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Episode 16, February 12

This special podcast edition summarizes top IT priorities and trends for 2021, including resource mobilization, IT security, optimizing remote operations and digital work-spaces, strategic changes.

Featuring Karl Lowe (CIO, Catholic Relief Services), Rosa Maria Cortada (CIO, Oxfam Intermón), Thomas Rubatscher (Intl. Director ICT at SOS Children’s Villages International), Michael Johnson (CIO, The Global Fund), Priscilla Chomba-Kinywa (Head of Digital and Technology, ActionAid), Marco van den Berg (CIO, Information & Knowledge Systems, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Bobby Jefferson (VP and CTO at DAI Global Health)

Episode 15, January 22

Michael Johnson (CIO, The Global Fund), on their digital transformation journey, and IT priorities for 2021, including effective remote operations, continuous operational improvements, supporting in country partners, and collaborative tech innovations.

Episode 14, December 18

Marco van den Berg (CIO, Information & Knowledge Systems, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) on digitization trends and associated cyber risk and interoperability concerns.


Episode 13, December 11

Thomas Rubatscher (Intl. Director ICT at SOS Children’s Villages International) on digital transformation, technology trends such as chat-bots, and ICT priorities.


Episode 12, November 27

Ronda Zelezny-Green (Global Head of Training and Learning, The Internet Society; Co-Founder & Director, Panoply Digital) on digital literacy and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Episode 11, November 20

Priscilla Chomba-Kinywa (Head of Digital and Technology, ActionAid) on Covid-19 accelerated digital transformation and strategic changes (as tech staff leading programs).

Episode 10, November 13

Sebastian Manhart (Chief Partnerships Officer, Simprints) on adapting digital health innovations and services in response to Covid-19. – Link to mentioned Privacy & Biometrics Webinar

Episode 9, November 6
Bobby Jefferson, VP and CTO at DAI Global Health, on emerging technologies in global health and associated risk, especially cyber security.

Episode 8, October 30

Mala Kumar (Senior Program Manager for Tech for Social Good at GitHub, Inc) on opportunities and barriers of open source adoption in the development and humanitarian sector.   Report: Open Source in the Social Sector https://socialimpact.github.com/#report

Episode 7, October 23
Anthony Makumbi (Chief Technology Officer & Snr. IT Director Solutions, Shared Action Africa) on digital transformation and digital skill gaps and trends in Uganda.

Episode 6, October 16 – World Food Day 
Deepak Pareek (Founder, Digi Agri; Director, HnyB Tech Incubations; Tech Pioneer, World Economic Forum) on digital trends in agriculture during COVID-19 and emerging technologies that truly support farmers.


Episode 5, October 9

Rosa Maria Cortada (CIO, Oxfam Intermón) on their digital transformation progress so far; which tools support staff work remotely and help gain more control during times of general uncertainty.


Episode 4, October 2

Imogen Wall (Frontline Aid Worker, Therapist, Mental Health First Aid Instructor) on stress management during the pandemic; benefits and challenges of providing mental health support via digital tech.

Links to resources: https://www.imogenwall.co.uk/ , https://www.headington-institute.org/, https://www.mind.org.uk/


Episode 3, September 25

Sreeni Narayanan (Group Managing Director, ASSIST Asia) on digital skills and literacy in the Philippines, and partnership trends during the pandemic.


Episode 2, September 18

Chris Houston (Director of Humanitarian Innovation, Humanitarian Grand Challenge Canada) on innovations trends, investing in local leadership and solutions, and the upcoming Request for Proposals at https://humanitariangrandchallenge.org/


Episode 1, September 11

Karl Lowe (CIO, Catholic Relief Services) on their agency-wide ICT priorities and strategy, or as he refers to as his “High Five Focus Areas”.


What are your ICT priorities or focus areas? Share your comments on Twitter with @ICT4DConference tagging #ICT4D2020