Peace Informatics Lab - Leiden University
Thomas is a project lead at the Peace Informatics Lab (Centre for Innovation, Leiden University) working on research development in the use of advanced data analytics for peace and justice. Within this capacity, he is now overseeing the development of the Data Pool. This project aims to design a platform bringing together different data streams in order to enhance situational awareness and leverage local knowledge in humanitarian contexts.
Thomas holds a Master in Conflict Studies and Human Rights for which he has conducted extensive fieldwork in inter alia Kosovo and Egypt on popular mobilization and conflict dynamics. Furthermore, he has particular expertise and working experience in responsible innovation, focusing on addressing ethical and social concerns in technological innovation in particular regarding data governance.
Linus Bengtsson is the co-founder and Executive Director of Flowminder.
Flowminder is a registered non-profit entity based in Stockholm, Sweden. Our mission is to improve public health outcomes by working with NGOs and government agencies with method development, capacity building, and implementation and scaling of processes relating to collecting, aggregating, analyzing, and disseminating anonymized mobile phone location data and satellite data.
As part of his research on public health applications of information technology at Karolinska Institute, Dr. Bengtsson has conducted surveys and interventions using online and mobile networks in Vietnam and Haiti, and has additional field experience from Pakistan, Brazil, and Ethiopia. He has been working as Clinical Epidemiologist for the Gapminder Foundation.
Emmanuel Letouzé is the Director and co-Founder of Data-Pop Alliance. He is a Visiting Scholar at MIT Media Lab, a Fellow at HHI, a Senior Research Associate at ODI, a Non-Resident Adviser at the International Peace Institute, and a PhD candidate (ABD) in Demography at UC Berkeley.
His interests are in Big Data and development, conflict and fragile states, poverty, migration, official statistics and fiscal policy. He is the author of the UN Global Pulse's White Paper, “Big Data for Development: Challenges and Opportunities", where he worked as Senior Development Economist in 2011-12, and the lead author of the report "Big Data for Conflict Prevention" and of the 2013 and 2014 OECD Fragile States reports.