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Wednesday, March 22 • 10:45am - 12:30pm
Morning Breakout 1 – Mobile Phones as a Platform for Aid: Bridging the Gender Gap and the Digital Divide LIMITED

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The spread of mobile phones is enabling people to reach out to each other across previously impenetrable divides. Humanitarian organizations are therefore increasingly leveraging mobile technology to provide information to, and receive feedback from, affected people. However, often the people most at risk, such as women and children, are the least likely to have access to mobile technology. A recent Harvard Humanitarian Initiative study among Syrian refugees showed that women have significantly less access to mobile phones as compared to men and reduced access is correlated with a higher probability of depression. How can humanitarians and the private sector work together in addressing this gender gap and digital divide?


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Heba Aly

Director, IRIN News
Heba runs www.irinnews.org, a leading source of original, field-based journalism about humanitarian crises around the world. A multimedia journalist by training, Heba spent one decade reporting from conflict zones in the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia before moving into management... Read More →

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Ben Donahue

Senior Business Development Manager, Souktel Digital Solutions
Ben Donahue manages Souktel’s client outreach and program design for projects across Africa and the Middle East. Before joining Souktel, he served as a Business Development Manager at Chemonics, the largest implementer of USAID funded projects worldwide. With a focus on the food... Read More →
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Andrew Harper

Head – UNHCR Innovation, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Prior to becoming the Head of the Innovation Service in UNHCR in September last year, Andrew was responsible for leading and coordinating the international response to the Syrian Crisis in Jordan. Some of the main achievements included responding to, at the time, the largest refugee... Read More →
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Kyla Reid

Head of Digital Identity and Disaster Response, GSM Association (GSMA)
As Head of the GSMA Digital Identity Programme, Kyla is responsible for working with mobile operators, governments and NGOs to identify the opportunities, barriers, and value of mobile as a scalable and trusted platform for enabling digital identity. Kyla has been with the GSMA since... Read More →
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June Sugiyama

Director, Vodafone Americas Foundation
Leading the Foundation’s technology for social impact strategy, June created the Foundation’s Wireless Innovation Project, a competition seeking the best wireless technology solutions to address critical social issues around the world; it’s identified innovations in digital... Read More →

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