GDF 2018: The Role of New Technologies in Emerging Markets
The world is undergoing a technological revolution, commonly referred to as the 4th industrial revolution, that is going to change the way we live, work, and connect with each another. The developing world is uniquely positioned to benefit from many of these leapfrog technologies. How can companies and governments work together to ensure that new technologies help promote inclusion and prevent a ‘digital divide’ within developing communities?
E. Wayne Holden
E. Wayne Holden, PhD, is RTI International’s fourth president and chief executive officer. He joined RTI as executive vice president of Social and Statistical Sciences in 2005, overseeing the organization’s largest unit. Prior to joining RTI, he served as vice president, senior vice president, and ultimately president of the research company ORC Macro. Before joining ORC Macro in 1998, he had a successful career in academia serving more than 10 years in a variety of roles in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine. Dr. Holden holds appointments as an adjunct professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine and as an adjunct professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health. Dr. Holden is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and has authored more than 130 articles, books, and book chapters on various topics in clinical child/pediatric psychology and health services research. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Research Triangle Foundation and the Emily Krzyzewski Center. He is also on the Board of Advisors for the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise and is a member of the Children’s Mental Health Network Advisory Council.
Wendy Taylor has worked for the last 20 years catalyzing innovations to tackle some of the world’s toughest global health challenges and utilizing market-based solutions to scale for impact. She recently was awarded a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship to explore how to advance opportunities in digital and data technologies to transform global health, including applying data technology to pandemic threats enabling effective outbreak prediction, earlier detection and enhanced decision support for a more rapid and robust response.
Wendy is the founder and former Director of the Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact at the U.S. Agency for International Development, a center of excellence applying innovative, business-minded approaches to accelerate the development, introduction and scale-up of priority global health innovations. In 2004, she founded Bio Ventures for Global Health, a non-profit working to engage the biopharmaceutical industry in developing medicines for diseases of the developing world. She also held senior positions with Malaria No More and the Biotechnology Industry Organization and worked in both the executive and legislative branches of the US government, including the Office of Management and Budget and the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means.
Ambassador Casper Klynge
Mr. Casper Klynge - whose previous jobs include postings in Indonesia, Cyprus and Afghanistan, as well as several duties in Copenhagen - has broad international experience from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and international organizations. He has worked with both foreign and security policy, development cooperation, export promotion as well as a range of sector policies in cooperation with a broad range of ministries, authorities and the private sector. Mr. Klynge previously served as Ambassador of Denmark to Indonesia, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea & ASEAN (2014) and Ambassador of Denmark to the Republic of Cyprus (2013). From 2011 to 2012, he served as Deputy Director for Stabilization, Fragile States and Afghanistan for the Royal Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has been actively engaged on the tech and digitization agenda and he has also been writing on the subject. Mr. Klynge holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Copenhagen University.
Samia Melhem is a Lead Policy Officer in the World Bank's Transport and ICT Global Practice. She chairs the Digital Development Community of Practice and leads Global ICT's Transformation practice, as well as its Knowledge, Learning and Solutions functions. Her current operational responsibilities include lending and technical assistance for the ICT sector. In her 20 years of experience in development at the World Bank Group, Samia has worked on ICT4D in several sectors: telecommunications and broadband policy, ICT for public sector transformation, improving health and education services, and innovation and private sector development. Samia held several positions as regional coordinator in different regions such as Africa, Middle East and North Africa, Senior Operations Officer at InfoDev, and Strategy and Policy Officer in ECA, Africa and IMT. She has worked in more than 40 countries, and has authored several research notes, working papers, case studies and policy notes. She holds degrees in Electrical Engineering (BS), Computer Sciences (MS) and Finance (MBA).
Harry Bader is the Acting Executive Director of the U.S. Global Development Lab, where he oversees the Lab and its operations. Prior to joining the Lab, Bader was a professor of environmental and polar security studies at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He has also worked as the Arctic Region Manager for the Alaska State Department of Natural Resources, where he supervised the conservation, development, and protection of oil, mineral, timber, wildlife, water, and wilderness resources. Bader, who has a JD from Harvard University and is completing a doctorate at the Yale University School of Forestry, has worked on humanitarian and natural resource management projects in more than a dozen countries. From 2009-2011 he served with USAID in the Office of Civilian Response. He is the recipient of the USAID 2011 Award for Heroism related to actions while co-leading the Natural Resources Counterinsurgency Cell in eastern Afghanistan.