Harnessing Big Data and AI for the SDGs: Getting to Scale in Africa and Asia
(New York, USA) 2018 marks the third year of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development along with its 17 goals and 169 targets. Yet, several governments still need access to appropriate data on their populations and particularly the most vulnerable and marginalized people of their societies to fulfill the pledge of the Agenda to leave no one behind.
Harnessing big data and artificial intelligence and complementing this new data sources and technologies with traditional data appear critical to produce the type of information needed for the achievement of the SDGs.
This session will examine inspiring examples of data innovation in the development and humanitarian sectors that have been institutionalized in Africa and Asia.
Participants will hear from speakers working on data innovation and artificial intelligence in the public sector to understand barriers and recommendations for what is needed to shift from proof-of-concept to scalable project applications in these regions and beyond.
About the Speakers
Paula Hidalgo-Sanchis, Manager, Pulse Lab Kampala
Paula Hidalgo-Sanchis, PhD from Spain has worked for over 16 years as a developer practitioner. She has been working for the past several years as Manager of Pulse Lab Kampala in Uganda. A result driven professional, she has extensive field experience working as humanitarian and development practitioner in more than 20 countries. She has served as Social Policy Advisor and Manager on Innovations working with the United Nations based in the Eastern Caribbean. She has also worked as analyst and manager with World Food Programme (WFP) based in Central America, Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of North Korea.
Before joining the UN, Paula worked as programme manager with a Spanish NGO. Paula has a strong technical background with specialized studies on international assistance. She holds a PhD in Geography and is the author of an awarded PhD thesis entitled "Vulnerability analysis and International Assistance". An expert on Geographical analysis she is passionate about promoting the use of big data and big data analytics for human development.
Derval Usher, Head of office, Pulse Lab Jakarta
Derval Usher is Head of Office for Pulse Lab Jakarta, a data innovation lab, which harnesses the power of new digital data sources and real-time analytics for development and humanitarian action. Pulse Lab Jakarta is a joint initiative of the United Nations (through UN Global Pulse) and the Government of Indonesia (through Bappenas), the first innovation lab of its kind in Asia, bringing together experts from United Nations agencies, government ministries, non-governmental organisations and the private sector.
Prior to joining the UN, Derval was General Manager of the European Chamber of Commerce in Jakarta, Indonesia and before that in Shanghai, China. She has a wealth of experience in trade policy and government relations. She has also worked with the World Food Programme and the European Commission. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Business with French and German from Dublin City University in Ireland and a Master degree in Chinese and International Relations from the University of Sheffield, UK.
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