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4th International Open Data Conference
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Thursday, October 6 • 18:00 - 19:00
Regional Talk - MENA Region

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Recent activities and initiatives on the ground suggest that the open data community is growing and gaining momentum in the MENA region. For example, the data-driven innovation regional workshop in Cairo (www.ddi-mena.org, Feb 2016) brought together over 100 data enthusiasts, who shared encouraging open data, big data and data-driven innovation initiatives.  Moreover, Jordan, Tunisia and Morocco are moving ahead with their open government plans, while the Egyptian government has shown renewed interest in developing an open government policy and re-joining the Open Government Partnership (OGP). Another promising initiative was the establishment of the first Open Data Institute (ODI) node in the MENA region in 2015. In this session, panellist will reflect on this progress and discuss some of the exciting opportunities to move forward and further grow this budding community.

Moderators
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Raed M. Sharif

Senior Program Officer, Technology and Innovation, IDRC
Biography: Raed M. Sharif is Senior Program Officer for the Technology and Innovation program at IDRC’s Regional Office in Cairo. A political economist, Sharif’s research focuses on accessibility and management policies of information resources and technologies and their impact on social change, innovation, and development. For the last 115 years, he has been actively involved in promoting the concepts of openness, inclusion, and... Read More →

Speakers
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Hossam Abdelgawad

Biography: Dr. Abdelgawad is a Transportation Director and Smart Cities / ITS Expert at SETS North Africa and an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Engineering – Cairo University. •Dr. Abdelgawad has over 12 years of experience accumulated in Canada and the Middle East in: 1) traffic management, operations, modelling, and optimization; 2) data-driven innovation in transportation and spatial data management and warehousing; 3... Read More →
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Jennifer Colville

Manager, UNDP's Innovation portfolio for the Arab States region
Biography:  Jennifer manages UNDP's Innovation portfolio for the Arab States region, covering 18 countries from the Gulf to the Maghreb.  She manages regional activities to introduce new and alternative approaches to development, such as big data for development, games for social change, behavioural insights, and innovative forms of financing for development.  She supports colleagues and partners in a continuous scanning of the... Read More →
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Jazem Halioui

WebRadar.me, Founder and CEO
Biography: Jazem Halioui is the founder and CEO of WebRadar.me, a bigdata startup helping marketing, communication and media professionals leverage media monitoring & analytics technology to manage and monitor their topics of interests (e-reputation) and understand public opinion and consumer behavior. He is also a co-founder of the Tunisian Open Gov movement and is currently the OGP/IRM researcher for Tunisia.
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Ali Rebaie

Data Science Anthropologist, Data Aurora
Title proposal: Data innovation landscape in Lebanon. | | Biography: Ali Rebaie is a principal industry analyst at Rebaie Analytics Group. He is also a prominent blogger, consultant and keynote speaker. As a data science anthropologist, Rebaie has been studying the impact of data patterns that govern changes in business, human affairs, and culture. His research, keynotes, and consulting help data natives and business executives to draw... Read More →
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Nancy Salem

Senior Research Specialist, Access to Knowledge for Development Center at the American University in Cairo
Biography: Nancy Salem is a Senior Research Specialist at the Access to Knowledge for Development Center at the American University in Cairo, working on the project 'Harnessing the Economic Power of Data in the Middle East and North Africa', focusing on the the role and potential of data in economic and community development in the MENA region. Salem completed her MSc in Development Studies... Read More →


Thursday October 6, 2016 18:00 - 19:00
Room F

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