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4th International Open Data Conference
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Eric Swanson

Open Data Watch
Co-founder & Managing Director
Biography: Dr. Eric Swanson is a co-founder and managing director of Open Data Watch, an NGO focused on monitoring and promoting open data in national statistical offices. Eric is a globally recognized economist with a passion for analyzing the most effective ways to use data for development. He was an original member of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on the Millennium Development Goals. As senior advisor and program manager of the World Bank’s Development Data Group, he was in charge of World Development Indicators and Global Monitoring, was managing editor of the World Development Indicators and Atlas of Global Development, and managed production of the Bank’s principal statistical databases. As a member of the senior management team, he was an expert representative on numerous high-level international committees and task forces.