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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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Steve Hellen

Catholic Relief Services
Director, ICT4D & GIS
United States
Steve Hellen has nearly 20 years of information technology experience. He joined Catholic Relief Services in 2012 to lead a team focused on Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) and improvements to systems throughout the agency. He managed the implementation of an agency-wide business development and project portfolio system. Steve now coordinates CRS’ ICT4D and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) initiatives and recently led an update to the agency’s multi-year ICT4D strategy.

Prior to joining CRS, Steve served as Director of Academic Technology at Johns Hopkins University. He taught computer science courses at Loyola University as well as an undergraduate GIS course at Johns Hopkins. He began his career at Accenture.

Steve holds a Master’s in environmental science and policy from Johns Hopkins University, a Bachelor’s in engineering science from Loyola University and a certificate in geographic information systems from Penn State University.