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Participants 2024

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Dominic Rochon

Deputy Minister and Chief Information Officer of Canada

Dominic Rochon was appointed Deputy Minister at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) and Chief Information Officer of Canada on February 12, 2024.

Before joining TBS, he was the Associate Deputy Minister at Transport Canada, following three years as the Senior Assistant Deputy Minister of National Security and Cybersecurity at Public Safety Canada. He has also held senior roles in central agencies, including the Privy Council Office and TBS, and with the Communications Security Establishment.

Dominic has extensive experience in strategic policy, strategic planning, strategic communications and in overseeing a range of operational issues within the Government of Canada.

Dominic received his B.A. (Honours) in Political Science, International Politics from the University of Ottawa. He is married with two children.

Stephen Burt

Chief Data Officer of Canada

In March 2022, Stephen Burt was appointed Chief Data Officer for the Government of Canada, at the Treasury Board Secretariat. His mandate is to provide leadership across government on information and data governance and integration, privacy modernization, and data-enabled digital services and programs. He is also responsible for providing enterprise level guidance on instruments and performance linked to the digital agenda, in the fields of service, security and access to information.

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Burt was the functional authority for data governance and analytics capability for the Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces (DND/CAF). He drove the analytics adoption and maturity throughout DND/CAF, and led the department-wide initiative to establish analytics and data governance.

Mr. Burt began his career in the Government of Canada in 1997 with Revenue Canada. In 1999, he joined DND, where he worked in a variety of policy, operational and defence intelligence roles, including two years as Executive Assistant to the Deputy Minister.

Mr. Burt moved to the Privy Council Office (PCO) in 2007 to work in the Security and Intelligence Secretariat as Senior Advisor on National Security. In that role, he was secretary for the committees of the National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister. In 2009, he joined the Intelligence Assessment Secretariat (IAS) at PCO, and held positions as Director for Afghanistan and, later, for Asia. Mr. Burt was appointed Director of Operations for the IAS in January 2012, and took on the position of Assistant Secretary on an acting basis in March 2014.

In April 2015, Mr. Burt assumed the role of Assistant Chief of Defence Intelligence at Canadian Forces Intelligence Command, where he led the federated production of intelligence within DND/CAF, and oversaw defence intelligence policy.

Mr. Burt has an undergraduate degree in history from the University of Ottawa, as well as a Master’s in Public Administration from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

Olawale James Ajani

Director General, Digital and Liaison Services, Oyo State Government, Nigeria

 

Prince Bediako

Head, Records and Information Management unit, Cabinet Secretariat, Ghana

Prince Bediako, Head, Records and Information Management Unit, Cabinet Secretariat, Ghana. Prince leverages his expertise in records management, data management, and information systems to drive digital transformation within the Ghanaian government. He spearheaded the development of a Records Management System and led the digitization of over 20,000 Cabinet Documents (1993-2015). Prince looks forward to engaging with fellow participants and exploring innovative approaches to leverage technology for efficient and transparent governance.

Christine Bellamy

Director, GOV.UK, Government Digital Service, Cabinet Office, United Kingdom

Government Digital Service (GDS) mission is to build a simple, joined-up and personalised experience of government for everyone. Using its unique position at the centre of government, they develop services that work for the user, however complex the underlying systems may be. GOV.UK is the best place for people to access government services and information. It’s one of the most visited websites in the UK, and is relied upon by millions of people each week for clear and accurate guidance on government policy and information, and access to vital services.

As Director of GOV.UK Chris sets the vision and strategy and leads the work to develop future products that will deliver a joined-up and personalised experience of government for everyone. She also works with teams across the UK government to transform digital services and content.

She joined GDS from the BBC where she held a number of roles over a ten year period (2012-2022) and most recently was Head of Product for BBC News and Sport, UK and Global. Prior to working at the BBC, Christine was a Managing Director at Johnston Media (2009-2012).

Wolfgang Ebner

Managing Section Head, Digitalisation and E-Government, Federal Chancellery, Austria

Wolfgang Ebner, acting Director general for Digital and EGovernment; 2022-2023: Chief of staff to the Secretary of Sate for Digital and Telecommunications; From 2020-2022 he was CDO of the  Austrian Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs; Deputy Director of the Directorate „Digitalization and E-Government“ of the Austrian Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs; President of the Austrian Center for information security. From 2012 -2018 he was Deputy Director of the Directorate „ICT and E-Government“ of the Ministry of Finance.  Before 2012 Wolfgang Ebner had different functions within the Austrian Ministery of the Interior. He was Adviser to the Minster of Interior for technical matters as well as international issues, security research, Cyber Security Coordinator and Chief of staff to the Director for public security. Wolfgang Ebner studied the law and additional studies and qualifications on information security.

Miquel Estapé

Deputy CEO and Chief Innovation Officer Open Government of Catalonia, Spain

 

Laura Gilbert

Chief Analyst, Director of Data Science, 10 Downing Street, United Kingdom

Dr. Laura Gilbert is the director of 10DS, the data science and analytics team in Downing Street, director of the Incubator for Artificial Intelligence (i.AI), joint Chief Analyst for the Cabinet Office and SRO for the AI for Public Good program. Her teams provide fast-paced modelling and analysis to support policy making and delivery, deliver expert data and AI solutions into public services, and run a radical transformation agenda promoting the better use of evidence, data and technology in government decision making.  She also created and spearheads a broader program of innovation, digitisation and radical upskilling in central government called Evidence House. She holds a doctorate in Particle Physics and is a Visiting Professor at LSE, and holds fellowships of the Institute of Physics and the Institute of Analytics.

Laura has a doctorate in Particle Physics and GRID computing from the university of Oxford, and undergraduate degrees in natural sciences from Cambridge. She held lectureships and a post-doctoral research position at Oxford and is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics. Laura spent three years as a quantitative analyst in the financial sector, working in modelling, analysis and artificial intelligence before joining a new medical technologies company as the second director. She spent the next decade working as a hands-on CTO bringing the company from start up to SME to acquisition, and has significant experience in software development, wearable technology, systems architecture, data integration and system/data security. She is fluent in seven programming languages, and is named on four patents, including lead inventor on two data security patents.

Fariz Jafarov

Chief Executive Officer, Center for Analysis and Coordination of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Azerbaijan

Mr. Fariz Jafarov is an Executive Director of the Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution of Azerbaijan (C4IR Azerbaijan).

C4IR Azerbaijan is a part of the World Economic Forum’s global network of Centers for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, that spans across four continents. The Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Azerbaijan is hosted by the Center for Analysis and Coordination of the Fourth Industrial Revolution within the Ministry of Economy, Government of Azerbaijan.

C4IR Azerbaijan serves as a public-private cooperation platform that focuses on emerging technologies like AI, blockchain, and IoT, and facilitates policy dialogue, collaborations, and pilot projects that promote responsible and sustainable use of technology for the benefit of society. The center aims to support Azerbaijan’s digital economy and accelerate its integration into the global digital economy.

Mr. Jafarov has over ten years of experience in public sector management, ranging from public service delivery to agriculture, tourism, construction, social services, digital public service delivery and more. For the past five years, he has served as the director of the e-Government Development Center of Azerbaijan and led over fifty strategic digital projects nationwide.

With a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Webster Graduate School London, a master certificate in Adaptive Strategy Management from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, a master certificate in project management from George Washington University, and a bachelor’s degree in public administration from the Academy of Public Administration under the President of Azerbaijan, Mr. Jafarov also holds the ITIL Foundation certificate in IT Service Management.

In 2021, Mr. Jafarov obtained a dual master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence for public services from Madrid and Milan Polytechnic Universities. Additionally, from 2019 to 2022, he represented the Government of Azerbaijan in bureau and plenary meetings of the Committee on Artificial Intelligence of the Council of Europe.

Birna Iris Jonsdottir,

Chief Executive Officer, Digital Iceland, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Iceland

 

Linda Karcanaj

Mirlinda Karçanaj

Director Innovation and e-Gov, National Agency of the Organization of Information, Albania

Mirlinda Karçanaj, born in Tirana, Albania, into a family of esteemed professors, holds BA, MA, and PhD degrees in Computer Science from the University of Tirana. Initially a full-time lecturer at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Tirana, she also worked as a programmer, database manager, and IT expert for international organizations, projects, and local companies.

Upon moving in Canada, Karçanaj served as an IT manager for five years, overseeing data processing and analytics for Ontario-based companies. Returning to Albania, she became the Director of Information Technology in the Municipality of Tirana for four years, pioneering ICT integration in local government administration and leading digitalization efforts.

Karçanaj later resumed her role as a lecturer at the Faculty of Economics, University of Tirana, before assuming the position of General Director at the Albanian National Agency of Information Society (NAIS). For the past 11 years, she has been the General Director of NAIS, driving the digital revolution in public services through the e-Albania platform.

Under her leadership, NAIS has revolutionized public services through the e-Albania platform, with 95% of services now available online-only. These initiatives have significantly improved citizens’ quality of life by integrating electronic systems across multiple sectors, revolutionizing the interaction between citizens and state institutions, and underscoring the critical role of digitalization in public administration.

Karçanaj’s leadership extends to designing integrated systems across various sectors, improving citizens’ quality of life by streamlining processes and reducing costs. She champions investments in electronic systems, digital archives, physical infrastructure and cybersecurity enhancements. Currently, she is dedicated to implementing emerging technologies like cloud computing, artificial intelligence, big data analytics, and blockchain in public administration.

Under her leadership, NAIS has garnered international acclaim from organizations such as the United Nations, the European Union, and the OECD, positioning Albania as a regional leader in digital governance.

Rashad Khaligov

Deputy Chairman, Innovation and Digital Development Agency, Azerbaijan

Rashad Khaligov, born in 1988 in Baku. He successfully earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer engineering at the University of Franche-Comte in France from 2007 to 2013.

Rashad Khaligov has held various roles in the private sector, including positions as an engineer, information technology manager, and director, both in France and Azerbaijan. Notably, he served as a lecturer at Khazar University from 2013 to 2020. From 2020 to April 2021, he led the Information Technologies and Innovative Solutions sector at the Food Safety Agency. Subsequently, in 2021, he assumed the position of an advisor on information and communication technologies at “AzInTelecom” LLC.

Since October 2022, Rashad Khaligov has been actively contributing to the field as the Deputy Chairman of the Innovation and Digital Development Agency.

David Knott

Chief Technology Officer of the Government of the United Kingdom

David is Chief Technology Officer for UK Government, working within the Central Digital and Data Office (CDDO). He is a technology leader, strategist and architect with over 30 years experience across a range of industries, including banking, insurance, transportation, utilities, media and government.

Prior to becoming Government CTO, David’s most recent roles have been as an Expert Partner at Boston Consulting Group, focusing on Cloud, DevOps and Digital Transformation, as a Digital Transformation Officer at Google, and as Chief Architect at HSBC.

David holds a PhD in Philosophy, specialising in Ethics. In recent years, he has applied this expertise in the fields of AI and data ethics, helping HSBC define its first set of ethical principles for the use of AI and data, and working as part of the Responsible AI teams at HSBC, Google and BCG.

Elise Legendre

Chief Data Officer, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Élise was appointed Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) Chief Data Officer in the summer of 2021.  She leads a small, passionate team of policy and IT professionals dedicated to harnessing and unleashing the power of data to improve service delivery and to support the sector’s sustainable growth.

In 2003, after having worked in strategic marketing in the private sector for nearly 12 years, her career with the federal public service began as a Commerce Officer with AAFC.  She has since held positions in several branches, including Strategic Policy, Corporate Management and Programs.  She is passionate about the role of government and the impact it can have to improve the quality of life for Canadians.

Élise holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, BC) and a bachelor’s degree in Arts, major in Political Sciences from Laval University (Sainte Foy, QC).

Inshan Meahjohn

Chief Executive Officer, National Information and Communication Technology Company Limited (iGovTT), Trinidad and Tobago

Dr Inshan Meahjohn is currently the CEO of iGovTT and has over twenty-three years of international experience in multiple industries including insurance, information technology, higher education, finance, entrepreneurship and banking. In addition to his professional experience, Inshan holds a Bachelor of Administration (Hons) from the University of Glamorgan in the United Kingdom, a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Institute of Business and is currently a PhD Candidate.

Innocent Bagamba Muhizi

Chief Executive Officer, Rwanda Information Society Authority, Rwanda

Innocent B. MUHIZI is the Chief Executive Officer of the Rwanda Information Society Authority (RISA) since 2017. RISA’s main mission is to Champion Rwanda’s Digital Transformation. As a senior Technology and Business Executive with over 20 years of industry experience both in the Public and Private sector, Mr. MUHIZI has a proven track record for building, leading, managing and delivering world-class technology and business solutions to help organization grow both market share and revenue. His experience in Telecom Industry, Financial services, Payments, Public sector, has given him practical skills and capabilities to driving business results and maximizing profitability through the delivery of exceptional service. He has demonstrated prudent management of people, technology and processes; a proven ability to manage complex projects, align technology and corporate strategy, and set and achieve business objectives; and leadership of teams to achieve projected goals.

Luyanda Ndlovu

Chief Information Officer, Department of Communications and Digital Technology, South Africa

Eng Pheng Tan

Assistant Chief Executive, Services, GovTech, Singapore

 

Niki Tsouma

Chief Executive Officer, IDIKA SA (e-Government Center for Social Security), Greece

Top Executive of the Public Administration in the Sector of Informatics. A graduate of the Department of Mathematics of the University of Athens, with specialization in Programming and Systems Analysis and a graduate of the National School of Public Administration with highest distinction. She is a lecturer at the National School of Public Administration on ITS Project Management and E-Government issues.

She is an external expert in EU committees for the evaluation of innovative proposals in software technologies and cloud computing of the H2020 Program. She has participated in the design, analysis, development, implementation, and installation of large, complex, and critical IT projects of the Public Administration, serving as a member of Project Management Teams and as a Project Manager for 25 years in General Secretariat of Information Systems of the Ministry of Finance and the Information Society S.A.

From 2010 to 2014 she was a consultant in reengineering and change management issues and in the project and risk management cases as well as co-financed projects of the General Secretaries of Information Systems of the Ministry of Finance. From 2015 to 2017 she served as a Director and General Manager of Projects in the Information Society SA. From June 2018 to August 2019, she was the Director of Informatics and Technical Operation of EKOME SA.

From August 2019 to October 2020, she served as the Managing Director of IDIKA SA. From October 2020 to April 2024, she served as the Chairman of BOD & CEO of IDIKA SA. Since then, she serves as CEO of IDIKA SA.

Paul N. Wagner

Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Digital Service

Paul N. Wagner is the Chief Executive Officer for the Canadian Digital Service ( CDS). In this role, Paul is responsible for leading work to modernize digital service delivery across government departments, improving user experiences, accelerating project
timelines and building digital common components that solve common service problems.

With over 20 years experience in the Canadian Federal Public Service, Paul has held executive leadership roles since 2004 including most notably as the Deputy Chief Information Officer of Canada within the Office of the Chief Information Officer, the Chief Information Officer for Justice Canada, Library and Archives Canada and the National Research Council of Canada. Paul remains very active in the national and international councils and boards related to technology and digital service delivery
Prior to joining the Public Service, Paul held a number of senior positions spanning a
decade in the privat e sector working on implementing Enterprise Resource Planning
systems in the Retail Industry Paul holds a B.A. with a major in Economics from McGill University and an MBA from the University of Ottawa’s Executive MBA program.

When not focused on the business of Government, Paul is Chief DIY Officer at home
and is very active in the Ottawa sailing community and enjoys racing and cruising
sailboats on the Ottawa River and beyond.

Weng Wanyi

Director, Government Data Division and National AI Group, Singapore

 

Wanyi Weng runs both the Government Data and Government AI teams at the Smart Nation Group. She is passionate about the intersection of AI technologies, responsible data use and transformation of public service – having seen its value in a previous life as a police officer. Wanyi has a BA in History and MSc in History of International Relations from the London School of Economics; and a MSc in Public Policy & Management (Data) from Carnegie Mellon University. She is also the proud mother of 2 young children.

Asif Zamir

Director of IT, Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services

I work as Director IT in the Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services, Islamabad, Pakistan.

My responsibilities include:

• Oversees IT operations.
• Leads team of IT staff.
• Designs and implements IT strategies and infrastructure.
• Identifies and eliminates security risks.
• Hires new members of IT staff.
• Analyzes business requirements for IT needs and systems.
• Works to increase user satisfaction.
• Analyze current and past projects.
• Evaluates IT operations with regard to established goals.
• Communicate within IT team and across departments as needed.
• Assesses need for new equipment and software.
• Prepares progress and budget reports for upper management.
• Builds and maintains relationships with outside vendors.
• Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.