital technology products, new technology policies and updated business model practices are required to make transformative change in the lives of the under-served and decrease the growing digital divide. Kate joined DIAL in February, 2016 as its CEO to... Read More →

Thursday May 19, 2016 16:30 - 17:30 EAT
Jambo Conference Centre