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Microsoft Industry Digital Forum

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Microsoft Industry Digital Forum
Using data to inform policy making in times of crisis

The COVID-19 crisis has demonstrated the importance of data in making decisions which affect the lives of people and communities around the world.

This session will explore perspectives on how data can be used to drive informed decision making, particularly in times of crisis, and will bring perspectives from Government, the private sector, IGOs and NGOs - all of whom have vital roles in ensuring government can operate at pace and cooperate with each other to meet the needs of the community and further enable societies.
Within the discussion participants will have the opportunity to explore the role that skills have to play in success, enabling remote government access, empowering cross agency collaboration and how approaches to privacy and security can build trust.

Host: Olivia Neal, Dir Digital Transformation, Worldwide Public Sector, Microsoft
Moderator: Audrey Plonk, Head of Digital Economy Policy Division, OECD
Robert Opp, Chief Digital Offices, UNDP
Bertrand Monthubert, Regional Councilor Data & AI strategy,
Region of Occitanie

Chris Calabrese, Sr Dir Privacy and Data Policy, Microsoft

This event is in partnership with Government After Shock.

You are also asked to register for Government After Shock and attend the panel discussion Data Governance for a Digitally-Enabled State. Hear Dr Julia Glidden, Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector, Microsoft and government leaders discuss what needs to be done to realize the potential of a full data-driven public sector.


Audrey Plonk, Head of the Digital Economy Policy (DEP) Division of the Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), OECD

As Head of Division, Ms. Plonk is responsible for implementing the programme of work of two committees: the Committee on Digital Economy Policy (CDEP) and the Committee for Consumer Policy (CCP) as well as the management of STI’s Digital Economy Division. In this role, she supports the strategic work of STI the advancement of the Office of the Secretary General’s Strategic Objectives. She will also lead and contribute to related horizontal work across the Organisation. In 2007, Prior to re-joining STI, Ms Plonk was Senior Director, Global Security Policy at Intel Corporation where she was also a Senior Director for Public Policy based in Santa Clara, California.

Robert Opp, Chief Digital Offices, UNDP

Robert Opp is currently the Chief Digital Officer of UNDP, the United Nations' global sustainable development organization working across 170 countries globally with more than 17,000 staff. He leads the agency’s digital transformation, an organization-wide effort, to harness the power of new technology to improve the lives of those furthest behind. Prior to this role, Robert served as Director of the Innovation and Change Management Division within the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) where he established an in-house ‘Zero Hunger’ innovation accelerator and created an award-winning crowdfunding smartphone app, ShareTheMeal.

Bertrand Monthubert, Regional Councillor of Occitania

Bertrand Monthubert is Regional Councillor of Occitania in charge of Higher Education and Research and President of Occitanie Data and OPenIG. He follows in particular the development of data issues and artificial intelligence. He thus contributed to the creation of Occitanie Data, which brings together 17 members (companies, clusters, public institutions) to develop the data economy within an ethical and sovereign framework. One of Occitanie Data's first productions is an ethical charter of the data economy.
Professionally, he is a university professor in mathematics and was president of the University Toulouse 3 Paul Sabatier. He coordinates the Aspie-Friendly programme for the inclusion of autistic students at the university, run by the Federal University of Toulouse.

Chris Calabrese, Senior Director and Data Policy, Microsoft

Chris Calabrese is the Senior Director of Privacy and Data Policy at Microsoft where he helps lead the company’s global public policy work on privacy and data use. He previously worked in senior roles at the Center for Democracy & Technology and the American Civil Liberties Union advocating for the responsible use of new technologies. Chris has testified before Congress and appeared in many media outlets, including National Public Radio, Fox News, New York Times and Associated Press. Chris has also led several national ACLU campaigns on privacy and was named one of Washington’s Top Lobbyists by The Hill newspaper. Chris is a graduate of Harvard University and holds a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Olivia Neal, Director of Digital Transformation, Microsoft

Olivia is the Director of Digital Transformation in Microsoft’s Worldwide Public Sector Team. In this capacity, she is leading the development of digital transformation strategies, and is working with teams around the world to help governments to use digital tools and approaches to be more effective. Prior to joining Microsoft, Olivia spent her career in the public sector. She spent three years leading digital change initiatives from the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, and prior to that she was a Senior Civil Servant in the UK Government. In these roles she has worked with Governments from around the world, to build partnerships and increase capability to deliver high quality digital services and develop digital culture. Olivia was recognized in Apolitical’s 2018 list of the world’s 100 most influential people under 35 in government. You can follow Olivia on Twitter @livneal.

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