Elsa Estevez is a Senior Academic Programme Officer at the United Nations University Operating Unit on Policy-Driven Electronic Governance (UNU-EGOV), located in Guimarães, Portugal. Previously, she was an Academic Programme Officer at the UNU International Institute for Software Technology in Macao, China; Assistant Professor at the National University of the South, Argentina; visiting professor in three universities in Argentina; and head of information technology departments in major financial and pharmaceutical organizations in Argentina.
Her research interests include development and operation of the Government Chief Information Officer (GCIO) function, Electronic Governance (EGOV) for Sustainable Development, Smart City for Development, and Electronic Participation; the results are published in many book chapters, journal articles, conference papers and project reports. She has also delivered executive trainings to many groups of national, sectoral and city-level GCIOs around the world; organized conferences and schools to raise EGOV awareness and capacity in many developing countries; and managed research and development projects funded by the Macao Foundation, IDRC and several national governments.
Most recently she assisted the Colombian Government towards the development of the national GCIO function, chaired the juries of the Gulf Cooperation Council e-Government Award in Kuwait and United Arab Emirates, and served as Programme Committee Co-Chair of three editions of the International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV) in Estonia, Portugal and Tunisia. She holds PhD and MSc degrees in Computer Science from the National University of the South, Argentina.