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Thursday, May 18 • 16:20 - 17:05
Panel: Reflections: Moving the Needle Forward on the Use of Data to Achieve the SDGs

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As a community of organizations that have a stake in international development and humanitarian relief efforts, we are making strides in the use of ICTs to enhance our efforts. However, most will agree that we have yet to fully leverage the data and information that ICT makes possible. We often use ICT-enabled data to report what we have done, but not to target the services we provide, to plan the work we carry out, to understand its impact and to refine our strategies based on what we learn.  This panel will discuss and debate the most critical, realistic steps the community must take within the next year to advance the use of data in our decision making in our efforts to attain the Sustainable Development Goals.  Panelists will reflect on the presentations and discussions that have taken place throughout the week, on what has surprised them and on what they have learned to inform their point of view on this task.


Moderators
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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 inte... Read More →

Speakers
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Krishnan Dharmarajan

Executive Director, Centre for Digital Financial Inclusion
Krishnan Dharmarajan heads the Centre for Digital Financial Inclusion (CDFI), Institute for Financial Management and Research as its Executive Director. The Centre aims to develop and scale digital payment innovations and digital financial products and platforms aimed at poor or otherwise excluded population segments. CDFI partners and supports various organizations, including Government agencies in India at the Central and State levels, in evolving program implementation frameworks that leverage technology to provide benefits to the poor. The emphasis has been on re-imagining service delivery to the poor around innovations in the financial space. Prior to joining CDFI, Krishnan was Commissioner (Systems), CBEC, Govt of India where he worked... 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 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... Read More →
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Ushnisha Ghosh

Lean Data Senior Associate, Acumen
Ushnisha Ghosh joined the Lean Data Team as Senior Associate in April 2016 and leads Acumen’s Impact and Lean Data work in India. Prior to joining Acumen, she gained significant experience across the social enterprise sector as a consultant and project manager. With her experience in impact measurement, she was part of the core team building PRISM... Read More →
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Ajit Rangnekar

Director General, Research & Innovation Circle of Hyderabad
Ajit Rangnekar is the Director General of the Research & Innovation Circle of Hyderabad, a unique initiative of the Telangana Government to foster innovation through collaboration between academic institutions, research institutions and industry. Prior to that, he was first the D... Read More →



Thursday May 18, 2017 16:20 - 17:05
Hall 3

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