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Mobile Technology and New Media: Trends and Opportunities - Panelist Bios & Photos

Mobile Technology and New Media: Trends and Opportunities 

Wayan Vota (Moderator) – Inveneo.
Wayan Vota is a senior director at Inveneo, Inc, a social enterprise based in San Francisco, California. His 15 years of experience includes technology solution assessment and design, and the sustainable deployment of information and communication technologies in a variety of global settings. Wayan Vota can draw on Inveneo's extensive experience in delivered solutions to more than 1.6 million people in 700 communities across 25 countries around the world. He leads Inveneo's education practice, where Inveneo is deploying ICT to over 900 primary schools in Tanzania.  


Joel Selanikio – Data Dyne.

A practicing pediatrician, former Wall Street computer consultant, and former CDC epidemiologist with a passion for combining technology and public health to address inequities in developing countries, Dr. Selanikio leads DataDyne's pioneering efforts to develop and promote new technologies for health and international development, including the award-winning EpiSurveyor mobile data collection project, and is also a leader in developing social business models for international development. Recently chosen as an Ashoka Affiliate, Dr. Selanikio was named by Forbes magazine as one of the most powerful innovators of 2009, and is a winner of both the Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability and the Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award for Healthcare IT.


Oscar Salazar – Citivox.



Matt BergMillennium Village.

 Matt Berg is a technology practitioner and researcher in the Modi Research Group at the Earth Institute at Columbia University and serves as the ICT Director for the Millennium Villages Project.  Matt was born and grew in up Africa and is a respected thinker in the mobile-for-development space and helped create ChildCount+, a child and maternal mobile health platform.  Prior to working at Columbia, Matt was the Director of the Geekcorps’ Mali program and chief of party for USAID’s Last Mile Initiative aimed at improving access to information via innovative ICT services in rural Mali.  Matt has an MBA from Thunderbird, is a PopTech! Social Innovation Fellow and was named to the 2010 Time 100 List for his technology work in Africa.  


Prasanna Lal Das – World Bank.

Prasanna Lal Das is Senior Program Officer, Office of the Controller, The World Bank. He is a content strategist and KM practitioner with experience in journalism, computer games design, and management consulting (his last project before joining the Bank was MIT’s OpenCourseWare initiative – a project that he likens to the open data of its time). Prasanna conceived and led the development of the Bank’s open financial data website - a companion mobile app is due in September. More . . .


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