CEREMONIAL OPENING

  • Ronald Jansen Assistant Director, UN Statistics Division Ronald Jansen is Assistant Director of the United Nations Statistics Division in New York. He is responsible for the Division’s work on data innovation and on capacity development strategies. This includes leading the intergovernmental processes for innovation of official statistics and implementing the capacity development pillar of the Cape Town Global Action Plan in support of the monitoring of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.
     He is specifically supporting the work of the UN Global Working Group on Big Data for Official Statistics and the related UN Global Platform, which is a collaborative environment for the global statistical community to jointly execute data innovation projects and share data, services, methods and expertise.
     His educational background is in Statistics and Psychology; obtained a PhD in mathematical modelling of human information processing in May 1990; then joined the UN Statistics Division in June 1990 in New York.
  • Shin Wook Kang Commissioner, KOSTAT, Republic of Korea As the 17th Commissioner of Statistics Korea, Mr. Kang Shin-wook is fully committed to improving survey methodology and developing new statistical indicators which reflect new policy demands. Commissioner Kang is leading Statistics Korea with a vision to make the organization a national data hub in the face of the 4th Industrial Revolution. Prior to being appointed as the Commissioner of Statistics Korea, Mr. Kang served as the Director of Department of Income Security Policy and Head of the Center for Research on Basic Social Protection at Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs(KIHASA). He published multiple reports and papers on topics such as ‘Causes of Rising Income Inequality and Policy Directions for Distribution Structure Improvement(2014)’, and ‘Evaluating the Efficacy of Income Security System of Korea (2017).’ Commissioner Kang is a co-author of ‘A Study of Development and Application of Social Cohesion Index(2012).’ In addition, he has global experiences as a Senior Research Fellow at International Labour Organization(ILO) and Yale University. As a recognized expert on income distribution, policies on poverty and social cohesion, Kang made contributions to national policy making process while serving as the member of Presidential Committee on Policy Planning(2002-2004) and Director of Economy and Industry at Presidential Committee on Aging and Future Society(2004-2005)
  • Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana Under-secretary General And Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic And Social Commission For Asia And The Pacific Prior to joining ESCAP, Ms. Alisjahbana was Professor of Economics at Universitas Padjadjaran in Bandung, Indonesia, a position she assumed in 2005. She joined Universitas Padjadjaran as a lecturer in 1988. Since 2016, she has served as Director for the Center for Sustainable Development Goals Studies at Universitas Padjadjaran and Vice Chair of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences.
     She also serves on the Governing Board of the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), and member of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences (Akademi Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia - AIPI), the Forum of Statistics Community (Forum Masyarakat Statistik or Advisory Council of the Indonesian Statistics), the International Advisory Board of the Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies and Council Member of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI).
     From 2009 to 2014, she was Minister of National Development Planning and the Head of the National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS), Indonesia. She served as Co-chair of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation from 2012 to 2014. From 2009 to 2014, she was Alternate Governor of the World Bank and Alternate Governor of the Asian Development Bank representing the government of Indonesia. In 2016, she was a member of the High Level Independent Team of Advisors to support the ECOSOC Dialogue on the longer term positioning of the United Nations Development System in the context of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.
     Ms. Alisjahbana has been involved in various research projects and consultancies to the United Nations University/Institute for Advanced Study in Tokyo, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Australia, the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), the European Commission, and the International Labor Organization (ILO).
     Ms. Alisjahbana earned her Bachelor degree in Economics and Development Studies from Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia, a Masters degree in Economics from Northwestern University, USA and a Ph.D in Economics from University of Washington, USA. She was awarded the Mahaputra Adipradana Order (Bintang Mahaputra Adipradana) from the Republic of Indonesia, honorary brevet from the Indonesian Navy and honorary flight wing from the Indonesian Air Force.
  • Kiyoung Choi Minister of Science and ICT, Republic of Korea
  • Risenga Maluleke Statistician-General, Statistics South Africa, Statistics South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa Risenga Maluleke was appointed South Africa’s 2nd Statistician-General in November, 2017. Prior to November, 2017, Mr Maluleke was the Deputy Director-General for Statistical Collections and Outreach. He has been with Statistics South Africa for the past 20 years. He was responsible for the provincial offices’ data collection for censuses and sample surveys; international statistical development and communications. Mr Maluleke has also been instrumental in International Statistical Development. Mr Maluleke has represented South Africa on countless occasions and has extensive experience in international and diplomatic matters. He has been instrumental in managing Stats SA’s participation in international meetings such as the UN Statistical Commission (UNSC). He holds a BSc in mathematical statistics from the University of Limpopo and a Master’s in Urban and Regional Science from the University of Stellenbosch. He has also completed Senior Executive Programmes from the University of the Witwatersrand and Harvard Business Schools.
  • Stefan Schweinfest Director, UN Statistics Division Stefan Schweinfest was appointed Director of the Statistics Division (UNSD/DESA) in July 2014. Under his leadership, the Division compiles and disseminates global statistical information, develops standards and norms for statistical activities including the integration of geospatial, statistical and other information, and supports countries' efforts to strengthen their national statistical and geospatial systems.
     Stefan Schweinfest started his career joining the Statistics Division in 1989 in the area of national accounting. He subsequently worked in various other areas, such as statistical capacity building programmes, and indicator frameworks. For many years, he was also responsible for external relationships of the Division, both with member countries as well as with international partner organizations. He has been the substantive secretary of two intergovernmental bodies, the United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC) since 2002, and the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UNGGIM) since 2011.
     As the Director of the Statistics Division, Stefan Schweinfest supported the work of Statistical Commission and its Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) to develop the global indicator framework to monitor progress towards the SDGs, which was adopted by UNSC at its 48th session in March 2017 and subsequently by ECOSOC and the General Assembly. Under his leadership, the Division works on implementing this framework and ensuring countries receive capacity building support to monitor progress towards the SDGs.
     He played a key role in the negotiations leading to the 2011 ECOSOC resolution to establish UN-GGIM and has actively involved himself with global geospatial information management since, including the negotiations leading to a second ECOSOC resolution in 2016 that strengthens and broadens the mandate of this Committee of Experts.

SESSION 1 : THE ROLE OF STATISTICAL COMMUNITY IN COVID-19 RESPONSE AND IMPLICATIONS FOR SDG MONITORING - HIGH LEVEL PANEL DISCUSSION

  • Gemma Van Halderen Director of Statistics Division, UNESCAP Gemma Van Halderen is Director of the Statistics Division in the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). Prior to joining ESCAP in 2018, Gemma was a member of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Executive Team leading, amongst other things, ABS’ contribution to the Australian Government’s Data Integration Partnership for Australia. In 2017, Gemma was seconded to the Commonwealth Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to lead preparation of the Government’s response to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Data Availability and Use.
     Gemma has extensive global experience. She was inaugural co-chair of a UN Expert Group on the Integration of Statistical and Geospatial Information, is an elected member of the International Statistics Institute, a member of the International Association of Official Statistics (IAOS) Executive Committee, the regional editor of the Statistical Journal of the IAOS and an advocate for young statisticians. Gemma holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours from the Australian National University majoring in Statistics. Her recent interview with the ISI Stats and Stories can be found at https://statsandstories.net/methods/official-statistics-in-asia-and-the-pacific.
  • Elliot Harris Assistant Secretary-General and Chief Economist, UNDESA Mr. Harris is the Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and the Chief Economist of the United Nations. He served previously as Assistant Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Environment Programmer in New York, from 2013 to 2018. Prior to joining the United Nations, Mr. Harris spent 25 years as an Economist at the International Monetary Fund, working in the African and Fiscal Affairs Departments, ending his career there as Assistant Director at the Strategy Policy and Review Department.
  • Ayush Ariunzaya Minister of Social Protection and Labour, Mongolia Her Excellency, Ms. Ayush Ariunzaya is Minister for Labor and Social Protection in the Mongolian Parliament, following the general elections held on June 24 2020. Prior to becoming a Minister, Ms. Ariunzaya was the Chairperson of the National Statistics Office of Mongolia from 2016 to 2020. In 2019, she became the Co-Chair of United Nations Statistical Commission High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for Statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. She was also the Chair of the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21) and was the President of ANCSDAAP in2018-2020. She has a Master’sin Political science, Sociology and History from the University of Hannover, Germany, and a Master’sin Public Administration Management at the National Academy of Governance, Mongolia.
  • Yvan Clermont Director General for the Analytical Studies Branch, Statistics Canada Mr. Yvan Clermont is Director General of the Analytical Studies Branch at Statistics Canada.
    In this position, he is responsible for leading several teams of researchers that provides authoritative expertise and which produce high quality, relevant and timely information on economic, health and social issues important to Canadians, governments, non-profit organizations and institutions.
  • Juan Daniel Oviedo Arango Chief Director Statistician of Colombia, DANE (National Statistics Office from Colombia), Bogota - Colombia Juan Daniel Oviedo was appointed Chief Director Statistician of Colombia in August 2018. He has international professional experience in economic consulting for energy markets, and national experience in government and teaching. Previously, he was the Director of Institutional Planning and Research (2016-2018) and Director of the PhD School of Economics (2013-2016) at the Universidad del Rosario of Bogotá. In addition, he was the Founding Partner and Chief Director of LEICO Consultores (2011-2018), a leading consulting firm which performed as an expert opinion both for the private and public sector in regulated industries in Colombia and Latin America. He holds a permanent academic position at Universidad del Rosario of Bogotá (Colombia) since 2005. Juan has a PhD in economics from the University of Toulouse 1 (France) and BA in economics from the Universidad del Rosario of Bogotá (Colombia).
  • Kecuk Suhariyanto Director General, BPS Statistics Indonesia Kecuk Suhariyanto has been worked at BPS-Statistics Indonesia since 1983. He has been appointed as the Director General of BPS Statistics Indonesia by the President of Republic of Indonesia since 2016. Before becoming Director General, Kecuk has career as Deputy Director General for National Accounts, Director of Statistical Analysis and Development, Head of Cross-Sectoral Analysis Sub Directorate and Head of Food Crops Statistics Sub Directorate in BPS Statistics Indonesia. He also has experiences as a member of Quality Assurance Team of National Bureaucratic Reform under Vice President of Republic Indonesia.
     Kecuk has Ph.D in Agricultural Statistics from University of Reading United Kingdom, Master Degree in Applied Statistics from University of Guelph Canada, and Diploma in Statistics from Academy of Statistics Indonesia.
  • Asaph Y. Chun Director General of Statistics Research Institute, Republic of Korea Dr. Asaph Young Chun is the Director-General of Statistics Research Institute, the state-run think tank of official statistics and data innovation in Korea and beyond. Prior to his service in the Korean government, Dr. Chun had served four Presidents of the United States since 1991 with his devotion to evidence-based policymaking in economy, labor, education and public health, as well as methodological innovation in official statistics with data science and survey methodology. A journalist-turned-sociologist, Dr. Chun joined interdisciplinary research career beginning in 1989 at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research in concert with the UM School of Medicine. He served most recently as the Research Chief for Decennial Directorate at the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2013, he delivered an invited talk on science diplomacy in the Royal Society of the United Kingdom. He published over 110 papers that appear in Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, Public Opinion Quarterly, and Business Survey Methods by Wiley, among others. Dr. Chun is the editor of a forthcoming Wiley book, “Administrative Records for Survey Methodology,” a source of massive data innovation and data-based policycrafting. An enthusiastic fan of art by Albrecht Durer and Marc Chagall, Dr. Chun turns to art and music as inspiration of innovation by his research mentees.
  • Craig Jones Deputy Government Statistician
    Statistics New Zealand
    Craig started as Deputy Government Statistician with responsibility for Data System Leadership in May 2020. Prior to this role he was Deputy Secretary, Evidence, Data and Knowledge in the Ministry of Education since May 2016. Prior to joining the Ministry he spent 16 years in the New South Wales public service, holding leadership roles in Justice, Treasury and Education.
     Originally from Waihopai | Invercargill, he graduated from Otago University in 2000 and was later awarded a PhD in forensic psychology from the University of New South Wales. Craig proudly describes himself as a data nerd and all of his roles in government have involved a strong focus on how government can collect, manage and use data to make better decisions.

SESSION 2 : USING BIG DATA FOR COVID-19 RESPONSE

  • Taejun (David) LEE Professor, KDI School of Public Policy and Management As an associate professor at KDI School of Public Policy and Management, Dr. Lee oversees The Open Governance & Innovation Lab at KDI as a managing director and is an Adjunct Research Fellow at Economic Information and Education Center of KDI. As of 2015, Dr. Lee has also been an Affiliated Researcher of Open Government Unit at the Directorate for Public Governance of OECD, conducting innovative government policy research on issues relating to Trust in Government, Public Communication, Open Government Data, and Digital Government. Since 2019, Dr. Lee has been carrying out a policy advisory role for combating, recovering and reforming of the Covid-19 in association with OECD and Open Government Partnership (OGP). Within South Korea, Dr. Lee as a policy adviser also consult various government ministries and public organizations, such as Executive Office of the President, The Office for Governmental Policy Coordination, Ministry of Economy & Finance, Ministry of Public Administration & Security, Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy, Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism, Ministry of Science & ICT, Ministry of Food & drug Safety, Korea Electric Power Corporation and Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power. Dr. Lee focuses on broader research topics for which there are several potential for data economy, innovation labs, smart cities, public communication, and financial consumer protection. He published about 50 journal articles on recognized academic journals indexed SSCI, SCOPUS, and KCI.
  • Moon Park Head of Digital Innovation Centre, KPMG Mr. Moon Park leads smart city, smart manufacturing, smart agriculture, and other smart X projects by architecturing new transaction structure, leveraging behavioral science, persuading both public and private sectorsto design and experiment digital ecosystem.
     According to Moon's recent articles, digital new technologies are glues combining and linking separate silos to create and mesh new value chains, digital thread. Therefore design thinking to architecture new socioeconomictransaction structure resulting in new economy, society, and welfare is of importance.
     Moon is of the opinion that policy makings and implementations, and interested parties at either public or private sector should play the role of re-design and re-balance which sustainably incentivize participants toact in virtuous circle of good behaviors. When designed creatively and multidimensionally, economy, society, welfare will make citizens and people happier, and start-ups, SMEs and conglomerates will co-exist in digitally fair economy.
     Moon wrote digital transformation related thought leadership leveraging his experience of KPMG advisory (operations, strategy, risk management, deal .)
     Regarding Moon’s academic paths, he graduated BA of economics in Seoul National Univ. (SNU) and did MBA in the graduate school of the same univ. Recently he attended and resonated his networking through Future InnovationProgram of Engineering School of SNU, Convergence AMP of KAIST, and The 4th Industrial Revolution AMP of Korea Green Foundation.
  • Tracey Li Senior Data Scientist, Flowminder Tracey Li is a Data Scientist and Project Manager at Flowminder, where she specialises in working with mobile phone data to support humanitarian and development programmes. She has experience of working with a diverse array of datasets, using a range of technologies and statistical and machine-learning techniques, within the research, private, and social-impact sectors.
  • Omar Seidu Head of Demographic Statistics of the Ghana Statistical Service Omar Seidu is a social statistician with about 20 years’ experience in the statistics production process. He has extensive expertise in survey sampling, design of survey instruments, implementation of sample surveys and he is a social and demographic statistics instructor. Omar is a Fellow of the Sampling Programme for Survey Statisticians and member of the United Nations Inter Agency and Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goals (IAEG-SDGs). Omar serves on several other international committees/platforms on data for development.
     Omar coordinates data for monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals in Ghana and currently championing data innovation, multi-stakeholder approach to data production and utilization and the building of robust administrative data system. He is credited with brokering strategic partnerships and mobilizing resources for the statistical system in Ghana. Omar is not only passionate about strengthening the data ecosystem, but also the uptake of evidence in decision making.
  • Frankie Kay Deputy National Statistician, Office for National Statistics, United Kingdom Frankie Kay took up post as Interim Deputy National Statistician and Director General for Data Capability in July 2019.
     Frankie is responsible for the capability of the Office for National Statistics, ensuring that everybody has the technology and skills to enable them to do their job effectively. She is leading the digital and workforce transformation to allow ONS to collect, securely store and analyse data from new sources. Frankie champions openness and data sharing for the public good in ONS and beyond.
     Frankie joined the ONS in January 2010 as Head of IT Project Delivery. Since then, she has held several senior roles in ONS, including leading the development strategy for the UK National Accounts.
     Most recently, Frankie has led the transformation of ONS economic and population and public policy statistics, taking a leading role on preparations for Census 2021.
  • Mart Mägi Director General, Statistics Estonia Mr. Mart Mägi has got more than 25 years of managerial experience. He has worked as the business manager of Sampo Group's CEE unit, the chairman of the board of PriceWaterhouseCoopers Advisors, the head of Swedbank Estonia's asset-based financing and insurance business unit (Hansa Leasing Estonia, Hansa Assets Insurance AS) and CEO of Amserv Group and Pharma Holding. As of 2017, he works in Statistics Estonia as Director General. Mart is a member of the supervisory boards of several companies and foundations.
     Mart graduated from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Tartu with a degree in Finance and Credit in 1993. In 2004 he defended his MBA degree at the University of Tartu and during the same period at the Warsaw University of Banking and Insurance.

SESSION 3 : USING BIG DATA FOR SDGS - MOBILE DATA FOR TOURISM, MIGRATION, POPULATION AND TRANSPORT

  • Esperanza Magpantay ITU Ms Esperanza Magpantay is the Senior Statistician of the ICT Data and Analytics division of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), where she has been working since December 2000. She is responsible for the collection, harmonization and dissemination of ICT statistics. Ms Magpantay coordinates the work of the ITU Expert Groups on ICT indicators, the ITU’s representative at the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development and its Steering Committee, the UN Inter-Agency Group on SDG indicators, and currently leads the UN Global Working Group Task Team on mobile phone big data. She has represented ITU in international and regional events giving presentations and trainings on ICT indicators.
     Before joining ITU, she worked for 7 years at the International Labour Office (ILO) in Geneva as a statistical officer. She has a degree in Statistics from the University of the Philippines and is a candidate in Master in Business Analytics and Big Data from IE University in Madrid, Spain.
  • Dong-ok Lee Head of IoT/Data department, SK Telecom Dong-ok Lee is the person in charge of creating demographic data such as floating population data using mobile data at SKTelecom, a mobile telecommunications operator with the largest market share in S.Korea.
     He is collaborating with various public institutions such as Statistics Korea, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, and Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. In addition, he is doing business in the field of commercial analysis of private distribution companies, financial institutions, and manufacturers, and regional target marketing.
     He has a MA in Urban Sociology and specializes in geospatial data analysis. He is working on finding a more accurate and quick mobile-based statistical method and applying it to the field.
  • Titi Kanti Lestari Director of Finance, IT and Tourism Statistics, BPS Indonesia Titi Kanti Lestari has been works for BPS-Staistics Indonesia since 1983. Currently she is Director of Finance, Information Technonology and Tourism Statistics. She is responsible to manage data collection, processing and analysis of finance, information technology and tourism statistics at BPS Statistics Indonesia. She is previously Director of Distributive Statistics which responsible for data collection, processing and analysis of international merchandise trade, transportation and domestic trade statistics.
     Titi has Ph.D from Monash University Australia in Applied Econometrics, and has master degree in Economic Development from Wollongong University Australia. She also has bachelor degree in financial management from University of Indonesia and diploma in statistics from Academy of Statistics Indonesia.
  • Erwin Knippenberg World Bank Dr. Erwin Knippenberg is an economist at the World Bank, part of the 2019 Young Professionals program. Previously he was Lead Economist at Cooper/Smith, a DC based startup using data to drive innovations in public health and food security. He wrote his dissertation on resilience and food security in the context of climate change, pioneering the use of high-frequency data and machine learning to monitor food insecurity in Malawi. Before his PhD Erwin was an Overseas Development Institute Fellow at the Liberian Ministry of Finance. He has a in PhD in Applied Economics from Cornell University ('18), MSC in Economics for Development from Oxford (’12) and a joint BS/MA from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service (’11).
  • May Offermans Senior Innovation Strategist, Statistics Netherlands (Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek), Maastricht Netherlands May Offermans is a creative innovator at Statistics Netherlands (SN) who specialized in Mobile Phone Data and Public Transport Data for Official Statistics. He also acts as a project manager in complex strategic innovation projects at SN. He studied both Health Sciences and Epidemiology at Maastricht University and Free University Amsterdam.