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Tuesday, March 21


Afternoon Breakout 1 – Increasing Access to and Use of Digital Identification
Limited Capacity filling up

Following a crisis, it is vital that affected people can securely and consistently identify themselves in order to access services and restore livelihoods. However, in many humanitarian emergencies, affected people lose access to critical identification documents, or they never had official identification to begin with. Lack of identification can make it exponentially more difficult to access emergency aid services. What is needed to increase the access to and use of digital identification? How can we scale existing solutions and avoid wasteful duplication and lost data from one-off projects? How do we work with Governments to strike a balance between meeting this urgent need and respecting national legislation? Panellists on this session will present a number of visions for how technology can be used to ensure that people affected by crisis have reliable and secure identification over the long term. We hope to leave this session with concrete commitments to leverage and scale existing solutions, standardize our approaches, and put the security and convenience of the beneficiary at the heart of our efforts.

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Isaac Kwamy

Director, Global Programs, Humanitarian Disaster Management, NetHope
Isaac is presently the Global Programs Director of Humanitarian Operations and Disaster Management for NetHope. Isaac leads NetHope’s Global Humanitarian Operations Programs including Emergency Preparedness, Response & Recovery efforts, Crisis Informatics, Access to Information... Read More →

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Alpha Bah

Chief – Emergency Telecommunications Cluster and IT Emergency Coordination, World Food Programme (WFP)
Alpha Bah is the Chief of IT Emergency Preparedness and Response and Global ETC Branch at the World Food Programme (WFP). He oversees the coordination and provision of live-saving ICT emergency services to support WFP’s operations and that of the humanitarian response community... Read More →
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Dakota Gruener

Executive Director, ID2020
Dakota Gruener is the Executive Director of ID2020, a public-private partnership working to ensure that everyone on the planet has access to a digital identity. As Executive Director, she leads overall strategy, builds critical partnerships with public and private-sector stakeholders... Read More →
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Paul Musser

Senior Vice President, Humanitarian, Development and Donors at Mastercard, Mastercard
Paul leads the team responsible for Mastercard’s humanitarian and development solutions. His work focuses on creating and implementing innovative business models and technology solutions leveraging a shared value approach. His clients and partners include UN agencies, international... 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 →

Tuesday March 21, 2017 1:30pm - 3:15pm
CL3 - Maxwell Tech Talk 1300 Crittenden Lane, Mountain View, CA 94303
Wednesday, March 22


Morning Breakout 3 – Towards Common Humanitarian Standards for the Use of ICTs
Limited Capacity seats available

In a modern humanitarian response, success often depends on the use and deployment of ICTs. However, while the humanitarian community has general protection principles and standards, there is currently no comprehensive guidance on the use of ICTs and the information they generate. ICT solutions in emergency settings require ethical standards so that they can be truly deployed in a humanitarian way. How can humanitarians and the private sector work together in agreeing on common humanitarian standards for the use of ICTs in emergencies, and what should these be? Registration is required for this session and participation is capped at 35 people. This session will be conducted under Chatham House rules.

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Daniel P. Scarnecchia

Researcher at Signal Program on Human Security and Technology, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Daniel Scarnecchia leads the Standards and Ethics program at the Signal Program on Human Security and Technology at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, focusing on data governance, standards, and ethics in the Humanitarian sector.  His current work aims to understand and identify... Read More →

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Joseph Guay

Associate, The Policy Lab
Joseph Guay is an independent consultant who has developed innovation strategies for the Global Alliance for Humanitarian Innovation (GAHI), World Vision’s Nepal Innovation Lab (NLab), the Global Protection Cluster at UNHCR, and the inter-agency Response Innovation Lab (RIL) drawing... Read More →
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Christine Knudsen

Executive Director, Sphere
Christine Knudsen joined Sphere as the Director in November 2014, bringing with her nearly 20 years of experience balanced between UN and NGO assignments, field response and policy development, focusing on operational collaboration.  As the chief of UNICEF’s humanitarian partnerships... Read More →

Wednesday March 22, 2017 10:45am - 12:30pm
CL5 - Altoona Curve 1500 Crittenden Lane, Mountain View, CA 93403