STI Forum, Harnessing Innovation for the Needs of Crisis-Affected People - Side Event
In the context of rapidly expanding humanitarian need, innovation plays an essential role in advancing the humanitarian response system, making it more agile, efficient and flexible.
Panelists in this side event will offer insights on the challenges and opportunities faced within the humanitarian innovation ecosystem, making recommendations for the application of technology and innovative approaches in delivering improved outcomes for millions of vulnerable and crisis-affected people around the world.
Keith Chibafa, World Vision International (WVI): Keith is the manager of the Last Mile Mobile Solutions programme at WVI. He joined WVI in 2010 after a career in the private sector and is responsible for overseeing efforts to collaborate with local and international entities interested in the implementation and execution of WVI’s Last Mile Mobile Solutions (LMMS) technology. In addition, he provides advisory and technical support to innovative approaches to Cash Transfer Programming and Digital Payments.
David Goodman, NetHope: David is the CIO-in-Residence at NetHope. With over 22 years of experience in many facets of technology and having worked with large non-profits, small startups, and many things in between, David’s focus is on growing NetHope’s relationship with the tech sector. He previously served as the CIO of the International Rescue Committee between 2007-2015. David combines a strong systems and application management background with a solid grounding in business fundamentals.
Sasha Kapadia, MasterCard: Sasha is director of International Development at MasterCard. In her role, she works with humanitarian and development organizations to jointly deploy programs that showcase the ability of electronic payments to transform lives. Notably, she helped launch the MasterCard Aid Network, a digital voucher platform that enables cash-based transfers in remote areas, utilized in countries as diverse as Yemen and the Philippines.
Andrew Lamb, Makernet: Andrew Lamb has had a career in systems engineering, international development and disaster relief and has been searching for ways to unlock what he describes as 'massive small change'. Through Field Ready, which makes aid supplies in the field after a crisis, Andrew has been collaborating on the concept of an 'Internet of Production', dubbed the 'Makernet'.
Andrew Billo (Moderator), United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA): Andrew leads OCHA’s work on innovation, supporting innovation both within OCHA and with partners across the wider humanitarian system. In that context he is working with partners to setup the Global Alliance for Humanitarian Innovation (GAHI) that was launched at the World Humanitarian Summit.