Dan has spent 30 years designing and applying innovation practices in both private and public organisations. As a pragmatic hands-on practitioner, he has worked with challenges at all stages of the innovation lifecycle from initial scrappy entrepreneurship to the art of driving cross cutting change in global enterprises. He has worked with a range of Humanitarian and public good organizations on advancing their use of innovation.
Samir K. Doshi currently helps develop the technology and innovation strategy for global programming at the World Wildlife Fund. Samir was the former Senior Scientist for USAID’s Global Development Lab, and led work on how data feedback loops between frontline workers and government officials could improve response and recovery efforts in humanitarian emergencies. He has held teaching and research appointments at the University of Cambridge, the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Jawaharlal Nehru University and the University of California, Berkeley.
Tarah joined DFID in 2010. She has over 15 years’ experience in international development, having worked across a variety of sectors and themes including public health, natural resource management, child protection, and community development. Tarah leads on a number of DFID’s investments in humanitarian research and innovation. Tarah holds a Masters in Development Management and a Professional Diploma in logistics and administration of humanitarian aid and development from the Institut Bioforce (France).
Manu Gupta is a humanitarian worker, co-founder and executive director of SEEDS, a non-profit organization working in disaster risk reduction and post-disaster response and recovery in Asia. In his 25 years of experience, he has led response programs following major emergencies in the region – the Gujarat earthquake of 2001, the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004 and a range of humanitarian situations including slow onset disasters, major catastrophic events, climate change impacts to technological hazards. SEEDS was awarded “Indian of the Year” in public service by CNN-IBN, in the year 2010. In 2016, SEEDS was recognized as “Sendai Target Champion” for reducing disaster mortality by UNISDR.
Manu is passionate about enabling communities to actively participate and lead efforts in strengthening their own resilience. He holds a Doctorate degree in community based disaster management. He completed his Masters in Urban Planning and a Bachelors degree in Physical Planning. He has written several research papers and strongly believes in spirituality as a basis for good humanitarianism
Manu serves on the boards of nine global and regional organizations. He is founder member of the Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network, an active network of national NGOs from over 20 countries in Asia. He is currently part of the Leadership Council of NEAR, a newly formed global network of southern NGOs. Member of Global Steering Committee member for UN-ISDR on the Resilient Cities Campaign. Chairperson, Advisory Board, Humanitarian Encyclopedia Project, CERAH, Geneva and member of the ISDR Asia Advisory Group.
At the national level, Manu is the co-founder of the Alliance for Adaption & Disaster Risk Reduction, the Owner Driven Reconstruction Collaborative in India, and others. He serves on various national committees of the Government of India.
Benjamin Kumpf is the Head of Innovation at the UK Department for International Development. Prior to this engagement, he led the Innovation Facility of the United Nations Development Programme. In this capacity, Benjamin managed a flexible fund to support experimentation, exploration and the scaling-up of development innovations.
Over the past 13 years, he has worked on programmes and policy design at the intersection of digital technologies, innovation and global development.
Benjamin’s past experience includes work with UN Volunteers, with the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), the International Agricultural Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics and others in India, Jordan, Nepal and Rwanda as well as multiple years of journalism on development and humanitarian topics.
He is a member of several advisory bodies to advance innovation in the development and humanitarian sectors and holds a Master degrees in Political Science and in Psychology from the University of Heidelberg and a post-graduate certification from the New York University.
Jim provides long-term planning, science and technology insights, strategy and policy advice to senior decision-makers in UK Government. His interests are in how to improve people’s proficiency to innovate and develop strategy and policy about the (long-term) future, from a socio-technical systems perspective. He is currently an RSA Fellow, a Fellow of the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management (ICPEM) and Member of the Operational Research Society; and works with a number of international research groups looking at innovation and future strategy.
Robin is a humanitarian practitioner and ethnographic researcher who explores the human and contextual factors of disaster and humanitarian response systems that lead to effective response. Her research revolves around understanding contextualized and dynamic meanings of value and effectiveness within humanitarian work; the role of decision-making; and implications for the design and accountability of technology.
She has over 18 years professional experience planning and conducting rapid response operations and logistics. In her career as a humanitarian logistician she has lived in and deployed to humanitarian conflicts and disaster locations for the USAID/OFDA, UNWFP and World Vision response teams. As a member of the communities she studies, her research couples an insider perspective with a theoretical framework drawn from human-centred design, hidden work, change adoption, and lowest level empowerment.
Dr. Ali Okhowat is a physician and bioethicist who is currently serving as Co-Lead of the World Health Organization (WHO) Innovation Hub, based at WHO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. In this role he is responsible for helping to scale high-impact health innovations and cultivating an innovation culture throughout WHO HQ, and its Regional and Country Offices. He previously worked as a Health Emergency Officer in WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme based in Geneva and Cairo, the latter as part of his role in helping to establish the Emergency Operations team in the WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (EMRO). In this capacity he was responsible for supporting WHO’s humanitarian health response activities in EMRO countries, including in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Pakistan, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, and Afghanistan, among others. Prior to joining the WHO, he worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Gaza, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan.
Ali is a graduate of the University of Toronto Medical School and Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy’s Fellowship in Global Journalism, McGill University’s Family Medicine Residency and Clinician Scholar Program and is an alumnus of Harvard Business School. He is currently completing his PhD in Bioethics at the University of Montreal.
Kristin Sandvik is a socio-legal scholar with a particular interest in the politics of innovation and technology in the humanitarian space. She holds a Candidata Juris from the University of Oslo and a doctoral degree from Harvard Law School. Sandvik is at the forefront of the thinking about the modalities and products of innovation, such as cash, cyber, drones, robots and wearables. She is currently engaged in work on digital bodies, digital dead body management, humanitarian ethics and experimentation.
Meg Sattler is Senior Innovations Specialist, Communication and Community Engagement for the Start and CDAC Network’s Innovation Labs project, and a Communication with Communities expert with RedR Australia. Prior to this she was Global Advisor for Community Engagement with the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster, United Nations WFP. She is passionate about supporting affected communities to take leadership in aid efforts and to hold the international aid system to account. Meg has held senior humanitarian roles across non-governmental and UN organisations in Haiti, Pakistan and throughout the Middle East. She has postgraduate degrees in Humanitarian Management and Journalism and her writing and photography are used by various organisations and academic institutions. Prior to her work in international aid, she was a refugee outreach worker and writer. Currently based in London, Meg is from Melbourne, Australia.
Nigel’s is the Product Lead for Google’s Crisis Response team, which is changing how citizens stay safe and informed during crises by providing information and tools to help people make better decisions and collaborate during emergencies, building more resilient communities. Before joining Google in 2011, Nigel led R&D on humanitarian systems at Microsoft working on crisis solutions and responses in Afghanistan, Haiti and elsewhere.
Adele is Senior Digital Health Advisor at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Over the past decade she has led programs and engagement campaigns at the intersection of digital technologies in global development, including as founder and managing director of an independent consulting practice, and, previously, as head of a $30M partnership between the United Nations Foundation and Vodafone Foundation.
Her past experience includes work as a journalist, editor, and communications advisor to both humanitarian groups and technology companies. She is an affiliated expert at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, and a member of several advisory bodies for companies and non-profits advancing strategic digital innovation in the health and humanitarian sectors. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Washington, DC.
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