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April 23, 2020 10:00am
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April 23, 2020 11:00am
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ICT4D Conference Webinar Series

Donor Panel: Data Protection Priorities and Expectations

As the impact of digital data on humanitarian and development programming and decision-making increases, cyber risks proliferate.

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As the impact of digital data on humanitarian and development programming and decision-making increases, cyber risks proliferate. Data protection and the ethical use of data are becoming the top priorities for donor agencies.

Donors have an important role to play in encouraging greater data protection for vulnerable individuals and groups. They can significantly contribute to more responsible and ethical data management, and help reduce data-related risks by using their influence for good data practices, as well as enhancing awareness and offering support.

This webinar, part of an ongoing series around ICT4D and the Virtual Edition of the 2020 ICT4D Conference, will share practical advice and first-hand insights from representatives at various donor agencies on key data risks, their requirements and expectations from implementing partners, and recommendations and support for responsible data practices.

Questions discussed at this webinar include, but are not limited to:

  • What are your agency data protection priorities? What do you see as the biggest data risks and threats?
  • What do you expect from your implementing partners?
  • How do donors plan to standardize the cost of data protection to remove this as a potential point of competition between implementers?
  • What are your plans to aid implementing partners as they build their data protection capacity?
  • How can digital strategies or donors better align around data protection, ethical use of data, and reduce misinformation?
  • Principles vs practical realities: how can we close the gap?

Links to recordings of related past webinars
Security Lessons Learned and Good Practice in Data Protection (December 2019)
Responsible Data: from Legislation to Organizational Behavior (March 2019)


Dr. Vincent Seaman

Senior Program Officer, Polio
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Claudia Juech

CEO and President
Cloudera Foundation

Mikael Baker

Senior ICT Advisor
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Laura Walker McDonald

Senior Director of Insights and Impact
Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL)

Jane Mogeni

Data Responsibility
UK Department for International Development (DFID)


Sonja Ruetzel

ICT4D Partnerships and Conference Manager
Catholic Relief Services

About the speakers

Dr. Vincent Seaman, Senior Program Officer, Polio, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Vince currently works at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, where he is a Senior Program Officer for the Global Development Polio team. In that role, he supports polio eradication efforts in the AFRO region, and the use of geospatial and other data technologies for Gates Foundation projects worldwide. Prior to joining the Foundation, he spent seven years at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and was detailed to Nigeria for three years as a secondee to the World Health Organization, supporting polio and other vaccine-preventable disease programs. Vince completed his MS and PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of California, Davis in 2006, after spending 15 years practicing as a licensed pharmacist and eight years as a public high school science teacher in California.

Claudia Juech, CEO and President, Cloudera Foundation. Claudia is the founding CEO and a board member of the Cloudera Foundation. Working with partners around the globe, she and her team identify and support large-scale, data-driven opportunities to address the world's pressing challenges in any area of critical need, such as in health, the environment, economic inequality, education, and more. She is pioneering a foundation model that combines intellectual capital and private sector expertise with financial grants to help nonprofits realize impactful data capabilities. Previously, Claudia was Associate Vice President at the Rockefeller Foundation, leading the organization's Strategic Insights Division. Claudia also was a Vice President at DB Research, Deutsche Bank's think tank for trends in business, society, and the financial markets. Claudia also advises organizations and consortiums worldwide. She has a degree in information science from Cologne University of Applied Sciences and an International MBA from the University of Cologne.

Mikael Baker, Senior ICT Advisor, United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Mikael is Senior ICT Advisor on the Development Informatics team in USAID's Center for Digital Development. His work at USAID focuses on data protection/privacy, data literacy, digital rights, digital economy, and appropriate application of technology in development contexts. Prior to joining USAID, Mikael worked for USAID implementing partners including FHI 360, Water For People, and URC in sectors including workforce development, HIV/AIDS, WASH, MNCH, Malaria, and nutrition programming.

Laura Walker McDonald, Senior Director of Insights and Impact, Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL). Laura is a humanitarian and development technology leader and policy analyst. She works to realize technology's potential to bring about better aid, development and social justice practice, drawing on twelve years' global experience in technology, social change work, and entrepreneurship. She leans on ideas and methodologies from humanitarian aid and development, applied research, software product management and human-centred design, to create spaces people can think, perform, and collaborate in. Her particular areas of expertise are data ethics, monitoring and evaluation of technology, digital context analysis, and inclusive and accessible technology. She leads DIAL's policy and accountability work, and stewardship of the Principles for Digital Development. She is a trustee of the CDAC Network, and member of the DC Childcare Collective.

Jane Mogeni, Data Responsibility, UK Department for International Development (DFID). Jane is currently a consultant at DFID supporting Data Responsibility policy development in humanitarian contexts. Prior to this role she worked as a Humanitarian Adviser at DFID responding to crisis refugee crisis in Bangladesh and Uganda, Cyclone Idai in Zimbabwe and Malawi and the Ebola crisis in West Africa. Her work as a Humanitarian Adviser has had a focus on using innovative approaches including e.g. biometrics, use of drones and predictive analysis in humanitarian responses.

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