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Friday, September 28

9:00am GMT-03

Open Data in Asia
This Session will highlight cross-border development, benefits and barriers of open data in Asia, including cross-ministerial, cross-border or even cross-disciplinary syndication among central/local governments or international collaboration.

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Michael Cañares

Senior Research Manager of Digital Citizenship, World Wide Web Foundation - Open Data Lab Jakarta
Miko is the Senior Research Manager for Digital Citizenship at the Web Foundation. He has more than ten years of research and development work experience at a progressive pace — from community-based project management to regional development, with most of his work rooted mainly... Read More →
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Pyrou Chung

Senior Adviser, Ewmi Open Development Initiative
I am the Senior Advisor at the Open Development Initiative (ODI) a project of the East West Management Institute (EWMI) and manage their natural resource, land and data initiatives in Southeast Asia. I have expertise in ecology and sustainable development and my work is focused in... Read More →
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Dongpo Deng

Researcher, Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Taiwan
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Louisa Dennison

Strategic Partnership Manager, Development Initiatives
I work for Development Initiatives on topics related to (open) data and the data revolution. As part of this, I co-manage the "Data for Development in Nepal" Program (implemented by The Asia Foundation in partnership with Development Initiatives with support from UK Aid) which aims... Read More →


Professor, University of Tsukuba
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Michelle Manza

Freedom of Information Engagement Lead, Philippine Presidential Communications Operations Office
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Aye Kyithar Swe

Myanmar Senior Officer, Natural Resource Governance Institute
All in the context of a developing country with poor data, vested interests and loads of misperceptions: Use of open data for advocacy and policy-making in extractives // Beneficial ownership disclosure // Data management and transparency in government institutions

Min-Hsuan Wu

Deputy CEO, Open Culture Foundation
Ttcat is an activist/campaigner of a number of social movements in Taiwan start from 2004, including the anti-nuclear, environmental, LGBT, Human Rights movement and green politic. He has expertise in creative planning, as well as communication and design programming. He has provided... Read More →
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Khairil Yusof

Co-Founder & Coordinator, Sinar Project
Programme Consultant and investigative journalist working on applying innovative methods of open data and standards, for transparency and anti-corruption.Talk to me about open data standards and tools for tracking and investigating politically exposed persons and legislative open... Read More →

Friday September 28, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am GMT-03
Chamber Hall

9:00am GMT-03

Open Data in Eastern Europe & Central Asia
This session will take stock of progress in Open Data for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA), looking at what has worked and what has not worked, and what are the challenges to realizing its full potential. It will also look forward into the future usage of open data in EECA – how to break silos across society, sectors and data communities, address privacy and ethical concerns, and bring a human-centered approach to using open data.
The session will be organized into two main components:
  • Overview of progress on Open Data for Eastern Europe and Central Asia and exploration of challenges that remain. 
  • A Workshop activity to identify priority action areas for the community to collaborate on for the future of open data. 
Planned outputs include a ‘shopping list’ of priority areas for collaboration and a list of actors, organizations, and volunteers to help coordinate/mobilize data communities moving forward.

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Marija Kujacic

Head of Department for Standardization and Certification, Office for IT and e-Government
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Nino Macharashvili

Co-founder & Director, ForSet
Nino is a co-founder and director at ForSet, data-driven communications organization based in Tbilisi, Georgia. Prior to this, she worked as a data journalist and projects coordinator at JumpStart Georgia for almost 5 years. Nino holds BA in Journalism and MA in Creative and Media... Read More →
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Anastasia Valeeva

Co-founder, School of Data Kyrgyzstan
Anastasia Valeeva is a co-founder of School of Data Kyrgyzstan, assistant professor at the American University of Central Asia, data journalism trainer and researcher. She has taught data journalism at Data Bootcamps in Montenegro and Germany, UNDP Data Journalism Summer Institutes... Read More →

Oleksiy Vyskub

Deputy Head of the State Agency for E-Governance, Government of Ukraine

Friday September 28, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am GMT-03
Room 2 Av. Don Pedro de Mendoza 600, C1156ACS CABA

9:00am GMT-03

Open Data in Latin America & Caribbean
Open Data in Latin America and the Caribbean has shown notable gains during the last five years, and the achievements are numerous. More governments have advanced in the establishment of national open data policies, while the regional ecosystem has flourished, taking on joint agreements in the use of open data to combat violence against women and corruption, among others. Multiple Presidential mandates have placed open data at the top of the regional political agenda. Also, the Open Data Latin American Initiative (ILDA) and the Caribbean Open Institute (COI) had collaborated to support a great deal of progress in the two regions. Although it hasn’t been easy, perhaps the region is on the brink of even further growth on open data, given the level of readiness in multiple countries. In this session, we will first reflect on how the region was able to advance in light of the recent achievements, while on the other hand, analyze on how best to continue moving forward at a vibrant pace and consistency that embraces all countries.

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Mike Mora

Gestion Publica Efectiva/Effective Public Management, OEA/OAS
Español al pie -----DC based Specialist at the Organization of American States (OAS) with the Secretariat for Hemispheric Affairs. He is responsible for a portfolio of OAS programs on public management, including open and digital government, the Network of Electronic Government Authorities... Read More →

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Ana Gabriel Z. Aponte

Project Development Manager on Transparency, Hivos
Part of the "Freedom & Accountability" team in Hivos for Latin America and the Caribbean as Senior Advisor on Open Government and Transparency.Member of open government, human rights and feminist organizations.Former Vice Minister on Political Affairs and Citizen Dialogue in the Ministry... Read More →
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Juan Manuel Casanueva

Executive Director, SocialTic

Silvana Fumega

Research and Policy Director, ILDA
Silvana Fumega is currently the Research and Policy Lead of the Latin American Initiative for Open Data (ILDA).She holds a Ph.D. (University of Tasmania, Australia). In the past few years, she has focused her work on Open Government Data and Freedom of Information policies. She also... Read More →
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Yamila García

Directora Ejecutiva, Conocimiento Abierto
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Maurice McNaughton

Dr. McNaughton is currently Director of the Centre of Excellence for IT-enabled Innovation at the Mona School of Business & Management, UWI. His research focus spans the domain of emerging Open ICT ecosystems, and includes open source software, open data, mobile and cloud computing... Read More →
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Arturo Muente

InterAmerican Development Bank
Over 20 years of experience in open development, telecommunications, and financial services. Currently, I am working on digital government innovation projects, including the civil registry and identity agenda, open data, and data analytics for the public sector.

Ubaldus Raymond

Minister of Public Service, Government of St. Lucia
Dr. Ubaldus Raymond is the Minister responsible for the Department of Public Service, and also serves as a Minister in the Ministry of Finance in the Government of Saint Lucia. These two government agencies are central in the development and implementation of Saint Lucia's Open Data... Read More →
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Natalia Sampietro

Directora de Datos Publicos, Secretaria de Gobierno de Modernización de la República Argentina
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Fabrizio Scrollini

Executive Director, ILDA
Executive director of the Open Data Latin American Initiative (ILDA), and member of the Open Data Network for Development (OD4D). He co-founded Abrelatam and the Open Data Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean and is one of the Lead Stewards of the International... Read More →

Friday September 28, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am GMT-03
Highway Room

9:00am GMT-03

Open Data in North America, Australia & New Zealand
Despite signs of progress in the open data movement in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, there are ongoing challenges in this region including vulnerability of open data initiatives to political tides, disconnect between national and subnational programs and low uptake of open data. This session will provide a forum for open data leaders to share best practices, report on notable progress, discuss cross cutting challenges, identify opportunities for collaboration and deliberate on the future of open data in the region. The session will feature lightning presentations and a workshop.

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Jaimie Boyd

Director, Open Government, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, Government of Canada

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Mel Flanagan

Designer/Producer/Creative Director, Nook Studios, Australia
Makers of open government web services and useful content. Nook Studios is a small global story, software, and design studio based in Sydney, Australia and London, UK. We’re the team behind Common Ground project, featured in the NRGI and Open Contracting Partnership Report - “Open... Read More →
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Joel Gurin

President and Founder, Center for Open Data Enterprise
Joel Gurin is President and Founder of the Center for Open Data Enterprise, a Washington-based nonprofit that promotes the use of open data for social and economic impact. His book Open Data Now (McGraw-Hill), written for a general audience, helped define this emerging field... Read More →
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Christopher Jaja

Head, Open Government Portal, Government of Canada
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Jean-Noe Landry

Executive Director, Open North
Jean-Noé Landry is a social entrepreneur and Executive Director of OpenNorth. As an civic open government activists, he convenes data stakeholders, promotes data standardization, and connects governments to their data constituents. As a co-founder of Montreal Ouvert (whose mission... Read More →
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Jocelyn Morrison

Senior Advisor – NZ Open Data Programme, Stats NZ
I'm part of the team implementing New Zealand's open data programme. With my background in user experience I'm keen to ensure we meet the needs of our users - those who work with the data our government releases (or would like government to release), and those in government agencies... Read More →
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Julian Singh

Director, GovHack Australia
Julian is an author, speaker, and consultant on Government Open Data and has 15 years' experience with systems development, consulting and executive relationship management across the globe. His experience includes nine years with a 'big 4' firm and six years with govtech startups... Read More →
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Paul Stone

Open Data Programme, New Zealand

Friday September 28, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am GMT-03
Room 3

9:00am GMT-03

Open Data in Sub-Saharan Africa
  1. Raise awareness among participants of the open data initiatives currently being implemented.
  2. Create a shortlist of priority areas the community can focus efforts on over the next 24 months.
Session Format:
The session is organized in three segments.
  1. Segment A. 20 min – Overview of activities/initiatives currently being undertaken on the continent
  2. Segment B. 50 min – Workshop activity to identify priority action areas for the community to collaborate for the next 24 months. Four groups shall be formed to address
    1. Health Data: Group facilitator – Winnie Kamau, Association of Freelance Journalists
    2. Gender Data: Group facilitator - Leonida Mutuku, AODN
    3. Education data: Group facilitator - Claude Migisha, LDRI Rwanda
    4. Agriculture data: Group facilitator – Muchiri Nyaggah, LDRI/AODN
    5. Contracting and Beneficial Ownership: – Hope Muli, Hivos East Africa
The groups shall explore three questions within the thematic area:
  • What capacity gaps exist and need to be addressed in order to improve availability, quality and use of open data,
  • What research is needed in order to inform and support advocacy, mobilization of resources and review of policy related to open data in African countries,
  • What policy areas most need interventions for development objectives of African countries to benefit from availability, use and dissemination of open data.

3. Segment C. 20 min – Group leaders report back to plenary a summary of the proposals from their members.

Expected Outputs
  1. A ‘shopping list’ of priority areas for collaboration within the four categories for each data community to inform the activity plan for 2018 to 2020.
  2. A list of volunteers to help coordinate/mobilize the data communities along those areas over the activity plan period.

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Muchiri Nyaggah

Executive Director, Local Development Research Institute
I'm a champion for Africa's development agenda as articulated in its normative frameworks and treaties. I am focused on how data and open data can help the continent achieve its vision to end hunger, poverty and reduce inequality. Let's talk about open data with a purpose, supporting... Read More →


Winnie Kamau

Association of Freelance Journalists

Claude Migisha

LDRI Rwanda
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Leonida Mutuku

CEO, Intelipro
Entrepreneur. Data Scientist. Researcher.

Friday September 28, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am GMT-03
Room 1

9:00am GMT-03

Open Data in the Middle East & North Africa
This session will look at recent regional initiatives related to Data Skills, Urban Development, Gender, and Policy which focus on sustainable development, with an emphasis placed on gender inclusivity and effective policy, from organizations spanning Palestine, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia. Speakers and facilitators will aim to place these initiatives within the wider global conversation surrounding the production, management, and utilization of open data in helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The session will then focus on facilitating discussions on a future open data agenda for the region at large with a strong focus on streamlining regional efforts and affecting sustainable impact across the region. 

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Nancy Salem

Access to Knowledge for Development Center, American University in Cairo

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Abir Cherif

Data Analyst, Innova Tunisia
I am Abir Chérif, a data analyst and a socio-political consultant at WebRadar.Mainly interested in marketing and communication projects, social and political collaborations and research projects.
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Samah Hijazi

PhD Researcher / Data Scientist, Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale
Samah Hijazi is a data science researcher who received her M.S. degree in Computer Sciences and Risk Management from the Lebanese University. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. titled “Sparse Representation and Active Learning for Marine Ecology” jointly between the Lebanese... Read More →
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Clara Abou Samra

Knowledge to Policy Center at the American University of Beirut
Clara Abou Samra is an Evidence Lead Specialist at theKnowledge to Policy (K2P) Center at the American University of Beirut (AUB). Clara holds a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) from AUB and a Bachelors of Sciences in Nursing (BSN) from the School of Nursing at AUB. She has extensive... Read More →
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Marwan Tarazi

Director, Center for Continuing Education, Birzeit University
I am the director of Continuing Education at Birzeit University. Currently engaged in designing an open "Open Data Capacity Development Program" targeting University students and fresh graduates. We are reaching out to potential partners that can share experiences, suggest open... Read More →

Friday September 28, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am GMT-03

9:00am GMT-03

Open Data in Western Europe
Open government data has a long history in Europe. Emerging from policy debates to unlock public sector information, open data policies are nowadays implemented across most EU member states. Local and national governments publish data, and some cities experiment with open data training and engagement programs. Ecosystems have flourished too, with many civil society and advocacy groups shaping policy, setting agendas, but also providing capacity building. Whilst some of these groups have grown over the past years, others dismantled, or continued activities in government and private companies.
How has open data matured in Western Europe? What achievements can we celebrate around policy/law, infrastructure, and public uptake?  What are the most urgent actions to sustain commitment and spark engagement with open data in the future? This session provides a platform for government and the public sector, civil society, private sector, and academia to address these questions and to strengthen collaborations across countries.

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Danny Lammerhirt

Research lead, Open Knowledge International
I'm the research coordinator at Open Knowledge International a global non-profit advancing the use of open data around the world. I'm interested in data politics, data activism, and data ethnography asking how is authoritative knowledge made, how people engage around knowledge and... Read More →

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Cecile Leguen

Senior Consultant, Datactivist

Friday September 28, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am GMT-03