Keynote Speech3

  • Mr. Samuel ANNIM Government Statistician, Ghana Statistical Service Samuel Kobina Annim assumed office as Government Statistician at the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) on March 1, 2019. He is a Professor of Economics with specific concentration on Micro Development Economics and Applied Microeconometrics. He started his career as an academic and has more than 40 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and technical reports to his credit. His publications are available in internationally rated impact journals such as World Development, Journal of Development Studies, Journal of International Development and the Oxford University Press.

    As Government Statistician in the past two-and-a-half years, Professor Annim has pursued a transformational agenda to promote professionalism in the production of statistics and to deepen the relevance of the National Statistics office in a rapidly changing economic and social environment. He led GSS to develop a 5-year Corporate plan as well as a new organizational structure, supervised the passing into law by Parliament the Statistical Service Act, 2019 (Act 1003) and the establishment of quality assurance protocols under which a Data Quality Assurance Framework (DQAF) has been developed.

    In the wake of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Professor Annim has contributed significantly to decisions on interventions by government to combat the disesase and address associated socioeconomic challenges, stressing the use of relevant data to achieve desired results. GSS under his leadership completed three surveys, supported by UNDP and World Bank, to track the effects of COVID-19 on businesses; the local economy; and households and jobs.

    His professional orientation on data handling positioned GSS to successfully conduct its first digital Population and Housing Census in Ghana in 2021. He has also seen to the establishment of key strategic partnerships of GSS with other NSOs and organizations including Office for National Statistics, UK; Statistics Denmark, Vodafone Foundation and Flowminder to harness mutual capacities to improve key outputs.

    Professor Annim passionately supports national and global development agenda by providing professional service to the National Statistical System in Ghana and several international bodies and is dedicated to promoting knowledge transformation across the continent and beyond.

Session6

  • Moderator Mr. Craig HAMMER Program Manager, World Bank Craig Hammer is a Program Manager with the Development Data Group at the World Bank. He specializes in governance reforms, and in particular on open government and open data initiatives. His work at the World Bank has included strengthening laws, policies, and regulations focused on access to information, open government data, and data-driven decision-making for improved public service delivery to traditionally marginalized and underserved communities in more than 30 countries in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, South Asia, and Central Europe. He is a co-author of the 2021 World Development Report: Data for Better Lives, a Secretariat member for the World Bank’s Data Governance Body, and manager of The World Bank’s Global Data Facility, which is the Bank’s primary financing mechanism to support low- and middle-income countries’ data priorities alongside the Bank’s core lending portfolio. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations; a member of the Society for the Policy Sciences; a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science; and a member of the Council of Editors for the Journal of Law and Politics. He has published books, chapters, and refereed journal articles on topics including development data, law, and governance.
  • Mr. André LORANGER Assistant Chief Statistician, Statistics Canada André Loranger is currently the Assistant Chief Statistician for Strategic Data Management, Methods and Analysis. He is also Statistics Canada’s Chief Data Officer responsible for the overall stewardship of the organization’s information data holdings.

    André, an economist with an M.A. (Economics) degree from the University of Ottawa, began his career in the public service at Statistics Canada in 1997 where he spent most of his career compiling estimates of GDP. Prior to his current position, André was the Director of Producer Prices Division from 2008 to 2012 and the Director General of the Macroeconomic Statistics Branch from 2012 to June 2013. More recently, he was the Assistant Chief Statistician for Economic Statistics responsible for the key economic indicators (CPI, GDP, etc.) produced by Statistics Canada.

    In recent years, André has been involved in international projects related to statistics on the economic statistics. André is currently a member of the United Nations Global Working Group on Big Data.
  • Ms. Claudia WELLS Director of Data Use, Development Initiatives Claudia Wells is the Director of Data Use at Development Initiatives (DI), an independent organisation set up to use data and information to end poverty. Claudia is currently leading on data to leave no one behind, a programme of work focused on data to track the progress of the poorest people and ensure that everyone counts and is counted. Claudia also leads DI work on understanding and addressing the critical barriers to data use, working closely with stakeholders to support them in their use of data and evidence as well as developing direct research and learning on data use. Claudia is a member of the technical advisory group for the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data and serves on the programme committee of the UN World Data Forum. Prior to joining DI, Claudia was Head of Sustainable Development Goals and Environmental Statistics at the UK Office for National Statistics where she was responsible for developing new data and analysis for a wide range of users, from informing the everyday decisions of the public, to working across government providing robust evidence for policy makers.
  • Mr. Claire Dennis S. MAPA National Statistician and Civil Registrar General, Philippine Statistics Authority(PSA) Before his appointment as the National Statistician and Civil Registrar General, Dr. Dennis S. Mapa served as Dean and Professor in Statistics of the School of Statistics at the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman. He also held notable positions in various national and international organizations and projects.

    As a multi-awarded researcher, Dr. Mapa continuously conducts researches in Economics and Statistics, in which he has both Master's degrees; and a Doctorate in Economics.

    On behalf of the whole [state the organizing party], we are honored and priveledged to present the Philippine Statistics Authority National Statistician and Civil Registrar General, Undersecretary Dennis S. Mapa.
  • 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.
  • Ms. Malaefono TAUA-FAASALAINA Government Statistician, Samoa Bureau of Statistics Ms Malaefono.Taua-Faasalaina is the Government Statistician of Samoa. She is a demographer by profession and has more than 20 years of experience in conducting and analysing census and survey data. She is passionate about new data innovations that complement and add value to traditional sources of data and compilation as well as linking statistics to policy-making.
  • Ms. Angela ME Chief of Research, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Angela Me is the Chief of the Research Branch at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime where she oversees global, regional and national research in the areas of drugs and crime. She is responsible for global reference research publications such as the World Drug Report, the Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, the Global Study on Homicide, and the World Wildlife Crime Report. While working for the United Nations since 1995, she has supported countries to improve their statistical and analysis systems, and she has authored, contributed and supervised the production of UN analytical reports, international statistical standards, discussion papers, and inter-governmental documents in the areas of drugs, crime, population, gender, disability, and migration. She has served in the Scientific Committee of the European Agency for Fundamental Rights. As an Italian national, Ms. Me holds a Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Padua in Italy.

Roundtable Discussion

  • Moderator 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.
  • 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. 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. Rolando OCAMPO Statistics Division Director, UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean  
  • 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.

Session7

  • Moderator Ms. Clare MELAMED Chief Executive Officer, 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. Johannes JUTTING Paris21 Johannes Jütting is Executive Head of the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21), a global data partnership that promotes the improved use and production of statistics throughout the developing world. He is a trained development economist with a PhD from Humboldt-University in Berlin with specific expertise in employment, social protection, health insurance and gender. Prior to joining PARIS21, Johannes headed up Poverty Reduction Teams at the OECD Development Center and at the Centre for Global Development Research (ZEF).
  • Mr. Craig HAMMER Program Manager, World Bank Craig Hammer is a Program Manager with the Development Data Group at the World Bank. He specializes in governance reforms, and in particular on open government and open data initiatives. His work at the World Bank has included strengthening laws, policies, and regulations focused on access to information, open government data, and data-driven decision-making for improved public service delivery to traditionally marginalized and underserved communities in more than 30 countries in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, South Asia, and Central Europe. He is a co-author of the 2021 World Development Report: Data for Better Lives, a Secretariat member for the World Bank’s Data Governance Body, and manager of The World Bank’s Global Data Facility, which is the Bank’s primary financing mechanism to support low- and middle-income countries’ data priorities alongside the Bank’s core lending portfolio. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations; a member of the Society for the Policy Sciences; a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science; and a member of the Council of Editors for the Journal of Law and Politics. He has published books, chapters, and refereed journal articles on topics including development data, law, and governance.
  • Ms. Rachael BEAVEN FCDO, UK Rachael Beaven is the Data for Development Team Leader and Data Revolution Lead at the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. She has worked as a statistician across the UK government for over thirty years, with the last twenty years focusing on international development. She has worked in a range of international development roles including managing the Syria Humanitarian Response for four years. She currently leads work for the FCDO on helping countries to use the opportunities offered by the data revolution and leads advocacy work on more and better financing for development data.
  • 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. Guilherme Miranda DUTRA Methodology Officer, UNODC-KOSTAT Centre of Excellence for Statistics on Crime and Criminal Justice in Asia and Pacific Guilherme Miranda Dutra is the Methodology Officer at the UNODC-KOSTAT Centre of Excellence for Statistics on Crime and Criminal Justice in Asia and Pacific (CoE Asia-Pacific). At the Crime Research and Methodology Unit of the CoE, he assists Member States in the implementation of Crime Victimization and Corruption surveys, especially with technical knowledge in survey methodology, and carries out research in emerging issues and new methods for measuring crime.

    Prior to his appointment with UNODC, Guilherme has held information management and international law positions in the UN system, including at the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, IOM, and UNAIDS, and in INGOs in Latin America, Asia, and Europe. He has experience in the implementation of large-scale surveys in humanitarian contexts, data analysis on crime and political violence, and in the field implementation of peacebuilding initiatives. He also brings to this assignment his previous experience as a lawyer and as a legislative counsel at the national level in Latin America.

    Guilherme holds a Master’s degree jointly awarded by LUISS Guido Carli Rome, Universidad Complutense de Madrid and University of London – SAS, majoring in Legislative Drafting with a focus on evidence-based legislation, and a Law degree by the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS).
  • 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.

Closing Session

  • 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. Kwang-sup KIM Vice Commissioner, Statistics Korea As the 8th Vice Commissioner of Statistics Korea, appointed on 25th November, 2019, Mr. Kim, Kwang-sup, is leading the management of day-to-day operations of Statistics Korea (KOSTAT).

    Before he became a Vice Commissioner, Mr. Kim has served through various senior management positions within KOSTAT. He has managed, as a director general, the Social Statistics Bureau, Economic Statistics Bureau, Statistics Policy Bureau and Statistical Data Hub Bureau till 2019. Especially, as the Director General of the Survey Management Bureau from 2009 till 2011, he directed implementation of the first economic census in Korea as well as introduction of internet surveys in population and housing census.

    He was also dispatched to the United Nations in 2012 and played a key role from KOSTAT in setting up the UNODC-KOSTAT Centre of Excellence in 2019.
    He received MA in Economics from the Univeristy of Oregon in 2004, and also completed BA in Economics at Yonsei University in 1993.