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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, 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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Dr. Shaun Ferris

Catholic Relief Services
Director, Agricultural Livelihoods
United States

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 building the agro-enterprise capacity of field staff, finding ways of generating value at the farm level through new combinations of skills acquisition, technology and market opportunity identification, and finding ways to improve information use and trading relationships. Shaun is currently working with a cross-agency team on generating agro-enterprise content for cloud based distance learning systems and creating farmer-facing business tools using ICT solutions.

Previously, Dr. Shaun Ferris worked 16 years with the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research. Over the course of his career, he has collaborated with several major agencies on both short and long term projects including USAID, the World Bank, USDA, FAO, UNCTAD, DFID, and IFAD.

Shaun holds a Bachelor’s in Horticultural Science from Reading University, a Master’s in Tropical Agriculture from Nottingham University and a PhD in Plant Physiology from Cranfield University.