The High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation was established by
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on 12 July 2018.
The scale, spread and speed of change brought about
by digital technology is unprecedented, and the current means and levels of international cooperation are unequal to the challenge.
Digital technologies make a significant contribution to the realisation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and
cut uniquely across international boundaries, policy silos and professional domains. Cooperation across domains and across
borders is therefore critical to realizing the full social and economic potential of digital technologies, mitigating the
risks they pose, and curtailing any unintended consequences.
The High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation was convened by the UN Secretary-General to advance proposals to strengthen cooperation in the digital space among Governments,
the private sector, civil society, international organizations, academia, the technical community and other relevant stakeholders.
The Panel is expected to raise awareness about
the transformative impact of digital technologies across society and the economy, and contribute to the broader public debate on how to ensure a safe and inclusive digital
future for all, taking into account relevant human rights norms.
- Mohammed Al Gergawi (UAE), Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future, UAE
- Yuichiro Anzai (Japan), Senior Advisor and Director of Center for Science Information Analysis, Japan Society for the Promotion
- Nikolai Astrup (Norway), Minister of International Development, Norway
- Vinton Cerf (USA), Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google
- Fadi Chehadé (USA), Partner at ABRY Partners
- Sophie Soowon Eom (Republic of Korea), Founder of Adriel AI and Solidware
- Isabel Guerrero Pulgar (Chile), Director, IMAGO Global Grassroots and Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School
- Marina Kaljurand (Estonia), Chair of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace
- Bogolo Kenewendo (Botswana), Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, Botswana
- Marina Kolesnik (Russian Federation), senior executive, entrepreneur and WEF Young Global Leader
- Doris Leuthard (Switzerland), Head of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications, Switzerland
- Cathy Mulligan (United Kingdom), Visiting Research Fellow Imperial College Centre for Cryptocurrency
- Akaliza Keza Ntwari (Rwanda), ICT advocate and entrepreneur
- Edson Prestes (Brazil), Professor, Institute of Informatics, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
- Kira Radinsky (Israel), Director of Data Science, eBay
- Nanjira Sambuli (Kenya), Digital Equality Advocacy Manager, World Wide Web Foundation
- Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah (Australia), Secretary General, CIVICUS
- Jean Tirole (France), Chairman of the Toulouse School of Economics and the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse
The deliberations of the Panel will be supported
by a small secretariat, co-led by:
- Amandeep Singh Gill (India), Executive Director, Secretariat of the High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation (ex officio)
- Jovan Kurbalija, (Serbia), Executive Director, Secretariat of the High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation (ex officio)
All panel members serve in their personal capacity,
not as representatives of their respective institutions.
The Panel will hold two in-person meetings in September 2018 and January
2019, and will meet virtually as required.
Panel will also seek to gather the views and proposals of Member States, relevant industries, civil society and academia worldwide
through a careful consultation process. It will draw expertise from expert communities across the globe through engagement
at existing events, conferences and forums as well as call for contributions from the general public through virtual hubs
and online participation platforms. Two regional consultations will be organized in Asia and in Africa.
The Panel will complete its deliberations and submit its final report,
including actionable recommendations, within a nine-month period. The report will map trends in digital technologies, identify
gaps and opportunities, and outline proposals for strengthening international cooperation in the digital space.
Why was the Panel established?
Current means and levels of international cooperation are not commensurate
with the scale and rapidity of changes brought about by digital technologies. Digital technologies cut uniquely across
international boundaries. Cooperation across sectors and across borders is critical to realizing the full social and economic
potential of digital technologies as well as mitigating the risks they could pose.
Why is it called High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation?
The term Digital Cooperation aims to frame discussions on digital issues in a cooperative framework; it also aims to break
silos by encouraging thinking and action across domains, and build trust among various stakeholders.
What are the expected outcomes?
The Panel will submit a report that will provide a high-level independent contribution to the broader public debate on digital
cooperation frameworks and support Member States in their consultations on these issues.
The report is expected to: 1) raise awareness about the transformative impact
of digital technologies across society and the economy, 2) identify policy, research and information gaps as well as ways
to improve interdisciplinary action on digital technologies, and 3) present concrete proposals to strengthen cooperation in
the digital space in an effective and inclusive manner.
It is expected that the consultation process leading to the report will contribute to stimulating discussion among
and between various stakeholder groups on how they can work together to maximize the potential of the digital transformation.
How is this
different from other panels, commissions and international forums on similar topics?
The Secretary-General welcomes
the increased focus on the implications of digital technologies for our society and our economy through commissions, conferences
and other forums. This signifies that the timing is ripe for the digital policy ecosystem to evolve to the next level of maturity.
The work of all these initiatives can and should
be mutually reinforcing. Wherever possible, this Panel will work with other initiatives and seek to identify synergies and
How is the Panel supported?
The Panel is supported by a small Secretariat funded by donor resources,
and based in New York and Geneva.
How were the Panel members selected?
The Secretary-General invited 20 independent
experts with a range of professional and academic backgrounds in fields related to technology and policy. All members serve
in their personal capacity, not as representatives of their affiliated institutions.
The Panel’s composition represents a broad mix of disciplines and sectors,
geographic, gender and age diversity in an effort to reflect the cross-boundary nature of the digital sphere. Given that young
people will be disproportionately affected by the future impact of a digital society, the Panel includes several individuals
under the age of 35.
Contact and More Information
Visit the dedicated website for further information, engagement opportunities and news: www.digitalcooperation.org
For updates about the Panel, follow on Twitter
at @UNSGdigicoop or sign up for the mailing list.
To provide suggestions or comments, contact
the High Level Panel Secretariat at: digitalcooperation [at] unops.org
Philanthropist Melinda Gates has dedicated
her life to achieving transformational improvements in the health and prosperity of families, communities and societies. Core
to her work is empowering women and girls to help them realize their full potential. As co-chair of the Bill & Melinda
Gates Foundation, Melinda shapes and approves strategies, reviews results, and sets the overall direction of the world’s
largest private foundation. In 2015, Melinda created Pivotal Ventures, an investment and incubation company that enables her to bring together other new
and emerging strands of her advocacy and philanthropic work focused in the US. Melinda received a bachelor’s degree
from Duke and an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School. After joining Microsoft Corp. in 1987, she helped develop many of the
company’s multimedia products. In 1996, Melinda left Microsoft to focus on her philanthropic work and family.
Jack Ma founded Alibaba Group in 1999. He
has served as Alibaba’s executive chairman since May 2013, and previously as chairman and chief executive officer. Jack
is also the founder of the Zhejiang-based Jack Ma Foundation. Jack founded Alibaba based on the belief that the Internet could
democratize the playing field for all types of businesses, particularly small businesses. This tenet continues to underpin
his vision for Alibaba, both in China and around the world.
In September 2016, Jack was named special adviser of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
for Youth Entrepreneurship and Small Business. He also served as chair of the 2016 B20 Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
Development Taskforce, where he called for the establishment of an Electronic World Trade Platform (eWTP), an internet-based
trading platform to help bring small businesses into the global economy and make it easier for them to expand trading capabilities
Jack currently serves on the Board of SoftBank
Group Corp., a Japanese corporation listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. He is also a member of the Foundation Board of the
World Economic Forum, a member of the Board of the Breakthrough Energy Ventures, chairman of the Zhejiang Chamber of Commerce,
and chairman of the China Entrepreneur Club. In January 2016, he was named a Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) advocate
by the United Nations.
Jack graduated from
Hangzhou Teacher's Institute with a major in English language education.
Mohammad Abdullah Al Gergawi
His Excellency Mohammad Al Gergawi is the
United Arab Emirates’ Minister of Cabinet Affairs and The Future.
In his capacity as Minister of Cabinet Affairs and The Future, Al Gergawi led the development
of the UAE National Agenda, Future Foresight Strategy and Federal Government Strategy. He also holds the position of Deputy
Chairman of the UAE’s Ministerial Development Council, as well as Emirates Investment Authority, the UAE Federal Government’s
sovereign wealth fund.
The Chairman of the
Federal Smart Government Initiative as well as of the UAE Science, Technology and Innovation Committee, Al Gergawi also chairs
the World Government Summit Organization, a global platform focused on shaping the future of governments and he is the Chairman
of the UAE Council for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. As Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Dubai Future Foundation,
he heads an entity tasked with implementing the Dubai Future Agenda, a strategy aimed at instilling a systematic focus on
the city’s future development. AlGergawi is also the Co-chairman of the Global Future Councils, a forward-looking think
tank in cooperation with the World Economic Forum.
Al Gergawi sits on the Boards of the UAE
University and Abu Dhabi University and he is a board member of the International Advisory Council of American University
of Beirut. He is an honorary fellow of London Business School, a founder of the Dubai Autism Centre and UAE Disabled Sports
Federation and Vice Chairman of the Dubai Club for the Disabled.
Yuichiro Anzai is the former President,
and Senior Advisor and Director of Center for Science Information Analysis, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
(JSPS), Japan’s representative research funding agency. Dr. Anzai also serves as the chair of the Strategic Council
for Artificial Intelligence Technology under the Cabinet Office, the director of the ‘Innovative Cyberspace Technology’
in the Public/Private R&D Investment Strategic Expansion PrograM (PRISM), and the program director of the ‘Cyberspace
Technology with Big Data and Artificial Intelligence’ in the Cross-Ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program
(SIP), both under the Cabinet Office. He is also the chair of the Japanese National Commission for UNESCO. From 2001 to 2009,
Dr. Anzai was President of Keio University. Prior to that, he was Dean of the School of Science Technology (1993 to 2001)
and Professor of Computer Science (starting in 1988) at Keio. He also served as Chairperson of the Central Council for Education.
After receiving his PhD from Keio in 1974, Dr. Anzai was a postdoctoral research fellow (1976 to 1978) and visiting assistant
professor (1981 to 1982) at Carnegie Mellon University, performing a research on human and machine learning.
Mr Nikolai Astrup is Minister of International
Development of Norway.
Astrup served as chair
of the Standing Committee on Finance in the Norwegian Parliament 2017-2018. He was elected Member of Parliament in 2009 and
leader of the Conservative Party in Oslo in 2012 and has previously been leader of the Oslo Norwegian Young Conservatives.
He holds a BSc in International Relations,
London School of Economics and Political Science and an MSc in European Politics and Governance, London School of Economics
and Political Science.
Vinton G. Cerf
Vinton G. Cerf is vice president and Chief
Internet Evangelist for Google. He contributes to global policy development and continued spread of the Internet. Widely known
as one of the "Fathers of the Internet," Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of
the Internet. He has served in executive positions at MCI, the Corporation for National Research Initiatives and the Defense
Advanced Research Projects Agency and on the faculty of Stanford University.
Vint Cerf served as chairman of the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names
and Numbers (ICANN) from 2000-2007 and has been a Visiting Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory since 1998. Cerf served
as founding president of the Internet Society (ISOC) from 1992-1995. Cerf is a Foreign Member of the British Royal Society
and Swedish Academy of Engineering, and Fellow of IEEE, ACM, and American Association for the Advancement of Science, the
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the International Engineering Consortium, the Computer History Museum, the British
Computer Society, the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, the Worshipful Company of Stationers and a member of
the National Academy of Engineering. He has served as President of the Association for Computing Machinery, chairman of the
American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) and completed a term as Chairman of the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology
for the US National Institute of Standards and Technology. President Obama appointed him to the National Science Board in
Cerf is a recipient of numerous awards and
commendations in connection with his work on the Internet, including the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, US National Medal
of Technology, the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, the Prince of Asturias Award, the Tunisian National Medal of Science,
the Japan Prize, the Charles Stark Draper award, the ACM Turing Award, the Franklin Medal, Officer of the Legion d’Honneur
and 29 honorary degrees. In December 1994, People magazine identified Cerf as one of that year’s "25 Most Intriguing
Fadi Chehadé is a Partner at ABRY
in Boston, a private equity firm focused on media, communications, and digital businesses.
He is an advisory board member with the World Economic Forum’s Center for
the Fourth Industrial Revolution that focuses on maximizing the benefits of science and technology for society. He also serves
on the advisory board of the University of Southern California’s Center on Public Diplomacy. He is a fellow at Harvard’s
Kennedy School of Government, where he works with faculty and students to explore innovations in digital governance. Fadi
serves on the corporate boards of Sentry Data Systems and Interactions LLC.
In 2016, Fadi concluded his 4-year tenure leading ICANN, the global authority managing the
Internet’s logical infrastructure, which ensures ‘one’ Internet for the world. As President and CEO of ICANN,
he led the globalization of the organization, strengthened its operations, and expanded the global trust and legitimacy of
its transnational role. He also guided ICANN’s historic transition to an independent transnational institution governed
jointly by private, public, and civic stakeholders.
Fadi has founded and led several companies in the digital space including: Vocado LLC acquired by Oracle in 2018
and Viacore purchased by IBM in 2006. He also founded and served as the first CEO of RosettaNet, an IT Industry Coalition
establishing pioneering standards for eBusiness in the late 1990s.
Over the last 30 years, Fadi has held several
industry posts at global corporations like AT&T, Ingram, and IBM, where he was General Manager of IBM Global Technology
Services in the Middle East and Africa. He received an M.S. in Engineering Management from Stanford University and a B.S.
in Computer Science summa cum laude from New York University.
Sophie Soowon Eom (Republic of Korea), Founder of Adriel
AI and Solidware
Sophie Eom is Co-founder and CEO of Adriel
AI, an AI marketing agency startup. She is also co-founder and former CEO of Solidware, a financial-technology startup that
uses big data and machine learning to predict risk. In 2017, she was listed in Forbes 30 Under 30 in Asia.
Since founding Adriel AI in 2017 with Olivier Duchenne, Sophie has
led the company’s rapid growth, developing an easy and transparent digital marketing service powered by AI for small
businesses and startups.
Sophie received her Master's degree in Finance
from HEC Paris. After graduating, she worked at Oliver Wyman Financial Services as a consultant, and then moved to AXA, where
she got the idea of using big data and machine learning to help financial companies give better credit scores. Based on this
idea, she founded Solidware, who provides Machine Learning-based predictive analysis solutions to large financial institutions
around the world. After her successful exit, she turned her frustration with complicated and inefficient digital marketing
into a vision for what became Adriel.
Isabel Guerrero Pulgar
Isabel Guerrero brings thirty years of experience
in development to her role as co-founder and Executive Director of IMAGOGG. She has spent the last four years building IMAGOGG,
a nonprofit organization that works with grassroots, social entrepreneurs and governments around the world. The goal is to
scale up innovative solutions to challenging development problems. The current focus of IMAGOGG is bringing technological
solutions to organizations at the Base of the Pyramid as well as changing development thinking.
In addition to leading IMAGOGG, she is a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Leadership
Center at Sloan and teaches “Scaling up for Development Impact” at Harvard Kennedy School.
Isabel is an economist who worked at the World Bank for most of her
professional life, including as VP for South Asia where she managed a 39 billion dollar portfolio between 2008 and 2013. Before
that she was a Country Director for Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Mexico, Peru and Paraguay.
Isabel received her MSc in Economics from
the London School of Economics and trained as a psychoanalyst at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute and the Peruvian
Psychoanalytic Society. Isabel sits on the Board of the UN University and the Precensing Institute at MIT. She is also a frequent
guest at CNN Dinero.
Marina Kaljurand served as Estonian Foreign
Minister from 2015 July – 2016 October.
began her career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1991 and held several leadership positions, including Undersecretary
for Legal and Consular Affairs (Legal Adviser), Undersecretary for Trade and Development Cooperation, Undersecretary for Political
Affairs. She served as Ambassador of Estonia to the State of Israel, the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Canada and
the United States of America. Kaljurand was a member of Estonian Governmental delegation in negotiations with Russia Federation
on withdrawal of Russian troops from Estonia and Border Agreements between Estonia and Russia. Kaljurand headed the legal
working group at the Estonian accession negotiations to the European Union and was the Chief Negotiator in Estonian accession
negotiations to the OECD.
has served twice as the Estonian National Expert at the United Nations Group of Governmental Experts on Developments in the
Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security (GGE), in 2014-2015 and in 2016-2017.
Starting from March 1, 2017 Marina Kaljurand is
the Chair of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC).
Marina Kaljurand graduated cum laude from
the Tartu University (1986, LLM). She has a professional diploma from the Estonian School of Diplomacy (1992) and MA from
the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (1995).
Hon. Bogolo J Kenewendo is the Minister
of Investment, Trade and Industry of Botswana. She currently serves in Cabinet as a Minister and in Parliament as a Specially
Elected Member. Honourable Kenewendo is the youngest member of both the current Cabinet and Parliament and is the youngest
female Member of both institutions in the history of Botswana.
Ms Kenewendo is a trained trade and economic diplomacy professional with experience in sub Saharan Africa.
She was a partner at Econsult Botswana, leading some consultancy work in Botswana and other Southern African countries, she
later joined the Ministry of Trade in Ghana as a Trade Economist. Kenewendo has co-authored and contributed to many papers,
was a frequent commentator on the Economics of Botswana and Southern Africa, and a host of a radio show called “The
Multiplier Effect” and wrote a newspaper column named “Game Theory”.
Her areas of expertise include Trade and Investment Policy, Macroeconomic policy,
public debt management and regulatory & institutional frameworks for policy formulation. She holds an MSc in International
Economics from the University of Sussex (UK) through the prestigious Chevening Scholarship.
As a Member of Parliament, Kenewendo was the Chairperson of the Parliamentary
Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence, Justice, Security and Government Assurance, and a member of the Parliamentary Committees
on Finance and Estimates; Finance, Trade and Economic Development; and Public Accounts. She has also represented Botswana
at the Inter Parliamentary Union (including the Parliamentary Committee on the WTO) and the Pan African Parliament.
In Parliament, Honourable Kenewendo successfully
tabled a motion on “Reducing the cost and time associated with starting a business in Botswana”, which was recently
passed into law under her stewardship as a Minister, and which will introduce an online business registration system. She
further tabled motions on the protection of children’s rights including “The Alignment of the Penal Code to the
Children’s Act” and “The creation of a sex offender’s registry”.
Hon Kenewendo’s voice is associated
with inclusivity; inclusivity in development and ensuring services reach people in a timely manner as their share of the national
cake. She strongly aligns herself with the SDG message of “Leave no one behind.”
Marina Kolesnik is a serial entrepreneur,
co-founder of some of Russia’s leading internet companies, including Mail.ru and Travel.ru. She is a Young Global Leader
at the World Economic Forum.
Mrs. Kolesnik has held various leadership
positions in technology companies, including Hopper (where she is currently) and DataArt. She was also a consultant at McKinsey
& Co and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Doris Leuthard is head of Switzerland’s
Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications. She previously held the position of President
of the Swiss Confederation (2010 and 2017). Ms. Leuthard was elected to the Federal Council, the Swiss Government, in 2006
and assumed office as head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs. During this time she represented Switzerland at international organisations including the WTO, OECD, FAO and the World Bank
and chaired the EFTA Council. Previously, she practiced law in Switzerland since 1991. She is a graduate of the University
Dr. Cathy Mulligan is a Visiting Research
Fellow at Imperial College Centre for Cryptocurrency Research and Engineering, a Senior Research Associate at University College
London in Blockchain and a Fellow and Expert Member of the World Economic Forum’s Blockchain Council.
She has been active in researching blockchain since 2010 applying
interdisciplinary skills in economics and computer science. Between 2012-2016 Catherine led the EPSRC grant “Sustainable
Society Network+” within the Digital Economy program creating a broad international network applying digital technologies
to achieve sustainability outcomes.
Prior to her academic career, Cathy gained
15 years’ international experience in the mobile telecommunications industry She has authored 7 books covering both
the technology and economics of the communications industries including SAE/EPC & M2M/IoT. Cathy also served as the Vice
Chairman of the ETSI ISG on Context Information Management (IoT) during 2017. She has advised several governments regarding
their blockchain and 5G strategies. She is co-author of the UK Government Office for Science Report “Beyond Blockchain”
and several World Economic Forum papers on the topic.
Akaliza Keza Ntwari
Akaliza is a tech entrepreneur that has
founded two companies offering multimedia design and technology services. Akaliza has also volunteered her time with several
organisations including kLab and Global Shapers. She is a founding member of Girls in ICT Rwanda - a group of female ICT entrepreneurs
and professionals. In 2012, she was awarded the Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur in ICT Award from the Ministry of Youth &
ICT. In 2014, she was inducted into the Microsoft 4Afrika Advisory Board. After graduating with a Master's degree from the Kobe Institute of Computing in Japan, Akaliza returned to Rwanda where she
continues to offer her services as a multimedia consultant to clients around the world. She is particularly passionate about
open source technology and its potential to postively impact ICT development in Africa.
Edson Prestes is Professor at Institute
of Informatics of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. He is leader of the Phi Robotics Research Group, past
head of the Theoretical Informatics Department, co-head of the Intelligent Robotics and Computation Vision CNPq Group and
CNPq Research Fellow. He received his B.Sc. in Computer Science from the Federal University of Pará (1996), Brazil,
and MSc (1999) and Ph.D. (2003) in Computer Science from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul.
Edson is IEEE Senior Member and Member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation
Society (IEEE RAS) and IEEE Standards Association (IEEE SA). Over the past years, he has been working in different international
initiatives related to Standardisation, Humanitarian Activities, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Ethics. In these groups,
Edson has been served in various roles as chair, vice-chair and member. For instance, he is chair of the IEEE RAS/SA P7007 – Ontological Standard for Ethically Driven Robotics and Automation
Systems Working Group; vice-chair of the IEEE RAS/SA Ontologies for Robotics and Automation Working Group (ORA WG); founding
chair of the IEEE South Brazil RAS Chapter; Fellow of the EP3 Foundation; member of The European AI Alliance; member of the
Affective Computing and Embedding Values into Autonomous Intelligence Systems Committees at IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics
of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems; member of the IEEE RAS Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology and member
of several IEEE RAS/SA Standardisation Working Groups.
As the chief scientist and the director
of data science of eBay, Dr. Kira Radinsky is building the next generation predictive data mining, deep learning and natural
language processing solutions that will transform eCommerce.
She co-founded SalesPredict, acquired by eBay in 2016, that was the leader in the field of predictive marketing building
solutions leveraging large-scale data mining to predict sales conversions. One of the up-and-coming voices in the data science
community, she is pioneering the field of medical data mining.
Dr. Radinsky gained international recognition for her work at Microsoft Research, where she developed
predictive algorithms that recognized the early warning signs of globally impactful events, including political riots and
disease epidemics. In 2013, she was named to the MIT Technology Review’s 35 Young Innovators Under 35, in 2015 as Forbes
30 under 30 rising stars in enterprise technology, and in 2016 selected as “woman of the year” by Globes. She
is a frequent presenter at global tech events, including TEDx, Wired, Strata Data Science, Techcrunch and academic conferences,
and she publishes in the Harvard Business Review.
Radinsky serves as a board member in: Israel Security Authorities, Maccabi Research Institute, and technology board
of HSBC bank.
Dr. Radinsky also serves as
visiting professor at the Technion, Israel’s leading science and technology institute, where she focuses on the application
of predictive data mining in medicine.
Nanjira Sambuli is a researcher, policy
analyst and advocacy strategist interested in and working on understanding the unfolding impacts of ICT adoption and how those
impact governance, innovation, entrepreneurship and societal culture, with a keen focus on gender implications.
She is currently the Digital Equality Advocacy Manager at the World
Wide Web Foundation, where she leads advocacy efforts to promote digital equality in access to and use of the Web, with a
particular focus on the Foundation’s Women’s Rights Online work. She previously worked at the iHub in Nairobi,
where she provided strategic guidance for growth of technology innovation research in the East Africa region.
Nanjira is a member of DFID’s Digital
Advisory Panel, board member at IRIN News, UK Citizens Online Democracy (mySociety) and Digitally Responsible Aid and served
as a deputy on the United Nations High Level Panel for Women’s Economic Empowerment (2016-17).
Dr Dhananjayan (Danny) Sriskandarajah is
Secretary General and CEO of CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance headquartered in Johannesburg and with members in
more than 180 countries. His previous roles include Director of the Royal Commonwealth Society, Interim Director of the Commonwealth
Foundation, and Deputy Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research.
He writes extensively on topics such as migration, economic development and civil society,
and is a regular media commentator on a range of topics, including contributing regularly to Al
Jazeera, The Guardian, HuffPo and Weekend on the BBC World Service.
He is a Trustee of Comic Relief and International
Alert, was a member of the United Nations Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Humanitarian Finance, and is a member
of the Lead Group of Scaling Up Nutrition and the Independent Inquiry into the Future of Civil Society in England. Danny holds
a degree from the University of Sydney, and an MPhil and DPhil from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
Born in Sri Lanka and a national of Australia, Dr Sriskandarajah has lived and worked in five continents.
Jean Tirole is chairman of the Toulouse
School of Economics (TSE) and the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse (IAST, which he helped found in 2011). He is also
affiliated with MIT, where he holds a visiting position, and with EHESS, and is a member of the French Académie des
Sciences Morales et Politiques. He has published over two hundred articles in international reviews, as well as twelve scientific
books. His latest book, entitled Economics for the Common Good, is accessible to a wide audience. He was president of the
Econometric Society in 1998 and of the European Economic Association in 2001.
He holds Honorary Doctorate degrees from eleven universities, and is an honorary member
of a number of learned societies, including the United States National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts
and Sciences. He has received many honors, including the Yrjö Jahnsson prize of the European Economic Association in
1993, the gold medal of the CNRS in 2007, the inaugural BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Award in economics, finance and management
in 2008, and the Nemmers prize in 2014.
When awarding him solo the Nobel Prize in
Economic Sciences in 2014 for his research on understanding and regulating markets, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
applauded Jean Tirole as “one of the most influential economists of our times”.
Amandeep Singh Gill, Executive
Director, Secretariat of the High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation
Amandeep Singh Gill is India’s Ambassador
and Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1992. Apart
from headquarters, he has served abroad at the Indian Missions in Tehran, Colombo and Geneva. From 2013-2016, he served as
Head of the Disarmament and International Security Affairs Division in the Ministry of External Affairs. In 2017, he helped
set up the National Task Force on Artificial Intelligence for India’s Economic Transformation.
Amandeep Gill is currently Chair of the Group of Governmental Experts
of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) on emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapon systems.
He serves on the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters.
Amandeep Gill has a B Tech in electronics and electrical communications from Panjab
University, Chandigarh and an Advanced Diploma in French History and Language from Geneva University. His PhD degree from
King’s College London is on Nuclear Learning in Multilateral Forums. During 2008-2009, he was a visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Centre for International Security and Cooperation
(CISAC). His professional interests focus on science, security and international policy learning. His personal interests include
creative writing, education, Yoga and sustainable agriculture.
Jovan Kurbalija, Executive Director, Secretariat of
the High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation
Dr Jovan Kurbalija is the Founding Director
of DiploFoundation and the Head of the Geneva Internet Platform. A former diplomat, Dr Kurbalija has a professional and academic
background in international law, diplomacy, and information technology. He has been a pioneer in the field of cyber diplomacy
since 1992 when he established the Unit for Information Technology and Diplomacy at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic
Studies in Malta.
Dr Kurbalija was a member
of the United Nations (UN) Working Group on Internet Governance (2004-2005), special advisor to the Chairman of the UN Internet
Governance Forum (2006-2010) and a member of the High Level Multistakeholder Committee for NETmunidal (2013-2014).
Since 1997 Dr Kurbalija’s research and articles on cyber diplomacy
have shaped research and policy discussion on the impact of the Internet on diplomacy and international relations. His book,
An Introduction to Internet Governance, has been translated into 9 languages and is used as a textbook for academic courses
Dr Kurbalija lectures on e-diplomacy,
digital policy, and Internet governance in academic and training institutions in many countries, including Austria (Diplomatic
Academy of Vienna), Belgium (College of Europe), Switzerland (University of St. Gallen), Malta (University of Malta) and the
United States (University of Southern California).