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Bringing together public service leaders from around the world, AccelerateGov explores how public servants in all relevant disciplines and roles can best promote digitalization and transformation


Agenda 2022

5 October

All times provided are local (Ottawa, EST)

 09:00 – 09:20


Keynote One

Host: Catherine Luelo – Chief Information Officer, Government of Canada

09:20 – 09:40

Keynote Two

09:40 – 10:30


The Role of Digital and Data in Policymaking

Assembling and analysing the evidence to inform decision-making, data professionals can play an important part in policy development. And digital specialists too have a crucial role: contemporary ‘Agile’ project management techniques gather detailed information on service users’ behaviour, which – given a flexible, iterative approach to policymaking – can be fed back into service design. This session will consider how best to integrate digital and data professionals’ work into the policymaking process.

Panel discussion followed by audience Q&A


Christina Lang, Chief Executive Officer, Digital Service, Germany

Abiyot Bayou, Director General, Digital Transformation Program Office, Ministry of Innovation and Technology, Ethiopia

Knowledge Partner(s)

10:30 – 11:00

Refreshment Break

11:00 – 11:50

Deploying AI in Government

Artificial intelligence can strengthen service delivery and cut costs in the public sector, but the emerging technology also presents a unique set of risks and challenges. If fed the wrong ‘training data’, for example, AI systems can ‘learn’ to show prejudice against some groups; and as algorithms evolve, their operation can become opaque – undermining transparency and accountability. Serving policy, statistics, legal, commercial and operational delivery staff as well as digital and data specialists, this session will cover AI topics such as the potential applications, the development of in-house skills, how to avoid discriminatory outcomes, and the emergence of ethical AI frameworks.

Panel discussion followed by audience Q&A

Frederic Markus, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Living Lab, Agence eSante, Luxembourg

11:50 – 12:00


12:00 – 12:50



In many governments, systems of business planning, spending approval, risk management, procurement and project governance are ill-suited to the needs of digital technologies: they may, for example, be too rigid to permit the use of ‘Agile’ project methodologies, mitigate against buying from small businesses, or present barriers to cross-government collaboration. Serving commercial and finance staff as well as digital and data professionals, this session will explore ways to promote digital transformation whilst safeguarding prudence and probity in the use of taxpayers’ money.

Panel discussion followed by audience Q&A


Eliana Cardoso Emediato De Azambuja – General Coordinator of Digital Transformation, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Brazil

Andri Heiðar Kristinsson, Chief Exexcutive Officer, Digital Iceland, Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, Iceland

Mark Robinson Director of Technology, Ministry of Justice, United Kingdom


Sessions Held in parallel



Many of the benefits of digital transformation depend on public bodies sharing an ability to identify individual citizens – enabling them to coordinate their work and provide a single point of access to public services. This in turn requires a common, trusted and widely-adopted digital ID platform, but creating such a system is a complex task. To win users, digital ID systems must show clear benefits for public servants across a range of professions – at the national, regional and local levels – as well as citizens, businesses and third sector bodies, while addressing concerns around security, privacy, accessibility and interoperability. This session will focus on how best to meet the competing needs of individuals, disciplines and organisations, unlocking the full potential of digital transformation.

Panel discussion followed by audience Q&A


Vyjayanti Desai – Practice Manager, Digital Development, World Bank Group

Àstrid Desset, Director General, Open Administration Consortium, Open Government of Catalonia (Spain)

12:50 – 14:00


14:00 – 14:30

Keynote Three

14:30 – 15:20


Governments today can access huge volumes of data generated by public, private and voluntary bodies; and this can be used to improve decision-making, service delivery and the tools available to public servants. But to fulfil that potential, public service leaders need both advanced data skills and systems, and the ideas and support of staff across the workforce. Drawing on Canada’s Public Sector Data Challenge program, this session will explore how governments can tap into the expertise and experience of their workforces to realise the opportunities around better use of data.

Panel discussion followed by audience Q&A


Anil Arora, Chief Statistician of Canada

Alison Pritchard, Deputy National Statistician for Data Capability, Office for National Statistics, United Kingdom

15:20 – 15:50

Refreshment Break

15:50 – 16:40

Across the boundaries: building interdisciplinary, cross-departmental teams

Many digital programs require that public bodies manage projects in partnership, building cross-departmental teams involving specialists from a range of disciplines. This demands a particular set of management and technical skills, addressing topics such as team formation, goal-setting, project design and shared service delivery. Aimed at public servants working in key fields such as finance, HR, project management and operational delivery as well as digital, this session will explore the management skills and techniques required to make a success of cross-departmental projects.

Panel discussion followed by audience Q&A


Dr Stelios Himonas, Permanent Secretary, Deputy Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digital Policy, Cyprus

Mirlinda Karçanaj, Director General, National Agency of Information Society, Albania

Hervé Barge, Chief Executive Officer, Agence eSante, Luxembourg

16:40 – 17:00

Summary and Thanks

17:00 – 19:00

Networking Reception


Conference Ends

Free to attend for all public servants