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Dr. Emmanuel Letouzé

Visiting Scholar/MIT Media Lab
Director & Co-Founder/Data Pop Alliance
United States
Dr. Emmanuel Letouzé is the Director and co-Founder of Data-Pop Alliance, a coalition on Big Data and development co-created in 2013 by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, MIT Media Lab, Overseas Development Institute, and joined in 2016 by the Flowminder Foundation as its 4th core member. Emmanuel is a Visiting Scholar at MIT Media Lab, a Research Affiliate at HHI and a Research Associate at ODI. He is the author of UN Global Pulse’s White Paper “Big Data for Development” (2012) and of the 2013 and 2014 OECD States of Fragility reports. His research and work focuses on Big Data’s application and implications for official statistics, poverty and inequality, conflict, crime and fragility, climate change, vulnerability and resilience, and human rights, ethics and politics. He worked as a Development Economist for UNDP in New York from 2006-09 on fiscal policy, post-conflict economic recovery and migration, and between 2000-04 in Hanoi, Vietnam for the French Ministry of Finance as a technical assistant in public finance and official statistics. He holds a BA in Political Science and an MA in Economic Demography from Sciences Po Paris, an MA from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs where he was a Fulbright Fellow, and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a political cartoonist for various publications and media as ‘Manu’.