“Accelerating Development in the Digital Age”, a Conversation with Isabel Guerrero Pulgar

  • DATE / TIME:
    2018•12•11    18:30 - 19:30

    On 11 December 2018, UNU will host “Accelerating Development in the Digital Age”, a conversation with Ms Isabel Guerrero Pulgar, Director of the non-profit organisation IMAGO Global Grassroots, Member of the UN High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation, Adjunct Lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School, and UNU Council Member. This event will start at 6:30 p.m. on 11 December 2018 at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

    In September 2018, the United Nations Secretary-General highlighted the potential of new technologies to “turbocharge progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals”, but noted the “risks and serious dangers” they can bring, including cybercrime, disinformation campaigns, and a widening gender gap in digital technology access. To discuss these issues further, the UN High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation was convened to address related issues. How can the scale, spread, and speed of change brought about by digital technologies be harnessed effectively? What are the risks and obstacles we face from digital technology, particularly with regard to relevant human rights norms?

    Isabel Guerrero Pulgar will join UNU Rector David M. Malone for a conversation discussing the ideas thus far of the High-level Panel, and her own, on the transformative impact of digital technologies across societies and the global economy.

    The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.

    Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 10 December) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

    About the speaker

    Ms Isabel Guerrero Pulgar is the co-founder of IMAGO Global Grassroots and an economist with a distinguished career in development. She is an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a Senior Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management. She currently also sits as a Member on the United Nations High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation, Member of the UNU Council, and as Board Member of the Presencing Institute at MIT. She previously served as Vice President for the South Asia Region at the World Bank, and as a World Bank country director for various countries, including Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Mexico, Paraguay, and Peru.

    Ms Guerrero Pulgar holds an MSc degree in Economics from the London School of Economics, and is a psychoanalyst trained at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute and the Instituto Psicológico Peruano.

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