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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James Hokans

Mercy Corps, AgriFin Accelerate Program
Director of Strategic Learning
United States
James Hokans is the Director of Strategic Learning in Mercy Corps' AgriFin Accelerate Program (www.mercycorpsafa.com). Mr. Hokans is a senior global thought leader in transformational digital finance and interoperability. Before joining Mercy Corps, Mr. Hokans was a practice director at Bankable Frontier Associates (www.bankablefrontier.com), a niche consulting company that focuses on socio-economic impact of mobile money and banking. He has also worked on transformational digital payments in the Philippines, Mexico, Colombia India, Indonesia, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria and the DRC. He is also the former Deputy Project Manager for the Gateway Financial Innovation for Savings (GAFIS) project sponsored by the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that focused on the delivery of innovative savings products on mobile, and he was a country director for the Better Than Cash Alliance. Mr. Hokans received his M.Sc. in Economics and Public Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and he also holds a certificate in Project Management from the Business School at the University of Cape Town. Mr. Hokans earned his BA at Dartmouth College.