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The Digital Summit features digital leaders from the worlds of government and industry.

Confirmed participants include:

Kevin Cunnington

Digital Envoy for the UK and Director General, International Government Service, United Kingdom

Kevin became the Director General of the International Government Service and Digital Envoy for the UK in August 2019. Prior to that, he was the Director General of the Government Digital Service from August 2016 to July 2019.

Kevin has led a variety of large scale, and global, digital transformation programmes. He spent his early career in programming and IT consultancy. More recently he was the Global Head of Online for Vodafone Group and Business Transformation Group Director General at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Fariz Jafarov

Director – E-Gov Center, Azerbaijan

Mr. Fariz T. Jafarov is the Director of the E-Gov Development Center subordinate to the State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan since its establishment in March 2018. He is at the forefront of the digitization processes and public sector innovations in the Republic of Azerbaijan. Currently, his position brings together more than 230 employees and the Center has achieved more than 50 projects to date.

He previously headed the Center for Monitoring at the State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan from 2017 to 2018. Jafarov also worked as the Deputy Head of the Department of e-Services Development and Social Innovations at the same Agency, where he got extensive insight into digital transformation in Azerbaijan from 2013 to 2017. Prior to those, he started his career as the Strategic Management Specialist at the Department of Strategic Management of the Central Bank of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Fariz Jafarov holds Master’s in Business Management from the Webster University in London, Master’s in Project Management from the University of George Washington, and the Master’s in Adaptive Strategy Management from the Duke University –The Fuqua School of Business. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Public and Municipial Administration from the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan in 2008.

He has an extensive experiece in digital transformation and the implimentation of artificial intelligence in public sevices. He is the Member of the Committee on Artificial Intelligence (CAHAI) in Strasbourg, France, an initiative by the Council of Europe; United Nations Digital Government Expert; Former Curator of Global Shapers Community’s Baku Hub, an initiative of the World Economic Forum; Member of the working group on evaluation of state information systems; Member of the working group on e-government (Members consist of leaders of all government agencies).

He is fluent in Azerbaijani, English, Turkish, Russian and speaks French.

Adrian Blundell

Joint Chief Information Officer – Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, United Kingdom

Biography to be updated soon.

Danielle Brigida 

Deputy Director of Digital Strategy – Department of the Interior, United States of America

Biography to be updated soon.

Gina Gill

COO and Deputy CDIO, Ministry of Justice, United Kingdom

With effect from February 2021, Gina is the Interim CDIO at the Ministry of Justice where she has been part of the digital leadership team for over 2 years.

Gina has a background in consulting, financial services and has led a range of complex programmes covering technology, insourcing/outsourcing and cultural change. She has strong commercial expertise and started her career as a developer.

H.E. Younus Al Nasser

Assistant Director General – Smart Dubai and CEO – Dubai Data Establishment, UAE

Biography to be updated soon.

Anatole Papadopoulos

Chief Operating Officer – Canadian Digital Service, Canada

Biography to be updated soon.

Tom Read

Chief Digital Information Officer – Ministry of Justice, United Kingdom

Biography to be updated soon.

Ahmed Yousif

Digital Transformation & Strategy Head – Makkah Municipality, Saudi Arabia

Biography to be updated soon.

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