Opening Session

  • Moderator Ms. Francesca PERUCCI Assistant Director, UNSD Francesca Perucci is Assistant Director of the UN Statistics Division where she oversees the work on data for development, open data, data integration and dissemination, and other global data initiatives. Throughout her UN career, she has been an active leader in developing and promoting the use of data and statistics for development, and has pioneered new ways of producing, analyzing and communicating data to be used effectively for policy and decision-making.
  • Mr. Keunkwan RYU Commissioner, Statistics Korea As the 18th Commissioner of Statistics Korea, appointed on December 25, 2020, Mr. Ryu, Keunkwan, is fully committed to leading innovation in production and services of national statistical data, with the aim of meeting growing public needs for data and supporting evidence-based policy decision-making.
    As a leading scholar in empirical studies, Mr. Ryu has contributed to economic analysis of education and corporate governance in Korea. He has also been interested in the latest trends in data science such as big data and deep learning.
    Before joining Statistics Korea in 2020, he had taught economics and statistics at Seoul National University since 1995. In the meantime, he had worked as a visiting professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Osaka University and Stanford University and as a short-term visiting scholar at IMF. He started his academic career at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1990.
    He received PhD in Economics in 1990 with the dissertation “A Structural Approach to Bivariate Duration Analysis”, as well as MS in Statistics in 1989, from Stanford University. He also completed his BA and MA in Economics at Seoul National University, respectively in 1983 and 1985.
  • Mr. Stefan SCHWEINFEST Director, UN Statistics Division Stefan Schweinfest was appointed Director of the Statistics Division (UNSD/DESA) in July 2014. Under his leadership, the Division compiles and disseminates global statistical information, develops standards and norms for statistical activities including the integration of geospatial, statistical and other information, and supports countries' efforts to strengthen their national statistical and geospatial systems.

    Stefan Schweinfest started his career joining the Statistics Division in 1989 in the area of national accounting. He subsequently worked in various other areas, such as statistical capacity building programmes, and indicator frameworks. For many years, he was also responsible for external relationships of the Division, both with member countries as well as with international partner organizations. He has been the substantive secretary of two intergovernmental bodies, the United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC) since 2002, and the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UNGGIM) since 2011.

    As the Director of the Statistics Division, Stefan Schweinfest supported the work of Statistical Commission and its Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) to develop the global indicator framework to monitor progress towards the SDGs, which was adopted by UNSC at its 48th session in March 2017 and subsequently by ECOSOC and the General Assembly. Under his leadership, the Division works on implementing this framework and ensuring countries receive capacity building support to monitor progress towards the SDGs.

    He played a key role in the negotiations leading to the 2011 ECOSOC resolution to establish UN-GGIM and has actively involved himself with global geospatial information management since, including the negotiations leading to a second ECOSOC resolution in 2016 that strengthens and broadens the mandate of this Committee of Experts.

    He was the Officer-in-Charge of DESA's Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government (DPIDG) from 1 March 2018 until 28 February 2019.

    Stefan Schweinfest studied Mathematical Economics at the Universities of Wuerzburg and Bonn in Germany. He holds a Diplome D'Etudes Approfondies (Masters equivalent) from the University of Paris in these fields. He also conducted postgraduate research at the London School of Economics (LSE).

    In his private time, he likes to sing and has performed numerous concerts with his chorus in Carnegie Hall. He is also a passionate marathon runner and loves to hit the road all over the world.

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  • Ms. Samira ASMA Assistant Director-General for Data, Analytics and Delivery, WHO Dr Samira Asma is the Assistant Director-General for Data, Analytics and Delivery for Impact at the World Health Organization where she leads WHO’s efforts to use timely, reliable and actionable data to drive progress towards the Triple Billion targets[1] and health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Prior to joining WHO, Dr Asma served in leadership positions at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for over two decades where she established global programmes on tobacco control, noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), environmental health and injuries through successful collaborations. Dr Asma has contributed to more than 100 publications, books and policy papers on global health and public health surveillance and is internationally recognized as a scientific and policy expert on global tobacco control and NCDs.


  • Moderator Ms. Paloma Merodio GÓMES Vice President of the Governing Board, National Institute of Statistic and Geography Paloma holds a Bachelor degree in Economics from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico ITAM and Master in Public Administration in International Development from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

    In April 2017, she was appointed Vice President of the National Institute of Statistics and Geography INEGI, coordinating the work of the National Subsystem of Geographic Information, Environment, and Urban Planning. In December 2017 she assumed the Presidency of the United Nations Regional Committee on Global Geospatial Information Management for the Americas (UN-GGIM). Previously, she worked at the Ministry of Social Development as General Director of Evaluation and Monitoring of Social Programs. Also, she worked at the Mexican Institute of Social Security as Coordinator of Strategic Research.

    She has participated as a consultant for the government and private companies working on economic and social development issues. She has also been a consultant for international organizations such as the World Bank working on water projects in Indonesia, and for the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on evaluation issues. She has volunteered at BRAC, Bangladesh, the Children's Fund of Mexico, Grameen Bank and the IMSS Volunteer Program. Her interests lie in generating high quality accessible information for decision making.
  • Ms. Galimira MARKOVA Statistician, UNDRR Mira Markova is a Statistician with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), where she works on disaster risk analysis and is a chapter lead author for the 2022 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR). She has extensive professional experience in disaster statistics and policy advice both at national government level and within international organisations.

    Prior to joining UNDRR, Mira worked on agricultural resilience at FAO in Rome, as well as on agricultural risk management at IFAD. She coordinated and authored the Impact of Disasters and Crises on Agriculture and Food Security Report (2018 and 2021 editions) and undertook extensive work to strengthen country data systems.

    Before joining the UN system, Mira spent over two years working with the government of Ethiopia on disaster risk reduction policy and coordinating national disaster response mechanisms. She also has field experience from Madagascar and Cameroon.
  • Ms. Rikke Munk HANSEN Officer-in-Charge, Statistics Division, UNESCAP Rikke Munk Hansen manages ESCAP’s work on economic and environment statistics and is currently in charge of the Statistics Division of ESCAP. Rikke has worked to advance sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific during the past two decades, focusing on energy, evaluation and statistics. Rikke has facilitated numerous discussions on transformative changes to national statistical systems as secretary to the ESCAP Committee on Statistics, Co-chair of the IAEG on Disaster-related Statistics, co-organizer of SIAP Management Seminars and as a reviewer of national statistical systems. Rikke holds an MSc in mathematics and computer science from Aalborg University, Denmark and the Technical University of Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
  • Mr. Oliver CHINGANYA Director, African Centre for Statistics, UNECA Oliver Chinganya is the Director at the African Centre for Statistics of UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). He also coordinates the ECA digital Centre for Excellence. He is Chartered Statistician of the Royal Statistical Society- UK with wide experience and knowledge of statistical practice across Africa at both national and international levels. Has a wealth of experience in delivering statistical development results for Africa. A Strong believer in the effectiveness of partnerships, coordination at country, regional and international levels for effective and sustained development programs. Prior to joining UNECA in 2016, he held other senior leadership roles, at African Development Bank as Manager for the Statistical Capacity Building Division; at IMF as Regional Advisor, and at the Zambia Statistical Office as Deputy Director respectively. Oliver is also Vice-President of the International Statistical Institute, a prestigious global body of statisticians.
  • Mr. Yong Chan JUNG Executive Director, ICT Data Science Research Division, KISDI(Korea Information Society Development Institute) Education - Ph. D in Applied Statistics, Korea University, 1996
    Experience - Executive Director, ICT Data Science Research Div. KISDI
    - Jan. 2021 to present: Vice-Chair, Working Party on Measurement & Analysis of the Digital Economy, Committee on Digital Economy Policy, OECD.
    - Jan. 2018 to present: Member of the Data Division of the National Statistics Committee.

    Publication - Understanding of AI Algorithm, Communication books, Korea, 2020.
    - Understanding of Statistics Act, Communication books, Korea, 2019.
    - Big Data, Think Big Humanities Series 15, Book21, Korea, 2018.

    Research Paper - A Study on the Social Development Index and Forecasting Models for ICT and Health and Welfare Policies. National Research Council for Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences. 2021
    - Data Sovereignty and Data Governance in the age of Post-COVID19, KISDI Premium Report 20-10, Aug. 7, 2020.
    - A Study on the National Statistical Approval Management Plan for Big Data Statistics, Statistics Korea. 2019.
  • Ms. Ola AWAD President, Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics Dr. Ola Awad is an active member of the Palestinian community, regionally and internationally, with over 20 years’ experience working on various topics including modernization of Statistics, Sustainable Development, Gender Equality, Youth, Labor Market, Palestinian Economy, Good Governance, Statistical Literacy, Management and Communication. She has been the President of PCBS since 2009, leading the successful development and implementation of various statistical and non-statistical programs on the local, regional and international levels. Dr. Awad is the first woman elected from developing countries and the Arab region to lead the IAOS. She is currently the Co-Chair for the High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for Statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (HLG-PCCB), a council member in the ISI for the years (2017-2021). Dr. Awad also represents the Arab region in the HLG-SDGs. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Harvard Data Science Review HDSR, a member of the American Statistical Association and a mentor at the Swedish Program for Women’s Strategic Advancement (ProWSA), the co-chair in the Augusta Victoria Hospital Advisory Board.


  • Moderator Ms. Kyungsoon CHOI Director, International Cooperation Division, Statistics Korea Kyungsoon Choi’s current responsibilities include: i) Bilateral cooperation with developed and developing countries, ii) Multilateral & regional cooperation, and iii) International Development Cooperation to improve statistical capacities of developing countries.

    She has over 30 years of experience in producing, analysing, and disseminating official statistics as well as providing statistical standards and methodologies for producers of national statistics during her time at Statistics Korea.

    Building on the experience at the national level, she also served as the first head of the Centre of Excellence for Statistics on Crime and Criminal Justice in Asia and the Pacific, from 2019 to 2020, which was jointly established between KOSTAT and the UNODC to provide supports for countries in the region to improve crime and criminal justice data.

    Ms. Choi holds a MS in Applied Mathematics, with concentration on Statistics from DePaul University, Chicago, United States of America.
  • Mr. Michael NAGY Statistician, UNECE Michael Nagy has a master's degree on landscape design and planning of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna. He works as statistician at the UNECE Statistical Division where he is responsible for the work streams on environment statistics, SEEA and disaster-related statistics. Before joining UNECE 7 years ago he was Head of the Section on Environment Statistics of the Qatar Statistics Authority. Michael also worked for more than 12 years at the Austrian Environment Agency as expert for water management, environment statistics, environmental-economic accounting and management of environmental information.
  • Mr. Andrew KRUCZKIEWICZ Senior Researcher, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre Kruczkiewicz is a senior researcher and faculty lecturer within the Climate and Society graduate program, part of The Climate School at Columbia University. Andrew also is Science Adviser for the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre.
    Kruczkiewicz is interested in the role of satellites and remote sensing data for sector-specific applications, specifically the development and assessment of algorithms to detect and map spatial and temporal patterns of precipitation, temperature and other climatic and geophysical variables. This includes analyzing their impact on infrastructure, public health and agriculture, on different timescales, to increase the understanding of risk for decision making.
    He is also interested in the intersection of the social and physical sciences, especially pertaining to the integration of remote sensing into early warning systems for extreme events such as floods, storm surge from tropical cyclones, wildfires and landslides to inform preparedness actions and risk assessment within the humanitarian sector. An overarching interest of Andrew’s is exploring how to best communicate uncertainty found within climate and weather impact-based projections and forecasts to decision makers in the humanitarian sector at sub-national, national and global scales. His works includes the development of climate services for complex socioeconomic contexts, such as conflict, refugee and displacement settings.
    He is Principal Investigator on NASA Grant #80NSSC18K0342, Towards a Global Flood & Flash Food Early Warning Early Action System Driven by NASA Earth Observations and Hydrologic Models and on NASA Grant #80NSSC18K1693: COMPAS: Connecting Earth Observations to Decision Makers for Preparedness Action in the Rohingya Refugee Camps.
  • Mr. Mark SOWDEN Chief Executive, Government Statistician, Government Chief Data Steward, Statistics New Zealand Mark Sowden was appointed as Government Statistician and Chief Executive of Stats NZ in January 2020.

    He leads the country’s primary data and statistics agency and is the Government’s principal advisor on statistical matters. In this role, he’s responsible for how and when Stats NZ produces statistics, and authorises the publication of data and statistics.

    Mark also takes on the role of Government Chief Data Steward, supporting the government to realise the potential of data to improve wellbeing, while maintaining and building trust in its use. In this role he also leads New Zealand’s open data programme.

    Across his career Mark has had many roles as a senior leader in the public service. Mark has been the Deputy Chief Executive at the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development and the Ministry for the Environment. Earlier in his career at Stats NZ he was the Deputy Government Statistician and led the strategy and customer delivery division.
    One of his career highlights was leading the water rights and interests conversations with Iwi Māori on behalf of the Crown. The other highlight for Mark was leading the budget process at Treasury for five years. Experience as a senior leader in the state sector very much reinforced for Mark the value of trusted data and its critical role in shaping public debate and informing decisions to change the lives of everyday New Zealanders.
    Mark grew up on a sheep and crop farm in the South Island of New Zealand. He holds a Master of Commerce from Canterbury University.
  • Ms. Aina SAETRE Statistics and Data Analysis Officer, UNHCR Aina Helen Saetre has been with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for the past 5 years. She works in the Demographic and Statistics section as a Senior Statistics Coordination Officer. One of her main functions is to lead and coordinate the work of the global Expert Group on Refugee and IDP Statistics (EGRIS) and manage UNHCR’s statistical engagement in global fora and expert groups. Before joining UNHCR Aina worked for UNAIDS’ regional support teams in Bangkok and Dakar. Prior to that she was working in UNAIDS at global level. In this position she was managing UNAIDS’ Global Fund  to fight AIDS, TB and tuberculosis portfolio. Before joining the UN Aina worked with Statistics Norway and was for a shorter period deployed to Malawi National Statistics Office.
  • Mr. Imam MACHDI Deputy Chief Statistician for Methodology and Statistical Information, BPS-Statistics Indonesia Position 1. Deputy Chief Statistician for Methodology and Statistical Information, BPS – Statistics Indonesia (2020 – now)
    2. Assistant Deputy for e-Government Policy, the Ministry of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform (2017 – 2020)
    3. Data Center Manager, BPS – Statistics Indonesia (2013 – 2016)
    4. IT Manager, BPS – Statistics Indonesia (2011 – 2013)

    Experience 1. e-Government policy, governance, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
    2. One data policy, governance, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
    3. Corporate Statistical Infrastructure development.
    4. Statistical business process integration.
    5. IT system integration and support for censuses and surveys.

    Education 1. Bachelor of Science (1991 – 1995)
    - Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, L.A., USA.
    - Major: Computer Science.
    2. Master of Science (1998 – 2000)
    - Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK.
    - Major: Computing Science.
    3. Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering (2007 – 2010)
    - University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan.
    - Major: Computer Science.


  • Moderator Ms. Francesca PERUCCI Assistant Director, UNSD Francesca Perucci is Assistant Director of the UN Statistics Division where she oversees the work on data for development, open data, data integration and dissemination, and other global data initiatives. Throughout her UN career, she has been an active leader in developing and promoting the use of data and statistics for development, and has pioneered new ways of producing, analyzing and communicating data to be used effectively for policy and decision-making.
  • Mr. Juan Daniel Oviedo ARANGO Director General, Departamento Administrativo Nacional de Estadistica, Colombia PhD in economics from the University of Toulouse 1 (France) and BA in economics from the Universidad del Rosario of Bogotá (Colombia). Since August 7, 2018 has been appointed by the President of Colombia as the Chief Statistician of Colombia. Basic domains of research and teaching in regulation economics, industrial organization and network economics. PhD dissertation entitled “Essays on the regulation of regional natural gas markets” under the direction of Farid GASMI. This paper studies the impact of transport capacity on the structure of the natural gas industry and the exercise of market power, through the use of theoretical models of regulation accompanied by numerical simulations. This work has been of great relevance for the natural gas industry in Europe, since certain sections of this dissertation constitute a research project for the French state gas company, Gaz de France-GdF initially conceived by Jean-Jacques LAFFONT. The articles that originate this dissertation are already published in internationally indexed academic journals, and also as as working documents of the renowned Institute of Industrial Economics-IDEI of Toulouse.

    He has international professional experience in economic consulting for energy markets, and national experience in government and teaching. More particularly, he has performed as the Director of Institutional Planning and Research (2016-2018) and Director of the PhD School of Economics (2013-2016). Complementarily, he performed as Associate Founder and Chief Director of a leading consultancy company, LEICO Consultores (2011-2018), which performed as expert opinion both for the private and public sector in regulated industries both in Colombia and Latin America. He holds his permanent academic position at Universidad del Rosario of Bogotá (Colombia) since 2005.
  • Ms. Mercy KANYUKA Commissioner of Statistics, Malawi A seasoned Statistician with over 30 years’ experience, Mercy Kanyuka has served in senior management and strategic leadership positions for over 20 years. She is currently the Commissioner of Statistics (Head of National Statistical Office) in the Government of Malawi since February 2014. She holds a Master of Science degree (Quantitative Development Economics) from University of Warwick, United Kingdom (1992) and a Bachelor of Social Science (Economics and Statistics) from University of Malawi (1983). Mercy has overseen the conduct of Two Population and Housing Censuses (2008 and 2018); various Household Surveys including Demographic Health Surveys (DHS), Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS), Integrated Household Surveys; Economic and Industrial Surveys

    Being the Head of the National Statistical Office Mercy is the Coordinator of the National Statistical System which entails co-ordinating and monitoring statistical activities in all Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
  • Mr. Asaph Young CHUN Director-General, Statistics Research Institute Dr. Asaph Young Chun is the Director-General of Statistics Research Institute, the state-run think tank of official statistics and data innovation in Korea and beyond. Prior to his service in the Korean government, Dr. Chun had served four Presidents of the United States since 1991 with his devotion to evidence-based policymaking in economy, labor, education and public health, as well as methodological innovation in official statistics with data science and survey methodology. A journalist-turned-sociologist, Dr. Chun joined interdisciplinary research career beginning in 1989 at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research in concert with the UM School of Medicine. He served most recently as the Research Chief for Decennial Directorate at the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2013, he delivered an invited talk on science diplomacy in the Royal Society of the United Kingdom. He published over 110 papers that appear in Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, Public Opinion Quarterly, and Business Survey Methods by Wiley, among others. Dr. Chun is the editor of a forthcoming Wiley book, “Administrative Records for Survey Methodology,” a source of massive data innovation and data-based policycrafting. An enthusiastic fan of art by Albrecht Durer and Marc Chagall, Dr. Chun turns to art and music as inspiration of innovation by his research mentees.
  • Ms. Ruth STUDLEY Deputy Director for the COVID-19 Infection Survey, Office for National Statistics Ruth Studley joined ONS in June 2020 having worked in policy departments for a number of years in the UK. Ruth is a member of the UK Government Statistics Service and led a number of statistical teams across various sectors. Ruth has a number of years’ experience leading multi-disciplinary teams working in health statistics and research. Additionally she has led various health policy and health regulatory roles. Ruth has a particular interest in producing statistics and intelligence to inform decision making.
  • Ms. Esther SUTHERLAND Head of Strategic Development for the COVID-19 Infection Survey, Office for National Statistics Esther is head of strategic development for the COVID-19 Infection Survey. She is responsible for stakeholder management, collecting user requirements, briefing and reporting and delivering on other strategic analytical developments across the division. Esther has worked the in the Civil Service for 4 years in the Office for National Statistics and the Cabinet Office. She has worked on the 2021 Census, Social Surveys data collection, the Race Disparity Unit and within the National Statisticians Private Office.
  • Mr. Mark HEREWARD Associate Director, DAPM (Division of Data, Analytics, Planning and Monitoring), UNICEF Mr. Mark Hereward has been Associate Director for Data and Analytics in UNICEF Headquarters since July 2017. That function is now in the Division of Data, Analytics, Planning and Monitoring. He leads the team which collects, assesses, analyses, stores and makes public data and statistics concerning the situation of children and women. Mr. Hereward joined UNICEF in April 1995 in the Statistics Section of UNICEF HQ, subsequently moving to UNICEF China as Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, and to the UNICEF Regional Office for East Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, where he worked as Regional Planning Officer.