Thank you to all the participants who attended the Plenary session on Monday 29/10 from 9am to 10:30am. The agenda of the Plenary is detailed below.
Stand-up debate on the main theme of the 2018 GeOnG Forum: 'Perfection' versus 'Good enough' in Information Management
This introduction debate aimed to launch the conference by providing all participants with food for thought on the main theme of this year's edition. Sonia Karkare, GeoMSF Program Manager at MSF and Lars Peter Nissen, Director of ACAPS discussed the origin of the 'Good Enough' paradigm and reflected on what it really means and also implies in terms of decision-making.
This debate was introduced by Sandra Sudhoff, Technical Director at CartONG, and facilitated by Vincent Taillandier, Vice-President of CartONG. Discover below the video of the debate.
Plenary session of the second day
Laura Walker McDonald, Director of Innovation at GAHI, launched the second day by a short introduction on the subject of "Scaling up humanitarian tools".
More information about the keynote speakers
Sonia Karkare - GeoMSF Project Manager at MSF
Sonia joined MSF 9 months ago, after having worked for many years for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis, the American Red Cross, and the private sector. She has been leading global digital transformations in the non-profit sector for over a decade. In addition, she has was CEO of a consultancy she founded in NYC, helping organizations across the United States, benefit from the impact of technology for their core business operations. She was also the creator of the first non-profit practicum at Kent State University, where, in her capacity as Adjunct professor, she established working relationships between students and local non-profits to serve their needs in marketing, technology, and communications. At MSF, she is leading another digital transformation, as Head of Program of the GeoMSF program, which aims to leverage crosscutting geographic information to help operations and sectors gain an understanding of a situation and its spatial context for the Global MSF Movement. A program which intends to build a platform that will significantly upgrade staff members' capacity in the field and at headquarters to easily analyze and view geo-referenced data from different contexts, sectors and points in time.
Lars Peter Nissen - Director of ACAPS
Lars Peter Nissen has been Director of ACAPS since 2009. Experienced in response to both sudden-onset disasters and more protracted crises, he has for the past 20 years worked in numerous crisis across the world, including Myanmar, Pakistan, El Salvador, Turkey, Uganda, Angola, Mozambique, DPRK, Afghanistan, and Zimbabwe. He has conducted a range of reviews and analyses of humanitarian programmes for NGOs, the Red Cross/Red Crescent movement and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Lars Peter is a visiting professor at the University of Copenhagen and blogs on www.academic-cowboy.org.
Laura Walker McDonald - Director of Innovation at GAHI
Laura joined GAHI 5 months ago as Director of Innovation. She specializes in inclusive technology and has extensive experience on responsible innovation, technology implementation, software development, data ethics, and how new technologies can help deliver humanitarian aid. With an entrepreneurial spirit, she brings together methodologies from M&E, agile, and design thinking to solve problems and co-create solutions. She currently resides in the States. She was previously the CEO of Social Impact Lab, and is a funding committee member of HIF and board member of the CDAC Network.