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Friday, September 29 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Digital Identity for Inclusive Development

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There may be no single factor that affects a person’s ability to share in the gains of global development -- to receive services and be represented -- as much as having an official identity. Identity is tied to voting rights, financial inclusion, land ownership, education, and can even help protect against human trafficking or child marriage. Yet the complex forces behind identity systems are often overlooked or misunderstood, leading to inefficiencies and missed opportunities for inclusive and sustainable ID systems. With emerging digital technologies, the ID landscape is poised to become even more complex. Through an interactive workshop, participants will unpack vulnerabilities and incentives that may drive users and institutions to participate in or avoid ID systems. Together we’ll critically assess the different benefits and risks of ID interventions across sectors.

Speakers
avatar for Shailee Adinolfi

Shailee Adinolfi

Vice President, Acct. Mgmt. and Marketing, BanQu Inc.
Shailee is a development professional with over 15 years of experience working at the intersection of finance, technology, and global development. In her work with FHI360 and Chemonics, Shailee held a variety of leadership roles in projects related to mobile banking, financial in... Read More →
avatar for Vyjayanti Desai

Vyjayanti Desai

Program Manager, Identification for Development (ID4D), World Bank Group
Vyjayanti Desai is the Program Manager for Identification for Development (ID4D), a multi-sectoral initiative of the World Bank Group. Vyjayanti is focused on scaling up and operationalizing the ID4D initiative and collaborating with key external partners. Prior to joining the ID... Read More →
avatar for Catherine (Katie) Highet

Catherine (Katie) Highet

Technical Advisor, Digital Financial Services, FHI 360
Catherine Highet is a technical advisor with FHI 360’s mSTAR project, working to expand awareness and create solutions around digital identity for the world’s poor. For more than seven years, Highet has worked in information communications technology for development initiatives f... Read More →
avatar for Niall McCann

Niall McCann

Lead Electoral Advisor, United Nations Development Programme
Niall McCann provides programming and advisory support to UNDP Country Offices engaged in providing electoral assistance. A number of those countries have requested support from UNDP in the rollout of either biometric voter registration systems, or national identity schemes, to w... Read More →
avatar for Emrys Shoemacher

Emrys Shoemacher

Caribou Digital, Researcher and Strategist
Emrys Schoemaker is a researcher and strategist with a background in international development programming. Emrys’ research interests are on the use of social media in resource constrained environments, and the social implications of their use. Emrys is currently writing up a PhD thesis at the London School of Economics in International Development that looks at the relationship between mobile social media use and identity, specifically religious and gender identity in Pakistan. He is particularly interested in how technology design and affordances interact with cultural norms and values to generate new social practices. Emrys has over a decade of experience in communications for international development programming as the Director for Innovation and Technology at iMedia Associates, a development communications consultancy, and as a consultant to institutions including the British... Read More →
avatar for Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson

Senior Insights Manager, GSMA Mobile for Development
As the M4D Digital Identity Senior Insights Manager, Matt Wilson is responsible for providing the program and its stakeholders with intelligence and analysis on the opportunities within the Digital Identity sector, with a focus on emerging use cases, business models and social im... Read More →


Friday September 29, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
Horizon Ballroom Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

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