The World Bank’s 2016 World Development Report, Digital Dividends, explores how development actors can harness digital technologies to improve the lives of the world’s poorest. Uwe Deichmann, co-director, World Development Report 2016, presented the report’s findings and was followed by presentations from individuals and organizations successfully leveraging digital technology for development.
This event was co-hosted by Aga Khan Foundation Canada, the International Development Research Centre, and Global Affairs Canada.
Co-Director, World Development Report 2016, Development Economics and Chief Economist
Uwe Deichmann is an economic geographer in the World Bank’s Development Research Group. His research interests are in the geographic aspects of development. His recent work has included issues of urban development, the role of infrastructure in promoting regional growth, and the impacts of natural hazards and global change on economic development. He has been a principal author of the World Development Report 2009 "Reshaping Economic Geography." Prior to joining the World Bank he worked for the UN Environment Program and the UN Statistics Division. He holds a Ph.D. in Economic Geography and Regional Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Director, AKDN eHealth Resource Centre
Saleem Sayani is an experienced Information Technology executive, program manager and strategic management consultant with over 20 years of experience in delivering technology solutions that drive innovation and business success. Recognizing the increasing value of technology as a strategic asset, he has successfully demonstrated the ability to champion modernization of business processes to create leaner organizations.
Saleem is currently serving as the Director of the Aga Khan Development Network eHealth Resource Centre (AKDN eHRC). In this role, Saleem leads the eHealth system and a portfolio of eHealth projects and services to deliver health care services and learning programmes in Central/South Asia and East Africa. He provides strategic direction and guidance for the Centre’s services and programme activities. Prior to joining AKDN eHRC, Saleem worked as Chief Information Officer in the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for the State of Maryland, USA.
Dr. Roxana Barrantes
Dr. Roxana Barrantes (Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) is General Director and Senior Researcher at Instituto de Estudios Peruanos and Professor at the Department of Economics of Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP). She is a member of the Steering Committee of DIRSI, member of the Scientific Committee for the IDRC-supported PICTURE Project in Africa, member of the Advisory Committee for LACEEP (Latin America and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program), and Advisory Committee member of the Master’s Program in Business Law at PUCP. A former member of the Peruvian Telecommunications Regulator Board of Directors, Dr. Barrantes has served as Advisor and Consultant to other Regulatory Agencies in Peru, the Ombudsman Office, and IADB.
Helani Galpaya is CEO of LIRNEasia, a pro-poor, pro-market think tank working across the emerging Asia Pacific on ICT policy and regulatory issues. She assumed the CEO role in Jan 2013. Prior to that she was LIRNEasia’s Chief Operating Officer.
She researches, does consulting work and engages in public discourse on issue related to net neutrality, policy and regulatory barriers in Internet access, e-Government, broadband quality of service, and how knowledge and information disseminated via ICTs can improve inclusiveness SMMEs (small, medium and micro enterprises) in agriculture and micro-work markets. She has been working in Myanmar since 2013, and is currently carrying out an impact analysis of the mobile phone roll-out that is taking place.
Prior to LIRNEasia, she worked at the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka implementing e-Government projects. She was a management consultant at Booz&Co.(now Strategy&) in New York and has also worked at Citibank and Merrill Lynch in USA. She has a MS in Technology & Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA and a BA in Computer Science from Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, USA.
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