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New Ways to Visualize Development Data - Panelist Bios & Photos

New Ways to Visualize Development Data



Laura Kurgan (Moderator) – Columbia University.

Laura Kurgan is Associate Professor of Architecture at Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation, and Planning at Columbia University, where she is Director of the Spatial Information Design Lab (SIDL) and the Director of Visual Studies. Her work explores things ranging from digital mapping technologies to the ethics and politics of mapping, new structures of participation in design, and the visualization of urban and global data. Her recent research includes a multi-year SIDL project on "million-dollar blocks" and the urban costs of the American incarceration experiment, and a collaborative exhibition on global migration and climate change. More . . .  


Jake Barton Local Projects

Jake Barton is founder and principal of Local Projects, an award-winning media design firm for museums and public spaces. Jake is recognized as a leader in the field of interaction design for physical spaces, and in the creation of collaborative storytelling projects where participants generate content. Currently, Local Projects is partnered with Thinc Design as lead exhibition designers for The National September 11th Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center. More  . . .


Matthias Rumpf - OECD

Matthias Rumpf is Chief Media Officer for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) for the U.S. and Canada. He is promoting data driven communication at his organization and seeks new ways to turn statistics into knowledge for the public and the political process. He has a background in economic journalism and lectured on the power of data in policy making at the Free University Berlin.


Björn-Sören GiglerWorld Bank Institute

Björn-Sören Gigler is a Senior Governance Specialist at the Innovation Practice at the World Bank Institute. He is a political economist and since the end of the 1990s he has worked on issues related to innovative uses of information and communications technology (ICT) for development and empowerment.  He currently coordinates the Mapping for Results initiative, which visualizes the location of donor-funded projects to better monitor project impact, improve aid effectiveness, and enhance transparency and social accountability. More. . . 



James Eberhard – Mobile Accord.

James is one of the original pioneers of the mobile content and services space. His expertise has been put to work developing and deploying mobile platforms and strategies. James is regarded as an expert on global wireless markets, and has extensive experience leading start-up technology and mobile companies. Utilizing this knowledge, he has built a half dozen technology companies and established himself as an accomplished entrepreneur and industry leader within the global wireless and internet communities. Mobile Accord's mobile platform and systems currently allow Mobile Donations, SMS Social Networking and Mobile Polling. Through these systems, 4 million transactions are processed daily on two continents.


Douglas Hsu – DevInfo Support Group

Douglas Hsu is a Senior Advisor with the DevInfo Support Group, focusing on global content development and training on behalf of the United Nations DevInfo Initiative, which is endorsed by the UN to assist countries in monitoring progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals and other national development priorities. He is a graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. His experience of 20+ years in the public and not-for-profit sectors includes stints with the U.S. Government Accountability Office and various U.S.-based NGOs focused on environmental issues, U.S. inner-city development, and international aid assistance, particularly in South Asia.

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