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  • Ms. Shaida BADIEE Managing Director, Open Data Watch Shaida Badiee is managing director of Open Data Watch, an NGO focused on monitoring and promoting open data in national statistical offices. She has been an active member of the UN Secretary General’s advisory group on data revolution, co-chairs the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Data Network and has played a key role with the startup of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. As senior advisor, Shaida works closely with the Data2X team focused on knowledge creation and advocacy for closing gender data gaps. She brings 36 years of experience in managing global development statistics at the World Bank and the long-time Director of the Development Data Group. During her tenure, flagship global statistical products were launched such as the World Development Indicators, Global Development Finance, and the Atlas of Global Development. In 2010, she led the World Bank’s Open Data Initiative, a ground-breaking program to provide full and free access to the World Bank’s extensive statistical databases. Prior to that, she played a key role in the creation and operation of PARIS21 as well as leading international efforts to coordinate technical and financial support for statistics through initiatives like the Marrakech Action Plan.


  • Moderator Mr. Grant CAMERON Director, SDSN/Trends Grant Cameron is the Director of SDSN’s Thematic Research Network on Data and Statistics (TReNDS). There, he oversees a work program that brings innovative approaches to countries in the Global South to improve data for the SDG agenda. Until recently, Grant worked as a Manager at the World Bank for 15 years. While there, he led teams supporting countries to improve their capacity to produce data and statistics and to make them more accessible and useful to policymakers and the public. Before joining the Bank, Grant held managerial and economist positions in the Government of Canada in policy development (personal income tax) and at Statistics Canada.
  • 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.
  • Ms. Sandra QUIJAD National Director, Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas Sandra Quijada Javer, Commercial Engineer with a degree in Economics from the University of Chile She has a master's degree in Economics from the same university and a diploma in Statistics from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She joined INE in April 2019, to take up the position of technical subdirector and in July she assumed the position of National Director. Previously, she was technical deputy director of the Microdata Center of the Economics Department of the University of Chile, head of the Social Research Department of the Social Observatory Division of the Ministry of Social Development and advisor on Survey Methodologies to the Labor and Equity Council of the Presidency of the Republic. She has been an academic at the University of Chile, author of several documents on survey methodology and has extensive experience in designing and implementing cross-sectional and longitudinal surveys, such as the Casen survey, Social Protection Survey, Employment and Unemployment Survey in Greater Santiago, Household Financial Survey and Microenterprise Survey, among others.
  • Ms. Nguyen Thi HUONG Director General, General Statistics Office of Vietnam Task and duties - Leading, directing and managing all activities of the General Statistics Office of Viet Nam (GSO)
    - Directly taking responsibility and directing the following departments: Statistical Standard, Methodology and Quality Management Department; Integrated Statistics and Statistical Information Dissemination Department; System of National Accounts Department; Industry and Construction Statistics Department; Foreign Statistics and International Cooperation Department; Human Resources Department; Financial Planning Department; Administration Office; Institute of Statistical Science; College of Statistics; College of Statistics No.2
    - Chairman of Emulation and Reward of the GSO
    - Chairman of the GSO Council on Science and Technology; Chairman of the Council on Initiatives of the GSO
    - Member of Steering Committee on Anti- Corruption of the Ministry of Planning and Investment
  • Ms. Carol COY Director General, Statistical Institute of Jamaica Carol Coy is the Director General of the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), Jamaica’s National Statistics Office. Appointed to this post in April 1, 2013, Ms Coy is the chief statistician in Jamaica, with responsibility for the strategic development of STATIN and the development of Jamaica’s National Statistics System. She is tasked with safeguarding the production and publication of high quality official statistics on Jamaica that are responsive to the needs of policy-makers and other stakeholders.

    Prior to assuming this role, Ms Coy served as Deputy Director General of STATIN, providing leadership and oversight the technical divisions of the Institute. She is also an experienced National Accountant, and for over three decades has been instrumental in the development and maintenance of the national accounts estimates for the Jamaican economy. Ms Coy has contributed much to the field of National Accounts locally, regionally and internationally serving for over thirteen years as STATIN’s Director of National Accounts.
    She is currently a member of the United Nations Statistics Division’s Advisory Expert Group on National Accounts and the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) Advisory Group on Statistics.


  • Moderator Ms. Jenna SLOTIN Senior Director of Policy, GPSDD Jenna Slotin is Senior Director of Policy for the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. She leads the Global Partnership’s work to translate norms into action for equitable, responsible and sustained data use for development. Prior to this she was Director, Sustainable Development Policy at the UN Foundation. She has over 12 years of experience at the UN and working on UN policy issues related to sustainable development and peacebuilding with a particular focus on the 2030 Agenda, development data, and the UN’s peacebuilding architecture. Jenna has project management and leadership experience from time spent working at UNDP in Kosovo and as Chief Operating Officer of Building Markets, a social enterprise that promotes private sector development in fragile and post-conflict countries. She has published several independent reports on peacebuilding and fragile states and co-managed a research program on these topics at the International Peace Institute. Jenna holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University and a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Toronto.
  • Mr. Grant CAMERON Director, SDSN/Trends Grant Cameron is the Director of SDSN’s Thematic Research Network on Data and Statistics (TReNDS). There, he oversees a work program that brings innovative approaches to countries in the Global South to improve data for the SDG agenda. Until recently, Grant worked as a Manager at the World Bank for 15 years. While there, he led teams supporting countries to improve their capacity to produce data and statistics and to make them more accessible and useful to policymakers and the public. Before joining the Bank, Grant held managerial and economist positions in the Government of Canada in policy development (personal income tax) and at Statistics Canada.
  • Mr. Rolando OCAMPO Statistics Division Director, UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean  
  • Mark LLIFFE UNSD  
  • Anir CHOWDHURY Policy advisor, a2i Anir Chowdhury is the Policy Advisor of the a2i Programmme of the ICT Division and the Cabinet Division of the Government of Bangladesh supported by the UNDP. In this capacity, he leads the formation of a whole-of-society innovation ecosystem in Bangladesh through massive technology deployment, extensive capacity development, integrated policy formulation, whole-of-government institutional reform, and an Innovation Fund. His work on innovation in public service has developed interesting and replicable models of service delivery decentralization, public-private partnerships, and transformation of a traditional bureaucracy into a forward-looking, citizen-centric service provider. He is a regular speaker in international conferences on public service innovation and reform, digital financial inclusion, civil registration and digital identity management, SDGs, youth and community empowerment, educational transformation, public-private partnerships, and South-South Cooperation.

    He is a member of the Prime Minister’s National Digital Task Force, Education Minister’s National ICT in Education Task Force, UNESCAP Regional Steering Group for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS), Co-Founder and Board Member of South-South Network for Public Service Innovation (SSN4PSI) and Co-Founder of South-Asia Civil Registration Network (CR8). He co-founded several software and service companies and non-profit organizations in the US and Bangladesh. Anir graduated magna cum laude in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from Brown University and did post-graduate work on management, marketing, and education reform in Harvard, Columbia, and Boston Universities.


  • Moderator Mr. Steven MACFEELY Director of Data and Analytics, World Health Organization Steve MacFeely is the Director of Data and Analytics at the World Health Organization. He is also Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Policy Studies at University College Cork in Ireland and the Director of the IASE International Statistical Literacy Program.

    He is co-chair of the Committee of the Chief Statisticians of the UN System (CCS-UN), chairs the Advisory Board of the Statistical Journal of the IAOS, and is a member of the statistical advisory panel to the UNDP Human Development Index. He is an elected member of the International Statistics Institute.

    Before joining WHO, Steve was the Head of Statistics and Information at UNCTAD. Prior to joining the UN, he was the Deputy Director-General at the Central Statistics Office (CSO) in Ireland and Programme Director of the joint CSO - Institute of Public Administration ‘Professional Diploma in Official Statistics & Policy Evaluation’.
  • Mr. Alberto ZEZZA Program Manager, World Bank Alberto Zezza is with the Development Data Group of the World Bank, where he is the Program Manager of the Center for Development Data (C4D2), based in Rome. His research interests are in the area of survey methods, agricultural and rural development and food security. He is part of the Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) team, where he focuses specifically on improving the availability and quality of agricultural, food and rural data in multi-topic household surveys. Prior to joining the World Bank, he was with the Agricultural Development Economics Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). He holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Development Economics from the University of Rome, a M.A. in Development Economics from the University of Sussex, and a degree in Economics from the University of Naples “Federico II”.
  • Mr. Edwin HORLINGS Senior statistical researcher, Statistics Netherlands (CBS) Edwin Horlings is senior statistical researcher in the sector National Accounts of Statistics Netherlands. He has helped develop the Monitor of Well-being and Sustainable Development Goals for the Netherlands, which includes an assessment of the resilience of the biosphere, society, economy, and government to exogenous shocks. Edwin also coordinates work on a data infrastructure for the analysis of environmental footprints and value chains.
  • Ms. Jisook YOON Director, Big data and Statistics Division, Statistics Korea Jisook Yoon is the Director of Big Data & Statistics Division at Statistics Korea (KOSTAT).
    She has led the division since 2020. She also served as the Director of Microdata
    Service Division from 2017 till 2020. Before joining KOSTAT, she had built a long-time
    private sector career in data science at SAS, Citibank and IBM. She received BSc and
    MSc in Statistics from Seoul National University.
  • Mr. Shaher Khalaf AL SHAWABKAH Director General, Department of Statistics of Jordan Scientific Qualifications: - PhD in Economic Philosophy/ Al-Zaeem Al-Azhari University/2015.
    - Master Degree of Economics/ Al-Zaeem Al-Azhari University/2013.
    - Bachelor of Economics and Statistics/ University of Jordan 1985.

    Work Experience: - Director General of the Department of Statistics.
    - Administrative and Financial Assistant to the Director General of the Department of Statistics, 2018-2020.
    - Director of Economic Surveys Directorate 2009-2018.
    - Head of Transport and Communication Statistics Division 1999-2007.
    - Head of the Agricultural Economics 1998-1999.
    - Statistician 1988.
  • Risenga Butler MALULEKE Statistician-General, Statistics South Africa Risenga Maluleke was appointed South Africa’s 2nd Statistician-General in November, 2017. Prior to November, 2017, Mr Maluleke was the Deputy Director-General for Statistical Collections and Outreach. He has been with Statistics South Africa for the past 20 years. He was responsible for the provincial offices’ data collection for censuses and sample surveys; international statistical development and communications. Mr Maluleke has also been instrumental in International Statistical Development. Mr Maluleke has represented South Africa on countless occasions and has extensive experience in international and diplomatic matters. He has been instrumental in managing Stats SA’s participation in international meetings such as the UN Statistical Commission (UNSC). He holds a BSc in mathematical statistics from the University of Limpopo and a Master’s in Urban and Regional Science from the University of Stellenbosch. He has also completed Senior Executive Programmes from the University of the Witwatersrand and Harvard Business Schools.


  • Moderator Ms. Clare MELAMED CEO, GPSDD Claire Melamed is the CEO of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, heading up a global team based in six countries. She was previously Managing Director of the Overseas Development Institute, and in 2014, she worked in the office of the UN Secretary General, writing the report of the Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution, “A World That Counts”. She is based in London and is an Affiliated Researcher at the Bennett Institute for Public Policy at the University of Cambridge and serves on a number of Boards and advisory groups for institutions including the UK Office of National Statistics Data Science Campus, the Overseas Development Institute Human Mobility Initiative, and Mo Ibrahim Foundation Governance Index.
  • Mr. Alex CALDAS UN Environment and Chair UN Geospatial Network(UNGN) Born in Nampula, Mozambique in 1972, has 2 sons, Henrique, born in 2001 and Duarte, born in 2008.
    A Director of the UN as Chief Country Outreach, Technology and Innovation and Big Data at UNEP (since 2016). Chair of the UN Geospatial Network, UN-GGIM, since July 2019, strengthening the coordination and coherence of Global Geospatial across the UN system.
    Before the UN worked for the European Union, African Union and consulted with more than 12 national governments in Digital Technology. He was nominated by the Portuguese Prime Minister as Chief of eGovernment for 6 years (2005-2011)
    An international academic for more than 15 years, professor and researcher in digital technology and strategic foresight (Oxford University, LSE and Science Policy Research Unit) in the United Kingdom with several publications in refereed journals and international symposia.
  • 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. Kevin MCCORMACK Head of Division - SDGs, Central Statistics Office Kevin is responsible for sourcing, developing and the dissemination of the national statistical data for the Irish UN SDG Indicators. In this role, he works closely with Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi), Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC) and Esri-Ireland.

    At the international level, he is the UNECE's Western European Delegate to the UN Inter Agency Expert Group on SDGs (IAEG-SDG) and co-chairs the IAEG's Working Group on Geospatial Information (WGGI).

    Kevin is also the statistical lead to the Irish National COVID-19 Data Hub which is built within a geographic information system (GIS), that facilitates the measurement, monitoring and visualisation of COVID-19 data in terms of mortality and infection rates by geographical regions.

    He is also co-chair of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Department of Economic & Social Affairs (UN DESA) Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on COVID-19 Mortality Assessment.

    Kevin holds a BSc in Applied Sciences (Maths & Chemistry) from Trinity College Dublin, a MSc in Actuarial Science from University of Leicester and a PhD in Statistics from University College Cork.
  • Mr. Yusuf MURANGWA Director General, National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda Mr Yusuf Murangwa is the Director General of the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR). He is a professional statistician and operational researcher with more than 18 years of experience in statistics development. He has worked on a wide scope of statistics including: labour, education, economic, prices, agriculture, population and censuses and poverty statistics to mention but a few.
    As the Director General since 2009 he is focused on building the capacity of the national statistics system in Rwanda and advocating for the use of evidence in policy and decision-making. His focus going forward is developing administrative data systems, use of technology in statistics production to improve quality, timeliness and efficiency and establishing an enabling environment for big data and the data revolution in Rwanda.