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Session 342: Launch of the GovStack CIO Digital Leaders Forum

Session 342  Launch of the GovStack CIO Digital Leaders Forum
Jun 2, 2022

The GovStack CIO Digital Leaders Forum, is a year-long knowledge sharing program with workshops in the form of webinars.

Germany, Estonia, International Telecommunications Union and the Digital Impact Alliance
Country implementation experiences: Ukraine, Perú, Egypt, Rwanda

Each episode of the forum will host a Government CIO to share his/her country’s experience in digitization of government services using a building block approach. The panel will be facilitated by ITU and a youth delegate from the WSIS Youth Campaigner.

Each GovStack partner will introduce a GovStack implementing country to present their GovStack use case and collaboration roadmap. A session of Q&A will follow each country experience. Closing remarks will recap the session and next steps in the CIO Digital Leaders Forum.

Session 342

Thursday, 2 June 2022
16:30–18:15 (UTC+02:00)
Popov Room, ITU Tower Building (with remote participation)
Thematic Workshop

Register for onsite participation here.
Register for virtual participation here.

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Nele Leosk

Ambassador-at-Large for Digital Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Nele Leosk is the Ambassador-at-Large for Digital Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Estonia. She is responsible for the development and coordination of digital diplomacy and for global partnerships in a digital domain.

She served as the Programme Director at e-Governance Academy in Estonia, and at the Foresight Centre of the Parliament of Estonia, looking at how technological trends could adhere public governance and digital economy. Over the past twenty years, she has advised political and public sector leaders in digital governance and digital economy in more than forty countries in Central and Eastern Europe, South-Eastern Europe, Middle East, Central Asia, and Africa. Apart from government work, she has experienced the life of private sector, international and inter-governmental organisations such as the UNDP, UNU, OECD as well as academia.

Nele holds a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute (EUI), Italy, Master of Research from the same university and an MA in public communication from Tallinn University. She is a former Fulbright-Schuman grantee at the National Centre for Digital Government at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and at the Governance Lab at New York University, USA.

David Roos

Deputy Head of the Sector Programme Digital Development
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

David Roos is the Deputy Head of the Sector Programme Digital Development. The Sector Programme advises and supports German development cooperation actors in applying digital approaches and methods. The programme thus contributes to implementing BMZ’s position paper ‘Digitalisation for Development’ and the German Government’s ‘Digital Strategy’. David Roos is currently involved in providing assistance to several developing countries by advising on digital applications and services strategies and policies – particularly on digital government.

David Roos has 10 years of on-the-ground experience in IT and software development projects. David Roos led several large digitization projects for the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (Germany) and the Federal Employment Agency around digital ID and the development of interoperable government platforms. David Roos led the IT Planning Council project “Online-Gateway” for the CIO of Germany. By 2022, the federal and state governments are to offer all administrative services in Germany digitally via administrative portals and link these portals into a network. With friends David Roos started the social business Quartiermeister. Quartiermeister is a Berlin social start up, consisting of a social enterprise and an association. While the enterprise takes care of selling and merchandising beer, the association is responsible for the allocation of funding and regulates the business operation.

David Roos has an educational background in Political Science and Public Administration and has studied at the University of Konstanz, Germany and the Marmara Üniversitesi Istanbul, Turkey.

Hani Eskandar

Senior Advisor
Digital Services, BDT, ITU

Hani Eskandar is the Digital Services Senior Coordinator at the Digital Society Division of the Telecommunication Development Bureau of ITU. Mr. Eskandar is currently involved in providing assistance to several developing countries by advising on digital applications and services strategies and policies, assisting in implementing technical co-operation projects in areas of digital health, agriculture, governance and education.

Mr. Eskandar has more than 25 years of extensive on-the-ground experience in the field of ICT for development where he, through working with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent in Switzerland and, UNDP, Ministry of ICT and other NGOs in Egypt, was involved in several development projects in the fields of Health, Education, Illiteracy Eradication, Community Development, SME development and Micro Credits.

Sherman Kong

Senior Advisor
Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL)

Sherman Kong is most committed to achieve development impact through informed data-driven decision making and technology-aided efficiency, a principle he reinforces through DIAL by helping to advance the ICT4SDG body of work and to apply the Digital Investment Framework in practice. He has past experience in health systems and digital innovation, data management, and facilitation of knowledge by research and policy priorities.

Prior to DIAL, he served as the Coordinator of the Malaria Eradication Scientific Alliance (MESA) hosted at the Barcelona Institute of Global Health (a WHO Collaborating Center), with overall team leadership and programmatic oversight into translation of sector-wide malaria R&D direction and identification of scientific knowledge gaps (and management of technical informational synthesis activities thereof), and support harmonization of relationships with funding agencies, Steering Committee, WHO and other partners. Between 2014 and 2017, Sherman acted as an independent advisor for the Office of the President at Globe Telecom, focusing on digital health development that intersected between private and public sectors of the Philippines. He had lent technical assistance to WHO-WPRO, UN-Habitat, UNDP Guinea-Bissau, Grameen Foundation and other INGOs on thematic review and project evaluation. He also formerly came with a 6-year specialization on information strategy and business intelligence in corporate consultancy settings, inclusive of leading big-data reporting system implementations.

Sherman was awarded a Master’s in Health Economics and Policy from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, and a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto, both with dissertations centered around heath innovation.

Marushka Victoria Lía Chocobar Reyes

Secretary of Government and Digital Transformation of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers
Secretary of Government and Digital Transformation, Peru

Marushka Victoria Lía Chocobar Reyes currently serves as Secretary of Government and Digital Transformation of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers in Peru, the governing body of the country’s National Digital Transformation System. She has promoted the Digital Government Law, the publication of the Digital Government Study in Peru by the OECD, the creation of the Government and Digital Transformation Laboratory, the National Digital Transformation System and the Digital Trust Framework in the country.

She studied Industrial Engineering from the University of Piura with a Master’s degree in Systems Engineering and Information Technology from the University of Lima. She has accreditation as a Director by CENTRUM Católica, international accreditation in ELearning by APEC Korea and in Teaching for Understanding by Wide World of Harvard University. She has been devoting in Digital government at the service of accelerating the implementation of Agenda 2030, public sector innovation and the transformation of public services and public participation through the use of technologies.

Khaled El Attar

Vice Minister
Digital Transformation, Automation and Administrative Development, Egypt

Khaled El Attar is the Deputy Minister for Administrative Development, Digital Transformation and Automation, and the Head of Information Infrastructure sector at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT).

El Attar has more than 35 years of experience in informatics, supervising more than 150 projects in this field in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Germany, and USA. He held several managerial positions at IBM and Raya, for 28 years, and worked as a lecturer at Cairo University.

Holding the position of the Head of Information Infrastructure sector at MCIT, El Attar supervises the implementation of development and modernization initiatives and projects, using IT to improve the level of automated services provided to citizens, in partnership with the state’s institutions.

El Attar obtained a B.Sc. in Engineering, with honors, an MBA from the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (AASTMT), and a master’s degree in Research from the University of Liverpool.

Antoine Sebera

Government Chief Innovation Officer
Rwanda Information Society Authority (RISA)

Over 17 years of experience in various sectors of Information and Communication Technologies in Government, Private Sector, and Academia. Mr. Antoine Sebera has worked in different senior positions including technology leadership, consulting, project management, and business leadership in Rwanda and South Korea. He has played different leadership roles in multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural teams with diverse backgrounds and different levels of skills.

Maksym Shkilov

Digital Transformation Executive
Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine

Yolanda Martínez, Moderator

GovStack Global Overall Lead
International Telecommunications Union

Yolanda Martínez currently works as International Telecommunications Union (ITU) overall lead for GovStack Initiative, helping governments accelerate the digitization of government services. In the public sector, Yolanda led the National Digital Strategy of Mexico, the Digital Government Unit at the federal level, and the Zapopan Digital City Program at the local level. She has led several digital transformation initiatives in the private sector while at Deloitte Consulting. In the international arena, Yolanda led the Office of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Chile, has collaborated with United Nations agencies, and joined OECD as a peer reviewer for the digital government strategies of various Latin American countries.

Yolanda has been recognized by @political as one of the twenty most influential people globally in digital government. She holds a Ph.D. degree in information and knowledge society from the Open University of Catalonia (UOC).

Valentina Dominguez, Moderator

Generation Connect Europe
International Telecommunications Union

Valentina has had a passion for leadership and innovation in ICT from a young age.
At 17, she began her studies in Information Systems Engineering at the “Universidad Abierta Interamericana” in Argentina.

After two years, she started her first job in the technology field as a Frontend Developer and participated in mentoring programs to help low-income women find jobs in IT. Realizing the potential of these women, Valentina decided to start helping other women take their first steps in STEM.

Currently, Valentina works as a Web Developer intern at ITU and in the Legal IT department of a Swiss pharmaceutical company. She is about to finish her Bachelor’s studies, after which she plans to start Master’s studies in IT Business Analyst.

In her spare time, she is dedicated to organizing and participating in activities together with the Generation Connect Europe Youth Group with the aim to contribute to making a change in people’s lives and end the connectivity gap. In the future, she would like to open a foundation in underdeveloped countries where women can find a safe and accessible place to develop in the STEM world.


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